Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Back to School

I want to think that Spring is my favorite season because the dead of winter is giving way to warmer weather. The plants are blooming and the earth is coming back to life. This however, does not really seam to happen in a magical story book kinda of way in New York City. It is more like freezing snow turning into warmer freezing rain, rain and more rain, allergies and finally its just hot and humid. I have come to terms with my romanticized idea of Spring and have decided that Fall is my favorite season. The weather is perfect. The trees and grass are still very lush while transitioning into the orange, reds and yellows of October. Halloween is just around the corner and school is back in session. I have so many great memories of going back to school. New school supplies, a new dorm room and campus, new friends and classes, a whole semester full of new. I love the smell of autumn leaves and fireplaces in crisp weather, surrounded by pumpkins and candy corn. Fall on my Alma Mater, the University of Colorado is especially beautiful in Boulder, Colorado. It is surrounded by the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains, rivers, lakes and streams. When the weather begins to cool, I always think about all the wonderful memories of going back to school.

Photography Laura Okita

Monday, September 21, 2015

NYFW SS 2016 Looks and Press

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 was a blast. So many designers like Marc Jacobs, Erin Fetherston and Anna Sui are drawing inspiration from vintage fashion. Did you see these shows? I absolutely loved them. Red Lips and Blue eyeshadow are huge for Spring, popping up at almost every show from Jason Wu to DVF. European visiting designer Givenchy is opening a new store in NYC and both the makeup looks and designs for the show did not disappoint, drawing inspiration from one of my favorite couture shows, Fall 2010.

The shows have moved from the Lincoln Center to West 33rd street. Grunge is in, the glamour was high and the street fashion was fresh. I really enjoyed mixing modern and vintage looks with trending beauty looks. Below is a sampling of my looks and press for the NYFW SS 2016 shows. 

I was thrilled to be featured in Vogue.com's Phil Oh's Street Style: New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear. The press photography outside of the show have a lot of competitive energy and it can be quite an experience. When I met Phil Oh, I was surprised because he is very quiet and polite. You would never guess he is Vogue Contributor's @MrStreetPeeper. 

Look 1

I wore a Vintage 1940s Dress from Wildfell Hall Vintage, a Vintage Upholstery Handbag from Amarcord Vintage Fashion, Vintage bangles also from Amarcord, Sunglasses from Miu Miu and Vintage Boots. Press features Pop Sugar Accessories and WWD What The Are Wearing, Instagram shot from @mgyoungphotography.

This season is all about floral printed dresses, upholstery fabrics and mod booties, shades of maroon and deep green.

Look 2

For my second look I wore a Dress from Anna Sui from the Spring 2014 collection with an added 
Pussy Bow Ribbon, a Vintage Coat, Vintage Dolce and Gabbana Shoes and a Botkier Hand Bag. Press from Vogue China, Racked, WWD and Glamour.

Again trending this season are deep greens and maroons, mini skirt lengths, patterned coats, platform shoes and pussy bows. For makeup, a clean face with a dark bold lip.

Look 3

Look three is all vintage, but with the right hair and makeup, its easy to make it feel modern. Press was received from Vogue Russia and Vogue Italia. 

I shot a few quick pictures of myself on the street in this look. Trench coats this season should be anything but black or beige. Play with a chic 70s vibe.

Look 4

Vintage Dolce and Gabbana Dress with a Vintage Handbag and Shoes from Uggs. I paired this odd maxi length dress for a fun play on proportions with shoes to meet at the gap. I styled it with a Vintage Scarf tied in a Pussy Bow and Vintage earrings that took on a very punk feel. For my makeup I had fun with a bright orange cat eye. Press from Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Vogue China, PopSugar and Fashionista.

Try maxi dresses, dresses with pussy bows and colored eyeshadow for Spring and Fall.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Get the Top Vintage Fall 2015 Runway Looks on Etsy

With all this new found enthusiasm in mainstream fashion for retro inspired looks, there are two brands that are doing it so well I really gasped as it came down the runway. I absolutely loved the 2015 AW collections for Gucci and Prada, and you can find these inspired looks on Etsy!

Gucci 2015 A/W

Gucci's look for Fall is inspired by a chic 70s vibe that carried pieces over from the 60s. The color pallet is deep reds and burgundies, rusty oranges, mauves and lilac, hunter green with pops of blue and turquoise. There is a lot of leather and fur this season. If you arent so keen on buying leather and fur, vintage may be the way to go as it is not supporting the further acquisition of these products in a current market. 

What are we looking for? 1970s large scale floral print dresses and blouses with pussy bows - Getting at least one thin long cut scarf is a great addition to your wardrobe as it allows you to add the neck bow or change up the colors in your look. Long fur coats, floral printed women's suits, double breasted brocade coats, long accordion skirts and neutral colored lace tops and shift dresses. For accessories, look for interesting loafers and large thin framed glasses.  

Heres a look at some fantastic pieces on Etsy.

Prada 2015 A/W

Prada has done something really interesting for Fall. They have introduced a Spring color pallet for Fall pastels. adding a brighter happier mood to the impending winter. The collection has a 60s feel with tweeds and what looks at first to be wool but is more likely a neoprene when viewing up close. There is a lot of leather on the fabric coats and also used as gloves and dresses. Mixed into the pastels of dusty pink and blues are an array of avocado green and dark greys and again the pops of red and burgundy. 

While the designs are very specifically unique and Prada looking, I think the take away for recreating this vintage look is in the color palate and accessories. I would look for both spring colored and fall colored plaid skirt suits, plaid and leather mixed pieces, long over the elbow leather gloves or brightly colored gloves, and lots and lots of broaches. I am so excited about the broaches. I could see a whole bouquet of enamel and crystal flowers on a suit jacket. Prada also has its iconic sunglasses in the show, inspired by a mod look, you can pick up the mood with some cool vintage frames. 

Here is what I found on Etsy.

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A big thank you to all of the Etsy shops for letting me share your great pieces for Fall! Xo