Friday, February 10, 2017

Fashion Week Fall 2017: Nicholas K and Desigual

Nicholas K
Traditionally, our favorite start to New York Fashion Week includes wondering what new statement accessory we’ll see at Nicholas K. This year, we braved the snow storm and freezing wind chill, while schools and offices citywide were closed for a snow day, to see what brother/sister duo, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz had in store for fall. As the first model made her entrance to hip hop tunes spun from a live DJ, accompanied by rapper Latasha Alcindor, you instantly feel transported to the 90’s. The mood was strong and fierce, with a clear undertone of the political activity in present day. Their signature urban nomad style is still present with leather headbands, billowy caftans, baggy ottoman pants, and military inspired cuts and colour palette. Styled with berets that reminisce on the Black Panther movement, nose rings, oversized hoop earrings, Nicholas K brings us back to a time that held “the promise of a global humanitarian community, communal diversity and unity” to show that we presently seem to be moving against progress. Politics aside, their collection had numerous gorgeous shearling lined coats, crushed velvets fabrics, cozy knits, and standout metallic booties. Every second was worth the trek through Storm Niko.

     

    

     

     

    

    
All photos courtesy of Nicholas K. 

Desigual 
Quickly after Nicholas K, we rushed to Desigual, which included ducking back outside into Storm Niko and reentering the building (why we couldn’t go through the ropes indoors is beyond me). This season's show titled "Extraordinary" focuses on personal expression, inspired blending iconic looks from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, but through a modern day lens. The collection focused on mixing the looks of 3 subcultures: 1. Ready to Dance - the dance culture of 60's in England and 80's in the US with bowling shirts, sports vests and high waist pants 2. Upper Wave - the punky Spanish New Wave and Californian rock scene with iconic rips, animal prints, plaid, and leather and 3. California team - the attitude of the underground LA scene of women working to break preconceived notions of how they should look, with vivid colors and prints, and romantic florals. Memorable looks included the long dresses with printed florals, the playful fuzzy hats paired with plaid jumpers, and all the brightly patterned tights.  

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      
All photos from NY Mag.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fashion Week Spring 2017: Desigual

Titled "Global Traveller", the 2017 Desigual collection mixes influences from different countries and cultures for women to showcase their adventurous spirit and style. With military pieces and bomber jackets, it also aims to show the strength and fearlessness of the modern day woman juxtaposed with her femininity, represented by billowing fabrics and curvy silhouettes. We see bold animal patterns mixed with botanical patterns, embroidery on denim, patchwork on flowy maxis, colourful knits mixed with rich textures. Cuts and fabrics are both comfortable and stylish - perfect for the urban woman on the go. Models were styled to look like Snapchat filters to blend the digital world and the offline world, in a reality heavily influenced by social media. 

      

      

      

      

      
All photos from Getty Images

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ricardo Seco at Men's Fashion Week Spring 2017

Men's Fashion Week took guests all around the city from Meatpacking up to the burgeoning Hudson Yards area off of West 34th Street. We got a small peak at some Spring/Summer looks with a presentation by Ricardo Seco at the Hotel Americano in Chelsea.

Photo: Ricardo Seco
The roof of the Hotel Americano was packed. Upon entry to the upper terrace the presentation was pre-arranged with models standing on cubed pedestals fronting the Hotel’s miniature ‘La Piscine’ swimming pool. Throngs of photographers pressed their luck to try and get close enough for a good shot without falling in; secretly the crowd was waiting for it to happen.
Photo: Ricardo Seco
All of the male models wore matching extra-large pearlescent visors. These nicely complemented an immediate sense of palate: very deliberate summery hues of light pink and purple with baby blue all paired with monochromatic athletic wear, bomber jackets, and relaxed and oversized outerwear lending a Miami Vice meets urban contemporary feel. After listening to a brief introduction by Seco, the theme became more apparent. He wanted to interject a socially responsible angle into his designs and based his looks off of the island of Holbox, which lies northeast of the Yucatan peninsula. Seco, a native Mexican titled this collection LIFE, an apparent nod to his homeland as well as the variety of lifeforms that exist on Holbox.
Photo: Ricardo Seco
Home to many endangered species like the Carey Turtle and the American Flamingo, Seco wants to bring attention to the severity of environmental issues that threaten the island as well as highlight what precious nature could be lost. The flamingo comes through in the variety of pink outfits and also quite literally as a few outfits even feature flamingo prints. Suddenly the looks all conveyed a sense of urgency and concern. The bright vivid colors called for attention before burning out as the crowd looked for meaning in the various sand textures and patterns. The collection was very adept at weaving narrative into otherwise casual summer-wear.
Photo: Ricardo Seco

Friday, March 25, 2016

How to Get Ready for Festival Season

Festival season has finally arrived! (or did it ever really leave?) Lollapalooza, Coachella, EDC, Gov Ball, are around the corner, and everyone's favorite question is "What are we going wear?"  This week, we were invited to the Festival Fashion event at South Street Seaport and got to check out some amazing brands perfect for festival season and spring. 




Footwear
It's hard to find the proper shoe to wear for a 12 hour day of dancing in the sun, that is equally comfortable, light, and of course, stylish. Chinese Laundry offers a great collection of gladiator sandals, booties, and metallic flatforms. We personally loved the Panda Flat Sandal (top) for its lightweight comfort and fun metallic hue. 




Handbag
True festival goers know that your bag need to be hands free for dancing... which makes Erin Dana's leather wrap purse the perfect item to store your ID and sunnies, and it might just get you onto a best dressed list. For those of you who need a bigger bag, her gorgeous festival backpack made in collaboration with blogger We Wore What is another great option. We also love her monogrammed leather chokers. 




Image above from Picks for Peace

Jewelry
Sisters Mariel and Sofia Mizrahi, started Picks for Peace, a guitar pick inspired jewelry collection in honor of their father, a musician who passed from cancer. In effort to keep his memory and passion alive, they made necklaces and bracelets with his music picks. From their classic leather ties that could be worn around the neck or wrapped as a bracelet, to their leather studded bracelets, and the sparkly ball and chain options, we feel the love and happiness behind each piece. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. 


      

      

Clothing
We're not quite over crop tops and neon fishnets just yet. Design History has a fresh collection of light knits and lace tops, and We Love Colors offers an endless array of tights, tie-dye, fishnets, bodysuits, and hosiery perfect for festivals. Arc's signature grey crop top with custom patches of zodiac symbols, evil eyes, and feathers is waiting to be paired with denim cutoffs.  



Fragrance 
Stay fresh and clean with Vince Camuto's Capri fragrance, available in festival travel size or a perfume roller - definitely necessary to smell fresh mid day after dancing or to spritz nearby porta-pottys. 


Lastly, get into festival mode with the perfect mani, like ours from Primp & Polish. White nails are a summer favorite of ours, paired with a bright decorated accent nail. 

Let us know what you are wearing this year!