Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sheer Colorblock Stripe Sweater

Sheer Colorblock Stripe SweaterThis colorblock striped sweater reminds me quite a bit of some Alexander Wang pieces from a few season ago, don't you agree? But this item is a much more affordable $98 and you can buy at Nasty Gal.

Bethesda Boutique Week

There's a Boutique Week going on right outside DC in Bethesda, MD starting this Saturday! Fashion events, styling tips, celebrity appearances and more, hooray! I think I will have to make...

Wednesday, October 6, all day
Urban Chic
Shoshanna trunk show plus 15% off Shoshanna. See the Fall 2010 collection and meet Betsy Lowther from Fashion is Spinach (she rocks!). Bubbly and treats after 5pm.

Saturday, October 9,10am-7pm
Luna
Soft Joie trunk show—soft, modern and sexy knits. Bubbly and special treats with Brightest Young Things

Check out the schedule and be sure to let me know if you plan to make anything and if we can meet up!

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Campaign

I was honored to participate in the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony 10th Anniversary Campaign! To celebrate ten years of fighting the good fight (well, 20, but the Pink Pony has been around for ten), Ralph Lauren teamed up with AOL's Stylelist and 100 top bloggers like Tavi, Midtown Girl, Clutch 22 and MOI to support to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You can help by texting PINKPONY to 501501 to automatically donate $10 (Msg. & Data Rates May Apply)! Or you can go shopping (yippee!) at Ralph Lauren. Starting at just $45, you could buy a candle or a tote bag or a girl's tee. But you can go up to $16,995 for a pink alligator bag if you'd like!

You know you love my "I sit in windows all day" pose!! But here's a good shot of my full outfit:
I'm wearing:
Pink Pony Polo - Ralph Lauren gift
Denim Shorts - Old Navy
Over Knee Boots - LOFT gift
Jaunty Hat - Anthropologie
Pearl Necklace - Nordstrom
Spike Heart Ring - Wendy B

Drapy Vintage Coat

This coat is simple but totally stands out! I've never seen outerwear look so fluid before, and it has a great retro vibe. Buy at ModCloth for $125. And don't you love how they have a Coat Warmth Scale - makes shopping online for coats 100 times easier!

Wedding Inspiration Board

Wedding Inspiration
So now that it's less than a year until my wedding, I've finally managed to get excited about planning! So instead of getting work done or blogging or being productive at all, I've been creating this wedding inspiration board to help me focus. Because there are so many beautiful wedding ideas out there, it can be overwhelming without a theme or at least an idea of what you want the overall mood to be! So let me know what you think, and if my board reminds you of a cool wedding you once saw please send me a picture or link!

And in case you're curious, we have a venue, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, and I've designed my own dress!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pamella Roland S/S '11

Pamella Roland's New York Fashion Week presentation took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was a perfect choice of venue. I was thrilled that a free pass to visit the museum in the future was one of the parting gifts because I would love to return and explore! There were no live models, the clothes were presented on white, featureless mannequins, posed in various positions. Some appeared to be working their outfits with stylish flair, while others leaned back languidly observing the observers, still others appeared to supervise the hanging of a large photo. The mannequins fit it perfectly with the sparse white interior of the room. In the context of the art museum, the mannequins became frames for the clothing further underscoring the notion of fashion as fine art.

For spring 2011, Roland was inspired by her Grecian travels, in particular, the Mediterranean beauty of the Greek Isles. Neutral, sandy beige suiting and dresses to keep you cool and stylish in a hot summer boardroom. Airy, chiffon gowns and dresses in flowing, see-like blues and sunset tones of red, orange, and yellow, would be perfect for a beach-side meal enjoyed in the cool evening breeze. Shimmering black and silver metallic dresses should have you partying late into the night. Elegant and modern with references to flattering classic styling; the collection is tied together with Grecian detailing and drapery, as well as a feeling of summer lightness.

Celebrities such as Hilary Swank and Denise Richards came out to support, and Pamella Roland made the rounds discussing the pieces with interviewers and attendees.

See more from the collection in the slideshow below:


Lace Slip Dress

Lace Slip DressThis slip dress would look great by itself with a cropped cardigan, some tights and cut out heels, but it would also be fun to layer it under another dress for a new look! Buy at Otte for $208.

Leather Pleat Shorts

Since I finally got myself a pleated leather skirt, my next leather purchase will have to be a pair of shorts! I know I don't want them to be tight and micro (hello biker stripper!), so these pleated white ones by Jenni Kayne immediately caught my eye. Originally $997 they're now on sale at Les Nouvelles for $597... which is way too much! I'll keep looking though!

Label to Watch: Scanlan & Theodore

Scanlan & Theodore is an Australian label that smartly garnered some press recently by using model and designer Erin Wasson in their latest lookbook - I know that's how I heard about them! Shot by famed photog Nan Goldin, the pictures were so moody glam, I immediately decided to learn more about the brand!Even though they've been around for more than 20 years and celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Ashley Olsen have wore them, it was difficult to find much info! They seem to have a mostly feminine aesthetic, using delicate fabrics and lots of draping. Lots of great prints, most recently abstract tie dyes, and slouchy silhouettes that add a grungy edge, reminding me a bit of Charlotte Ronson.

I can usually find international brands online, but right now all I got is eBay! Is Australian trying to keep this gem of a label their little secret?

NY Fashion Week: The Afterparties

Not since my first time at fashion week have I gone to so many afterparties! First up was the Richie Rich afterparty with Alyssa. It was crazy, people in wacky outfits, men dancing on banquets, totally epic!
There were lots of drag queens there! At least, I'm assuming they're drag queens :O
Then was Charlotte Ronson. I went the whole day eating just one cookie and walked all over, so I started off really exhausted and cranky. but then a waiter came out with pizza!!!! PIZZAAAAAA
Nom nom nom nom.
Look, Sam Ronson was DJing! Charlotte Ronson was also there.
This was apparently some socialite, boy she was loving the attention. Russel Simmons was also wandering around, I saw him a few times but never with my camera at the ready. OK, I'm lying, I was totally "Uhh, who is this small guy everyone is taking pictures of??"Then was the Betsey Johnson afterparty at Good Units. I thought it was be crazy, similar to the Richie Rich one. Instead it felt a little like a high school prom, with people sitting around on the bleachers and nothing very interesting happening at all. We left pretty early though, maybe it got rowdy later in the night.
Last up was the Malan Breton afterparty with Alyssa and Kathy! It was the last night in NYC, such a bittersweet occasion! This was apparently his second afterparty, I guess he's doing well!
It was great having one last night with all the Fasshonaburu girls in NYC, but I must say I was pretty beat at this point. Just the running from show to show, constantly standing and forgetting to eat can be pretty exhausting. When you top it all off with late night partying, you end up coming home sick like me! Worth it? Well... maybe, but I think next time I'll try to take it a bit easier!

Find YOUR Magic at Macy’s

Macy’s has a new online destination, www.macys.com/findyourmagic, where you can do all kinds of fun stuff! There are daily fashion challenges where you can win a $100 gift card, videos with tips and advice by with Clinton Kelly of “What Not to Wear,” and lots of in-store special events! Definitely watch the hilarious “Fashion Intervention” mini mockumentaries, why doesn’t Rachel Roy ever grab me out of a bowling alley and take me shopping?? And OMG an outfit creator! I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours playing around on these.

To celebrate this fun, new campaign, you can win a $50 gift card to Macy’s! Just leave a comment on the post (US only, include your email so we can contact you!) and we’ll randomly choose a winner on Oct 8!

Check out this great video showing the inner workings of Macy’s too:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Leather One Shoulder Backpack

This is almost the perfect fashion week bag! I could easily carry all my essentials, wallet, phone, giant camera, plus fit in various swag I get and my laptop! And since it's a backpack, it would be slightly less painful on my shoulder than a messenger bag or oversized purse to lug around. Finally, it's super chic, by Nicolas K and totally my style. The only issue is that it's a whooping $438 at I Don't Like Mondays - yikes!

Faux Shearling Gilet

Shearling is all over this fall, but you don't have to breka the bank to get the look! This faux shearling vest looks soft and cozy and will only cost you $105 at Need Supply!

Top Spring 2011 Trends

Another fashion week has come and gone! I like to compile a list of some of the trends I noticed every season, but I swear it's getting harder and harder! But I suppose a few things stood out, like...
Neutrals & Tonal Pastels
If you know me, you know I hate it when people list colors as a trend. But even I cannot deny the saturation of neutrals and pale sherbets this fashion week! Everywhere I looked were "nude," "sand" or "greige" (that's grey beige and I love it). In fact, almost all of Alexander Wang's collection was white, probably the most popular neutral color for spring. Or "ice blue," "blush" or "mint." So store your bright neons this spring!Minimalism
It was like every designer was inspired by Calvin Klein for spring! It worked great with the aforementioned color palette - while blush and white look great all ethereal and feminine, when paired with minimalist sensibilities it has a cool, futuristic edge that contrasts nicely.Mixed Prints
Mixed prints has been about for at least a year or two now, but I was impressed with how artfully the looks were put together this season! Since it's spring, there was lots of tribal/safari prints, some animal and florals as well.

I also noticed maxi skirts, structured felt berets, wide leg and flared pants and killer platform wedge sandals. Don't forget to see my Fave Trends for Fall 2010 to know what's hot now!

Pictures from Fasshonaburu & Style.com

Pocket Detail Belt

Ooo, I've been obsessing over belt bags (not quite the same as a fanny pack, people) and this See by Chloé would totally satisfy that desire! Buy at theOutnet.com for $107, originally $355!

Kathy's Design - Strapless Dress and my class at Parsons

Some of you know that I took a Construction Techniques class at Parsons in the summer. For our final project, we were told we could design a dress, ANY kind of dress we wanted. Being overly ambitious, I conjured up this strapless dress where the top alone has 5 pieces, 3 layers each to include a lining and interlining with boning. The requirements to pass the class were only to have the pattern pieces designed and cut out in muslin, as you can see pinned on my dress form.
After the class was over, I decided I loved my design so much I wanted to carry it through and put it together to be able to wear it. The class, unfortunately, didn't go through the process of putting the garment together. I had to do a lot of research on my own...add to that the fact that I had never used boning!I found this fantastic silk organza with grey hearts print. I love that the print is not overly girly and almost has an industrial feel to it. I carried the industrial connotation to include the steel-blue silk duchesse satin for the top and finished the dress with an exposed metal zipper. Since the organza is see-through, I made use of this metallic cotton voile I found as the lining for the skirt part. Check out the close-up of the skirt...isn't it lovely the way it shimmers in the light?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vampire Diana Ring

It took me a few months to save up the cash for the Spike-inspired jewelry I coveted immediately (plus a sample sale!), but I'm happy to say that I am a proud owner of some Wendy B jewelry! It's funny, my fiance just got a BMW and the salepeople were all like, ooo congrats on your first Beemer (Bimmer?), welcome to the club. Well, that's how I feel about jewelry by Wendy B - I am officially a clubmember, ahah.The day I first slipped the ring on my finger I started receiving compliments! Everyone adores this piece, my boss, my friends, random strangers on the subway! You can too, check out the piece at Wendy Brandes today!

Rosa Cha S/S '11

Oh my, I totally forgot to write up Rosa Cha! Desgined by the fantabulous Alexandre Herchcovitch, there were lots of lingerie inspired pieces; I was particularly enomoured with the corsetry and mesh bits on the swimwear. There were some great, nudish blush items, but the tropical floral prints really stood out in a good way. The collection felt perfect for lounging on a yacht off the coast of Turks & Caicos, with perhaps a few nights out at a sultry nightclub.

Crafternoon Tea with Melissa Joy Manning and Doo.Ri

One of the most amazing expereiences I had during NY Fashion week (or ever) was going to Crafternoon Tea with Doo.Ri and Melissa Joy Manning!! Myself, along with some other lucky bloggers (including Sugar Rock Catwalk, White Lightning and The Coveted) got to spend a few hours having tea, eating tiny sandwiches and making friendship bracelets! How many people can say Melissa Joy Manning taught you how to do the spiral weave? Though we were all put to shame when White Lightning did some amazingly complicated weaving herself!Then came delicious Magnolia cupcakes, nom nom nom!It was great to listen to Melissa talk about her various inspirations and interesting ways to craft jewelry. And Doo.Ri spoke about how once a show is over all she wants to do is watch sports until she starts for next season (she'll get maybe two days off :O ). She asked us if we thought there were too many fashion bloggers out there. Some people said yes, but then Jeninne pointed out that fashion is only 10% of the blogs out there - that's shockingly low!

I also got a sneak peak at some new items in the works, you will DIE when they come out!! I promise to let you know as soon as possible! Finally, I got a present, a beautifully fuzzy under.ligne vest! It was so relaxing after the running around of fashion week, big thanks to Dream Sequins for making it all possible!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Schumacher S/S '11

There's a reason I love Schumacher, and this season confirms it again. The collection is undeniably feminine with a bit of graphic edginess. I always love the attention to detail, especially since the backs of germents are usually ignored. Check out the sweater that splits open down the back from the collar - great for layering or wearing alone on a night out. And the taupe dress with rhinestone embellishing is really sublime...imagine how the bottom swishes when you walk! The dresses in lavender-grey with a metallic/foil finish are probably my favorite...there's a gown as seen in the runway photos and a shorter version with pale pink and mustard trim. Looove the colors. And for accessories, one model told me that the sandals she was wearing have 4" heels but were still comfortable after being on her feet for hours. My favorite accessory though (you must check out the photos! they are in a box between sandals) are these little leather wrap bracelets with a leather bow...I saw them in grey, taupe, and burgundy...adorable if worn alone or layered with multiple. Must haves! Many thanks to Anne-Kathrin for being the most fantastic host!

Monique Pean S/S '11

Moorea tourmaline necklace and Tahitian pearl earrings

Monique Pean is a jewelry designer who had her first NY Fashion Week presentation this season. She has an interesting back story that was covered by The Cut. Basically, she was working as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs when a tragic event occurred, and to help her cope, she turned to a creative outlet. What Pean did next is where the story turns atypical; she spent $30,000 on a woolly mammoth tusk which she fashioned into a necklace for herself. She got herself noticed when she wandered into a NYC boutique wearing the tusk necklace and a jewelry line was born!

For Fashion Week, Pean unveiled her Ahe collection, inspired by a trip to Polynesia, as well as Paul Gauguin's paintings of the region and Polynesian crafts. Influenced by the ocean and the thriving life it contains, including coral reefs and marine life, she created an elegant, modern interpretation of tropical island jewelry. Her materials included sustainably-farmed, pearls, shells, devastation-free diamonds, 18 carat gold, and of course, fossilized woolly mammoth and walrus ivory. Pean's line is eco-friendly, and she donates a percentage her profits to charitable organizations.

Atoll shell necklace

View the entire collection in the slideshow below:

Snakeskin Bibi

You know how I adore unique hats! A bibi seems to be some sort of small, beret-shaped hat that gives off vintage vibes. Well, this one is extra fabulous in a snakeskin print! Buy at Anthropologie for $78.

New Christian Siriano for Payless

The new Christian Siriano for Payless shoes & purses are now available! Without doubt, the big stand out is this amazing crocodile embossed rubber rain boot for just $50! It's already pinged with the dreaded "limited quantities" so check it out quick!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ashton Michael Black Label S/S '11

Designer Ashton Hirota showed his Ashton Michael Black Label line at New York Green Fashion Week, and I was totally wowed by the collection. Ashton Michael described it as "An eco-friendly capsule collection inspired by post punk and androgyny," to which I respond with a big HELL YES! Featuring fabrics made from recycled materials such as plastic water bottles, coconut and bamboo, Ashton showed that fashion designers can be both Green and fashion forward.

The collection was all about grungy rock-style badassery, in fact, I think I may have have picked up a little unwashed rocker cred just by being in the same room. The models stomped down the runway in custom designed Doc Martens and bearing a multitude of (mostly?) temporary tattoos pausing only to gaze over the heads of the audience with a disinterested cool. With black and white being the sole fabric colors, there was no lack of texture or visual interest. A heavily deconstructed look reduced many of the garment to mere shreds with large hanging loops of fabric and low slung bondage like straps.

Get all your androgynous grunge punk fashion looks in the slideshow below:


Gerlan Jeans S/S '11

Gerlan Jeans is a line created by designer Gerlan Marcel, who designed prints for Jeremy Scott for five seasons; an influence reflected in her sidestepping of fashion convention, and urban streetwear vibe. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to attend, because both the runway show and the garments themselves where the most fun-spirited and tongue-in-cheek I saw this season. Gerlan funded her show through Kickstarter* and I don't doubt that achieving her funding goal contributed to the celebratory atmosphere of the audience.

I love everything about this situation.

The collection was a throw back to the early 90's, with pastel logo prints, and a pink and aqua print referred to as "lip leopard." Another repeating print featured black silhouetted flamingos against a field of black polka dots. Bustiers, short skirts and dresses, exposed midriffs, t-shirt dresses, and ruffles paraded by on the female models, while the men bore letter jackets, tight jeans, or oversize basketball shorts. Accessories included giant exclamation mark earrings, oversize hair baubles, big pearl necklaces and occasionally terry-cloth towels wrapped around the head. The women strutted down the runway with swagger, giving the impression that they were about to take any crap from anyone. While the designs were for both men and women, it was clear that, in this case, the women held all the power.

Former Deee-Lite member, Lady Miss Kier, was in attendance, as was Baltimore rapper and M.I.A. protogé, Rye Rye.

This was the final, and most dramatic piece to come down the runway. I love how the movement of the ruffles on the on the back is reflected back in her hair style.

See all the Gerlan Jeans S/S '11 looks in the slideshow below:



*To learn more about Kickstarter read WendyB's excellent post on the subject.

My Style Challenge: Last Day at NYFW

There may have been an outfit or two otherwise, but it's been a week so let's wrap it up, shall we? My last day at fashion week I actually didn't even try to go to any shows, I just had to film a short blip for Elle TV for Style Coaltion (no I don't know where the video is!) and then have tea with some bloggers and an amazing designer (more on that coming later!). So, in a way, my outfit was even more important!
I feel like I had once been told to wear mostly solids on camera, and I felt like being bright so I rocked out one of my favorite color combos: yellow and pink. I actually painted my room pink with yellow trim in highschool! I then threw on my purple leopard print scarf and jaunty new hat just bought at Anthropologie for extra pizazz. Don't you love the bow tie in the back?? I wore my field boots again because I had already packed and of course you wear your biggest shoes so they're not taking up too much room in your suitcase!
I'm wearing:
Yellow Tank: LOFT
Pink Skirt: Sugar Lips from ModCloth
Scarf: LOFT
Hat: Anthropologie
Field Boots - ASOS