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from the runways: nanette lepore

14 Feb

it’s fashion week again, and in honor of the sartorially rich week, i’ll be bringing you reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning! 

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there’s something thrilling about settling in to watch a fashion show. what will the music be like? will there be a crazy light show? what beauty regime were the models put through? what will the story line be? and most importantly, how will the clothes look?

it’s often easy to forget, but fashion shows are still about the clothes. developing them, showing them, and hoping buyers will buy them and editors will write about them. but with the amazing productions that shows have turned into – lookin’ at you karl – it’s natural to get distracted from the very essence of why we all cram into bleacher like seats on days when the weather can only be described as treacherous.

nanette lepore and her team of producers did a nice job of keeping the balance between design showcase and fancy production. simple lights, backdrop and music did the trick as models paraded down her runway in non-overwhelming makeup and slicked back hair pulled into small twisted buns.

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but while the logistics of the show didn’t take over, there was still a good story to be told. lepore took us to mars for fall, using images of the recently news making mars rover as her inspiration. the music accompanied this muse quite nicely with its techno-space-agey notes and upbeat tempo.

the clothes and accessories were an appropriately scaled ode to outer space as well, featuring futuristic materials. there were iridescent tops, holographic purses, shoes and belts and some peculiar shimmer reminiscent of scales – perhaps lepore was trying to tell us something about her martian models?

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her looks were modest but still flirty. peeks of shoulder, collar bone and thigh indicated the lepore girl doesn’t mind a bit of intrigue, but still respects tasteful style.

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there were plenty of light weight trousers, skirts and arm baring tops, making the collection more suitable for early fall. but the abundance of outerwear – seems to be a theme this season – could easily carry our girl into the throes of october and november.

all-in-all, an interesting, boundary pushing collection for a designer who usually embraces the über girly. well done, ms. lepore.

ed note: since i’m having to enjoy nyfw from the comforts of my own home this season, please excuse my borrowing of photos from style.com. hop on over there for the full collection and their take on this season’s designs.

from the runways: jenny packham

12 Feb

it’s fashion week again, and in honor of the sartorially rich week, i’ll be bringing you reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning! 

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jenny packham, one of the new kids on the fashion block – err, runway? – has left no lingering questions as to what design niche she wants to be a part of. from the bevy of delicious ball gowns that floated down her runway today, it’s clearly eveningwear packham thrives in.

and thrive did she ever today. the designer transported us into an eery setting reminiscent of a trippy cartoon romance. punchy fairytale-esque melodies with a techno edge accompanied dewy faced models as they moved robotically down the runway, looking like strange mechanical dolls.

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and packham’s looks perfectly suited this oddly entrancing scene. beautifully crafted gowns and sweet but not saccharin cocktail dresses filled the collection, reinforcing the designer’s tendency toward the glamorous.

there was an astute color gradation that equally caught my attention – starting out with a rose colored gown, the collection moved smoothly from blush to red to whites to black then navy and finally to an olivey-seafoam green (which sounds awful but is really quite pleasing). the colors were as much a part of the design element as the tailoring itself.

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and how ‘bout that tailoring? bewitchingly captivating, if you ask me. there was something about the fluid movements of packham’s gowns and the youthful yet seductive air of her cocktail dresses that i couldn’t take my eyes off of – the ruby red décolletage-baring dress particularly comes to mind. oh, and the off-the-shoulder black number.

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subtle hints of sensuality – exposed collar bones, bare sides and a peek at the small of the back thanks to low-slung necklines, sheer fabrics and keyhole cutouts – were peppered throughout the collection, further adding to packham’s credibility as a designer who doesn’t shy from intrigue.

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and while there was nothing particularly groundbreaking in this collection – hey, that’s entirely understandable for a designer still feeling out her path in the fashion world – the looks were divine nonetheless.

ed note: since i’m having to enjoy nyfw from the comforts of my own home this season, please excuse my borrowing of photos from style.com. hop on over there for the full collection and their take on this season’s designs.

from the runways: marc by marc jacobs

12 Feb

it’s fashion week again, and in honor of the sartorially rich week, i’ll be bringing you reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

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it seems to me that marc is trying to tell a story about his perpetually youthful muse this season. perhaps once a wallflower, afraid to embrace the girl she knew she was deep down. perhaps a late bloomer, unsure if she would ever come into her own. perhaps once timid, mousy and painfully shy.

whatever the case, the marc by marc girl has sure grown up for autumn/winter 2013. while not going in the way of the sex play theme we see way too often nowadays, there was an unmistakable air of acknowledged advancement about jacobs’ looks.

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once flouncy skirts segued into curve hugging – a loose, respectful hug, mind you – silhouettes and slightly unflattering proportions bloomed into properly buttoned up blouses and trousers, with even a ladylike belt thrown in here and there.

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but this is not to say the lineup was boring, pious or elderly. the playfulness of the line rang true throughout the show’s entirety, reminding us that were indeed in the presence of a marc jacobs collection.

polka dots, plaid and stripes were all still there –just a bit grown up this time. attention hungry – and perhaps slightly jarring – color palettes became muted and scaled back. spritely shapes were refined and tailored down into internship appropriate looks (i say internship because there’s no doubt the mbmj girl is still in her youth). and that once uncertainty about how best to flatter her figure was transformed into confidence and wisdom.

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oh, and the fabrics – wool, satin and perhaps jersey (can’t quite put my finger on that last one). there’s something about the tactile this season, no?

not a bad lineup for the fall months. can’t wait to see these looks in real life. what’s your take?

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ed note: since i’m having to enjoy nyfw from the comforts of my own home this season, please excuse my borrowing of photos from style.com. hop on over there for the full collection and their take on this season’s designs.

from the runways: rebecca minkoff

11 Feb

it’s fashion week again, and in honor of the sartorially rich week, i’ll be bringing you reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

the rebecca minkoff girl is a dream. hip, stylish, confident. and the designer’s autumn/winter 2013 collection certainly lived up that cool girl charm – right down to the live show by nashville duo, wild cub. that’s right – a live music performance right on the runway. how’s that for shaking things up?

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and speaking of shaking things up, minkoff employed an interesting muse for this season’s inspiration – none other than that american hero, neil armstrong. ms. minkoff dubbed her collection “an ode to neil,” according to style.com, and wove subtle hints of the space race era into her pieces. and i mean subtle in every sense of the word – i didn’t even realize the designer had her creative eye set on armstrong or space until style.com clued me into the word, “space,” sprawled across a t-shirt and spacesuit influenced elbow joints on a white leather jacket.

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but beside that small disconnect, everything else was in sync with the minkoff brand – fresh, young and flirty with an edge. true rebecca minkoff style.

as the first model stormed the runway after an intro from the aforementioned jam sesh sporting a white leather bomber and army green trouser shorts, it was clear this show would get your heart racing in more ways than one. i could feel my pulse rise in excitement as each look followed. there were thigh-skimming dresses intermingling with trousers for girls who don’t take themselves too seriously and skirts topped with sweaters for days when you just feel like being slouchy in the best way possible.

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but i would be sorely remiss if i didn’t mention the more-than-impressive outerwear present in almost every look. sumptuous leather to fur trimmed to all-over plaid in silhouettes ranging from waist length to floor length, and even a short sleeved black number, these pieces undoubtedly stole the show.

and that’s what fall is all about, am i right? the minkoff girl is definitely one i’ll be channeling come october.

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ed note: since i’m having to enjoy nyfw from the comforts of my own home this season, please excuse my borrowing of photos from style.com. hop on over there for the full collection and their take on this season’s designs.

from where i sit.

6 Feb

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so, it’s been a while since i’ve done one of these posts. i was considering doing away with them completely, yet here we are, giving it another go.

but this time, it’s a little different. i’ve long been a “part” of the ever expanding blogosphere. mostly quietly listening from the sidelines, soaking up all the insights, inspirations and ideas from industry boundary pushers. and i’ve long thought what direction i wanted to take my blog – should i write about fashion? should i post lots of pictures? should i be funny, solemn, quirky or cutesy? should i be doing this at all?

and many of these introspective questions remain unanswered.

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which leads me to a deeper reflection – a deeper look at my life in general and the many unanswered questions i have there, too.

maybe it’s the stage of life – 26 as of a couple weeks ago – or the unwavering pace  of things today – can we just take a sec to enjoy our coffee, or breathe a little? just one second? or maybe it’s the simple realization that i’m “growing up” and the pressures of “needing” to be moving toward a settled life are closing in at a more rapid pace than ever experienced before (ed note: and by “settled,” i most certainly don’t mean married, with kids and a white picket fence outside my gingham framed windows. i mean “settled” in the sense of having a sure direction and at least getting close to moving into what my life will look like for the distant future.).

maybe it’s all of these things. all of these things inflicting an incredible and often debilitating sense of lost i’ve never felt before.

coming out of college, i had it all figured out. i knew exactly how things were going to go. i got a degree in pr, so naturally, i would work in pr. in new york. in fashion.

naturally.

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and then it didn’t work out. pr, new york, nor fashion. none were a fit.

fuck. what the hell do i do now?

this was my plan. working and living in new york, doing the fashion pr thing, leading this incredibly challenging yet fulfilling life surrounded by equally over-the-top ambitious people. this was it. this was the dream.

but what if that wasn’t the dream? what if that wasn’t what i was supposed to do? do i have to come up with a new dream? do i keep parts of that dream and fill in the holes with other “dreams”?

where do i go from here?

and now here i am, two years later, asking the same questions. yet again.

and it isn’t any easier the second time around. i always knew coming back to austin wasn’t the solution. this was a temporary fix. some people are more than happy – thrilled, even – to make an impact on the area they grew up in. and that’s great. for them. but not for me. i need something more. something big. something different.

but what does that mean, look like, feel like?

i had an inkling the draw of new york would never leave me. and as the weeks that turned into months that turned into years drifted unimpressively by, the hold that great city has on me only grew. i never could quite shake it.

and now that i know new york is the place for me, i’m having more doubts than ever. what if i’m not good enough? what if i can’t make the switch from pr to branding? what if i’m not cut out for the work life it takes to make it in new york?

what happened to that fearless girl who was so sure of her direction? so sure of what the future held? so sure of what her life would look like? so sure of herself.

i’m scared that’s she’s not around anymore. i’m scared that she was chewed up and spit out and shaken so deeply to her core that she’s now so unsure of herself that she’s turned into a timid, passive girl – a girl she never, in her wildest dreams, thought she’d be. i’m scared that she’s not alive anymore. and maybe never will be again.

but surely that’s not the case? surely, that girl, who used to be so full of drive and held so dearly that need to “make it” in the one city that always felt like home that she would never be afraid to send that email, pick up that phone and make her dreams happen, isn’t gone. surely, she’s still here, buried deep inside, waiting to burst out, guns blazing, and holding that undying dream high above, for all to see.

surely.

so here’s to her. that girl. that girl that i once knew. that girl that i hope to know again.

here’s to keeping those dreams alive.

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all photos my own.

here we go.

7 Jan

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happy monday! i’m feeling a renewed sense of inspiration to restart my continuing job search this week – and thank god, ‘cause we’re getting down to the wire here.

the root cause? it’s easy – just keep that undying dream smack dab in the middle of your daily view. that’s it. hopefully it’ll keep working.

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here’s what’s up this week:

– an idea finally struck for an exciting video application i’m working on (now it’s crunch time since the app is due next Friday! eeeek.)

– applying, applying, applying – i have a lofty goal of seven new job apps submitted this week

– signing up for independent health insurance today (this is what happens when you grow up…wishing my 26th birthday were, oh, six months from now)

– playing the sad game of putting away the christmas decorations – i think i held on as long as i could.

– starting to pack up my apartment (i can’t even talk about this one – too sad.)

– my birthday on tuesday – and all the many celebrations that go with it (i.e. lunch today, dinner tomorrow at olive & june, dinner wednesday at sway, dinner this weekend at lambert’s). so basically, lots and lots of eating. and we all know how much i love that.

what are you looking forward to this week? whatever it is, let’s do this!!

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dream

all photos my own.

new york, i love you.

30 Oct

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thinking of the city today.

all photos are my own.