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What I Wore

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Here we are, wrapping up the week that was NY Fashion Week Spring 2013. Down below is an assemblage of outfits, a public service announcement, on what I wore last week. It is a brief selection from the inner working of my closet, taken from my iPhone, scrambled together to create this post. Some outfits were a hit–don’t quiver in your Kirkwoods now– you might even find me in a bevy of street style round-ups in your local Korean or Finnish magazine. Never mind that. Street-style hoarder I am not, but I am guilty as the rest of the fashion crew for posing in front of those gigantic lenses dangling on photographer’s necks in front of Lincoln Center and Milk Studios.

Here’s your front row seat. FYI, the photos below were not staged.

Starting in the upper left-hand corner, moving clock-wise, I was lucky enough to take full advantage of what The Cut had to offer–a free ride. Who would ever turn down a free ride? Organic by John Patrick eyelet top, Kenzo skirt, DVF clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti sandals.Moving right along, when I saw this perforated flower vest on sale at Opening Ceremony my heart skipped a beat. I have been craving all thins leather this fall and what a perfect way to enter the fray than with a leather shell? I paired it with an Alexander Wang button-down from last season, Thakoon floral pants, and a Clare Vivier color blocked clutch. Black and white looks great with almost anything especially a touch of neon and lots of flowers.

Moving on down, I had all these crazy ideas on mixing prints but wasn’t sure if the execution at hand would turn out the way I had planned. Taken inside Lincoln Center, all eyes were on me. Here’s the skinny: Zara blouse, 10 Crosby lattice-printed pants, TopShop sunnies, Oscar de la Renta furry coat. Meanwhile outside of Lincoln Center, a place which has become a tourist attraction all on its own, including aspiring stars trying to make it into the spotlight, I’m sporting a UCLA baseball cap, MIH striped top, CAbi mustard pencil skirt, Dolce and Gabbana shoes, Dannijo vintage necklace. I know that baseball caps are having a moment so I obliged appropriately but I can’t tell you how many people asked me if I was from California. “Are you a Bruins fan”? they asked. No, I responded, “I am just so into blue and yellow, which goes with my look.” Hashtag, animated face that cannot be replicated.

And the outtakes:

In other news, what do you think of Street-Style photographers forcing out the original tour-de-force which were,in fact, the fashion shows itself? The questions is begging for an answer via The New York Times article a few days back. In short, the question arises and asks is street-style street-centric anymore, or is it a mere a marketing plug for all the brands that want to display their wares? Is is a part of the culture of our times the red carpet for fashion?

Do share your thoughts! Happy Wednesday.

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Let the Fashion Games Begin

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what’s a video worth? In case you did ever wonder what the definition of “getting ready for Fashion Week” really means. In the throes of Day 4, today is my birthday!, I will be heading to the tents for some more Fashion Olympics. Contributing to the above preparations are copious amounts of high heel dents on my freshly painted wall, heavy bags under my eyes, hangers strewn all over the floor, and gold-tipped brogues ready to form new blisters on my feet.

Ready. Set. GO! Happy Fashion Week. Again. xo

Fashion credits seen for 2 seconds: A.L.C. dress, Urban Outfitters jacket, Oscar de la Renta shoes, 3.1 Phillip Lim bags, Chanel shoes, Steven Alan clutch, Cynthia Rowley Band Aids, Panasonic Lumix camera, All Saints vest, Kirna Zabete bag, Zara top, 10 Crosby pants, Top Shop sunnies, Marni clutch, Acne dress, Loeffler Randall shoes, Derek Lam halter top, Lauren Moffatt skirt, Stephanie Johnson pouch, sticky bras, Tylenol, Dolce and Gabbana shoes, Hat Attack cap, and Dannijo iPhone case.

Music credits Flo Rida and Calvin Harris. Fashion tips courtesy of Mr. Joe Zee.  Love to friends and family and all my readers!

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The styles on the street

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Has Fashion Week become one big beauty pageant? The runway shows are one part, the celebs in the front row another, but the poser begging to be photographed is the true unspoken battle on the streets outside of Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, and the Piers. What are the rules? Getting dressed and looking good is Rule 1. For the Carine Roitfields and the Olsen twins of the world, getting photographed for The Cut or The Sartorialist is a given. But if you are a FW plebleian like me, you can capture the attention of the camera. I definitely don’t have all the answers. It is an attainable art to dress like a rockstar. This season, it seemed like everyone managed to rummage through a man’s closet prior to showing up: Beat-up denim jeans, flannel shirts, and oversized sweaters. The street really provides a perfect base for splashes of crazy in the form of little socks, clashing prints, loads of neon, and look-at-me sunglasses. Or you could go full-on into head-to-toe Celine which will garner just the right attention. Check out these street style looks that really brought it this season, and keep them in mind the next time you walk on by. What’s your favorite street style look?

Of course just being Anna, doesn’t hurt.

photos The Sartorialist

 

 

Street style photos  www.michaelcrook.com/

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Day 7 interruption

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Day 7 of NYFW has reared its head and I seem to be plugging through the end of this week unscathed and smiling. Besides an iPhone that runs out of juice, therefore searching any bar or restaurant for a charging station, fashion week is coming to a close with a bang. I have so much to write and say and so little time. I wore this outfit yesterday for Valentine’s Day, a lady in pink and purple pastels, not red, as I wore red the other day. Recycling looks is NOT permitted in these zones. Check here just in case you missed it. Lo and behold I am ready to take on the last and final two days of NYFW in the highest way.

Jes Wade purple shearling vest, Calypso pink sweater, Miu Miu shoes, Wolford tights,  Maje skirt, Mulberry bag, J.Crew white shirt, Tom Ford sunglasses, Chanel vintage bracelet.

Soft pastels paired with black tights and a leather skirt make an outfit a little edgy. Hair is pulled back in a side pony as I haven’t had time to get my hair straightened and done in time for the morning rush.

Ultimately, the above photo above describes a look such as “You are kidding me, right?” or “Please don’t steal my taxi” or you can think of your own bubble coming out of my brain. It’s good to keep you on your toes and thinking.

I also wanted to a moment to thank my new photographer friend Michael, Michael is a she, who has taken those brazen pics of me during these past few days! Hurrah!

Back to the tents! Follow me on Twitter and enjoy the ride!

All photos Michael Crook Click here to visit website www.michaelcrook.com/

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Talking trends at MBFW Fall 2012

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So far on the runways for Fall 2012  fitted looks, military influences, a continuation of the peplum, and fierce rough fashion are just of few of the hot new emerging trends. In sharp contrast to Spring’s flowy looks that dominated the runways, I am seeing a lot of menswear- inspired looks and great textured leathers, python, and iridescent fabrics. Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Prabal Gurung, and Alexander Wang were just some of the designers that nailed those concepts. During a short break on a schedule that is booked by the hour, I had a chance to chat with one of WGSN’s leading runway analysts, Maren Hartman, about her forecast for Fall. Traveling globally to find inspiration, WGSN is one of the leading fashion forecasters for top brands like D&G, Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Nike, Puma and countless others as well as the Official Trend Sponsor of Fashion Week 2012. She predicts macro-trends 2 years into the future. She has such a cool job. Listening to Maren’s predictions, I was impressed by her astute insights. Watch on to see some of the latest trends like vapor prints seen at Rachel Comey, and hints of wallpaper textures at Rebecca Taylor. Blink and you might miss it.

Without further adieu, here is a fashion round-up with Day 5 coming at you. Check back loyally and follow me on Twitter for the latest updates. Onto the tents!

 

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What I wore

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Maje bright red top, Whistles trousers, Calypso vest, oldie but goodie belt, Marni, boots, Céline luggage tote, Zeffira necklace from Tru Grace, bracelets, Miriam Haskell, Cartier, Year of the Boar.  All photo credits by Michael Crook. Click here: http://www.michaelcrook.com/

My look for Day Two of Fashion Week is on trend for what’s happening right now on the runways: I am seeing lots of bright reds– a continuation from Spring, high-waisted pants (more of that in the coming days), statement shoes (blocked heels and cap toes), and of course the statement bag. On that, the tents seem to be more of a Celine luggage party rather than a showcase for the designers, but gladly I chose a unique color that pops out the most. Red is a statement color for sure, but it is classic therefore an investment piece. The rest of my ensemble is pretty simple. I threw on loads of bracelets, sported the black Tom Ford specs, tweeted furiously on the iPhone till my  fingers were sore, and there’s Fashion week for ya. There’s more coming your way after I upload over 200 pictures to share.  For real time info, follow me on Twitter or instagram…xo

 

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NYFW RTW Fall 12 fashion hearkens back. Day one

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Dress: Cacharel. vest, Michael Kors. Boots, Alain Quilici

Starting the day off with this outfit was just the right way to lift up my spirits. I wore a short sleeve leather dress and bare legs in the middle of February… who would have thought! (As you can tell in this picture I was pretty psyched just to be around the tents so early in the morning). NYFW has gotten off to a great start and the Upper West Side has never seen so many posers. The ultimate is when I hear “All I’ve eaten is a Fiber One bar ” – it reminds me of the Sh*t Fashion people Say video maximized ten-fold. Here’s a quick round-up of Day One.

The primary inspiration behind BCBG Max Azria’s Fall collection was an artful proposition: to synthesize shape and color in new elongated proportions to create a geometric abstraction. It was in essence a tribute to 1970′s nostalgia. This was accomplished by the use of color blocking hues of beiges and neutrals, sprinkled over pops of burnt orange, pink, and oxblood in forms of dresses, outerwear, jumpsuits with full legs, and killer furs. In theory it worked and upon glancing at the runway, it looked like a semblance of bohemian and prairie that threw up on each other creating this cool patchwork effect. Pleating was everywhere which landed a loose unstructured silhouette.

Inspired by vintage lace from the 1920′s Kaelen turned out a collection of lace dresses, laser cut-out shorts and suits. Notice the Deco influences.

Giovanna Randall’s collection for Honor was give the ladylike seal of approval with incredible tailoring and craftsmanship. Lace-fitted dresses, wool tweeds, jumpsuits, and laser-cut dresses, tiny black lace shorts, and the violet mohair arm warmers were stand-outs on the runway. Check out the eye-popping color waves of violets, blush, and purples.

 

 

 

And lastly, Tadashi Shoji hearkened back to the Golden Age of Shanghai. Using opulent fabrics such as velvets, chiffons and silks paired with brilliant colors like flame, seagrass, this collection was a tribute to just that.

This being fashion week, I will be mainly on my iPhone tweeting from the runways and providing mini blog posts about the shows. You should follow me on Twitter right here and check out the looks the trends and all the fun. For now. And back to the tents!

All photos: Michael Crook 

 

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Getting ready for Fashion Week…Day One

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It’s T- minus nothing until Fashion Week starts (today) and I have prepared for you exactly what I said I would. See? Never fail on a promise. Although yesterday was the official commencement of  New York Fashion Week, cut to a ribbon ceremony by Victor Cruz just a few hours ago, the fashion circus has officially come to town. For this bi-annual event, I am excited to report on the trends, share ideas, and hunt for new inspiration, as it is my second season as a blogger/writer. After last season of  running around in 4 inch heels all day and chasing taxis around town, I just hope to be smiling when its over, joining the fashion ranks, or joining the sprinting team in the Olympics in 2012.  If you’re wondering what this entails, consider it a marathon of sleep deprivation, increased caffeine intake, and a whirlwind of fashion analysis.

Here I am walking against this cool backdrop right across from Lincoln Center. My home away from home for the next two weeks.

I started at the Steven Alan presentation at Chelsea Piers Pier 59. Gladly, coffee was served at this ungodly hour to be sweating under the hot lights and taking photos of the models in this presentation. Steven Alan stayed true to his roots and did what he always does and churned out menswear for women. There was plaid, plaid, and more plaid.  He did full suits for men this season, a new departure for Alan, and added some evening wear looks to the collection. Let’s hear it for the boys.

Alan’s inspiration here came straight from the 1940′s viva La Mexico City. I’m loving the whole hat vibe, how about you?

I then headed over to the IFB conference where fashion bloggers converge to mingle, listen  to over 30 panelists and learn from the veterans in the social media business. I learned that there are so many things I have to learn! It was a very productive part of my day and I hope to take those skills away in the sincerest form of flattery. More on that another time.

Ultimately the point of my posts is to encourage you to experiment a little, create interesting outfit combinations, and throw yourself for a loop.

My favorite quote of the day: “What’s most innovative, modern & new in fashion isn’t clothes, it’s how we tell the story, how we humanize it.” Norma Kamali

Dress, Phillip Lim. Booties, VPL  Vest: Graham And Spencer. Coat, Topshop

And lastly I give you a sneak peek of what I will be wearing today, a little glimpse of Day 2. A little slice of Fall.

Socks, Opening Ceremony

All photos of me, Michael Crook

I’m a believer. Now, we take on the tents.

 

 

 

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Fall Trends

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As the long beachy days slowly wane,  I am wistful that summer is just about over. Yet at the same time, I am excited about the new prospects that fall always brings.  For all of you fashionettes, there is no season that offers more reasons to get out of bed in the morning and get dressed than fall.  Those amazing python sky high boots I started craving last February to the velvets, tweeds, capes, cords, denim and new shapes that are all there for the taking.

September issues

It starts with the 500+ page fashion magazines that come to my door in late August, the crisp weather, my birthday (Virgos rule!), inevitable fall shopping,  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and my personal favorite, Fashion Night’s Out. (More about that in my upcoming blog!)

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