Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

The Bell Curve

April 20, 2016

With fashion, it seems the focus shifts from various erogenous zones as the seasons evolve. Recently, we have seen the bare midriff as the focal point du jour, with exposed shoulders following close behind for Spring. As the seasons change, we predict an emphasis on new sleeve shapes to step into the style spotlight.

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This street style shot features a full bell sleeve, tucked and tied at the bicep. The simplicity of the top lets the sleeve be the star.

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Co

The bell sleeve of this sweater emerges from a short vintage inspired jacket from Co.with a play on tones and textures.

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Etre

Woven details update this chunky ribbed sweater from Etre, with a bell sleeve detail.

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See by Chloe

Chloe used smocking to add a sweet touch to these architectural flounces from their diffusion line.

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Hellesey

Hellesey gives off a tough yet tender vibe with their heathered top with a full sleeve over slim black pants.

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Fendi

A short swingy sleeve treatment on a ruffled red dress from Fendi.

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photo: Vanessa Jackman

All you need are a pair of jeans and a chic Chanel slingback when you have a dramatic sweater like this one!

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Brandon Maxwell

Brandon Maxwell is certainly one to watch. You may have heard of him as the designer of Lady Gaga’s skirted white jumpsuit she wore to the Oscars. This blouse has all the same elements of what appears to be this newcomer’s signature style; clean sleek lines with lots of drama.

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In- Trenched

February 3, 2016

Designers are re-inventing the trench coat for their pre-fall collections, with a new play on proportion, color and details. Long,lean and cinched at the waist, these are coats you don’t already own, and should!

Sacai

Sacai

Sacai takes the classic khaki trench and makes it edgy, through the use of straps, buckles, wind flaps and trapunto stitching. A touch of fur elevates the look.

John Galliano

John Galliano

John Galliano keeps it clean with a streamlined version of the trench coat. Hidden buttons and and leather cuffs make this minimal coat look chic.

Camilla + Marc

Camilla + Marc

Strict military details are softened by Camilla + Marc’s use of color and texture. The soft russet hue layers over a gauzy skirt of the same tone.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Soft fabric and an oversized shape make this trench a must have. Grommet details on the belt add a level of dimension to the look.

Burberry

Burberry

The trench is iconic for Burberry, who somehow manage to update and upgrade it every season. Contrasting denim details and leather buttons do the trick.

photos: Vogue.com 

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Take Flight

January 27, 2016

Look out leather moto jacket…there is a new style in town and it is gaining momentum!
We’ve been seeing the flight jacket popping up for a few seasons now, but it looks like it could be poised to replace our beloved biker jackets as the item of choice.

French label Sacai paired the classic olive flight jacket with a lace skirt for their pre-fall collection.

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Sacai pre-fall via Vogue.com

Burberry took their flight jacket to new proportions for their version in leather for pre-fall.

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Burberry Prorsum pre-fall via Vogue.com

Dsquared2’s ode to flight is in airforce blue and cinched at the waist.

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dsquared pre-fall via Vogue.com

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Rag+Bone pre-fall via Vogue.com

Cool kids favorite Rag + Bone got into the act with a quilted satin version for pre-fall.

The true test of a trend gone wild is the proliferation of them seen on the concrete catwalk:

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Kendell Jenner + GIgi Hadid via POPSUGAR

Kendell Jenner + GIgi Hadid via POPSUGAR

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A Season of Change

October 29, 2015

 

A look from Lanvin's Spring 2016 runway show

A look from Lanvin’s Spring 2016 runway show

The fashion world has been turned upside down in recent weeks, with high profile departures taking place at some of the most revered French houses. When Americans Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang handed over the reigns at Parisian brands Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga respectively, the moves raised several impeccably groomed eyebrows. This week’s news however, has rocked the world of fashion in a more profound way.
Raf Simons, the Creative Director at Christian Dior announced his resignation earlier this week, in a suprise move that stunned the industry. Mr. Simons had spent only 3 1/2 years at the house, yet was a driving force in reviving the venerable brand which he took over after the very controvesal departure of John Galliano.
Yesterday, Alber Elbaz, the longtime creative chief at Lanvin, announced his departure, apparently pushed out after a disagreement with the current owners.
When people of this calibre from labels this important are forced out, it is time to re-evaluate the role creativity plays in fashion.
In fashion, the creative team is often manipulated by the money people, who restrict the ability of the designer to move the product forward. Playing it safe often trumps great ideas, and the bean counter who looks at the past gets a bigger say in the outcome than the visionary who is looking at the future. Nobody is right until the customer votes by buying the product at full price. A quick glimpse at the sales and discount emails flooding my inbox tells me that isn’t happening. The art of fashion has been replaced by the art of the deal. Meetings take place to outline promotional strategies, not creative ones. Have we finally reached a breaking point?

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Christian Dior Couture

As the fashion world undergoes a change at the highest levels, how will this trickle down to the high street brands? Will we finally begin to celebrate innovation over moderation, or is this the end of great fashion as we once knew it? Does the public care? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photos: Vogue.com

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Shirting The Issue

September 17, 2015

New York Fashion Week is almost over, and amid the whirlwind of shows, parties and street style, a few trends are emerging that we can start to wear right now.

The crisp tailored shirt has proven to be influential this season, with designers re-tooling the classic into dresses, tunics and new variations on the ultimate topper to almost everything.

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Vera Wang

Vera Wang cut an oversized version worn with briefs and a bra, in a new riff on a sexy look.

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Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim layered a long and lean version over tiny shorts, with a tied waist and cuffs.

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Michael Kors

Michael Kors paired the oversized white shirt with a sunny yellow suede wrap skirt.

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Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School debuted their first collection for DKNY this season, with an urban take on the white shirt, featuring a longer length and a photo printed street scene.

Now is the perfect time to put your crisp white shirt back into heavy rotation. Proportion is everything, and borrowing from the boys is the freshest way to update this classic. Pants optional.

Photo: Vogue Runway

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Cute As A Button Front

September 9, 2015

Summer is, for all intents and purposes, over. Although the weather is still warm, it is time to start thinking about the season ahead, and embrace some of the fall trends to help you transition fashionably.

By far, the “it” skirt of the season is the button front. Cut in either suede or denim, this 70’s throwback is making a huge comeback. The mini version may be getting the most play, but there are longer, leaner alternatives that look chic and sophisticated. Start wearing one now, with bare legs and a simple tee or chambray shirt, and work up to boots and layers as the weather turns colder.

Start out with a soft shirt, loosely tucked into a higher waisted skirt.

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You can’t go wrong with denim or chambray!

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As the chill starts to move in, add a blazer or leather jacket to the mix.

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A striped sweater, camel duffle coat and felt hat channel the 70’s.

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Chunky knits and a denim jacket are the perfect layers to a suede mini.

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A chunky turtleneck sweater and a chic camel coat add an air of sophistication to a knee length denim skirt.

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The Shirt Off Our Back

April 27, 2015

We love playing with the classics and finding new ways to style our  favorites. Reinventing the white shirt through dramatic proportions takes an old standby to a new level.

Thankoon Style.comThakoon soften this scaled up version by tying it at the bottom.

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When one great shirt is not enough, try layering two! We love this crisp white tank over the superlong blue shirt.

man repellerThe Man Repeller, Leandra Medine is caught with her pants down on the streets of New York, and she looks great!

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This one says “short in the front and party in the back,” when tucked into chic slouchy trousers, from Christina Braun.

photos: Style.com , A Love Is Blind, Man Repeller and Christina Braun

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Fashion Statements

February 23, 2015

Political statements on tee shirts are not new. People often take to tees to show their support for various causes. This season, designers are using the runway to get the message across with oversized graphic treatments expressing thier points of view.

It started with Alexander McQueen’s menswear collection, when he showed pinstriped suits and chunky sweaters emblazoned with virtuous words, such as honour, and valour.

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Alexander McQueen

Just a few days later, Acne Studios made their statement on long fringed scarves bearing the slogans ” radical feminist” and “gender equality.”

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Acne Studios

Acne Studios

Acne Studios

 

Marc Jacobs continued the trend, featuring the words, “choice” and “solidarity” in his Marc by Marc Jacob women’s collection, shown in New York this week.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

This kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term fashion statement, doesn’t it?

Photos: Style.com

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Fur Stole the Show

February 19, 2015

Designers are embracing the arctic chill this season by showing new twists on the fur stole. These oversized fur scarves are appearing everywhere, offering both form and function as they add a luxe element to every look.

Michael Kors updated his classics with a fur and tattersol checked scarf, tucked into a skinny leather belt.

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Michael Kors

Phillip Lim tossed a fur piece over the shoulder of his surplus inspired vest for a luxurious take on casual.

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Phillip Lim

Jason Wu tucked a fur stole into the waistline of a simple wool dress in olive green.

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Jason Wu

JCrew took a more whimsical approach, adding brightly colored rep stripes to a fur scarf, putting a cozy spin on preppy chic.

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JCrew

At Houghton, designer Katherine Polk  proves size does matter, with her over-scaled fur trimmed scarves.

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Houghton

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Think Small

February 2, 2015

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In the last few weeks, the fashion industry has imploded with news of high profile firings, and store closures. From the termination of Frida Giannini at Gucci, to Rebekka Bay at the Gap, brands on all ends of the spectrum are panicking. Last week the Gap announced the pending closure of it’s Piperlime division, Kate Spade is abandoning their Saturdays and Jack Spade divisions, and Jones New York, an iconic giant in the moderate market decided to give up the fight. All on the heels of C. Wonder shutting down the week before. What does it mean, when the big players decide to pack it in and call it quits?

Throughout the last several years, we have lived in a difficult economy. Retailers blamed poor economic conditions for  the state of their business, when not blaming the designer. Anything, to avoid taking responsibility for their own failings. As the financial landscape has improved and consumer confidence has risen, it’s harder and harder to make excuses. Especially multi-million dollar ones. Investors are running out of patience and rescources.

It’s easy to blame the designer, who most think decide what ends up on the racks. In a large retail environment, the buyers, or the merchants in fact call the final shots. The best designed and concieved collection can be rendered unsuccessful when bought incorrectly, or edited and tweaked to the point of losing it’s integrity.
Yes, designers do concieve the creative vision, and execute the product to that end. But once the people with check books get ahold of it, it can often go astray. Analysis paralysis sets in. The mentality tends to be that if we sold a zillion green turtlenecks this year, we should offer 10 green turtlenecks next year. That 78% of the assortment should be in pants, even if it’s a skirt or dress year. We can’t sell blank:(fill in a color or style here.) I could go on and on for days, or perhaps start a Twitter account entitled “S*@t merchants say.”

Dont’ get me wrong. It’s not always their fault, and designers do often design plenty of unsaleable merchandise. Playing the blame game doesn’t solve the problem. What does however, is acknowleging that now, more than ever, it’s time to throw the excuses out the window and forge ahead exploring new ideas and new processes.

The consumer has changed. They are savvier than ever, more exposed to fashion and culture, and things are accessible to people across the globe, all thanks to the wonderful world of the technology. If a drone can deliver to a remote location in the western plains, fast fashion is available to anyone, anywhere.

So what does that mean for the industry?

Perhaps it’s time to think small, and execute big. Ask yourself some hard questions, and think like a start up. What does the consumer want that nobody else is giving them? Where do you fit into the retail landscape where you can be best in class? Find your passion again, and do something with it. Be original and authentic, rather than a “me too.” Dare to follow your gut instinct and have some conviction. Someone once told me that if you didn’t have a little bit of stomach ache when making big decisions, you were probably not making the right ones. During the most successful and fruitful years of my fashion career, I ingested an awful lot of Maalox, and made some pretty damn good decisions to boot. Sadly, that is another brand that rode silently off into the sunset too.

I truly believe that now is the time to embrace an entreprenuerial spirit, and to try to think differently. Those that can do that, will be the big success stories of coming years.

In the meantime, I’ll just set out to change the world, one s’more at a time.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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