Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New In - Rick Owens Leather Jacket

The leather jacket has long been an iconic wardrobe staple and I've been on the hunt for the perfect one for some time. I've tried on more than a few styles, but none of them seemed quite right. I was looking for something classic, but edgy. Something with a rockstar sensibility and a slightly rebellious undertone. I found all of this in a black Nappa leather RICK OWENS biker.

This particular biker is from the 2014 SPRING / SUMMER collection entitled Vicious. It features a silver asymmetrical zipper, a funnel collar, and extra long sleeves with ribbed paneling under the arms. The lamb skin has an incredibly soft hand and as soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one. When it comes to leather, it just doesn't get much better than RICK.

Natural leather breathes and molds to the wearer's body. It literally feels like a second skin. This jacket feels like it's mine and mine alone. Now that I've worn it, it has become a part of me and my wardrobe. I can't imagine that it would fit anyone else the way it does me. RICK OWENS leather is truly meant to be lived in and I intend to do just that.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Brooklyn Museum Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

I was recently perusing current Fashion events when I read that the Brooklyn Museum going to be hosting Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. Well, I happen to love shoes, so naturally I made my way over to view their fashionable exhibit. It was my first time visiting the Brooklyn Museum with its grand columns and glass entryway and right away I could tell it was going to be a fitting venue for an exhibit of this nature. Upon entering the exhibit, you can hear the click clack of high heels against a floor through the speakers. A familiar sound I instantly recognized due to my penchant for these types of footwear. What a way to set the tone. I could tell this show was definitely going to be all about shoes...

Exhibit notes cite that Killer Heels aims to explore the high heeled shoe as one of the most provocative and iconic objects of desire. With an emphasis on the elevated shoe, the collection wasn't limited to the stiletto. It also included wedges and the platform, the oldest form of the elevated shoe. The exhibit was divided into six distinct sections, each grouped by theme. The curation included a combination of six commissioned videos and coordinating art and furniture. In some instances historical shoes were paired with modern styles where one could clearly see the design influence. A lot of the footwear displayed took references from nature and architecture, including some that didn't initially look like shoes. Some took their references more literal than others. Such was the case with a pair that featured miniature Eiffel towers for heels and another that was made from horse's hooves.

As a serious Fashion collector, shoes are something that are often on my mind and the collection did certainly provoke a lot of thought. The exhibit itself was mostly a visual display, but it touched on topics of production, practicality (or the lack of), and the physical effects of wearing high heels. I started to think about the importance of the shoe in Fashion and how necessary it is. What are clothes without shoes? Conceivably, I could leave my house without a handbag or a fancy necklace, but, without a pair of shoes on my feet, I'd doubt I'd get far.

Everything was covered from traditional shoe making techniques to unconventional materials and methods. At over 160 pairs of shoes, it's quite a collection and includes all the major designers. Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Walter Steiger, and Giuseppe Zanotti are all accounted for. Killer Heels was extremely well done and curated with a thoughtful eye to bring out the best in show. The inclusion of videos, furniture, and art went far into creating an exceptional experience. In fact, there was so much to take in, I was worried I had missed something and walked the exhibit twice. Even in a pair of my favorite strappy Louboutins, it was well worth the journey. 

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...