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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's one of my favorite times of year: attack the sales rack at Gap time. Because with Friends & Family happening through the 14th, you're going to find awesome incredible deals in store. Shop online if you like, but I'll be in the lower level of 60 West 34th because in-store Gap sale prices are always.the.best. This is when I get my big bulky sweaters for winter 2016, 1969 jeans for year round, and my crowd favorite Gap boots and shoes (more difficult to find on sale, but still a steal at 40% off). See you on 34th Street.
This showcase featured three collections from Hong Kong: Loom by Loop, Harrison Wong, and Hidy N.G. Often I dread a collective show, as they tend to be long and packed full of designers, but this one was hyper-edited for an emphatic, strong statement about Hong Kong design talent. And I loved it.
Loom by Loop
I can't say Loom by Loop had me at hello. The psychedelic print mix and the sack-like, floor length dresses initially threw me back to the '80s and Naf Naf baggy cuts. But by the end of the collection I was a diehard convert. There was a dreamlike quality to the shapeless forms paired with asymmetric jackets, farfalle butterfly prints, dramatic headpieces with long single earring, and models with colored brows. The luxurious silk was not the only reason to covet these pieces; the collection was a perfect balance of print, shape, and color that made me feel a great affinity for the strong, admirable women walking down the runway. Yes, I wanted to be them in all their psychedelic sack-like glory. Also see: every damn pair of those leggings.
This men's collection was strong on style, with mod meets nerd meets British tailoring, and it worked in spades. There was a cross-generational blend to Wong's style, and a bold use of color. Note the cropped cobalt jacket, a simple combination yet brash in form and hue that created a striking look. The cropped pants worked well, as did the perfect flare to his 70s inspired pants. Not sure how he managed to not make a viewer feel all over the map with this collection, but it emphatically left a strong impression.
Adored this designer's modern take on classic feminine dressing that had a strong hint of Hollywood glamour. Think more Grace Kelly meets Katherine Hepburn Hollywood than Marilyn Monroe meets Lana Turner. As with Loom by Loop, the opening looks initially underwhelmed with a series of all-black scenes, but soon noticed were the modern, elegant touches in sleeves, shoulders, and waists. Then came dresses in velvet and sparkling gold, bright white with a bustle (you have to see this in motion), and more gold, including fabulous yet restrained lame harem pants and sparkling tunic. A fine end to an impressive trio of Hong Kong talent.
Francesca Liberatore’s Fall/Winter Collection got us excited
that there's still a few more weeks of winter left. Her collection featured
outwear that was stylish yet functional and guaranteed to keep us warm. The ready-to-wear pieces largely consisted of classically chic sheer nude and black tops, long dresses, and
asymmetrical cuts. Highlights included printed leather leggings paired with a highly covetable and cozy looking winter jacket.