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