Saturday, August 31, 2013

Labor Day Luxe - White Out The Rules

Labor Day may be the unofficial last day of summer. It's the toast of the season; to celebrate the achievement of workers, a weekend getaway, the start of a new school year, and the end of wearing white? Sure, white is appropriate for summer as it is cooling and comfortable, but what's the proper etiquette for wearing white after Labor Day? The old-school rule digs deeper than just practicality, although the actual history behind the reason varies. The origin dates back to the late 1800's to early 1900's, and the division of the upper and middle classes after the Civil War, where white was seen as a status symbol.

In our modern day, we have the luxury of fashion freedom. Speaking of luxury, white exudes elegance in a simple way. Last spring, we saw plenty of head-to-toe white looks come down the runways, ready for the fall/winter season. The beauty and boldness of white is perfect for the colder months; done right, it can be worn year round. It's about time we white out the rules.

Fall/Winter 2013

Above: Valentino

Derek Lam

Proenza Schouler

Salvatore Ferragamo


Photos: All

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Profile Spotlight: Sydney Dong of 'SD Marvel'

Fashion and functionality; I’ve been thinking about these two words lately, and how they compliment each other. Getting ready for work every morning in the city, always call for a rush out the door - my dilemma is deciding which bag to carry for the day, most of them usually too small or delicate. Recently, I was contacted by Sydney Dong, founder and designer of SD Marvel International Group Ltd. Having never heard of the company before, I was quickly fascinated by the inspiration behind the brand of beautiful handbags.

The story behind SD Marvel, started in Hong Kong in 2009. Sydney describes the brand as “a labor of my love,” as each handbag is designed personally from the designer himself; infusing a concept of hand-crafted artisan quality. The proprietary signature weaving is significant, and inspired by the mother who weaves warmth and affection into every article she creates for her child. The brand currently features a variety of woven leather handbags including totes, satchels, clutches, and evening bags. Every handbag includes a safe lock, which was originally requested from the designer's clients to ensure safe belongings. Since then, the concept stayed and is existent on every design. The locks represent the secrets we keep, of the protection of our inner sanctuary and domain. "It is a reminder to every woman to stand independent with her own sense of strong security," says Sydney. His passion towards the finest details in his designs are exceptional; as the quality holds up from the handbag itself, its closure with locks, exterior coin purses, key holders, to its interior cell phone space. The name SD Marvels derives from the designer's initials and the term, Marvel, from the vision to create marvelous products, representing love and art.

Setting itself apart from other handbag brands, SD Marvel brings about a holistic concept of magnetic therapy. How? It's all in the straps - the Morgan collection features a magnetic strip within the shoulder straps. The benefit of the feature allow the wearer to experience improvement of blood flow, pain reduction, and reduce tension from the weight of the handbag. The concept is a traditional Eastern belief - talk about functionality! We all need the perfect balance, the ying-yang, between fashion and utilitarianism.

Now four years after the launch of the brand, it has expanded across Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, and China. What’s next in mind? Sydney hopes to reach out to the audience in the United States, and to eventually represent SD Marvel as a global fashion icon.

Want to know more about SD Marvel? See the workmanship behind the process of the artisan's work by visiting their website, and like their page on Facebook.

Some of my favorite looks from the 2013-2014 Lookbook -
All come in a variety of colors, see website for more details.

 Hollywood-Star Crossbody Bag

 Sasa & Elsa Couple Tote Bag

 Star Queen Sheep Leather Bag
Sandy Patent Double Zippers Tote Bag

 Morgan Weave Pattern

 The making of the Marvel Twist Bag

Safe Locks

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Sydney Dong and

Sunday, August 4, 2013


It's been a pretty warm summer, New York. Your weather mood swings always get me, but I find myself never leaving the door without a good pair of sunnies. I'm seeing more and more round frames, and like everything else in fashion - it's all a cycle of repetition. In retrospect, round framed sunnies are literally retro - existent since the beginning on spectacles, worn throughout the centuries of scientists to rock stars since the 1930's, they're certainly here to stay. Here's a modern take on some current ones out there.

These are the exception to the rest of the modern frames - I got them last semester at FIT from one of my favorite vendors. Sourced from trade shows and travels, they always have the best finds.

Cutler & Gross
Lime Round Sunglasses
Opening Ceremony
Oversized Round Sunglasses
Frieda Round Frame Mirrored Acetate Sunglasses

The Row
Signature Round Sunglasses in Iron & Blush

Matthew Williamson
Abstract Rounded Sunglasses

Photo Credits: All individually sourced within links.