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Who is Brandy Melville?

While shopping with my then 12 year old daughter in Soho in 2018, she led me into a store I had not heard of or seen. Its name is familiar to many ( I later found out) and I suppose I had no reason (up until this point) to know this store since it’s an exclusively teen-focused brand— Brandy Melville. I consider myself to be fashion-savvy since it’s part of my job as a stylist, to shop for wardrobe for a variety of projects. In the past I’ve worked in fashion magazines at a time when they mattered— and women actually looked to them to them for trend info, so I thought of myself as a fashion establishment-hipster.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Beetle Juice Karl Lagerfeld recognized early on that fashion and travel go hand in hand as evidenced in Chanel’s traveling show called the Metiers d’Art which presents a collection for pre-fall. In prior years this particular traveling circus happened across the globe from Dallas, Shanghai, Hamburg to Edinburgh. The most recent romp was held in...

Boho Chic Never Gets Old

Boho Chic Never Gets Old

It’s been well over a decade since “Boho Chic” entered the fashion lexicon and although its popularity ebbs and flows, it remains a strong choice for women’s spring wardrobes. Ethnic prints, native embroidery and billowy skirts are a welcome respite from winter and at the heart of this is the travel effect. With designers skipping...

Italian Shoe Round-up

Italian Shoe Round-up

Italy is the land of  all things beautiful and tasty—intricate gold jewelry, sharply tailored men’s suits, lucious linens, and of course, artisinal leathers transformed into amazing shoes and bags. During fashion week Milan is buzzing with buyers, editors and influencers who are franetically racing from fashion show to previews ( and if lucky enough, a...

Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Chanel’s Haute Couture Has Ideas For Brides

Twice a year the pinnacle of fashion specticles takes place in Paris called Haute Couture. The literal translation of this French phrase is “high sewing” which involves painstakingly detailed dressmaking techniques using opulent fabrics, innovative designs and hand finishes. Fashion houses unleash their design prowess at the couture shows and create the most elaborate and...

Gray Matters:  Gray Heads on the Runway

Gray Matters: Gray Heads on the Runway

It’s men’s show time in Florence, Milan and Paris and the runways are filled with prepubescent models wearing clothing that they likely can’t afford and are not interested in. Luxury brands like Hermes, Vuitton, Lanvin and you name it designer present on slender models who are chosen deliberately for their slim or not fully developed...

Van Cleef and Arpels Little Creatures

Van Cleef and Arpels Little Creatures

  One of the requisites of making adorable jeweled creatures for Van Cleef & Arpels is to let childlike fancy guide the designs. VCA entrusts Nicolas Bos, Creative Director and chief imaginary officer with this job so that jewelry groupies will grace their lavish salons. What better story to re-tell in gemstones than the biblical...

The Costume Institute’s Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcon is Off and Running

The Costume Institute’s Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcon is Off and Running

I was never invited to the Comme des Garcon show when I attended Paris fashion weeks. Even when I worked under Amy Spindler at the New York Times who would make a call to the CDG office to request one for me—it didn't happen. She was arguably the one of the most powerful fashion journalists of her time so if she couldn't make it happen then no one could. Despite sneaking into one of the shows to see what all the reverence was about and being educated in Yohji, Comme and Undercover by my editors one of which was Franz Ankone, I never really got it. At the time I was into more conventional fashion. That didn't mean I couldn't get an intellectual message at a runway show.

Uniqlo Brings Fashion Innovator JW Anderson into the Fold

Uniqlo Brings Fashion Innovator JW Anderson into the Fold

  “People need a real reason to buy clothing”, said a Uniqlo spokesperson at the fall/winter press announcement event. In a world where our closets look like boutiques stockpiled with every clothing category—there is nothing truer. A good reason to eek out some space in the drawer may be fashion innovator, JW Anderson who is...

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