While I love clothes, spend way too much time pinning shit I cannot afford on Pinterest and love assembling fake outfits in Photoshop for regular style features like One Times Three and Fashion Math, I do not consider myself a fashion person. That’s probably why writing about my favorite shows at New York Fashion Week always results in me using and abusing the English language because I don’t know how to do so in a way that doesn’t sound ridiculous. For example, the headline on this post about Jill Stuart’s runway show — “[a] feminine take on ’70s utilitarian cool.” I know what I mean – that the collection had some crunchy, granola, ’70s vibes, with both an air of practicality and femininity to the clothing — but goddamn is it hard to briefly capture in a way that doesn’t sound outrageously stupid. So I decided to embrace it. Please enjoy my dumb headline above and the awesome clothes from Jill Stuart’s spring/summer 2015 runway collection below!
The only thing I love more than a bold print is multiple bold prints worn together, dammit! That’s why I’m so hot for many of the looks shown at Tracy Reese’s Spring/Summer 2015 runway show. Reese is known for embracing bright colors and standout fabrics, but I absolutely loved how she didn’t hold back on mixing foliage prints with cheetah spots and large florals. And of course, there were plenty of her adorable trademark frocks and lots of sophisticated black to round things out. Click through the gallery below to see some of my faves…
When I think of gingham, I envision picnic blankets and pizza parlor tablecloths and 1950s’ school girls — I don’t think of ass-kicking lady bosses with six-figure salaries and about as many boytoys. But that is exactly what the gingham — accented with splashes of bright colors and island-perfect prints — at Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring/summer 2015 runway show at New York Fashion Week conveyed. Click through the gallery below for some of my favorite looks!
If I had a big ol’ budget for clothes and the power to snap my fingers and commission an entire wardrobe from one designer, I would immediately call up Mara Hoffman, hand her a briefcase full of dollar bills, and ask for her to just give me everything from her spring/summer 2015 collection. I’ve always loved her clothes, but her latest runway show at New York Fashion Week was the embodiment of breezy California cool, with a color scheme and mixture of prints that nod to the state’s hodgepodge of landscapes, from dusty desert hues to explosive sunburst bodices. This collection has the best vibes — check out some of my favorite pieces in the gallery below!
“I think the fashion world needs to come to grips with reality. The reality is you have the whole country electronically connected. They’re educating the insides of their heads, as they should, and not [dressing] the outside with a fancy hat or a dress. Simple clothes, that’s key, and I think that’s what the fashion world should really think about…Look at the lines waiting to get into that Apple store on 5th Avenue! Do you see a line waiting to get into Bergdorfs or Saks? The future belongs to this generation and the high-tech world is it!”
Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer for the New York Times, teared up Wednesday night at New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis’ “Fashion Icons” series. He sat down with Mallis at New York’s 92Y to talk all things style, and the normally very private Cunningham kept his heart on his sleeve the whole night. After describing in emotional detail the Battle of Versailles in 1973, which he considers the best fashion show he’s ever seen, he added:
“That’s what American fashion does best! Not imitate, but the simplicity, the honesty of clothes — that’s what we’ve got to get back! That’s what made America great, and what made the fashion world great.”
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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I love old people. Aside from their I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude about life in general, their fashion choices never cease to amaze me. As my grandparents get older, I’ve noticed that my grandfather’s pants just keep getting higher and higher, but my grandma— well, she’s another story. For whatever reason, as she ages, she keeps piling on more and more accessories, I think in an effort to remind us all that underneath the wrinkles, she’s still fabulous. My ex-boyfriend used to say he liked visiting her because she had so many brooches, faux pearls and cocktail rings that she looked like she belonged on the Titanic, and that is precisely why “Advanced Style” is my new favorite thing. Keep reading »