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insecurities & emotional attachment

16 Nov

“While confidence is important, there’s also a balance of keeping your insecurities in tact. They stop you from becoming an asshole. You need to be emotionally connected enough to care about your work, but not enough to take things personally. For me, the insecurities never go away. Becoming more established doesn’t decrease them, they just move around to different baskets.”
Lotta Nieminen for OKREAL

Resonate so hard.

The Row Pre-Fall 2013

21 Aug

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Modesty seems to have made its way back into the fashion set this season (which is ironic, given the recent influx of midriff bearing crop tops – I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were living in 1995. My mistake.). Tastemakers seem to be looking ahead to quieter sartorial statements with their Pre-Fall 2013 collections by way of conservative hemlines, minuscule heel height and nary a décolletage in sight. Case in point: the Olsens’ high-end line, The Row.

 The once tween-conscious sisters have certainly made a name for themselves in the luxury market with this line – which employs high-end furs, luscious fabrics and esteemed tailoring – and their Pre-Fall collection certainly does their reputation justice.

 Not only was the standard attention to detail and affinity for affluence present this season, a tendency toward propriety also made its way to center stage. Trousers were relaxed, skirts were long and the boxy silhouettes of tops and dresses certainly left much to the imagination (perhaps a bit too much?).

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 Without fail, the design team focused on construction and precision, delivering, yet again, a lineup that didn’t skip a beat. From the obviously autumnal plaid patterns to the earthy color palette, this collection will easily take The Row’s customer into the cooler months ahead.

 All photos from Style.com. Hop on over there to see the full collection and their take on the lineup.

Chloé Pre-Fall 2013

15 Aug

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Remember when Hannah MacGibbon left the helm of Chloé and a new face took the reins (that new face being Clare Waight Keller – ok, so she’s not entirely new to the fashion set, having worked for Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Pringle of Scottland, to name a few)?

I’ll admit, I was a tad disgruntled at the shake-up – weren’t you? I’d fallen in love with the youthful femininity of MacGibbon’s Chloé (this is the collection that did it), and was afraid this new leader wouldn’t stay true to the reinstated girly appeal.

But time has proven me wrong (yes, I’ll admit it), and I’ve grown to not only appreciate, but truly enjoy, Keller’s designs. Different? Yes. Bad? Not in the least.

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Although not quite as bubblegum pink and bow heavy as MacGibbon (hey, I like bows, don’t judge), Keller certainly maintains Chloe’s habit of pronouncing the appeal of the fairer sex. Instead of ruffles, Keller prefers lace; instead of empire, Keller leans on a cinched waist; instead of punchy color palettes, Keller skews toward the more classic.

Case in point: her Pre-Fall 2013 collection presented in Paris earlier this year. While a 60s mod influence obviously motivated the designs this season, it was more of the put-together feel of Keller’s buttoned up looks that took center stage. A-line skirts, modest necklines and covered shoulders gave the collection a feel of propriety, while disheveled coifs sported by doe-eyed models let us know that Keller’s muse – in true Chloé girl form – doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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It seems as if the Chloé girl has grown up in the wake of Keller’s reign, and I have to say that I’m (gasp!) actually starting to prefer her aesthetic to that of MacGibbon. Maybe I’m growing up a little too.

All photos from Style.com. Hop on over there to see the full collection and their take on the lineup.

ardent eyes.

16 Mar

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photo from rhianna wurman via coco+kelley.

from the runways: burberry prorsum

27 Feb

although fashion month is nearing its end, i’m bringing you one last review straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

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it seems that st. valentine – or, according to style.com, a more kinky purveyor of love lust – was on designer christopher bailey’s mind for autumn 2013. showing his collection for burberry just four days after february 14th, traces of that holy grail of affection dotted the lineup. heart prints, flesh-toned palettes and even a melancholy version of the turtle’s happy together saturated bailey’s show.

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but, as mentioned above, there was a more seedy side to the lineup. finding inspiration in the infamous sixties showgirl, christine keeler, who also partook in a slew of extra-curricular activities, if you catch my drift, bailey incorporated a bit more seduction into this season’s looks, which mainfested in the form of transparent vinyl skirts exposing heart-print undies and nude colored trenches concealing what can only be imagined as the absence of an outfit underneath.

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and while style.com writer tim blanks brought this dark muse to light, i’d prefer to stick with the more pg version. taking place in a sun-drenched greenhouse-esque venue, bailey’s show was a light, albeit slightly ironically woeful, production. his outwardly happy muse seemed to perhaps be covering an inner sadness with ensembles that would persuade the unassuming passerby otherwise – again referencing those heart-print separates mentioned above. a bit obvious? yes. but in the most intriguing way possible.

in any case, bailey impressed – for the most part – this season. while the leather fringe soaked in gilded grommets weren’t to my liking, the light collection with dark undertones was an overall success.

and if the surprise live performance from tom odell and accompanying chorus – the latter of whom were clad in all black trenches, naturally – didn’t catch your attention, the impeccably executed outerwear and proper-but-not-prim silhouettes certainly did.

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ed note: since i had to enjoy fashion month 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: calvin klein

25 Feb

although new york fashion week has sadly ended, i’ll be bringing you a few more reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

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 what is it about the calvin klein brand that keeps us enthralled season after season? is it designer francisco costa’s groundbreaking silhouettes? is it the line’s new-fangled textiles? is it the show-stopping production overwhelming the essence of the show?

so if it’s none of these, what is it? perhaps why we – and by we, of course i mean me – love a ck lineup so much is its sense of consistency. not to be confused with boring, the designs from this house are reliable. sure, you may see an interesting twist here or an eye-catching detail there, but what you really get from costa are pieces you can count on for the long haul.

and if that’s not a sign of a great line, i don’t know what is.

in an ode to that, costa sent out coats, dresses and trousers for autumn/winter 2013 all exuding that ck trustworthiness we’ve come to expect.

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simple yet impactful silhouettes complimented the strategically lit venue and pounding music wafting through the air. even feminine dresses had strong shoulders and architectural pleating.

the buckle seemed to be the focal point – or eye-catching detail, if you will – this season. dotting all the aforementioned ensembles, and even the shoes, this gilded accessory was the consistency vein running through the entire collection.

everything about a calvin klein show is executed with precision. the clothes right down to the models’ turn-on-a-dime struts around varied routes are calculated and structured. nothing is left to chance, and as a result, we know we’re gonna get something good.

and that, my friends, is what a costa-led presentation is all about.

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ed note: since i had 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: badgley mischka

18 Feb

although new york fashion week has sadly ended, i’ll be bringing you a few more reviews and editorials straight from the runways in lieu of our regularly scheduled posts. happy fashioning!

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this season, design-duo mark badgley and james mischka gave a nod to the femme fatale spotlighted in the works of the insurmountable curator of darkness, alfred hitchcock.

this inspiration came off perfectly in the designers’ show last week. impending music cascaded through the dark drenched setting while smoke billowed from backstage, presenting models with sly looks and coy smirks who were undoubtedly up to something.

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the clothes were appropriately luxurious for the designers’ menacing muse. womanly silhouettes accented by fur stoles and jewel-encrusted necklines, waistlines and hemlines gave the indication that this was a lady who knew what she wanted. The color palette played up the devious nature of our star, as well, as silk, satin and lace ensembles were soaked in luscious shades of red, navy, gray and of course, black.

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alongside the few knee-length pencil skirts and cocktail dresses, an assortment of gowns were presented in true badgley mischka fashion. bathed in a sense of intrigue and seduction, there was something different about the gowns this season. as models descended the runway, the looks seemed ordinary, but as the pivotal turn was taken and the trek toward backstage commenced, entrancing back detailing gave a jolt of pleasure. how astutely executed were those skin-exposing slits and plunging reverse necklines.

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overall, badgley mischka’s fall 2013 collection was a success. while there wasn’t anything particularly profound this season, there were plenty of not-so-ordinary details, design elements, and of course that brooding nature of our muse, to satisfy our sartorial hunger.

ed note: since i had 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.