overall, i wasn't overwhelmed with what i saw from the spring shows in new york, but then again, i'm not really a spring show person. i was going back through style.com and checking out collections when i came across photos from juan carlos obando, who i was only familiar with because of his recent j. crew collaboration. i could not get enough of the silk layers, flowing robes, bias cut dresses, and wide leg pants done in monochromatic tones of blush, rust, lilac, sand, black and white. everything was so lush and luxurious, like i should be lounging on a villa balcony—or at least going to a few san francisco red carpet events.
photos via style.com
keeping it simple in an oversized muscle tee (my new favorite thing—this one from theory has subtle ribbing, but i also love the pocket ones from t by alexander wang and the langley muscle tank is stiffer and more structured), wrap leather skirt, and d'orsay pumps.
quick post today as i've got a presentation this morning, and i'm off to so cal later tonight for some r&r before the holiday madness hit. oh wait, i've been working on holiday since june. #fashionjobproblems.
theory tank, alexander wang skirt (similar and like this mini version), céline pumps (similar) and clutch, forever 21 earrings, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, alex mika and vita fede rings, céline, jewelmint, eddie borgo bracelets, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park
last thursday, i was invited by coach to a private preview event for the fall 2014 collection, the first designed by new creative director stuart vevers. vevers, formerly of mulberry, has been tasked with reinvigorating coach, and after seeing the clothing, bags, and shoes in person, i can say this isn't the coach you're used to. the collection is an ode to american sportswear, meaning shearling coats, button-front shirts, buffalo plaid skirts, baseball jackets, and chunky sweaters, and bags with grommet details and hardware inspired by construction work belts. while the prices for the clothing is comparable for other contemporary brands (think alexander wang, phillip lim), the most expensive of the bags is $1300, with most under $800. unlike many new designers, who come into a new brand and head straight for the archives, vevers is content to chart a new path and it's refreshing to see. more pics of the fall collection from the preview event are below and check out the spring show on style.com.
coach fall 2014 available at select coach flagship stores (190 post street, san francisco; south coast plaza, 79 fifth avenue, new york) and on coach.com
hollywood and fashion are like peanut butter and jelly—forever to be linked. so of course i was totally intrigued by co, started by a screenwriter (justin kern, a former model who used to assist mario testino...what?!) and a film producer (stephanie danan). the l.a. based duo utilizes their connections in their lookbooks, teaming with marisa tomei, amanda demme, and thomas bangalter of daft punk on films and images. their intention is to create classic clothing with a twist, and after going back to check out fall and resort, i'd say they nailed it.
the spring collection, inspired by ballerina aurelie dupont, is just stunning, with tiered ruffled dresses, lace track pants, voluminous shirts, and wide leg trousers that formed sculptural silhouettes. because so much was going on there, the colors were kept simple: black, white, and blush, with a bit of cobalt and a pretty black-based floral. needless to say, i'll be checking out co at barneys and curve sooner than later.
photos via style.com
after black and grey, the color i love the most is blue. can't get enough of navy, cobalt, baby blue, denim, etc. so why not put a look together encompassing lots of shades of blue?
new york fashion week wraps up today with some heavy hitters: ralph, calvin klein, and marc jacobs. there's a few more shows that i loved that i'll be recapping here, and putting all of my favorite looks on my runway to realway pinterest board.
hope you're having a good week!
h & m jacket (similar here and here), banana republic shirt, seven for all mankind jeans, michael kors pumps (similar), vintage gucci bag, super sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline, elle-meme bracelets; vita fede, banana republic, bing bang, and madewell rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park
who knew that gingham (and stripes and pearls) could be so risqué? apparently joseph altuzarra did, because his spring collection was all about a more restrained version of sexy. the inspiration came from rosemary's baby and barry lyndon, both beautiful films but there is clearly something sinister underneath. the first section was all gingham suiting separates, shirtdresses unbuttoned down to (and up to) there, and high waisted pants, then he moved into body-wrapping stripes, latticed leathers, and pearl beaded evening dresses. it was provocative in a way that wasn't vulgar or showy...because we should leave something to the imagination.
photos via style.com
misha nonoo is a new-to-me designer but i adored her spring collection for a similar reason that i loved wes gordon's—it felt fresh. raised by a british mother and iraqi father, she brings an interesting perspective on dressing that comes from living and experiencing different cultures, including working with artists. while the printed pieces (using images of friend dustin yellin's sculptures) were beautiful, it was in the monochromatic looks that she excelled. duster coats, coordinated short sets, flowy crops and wide leg pants, and flirty cocktail dresses in white, navy, bronze, and fuschia were just gorgeous.
check out some behind the scenes from interview magazine and stay tuned for her shoe collaboration as part of aldo's rise line.
photos via style.com
more playing with proportions—first i did it with a long blazer over a short skirt, then a crop with high waist culottes, and now a shirtdress over a skirt. truth be told, the last two looks i tried because of cosmo fashion editor shiona turini. i pinned a look of her wearing a dress over a skirt a few years back and hadn't found the right pieces to give it a go until scooping up this ralph lauren shirtdress on sale. she's been killing it in the crop game, especially this fashion week...definitely my new style muse. whose style are you loving lately? have they inspired you to try something new?
photos by lydia hudgens
ralph lauren shirtdress, veda skirt (similar real leather and faux), alexander wang sandals, super sunglasses, chanel bag, forever 21 earrings, campbell and vita fede rings; jewelmint, eddie borgo, and céline bracelets, dior addict extreme lipstick in paparazzi