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The Long and Short of It

April 3, 2017

We are currently in a shirt cycle, with crisp, woven cotton shirts making a big statement for spring. This time around, the basics get an upgrade, with sleeve treatments and a play on proportion making the classic item look modern.

One of the more interesting trends in shirtings, is the long shirt worn over jeans. They sport uneven hemlines, and are often twisted or tucked in the front, and left flowing in the back. The look is edgy yet polished and can take you from the gloom of April showers all the way through the summer months.

This ankle skimming wrapped version adds a crisp twist to dark denim skinnies.

Asymmetric details update a classic bengal stripe shown here over cropped flares.

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A waterfall hemline accent the pretty in pink shirt with a gathered empire line, worn over distressed denim crops.

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Bold stripes get tucked into high waisted khakis, for a modern take on chinos.

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Fashion Activists

March 1, 2017
Kelsey Fairhurst

Kelsey Fairhurst

The state of the States is a recurring theme worldwide, with designers taking a political stand in their collections being shown this month. With New York, London, and Milan under our belts, it seems that human rights are on everyone’s minds this fashion cycle.

Prabal Gurung created tee shirts inspired by the issues of the Women’s Marches, and hopes to be able to allow purchasers a choice of which charity the proceeds from their shirt will support. An immigrant himself, Gurung feels he owes it to the country that gave him so many opportunities, to use his voice to promote justice.

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via Forbes

Jonathan Simkhai made his views clear by wearing an activist tee shirt while taking his bows at his recent show.

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The tee is available for pre-sale on his website, and will cost $95, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

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Public School put their own tongue in cheek spin on things, with their red “Make America New York” caps.

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Meanwhile, across the pond, Donatella Versace incorporated impowering messages into her Versace runway collection:

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One of the most meaningful statements came from Missoni, who sent all of the models down the runway for the finale, wearing pink pussy hats, which were also the gift left on editors and buyers seats at the show. Designer Angela Missoni took a moment to address the crowd, stating. “There is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe. The bond that unites all those who respect human rights. Let’s show the world that the fashion community is united and fearless!”

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This activism started last season, with Maria Grazia Chiuri notably showing a feminist statement tee shirt with an embellished skirt at Dior.

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We expect to see the trend continue to develop as Paris Fashion Week begins, and even more designers choose to use thier platforms to entice, as well as incite us to take action.

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#tiedtogether

February 13, 2017
photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Fashion insiders will be donning white bandanas this fashion week, in a quiet show of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness.
The movement, started by The Business of Fashion website, asks that designers and show attendees participate in the initiative.

To get involved, simply tie a white bandana around your wrist, neck, head or bag and upload a selfie to social media with the hashtag #tiedtogether.

 

photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Designers are being urged to include the bandanas as an accessory in their show, and to wear one when taking their final bows, to spread the message throughout the month of international fashion weeks.

Intended to be a positive statement, not a political one, the creators hope to show support to human issues worldwide.

 

photo via Business of Fashion

photo via Business of Fashion

Stay tuned to see some style statements that could be the start of a major fashion trend.

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Showing Their Stripes

January 30, 2017

The stars showed their stripes on the red carpet at last night’s SAG awards, brightening a landscape that featured more black gowns than ever before.

Michelle Dockery wore a striped Elie Saab gown with a thigh high slit and black piping.

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Michelle Williams opted for sequined stripes, by Louis Vuitton.

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Yara Shahidi’s stripes were a mix of sheer and opaque with a hint of sparkle.The rainbow of color was grounded by black from designer, Naaem Kahn.

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Mayim Bialik took a more modest approach, with her striped taffetta gown that had a high neckline and short sleeves.

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Fishnets

January 9, 2017

Everything old becomes new again, and one of the latest styling trends is no exception.

Fishnet stockings have been around for decades, taking on personas from sexy-sleazy (Fredericks of Hollywood) to grunge (Madonna’s Material Girl). This time around, the look is much cleaner, less overt, and in some cases downright sporty. No garter belt necessary here!

Pair them with old school sneakers and rolled up pants for casual take on the trend.

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Tennis anyone? All white adds a sense of purity to snekaers and fishnet ankle socks.

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Fishnet anklets add texture to a classic Gucci loafer and cropped jeans.

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Same look, larger scale.

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Fill in the blanks: Wear fishnet tights underneath torn denim to add texture, and a little coverage.

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The Sartorialist

Let a little net peek out of the top of your boot for a layered effect.

Where to Get It

Where to Get It

Victoria Tornegren

Victoria Tornegren

White fishnets accent gold metallic mules.

Charme and More

Charme and More

It’s an inexpensive wardrobe update worth trying. Are you game?

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Everything Is Coming Up Rose Gold

October 24, 2016

Suddenly, rose gold is everywhere. It came into fashion for jewelry and hardware several seasons ago, when everyone including  Apple, Beats and Nike introduced it into their collections of technology. The color, which occurs when a small amount of copper is added to gold, giving it a pinkish tinge, lent a fashionable edge to smartphones and computors. Since pink is thought to inspire calm and peacefullness, the color couldn’t have hit it’s peak at a more crucial time.
Today, rose gold is showing up in clothing, technology, accessories and even hair color, as the trend reaches a fever pitch.

Apple offers it’s Macbooks and iPhones in rose gold.

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Beats makes wireless headphones in the tone.

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Rose gold tinged hair is fast replacing ombre as the “it” hair color trend.

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Michelle Obama SLAYED in a rose gold dress from Atelier Versace at the final State Dinner of the Obama Presidency.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to North Portico at the White House to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The first lady is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed by Atelier Versace. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tiffany currently offers over 500 items in rose gold, including this Elsa Perretti bracelet, valued at $15,000.

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Neiman Marcus is offering a rose gold airplane in their Christmas catalogue, for a mere $1,500,000! You know you’ve made it when you can afford a trendy private plane that might look dated next season!

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Givenchy is just one of the designers using the hue for metallic leather handbags and shoes.

Givenchy at Saks

Givenchy at Saks

And yes, real guys do wear rose gold!

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Think Pink

October 3, 2016

This has been a confusing fashion month. Between the “see now, buy now, wear now” concept, and all of the designer shake-ups, it’s hard to tell what season it is, and what house the collection is from. With all of the uncertainty, one message came through loud and clear from Paris this weekend: You’ve got to have a pink dress.

While I would hardly call pink the color of the season, it seems that it is de riguour for a dresses. And special ones at that.

At Celine, Phoebe Philo showed a dramatic pepto pink dress with a capelike effect coming from the draped hemline.

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For Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo collection at Valentino, pink played a major role. Here, a pleated dress gets a bright accent at the neckline.

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There were also 1920’s inspired shapes, layered over deeper tones.

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In contrast to all the retro fluidity, Piccioli added a shocking pink cape dress, in a more modern and structured cut.

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John Galliano went sheer, with this ladylike silhouette shown over matching pink lingerie.

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With new designer Gemna Gvasalia of Vetements at the helm, Balenciaga kept it bright with thier modestly cut pink dress, slit up the side and shown over purple spandex boot | pants.

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At Givenchy, Riccardo Tischi showed a simply cut hot pink satin dress layered over a sheer tank dress.

 

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Merch

September 26, 2016

Fashion is going through a phase right now, with business leaders trying to figure out when and how is the best time to release new products. As fashion month progresses, more and more designers are showing “see now, buy now, and wear now” collections. Department and specialty stores alike, are struggling with seasonality and mark downs, effectively taking place before anyone can even wear the product. While retailers struggle to find the next big thing to drive sales, there is one item that is having a major resurgence; the concert tee shirt. The category has become so strong, that it has been coined with it’s own name: merch.
Merch wasn’t intended to be fashion. It was created to mark an event, and show support for your favorite artist. Until now. Merch has taken on a life of it’s own, and old concert tees have become chic collectibles. Artists from Justin Bieber, to Kanye West, are selling lines of tour inspired merchandise in  pop up stores, (Saint Pablo tour) and boutiques. Bieber has placed his Purpose Tour items at Urban Outfitters, and had an exclusive collaboration with uber high-end retailer, Barneys New York. Even Zayn Malik got into the act, with a line of “Mind of Mine” merch available exclusively on zaynmalik.com, where a 21 piece collection of items “he would like to wear”, is on sale.
But don’t think you can toss any old concert tee on with just a pair of jeans and go. Merch has been elevated to a whole new level, with street style stars making the look their own. Below are a few of our favorites:

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@FILET instagram

Vetements

Vetements

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Gigi Hadid via Harper’s Bazaar

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street style via Fashionista

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via Fashion Coolture

Coach Spring '17

Coach Spring ’17

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kanye west

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour

Justin Bieber Purpose Tour

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Beauty Blender

September 14, 2016

I’m not a makeup expert, or a beauty blogger. In fact, there are many days where I don’t put any makeup on at all. Don’t even ask about my almost non-existant skincare ritual. But on other days, I want to look like an enhanced version of myself; one that is more polished and perfected without looking over-done.

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To achieve this look, my tools of choice were mostly my fingers. Smear it on, and smooth it out were my mottos. Every beauty blogger, Youtuber, and editor swears by the Beauty Blender, but until I read a post from it’s makeup artist | creator, I didn’t give it a second glance. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m a convert. If you’re looking for a finish that is natural and flawless (or as flawless as you can get given the face beneath the makeup) then this tool is a must have.

Shaped like a bright fucshia egg, the pointy end is able to get into those hard to reach spots around your nose, and at the inner corners of the eyes. The sides are perfect for blending broader areas, such as the cheeks and forehead. You simply get it wet, squeeze the excess water out, and pat it gently around your face to blend foundation, concealer, and even blush, for a seamless look.

The patting motion keeps the makeup from being rubbed off, but blurs the edges so that they are invisable. The dampness keeps the sponge supple and absorbs less product than a dry sponge. Once you are done, there is no obvious beginning and end to your makeup; just a smooth and natural finish that makes your skin look healthier and smoother than ever before. You can even skip using foundation all over your face, and use the tool to blend concealer with your own, bare skin for a more natural effect.

Tapping takes a moment longer than smearing, but the results are well worth the time.

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Kanye Shows Us His Dystopian Future, and It Ain’t Pretty

September 12, 2016
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I am a few days late and several dollars short on this one, but I can’t help but throw my opinion out on the Yeezy Season 4 fashion show, and everything it represented.

First of all, for those who don’t follow this type of thing, ( kudos to you for that!) Kanye West showed his Yeezy Season 4 collection last Wednesday, the first day of New York Fashion Week.

Although the clothes have been critically panned since the inception of Kanye-as-fashion designer a few years ago, the hype surrounding his shows is palpable. Last season’s spectacle at Madison Square Garden, where he debuted his much anticipated new album while having his stable of “not models” dressed in his latest collection standing on the stage was one of the most talked about shows of the season.

If we step away from the clothes for a moment, we can dwell on this season’s show itself, summing up much that is wrong with the (fashion) world in the process.

Kanye refuses to work with the fashion calendar, which painstakingly documents all of the shows, avoiding overlaps, or impossible transitions, especially for the big players. The newbies generally show at the beginning of the week. When Kanye blows through and announces his shows at the last minute, when they suit him, not the schedule, he negates the possibility of anyone with clout showing up for the newcomers premier shows, which occur at the same time. His shows are spectacles. One does not book the Garden the night before and coordinate a full on show | album release over night. He does this because he can, and that is terribly wrong on many levels. Adidas, who funds the collection, is also at fault, for allowing this disrespectful behavior to happen. The chairman of Adidas was quoted last year, stating that he would rather the company be polarizing than boring. Enter Kanye West, the master of polarizing, to save the day.

This season, he sent out the invitiations at the last minute and did not announce the location until the morning of the show. Editors, buyers and fashion press all flocked to the extreme west side at 1:30 sharp, to board busses to take them to Roosevelt Island, a spot in the East River that is not easily accessible. After being caught in horrendous traffic for 1 1/2 hours, the busses finally arrived at the island. The entire trip was well documented on social media, as the fashion flock complained of traffic, lack of water and snacks and the general horrors of riding a bus. Once there, they were subjected to being held in a waiting area in the blazing sun. The 3:00 show was rescheduled to 4:00, leaving everyone waiting even longer than anticipated. NO worries though: although there still was no water offered, there was in fact MERCH! An array of $75 tee shirts marking the occasion. The actual show began closer to 4:30, with a large group of “civilian” models standing in formation, a la Vanessa Beecroft style yet again. At least they started out that way. A few slumped to the ground, and at least one passed out. Nobody from Team Yeezy did anything about it. The clothes, once again looked like Spanx, in varying shades of nude. The audience sat wriggling in discomfort, virtually held hostage to the scene. A few enterprising editors hoofed it to the tram, or an area where waiting Ubers could pick them up for the rush hour trek back to the city. Was this all part of West’s master plan? He essentially highjacked fashion week, took the cream of the fashion crop out to a remote location, and forced them to sit in the hot sun, watching scantilly clad young women suffer to stay standing? Was this yet another turn on dystopian fiction, ala the Hunger Games or Divergent? While the fashion world disses his talent on the design front, who else could have pulled off a caper like this? Even half the Kardashians opted out of this debacle.

Later, he sent a group of well known models down the runway, bundled up in heavy outerwear, and thigh high boots, most of which were losing their heels. One model teetered to the point that one of the guests jumped up to help her walk. Another simply stopped mid- saunter and pulled hers off.

Commentary on the show blew up the Twitterverse, Snapchat and Instagram. None of it was positive. Those who didn’t make the trek were able to watch it unfold on Tidal, and a few other live streams. It was horrifying. Every publication and blog had a story on it the next morning.

As Stella Bugbee from New York Magazine’ s The Cut put it, the best thing everyone could do would be to not write about it. Yet she, and all of her colleagues did. Who really won here? Certainly not the press, the models or the public. Kanye, however, was the most talked about show of the current season. Whoever said all press is good press might be onto something.

The part that sickens me the most, is the sense of entitlement that comes with being so very entitled. With literally no regard for the comfort or treatment of his models or of his guests, he not only fed his ego by watching everyone suffer for his “art,” he also took away the opportunity to be seen from a group of young designers who have worked so hard for their craft, and struggled to get to the point that could show at fashion week. The money spent of showing to an empty room, might be the end for some of these start ups. How dare Kanye for so blithely stealing their moment, but more importantly, how dare the fashion squad for allowing him to.

While writers are criticizing him for his poorly exectuted show, bad treatment of models, and a rerun of the same items from past seasons that they panned the first time, we all know come February they will get sucked in to doing it again.

As one writer at Women’s Wear Daily summed it best,“This has become an abusive relationship. To a great extent, fashion and the press have only ourselves to blame. We’ve been world-class enablers of Kanye West, allowing him to put us at his mercy.”

The only way to stop this behavior is to boycott it. Next season, put your FOMO aside, and when that invite arrives at the last minute, JUST. SAY. NO.


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