Wednesday night I went to a party at the Joe Fresh flagship store where different NYC personalities were the models. Above left is Kilo Kish whose whole look and sunny smile shouts SPRING is here. And since today it finally is starting to feel like it I thought it would be a perfect photo to post. Hope you all enjoy the weather today and it’s nice wherever you are!
It’s nearing the tail-end of October, which means that we only have one month left until fall 2014 becomes a distant memory. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: it means that the holiday season is nearly upon us, and that, consequently, spring and summer are back on the way.
You know what else late fall brings? Sales. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday — all are coming up just around the corner, so you better believe it that when I’m not glued to my computer looking for a place to spend my hard-earned cash, I’m hitting up SoHo or the boutiques in Brooklyn. Here’s the problem — whenever I go out shopping, I always end up dressing in way too many layers, so usually by the time I get to the fitting room, I have a ton of things I need to take off to try on clothes before I have to put them back on again.
The trick to successful dressing for going shopping? Keep things as simplistic as they can be. Minimalism is key, ladies!
Check out my favorite pieces to rock on a shopping day — next!
I saw this girl half a block away. Or rather, I saw her hat, and it looked really really warm –and it reminded me how people always tell kids how much of their heat they lose through the top of their heads. And that this girl took it to heart! But the way she’s wearing it with skinny jeans and cropped motorcycle jacket is completely unexpected. And the furs around her shoulder complete this urban/fashion version of “the outdoorsy type”.
Sometimes being a female means there are almost too many options in terms of how you can get dressed –at least in New York! But men generally feel more limited. That’s why I love it when I see men going beyond jeans. Even skinny jeans get boring. Here we have pants, shorts and a kilt at an event and they all look great. I’m also digging the footwear. There are BOWS on the shoes in the middle. Sweet. (yep. I said ‘sweet’)
And the question is: Do patent leather shoes really reflect up?
Shaving the sides of your head isn’t exactly new but it still feels fresh –when done properly– and it will be awhile before it bores me. Her whole look is stylish yet not overdone.
And then there are the Jeffrey Campbell shoes… JC’s shoes are recognizable almost anywhere due to their signature platform and chunky heels that give the wearer height without making them feel like they’ll tip over. I don’t (yet) own a pair myself because while I sometimes love them when I see them, at other times I think they’re a bit too much for me and hover close to cartoonish. I am intrigued? amused? by this particular pair that is woven and reminds me of wicker furniture on the back porch of Grandma’s place in Florida. What do you think? Would you wear them?
Last Thursday I attended the wedding celebration of Malcolm Harris and K. Tyson Perez. You might be familiar with Malcolm if you know NYC nightlife/fashion or if you happened to read my interview with him here. But it goes without saying that attending a wedding of these two makes you want to step up your sartorial game. I snapped this photo of Beagy Zielinski on the street before going inside –as no cameras were allowed at the event due to it being televised. (We also had to sign enough release forms that I’m sure there was a clause giving away our first born as well!)
Beagy is both a fashion stylist and the owner/genius behind L’Armoire du Styliste: an international clothing, shoe and accessory rental studio specializing in avant-garde couture. So she is clearly well equipped for this particular “what to wear” challenge! Here she is wearing: Fur bolero by Paula Cheng , dress by Dolce & Gabbana shoes are Givenchy (runway version) and earrings are Alexis Bittar. Stunning.
They say: The Chromat Autumn/Winter 2014 Bionic Bodies collection tells the story of a love affair between a human and a robotic being.
Interactive maps of the internet and websites like Tweetping and Reddit inspired the material palette of wearable semiconductor light source technology paired with lush velvets and chromed metal plating.
Drawing from Becca McCharen’s theoretical background in architecture and urban design, Chromat focuses on structural experiments for the human body. Chromat began in 2010 as an extension of McCharen’s degree in architecture design. Her continued interest in structure, scaffolding, exoskeletons and the intricacies of undergarments have been explored as each new collection develops. Chromat pieces have been worn by Madonna, Grimes, Tyra Banks, Nicki Minaj and most recently, Beyonce and her dancers on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
We say: Who knew you could make architecture so damn sexy? Becca McCharen pushes her signature structural garments in opposing directions. The first is towards a softer side of lingerie, body suits and dresses that caress the body. They invite the viewer to see the shape of the woman beneath the clothes. The other direction creates a protective shell. Caged sleeves and chrome-plated dresses exaggerate form. They demand you keep a distance to take in the total effect. Pieces created with LED lights take this much further. As they went down the runway in the dark, the bodies beneath them were completely hidden. The lights created the shape. It was sensual, it was eerie. While this may not be practical for the everyday girl, I imagine they’ll stun in a radical way on whichever Diva takes this collection from concept to stage.
Chromat’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection truly embodied Chromat’s primary concept: Structural Experiments for the Human Body.
I am obsessed with the insanely saturated PINKness in this image and I think Jessica looks like a jetset girl sashaying up the stairs. One of the designers of Tilly and William, she was one of our many friends last night at our party for Free the Girls. Thanks to her and everyone else who came out and made the evening a success.
Last night was the fan favorite show of #NYFW, The Blonds. Johnny Weir has been a fan of theirs for awhile which makes sense since like him, The Blonds love any over-the-top fabulousness. Right now I’m kind of loving Johnny’s Bjork buns with the Hermes bag.
I am seriously obsessed with flatforms: those flat platform shoes that are becoming a major spring trend. Creepers are cool but have a Brit punk vibe, and sometimes I’m not into that aesthetic. Her shoes are a take on men’s oxfords with a subtle stud and match her bag perfectly. And she wisely keeps the rest of her look comfy casual for walking around the city.