Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jorts

 

Floral Blazer: Anthropologie (on sale) $20
Navy silk tie front blouse: Tommy Hilfiger (clearance) $10
Jorts: Vintage Levi's $30
Leather oxfords: Florence Leather Market ~$60



Broke out my favorite jorts today. I got them a vintage shop here in the city when I interned at Joe's Jeans two years ago. It's called Amacord Fashion and there's a location in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I love me some vintage and the Brooklyn location has the most amazing owner, from Italy of course :)

Today was craziness with getting everything ready for the September issue runthrus. While I have seen so many brands so far, today blew me away. Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Marchesa, Yves Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, and Dolce and Gabbana. I died, naturally. 

Ended the day with a wonderful salad from Whole Foods and Pinkberry! nom 

TGIF in about an hour!

Fashion advice for the day:
Don't wear a romper if it gives you camel toe.
Don't wear a cropped tee with low riding jeans.
Do branch out with your style....Be confident. You can pull it off. Classy not trashy.

xoxo
e

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Let It Shine

One of the many highlights of the day occurred when I was on a run to a pick up some samples. I was sitting on the subway, and this group of men burst into song: Let It Shine. I creepily videoed them, but they were really great and I just had to capture the moment, so enjoy!
video 

Despite the fact that I was ready weirdly early for work, I forgot to take a pic before I left so I look kinda ragged....anyways! Played around with iPhoto to make them a bit better.

The were starting a run-thru today for the September issue, so I knew it would be a long day! I originally had planned to wear my green military jacket with this but it was way too hot!
Blue maxi dress: Anthropologie $70 
Pocketwatch necklace: a booth in London $20
Black Sandals: Zara $20

Arm Candy:
     Fossil watch: bday gift from mom! (~$100)
    Greek key cuff: my dad's from the 70s!
    Gold multi cuff: Kohls?... questionable, but it wasn't more than $10-15

Because I'm a shortie and the blisters on the back of my heels needed some rest, I combined some of my favorite sandals from Zara with tying up my dress. I've seen this done in other fashion blogs, magazines, etc. and it really is handy, especially when you're running around all day and don't want to risk tripping and falling! Works best with jersey. And let's keep it to skirts and dresses. No side tying your Hanes tshirt- 90s flashback.


Discovered a new place in Times Square called Chop't. Great new salad place that has a line down the sidewalk during the lunch hour but barely a line when I got off work at 7:30 pm. Naturally, it's a salad place with a gillion different options so I was in hog heaven. I chose the vegetarian powerhouse. I was delish to say the least, and soooo relaxing to just sit after being on my feet all day..... despite the fact that the guy "chopping" my salad was creepily staring at me and telling me I was beautiful. Anyways! I'll trying to keep the rambling to a minimum next time! Enjoy!

xoxo
e






Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Feelin Lucky?

Besides the fact that it's a million degrees outside and I still got blisters despite the fact that I wore flats...my first day interning at lucky has been amazing!!!

There isn't a strict dress code so I decide to stay a bit more classic. I wanted to wait and get a feel for what people wore in the fashion closet, before doing anything too crazy!


grey striped top: forever 21  ~$8
yellow lace and tulle skirt: Rodarte for Target (a gift from my sister when Target did one their first designer collections!)
dark teal suede belt: Target
red suede shoes with gold heel detail: Urban Outfitters
(both gifts from Kirby!)



I've decided, I also want to share with you how easy it is to work your style under a budget! If I don't remember the exact price it won't be on there, but I will try and put as much info as I can! Also, word for the wise DON'T get rid of your clothes too often! That Rodarte skirt is 3-4 years old! Unless it absolutely needs to go (aka anything Abercrombie, Hollister, etc.), keep it! You never know when it might be of use or making a wonderful comeback.... who doesn't love leggings??


Advice aside, I had a GREAT first day at my internship! I met some great interns who are working at Lucky and Vogue. The ladies I am working with and under are wonderful and I can tell I am going to learn so much this summer! To make my first day that much better, I saw Anna Wintour. In the flesh. I died..... well, not really. But I totally freaked out in my head because I was trying to keep calm, cool, and collected. She was stunning, as was her outfit. It didn't feel like real life.

I am exhausted to say the least but I know I'll build up some stamina! Looking forward to sharing my summer adventures in NYC along with some great fashion finds, advice, and inspiration!

xoxo
e


p.s. Some random fashion-ness for your enjoyment :)




Thursday, May 17, 2012

Leather Report



I've decided to share my trend report from my rcs final! I was especially intrigued by leather's presence throughout the runways, so I looked  closely at a few of the designers' looks and their inspirations. I didn't put any DKNY pics b/c there will prolly be entire post with the pictures.....it is killer. Enjoy :)
 

“Skin Is In”


Reem Acra






For Fall 2012, skin is in (and not in the way you may think). Leather is the fabric of the moment for this fall as dictated by many designers during Fashion Week in early February. However, these ready to wear fashions were not the typical biker jackets that leather is usually associated with. Leather was used in an unconventional way in its design, sheen, and detailing. Each designer stayed true to his/her own style aesthetic and tied leather into the theme of the collection. Derek Lam embraced prim with an edge. Reem Acra harnessed feminine power into her leather looks while Diesel Black Gold brought more of a rocker vibe. Alexander Wang added a slick polish to the leather for some sheen. Moving closer to the masses, DKNY had leather skirts that would make the fashion-forward consumer in-vogue for fall. Many designers brought their own interpretation of the leather dress to their collections, and I am eager to see how this trickles down to main-stream. Donna Karan had the most realistic designs in her DKNY collection, which New York women will be quick to adopt. As for the rest of the designs, if styled correctly, will be extraordinary and show stopping.
While looking more closely at the inspirations behind the leather phenomenon, I found some conflicting ideas. Trompe l'oeil was a theme that surfaced in multiple designers’ collections. It is defined as “an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions” and was seen in Wang and Acra’s designs. On a different note, the sixties era along with Audrey Hepburn and the beehive rang true for designers like Lam and Thakoon. Thakoon also expressed in his mood board Ed and Nancy Kienholz's installation re-creating Amsterdam's red-light district, The Hoerengracht. Despite the various and differing inspirations, all of the leather designs seemed to emit a major confidence from the designer and models. I found this particularly interesting. While spring is harnessing bright color and true feminine aesthetics, the leather designs are dark and have a more demanding and dominant quality. I would not go as far as to say that a feminist movement is on the rise; however, I am happy to see that the designs and trends for fall are highlighting a different side of the feminine, the strength and confidence within women.


(Information found at wwd.com, style.com, fashionetc.com, theroot.com, and wikipedia.com)

Derek Lam
 
 

 



 Thakoon
 



Alexander Wang

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Exhaustion and Revival

The runway

Is it just me, or is it alwaysss at the end of the semester that your body just peaces out? You go, go, go and the moment you're done and you sit down, you realize you could probably sleep for two days straight. Yup. This one, right here. So glad I gave myself a few weeks to recoop before moving up to NY for my internship!

The program

Despite the fact that school ended on Tuesday, I still had a full week of activities! Probably the most exciting part of my week was that I ventured to Franklin, TN to see my best friend Lauren's junior collection. She attends O'more School of Design for fashion design and illustration. Every year, the school puts on a fashion show featuring the collections of the junior and senior design students. I was soooo excited to be able to see this years show! Although my iPhone didn't get the best pictures, I did get a video of her collection. I was being a total fashion mom with a huge Nikon borrowed from friend :) Once I get those pics, I'll be sure to share them! Lauren's aesthetic is wonderfully original. Romantic 20s meets Asian minimalism. The highlight among the 6 pieces was her couture dress. Red lace embroidered.... I died. I was literally shaking. Apologize for the commentary on the video, but they are a bit entertaining :)


Click the link for Lauren's video!





Lauren and me before the show!