Wednesday, July 1, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Newspaper bug #Anthrowindows at Anthropologie 5th Ave.

School is out as summer gushes in! Late night learning (to de-bunk after long days at the office), while waiting on the subway platform keeps me entertained. Young concepts Knyttan,Shopbox, airpnp and the like excite with new applications of current concepts. This week's windows at Anthropologie Fifth Ave. showcase a floral forest made from re-purposed paper products. Keep reading to see the scenes...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MERCEDES-BENZ ODESSA FASHION DAYS, KIEV 2015

Anna K models in line, backstage  [photo by Andre Bychkouski, courtesy Mercedes-Benz Odessa Fashion Days 2015]


The spotlight shines on Kiev as Mercedes-Benz Odessa Fashion Days takes Ukraine by style. A fashion hub in the making, the Otrada Beach Club, Kiev doubles as the perfect venue for 12 Ukranian designers to introduce their 2016 resort collections. The usual suspects--Anna K, Kostya Omelya, Anton Belinskiy join newcomers Maxange, Sundari, Giaterie and others to showcase their silhouettes against a backdrop of sporty Mercedes and a theme of "pool party." Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Club Monaco, Fifth Ave.

Beach houses and biergartens brim with bronzed bodies--Summertime is in full swing! The mannequins of Club Monaco Fifth Ave. are ready to rattle with rompers and seaside style. With opportunity for extended escape this July 4th, I search for a serene shoreline. This long weekend, I'll be cooling off in Cape Cod. How about you?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rave / Rant / Review \\ SUMMERTIME SHADES by SMITH & CULT


Some days (especially rainy ones), 'Related Posts' lead the charge to hours of experiential entertainment. Recently, while reading about the retail woes of GAP and learning 10 tips I didn't know about my iPhone, I stumbled on an older 'related post' about Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow. Refinery29's article piqued my interest in Smith & Cult's most popular nail lacquer, with its rave review of both the product and the brand's naming convention. In an on-again-off-again relationship with nail art, I was suckered in. I read up on the brand, called their hotline and uncovered a nearby salon that carries a healthy selection of the Jekyll and Hyde-esque nail lacquer collection. After enduring a dramatically demanding week at work, I justified my first $18 purchase of Smith & Cult as an accolade of corporate survival. Keep reading to see how it fared on my fingers...  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Polo Ralph Lauren on 5th Ave. 

Despite the touts  of "equality" at the tip of political tongues and at the top of activists' agendas, I raise a toast to "men" this week. To begin, new and notable brands present collections at Men's Fashion Week in London. By Wednesday, saucy sneakers, stylists and show-goers thin out as Fashion Week concludes. The week ends with Father's Day on Sunday. This weeks' windows at Polo Ralph Lauren nudge and nod at the dads and dudes in our lives. Thanks for life, dad! Keep reading to see more RL windows set in assorted man-centric spaces...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

COMPLETE PARTS @DRAFTspace

Complete Parts presented by DRAFTspace

Jewelry, like a cake topper, can complete a "look" and powerfully elevate sophistication. Amenable to its sartorial counterparts--clothes, shoes and bags-- jewelry appeals to varied tastes through color, material and innovation. Though a cautious consumer of accessories, I've learned to appreciate the artistic implications and arduous craftsmanship captured in many fine art and costume pieces. Of the roster of periodic fashion exhibits, DRAFTspace typically presents a consistently creative and well-curated jewelry showcase. This edition (June 10-14th), Complete Parts, features unique jewelry from 40 designers, globally, and photography by Natalie Conn. Located at the Highline Loft (508 W 26th St.), white space is subtly pierced by floating displays of modern jewelry. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Ave.

As the saying goes, "Ignorance is Bliss," hinting that happiness follows the footsteps of naivety. In drawing a divide between ignoring the obvious and being obliviously ignorant, there spawns a sense of morality... right? On the heels of Andrew Morgan's True Cost--another exposé on the faux pas of fast fashion--how many now uncomfortably support sweatshop-produced style, after being educated on the abhorable actions of the apparel industry? Yet, devoid of the spirit of ignorant bliss, how many will end up happier, because "knowing" put them on a path of positive change? Take a moment to ponder your position (on sustainable style) and take a peek at Bergdorf's Fifth Ave. windows while you're at it. Happy Wednesday!... 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

GLOBAL FASHION CAPITALS @FIT MUSEUM

Global Fashion Capitals at the Museum at FIT opens with Instanbul; (R) Arzu Kaprol

Thoughts of fashion week stir memories of London, Milan, Paris and New York. As new designers emerge, new empires of style continue to globalize the fashion landscape. Within 2014's  premier fashion capital (as named by Global Fashion Monitor), The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology opens a new exhibit, Global Fashion Capitals. Organized by Ariele Ella, assistant curator of textiles, 80 items from emerging talent appear alongside established greats in one of 2015's best curated fashion exhibits yet. Keep reading for more...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Saks Fifth Ave. windows celebrate and congratulate Parsons graduates


Finding fault is a natural response when projects derail. At the onset of war at the workplace, I've employed reverse psychology to distance defeat. Simply asking advice for improvement prompts a prettier path to success; those who think they know everything already limit their threshold of learning. This week's windows at Saks Fifth Avenue showcase the work of Parson's graduating class. Oh, to be 21 again-- when mistakes form a firm foundation for knowledge building. Keep reading to see stunning student work....  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

COSMETICS + COLORS + COSPLAY

OCC S/S 2015 Color Collection Cosplay

Fostering fun is essential for opportune existence. Given the cool, calculated corporate climate (not to mention long hours), it's easy to let cranky coworkers eclipse enthusiasm. Shaking loose the locks of misery, I've started cultivating "fun" no matter the context or company. In the spirit of enjoying the "every" moments, I perfected a rare Irish farewell and traded extra hours at work this evening for family time... and a flyby of the launch of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic's new Cosplay collection. I'm excited to see that OCC's bold new Spring/Summer 2015 LipTar and Nail Lacquer shades come in 6 funky flavors of fun. Keep reading to see more...