Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rag & Bone SS17 Menswear

The Rag & Bone SS17 show is a lesson in layering where anorak jackets are paired with tuxedo jackets. Smart doses of bold color are also important. The collection is sporty with a touch of dressy and those baseball caps are everything. I loved them at SS17 Balenciaga show and I love them at Rag & Bone. 

Anorak jacket layered under tuxedo jacket

A bold and blue futuristic coat. The color is so alive. 

A close-fitting shirt layered under a pajama-striped shirt. Just look at that boxy silhouette. Sick!

The tangerine anorak (that looks like a hoodie) layered under army green top coat

The stand collar on this jacket is the money maker.

The collection's bowling elements appear in this look: the bowling shoes and the bag. The pop of the white drawstring of gives me chills.

The thin lines resemble laser beams. Futuristic!

The collegiate sweater is sexy without an undershirt 

Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 show: Chic meets the street:

Karl Lagerfeld showed his Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 collection at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on December 5, 2016. This Métiers d'Art collection is a chic and street mix that is a refreshing way for women to dress. The continent of Asia is a big influence from the dominance of gold to the long Nehru-style jackets. Lagerfeld once again finds new ways to present the classic Chanel look. The crucial looks from the show are below.

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Puffer coats & evening gowns mix street & evening.

The Chanel suit goes body-conscious. Peep the choker.

A clutch that resembles a jewelry box.

A Nehru collared shirt under a Chanel jacket.

Ash Stymest returns to the runway in a gold car coat full of sequins, fur & sparkles.

The jumper dress &  bishop sleeves = a romantic boss look.

The dress & choker give me Britney vibes. 

The Chanel cardigan got longer and more casual. 
I'm loving the mix of a street wear scarf and an evening dress.

Lagerfeld shows that the bomber jacket is a cousin to the classic Chanel jacket.

This reminds me of the coat dresses Lagerfeld put in the Fendi FW16 Couture show. 

The puffer Chanel jacket. Notice the Eiffel tower embroidered detail.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Terry cloth coat steals the Fendi SS17 show

The Fendi Spring 2017 show is summed up in one outfit it's the photo above. Top model Stella Lucia wears the look and she embodies the juvenile-meets-refined style of the clothing. Firstly, she has the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen twin face, so it's perfection when she wears a half up, half down hairdo consisting of barrettes and pigtails.

 Stella's terry cloth coat also reflects a youthful optimism. The multicolored floral embroidery offset by white creates a graffiti effect that's fresh like New York City hip-hop, but also fresh like spring flowers. The coat is structured like a society lady's coat, which contrasts with the very fun embroidery. Other great details are the ribbons on each side of the waist that mirror Stella's pair of side ponytails. It's splendid symmetry. The sewn-in belt is a fun feature that cinches the waist, yet the coat also buttons up and down.

 The accessories slay. The boots that Karl Lagerfeld presented at the Fendi Fall 2016 Couture show in Rome return for this show and they're welcome. Clearly, those boots stole the show and are a bestseller. Their sportiness translates into versatility that can be worn casually with jeans or with sexy pencil skirts. Don't forget the classy Victorian-ness of the booties. The purse is classically-shaped, but reinvented with scalloped edges and fairytale embroidery. It also looks very roomy and ready to fit all that a woman needs to live her life.

Side view of Stella's purse (Credit:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trendcue hosts pop shop at Askan boutique

Mannequin wearing isidoro francisco bomber jacket

It took a while to get to the pop shop at the fashion boutique Askan in the Lower East Side. It was a designer promo event curated by Trendcue that featured a DJ spinning music and drinks. The brands showcased were Dafne, isidoro francisco, Mr. John Wright and Label & Lébal.

When I arrived at 6:15pm, Askan was buzzing with people. The first person I saw was the wonderful Isidoro Francisco who I gave a big hug. He's the man behind the satin boys of new york bomber jackets that feature flawless embroidery on the back that says "boys of new york."

I was busy snapping pictures on my iPhone of the clothing on the rack that caught my eye. While I did this, I saw a man in a black fur coat. The man was Ryan Wiltshire, the owner of curating company Trendcue. I said "Hi" and he said "You're the blogger." See, I met him at the "Ice Cream" pop shop at the Hotel Americano last month.

Some of the pieces I took pictures of were the navy bomber jacket that isidoro francisco designed in collaboration with Label & Lébal featuring the number "718" embroidered in yellow on the left breast. 718 is the area code for Brooklyn, you know.

Then I finally got to see the light gray pinstriped suit in person from the isidoro francisco Fall 2016 collection. The suit was also known as the Uniform. I love the sporty elastic waistband on the pants with a drawstring. They're like sweats, but they're dressy. Oh, and those long side zipper pockets that Isidoro Francisco talked to me about at the "Ice Cream" pop shop. The matching jacket was classically double-breasted, but not stuffy.

The backpacks and purses by Dafne were hand-painted with vibrant colors. The hand-painted images included the All-Seeing Eye of God (eye in front of pyramid like on the one dollar bill) and a skull.

The Askan boutique carried a lot of interesting clothing on their racks that were not in part of the showcased designers. A quilted butterscotch coat made by Fairplay glowed with luxury. There was a 3/4 length sleeve minidress by Animapop that bursted with Asian flavor thanks to a pagoda print. I read that Animapop dresses are reversible with a solid color flip side. Continuing with the Asian theme was a graphic bomber jacket from Qilo with an Asian print incorporating Asian writing.

Other dresses that wowed me were the lavender bandage dress from FEMME Los Angeles that put me in mind of early 90s Versace and Madonna's iconic Jean Paul Gaultier bustier top. The last stunner was the mohair wool tank dress from Greylin that brimmed with 1920s abandon with a waist that could be drop-waist or fit and flare. I'd have to see it on a model or mannequin.

As the Askan owners began to start closing up shop, the piece de resistance was a silver metallic mannequin standing tall in the boutique's window wearing a burgundy isidoro francisco bomber jacket. I felt like lead character in Confessions of a Shopaholic because the mannequin was speaking to me. They even looked like the same type of mannequins in the movie.

While people moved tables around getting the boutique back into its original form, a friend of the designer stood. She was a gorgeous Latina with a crinkly bob and thick velvet choker. Her red-painted lips matched the red-painted lips printed on her t-shirt. Suede thigh-high boots capped off the outfit. She was a fashionista indeed and was a woman who I could imagine wearing the dresses mentioned above. The perfect model.

Front of isidoro francisco x Label & Lébal jacket

Back of isidoro francisco x Label & Lébal jacket

isidoro francisco pinstriped jacket
isidoro francisco pinstriped pants

Animapop dress

Greylin dress

FEMME Los Angeles dress

Fairplay coat 

Dafne bags

Qilo bomber jacket

Bobbed Beauty at Askan boutique

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: fashion story for REDMILK MAGAZINE


Luca Galasso tells the story of a teenage girl who owns a killer style and wants to unleash it on the world. Will she do it? 

 A young girl (model Shaughnessy Brown) wears a t-shirt and acid-wash mom jeans that look handed-down or vintage, which means her family gave them to her or she got them for cheap at a thrift store. The floral embroidered sheer socks are romantic, while the shoes are chunky low-heel shoes from the 1930s. The delicate socks are a contrast with the rusted mailbox with tenant compartments. 

 The jeans ground the floral tank dress. She’s a street girl with dreams of fame and fortune, and if she makes it, she won’t forget her roots a la Jennifer Lopez. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

 The silhouette of the white midi skirt is like Cinderella’s dress with the apron when she was a servant in her own house. She mixes a sexy lace tank on one shoulder with Coca-Cola logo t-shirt associated with adolescents.

 She mixes gingham with tie-dye rolled up sleeves.

 She wears an orange spaghetti-strap dress over a graphic shirt that tames the sexiness of the dress. She wears her sheer socks without shoes rubbing her sock feet in sand. The plastic shopping bag acts as a makeshift handbag. She can dream, can’t she? Note how the color of the dress matches the orange she holds.

 The sheer socks are shown making contact with the hard concrete.

 The lace-trimmed bustier is worn over another graphic t-shirt with a suede pencil skirt. The red house slippers are her version of Dorothy’s ruby slippers; she’s Dorothy living in Brooklyn. Again, the plastic shopping bag becomes her go-to accessory with a fashion magazine inside. She’s dreaming of taking a trip somewhere over the rainbow. If she just closes her eyes and clicks her heels…


Photographer: Chris White
Stylist: Luca Galasso
Model: Shaughnessy Brown @Next
Hair: Ezio Diaferia @Close up using Tecni Art L’Oreal
Make up: Luca Cianciolo @Close up using MAC Cosmetics

Friday, November 6, 2015

Be what you want to be in 'Hollywood Horror" fashion editorial

Halloween has been over for almost a full week, but I discovered this horror-themed editorial that will creep you out and turn you on; it’s pleasure and pain at its best. Styled by the talented Luca Galasso for V Magazine, the spread is about what Halloween is about: free to be outrageous for one special night of the year. The men and women in these photos want to be dominated, tasted, invisible, befriended and terrifying, all while selling the clothing with style. Galasso mixes romantic brands like Gucci and Céline mix with the avant-garde of J.W. Anderson and Alexander Wang to create penetrating color schemes of reds, blues and greens with a particularly creative use of red that resembles blood. The editorial’s heavy use of vinyl, astrakhan fur, and leather and restraint belts speaks to a person’s desire to be stifled, literally and figuratively. Pictures courtesy of TRENCH COAT Contrary to popular belief, black and blue go together. Appreciate this trench coat for its finish that looks like it was brushed with fresh paint and perfect for going incognito. SHINY FINISHES The shine of the coatdress and shirt resembles the foil used to wrap pointsiettas at Christmas time; the leather harness gives a middle finger to that holiday spirit. FUR AND FEATHERS Astrakhan fur and feathers are perfect for those with dirty minds on Halloween. Can you imagine the feather and fur tickling the skin? BOLD RED SKIRTS Powerful silhouettes and cold-blooded texture come in the form of these bold red skirts and coats of python and croc. There’s a June Cleaver quality to the A-line skirt and a playfulness to the skirt shaped like an upside down tulip. THIGH-HIGH BOOTS Leather studded thigh-high boots are a play on a Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman boots and a nod to BSDM culture. In the spirit of Halloween, a red collar simulates blood spilling from the neck. MESH & FISHNETS Fishnets and mesh say, “look but don’t touch” and evoke cages and fish scales.
ROSES & RED A quaint floral Alexander McQueen dress transforms into a puffy comforter when put under plastic. The printed roses resemble crumbled pieces of paper making it clear this woman was thrown out with the trash. Red Prada Mary Jane heels pop out like the ruby slippers found on the feet of the dead Wicked Witch of the East.
A TOUCH OF RED A red belt attached to a zipper is a stripe of bloody terror.
RAINCOATS Recall the movies The Matrix and Don’t Look Now in these shiny raincoats.
INSIDE-OUT COATS This look is warlock high fashion and another example of how wearing coats inside out creates a whole new piece.
SLEEVELESS SHEATHS These little black dresses are the witchy sexy kind. A coven never looked so good opting for tweed checkerboard patterns and restraint strap details.
PLATFORM BOOTS The platform boots instantly take me back to the days when the Spice Girls ruled the world; the dyed fox fur coat is pure Scary Spice.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Top 10 looks from Dries Van Noten SS16

The Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2016 collection offers a provocative 1940s style that women can wear while balancing their family and social lives.

The women present in the Dries Van Noten SS 2016 runway show during Paris Fashion Week are mothers and socialites; they’re Kris Jenners without the fame. The cat eye sunglasses and victory roll hairstyles portray these women in a 1940s style reminiscent of the iconic femme fatales Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford used to play. At times these women are soccer moms and at others they’re femme fatales. They’re also matriarchs who care deeply about their family and friends. The mood of the clothing is lively, full of tropical leaf patterns and sparkles, as well as luxurious silks and tulles. The Dries Van Noten SS 2016 collection contains the makings of a wardrobe for women trying to live their fullest life, balancing their family and social lives. Take a look at the best of the Dries Van Noten collection on our top 10 pieces.

  10. A loose blazer hangs with effortless bravado conjuring images of Katharine Hepburn destroying gender norms with her androgynous style. Throw on a blazer with a gown and you’ll look innovative. Watch your kid in the school play in a dress with a relaxed jacket and then take the family home in time for a dinner party hosted at your house.
9. The purples and pinks of the sweater are a cheery childhood flashback, while the Depression-era brown pants are a dose of reality. The model keeps her hands in her pockets like Fred MacMurray walking on a Los Angeles street in Double Indemnity in deep thought about a double cross.
8. When you mash feminine and masculine elements together, they become more distinct and compliment each other. The sparkly bra gives this outfit a daredevil quality perfect for attending fashion shows or a trip to the mall (maybe without the bra). The Mr. Darcy coat is dapper Victorianism that will make you look extremely capable.
7. As much as those shoulders scream 1940s era Joan Crawford, the dress flows into a geisha silhouette. The tropical leaf patterns are lively and can be worn to a dinner party or even to church. It’s such a down to earth dress.
6. In a great outfit for plotting a double cross Double Indemnity-style, a bold patterned suit with opera gloves will make you feel independent and in control of your destiny.
5. The languidness of pajamas defines this electric purple coat making it perfect for a day of shopping at the mall while the kids are at school. A seemingly everyday trip to the mall is time to soul search about a career in fashion that seems so far out of her reach.
4. This shirtdress immediately brings to mind Grace Kelly’s Paris dress in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954). The brocade and obi belt are Asian influences that recall birds and fish evident in the tulle overlay cut in folds resembling fish scales and plumage. Wear this to any fancy event, from the dinner party to a Broadway play.
3. The model wears a perfect coat for sleuthing that Harriet the Spy would wear as an adult detective. The sheer tulle turns the Columbo coat into something sacred and feminine.
2. The masculine and feminine styles converge again in this outfit that recalls ‘90s R&B divas like TLC and Aaliyah who mixed gender styles. The staples of this ‘90s look are the midriff bustier and baggy pants. While you go to the tailgate at the NFL game, wear a loose blazer over the above outfit; when you go to the sports bar after the game, show off your provocative outfit.