Saturday, September 24, 2011

Daphne Guinness Exhibition at FIT

Yesterday after class at FIT I went over to the museum, where the Daphne Guinness exhibition was taking place. I have been meaning to take a look since the day it opened and believe me, I was so glad I did. If you are planning on visiting New York sometime soon, or live here, you need to take a stroll to Chelsea asap! The collection will be ongoing from September 16, 2011-January 7, 2012.

Daphne Guinness is a living fashion icon, an heiress, an actress, a socialite, a muse, a collector of haute couture...okay now at this point you begin to wonder- what isn't she? The exhibition proudly displays her treasures. Many pieces of clothing were made especially for Daphne, and a few were designed for her. The very first item that caught my eye when I went downstairs were the pair of obnoxious heel-less platforms. The exhibition was divided up into six different sections, with each section highlighting a part of Daphne's style. They were Dandyism, Armor, Chic, Evening Chic, Exoticism, and Sparkle. I felt that as I walked deeper into the exhibition, they more costume-y the pieces became, and the more interested I was. The couture pieces were beautiful, and I was fascinated. Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia pieces were dressed on the mannequins, who had black and white hair tied into loose buns. Unfortunately pictures were off-limits, I would have loved to share but seeing it in person is incomparable. Some of my favorites were the Christian Dior tailcoat, Balenciaga formal long dress, Christian Lacroix navy blue silk satin evening dress, Gareth Pugh sheath dress, and the Alexander McQueen "empire" style dress. Lastly as I walked to the back of the exhibition, there stood a black feathered Alexander McQueen cape, it was gorgeous.

Looking through the collection, Daphne definitely has a bold and rare sense of individual style. She is not afraid to take a risk when it comes to fashion. If I were to collect anything, I couldn't think of anything better than couture!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


What a crazy week! Today marks the last day of Spring/Summer NYFW. In a way, it is bittersweet- as the last designers are showing right this minute, the shows will eventually end and my constant runway tweets from WWD would be significantly less. This past Saturday, I attended Lacoste at Lincoln Center. It  was awesome to see so many people in the industry all in one location. The show was interesting...sporty, of course. What's special about this collection is that this season is the first that Felipe Oliveira Baptista designed for the brand. The rugby shirts, blazers, striped polos, and outerwear pieces of both men's and women's all seemed casually cool. I feel that Oliveira did a great job keeping the brand's identity and stayed true to Lacoste. The transition from the neutral in the beginning of the show to the bright pop of colors allowed interest.

On Sunday, I attend the Guishem presentation. It was also located at Lincoln Center. It was nice to see the collection upfront on live models, even though I love the excitement of a runway show. The collection will filled with a bright color palette. Many of the looks could be easy outfits for a night out or a red carpet event. The silky materials allowed for a beautiful sophistication. 

Photo Credits: Own.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fashion's Night Out 2011!

Who went out last night in NYC for FNO?! If you did, please share your fashion adventures here. Yesterday was another crazy long but fun eighteen-hour day for me. After a whole day of work I ran home to get ready for the kick off to NYFW. But knowing the busy streets of New York, plans always change! I planned to go to many different events, and ended up spending my whole night downtown. But hey I had so much fun! First, I went down to the Meatpacking District where Pop Chips were sponsoring a circus-like event. Then I walked over to Giorgio Armani, where they were showing their new collection of glasses. My observations of the night were- Marketing! It's everywhere, companies have the perfect opportunity to show the best of themselves throught this one big fashion event. At Armani, they handed out free oversized black glasses frames that were fun and cute for taking pictures with friends. The photographers took pictures of all the guests on polaroids, attached them to a chic black leather notebook and gave them out in little shopping bags. They were called the 'Frames of Life' How adorable is that? I went to Hotel Ganseevoort then headed to Washington St. where I saw stylist Rachel Zoe at Intermix. Then I went over to Soho after but by then it was 11pm and stores were closed! The one thing I would change is that the city never sleeps, so why should stores? Overall FNO was great, it's a win-win for shoppers and giving back (also doesn't make you feel guilty from overspending!)


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's

We've all heard it before: designers collaborating with a low to average priced store to create a line of chicness and affordability; Missoni for Target, Selena Gomez's 'Dream Out Loud' for K-Mart, Lauren Conrad's 'LC' for Kohl's...but who would have expected, Karl Lagerfeld? In my opinion, I think this is great news! It shows that in the world of high fashion, which is definitely expensive, there lives an understanding for the everyday woman. In today's world, an average middle-class woman would definitely dream of a closet filled with nothing but designer, but most likely need to spend their money on necessities. A few days ago, on August 31st, Karl Lagerfeld's line debuted in 235 different Macy's locations, in the 'Impulse' Department. The 45-piece collection includes feminine dresses to tweed separates to chic t-shirts with prices ranging from $50-$170. What do you think of this collection?

Photo Credits: First three photos, own
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