Your style personality check: The Good The Bad and The Stylish. Every trend has an element of the good girl, the bad girl and the style stand out and the Wild West forgives none who fall behind.  Forget the spurs, plaids, hats and other costume culprits. This is not a trend to pick up on any old dusty trail.  These are style staples worthy of campfire legend and style folklore.  From the bankers ballroom to the settlement camp there are some styles that have stayed the test of time and if you look closely in today’s top designer collections you can see the history of the late 19th century and the beginning of the Wild West’s influence in the deconstruction of the European way of dressing.  So Annie Get Your Gun because we are ready to take this show on the road and settle some debts owed to your wardrobes.

So you don’t have to bang your head to come up metal, we present our line up of metallic must haves.  The Style Armory makes getting the look as easy as one, two, three.  Metal shell bags are a unique way to make a statement without turning your wardrobe into a solid gold overhaul, after all sometimes a girl just needs one coveted item to turn her wardrobe from mediocre to metallic.

You are the ultimate Rebel With A Clue when you let your sleek side shine and we have just the treats to trick you out.  Body hugging angel knit dresses by Martisse and Vintage floor length maxi’s with cropped leather jackets let you Rock, Rock, Rock Around the Clock from the boardroom to the bar without skipping a beat.  The look is reformed rocker meets boardroom babe and lets face it One Way or Another …. You’re gonna get um get um get um get um.

Walk this way towards the ladies who ruled the look.  Marlene Dietrich made film and fashion history when she appeared in the 1930 sensation Morocco with Gary Cooper wearing a full men’s tuxedo and top hat during her strip tease scene- minus the strip tease.  The men went wild at the juxtaposition of this beguiling beauty in this buttoned up to there masculine look and we have not looked back since! The Black & White Tuxedo look lived on throughout Yves Saint Laurent’s rule and continues today to evoke a smart sexiness that demands and commands all the attention in the room.  Let’s face it anyone can put on a barely there dress but it takes a real style student to make her mark in menswear.

Jean-Machel Basquiat embodied the independent spirit, raw talent and singular motivation of a true underground artist.  Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1960 Basquiat showed signs of his artist talent as early as 4 years old, by 1976 he was a dropout, a runaway and one third of a notorious Graffiti team know as SAMO.  SAMO may have declared itself ‘DEAD’ on the walls of SOHO in 1979 but Basquiat’s legend was alive and well.  With live cable TV show appearances on TV Party hosted by Glenn O’Brian and the formation of the band Gray, Basquait may have been living on a bench in Washington Square Park with the bag ladies but his rise to fame was about to begin.  In 1980 Basquiat got two solids from his pal O’Brian, first by starring in his independent film Downtown 81 and later being introduced to Andy Warhol. Basquiat tore around town in paint splattered Armani suits catching among other things the attention of SoHo gallery owner Annina Nosei who formally introduced his work to the art world. In 1986 he appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a feature entitled “New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist” and briefly dated aspiring singer Madonna but his growing heroin addiction combined with the death of his longtime friend Andy Warhol led to isolation, depression and ultimately his overdose in 1988.  When he was found dead in his art studio on Great Jones Street in NYC at the age of 27 the art world and the downtown scene mourned the loss of a true original work of art.

When the real style set wants to turn up the dial on their bad-o-meter they know to land on Color Me Bad.  The only color that can take you Rolling in the Deep is Mean Green and much like its alter ego, black, deep green gives you an edge without leaving you in the dark.  Deep Green leathers and enamel accessories get a fire started in your heart with gold hardware while patents take a cool personality that leave your competition feeling like they almost had it all.

Punch Drunk Love: A term used to describe someone behaving in a bewildered, confused, or dazed manner from having been physically, mentally or emotionally punched. No wonder we are feeling the effect after this season’s parade of Kool Aide inspired looks. As each model came marching down the runway hitting us over and over again one amazing, rich color at a time we could not help but run to the vault and pull out our own secret stash of this style elixir. While some of us like ours straight up we are happy to serve it up with a twist so don’t be afraid to mix and match separates to create your own color cocktail.

She’ Crafty and she’ s just our type… This week The Style Armory paints a pretty picture of mix and match Parisian inspired looks.  Perfect for an afternoon at the museum followed by a stroll in the park, coffee at the obscure café to ponder about the ways of the world and an evening of cocktails– to paint in oil or to paint in water color is to be the conversation of the day.   The artsy are accused of many self -indulgences and thankfully so for we love the living mosaic montages that these ensembles take on and the endless and often pretentious evolution of the self proclaimed artist’s wardrobe.

We are nothing if not avid supporters of creativity and self expression (have you read our product descriptions?! Not exactly standardized copy) but we also appreciate a good edit and we heed the warning of our beloved iconic editor Polly Mellon who declared these words of infinite wisdom, “fussy, finished.”