NYFW: Building on the concrete

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The latest NYC fashion week has taken all the places of our conversations. Just after the announcement of the schedule change, NYFW has really stood up nicely. With the overwhelming schedule, many fashion critics and trend followers find the shows either too cliché or too weird. It is fair to say that the unceasing demands in the industry is exhausting the inspirational source of many great designers. Many trends survived season after season, which really tells us something is not right (speaking form this girl who read 30 magazines a month)! In that perspective, combining mensware with womensware is really a brilliant idea, especially since the theme of unisex is huge lately (Vetement, Hood by Air, rag & bone, etc.).

 

However, the NYFW really hit me right on the sweet spot; runway shows really took a much more  diverse focus and street styles became personal again. Exactly like the quote of the innovation designer Alexander Wang, which states that ” This is how I see people dress around me.” The most complimented NYFW shows Always, ALWAYS include aspects from the street. That is exactly what make New York Fashion Week so different and unique. This city is full of diversity and clearly the idea shows through the way people are dressed.  By taking a step forward, the avant-garde designers not only get their audience leaving the room, screaming ” Amazing”; their items get to sell, because there will always be people who feel represented by their designs (and many who just follow “the newest things”).  Shows such as Marc Jacobs,  Hood by AirAlexander Wang and J.W. Anderson gained so much popularity over the medias season after season,  proven our favoring of the New and  the Different.

Although the Gothic vibe at Marc Jacobs really freaked me out at the first sight, I got to give it the credit, for the sake of fashion of course. Hood by Air brought back the sporty trends but made it so different by using reflective materials and oversized baggy shaped designs. Alexander Wang just has this ability to make every thing Wang like, yet, new and fresh each season. In my opinion, his dedication to his own brand was the main cause of his mediocre performance at BalenciagaAfter all, not many people leave a billion dollar job with a huge smile on the face.

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Gaga walks for Marc Jacobs

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Hood by Air

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Alexander Wang‘s stripper sweaters will surely be a hit!

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J.W. Anderson

Bring back the beautiful 

Apart from the modern designs, we also observed many classical beauties. Continuing the trends that Valentino and Zuhair Muradstarted in  Haute Couture (link to the show here and here), some designers really seduced buyers with dreamy silhouettes, flowy textures, harmonious colour patterns and sophisticated designs.

The theme of exoticism is clearly the right move that got incorporated in many collections, such as Marchesa and Rodart. People who went to theses shows were absolutely blown away by the incredible details on the dresses; especially at Marchesa. I’m pretty sure that all women who walked out of that room had realized that they’ve lived their lives wanting to own a dress from that show.  The variety of textures, patterns and materials just made the whole collection a huge success. It is so aesthetically pleasing that I can’t even convince myself to close the page on Vogue. Then, Rodarte being another highly rated show this season, clearly combined the aspect of classical beauty with modern design.  Although Gothetic, it is completely different from Marc Jacobs.  The Mulleavy sisters really took  took a specific focus on the romantic feminine aspects of Gothicism.

Others like DelPozo and Proenza Schouler brought some tailoring action back to the game.  DelPozo showed some vivid colors and giant oversize clothing, highlights the design aspect of fashion. Models in this season’s collection became the embellishments of these art pieces. Whereas, Proenza Schouler hit it hard with perfect fits that are meant to embody women’s figures; the waist line, the shoulder length, the off-shoulder sleeves… every inches of the fabrics were dedicated to cover the skin with elegance and délicatesse.

 

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Marchesa

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Marchesa

 

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Pragmatism never goes out of style.

Here comes the most popular shows of the entire week: Ralph Laurent, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein; featuring all the clothes that should go into your wardrobe.  Within these shows, we saw a lot of fur coats, neutral colors, trendy trousers, yada yada yada… The idea is to make everything flirty and moves (acording to Michael Kors at least ).  To be honest,I think these ideas are a little too obvious, the same style come back again and again with no surprise, nor disappointment: you get exactly what you expected (ManRepeller). Which, is not a bad thing, the practicality behind these brands is really what makes them the pillars of the American fashion industry. Celebrities and A-list bloggers are frequently seen on the front rows on these shows ( like Blake Lively and Chiara Ferragani). Afterall, which one do you think people will wear on the street? Giant flower dress or baby blue turtle neck swearer?

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Calvin Klein

 

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Ralph Laurent, have to say that I love the liquid gold texture.

In fact, many trends were repetitive on the Runway, such as fur coats, menswear fabrics, sporty trends. But the most precious thing about NYFW is how the diversity was built  in this concrete jungle. People of all groups could find styles that represent their own beliefs identities in the industry. The variety of styles on the Runway draws attention to the concrete idea that fashion is, indeed personal.

 

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Claire

All Images via http://vogue.com

 

 

Last minute outfit ideas for Valentine’s day

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I have been quite occupied the last two week, The photos were actually taken during the course of last week. Initial I wanted to do a not last minute valentine’s day post, unfortunately, I didn’t really have time to do that. So this post ended up to be very last minute. Anyway, many girls are going for the sassy vibe this special day,  but I decide to go sweet all the way.  After all, I don’t plan to go out this year, it’s -30 degrees, luck for you who live near the tropics! Here’s a few indoor outfit ideas for those of you who aren’e prepared yet. Although many items here are neither not available or out of stock, I figure the texture combination may give you an idea. Everybody has a little black dress and a white sweater. Sometimes it all comes down to the accessories, the combination of textures and colors can take what’s already in your wardrobe to the next level.

 

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Shoes from Aldo. I swear by this color! it is by far the most flattering color on neutral suntan I’ve found!

Blouse from 1861

skirt from Simons

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A lovely little black dress saves you for any special occasions or single parties you’ve planed this valentines’s day. I Jazzed it up with a statement necklace and a bright red belt. Dress from Club Monaco.  Belt from Salvatore Ferragamo, necklace from Forever 21

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This combination of simple white sweater and textured faux fur scarf makes your look a little dressier but not trying to hard. Pair it with a simple trousers or jeans, maybe skirt too; Anything really!

Sweater from E-land(was a gift), Scarf from Aritzia, hat from Brandy Melville.

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This outfit might not look too appealing on the picture, but when you wear it , it’s just… cute! Stars and bow together, what can be more girly than that?

skirt from 1861 (sold out), cropped sweater from H&M(no longer available), scarf from a flea market.

OOTD: catching the last sun rays.

 

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I was wearing this outfit to IKEA, and when I passed by the mirror, I realized: “Hey, it doesn’t look so bad.” When I got home, it was just at the right time where sun sets; the best portrait timing. So, here we go, a few pictures of what I wore to IKEA. This Larry Levine wool coat is really one of my best purchase, I brought it a year back in New York and have been loving it since, it is just so versatile and beautiful. Maybe not that warm though, but worth the cold. Ripped boyfriend jeans from American Eagle and J.Crew sweater are easy to pull off. The contrast of the Aldo blue bag and the red coat instantly brighten up the dullness of the casual pairing. the fur scarf was from my mom, confession: it is real fur, which I do not encourage in anyway! All my other fur items are fake and no one could tell the difference, so much cheaper for the same amount of chic.

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Items: Similar jeans here, Sruart Weitzman flats here, Dior Sunglasses different color here, Larry Levine coat here