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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 across the globe on business and pleasure trips, it’s no surprise that their collections are an expression of what they have seen on their travels. Anna Sui  loves a hippie girl, sprinkling her runway with a post-modern buffet of influences. She’s not affected by trends and...

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 dinner at Da Gacomo). I was in Milan after a long hiatus from the city and found it  the same as it ever was—fashion and food are #1 and so are Italian shoes. Although my time there was limited, I was able to highlight what Milan...

Color My World

Color My World

Men’s suiting has gone color saturated for spring /summer 18. What better way to enliven the world in which we live than to wear a statement of positivity. Optimism is the name of this game. Because many feel uncertain—politically environmentally and culturally, the hope is that outward appearance will bring contentment and certainty. There were many brands that dipped into this trend but below are three that stood out. Gucci is the leader of the fashion pack of late. Guru, Alessandro Michele’s has us in a dizzying trance with his fashion army. A canary yellow windowpane plaid suit has a...

What Megan Markle Did for Love

What Megan Markle Did for Love

Every little girl dreams of being a princess but it’s a rare lady that actually becomes one. This is the case with the American biracial actress, Meghan Markle who will walk down the aisle on May 19th as the world watches with rapt attention. She and Prince Harry will say their vows in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, a smaller venue than where his mother Princess Diana and father, Prince Charles captivated the world 30 years ago. Their wedding took place at Westminster Abbey with wide-eyed Diana looking like a transformed Cinderella. Although Meghan and Harry’s wedding will reflect...

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 challenging creations. It’s like the Super Bowl, the Olympics and the Tour de France of fashion all rolled into one A client sees something she likes (at the show) and makes an appointment for a fitting at the Atelier. The look is made to order...

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 bodies.This is unscientific but I recall growing from age 16 to 20 so to my mind bodies are not fully adult until they hit 20. So why do designers chose boys to model men’s clothing ? I came across the Italian collection by Philippe Plein...

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 tale of Noah’s Ark which doubles the cute factor with two creatures for the price of one. In the brand’s native tongue the project is called, L’Arche de Noé racontée. [ 377 more words ]   Because nature— animals and botanicals are motifs used in...

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 now collaborating with the Japanese mass retailer known for the ubiquitous down jacket. Collaborations in fashion are as common as bread and butter and announcements like this seem like a marketing ploy to drum up short term business. But Uniqlo doesn’t partner indiscriminately. Case in...

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