I am always amazed how many shows exist on the calendar during Fashion Week and how anybody manages to get to all of them. Everybody complains that the week is too jam-packed with events, but everybody shows up everywhere.
If i were a bird, I could get to West 22nd Street and the West Side Highway back to Lincoln Center in a jiffy but we all know nobody flies. On Saturday of this fashion weekend I tried out the Citibike to realize that although it is a great mode of transportation for the city, my legs aren’t fast like the Road Runner and there were plenty of shows that I just missed because of poor timing. That being said, fashion doesn’t stop, the curtains go up and the show must go on. Yielding high power, with the spring collections well underway, I was able to hit the ground running.
Starting off my New Year on Friday Fashion loves juxtapositions: the light and the dark, the floral and the dark, the masculine and the feminine. There’s no black and white right or wrong, it’s just the way it’s sliced. I am intrigued by unlikely mixtures, take for example Rebecca Taylor and Sally LaPointe.
My first show of the day with Rebecca Taylor’s intimate runway show, there was an ultra-feminine vibe. Taylor showed flippy dresses, soft pink and yellow accents and lots of florals. Complementing this was 9o’s street wear , complete with perforated leathers, crop tops, mesh and lace.
On the other side was a dark vibe holding court by Sally LaPointe’s spring collection where she investigated the decaying, not the birth of flowers. The set design was a lacquered square stage, encircling a sunken pit filled with hundred of black purple dried flower petals. LaPointe developed a goth flower print, featured on several pieces with organza shiny-coated edgy looks.
And oh notice the pops of yellow filtering through most of the collections so far.
More shows to attend to …! Will post in a bit.
Guys, it’s happening. New York Fashion Week has begun with a bang. Here’s the thing. I’m so excited about what is coming down the pipes for spring. A sea of black at Sally LaPointe, deep V necks at Rag & Bone, and sleep just is NOT an option. Yesterday I hit several shows and today promises plenty of new trends. I’m not planning my outfits like I planned, just running with it. I liken my thoughts to my show notes on vibes and vines, etc.
What’s my vibe? “Oh this printed top? I just threw it on.”
Which leads me to the point: my goal is to be as effortless as possible. My days are long, my feet will be tired, and all I want to wear is granny flats, Things you want to wear now that it’s Fall you ask? Printed blue tartan tops layered on top of white breezy florals, loose-fitting shapes, a pair of skinny lavender jeans, plus a glitzy minaudiere.
And then there’s me doing the fashion dance.
photos: jim d’angelo
Fashion Week started yesterday!! @^&%$#!!!!
As I’m sifting through email and party Evites come rolling in, absolutely the last thing I want to fret about is what to wear. Labor Day has come and gone and although I have a sense of nostalgia and will continue to wear white pants, (there are still 20 days left of summer), I am looking forward to fall and what the new season has to bring.
My “OMG I have nothing to wear!” stress started to loom a few days ago when I realized there was a strong possibility that I was not going to look the way I should, and everybody else was doing it right. In pre-planning all my outfits, I can’t be sure what I am wearing will be on trend. But that type of stress seems silly when you think of NYFW as nothing more than loosely scheduled 10-minute increments of tall people walking to and from Lincoln Center and Milk Studios trying to catch a ride.
Following up on my frenzied panic, I checked out some street style blogs that always trigger the imagination. And although Fashion Week has been likened to the Hunger Games, I’m here to tell you that it’s only getting dressed, it’s not rocket science.
This season I am not pre-shopping or pre-planning for Fashion Week as in years past. I never actually end up wearing the stuff I buy because I’m buying it for one thematic purpose which, surprise, isn’t actually that purposeful when all is said and worn. Starting tonight, I’ll be off the fashion grid eating apples and honey but come Friday, will be hitting the ground running. Clearly I needed a kick in the literal buttocks post Labor Day weekend with some closet organization and street style blog inspiration.
The street style circus that is Fashion Week has and always will turn heads. I am leaning more towards emulating the French women who knows something that we don’t. Or just look like they do. I have no idea what it is. But I think we can all agree it’s the je ne seis quoi thing about them. They always look completely well, perfect.
There’s the simple style of Carine Roitfeld. I bet she’s not pre-planning Fashion Week looks.
The epitome of French style. Just a T-shirt and jeans.
Who has the ultimate style? Duh, Emmanuelle Alt.
Street Style from Stockholm
Before I dive in to the constant stimulation of what lies ahead, I think about what remains with me post-Fashion Week. Of course the clothes that just whiz by, the designers, the old friends, but the spectacle, and the music–these are the things that hit you in the moment. Nothing is more important to a fashion show than the music. Here’s a taste of what might be a runway favorite.
See you at the tents!
It’s Labor Day! Hooray! Rather than bemoan the end of Summer Fridays and lazy weekend BBQ’s, let’s get excited about apple picking, leaves changing, romantic breezy nights, and the fact that we can keep on wearing our white pants right on in to winter.
You may think we have to call it quits on the white pants fairly soon – after all you know that pesky little “fashion rule” that decrees thou shalt never wear white after Labor Day? Well, it looks like it’s officially been tossed out the window. In fact, it seems today’s style set—including actresses, models, and bloggers, (myself included) will be tooling around in white way after the leaves start falling.
We still have a good 20 odd days so or so under our summer heated belts till summer officially ends, so why not continue the celebration?
White trousers are the sartorial equivalent of peach sorbet: a palette-cleansing piece with the ability to keep your everyday looks feeling crisp and clean. And Fall’s chicest pairing, the combination of black and white, makes it so clean and modern.
For this story, I paired these white pants with a striped graphic top. What makes black and white particularly enticing is the idea that it doesn’t require a great deal of commitment or cash—everyone has at least one solid black and one solid white piece in their closet, right? It’s a win-win.
White pants always look chic and fresh, wear them into fall with a pointy heel (especially in red), a cropped leather jacket, and jewel toned sweater. Come winter, try them with a pair of riding boots and a cream-colored turtleneck. Or pick up a wide leg pair and wear them with a cropped navy sweater.
jennifer zeuner choker chain necklace
What do you think, will you wear white pants after labor day? To me, they have no expiration date. Why not give it a try?
Ahh, Labor Day weekend. A chance to unwind, read, see friends and enjoy the last of summer’s beauty. WIth Fashion Week around the literal corner and kids heading back to classes, I want to just let it go and enjoy the final moments. When life brings challenges, I try to reflect back on all the good times and keep a positive outlook.
What are your plans this long weekend? Don’t remind me, September. Remember this?
Not everything in life is black and white although we would like to think so. Rather than compartmentalizing everything into two categories, why not accept the fact that not everything is clear-cut and set in stone. Nothing ever ends really. The same can be said for your wardrobe. I love wearing white, (I just got that shirt dress, dammit), mixing black and white, and black is a non-existent staple in my closet. This Fall, both grey and navy take center stage giving black and white the back seat.
Today on the Fashion Hunter, we explore the full spectrum of greys – from pewter to charcoal to everything in between. There were literally hundreds of different tones and textures on the runways. Here are some of those looks I adore.
Here is my cheat sheet on what to look forward to in stores and websites near you.
Stella McCartney wool baseball cap, $256.00 (I think this could be iconic during fashion week), Marc Jacobs nail enamel, $16.00 for a high shine like no other, Givenchy duffel bag, $2435.00. I know its expensive but worth every penny. Alexander Wang Burnout Fair Isle sweater, $525.00, Thom Browne wool zipped kilt, $3820., get a similar one here. If nothing else, invest in these Gianvito Rossi Metallic Ankle Cuff Pump, $765.00 as shoes are always the best investment.
An easy way to medicate the mid-week slump is to load up on more than 3 cups of coffee. If you aren’t a caffeinated psycho, go on a shopping spree, or do something crazy like send out Fashion Week requests, or keep it simple and wear some fancy shorts. In fact, if you can master wacky Wednesdays with gusto, you may never need to read this blog again. Just kidding. Remember, life has no refunds and fashion is fun!
Summer is quickly coming to a close, and although I will mourn the death of my sunsets on instagram, its high time that I get a life and start producing. Back to school means purchasing new books and boots, updating my wardrobe and my home, getting a new haircut, (should I go short)?, and feeling a sense of renewal as the seasons change.
In case you were wondering what I am wearing right now, this is it. A basic white T-shirt from Blacklabel, the shorts are Orla Kiely from Spring Summer 2013, a newish but on sale IRO leather trimmed jacket, and these Nina Ricci open cage sandals that I am obsessing over. Get a similar pair here.
Photos: Jim D’Angelo
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Miley raised quite a few eyebrows, turning off former Hannah Montana fans — including my 13 year-old daughter and her friends, after putting on quite a show at the VMAs last night. More to it than just furry unitards, dry-humping foam fingers, teddy bear backpacks and her long tongue vying for attention, she is twerking, dancing like a stripper, following Dirty South/crunk hip-hop associated with strip clubs, pimps and drug dealers. She is trying so hard to be “edgy” and “cool.”
All I can say is EW.
There is no comparison to Madonna’s appearance in Like a Virgin, although at the time that seemed to be shocking. According to The Onion back in 2008, “within two years, she’ll be little more than a withered, desiccated husk, incapable of causing anyone any amusement at all.”
Will my daughter and other Millenial kids ever recover and be okay again? Only time will tell.
Keeping up with current events at the end of August can be taxing and preposterous. From following who will be the next mayoral candidates of New York, to upheavals in Egypt and Iran, birthing Pandas, photos of Baby North, and models suing magnates over getting the herpes virus, it’s probably good to unplug, and take some time off now and then. Stop the noise. Stop the chatter. Let your left brain and right brain fuse.
I am bringing all these things up to point out that you can be selective about what you worry about in August. It’s summertime. The living should be easy. Sometimes, if you relax, things just work themselves out. For instance, it feels liberating to take time off of the job, household responsibilities, and even putting on makeup and getting dressed on a daily basis. Here is what I did all week, using action verbs.
BTW, all photos below taken with the iPhone 5.
1. Read my book and tried to tackle the 5 pound September issues with a vengeance.
2. Captured the setting sun every night.
3. Made a delicious vegetarian salad with all local ingredients (recipe from Food and Wine)
4. Ate a lobster roll. Because sometimes you have to go off the grid.
5. Watched a midnight showing of The Butler with Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Their performances were truly on point.
Sadly, vacations end, summer tan lines fade, and unless you’re inheriting at least 20 million from a dead relative in the next year or so, you will actually have to get back to work. The good news is, we’re less than two weeks away from the initiation of New York Fashion Week which will unveil the Spring/Summer 2014 collections over the course of what will inevitably feel like a marathonic seven days.
Stay tuned for my Pre-Fashion Week cleanse, and how I’m gearing up for the Olympics.
Honestly, one of the scariest things I have ever done was to go on the Kindga Ka roller coaster at Great Adventure, an all-steel whip fast ride that nearly gave me a panic attack, dubbed the world’s tallest roller coaster and the second fastest in the world. Next to that, as an adventure seeking warrior, always on the hunt for the next best thing, my checklist is quite long including surfing 6 foot waves, and hiking Kathmandu. But I digress. This renegade belief filters into my everyday lifestyle as I believe in the power of guts and glory and revel in the power that fashion can bring.
Today on the Fashion Hunter, to put a close to Five Foot Fridays, in the final of the five part series, I bring you the midi skirt. In my previous life, I would’ve never touched the weird-length skirt. It’s not sexy-above the knee-come hither material nor does it fall low enough to be a free-flowing maxi-dress. But what it does do is show a little leg, adding the dimensions of flair and a whole lot of fashion power.
While were on the subject of scary, mixing prints, season, and designers is also a scary attempt, but once you get a handle on it, it’s life changing. I was asked the question what is my fashion mantra, and my answer is simply as follows, “If getting dressed takes longer than 15 minutes, it’s too much effort.” Personal expression is an essential part of what drives fashion today. Think about it — when you can start creating combos that you’ve never tried before, your potential wardrobe combinations and permutations increase exponentially, you can get dressed faster, and you’ll impress your fashion friends (seemingly) effortlessly.
Witness this whimsical pairing of a J. Crew factory mint green tank top from a few seasons ago, the midi skirt scored at the Tibi sample sale, Nina Ricci netted heel sandal, on sale at the Claire Five Story sample sale, and a new Derek Lam clutch from yoox.com.
In today’s day and age you don’t need a trust fund to support your love and access of fashion clothes–especially in the age of The Outnet, and Yoox. I adore Zara and other retailers for its fast disposable fashion – I can buy something without remorse even when I know it is a one season wonder.
So what do think about the midi skirt on a petite frame? Are you a fan? I am a convert.
Before I go off the grid for a week, as I am taking a well-needed vacation away from my computer to enjoy the last weeks of summer. I wanted to end this post with a quote from Simon Doonan’s new book “The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences…and Hysteria. He says, “today, everything exists concurrently, which makes this a fantastic time for fashion because everything is about self-expression. The ownership shifts to the consumer. It’s about having your own look, crafting your own creative identity.”
I am on board with this belief as I continue to write about fashion style clients I am constantly learning what looks good on me and thereofore am able to share that information with all of you.
Have a fantastic week…see you on the other side! I’ve got to rest up, spring fashion week is just around the corner.