Mad Respect: Refinery 29’s Christene Barberich
In 2005, the digital fashion world was blessed with a website called Refinery29 (check out the new redesign this week). Serving as their Editor-in-Chief since it’s inception, Christene Barberich has steadfast delivered strong and tasty editorials, always stepping up her game for us hungry readers. An admitted eBay junkie, we’re always on the look out for Christene’s finds since she manages to surprise and delight us every time. The Inside Source asked the multi-talented writer a few questions about her summer inspirations.
Jauretsi: What is your manifesto for life?
Christene Barberich: You have to choose to be happy. My aunt taught me this, and it changed my life.
J: Tell us your top 3 items you fiend for when searching through eBay?
CB: Three things I am constantly searching for on eBay:
- 1984 Mercedes Benz 500SL convertible in ivory
- Celine gold cuff bracelet
- Vintage brocade or embroidered Dries Van Noten coats…the weirder the better.
J: Name your Summer Inspiration songs for August
CB: “Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas) by Daft Punk, “Love Plus One” by Haircut 100, and ”Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes
(Photo: Anna Moller. Text by Jauretsi)
Booth Rat: The Refinery29 Party, Fashion Week NY
In our quest to visit the coolest DJ booths around town, The Inside Source swung through the Refinery29 party to visit DJ Chelsea Leyland work the decks as Fashion Week begins to build. Note: this was the night of blizzard Nemo, so there was a bit of joyful abandon in the air. Guests cozied towards the gargantuan fireplace while dancing to Chelsea’s 50’s rebel rock and soul. Here’s a taste of her playlist (as you can see, she looks very focused here).
• “Chain of Fools” - Aretha Franklin
• ”Land of 1000 Dances” - Wilson Pickett
• ”Ready Teddy” - Little Richard
• ”Shake Rattle and Roll” - Big Joe Turner
• ”The Wanderer” - Dion
• ”The Clapping Song”- Shirley Ellis
• ”Jailhouse Rock” - Elvis Presley
• ”Waiting for My YaYa” - Lee Dorsey
• ”Stay” - Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs
• ”Shout” - The Isley Brothers
(Photo and Text by Jauretsi)
eBay Search Alert: 1937 Red Flats
Here’s a pair of adorable shoes we’re jealous we don’t already own. They were snapped by Refinery29, showing off Madewell’s shoe line called 1937. We suggest you pop these into your eBay Feed for whenever they turn up on eBay.
(Photo: Courtesy of Refinery29. Text by Jauretsi)
How Did I Not See This on eBay Myself?
Refinery29 editor Christene Barberich has decided to empty her closet and sell some of her designer goodies, including a few gems she picked up on eBay. “Okay, so our global editor, Connie, told me I was nuts when I snapped these up on eBay,” confesses the fashion writer. “I mean, who didn’t love them when they came down Marc Jacobs’ Spring ‘11 runway? They didn’t quite work on me, but I guarantee some lovely lady will absolutely know how to rock these…AND do them proud.” It’s ok! We’ll take them. If you’re craving these bold and courageous pants, visit the Refinery Closet to grab these for $70 (she’s got mad other pieces for sale, too).
Photo: Courtesy of Refinery29. Credits: Marc by Marc Jacobs pants (Christene’s), silver ball necklace (Christene’s), Topshop crop top, Robert Clergerie booties (Christene’s). Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson; Hair and Makeup by Angela Sarracino; Styled by Daniela Gutmann; Modeled by Willow Lindley. Text by Jauretsi)
We Love You Too Christene Barberich
This Fashion week, Editor in Chief of Refinery29 Christine Barberich has been documenting her daily looks online. Pretty smart. I was tickled to see a loving natural shout-out to eBay. ”I love that two of my looks are almost completely vintage, which is very me” writes the creative dresser. “This somewhat kooky printed dress is by Adele Simpson, a brilliant designer from the ’50s, whom along with Pauline Trigére, I adore. It’s not always easy to find her pieces in such great condition—and with such modern lines—so this dress, also from eBay, was a total score for around $200. I imagine I’ll have loads of fun wearing it in my older, more eclectic period…which seems to be fast approaching.”
Then there is the other look, my fav. with the striking red purse. ”I am proud to say that I found this vintage navy Norma Kamali suit on eBay (and for a grand total of $40!). It didn’t need any tailoring at all, and the ’80s uniform vibe really appeals to me.” From complex prints to straight color, we send a little applause for putting it all together.
(Photo Credit: 1. & 2. Vintage Adele Simpson dress, Derek Lam shoes, Marni necklace and bag, vintage Nina Ricci sunglasses from R29/Adele. 3. & 4. Vintage Norma Kamali suit, vintage belt, Illesteva tortoise sunglasses, Isabel Marant pumps, BCBG necklace, Loeffler Randall bag from R29/Kamali.)
Here at The Inside Source, we love a good nail trick. Today’s lesson comes to us via the generous folks at Refinery29 with a video entitled Splatter Paint Nails. Who would have thunk a simple straw could create such a masterpiece? We found some neon colors starting at .99 cents so you can begin your own splatter party.