Thursday, September 18, 2014

Summer Blues

Day four of New York Fashion Week took place on a sunny September 7th. I had a show to attend and really wanted to get out and take some pictures, so naturally I ended up at Lincoln Center. The weather was particularly summery and so I opted for a casual jeans and t shirt look.

The top is the BALENCIAGA Sphinx T Shirt from the 2013 Pre Fall Capsule T's collection. The dolman sleeve shirt reads Join a Weird Trip, features a colorful Egyptian themed screen print, and is a reference to Nicolas Ghesquiere's 2012 Fall / Winter show. The original collection of sci fi and pyramid inspired tops was aptly named Egypto Funk. I completed my outfit with my silver denim YSL Belle du Jour.

Unsurprisingly, I don't own many pairs of jeans. I would just rather wear a pretty dress. These STELLA MCCARTNEY jeans found me on just another ordinary shopping day. I was casually browsing when I saw them; a pair of high waisted bell bottom jeans. I took my size and tried them on. With just a hint of stretch and a cute zipper detail on the pocket, I knew they were going to be the perfect pair of Summer blues. Initially, I was worried they were going to be too long. If the pant required alterations, the hem detail and shape would have changed the original design. I thought about my YSL Hortense wedges and hoped they would be a good fit. I brought the pants home and tried them on together. They were a perfect match, no alterations necessary. Sometimes in life, and in Fashion, things just work out...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring / Summer 2015

On day 5 of New York Fashion Week ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO showed their Spring / Summer 2015 and I was there to see it. The show took place in an all white loft space enclosed by large windows on three sides that allowed the evening sun to flood in. I took my seat, camera in lap and waited patiently for the show to start. Then, as if on cue, the sun began to set just as the music started to play and the first model took her first step. A perfectly timed sunset and upbeat music. The show was off to a good start. 

Black and white dominated the collection with hints of faded blues, dusty pink, and a silvery grey that I found myself quite drawn to. The overall theme of the collection was light and airy, both in color and texture. The clothes felt feminine, but not girly. They were easy, yet refined. I wasn't surprised. MARIA CORNEJO is a designer that creates pieces that effortlessly marry ease with sophistication. Show notes included references of romance, optimism, and peaceful naivety for inspiration. I thought about this a girl paraded past me in billowy crisp white frock. Yes, there was romance indeed. 

The collection featured little embellishment. There were a few small handbags and some rather spectacular laser filigree jewelry. The models sported lace like cuffs that were bold, but not overwhelming. The Spring / Summer collection included swim wear and coordinating flats. It was a complete wardrobe suited for the city or vacation. 

In the spirit of perfume making, CORNEJO scented the show space with a fragrance meant to transport the imagination. Scent is said to be the strongest sense associated with memory. How incredibly thoughtful of her. These type of details add subtle elements that enhance the observer's experience, even if they don't know it. My memories are often tied to pretty coats and dresses, so I thought this idea was perfect. As time passes, I might not remember every look from the runway, but I'll certainly always remember this beautiful show. The scent of romance and optimism washed in the evening sun. 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Love In The City

There seem to be two things that I'm always searching for in my life, Fashion and love. They are just things I can not live without. Sometimes they happen to be one in the same. On this day, in a city of over 8 million people, I found LOVE on the corner of 6th Avenue.

My BALENCIAGA top is the short sleeve Petal Jacket from Fall / Winter 2013, Alexander Wang's debut collection for the house. Inspired by Cristobal himself, it takes its name from the petal shape silhouette. Originally, the jacket had a little more volume in front, but I had it tailored to fit me better. Now when I put it on, it feels as though this piece was made especially for me.

The black and white pants are from the Pre Fall 2013 CHLOE collection and were featured in look number 2. I didn't know I needed a pair of printed pants until I tried these on. High waisted and slightly cropped, they were perfect. The shoes are the classic YSL TRIBTOO PUMP in textured black patent leather and I paired them with my coordinating YSL BELLE DU JOUR. I can't say enough how these two pieces have been among some of my best investments.

The LOVE sculpture is a piece of iconic Pop Art by the artist Robert Indiana. The original image was produced as a christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964. LOVE has since been re imagined as a postage stamp and several other types of renderings displayed around the world in over 40 countries. I was happy to find LOVE here in New York City, but I know that it exists everywhere. I've seen it with my own eyes.