Friday, October 2, 2015

34th Street Weekend Picks: H&M Sale, Skechers Sale, and Uniqlo x Lemaire

Get up to 70% off this weekend at H&M Herald Square, and H&M Herald Square, and H&M 34th Street. I love saying that. Yes, we have TWO H&Ms in Herald Square that sit catty-corner from each other at the 34th Street/Broadway/Sixth bowtie, and one more down the street on 34th and Seventh. The windows at the latter are looking gorgeous, yes? Now go shop one of our three H&Ms on 34th Street and pick up some trendy deals.


I love this sale: buy a pair of shoes and get 30% off a pair of boots. I would so get a nice pair of kicks for my man and then, natch, boots for me. Skechers really gets its shopper. 140 West 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue

Uniqlo x Lemaire
Let's not wait on this one. Although RackedNY tells the French label fans to return on Monday for restock and previously only-available-online items, I would not tempt the fabulous collab fates. Stop by this weekend at Herald Square, which RackedNY recommends shopping, check out stock, then return Monday if you think it's worth the hype. And trust me, it's worth the hype. I have big respect for Uniqlo's collabs and this one is a great fit. 31 West 34th Street  between Fifth and Sixth

Friday, September 25, 2015

34th Street Weekend Pick: Levi's

Buy two pairs of jeans and get 30% off. Or, use code FRIENDSFIRST online for 50% off a $250 or more purchase, and 40% off $125 and up. I love Levi's pullovers (see below). Also, kids and baby online is up to 40% off! All around a fabulous time to shop Levi's, especially if you want really, really cute white ("winter bloom") overalls. NEED.
45 West 34th Street just east of Sixth Avenue

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2016: Skingraft, Francesca Liberatore, Son Jung Wan


Inspired by “nomadic wandering through the Mojave Desert,” the Skingraft collection designed by Jonny Cota evoked a sense of strong, self-reliance. The garments were displayed on 12 models, standing statuesquely in two rows on a dark stage at the side of the showroom. The looks were utilitarian, with pockets, pouches, and parachute drawcords, all adding to a sort-of warrior aesthetic. However, the clothes were not overwhelmed by these extravagant embellishments; rather the collection as a whole was tied together through this mix of function and fashion.


All photos from NYFW

Francesca Liberatore 

Usually, orange is the number one color I avoid in my wardrobe, and if I dared to be wearing the hue, I certainly wouldn’t pair it with black to avoid that Halloween look. So how does Francesca Liberatore get it so right? Whether it’s her choice of fabrics or print, she manages to strike the perfect balance to make it work. Her Spring / Summer 16 collection is full of stunning silk chiffon dresses, with sheer, embroidered, and printed details of the heart. To down play the femininity, models walked down the runway barefoot, with slightly mussed hair, covered with silver paint strokes. I also enjoyed her more tailored menswear inspired vests and coats.

Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016      Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016

Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016      Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016

Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016      Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016

Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016      Francesca Liberatore RTW Spring 2016
All photos from Masato Onoda/WWD
Son Jung Wan

It’s been a privilege watching Son Jung Wan develop as a designer over the past few seasons for Fashion Week. Her collection showed that she has really figured out her brand and her target audience – and who better to represent her classically elegant style than front row supporter Kelly Rutherford. Inspired by Jeju Island in Korea, Wan aimed to translate its scenic beauty into her clothes, from the turquoise color of sea, or pastel pinks and lilac of florals. I love the structure of her clothing; she achieves angles and shapes different than any other designer through interesting cuts and truly understanding movement.




All photos from NYFW

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2016: Idan Cohen, Betsey Johnson, Karigam

Idan Cohen

Walking into Skylight Clarkson Square, the venue space felt raw, strikingly different than the tents of Lincoln Center. As a venue, it has transformable potential with the ability to adapt to a variety of events. Dull grey carpeting as we entered didn’t exactly convey a glamorous feel, but The Gallery space itself was well presented. Idan Cohen's presentation followed the trend of a more modern runway experience, with the models parading down the main runway, then looping back down the two “side” runways. Paired with upbeat music, and long beachy waves, Idan's gowns moved fluidly down the runway in pastel tones inspired by the sand and sea. Standout pieces include the gorgeous finale gown, and sparkly rompers layered with satin overcoats.



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Betsey Johnson

It’s safe to say Betsey Johnson is a woman who is not afraid of color. This year marked her 50th anniversary as a designer, and what better way to celebrate than throwing a party on the stage at NYFW. Carefully curated, and cleverly titled The Curious Case of Betsey Johnson, the collection was tailored to reflect Betsey's 50 years in the industry, separated by the signature look of each decade, playfully taking us on a trip down memory lane. 


Starting with Limelight, we saw dresses from every little girl's ideal dress-up closet - brightly colored, glitzy tutus, flouncy skirts and colored fishnets. Next, Palladium featured bold prints, layered corsets, jumpsuits, colorful socks and elbow length printed gloves.


Bringing us into the punk rock attitude of the 80s, we get interrupted with Mud Club and edgy looks, plaid, pinstripe suits, and a black vinyl dresses. Naturally progressing followed Electric Circus, or the hippy inspired 70’s, featuring eclectic knitwear, some even doubling as pajamas. If I had to self title these looks, I would say “Granny Chic", including one of my favorite pieces, a long knit dress with matching nightcap.

All photos WWD 

While many over the top looks were not ready to wear for everyday women, Max’s Kansas City, was ready to be worn off the runway. The 60’s collection featured simplistic mod dresses and Twiggy inspired looks, complete with the era's signature beehive. Betsey ended her journey with a collection titled Ann K. Pimm, a tribute to her childhood dance instructor. 50’s inspired leotards, pin up costumes, and dance attire was the perfect finale. Her narration throughout the show tied the presentation together, and she closed with her signature cartwheel and split. 


Despite a flurry of coordinators herding photographers into place and black clad interns showing guests to their seats, a thirty minute delay forced guests to occupy themselves until the models took to the runway. Though Karigam started slow, it was well worth the wait, finishing with a flourish. Designer Karina Gamez showcased an elegant collection, perfect for the strong, sophisticated, metropolitan woman. Luxurious overcoats, dresses with zipper and sheer details, high collared shirts, tailored and structured workwear, evoked a crisp yet futuristic image. Her palette was limited largely to black and white, with a touch of pink or beige. MUST have one of her flowing hooded trench coats for spring. 



All photos from NYFW

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2016: Nicholas K, Rebecca Vallance

Nicholas K 
Always the best way to kick off my fashion week, Nicholas K's layers, hoods, great pants, fabulous long dresses, and standout accessories are their norm. Bonus is the empowering aesthetic that projects a woman's confidence without compromising feminine beauty. For Spring 2016 Nicholas K accomplished this with show-opening whites, a mellow burnished orange, a striking light blue, and basic greys and blacks. The gold cuff that covered almost the entire forearm and was often shown with an accompanying hand piece, felt medieval and futuristic at once. I was struck this season also by the delicate fabrics, sheer layering, and seamless drapery that, together with the cuffs, evoked a naturalistic and earthy strength. 

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Rebecca Vallance
I went right from Nicholas K's layered chic to Rebecca Vallance's sophisticated party girls, and not a bigger juxtaposition could be found. Immediately upon entering the presentation space I thought: perfect party clothes. However, the pantsuits and tailored dresses also make for impeccable day and work gear. Interview standards, luncheon looks, important meeting dresses, and the perfect day-into-evening looks can all be found from this up-and-coming Australian designer. Highlights included a cherry red pantsuit and stunning burgundy leather dresses.

The scene at Rebecca Vallance. Photo from