“People began unlatching their seatbelts and pulling baggage from the storage bins, and all the while I was in the meadow. I could smell the grass, feel the wind on my face, hear the cries of the birds. Autumn 1969, and soon I would be twenty.”

- “Norwegian Wood”, Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel “Norwegian Wood” (named after the Beatles song) is one of my favorite coming of age stories and one of my top five favorite books. In 2011 the love story was adapted into a film. Because the book means so much to so many people it was impossible for the film to please everyone, though personally I enjoyed the film even though its release in the states was hopelessly limited and I left the theater in an emotional state.

Costume played an important role in translating the classic work onto film. Set in late 1960′s Tokyo, Costume designer Yen Khe Luguern created new outfits for each scene; a mix of hip-hugger pants, white Levis, pointed collar shirts, long line and short pleated skirts, sleeveless hostess dresses and bell bottom jeans. At that time fashion  was largely influenced by Western pop culture and so the textures and colors used are all too familiar. Finding myself in a lush setting similar to those  described in the book I decided to present you with my take on the vintage-y costumes (with updated jean cuts) found in the film.

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I am pictured wearing a vintage Gucci tee from the Canoga store, a cardigan from the Veteran store, and Chloe flats from the Studio City store paired with Nudie jeans and an H&M tote bag.

photographed by Anna M. Chang

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See You in 2013


I’m not sure if it’s because it is the end of the year and I’m feeling a little lethargic  or if it’s the stream of “Mad Men” re-runs I have been watching all week but this might be the kitschiest post  I have ever made on this site. Normally I try to steer clear of clothing that feels like costume but this week at the Victory store I found myself gravitating towards pieces that looked as though they came straight out of the “California Design” exhibit at LACMA. It’s pretty hard to ignore clothing this upbeat and colorful.

As the title of this post suggests this sale will be our last of the year. The second week of January “Best of the Best” sales will resume starting with the first ever “Best of the Best” sale at the new Fairfax store. In the mean time I will have some help shooting once again and provide styled images of NCJWLA  clothes in my day to day life. I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Hanukkah and has a fun New Years!








vintage children’s toys

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‘You don’t understand, this is an Alaia.’ An a-what-a?’. ‘It’s like a totally important designer!’

Imagine my surprise when I saw that these demure vintage lace-ups from the Venice store were by none other than “the king of cling”, Azzedine Alaïa. In 1979, the shoe designer Charles Jourdan commissioned the Tunsian born designer to create a small ready-to-wear line which signaled the return of stylish leather clothing. In the 80′s Alaïa became synonymous with figure conscious clothing modeled by glamazons like Naomi Campbell and Grace Jones. While I must admit that I know very little about Alaïa accessories  I am somewhat of a lace-up shoe connoisseur and these are truly beautiful. Just look at that sharp contrast stitching and round toe . . I only with they came in my size!



An iconic Peter Lindbergh photograph of supermodels decked out in Alaïa

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Dancer in the Dark


“Soft Focus Romance” is a reoccurring theme of Vera Wang’s eponymous  Ready to Wear line. Her layered silk dresses and tunics bring to mind young ballerinas and other ingénues. I especially like this piece, found at our Granville store, because it is a little darker and more avante garde than some of her other work. The way the silk falls gives it a bohemian feel reminiscent of a more “artistic” brand like Marni.



My favorite brand of ballet flats: Repetto! Also found at the Granville store.

Maria Duenas Jacobs, Senior Accessories Editor, Glamour Vera Wang ready to wear  collection courtesy of The Coveteur

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The Hunger

If you are going to dress like a vampire . . .then Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger” is really the one to aspire to. Set in the early 80′s and directed by the late, great, Tony Scott La Deneuve (as she is fondly known) plays a lustful Egyptian vampire lady named Mariam. While in my opinion this movie falls into the category of films that have more aesthetic appeal than substance (music by Bauhaus and costarring David Bowie!!) its still worth a studied viewing.

The costumes for the film were designed by Milena Canonero who didn’t want to go with a “cliche vampire look” and instead was influenced by “sharp, clean cut lines” found in clothing from the 40′s and 50s’. Catherine Deneuve’s monochromatic outfits are embellished by sharp sunglasses and statement necklaces. The accessories and especially the jewelry selection at the Granville store this past week seemed to reference “The Hunger”; an 80′s play on characteristically Egyptian design. Below are a few of my favorite pieces:





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