Thursday, August 28, 2014

INOX: UNDENIABLY INDESTRUCTIBLE

One of 130 durability test at the Victorinox INOX watch launch

A collective gasp echoes through the 13,600 square foot event space as a bright red firetruck rolls over a shiny silver watch, leaving it unscathed. The 40-ton FDNY truck, a carafe of boiling water and a high-impact sand-blaster are no match for I.N.O.X, the new watch collection by Swiss brand Victorinox. Surrounded by secret testing stations, scores of firefighters and press, and a live band, Charles Elsner, CEO of Swiss Army brands and Rene Stuz, CEO and President of North America brands, introduce the "quintessence of Victorinox expertise" [source] Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Multi-cultural mannequins at Robin's Jean in Soho NYC

The season of fall fashion and fanfare is upon us. Summer sales have subsided and soon, the catwalks of Lincoln Center, Milk Studios and other happening' hotspots will flourish with NY Fashion Week festivities. Despite my increasingly onerous day job, I'm excited to be attending select shows in the next couple weeks--stay tuned! In the meantime, have a look at the spread of styles in this week's windows--from Robin's Jean in Soho to J.Crew at Rockefeller Center and beyond...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

The 80s make a comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Howard Street Store

Bouncy babydoll dresses and 80s daisy theme make a coordinated comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Soho store. This week, the ladies of 429 Broadway reach back to the days of high hair, Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank to compound the cadence of casual chic. Add a bit of Brooklyn for high waisted bottoms and cropped tops. What were your memories of the 80s? Let us know in the comments… 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

IFB LINKS A LA MODE: WEEK of 8/14

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Dressing up can drastically debunk a drab day. Pick up a new pattern or put on a vibrant pair of pumps. Toss aside the tiredness and take transformation to a new level. Fashion fuels confidence and fosters positive feelings... What will you be wearing today? While you're thinking about it, have a look at this week's IFB Top 20 posts--including my interview with the fashionable fellas of Costello Tagliapietra….

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Cool clothes and crafted canines fill the 57th St. windows at Bergdorf Goodman

With four legs and a furry pelt, a dog can be quite the steadfast companion, proving faithful, obedient and loyal despite the circumstances. Ancient cultures traditionally associated dogs with death and danger (and the ability to ward them off). Can dogs really see spirits? Whisper warnings? Speak with the supernatural? This week, Bergdorf Goodman stocks its windows with handcrafted dogs and dressed up divas. Looks like the window dressers are gearing up for National Dog Day--Tuesday, August 26th...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Q&A WITH COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra

Apart from their signature "Look" and fresh spin on women's fashion, design duo Costello Tagliapetera share more than a tendency towards plaid and a love of their bulldog Sam. For the two CFDA veterans and award-winning designers, inspiration came by way of their respective grandmothers (both of whom worked for couturier Norman Norell) and grandfathers (from whom came the model of 'dressed up' khakis and plaid). In 1994, a night out at the Sound Factory led to a decade long partnership. Starting with creating custom pieces for clients like Bruce Springsteen, NIN and Madonna, the pair eventually made a pivotal move towards ready-to-wear. In 2003, the Brooklyn based designers created a 12-piece capsule collection for Vogue, which landed an editorial feature in March 2004. Costello Tagliapietra presented their first runway show 6 months later (Sept. 2004) and officially launched the CT label in 2005 with looks made from weightless, wrinkleproof Italian knit jersey. Since then, the success of the brand is evidenced by multiple awards and capsule collaborations, most recently with lifestyle brand Uniqlo. Keep reading for an informative Q&A on success, shared style and special spots... 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Kleinfeld Bridal Salon 20th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues; Claire Pettibone dress

Cravings for candy corn have since been superseded by tendencies towards kale and couscous. Likewise, fried foods are dropping from my daily menu, only to be substituted by garden greens and fresh fruit. Tastes transform, priorities change. One discernible difference between the uninhibited 20s and the mellowing out thirties is the concept of the "ideal wedding." Where once a pure white, floor length ball gown was expected to be paired with an abundant audience, an alter and a banquet hall reception, the desire for all things grandiose has been modified 10 years later, now that I'm in the planning stages. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

LIVING NEW YORK, A CROSS-INDUSTRY CONVERSATION

(L-R) Karim Rashid, Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee, Karen Elson, Paul Haggis, Stacy Engman; photo credit Benjamin Lozovsky BFA NYC

From a creative Mecca to a shopper's paradise, New York City is the birthplace of success, a playground for the daring and the resting place of 8 Million seekers, dreamers and industry leaders. To spotlight NYC and its role in the development of a handful of America's top talent, cultural phenom Liberatum partners with the W Times Square to host Living New York--a candid conversation with model Karen Elson, designer Prabal Gurung, Industrial Designer Karim Rashid, Oscar winning filmmaker Paul Haggis and fine art curator Stacy Engman. Keep reading to see how each of these notable names navigate the grit and glory of NYC...  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Lovely in Lavender, Summer Windows at Anthropologie Rockefeller Center


Where rests the wary traveller? Moored in a massive mansion or cuddling in a cozy cabin? Hiding in a bungalow on the beach or stretched out in a sleek city apartment? This week, Anthropologie Rockefeller Center puts a playful twist on colorful living. #AnthroWindows  features fields, flowers, fences and humble habitats some call "home." Which is your favorite?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LUXURY LACQUER BY LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin Windows at Saks Fifth Ave, NYC featuring Loubiville

After twenty-three years of red-sole splendor, the Louboutin brand pushes prestige to a new level. On July 25th, Christian Louboutin unveiled Rouge Louboutin--the first of 30 shades of nail polish--at Saks Fifth Avenue and all 15 Louboutin Boutiques. To promote Louboutin Beauté, the windows at the Saks Fifth Ave. flagship feature Loubiville, an albino metropolis inspired by the shapes and angles of the Louboutin nail polish bottle. Keep reading for the details...