For off-duty dressing without the resignation of sweats, we turn to separates in sensual materials and edgy prints, like Mary Katrantzou’s modal-and-cashmere Landscape scarf, paired with our comfy-but-glam Habitual Eve in Deep, a Nordstrom exclusive. Add a brimmed hat by WoodWood to ward chills with on-trend style, and you’re totally not in business. Also pictured: Protagonist tee in 3-ply silk and Rag & Bone Bannon booties.
The high-low mix continues to dominate the fashion compass this season and Neiman Marcus nails a biker-feminine take on the concept with their recent editorial pairing Habitual denim with au courant Los Angeles destinations. J’adore! Check their new site Cusp and Neiman Marcus to purchase the styles shown and more.
Following earlier snoozy shows in Europe, all-out spectacles—like Rick Owens’ fierce step dancers and the postmodern Eden at Dior—reaffirmed Paris as the godmother of giddy drama and fun in fashion this season. Not that we didn’t love London edginess, the sense of tradition in Milan or of course NYC’s chic pragmatism, but visions such as Karl Lagerfeld’s tongue-in-cheek art gallery pushed cultural boundaries with fully articulated fantasies in just the way fashion should.
At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz went after our own hearts with an homage to lamé. “Stonewashed, vaporized, slashed, and broken,” according to Style.com, this crafted treatment of the material itself shares our approach to creating the ultimate washes and makes for clothes that are similarly a joy to wear.
Rick Owens also showed a collection that proved dynamic in real life, opting to show how by replacing models with teams of dancers whose defiant sneers, stomping feet and combative movements made for the most talked-about event of the week.
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Raf Simons continued on his path of expertly delivering Dior into the present. The collection, from its space-age cutouts to metallic ball gowns, fused the alien with the classic just as the dripping Garden of Eden setting melded lush natural vines and artificial neon flora.
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For Chanel, Lagerfeld’s neo-sincere ode to art came in the form of the white-walled space and oversize artworks that lent the affect of an amusement park, while the clothes themselves carried through a similar playful interpretation of an art student’s wardrobe.
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In the most bittersweet show of the season, Marc Jacobs took his final bow at Louis Vuitton after 16 years, but not without inky feather headresses atop pants and slinky dresses that conjured flapper showgirls dipped in 90s grunge. Bravo.
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From the stripped-down blues of the Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr. to a more abstract desire to give the Southern Gothic era a modern twist, inspiration for our Fall 2013 collection takes form in the sensuous colors of the past in sharp, clean cuts.
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We’ve spent the last few days showing our upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 line at the Coterie fashion exhibition in the gorgeous I.M. Pei-designed Javits building. The “space frame” windows cast a beautiful NYC light on some favorites of the collection, a trio in our coated white denim. Using a secret wash formula to produce, these pieces lend a clean and sharp look to any wardrobe that you simply can’t get anywhere else!
Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!
1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)
3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.
Like a sentimental piece of jewelry, one of the reasons we like wearing U.S.-made fashion is for the reminder of what it symbolizes. Liberty United, a jewelry line launched earlier this summer, makes wearing their “remade in the USA” accessories even more meaningful by using metal and bullet shells repurposed from illegal weapons seized by law enforcement. Designed by one of our favorite NYC jewelry-makers Giles & Brother (sister-brother duo Courtney and Philip Crangi), the anti-gun violence rings, bracelets and necklaces of the debut collection each feature the serial number of the decommissioned gun and can be custom engraved for a piece that makes multiple statements.
Cher is back! In spite of her recently announced “Farewell” tour, we’re not talking about the singer. No, this is the Cher Dress from Mary Meyer returning for the second fall season in a row. Channeling Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, everyone’s favorite blonde from the movie “Clueless,” the flannel frock updates the late ’90s grunge style for today. Available in green or brown in 100% cotton, it’s handmade in New York. In the words of Cher, don’t be a “fashion victim” or “ensembly challenged,” get this dress before it sells out like last year!