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Highlights From NYFW

You know how much we love fashion, and not too mention how much we LOVE NYFW. This year has been amazing so far, so many great new looks from so many great designers. We also are so excited to see all of the social media bloggers, vloggers, and style watchers out at the show and loving their street style! The runway looked absolutely flawless with super models like Kendal Jenner. So though we have so much to share, we had to start with some highlights of some absoultely fabulous designers and their offerings on the runway this year!

RALPH LAUREN

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Ralph Lauren and his luxurious take on the American West. Ralph Lauren’s New York Fashion Week collection included fringed jackets, embroidered western-style shirts, southwestern ponchos, macrame and cowboy hats. He presented his collection in a runway show on the street outside his store, then invited guests inside to buy what they’d just seen. Lauren not only gave a show, but showed us his great marketing skills of his brand and got watchers excited about buying pieces from his line. “Today I am proud to share with you, for the first time ever, my new women’s collection right off the runway and into your lives,” the venerable designer wrote in a statement. “You are changing the way you live and the way you want to shop, and we are changing with you and for you.” The block of Madison Avenue fronting his store was closed off for the glamorous event, held in a temporary glass structure that resembled a greenhouse.

The show literally stopped traffic. “I have always been inspired by the rugged beauty and romance of the American West,” Lauren wrote. “The September Collection is imbued with that spirit, but reinterpreted in a modern glamorous way for the woman whose style is both personal and luxurious.” The show began with items in black, tan, white and brown. It was only toward the end that bright color suddenly popped up with shimmery, slinky dresses in purple, deep pink, red, yellow and bright blue. The real Ralph Lauren color palette we all love so much. At the end, the artist himself, Lauren came out in washed-out jeans, and a work shirt. He came out for his customary wave to the crowd, stopping to make a happy gesture that resembled a flamenco move. Then he retreated into his store, where champagne and caviar and the new clothing, of course awaited the invited guests.

MARCHESA, CHAPMAN & CRAIG

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Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig at Marchesa say they have no trouble thinking of ideas for each new season. “Georgina will call me in the morning and say, ‘I’ve had a dream, I’ve had a thought, we’re gonna do this,'” Craig said in a backstage interview. “The ideas just flow.” Added Chapman: “At the end of the day we have our DNA in the clothes, that we’re very true to, and we enjoy it and we laugh.” For their spring collection, the designers and red-carpet regulars focused on what they called the journey of a day, from sunrise to twilight to darkness. Don’t you just love that description? On the runway, light pinks were for sunrise and yielded to silvery blues and silvers, perhaps for dew. There was gold, to evoke sunlit wheat fields. There was black, too, of course, for the deep night. There were florals galore, some fringe as in a tiered fringe column gown in blue tulle and of course lots of lavish embroidery. Chapman and Craig established their brand more than a decade ago, but say they still haven’t tired of working together. Which we think is true destiny of design partners in crime. “In fact on Saturday night we had a girlie sleepover,” Craig said. “We did,” agreed Chapman. “We sent the kids and husbands away, since we had to work. We had some wine and a good giggle.”

MICHAEL KORS

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Michael Kors put Rufus Wainwright on his runway to belt Judy Garland tunes as models walked in bringing florals and looks in classic navy and white. Kors said in an interview he was thinking about that old chestnut, “‘She’s a real dame,'” a la Barbara Stanwyck and Katharine Hepburn back in the ’40s and Kim Basinger in the ’80s.”These women were sly and feminine but they were definitely in control,” Kors said. He delivered that attitude in sharp tailoring of shoulders and cinched waists, mixed with things like a wide-belted trench coat with an asymmetrical hem, pleated palazzo pants and shoulder-to-wrist rows of ruffles on the sleeves of one collared, see-through button-down blouse. “Something that catches the breeze,” Kors said. Kors, bending to the “see now, buy now” trend, made some looks immediately available, but most of the collection he called timeless, the “opposite of fast fashion.” As we all know, Kors has struggled with critics of his fast fashion designs and couture designs. So this year he made sure everyone knew the difference! That was true of navy blue coats, day dresses and sparkly black evening wear. It might not be true of little bra top and romper sets in browns, or oversized sleeves flopping over hands.

Stay tuned for more updates on NYFW, and we hope your having as much fun at the show as we are!

Xx, B

NYFW with Sarah Owen

NYFW ALERT: From getting street style papped to sharing a cab with Karlie Kloss (sort of), Youth Editor Sarah Owen shares her experience of the Spring/Summer 2016 shows!

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Here’s what she had to say!

Fashion week in September always beats the February season – think slushy snow and Arctic temperatures versus summer heat and open-air venues – so I was naturally excited for the arrival of the spring/summer 2016 shows.

Weather aside, it was a relief knowing NYFW was venturing downtown and saying adieu to the Lincoln Center, which everyone from designers to editors had begun to disdain. Between attending shows, live-tweeting, trending collection images, juggling social media and guest-blogging for Collective Hub, this season delivered some memorable moments (and tips!). And here they are…

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DKNY x Public School: One of my top shows, perhaps because I gave in to some of the buzz (ICYMI: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell were recently appointed as the new creative directors). And it all made sense. The show felt very New York, but not so much DKNY. The guys elevated the line, bringing both downtown and uptown elements, and reworked them into a loosely tailored collection of deconstructed power suiting and school uniforms #success.

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Subway vs Taxis: Don’t let those heels fool you. To those sitting at home clicking through street style slideshows it may look like taxis are the only way to go. In reality, the vast number of backed-up black SVU’s waiting outside a show may just mean you’ll be late to your next. Many a time I’ve sat across from top models (think Julia Nobis and Hanne Gabe Odiele) on the subway, because they definitely can’t be late for their call time, and they’re real people too.

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Refinery29’s #29Rooms: I attended the press preview (thank god I did – apparently there were two hour queues when it opened over the weekend). The team at R29 really knocked this one out of the park and it was probably the best way to start NYFW. An immersive 29-room funhouse intended to be a social gift to viewers who come visit and participate in spaces created by artists such as Petra Collins and Shantell Martin. My favourite was probably Print All Over Me’s aMaze room, featuring a labyrinth of bold patterned rooms that I fittingly dubbed 29Shrooms.

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Frame Denim: I’m a sucker for American classics and this season’s presentation was exactly that – wearable, digestible, and polished. The team gifted all editors with a pair of Frame denim jeans, which is smart thinking given the success of the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker they gave out to editors a few seasons ago. Side note: after the show, I ended up jumping in the taxi Karlie Kloss was getting out of and my colleague began laughing after I sat in a pile of her sweat. I get it! The girl’s running around, it’s hot as can be, and those leather (probably pleather) seats aren’t so bare leg friendly.

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Art Happenings: I make the most of the shows being held over on the west side to pop into a few of my favourite galleries in Chelsea, because #Instagram and #ArtLover. I was lucky enough to catch Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural recreation at Gagosian Gallery right before dashing to the Tibi show.

Xx, B

 

Holiday Craft Markets

It’s that time of the year again!! With holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years the list of people to get gifts for can be over whelming, especially when searching for thoughtful gifts. Thankfully, in New York there are four holiday markets that can assist in finding gifts for everyone; Columbus Circle, Union Square, Bryant Park’s Winter Village, and Grand Central Station. Each market is individually different, and all can spark holiday spirit. The booths mostly consist of small local businesses. Often the owners themselves are working their booth. Providing the unique ability to learn the story behind their many products.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located at West 59th and Central Park West, is going on until December 24th. It is a perfect place to enjoy a hot chocolate or apple cider, shop for gifts and spend time with friends and family. Fun items such as chocolates, handcrafted accessories, and apparel can be found at Columbus Circle.

The Union Square Holiday Market, is between Broadway and University Place from 14th St. to 17th and also goes until December 24th. This large market houses 100 merchants that have hand crafted unique items. This is definitely the place to be, skip the department store crowds and find an individual handmade gift.

Bryant Park’s Winter Village is situated at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue and is open until January 5th. It is a European open-air inspired market that includes boutiques with exquisite ideas. The kiosks are along the parks alleys and terrace surrounding the ice-skating rink. A wonderful place to stroll and spend the afternoon.

Grand Central Station Holiday Fair fills the Vanderbilt Hall until December 24th. This fair operates indoors, making it much more appealing on a snowy day. It offers a wonderful array of gifts including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry, accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.

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“ Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire”

In the Victorian age when a person passed away there was a certain etiquette that had to be followed. The elaborate western tradition of mourning attire is the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Fall exhibition.

This is the first Fall exhibit the Costume Institute has had in 7 years. The reopening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center, will be displaying two exhibits a year. One in Fall, as well as the major exhibit in Spring; which was announced in September to be titled “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion”.

The collection is in chronological order from 1815 to 1915 (around the time this strict codification began to fade). It is made up of approximately 30 ensembles that explore the cultural implications and show the progression of the rules on these high fashion standards.Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 12.43.18 PM

The utmost elaborate gowns are on display, making the two- year process of mourning quite beautiful. The death of a women’s husband required her to wear all black for a year and then slowly incorporate white, mauve, grey stripes or checks the following year. Harold Koda, the curator in charge, explained these rules did not only symbolize a woman’s sadness but also her marital constraints, sexual experience, and a threat to social orders.

“Death Becomes her: A century of Mourning Attire” will be on display until February 1, 2015.

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bill Cunningham: The True Pioneer of Street Style

Street style photographers, in this age of blogging, have become very popular. But the one who started it all is an 85 year old man named Bill Cunningham. Cunningham cycles around Manhattan taking pictures of people who catch his eye for his column in the New York Times. He lives for the fashionably and peculiarly dressed. Unlike his subjects, Bill is a private person who stays true to himself and his ways. He wears the same khaki pants and blue windbreaker everyday & uses a film camera to capture his exquisite pictures. Maybe the best example of his tenacity is that unlike the many other reporters who stay in hotels like the Ritz during Paris Fashion Week, Bill prefers to stay in a small hotel. Without even a phone in the room, just a room to write a postcard.

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Cunningham has two weekly columns in the New York Times called “On the Street,” which focuses on street style, and “Evening Hours,” which focuses on the elegantly dressed attendees at social benefits and galas in the city. It first started in  1978, when a woman wearing a nutria coat had caught his eye. Cunningham shot frame after frame of the coat, unaware of the fact that it was was Greta Garbo. Cunningham showed the pictures, along with some shots of Farrah Fawcett (whom he didn’t recognize as he does not own a television), and the King and Queen of Spain, carrying plastic grocery bags from Gristedes, to an editor at the The New York Times. Soon after, his column became a recurring feature. “On The Street” not only  displays clothes but demonstrates his ability to connect strangers and their ensembles by bringing a whole new meaning to the outfits. While displaying new color trends and social changes. Cunningham reported in an article for The New York Times: “It isn’t what I think, it’s what I see,” Cunningham said. “I let the street speak to me. You’ve got to stay on the street and let the street tell you what it is.”

Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter was released in 2010. It is a heart warming and amusing film that tells Bill’s story and dedication to his work. It took them 10 years to produce. The first 8 years were spent convincing Cunningham; in 2008 they finally began filming. It is definitely a must see and an honor to get a glimpse into his life.

Images from The New York Times

The Affordable Art Fair

Need art for a new apartment or just redecorating? Check out the Affordable Art Fair open through  Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 11.16.50 AMSeptember 29th. Exhibiting fifty booths from local and international art galleries. There is something for everyone!

Will Ramsay, the founder, came up with the concept of affordable art in 1996 when he opened Will’s Art Warehouse in London. His gallery made contemporary art accessible to everyone by focusing on up-in-coming artists who didn’t carry a premium for reputation. This allowed him to sell art from $100 to $5,000. Three years later, Will decided to start a fair with fellow galleries who sold affordable art. The Fair now takes place in several cities around the world.

The Affordable Art Fair also offers
several talks and tours. Free with admission. Among them is the Recent
Graduates talk, which takes place Saturday at 4PM. It will be an in-depth explanation of the Fall 2014 edition of The Recent Graduates work. Showcasing a cohesive collection inspired by The Tunnel, the venue for the fair. Upon entry, check out the art hanging from the ceiling.

The Affordable Art Fair offers many beautiful pieces. Finding “the perfect piece” takes time. Enjoy as you saunter through, eyeing creative & inspiring art. Once you spot a piece you like, chat with the gallerist to gather information about the artist and their work. Most importantly have fun!!