Behind the Scenes: Emmanuelle Alt

Posted by The E on February 22, 2011

Emmanuelle Alt Thigh Boots

Emmanuelle Alt, recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue, is a lesser known Anna Wintour – she hasn’t had a full length documentary made about her or been played by Meryl Streep, but she is every bit the style goddess. She can wear thigh-high boots with skinny jeans, a white tee, and leather jacket and it looks not one bit trashy. It’s nothing but chic and gorgeous and effortless. She looks equally amazing in wider leg flares, the ‘latest’ trend in denim. She is one woman we would love to see in HABITUAL. Emmanuelle, if you ever read this, please call us! We’d love to fit you.

Emmanuelle Alt Flare


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On Trend: Skinny Belts

Posted by The S on February 17, 2011

Luca Luca Skinny Belt

A Look from Luca Luca Fall 2011

Jason Wu skinny belt

A look from Jason Wu Fall 2011

One thing is clear from the shows in New York this week: Get yourself a skinny belt or two.  Donna Karan, Luca Luca, Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Yigal Azrouel and Max Azria all showed tiny belts. Rachel Comey and Victor De Souza also had super, super skinny belts.

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On the Road: Grange Hall, Dallas

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Grange Hall Bird DIsplay

A new take on merchandising at Grange Hall

A must stop in Dallas is Grange Hall.  It’s a dark, contemporary shop carrying unique jewelry, art and home decor.  The place is known for once having a party that featured live chickens, in coops, wearing some of the latest necklaces in stock. Grange Hall is boutique that feels like a natural history museum at times, with finds like a paperweight with a snake skeleton inside, stuffed birds, and eerie sculptural jewelry.  A favorite in stock was a snowglobe from clothing designer Martin Margiela. A quirky minimalist, there was no Statue of Liberty or Chicago skyline in there, just a snow globe filled with snow.  No, nothing else, just snow.  So very Martin Margiela.  The guys at Grange also offer some of the most marvelous floral creations you can buy. Urban Flower/Grange Hall is located at 4445 Travis St, Dallas, Texas.

Martin Margiela Snowglobe Grange Hall

Snowglobe by Martin Margiela

Display at Grange Hall

A table display at Grange Hall

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On the Road: Forty Five Ten and Stanley Korshak, Dallas

Posted by The T on February 15, 2011


Forty Five Ten on McKinney Avenue is for serious shoppersThey carry a handpicked collection of designer clothing, from Rick Owens to Balenciaga to Alaia, along with men’s, housewares and gifts. At 8,000 square feet, you could spend all day here, moving from table to table and rack to rack and taking a minute to admire the fountain in the courtyard. You wouldn’t go hungry either, their own restaurant The T Room is a hot spot for lunch. 

Also in Dallas is Stanley Korshak, with a set of stairs you could walk up all day, with quotes from a who’s who of art and fashion.

Stanley Korshack Stairs

The Stairwell at Stanley Korshack

One of our favorites is from Carolina Herrera:

“There is nothing like the moment when a glamorous woman walks into a room and everybody wonders who she is.”

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On the Road: Rich Hippie and Elements, Dallas

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Elements Boutique

If you live in the DFW area and just don’t love shopping online, there are two options for you to get your HABITUAL fix. The first is Rich Hippie on Lovers Lane, a historic street lined with boutiques, restaurants, furniture, and coffee shops. We bought a silk top there that made its way into the lookbook. The second is Elements, a few blocks down the street, which has a great selection and size run of the Ascot Trouser and Geena Bootcut. The also have some decor items, including a sculpture by local artist and metalsmith Larry Whiteley.

Steel Magnolia - Larry Whiteley

Steel Magnolia by Dallas artist Larry Whiteley

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On Trend: Sheer Black Tights

Posted by The E on February 11, 2011

Teo Shorts in Onyx, styled with sheer black tights

We love sheer black tights right now.  Not only do they class up an outfit, they make you appear thinner.  Sheer tights are so versatile you can pair them with nearly anything in your wardrobe.  Throw them on with some ripped up jeans to give an unexpected edgy look, or wear them under those leather shorts you’ve been dying to wear this season but haven’t dared because it’s too cold.  They also work with nearly any type of shoe.  Going for a flirty look? Booties. Sexy look? Pumps. Playful and innocent? Flats. Edgy look? Distressed boots. It’s hard to go wrong.

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HABITUAL Lookbook – Fun for All Ages

Posted by The G on February 1, 2011

Sometimes the lines get blurred between working and parenting. And sometimes we have to multi-task. That’s how one of the little ones got her hands on the latest HABITUAL lookbook. Come on… in addition to showing off the latest looks, it is engaging for all ages!

We’re mailing it out this week!

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First Look! Ryder Motorcycle Jean

Posted by The S on January 29, 2011

Ryder Motorcycle Jean
We just finished the Fall Lookbook shoot and it is so exciting to see all the new styles come to life!  Here’s a sneak at one of our favorites, the Ryder Motorcycle Jean in the wash “Epic.”  The wash is smooth and refined, but the detailed stitching on the knees looks so gritty and tough.  Good thing the model is size twig – otherwise someone definitely would have stolen these off the set.

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Explained: Getting Salt Out of Denim

Posted by The E on January 13, 2011

For most Americans outside of L.A., winter weather means snow. The most recent blizzard (which the twitterverse rightfully named “the snowpocalypse”) nearly paralyzed all of the central plains, and before that, cold weather threatened crops as far south as Florida.  

Any time it snows, the plows come out and drop their own “wintry mix” of sand and rock salt. Walk around long enough in a snowy city or brush up against a dirty car, and you will get a wet spot that dries into a dull white ring or stain towards the bottom of your pants. So in honor of the record breaking amount of snow this winter season, here are some tips for removing salt from your favorite denim:

  • Try to remove the salt as soon as possible. As with most stains, drying can set the stain and the salt will have extra time to damage the dye or cloth.
  • Put the lower part of the jeans (or the affected area) in warm water and gently swish them around or rub the cloth to remove excess salt.
  • If the salt has already dried, let the pants soak in warm water overnight.
  • Wash in a washing machine with cool water, and air dry to prevent shrinking. Note that not all denim can go in the washer, so read the label and make sure it is washer safe.
  • As a preventative, try to avoid wearing dark jeans when the roads are salty, or wear boots high enough to protect the bottom of your jeans.

If all else fails, just leave it and let it become a part of the denim. It is after all a pair of jeans! And sometimes salt can make the denim look worn in. We recently did a salt wash called Jupiter, designed to mimic the effect of walking into the ocean and then letting the jeans dry.

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On the Road: Shoe Tree, Park City

Posted by The T on January 11, 2011

On the way to Deer Valley in Park City, you might see this shoe tree on the side of the road heading up to the resort.  Since this snapshot was taken while driving 40mph, it is hard to see how big it was, but it is quite a sight.  There must have been over a hundred pairs… We’re wondering if there were any designer duds tossed up there in in size 7.5, perhaps a Manolo Blahnik lace-up bootie, by chance?  You never know, this is home of Sundance!

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