Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finding Quiet At The Conservatory Garden

Traveling can be downright exhausting. And it's a facetious sort of exhaustion you know, one where you might not even know that you're tired until you realize for a week that all you've done is lay in bed with extra large bags of peanut butter M&Ms watching old episodes of Scandal and any Law & Order you can track down on Netflix. Oh, just me? Whoops.

Heading down to the capital of South America was fairly effortless in theory. Fly down, take in the shows, retreat to my friend's apartment at night in lieu of the parties. And the shows were decent for the most part. With the Minimale Animale presentation(below) as an unexpected standout with an aesthetic that seemed at odds with the rest of the week, things ended on a leather clad high note.

But as a lover of walking, I found myself both mentally and physically exhausted each night, the former from trying to hold show notes in my head(swimwear couldn't be that hard, could it?) and the latter from walking about a mile or so toward the causeway which effectively cut my taxi fare in half.
That's how I came upon the Conservatory Garden actually; walking. Wearing in my four-year-old white Adidas on one of my now daily walks(back here in NYC, not in MIA) I found myself stumbling through Central Park, avoiding wandering geese and touristy photo ops in search of nothing but a bit of thinking space. And here it was tucked away as a small round garden, mini-Versaille like greenscape and fountain included.

I wouldn't find the adjoining lawn, larger 12-foot high jet fountain and tree-covered walkway until days later when I finally entered through the proper Fifth Avenue entrance of Vanderbilt Gate, but I didn't really need to. On this day, half a week back from the scorching, pounding heat of South Beach, no where nearer to the mountain of looming deadlines, I found the eye of my storm sitting on a bench in New York's piece of Versailles, watching bronze girls frolic around in a supposed game of Ring Around The Rosie.

statue Three Dancing Maidens by Walter Schott
Minimale Animale finale at MBFW Swim 2015

Sunday, June 15, 2014

MS | J. Crew + Public School = Genderless Cool

First impressions are can be tough, and when I saw you I knew it

I'm not your typical fashion kid.  Prime example: when I moved to New York I probably went a month or two before ever stepping into a clothing store and when I did, it was H&M for some thin tees, necessary for summer.

You're not going to find me browsing at the Prada boutique, thumbing through racks at Saint Laurent or silently appraising the displays inside of Bergdorf's. When I step into a store, it's for a very specific and determined purpose and sadly "fashion for fashion's sake" or for that experience is rarely it.

Yet when I saw this My PS Crew tagged sweatshirt by Public School and J. Crew, first online and then again at the J. Crew X CFDA VIP reception for their new capsule collaborations, my money was spent before I had a chance to think about it.

Manufacturing Style is a series of posts about my own personal style, and the method through which I have and am continuing to either discover or manufacture it.

opening quote from Hairspray

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LVMH Prize crowns winner ...

Though his name was announced, she had already won.
Canada-born, London-based Thomas Tait, he of the clean lines, was today tapped as the inaugural LVMH Prize winner.  300,000 euros and a year of assistance from the company operating some of the largest fashion companies in the world was his.

But she, ultimately she won.

In the span of 7 months, Delphine Arnault has gone from the relative shadows -- lurking behind designer moves like putting Raf Simons in at Dior, transitioning Nicolas Ghesquiere to Louis Vuitton, acquiring a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood and then a minor one in JW Anderson(who was simultaneously tapped to head Loewe) -- to publicly helming a program with international reach and interest.

In the game of "who's on next" to succeed Bernard Arnault, I'd have to say that daughter Delphine looks to be heads and shoulders above her brother Antoine.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coveting | Del Toro X Pepsi loafers and chukka sneakers

6 artists. 6 brands. 1 global collection.
This week I got to head to Bloomingdale's to preview the "Live For Now" global capsule collection from Pepsi. It features 6 different artists collaborating with 6 fashion brands, fashioning everything from skateboards to headphones and street wear.
It was a really great collection in general -- the artistic doodles totally on trend with what's happening right now as far as collaborations are going(Forever21 just released a collection featuring art by Keith Haring and Jean Michel-Basquiat) -- but what caught my eye in particular was the footwear from Del Toro.
I'm honestly not much of a shoe guy unless it's a high top or a boot, but these color-punching Made in Italy leather fits caused me pause.
Retailing at $365 a pop, the slightly limited-edition chukka sneaks and slippers are available at 15 Bloomingdale's stores Stateside and online as well as at Liberty in London and colette in Paris.

Check out some of my favorites from the Del Toro styles below.
photos courtesy of Pepsi

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello Brooklyn, Signed Dior by Raf Simons

All aboard for the land of Dior where fluttering skirts, sharp blazer-ed men and preening celebs abound.

Yesterday was an amazingly busy day that all came to the most luxe of heads via the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 showing in Brooklyn. Held in the same space as this February's Alexander Wang showing, the presentation was an ode to Raf's ongoing American inspirations married with one of the ultimate french pieces: the silk scarf.  While the two pairs of Tevla-like sandals I spotted trailing down the runway certainly caused me to raise an eyebrow, one couldn't resist the downright covetable patchworked mink coats(in navy and white), the clean and almost minimal offerings of long coats and  the juxtaposing tweed and silk scarf dresses. Photos below the break.

Check out my proper review on NowFashion.
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photos and video by Mikelle Street

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

post'd | Finally meeting Ernest

A few weeks ago I got to meet the designer behind the men's brand Ernest Alexander. It's sort of weird when I think about the fact that I've been following his growth since I was back home in the Carolinas and then I got to meet him but, such is life. We talked about his personal brand expansion, the changing menswear scene and even a little about SoHo. 

 Check it out on Racked.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere, in the details

Awww, cummere copy cat; you're my puppet, you know I love it

You can do it; I did it already
I practically gushed over the Fall 2014 collection from Louis Vuitton; I'm still gushing to be quite frank. Nicolas Ghesquiere has that effect on people though, and for his debut as the new Supreme residing at the house of Vuitton, I should have expected it.

If there was one nail that Ghesquiere hammered home in this first collection, it was in silhouette. Offering only a handful of pant options, Nicolas pulled the waists of mini A-line skirt wearing models tight and while one could wax and wane about how this could be an allusion to the approach the designer is set to take at the house -- everyone remarked at how sensible both the collection and venue were in comparison to Vuitton presentations of yester-season -- it took the mind of one Matthew Schneier to point out what the resulting sihouette had an uncanny resemblance to: an upside down V.

And having taken into account the shapes of one of my favorite but generally overlooked components of the collection -- the earrings -- it's quite remarkable how subversive the designer can be with a brand that's basically made it's bread and butter on its monogram.

photos: WENN