April 16, 2014

In the Showrooms: DL1961's Colorful Boyfriend Styles and Two-toned 90's Jeans

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DL1961 is seriously bringing it. At their showroom I was able to preview slim boyfriend jeans in colors outside of the usual distressed indigo (above). I love the idea of wearing gray boyfriend jeans or maybe even pink. It makes them new again and proves that there's so much  more design-wise that can be done with them. I've been going through a loose fitting jeans phase lately and can't wait to try these out.

Boyfriend shorts are becoming a staple and most everyone includes them in their lines these days. I was taken aback, however, by the athletic-style short shorts in pale indigo. Notches on the side were reminiscent of running shorts and they looked almost as comfortable. The sportswear trend is huge, but still hasn't made much headway in denim. This could be the beginning of some new silhouettes.

An interesting find in the showroom were the skinny jeans with top to bottom paneling in faux suede or just a darker denim. It's an idea brought back from the '90s that I thought would never make a comeback. Well, never say never as they say. The paneling was so soft matching the texture of the jeans and they are sure to be heavenly to wear.These won't hit stores till fall, but I'm certain they will be a hit with the trendy set.

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April 04, 2014

Matiere Paris for Men, Yeezus and Me!

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I'd never heard of Matiere until last week, but this is a mens brand I can totally get behind...for me. I am falling all over myself for those indigo-dyed asymmetrical skirt sweatpants. As I write that out I realize it just sounds weird and unwearable, but a picture speaks a thousand words and luckily I've got a few. So before I continue, scroll down and take a looksee.

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April 02, 2014

In the Showrooms: Graf & Lantz

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I feel so privileged. Seriously, I do, because I got to view the most amazing new accessories brand called Graf & Lantz the other day. Graf & Lantz is one of those brands whose origins are so unique that they actually bring something new to the conversation.

The brainchild of a structural engineer PH.D from Germany and a midwestern adventurer, the collection is a mesh of singular materials constrained with linear proportions. Case in point, a grey tote (above) is made of wool felt that, through a process unknown to me, is given a pebbled texture. When I first laid eyes on it, I literally stopped in my tracks (there are witnesses to prove it). Need it, want it, now. 

The duo seems to stick to rich leathers, wool felt creations and waxed canvases in the construction of the architectural style handbags. The benefit is that materials which may seem mundane in other designs take on a luxurious quality. The effect is quite amazing. 

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March 28, 2014

In the Showrooms: GUESS Fall 2014

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Guess' newly installed Creative Director, Sharleen Ernster, has come out with both guns blazing (pun totally intended).

I didn't need prompting to see that there was an entirely different look in womens apparel. Vintage-looking cowboy boots stuffed with flowers were strategically placed around the showroom. In case that wasn't enough of a clue, a well-worn vintage saddle of wood and leather was draped with gold-toned jewelry and flanked by two horseshoes (below). It was all so authentically authentic that I asked if the cowboy boots were a part of the collection. They weren't. Bummer. Wouldn't it be cool if that were the case? It's been a very long while since true cowboy boots have been mainstream. But I digress...

The entire line was a mixture of western themes, floral motifs and city cool. An interesting feat to pull off I must say. Even more so when considering western themes can easily fall into the realm of camp. I admired that Ernster was able to do this by finding that perfect balance between accentuation and subtlety. For example, a traditional western yoke and pockets were used on the top half of a denim boiler suit (below), which happened to be my favorite piece. However, it wasn't so overpowering as to take away from the overall city girl look of it. 

For guys, western was pretty much non-existant and wardrobe staples like button-downs and jeans were the norm. However, the sneakers were pretty amazing. The high-tops had that old school flat-footed shape that's pretty popular nowadays. There were quite a few styles that had me seriously considering crossing over to the mens department for kicks this fall. 

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March 25, 2014

In the Showrooms: Marciano Fall 2014 Sneak Peak

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Leather pleating and denim, faux fur with chain trim, pearls on steroids; those were just a few of the items in the Marciano showroom for fall. 

Fur was big in the fall shows this past fashion week. So much so, I wondered if we were beginning to move past our PETA-induced fear of donning it. I guess we won't know till fall arrives, but thankfully Marciano has these colorful faux fur options for those of us who would rather not risk the backlash. 

Marciano always has key denim pieces in their collection and my favorite was the denim pencil skirt (above). It's such a great mix of casual and class, no? And the pearls! Included in the jewelry collection were the most audaciouly gigantic pearl necklace and matching bracelet (below). Not real pearls of course, but I love the idea of having an alternative to all the minimalist jewelry that's trending right now. 

What do you think of it so far?

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March 20, 2014

It's Never Too Early. Sneak a Peek at NYDJ Fall 2014

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Yes, yes, I know. We just made it to spring and after the hellacious winter we've been having who wants to think about fall. That's the debate I'd been having with myself when I was trying to decide whether to show you NYDJ's Fall 2014 collection now, or when that season starts.

Summer is when stores begain to stock fall. Therefore most people start planning their fall wardrobes around this time. So it makes sense to wait. However, would it be inauthentic since I actually saw the collection a few days ago? Ahh! Decisions, decisions. In the end, I went with the latter. I figured I saw it now, so why not show it now. And you know what? It's not like I can't revisit it again come summer right? Besides, there were a few things I thought were too cool to wait for.

NYDJ has a great way of interpreting current trends in a way that's more palatable for those who prefer subtlety in their wardrobes. The laser print florals (above) are a perfect example of this. Florals jeans can be a riot of color and this can be a little much for some people. This tonal version is perfect for those who want to keep it tame but still participate in the trend. The same can be said for the indigo windowpane plaid jeans and the camo print as well (below). 

So what do you think? Too early to think about or does NYDJ's collection have you planning fall early?

Related: In the showrooms: NYDJ Spring 2014

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December 17, 2013

VC Signature Has Got My Signature Spring Shoes!

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Did you know that VC signature, Vince Camuto's higher end shoe line is co-designed by Kari Sigerson of Sigerson Morrison shoes? I didn't. That would probably explain why they are so rad. 

This is my favorite of all the Vince Camuto shoes this season (see Vince Camuto's Showroom is a Clotheshorses Wet Dream and Two by Vince for Spring) The reason is because two of my favorites from their mega-extensive shoe lines are in this collection. A pair of silver and gold diamond patterned loafers and cane woven oxfords in white (above) are two pairs of shoes you will definitely see on my feet in spring. 

My favorites are just two out of a three-fold theme which were coppery metallics, wicker wovens and monotone colorblocking. I'm looking forward to seeing this hit stores.

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December 13, 2013

Fun See-Through Rainboots and Minimalist Sandals from Dirty Laundry


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When I went to see Chinese Laundry a few days ago, I also viewed their other collections (see There are too Many Favorites to Choose from Chinese Laundry's Spring 2014 Collection).

Dirty Laundry is the more youth-oriented line from the brand with price points going no higher than $100. Even though it's geared toward the youth set, there were still a ton of styles that I thought were great for all ages. That wouldn't be the combat boot rainboots (above). Those are definitely youth-oriented. The fun prints mark them as spring but with a pair of thick socks you could probably wear them all year round. 

The minimalist sandals in neutral tones and metallics are some of my favorites of all of their brands. It's nice to see things being simplified after so many years of gladiator sandals.

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December 09, 2013

There Are Too Many Favorites to Choose from Chinese Laundry's Spring 2014 Shoes

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Chinese Laundry's spring shoe collection has me looking forward to open-toed shoe season. I've been over gladiator sandals for quite a long while. I remember feeling frustration when I couldn't find a sandal that wasn't strappy. That's why I loved Chinese Laundry's sandal options.

Simple straps are a direct contrast to the allover straps of gladiatrix and the neon bright colors add so much pop. There were a lot of different versions of this style like clog heels (above), sporty white soles and lookalikes of the popular Isabel Marant "carol" sandal. All of these were my favorites. I couldn't choose just one. 

For people into different looks there were platforms, classic open-toed flats and sick woven heels that I couldn't stop talking about on Instagram.

Their showroom is massive. Therefore I have to show this in three parts; one for each of their collections so keep watching this space for the Dirty Laundry and CL by Chinese Laundry collections.

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November 14, 2013

Two by Vince for Spring

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I know everyone is going bananas today over the Isabel Marant x H&M collaboration. Me personally, I'd rather wait and see what's left. I can't stand lines. I really can't. Also, it's available online people!
 
So if you're in the same state of mind I'm in right now and you'd like a bit of a distraction (fashion-related of course), take a look at the Two by Vince collection for Spring 2014. 
 
And just because I always point out my faves. Check out the collarless denim jacket above. Notice the bleached out sleeves. #love
 
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