9/23/2010

NYFW Part 2



Complex Geometries

This was Complex Geometries' first runway presentation, and though they only showed 14 looks, each look was designed to create as much impact as possible. Utilitizing a signature sparse color palette, they instead focused on texture and form. Waffle knits and fringe provide a subtle contrast to the plain jersey pieces. I am a diehard Complex Geometries fan, and while they didn't really push the envelope here, I look forward to their future collections. PS: Please use some ethnic models next time. Not everyone in the world is white, you know.



Calvin Klein

The inimitable Lara Stone has an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein this season and this was the only show we are going to see her walk in. As many of you know, Lara Stone is my favorite model, so I had to pay special attention to this. We've been presented with a collection that hearkens back to the glory days of 90s-era minimalism. Back when Jil Sander was a household name, when Yohji Yamamoto reigned supreme, even Chanel was experimenting in scaling back its, um, ubiquitous CC logo. Shift dresses with high crew necks and blunt shoulders aren't anything new, but they feel so fresh when compared with the Balmain shoulder and Wang draped goddess v-necks we've been subjected to for the past several seasons. Calvin Klein reminds us how special things can be when you take it down a notch.

(images via nymag.com)


9/22/2010

kate kate

(image via refinery29.com)

Aspirational styling from Kate Lanphear. Sheer blouse + wingtip skirt + croc vest + killer heels = out of control amazing madness. A look for me to "borrow", for sure!

9/21/2010

witvhvraft



sheila marquez by dima hohlov, via fashion gone rogue


Fall witch style, A+ in my book. Autumn is the best time of year to look spooky.

NYFW Part 1

I'm short on time but loooong on opinions, so here's a quick rundown of my reviews from New York Fashion Week. As I type this, I am eating a tomato salad during my lunch, and yes, it is delicious. Though to be perfectly honest, I can't help but feel vaugely inauthentic as I "blog" about "fashion" from my cubicle in a conservative corporate office.

ANYWAY.




Alexander Wang

Where do I start with this.
This is certainly, um, different than his previous monochrome collections. Utilizing light, saccharine colors and breezy fabrics, he's crafted a collection of, well....ill-fitting, uninspired pseudo-sportswear. Gone are the unconventional metal hardware and unexpected femininity of seasons past. In place, we have look #3, which makes me utterly despair for the return of the Luxury Tracksuit, a stain on modern fashion which I'd thought had been long since bleach-penned out.

There is something to be said for the "ugly-pretty" aesthetic, but I'm steadfast in my opinion that Alexander Wang missed the "pretty" part with this collection. I truly hope that I am not alone in my critique.





Ohne Titel

Ohne Titel presented us with a lively sportwear-inspired collection, but with emboldened details and directional shapes. Leather (!) accents create visual leading lines and full leather wet-suit pieces form a minimal base for other garments to shine. I'm especially enjoying the piercing bright reds and yellows, just enough color to bring a black palette to life. Also, black and blue (my preferred color combo 4 LYFE!) is still making a strong presence on the runways, leaving me able to breathe a sigh of relief that my closet won't be irrelevant any time soon. Also, can we talk about how fierce Alla Kostromicheva looks in #2? I fell in love with her when she presented McQueen's final collection with reverance and humility, and am thrilled to see her working everywhere. Modeling is real work, and good work deserves to be commended!







Mandy Coon

Mandy Coon is an emerging designer that I've been following for about a year now. This collection is undoubtedly her best yet, complete with directional looks and superb proportions. Coon has said that she was inspired by jellyfish for this collection, and it's easy to see the influence. Long, trail-like hems and long pleats reminiscent of tentacles and helmet hair complete the reference.  I'm especially excited to see black clothes move away from nebulous draped shapes in favor of heavier tailoring and 90s silhouettes. Babydoll-length dresses and midriffs! Win! The leather lariat/cat-o'-nine-tails/noose neck piece in #1 is an exceptional standout accessory in this collection and I can't really express how bad I desire it. NEED. NOW.

all runway images via nymag.com.

9/19/2010

bunnyrova


I was working at a friend's boutique grand opening, doing photos for GlitterGuts.com, and one of the attendees was the editor of a Chicago street style blog. She asked to take my photo, and I reluctantly obliged. I am a nervous, shy, awkward creature in person, and it still presses my social anxiety buttons when people compliment me in public. I dress only to please myself. So when someone else enjoys my style, I still am not sure how to respond...my anxiety prevents me from feeling flattered. AM I THE ONLY ONE.

Anyway. Outfit deets for those that care: Complex Geometries Sheet T (the most versatile piece in my closet, a must-buy), Zana Bayne belt, American Apparel mesh leggings, Ann Demeulemeester boots, and jewelry by Species by the Thousands and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

9/13/2010

unreasonable





(american apparel turtleneck dress, zana bayne 3-strap belt, ripped calvin klein tights, spanx socks, ann demeulemeester boots. click for hi res)


This dress has been in my closet for ages but sadly it never sees much use. Whenever I do wear it, I always wonder why I don't wear it more often. It flatters my curvy figure exceptionally well. It's my favorite dress that I never wear.

I feel really silly posting nicer photos of myself. I felt even sillier taking these photos.

9/06/2010

the young & the restless




Today in Things That Make Me Go Wha-Wha-WHAT?! In a good way, of course...

(images via fashion gone rogue)

The Fall 2010 lookbook for the Young and Restless, an astounding blend of sacrilege, polished tailoring, witchery, and modern minimalism. It's contains nearly everything I value in clothing: religious overtones, fucking pentagrams (!), drapes, pleats, and body con bodices. The color palette is made up entirely of black and blue, my colors of choice for the fall. I need every single piece. I'd be delighted to prance around town in a fashionable reinterpretation of a Catholic habit. Dress #1, YES PLEASE! Where and when can I buy?!

9/05/2010

initiate

(silence & noise jacket. complex geometries sheet t, thrifted shiny leggings, ann demeulemeester boots, thrifted lauren biagiotti bag)

Wore this to see CREMASTER 3.



9/03/2010


As a rule, I don't post iPhone photos on here...but I can't resist showing off my new Ann Demeulemeester mid-calf boots. Soft buttery leather, Victorian-style hook lacing, and a chunky 3.5 inch heel for a bit of lift. I am completely enamoured with these shoes. The bargain of a lifetime, they were purchased for way less than the price of Jeffrey Campbell boots on the magical internet land of eBay. I'm pretty sure these boots will be glued to my feet for the rest of my life.

slow slow slow


(elaina musto and emily gillies by zac steinic for yen magazine, images via fashion gone rogue

Lovely editorial featuring a hazy, dreamy atmosphere combined with masterfully austere styling and perfect colors. The silhouettes in #2 are particularly aspirational for fall - long strong-shouldered jacket with a bustled hem and a white high-collared top underneath, and a collared blouse with a maxi skirt and squared vest. These are simple, effective looks that anyone can recreate with their own clothes, and I plan to do just that.

My poor blog has been sadly neglected for a couple weeks...reason being that I just started a new full-time job (!) and am moving into a new apartment. Life changes happening slowly but surely...