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Former Vogue Editor and Fashion Week Fixture André Leon Talley Headed to Rhode Island


dan·dy n. 1. A man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop.

RISD’s eclectic, inventive and extraordinary fashion exhibits have become one of spring’s most anticipated, and this year’s Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion promises to continue the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art’s enviable reputation. Focusing on the persona and history of the distinctively dressed figure of the dandy, the exhibit traces artist dandies from the 19th to 21st centuries with more than 200 objects including innovative garments, bespoke clothing, works on paper, and paintings.

The exhibition will be fêted with a gala fundraiser on April 26, 2013 with special guest André Leon Talley, best known as a contributing editor at Vogue for the past three decades until he recently bid adieu to the magazine to reportedly develop a late-night talk show. A front row fashion week fixture, Talley’s flamboyant personality mixed with his couture know-how has landed him on “America’s Next Top Model” and a cameo role in the “Sex and the City” movie. Before the fundraiser though, he’ll be at the Chace Center Lobby in the RISD Museum to sign copies of his new book, The Little Black Dress (Rizzoli, 2013), which is available for purchase at risd|works, the Museum store. CLICK HERE for a full line-up of events.

The exhibition breaks ground by emphasizing the personalities of well-known fashionable men, focusing on the enduring bond between identity, creativity, and self-presentation. It will be at the RISD Museum of Art on from April 28 to August 18, 2013.CLICK HERE for details. André Leon Talley:


Photo at top: Sartorial Anarchy #5, 2012. Iké Udé, photographer. © Iké Udé. Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery + Iké Udé

March 27, 2013 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

Lauren Conrad’s Newport Inspiration…


Designer and author Lauren Conrad first caught the public eye as a fun-loving burgeoning fashionista on MTV’s Laguna Beach. Fans followed her adventures on Conrad’s spinoff hit, The Hills, which, in addition to documenting her love life and friendship drama, traced her experiences while attending LA’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

After gaining some industry know how while interning at Teen Vogue and fashion PR house People’s Revolution, Conrad was inspired to launch her own fashion line, LC Lauren Conrad, in collaboration with Kohl’s department stores.

(Oh, and I’ve been authorized to share with you an exclusive 10% off blogger code for You can use BLOGS10 until May 10th. CLICK HERE to see the new collection.)

But it’s Conrad’s recently released collection, Paper Crown, that’s caught my eye. Not only are the pieces chic, refreshing and affordable, they each bare nautically-influenced names or take a cue from local coastal communities, 7291338including Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket, Providence and more. I wanted to find out more about what inspired the designer to name her pieces after coastal enclaves in our neck of the woods, so I asked Conrad and here’s what she told me:

NS: What is the inspiration behind the Paper Crown line, and how does it differ from other collections you’ve has designed? paper crown is a collection that I passionately design. I love the femininity of the collection but also the versatility of the pieces as well. There is a style for every occasion; party dresses for a night out, blouses that can be worn to the office or dressed up and paired with a beautiful skirt.  

NS: What is the story behind the name ‘Paper Crown’? When I was little, I would play dress up at my grandmothers. Instead of elaborate trunks of clothes, we would take beautiful raw materials and make very intricate paper crowns.  paper crown is a direct reflection of my youth; I use beautiful, raw materials to make something even more beautiful.
NS: Finally, the collection has a decidedly coastal feel and pieces are fittingly named after iconic nautical towns, including Newport (RI). Have you been to Newport or any of these New England gems? Is coastal/nautical style a personal favorite? You’re exactly right: all of these towns in New England are gems!  I grew up on the (West) Coast and definitely find much of my style comes from coastal / nautical inspirations.  We have a Newport, CA that I am very familiar with but hope to spend some time in Newport (RI) soon!

Thanks, Lauren! Readers–see the Newport, Jamestown, Nantucket pieces and more below, and to see the collection in its entirety, CLICK HERE.  

ImageStar Blouse + Newport Sequin Skirt

ImageJamestown Top + Jib Shorts

ImageNew Haven Dress

ImageDuxbury Dress

ImageMontauk Sequin Dress

ImageNantucket Dress


March 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

Exclusive Rockport Sale Starts Tomorrow

Why exclusive? Because only the Newport and Las Vegas Rockport concept stores are offering this private sale with 40% off your entire purchase, including the new Spring 2013 collection, sale and clearance pieces*! Just provide your email address in-store March 20-27 and receive the 40% discount (or 30% off without email address). I was in the shop just a few days ago and there are colorful collections for women and men (amazing dress, dress casual, casual and active collections for both), plus boots and bags with a fresh, funky appeal. Shopping online at Your code is: PREFERRED.**

*RocSports Lite and truWALKzero excluded from in-store sale.

**Online discount is 30% off and excudes sale, clearance. Offer not valid on outlet product on and excludes RocSports Lite, Business Lite, truWALKzero, Ledge Hill, World Tour, World Tour Elite, and Margin collections.

March 19, 2013 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

Top O’ the Morning to You From The Rhode Show


Whether you can trace your roots back to the Emerald Isle or are simply Irish at heart, Newport is the place to be this weekend as the city by the sea celebrates its 57th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. I popped into The Rhode Show this morning with some fashionable—and functional—finds to mark the occasion in style.

Let’s start with some fun finds for the Irish lads…

The Blar Knee Stones 100% Cotton St. Patrick’s Day chino shorts by Bonobos features green and gold embroidered shamrocks and are perfect with and Irish sweater. Bonobos are all about smart, confident style with an expert fit. Available at

_DSC0457_20130314121025_640_480Let’s toast to these beer mug-embroidered corduroys by Nantucket-based Castaway Clothing from The Narragansett in Newport.

Dress up with this silk tie by Vineyard Vines with a charming shamrock print available at Island Outfitters or this preppy ribbon belt with classic shamrock pattern.

You’ll never go wrong with a classic woolen Irish sweater! You’ll find these classics at Ireland Calls in Newport.

For the Lasses…

On parade day you’ll definitely want comfortable, practical shoes but you don’t have to sacrifice style with these chic flats and classic boat shoes from Rockport’s new Spring 2013 line.

Fit everything you need in Rockport’s roomy drawstring bag.

This sterling silver claddagh bracelet is a stunning rendition of the age old symbol of friendship, love, and loyalty, while this green and gold expandable bracelet toast Ireland’s colors._DSC0459_20130314121012_640_480

Get into the Irish spirit with these great green from OPI nail color (Sit Under The Apple Tree and Who the Shrek Are You?) and Sally Hansen (Sage Smash).

Original Hunter wellington rain boots are virtually indestructible and perfect in less than lucky weather.

Finish your look off with a festive scarf!


March 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Have the Luck of the Irish? Win These Stella & Dot Earrings!

ImageI’m so excited to collaborate once again with Karen Sanderson, a local, independent jewelry and fashion stylist with Stella & Dot. Karen showed me the gorgeous new spring arrivals to the colorful collection. From pastels to metallic, petite pieces to statement gems, the new bling  is positively covetable. (See the whole collection by CLICKING HERE). So, since you’ll need to wear some green this weekend for the famous Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we’re giving away a pair of these fabulous Lily chandelier earrings with lustrous aqua stones in gold-plated settings. Entering is simple. Here’s how:

  1. Comment “Enter me to win!” in the comment section below (or make a comment if you already love Stella & Dot)
  2. LIKE Newport Stylephile on Facebook (CLICK HERE)
  3. LIKE Karen Sanderson from Stella & Dot on Facebook (CLICK HERE)

…And your name will be entered to win! Entries will be accepted through 12:01 am on Thursday, March 14, 2013. ALSO, come on over and follow us on Twitter! Follow @newportSTYLE and Karen’s just launched @stylistsparkles for some fun style talk in 140 characters or less!



March 11, 2013 at 8:49 am 19 comments

Pillow Talk

pillow octopus

It’s kind of hard to live on an island and not be intrinsically attracted to coastal décor. I spotted these precious hand-hooked pillows at The Pink Pineapple—the Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth location—which has a small but growing home décor section. Right about now, when we’re practically giddy with the promise of warmer temperatures around the corner, these little nautical gems will help remind you why you live here in the first place. The octopus pictured above is by Phi, and the “starboard” one is by Connecticut-based artisan Suzanne Nicoll. Prices vary but hover around the $50 mark.


March 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Slip Slidin’ Away

ImageLooking for some “spring-spiration” as another “weather event” heads our way?

Palm Beach and Newport are like cousins—so different, yet so alike. Hence, it makes total sense that Palm Beach-based Stubbs & Wootton and J. Crew have paired up to produce a line of the handmade slippers with that unmistakable J. Crew je ne sais quoi.

Worn day or evening, dressed up or down, Stubbs & Wootton slippers for men and women are not your average yoga pants partner at more than $400 a pair. Traditionally graced with whimsical embroidery, Stubbs & Wootton for J. Crew linen slippers have a trio of coastal living motifs: a sailing knot, a life preserver and a palm tree paradise. While most stylistas may save their Benjamins for footwear with a little less niche appeal, they sure are fun to take a look at as you think spring in the days ahead…


March 6, 2013 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

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