All in FASHION
True story: Anna Wintour presented herself to me for questions, I froze, became a hollow piñata of a person, and indicated, by way of a blank look in my eyes paired with a tight pursed lip, that she should move along down the line to the next interviewer.
The "Vote with Your Wallet" movement is exhausting and important and scary. Instead of getting sucked into a witch hunt, I'm shouting out the indie brands and artists that are doing some good with their wares by donating a portion (or in some cases, all) of their proceeds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and elsewhere.
It took the jaws of life, and this sleek, ever-so-slightly sassy and definitely screwy Equipment Blouse to pull me out of my pull-over rut and into something decidedly more polished. Together with my trusty jeans (still can't ditch those!) and my new pair of straight-from-New Orleans Krewe sunglasses in an icy shade of blue, this easy update breathed some new life into my wardrobe rut. There was a quick warm spell on the east coast last week, so a faux fur stole snagged at Forever21 in Georgetown, D.C. this month sufficed for outerwear, and is, hands-down, my favorite accessory ATM.
If fashion and celebrity culture in the early aughts were seen through vaseline-covered lenses and heavily Photoshopped, painstakingly perfect pictures, now, amateur mirror selfies are more likely sources of influence and inspiration. An era of oversharing is in full-swing, and consumers are more accustomed to images shot on an iPhone than overly-glossy photography.
Reed Krakoff's collection for Kohl's officially "launched" in late April, just over a year after the designer announced what is slated to be a temporary closing and restructuring of his eponymous line. I say "launched" because while Reed Collection is still in its infancy, the designs themselves are several seasons old. The bags don't just reference the designer's highly-coveted pieces, they are exact replicas.
Female designers of womenswear use their inherent knowledge of what it means to be a woman, but male designers do it with empathy, bravado and a little bit of imagination.
Just as each label has a designer, or a team of designers, they should have at least one person whose sole role is painting a vivid picture of the brand - its history, its outlook, and its future. Brands would do well to employ a staff scribe, separate from the team of quippy copywriters who design sales-oriented marketing copy.
What Byron Lars, the designer of this dress, and Anthropologie, have quietly managed to do is quite the feat. They have discovered an immortal retail formula that I'm not sure has been achieved since the Dawn of Fast Fashion.
Seven strange things that are totally odd in the real world, but totally acceptable, even commonplace, during the planetary alignment that is NYFW. Because if you weren't immortalized in a street style slideshow, were you really even at NYFW at all?
It was either my mom or someone from Gossip Girl who said something to the effect of "If you're wearing something low-cut up top, go for a longer hemline on bottom and vice versa." This dress does just that, by teasing glimpses of skin but keeping it classy with a full skirt that falls in the most perfect pleats like only Kamali's signature jersey knits can.
Business and bottom lines aside, there has been one constant source of support for the designer - his mother, Maureen Sternberg. The simple note she posted on Scott Sternberg's now-famous "Fat Lady" post, his final on the brand's instagram, says it all.
Check out these quotes about camo and see if you can guess which of them were spoken by fashion industry personalities or by military personnel. Perhaps there's not such a huge difference between the US Army and the Balmain Army, after all.
The hottest happenings from the past week? Check my Fashion News column at Bustle.com. Here are the top headlines. Hint: Taking selfies just got easier (and chicer), Givenchy's runway had sky-high highs (winged eyeliner, lilac lace, Kendall, Candice and Naomi) and very low lows (inmate fashion, men in skirts), and Bonobos is running the most apropos fundraiser ever.
Lobo Mau and its ferocious mascot are becoming something of a cult symbol in Haddad's native Philadelphia, and with fans as far away as Cali and Brazil, I anticipate that the wolf will reach icon status soon - glad I snapped this tee up while I could!
I'm much more at home in a dress than I am in jeans and a sweatshirt. But when a dress feels like - nay, is quite literally made out of - a sweatshirt like this black and white dress from indie label Lobo Mau, it's never coming off. (Sorry, fellows.)
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," said Leonardo da Vinci, but you don't need to tell designer Gina deWolfe that. Earlier this year, she launched her eponymous line, deWolfe, opening with the Wolfepack, a sleek, no-frills leather backpack-satchel.
Nervous System has been churning - er, printing - out incredibly complex, lightweight, and nature-inspired jewelry and accessories since 2007. Recently, however, the Somerville-based company has added clothing to the mix with their new line, Kinematics, which boasts a bodice and a dress, as well as accessories like the Tetra 175n necklace.
I sat down with Stella McCartney before the MSPCA-Angell fundraiser at Saks Boston to talk jumpsuits, women in business, and what it will take to make real fur finally go out of style.