January 23, 2015

Expect Key Pieces from American Eagle this Summer

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American Eagle Showroom Summer 2015 collection


I never know what to expect when I walk into the American Eagle showroom. Whether it's a winter wonderland for the holidays or a lone desert highway in the spring, it's just the right amount of escapism to have us looking forward to the delights of the upcoming season. And since summer is beach season, what better way to get us ready than to truck in a room full of sand. I can't imagine how they got all of it in an elevator, but it was so fitting for the cut-offs, knit tops and beach hats. 


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November 13, 2014

You'll Be Looking For These Jeans in the Future


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The "Scratch Jean" by ISKO as part of their Spring 2015 denim innovations display at the Gansevoort Penthouse


Many of you have probably never heard of ISKO, but if you have more than a few jeans in your closet you're probably wearing their denim. 

ISKO's mills supply the denim for many top brands like GUESS, Hudson and 3x1, but they most famously are the suppliers of the denim used in Diesel's Jogg Jean collection. That soft knit-like jean that has created a whole new category and plenty of copy cats is the proprietary technology of ISKO. If you look inside the of the Jogg Jean you will see the ISKO logo printed prominently alongside Diesel's own. 



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November 10, 2014

NYDJ Moving into Athleisure for Spring

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NYDJ's Spring 2015 collection displayed in the penthouse of the London Hotel 


While some choose sides in the denim vs yoga pants debate NYDJ is trying to bring us the best of both worlds as it expands it's offerings beyond shapewear jeans. 

For Spring, trendworthy athleisurewear could be found alongside their usual offerings in a small but tight collection. Standout pieces were neoprene tops, leggings and boxy cardigans in colorways that ranged from minimalist grays and blacks to cheery floral prints. 

Also new was the introduction of their patented tummy-tucking paneling incorporated into tops in the form of an attached undershirt. And they continue to introduce more dresses and workwear into their line which also includes the same technology. 

After I left The London Hotel where the preview was held, I began to wonder why I spend so much time working out. If I stocked my closet with head to toe NYDJ I could save myself some torture. 


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November 05, 2014

Inside GUESS Spring 2015

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GUESS's Spring 2015 collection on display in their NYC showroom


GUESS has gone for clear themes this year when presenting their collections and to great effect. This season's theme was inspired by traditional Japan and was in stark contrast to last season's boho city cowgirl theme where saddles, lassos and cowboy boots (see In the Showrooms: GUESS Fall 2014) provided the mood. 

The pink parasols, cherry blossoms and pale but vivid candy-colored props that were sprinkled throughout the showroom created a sense of serenity that drew attention to the return of floral prints on shoes and jeans. It also softened GUESS's edgier offerings like boilersuits and frayed denim vests and skirts.

The "denim" bikini with hotpants will be a festival favorite and the brightly colored crossbody bags will be a hit when the weather gets warmer. 

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November 04, 2014

Sneak a Peek Inside American Eagle's Spring 2015 Collection

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American Eagle's Spring 2015 collection on display in their New York City showroom

Market month is in full swing, but I finally have a lull in the rush to and from showrooms to update you on everything I've seen, starting with American Eagle.

Spring 2015 is definitely going to be one of American Eagle's most popular seasons. The retailer offers the usual denim streetwear and music festival gear, but new to the lineup are the Navajo print blanket coats for women. If the idea of buying anything other than the basics from the retailer doesn't appeal to you, I assure you that American Eagle's version of the popular trend will fit easily next to it's more luxurious counterparts.

Men can look forward to the return of baja pullovers in traditional styles and updated prints. Bajas are throwbacks to the late '80's and are more than due for a comeback, but even though American Eagle markets the baja for men, the style is traditionally unisex and would go great with denim cut-offs and boots. Particularly during festival season.

Rounding out Spring were plenty of shredded jeans, jean jackets and quilted denim bombers as well as a plethora of hats, shoes and accessories that will have mass appeal when the season comes around. 

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October 09, 2014

Frayed and Caged Hems at DL1961 Spring 2015


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The DL1961 Showroom

Can we just skip fall and go straight to spring? DL1961 previewed their Spring 2015 collection and it is so on point. Skinny jeans were made new again with frayed hemlines and ankle zippers. For those ready to move on from the skinny, voluminous boyfriend styles were in abundance and in a variety of colors, finishes and textures. Bonus points go to the brand for the runway-inspired white skinny with the caged hem as well as the denim shirts dyed in black and gray.

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July 24, 2014

First Look: Aerie Holiday 2014

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Speaking of Christmas trees in July, here it is! (see First Look: American Eagle Holiday 2014).



Aerie for American Eagle continues to offer cute lingerie and sleepwear in fun colors and prints. For Holiday, bras and panties are packed inside of clear Christmas ornaments. Very, very cute. Imagine having that hanging from the tree at Christmas time. Guaranteed good times. 

And I have two words for you, "Cable-knit Shorts"...or is that three words. Either way, Aerie has them and though I have no clue how or where one would wear them, they are so cute that if I were you, I'd buy them and figure it out later. Ridiculous I know. But who said shopping is supposed to make sense. 

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First Look: American Eagle Holiday 2014

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It was festive in the American Eagle showroom yesterday where Holiday 2014 was on display. Have you ever seen a Christmas tree in July? It's an unusual experience to say the least, but fitting with the winter wonderland spirit of the collection.

Nordic patterns, always a staple during the holidays (and ski season), could be found on the most comfy looking onesies. Yes onesies! American Eagle's non-jean take on the winter onesie is very reminiscent of pajamas (actually they probably were pajamas), but I'd totally wear them outside -especially the one with the photorealistic all-over print. That particular one looked snuggly enough to never take off. Nordic patterns could also be found on chunky sweaters and cardigans. The chunky knit pullover cape (I don't know what else to call it) was an attention-grabber and for sure is at the top of my winter wishlist when it hits retail.


An interesting addition was the puffer theme which showed up in an unusual item. There were puffer jackets, lots and lots of puffer jackets, but American Eagle went an extra step and made puffer boots and slippers. They're not the prettiest things to look at, but I would bet dollars to donuts that they are amazingly comfortable. Get this though, they're only for men. Weird. Oh well.

Jeans were ripped and wrinkled and there were plenty of slim sweatpants thrown in as well. In a nod to both, a pair of camouflage trousers with a drawstring waist and elastic ankles was a standout piece and I was surprised they had it tucked on a rack in the corner. 

Holiday 2014 doesn't hit stores until October so nows the time to take a look and start getting your wishlist together.

Preview the rest of the collection after the jump.


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May 05, 2014

Artistix Transforms Art into Streetwear

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It's always amazing to see the results of an artist that works in multiple mediums. 

I was able to preview a new clothing line by artist Greg Polisseni called Artistix where he takes his artwork and translates it into clothing and accessories. For example, a rendering of the American flag (above) was translated into a scarf and may possibly be picked up as a stamp. How cool is that? Of course, there were plenty of denim in jeans, jackets and shorts, but they were merely complimentary when paired next to the graphic pieces. Polisseni's artwork is such that it will appeal to those who eschew the current clean lines, boxy shapes and sporty looks that are current right now. Although pieces like that scarf will appeal to most anyone. Even more appealing, a percentage of money made from sales goes to charities such as Wounded Warriors. Pretty amazing. 

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April 29, 2014

Hardy Amies’s Modern Take on Military for Fall

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“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.”
- Hardy Amies, 1964

It’s a good quote… I try to abide by it, and am relatively successful. Hardy Amies said that in the 1960s, a decade of great generational divide. The youth movement was questioning just about everything created by the generation before it, including Western politics, the Vietnam War, its resulting draft lottery, as well as the music, style and cultural norms of the times. Also stating, “I am not sure that the young man today does not know more than his elders,” Amies understood that the future lay in the strong hands of youth, yet also recognized that some things, namely a man’s desire for casual expression, was universal and timeless. Serving as “a bridge between youth and maturity,” Amies and the Savile Row house he founded forged a common ground of heritage and future that still holds up today.

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