Monday, October 31, 2016

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 Exhibition at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017 (preceded on May 1 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities—self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion—Kawakubo’s work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, the thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.


“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

In celebration of the opening, The Met's Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening’s co-chairs will be Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo will serve as Honorary Chair. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design...by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion...imbalance... unfinished... elimination...and absence of intent.”

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the examples will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in interstitiality or “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries, but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors.

Craig Green x Björn Borg Capsule Collection

Announced at the Fashion Week Stockholm in February, the Craig Green x Björn Borg collection has already enjoyed ovations from fashionistas all over the world. The much-awaited capsule is now available through fifteen exclusive retailers, of which Opening Ceremony, Wild Style LA and FourtwoFour are three. 

Award-winning British fashion designer Craig Green is on everybody¹s lips, today one of Britain¹s most lauded menswear designers. Known for his Asian inspired clean designs, Green tributes tennis icon Björn Borg and his heritage through this limited edition collection, also marking his debut in designing a full sportswear collection. 

Comments Craig Green: 
“The Craig Green x Björn Borg Collection marries my conceptual fascination with light and shadow, with the utilitarian beauty of Björn Borg’s heritage. The idea is to have a multifunctional garment for both men and women that is not really gender-specific. Functional components become a distinct design feature, and a bold logo is replaced by a single circle – a development of the whole motif I often explore”. 

The Craig Green x Björn Borg capsule collection incorporates eighteen unique sportswear pieces, of which five are performance sport. The monochrome collection, entirely in black and cream white, is sold exclusively at selected retailers such as Opening Ceremony in New York, Wild Style LA, Storm in Copenhagen, Yme Studios in Oslo, Temporary Showroom in Berlin and Selfridges in London, as well as globally through bjornborg.com. Prices range between €30-450.  

Give Back with beyondBeanie


Despite the cool weather outside, spread a little warmth and love by adding beyondBeanie to your fall fashion. Ethically manufactured and handcrafted by talented Bolivian artisans, beyondBeanie offers trendy beanies and accessories made with 100% Bolivian love. 

beyondBeanie is committed to uplifting women out of poverty through their socially conscious apparel company born from the desire to give women and children better conditions of life. The lifestyle company encourages wearers to empower others, acknowledge exceptional artistry, express gratitude and ultimately influence positive change. 

Every time you purchase a beyondBeanie product, you will be supporting the work of a gifted female artisan in Bolivia while also helping a child in need. 
  • Empower others -  Help provide opportunities to Bolivian women so they can take care of themselves and their children through a dignified job they can be proud of.
  • Extremely unique - Each artisan hand-signs her work making it a one-of-a-kind piece.
  • Connect to your artisan - Set up a meet and greet and see how your purchase makes an impact in her life.
  • Show your gratitude - Send your artisan a “thank you” note through beyondBeanie’s site.
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Check out beyondBeanie’s top selling beanie collections for this season:
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Rad Surfer Collection: Inspired by the Southern California coast, these loose fitting beanies are designed to give any outfit the essence of the outdoors. Comfortable and ethnically patterned, these beanies give your fall look a casual style.

Kota Collection: Perfect of for an early morning jog around the city, each Kota beanie is crafted in neutral colors that are urban and modern. Available in grey, teal or chocolate.

beyondBeanie can be purchased online at www.beyondbeanie.org and select stores in Switzerland, the UK and currently entering the US.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

What Time Is It?

So many people don't really bother wearing watches anymore and typically use their phones to tell time but how boring can you be?!? Seriously...it's time to get a nice watch that has lots of style and a classic look. Not sure which watch to choose? Let me help you make that decision.

Take a gander at some of my favs from the newest Timex collection... You can thank me later.


Timex Weekender Fairfield, 37mm
$59.95 to $79.95; Timex.com
  • Genuine Leather or Nylon Slip-Thru Strap
  • Rose Gold, Silver- or Gold-Tone Brass Case
  • 30 Meter Water Resistance
  • Indiglo® Night-Light

Timex Waterbury Collection
$95.00 to $125.00; Timex.com
  • 42mm Chronograph, 40 and 38 mm 3-hand styles
  • Menswear Inspired Mixed-Material Strap: Felt and Genuine Leather
·        Quick-Date® Feature
  • 50 Meter Water Resistance
·        INDIGLO® Night-Light

Timex Miami Chronograph
$95.00; Timex.com
·        Sleek Sophisticated Design
·        Chronograph Measures to 1/20th Second
·        42mm Case Size 
·        Stainless Steel Bracelet
·        Quick-Date® Feature
·        30 Meter Water Resistance

Timex Original Tonals, Suede 
 $80; Timex.com
·        Simple Classic Design
·        Genuine Leather Suede Strap
·        30 Meters Water Resistant 
·        INDIGLO® Night-Light


Get Fresh Faced for Fall

Cooler days are ahead...I promise, even though it was 74 degrees in NY today, and a change in the weather often means a change in the way our skin behaves. Avoid dry, irritated skin and ensure you’re fresh-faced for fall with a lineup of nourishing skincare products from Palmer’s, sure to keep you glowing all season long. 

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Face, a deep cleansing oil blend packed with natural antioxidants, will leave skin fresh from impurities without stripping skin of natural moisture. 

Pair with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Face, a lightweight anti-aging treatment formulated to restore and brighten skin tone, for a visibly rejuvenated complexion. 


For a little extra care, NEW! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisture Rich Night Cream applied before bed works to firm, moisturize and smooth skin with Evening Primrose and Retinol Peptides for added radiance and hydration.



Hmmm...I think I'll grab these products myself and put them to the test! Stay tuned. 

Anniesa Hasibuan SS17 - NYFW

West met Middle East Monday night at Indonesian Designer Anniesa Hasibuan became the first Indonesian designer to present a collection on-site at NYFW: The Shows in The Dock at Moynihan Station. As if that wasn't groundbreaking enough, she also became the first designer to present her entire collection with hijabs, the traditional head-covering dawned by many Muslim women. The collection was a true representation how how the west can merge with the east featuring many wearable pieces that would be swoonworthy for the Western market, including gorgeous metallic and printed pants as well as blazers and accessories like glasses and belts that are waitlist worthy! 


The show was so groundbreaking and the fashion so spectacular that the designer entered the runway for her finale walk to a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd, which was a beautiful rainbow of color. In a world where there is so much talk about division, for one night, fashion brought us all together and it was magical.


Dan Liu SS17 - NYFW

Gorgeous detailed, yet wearable cocktail dresses took to the runway as Dan Liu presented his elegant Spring Summer 2017 collection entitled ‘New Path’ at Skylight Clarkson Sq. The show eased guests into NYFW’s weekend programming with French inspired instrumental melodies and single stem roses for guests.

The full house of chatter came to a hush and the runway went dark as the first model prepared to make her entrance.  When the lights illuminated, she was seated at a Parisian café table, and opened the show in a simple, elegant blush A-line dress adorned in floral appliques.

Dan Liu’s namesake line evolved as the elegant sister brand to his successful funky couture line, Tatsuaki. Chic cocktail pieces, crafted to be worn from workplace to party, continued to wow attendees with rich-hued lace overlays and bright prints. Dan, best known for his tailoring that accentuates the female form with a romantic flair, modernized classic silhouettes with large flounced sleeves and embellishments of crystal and embroidery. 

Looks featured items for eyes to feast upon from fun butterfly face tattoo details to full geometric prints and intricate backs. Complementing the collection seamlessly were stunning vegan handbags from Lime and Soda and buckled pumps by Liliana Shoes. 

Light and airy whites and blush tones introduced the color story, which rounded out with cool teal, berry, and black. The refined catwalk presentation concluded with a jaw-dropping, lace-detailed gown dubbed Kuro Ni Mijikai – Ball by the Canadian designer who sat in tears of joy at the table prop along the runway entrance. Guests cheered with applause as models took their finale walk and Dan Liu beamed with appreciation.






Demo Parkchoonmoo SS17 - NYFW

By: Jon Cope

The Demoo Parkchoonmoo SS17 collection sent me home with a bit of homework; but instead of lamenting my instructor's assignment with eye-rolling, and sarcastic remarks under my breath, I gladly accepted my responsibility to take a deeper look into the inspiration behind designer, Demi Park’s avant garde pieces. 


During my interview with the Korean designer, she informed me that the key word used to describe the collection was “airiness”, taking influence from ancient Korean male scholar's attire in which they wore kimono-esque coats, worn with wide trousers called, sunbi. In my research of these Korean scholars, they practiced developing a spirit of integrity, purity and wisdom. They sought to become mature human beings in every way, but counter to the members of the ruling class who clung to strictness and formality, Seonbi men were well-rounded, and rational scholars with sensitivity, and refined artistic tastes. With this being the case, it appears that Demo strives to inspire a certain level of aspiration for her consumer, one in which the clothes help to reflect the attitude and spirit of a virtuous, intelligently refined human being. 

The “airiness” of the clothing presented imply a transcendence of material interests, and conjures images of a women soaring above the clouds, with her wisdom of what is really important in life supporting her flight. Staying true to the allure of minimalism, Demi managed to infuse her monochromatic palette with layers of complexity by using lightweight cotton, silk, and denim to create patchworked blouses, tops and skirts, cotton and gauze bonded coats, as well as loose long silk dresses and short jackets. 

Without being colorful, Demi managed to create clothes that were bold yet humbling, subversive yet dignified, all-the-while using ancient conceptions of masculinity to promote a unique and aspirational view of what it means to be feminine. You can view the entire show below.


Harlem's Fashion Row

By: Jon Cope

The community that Harlem’s Fashion Row fosters for multicultural designers was a in full attendance at their SS17 fashion show at Pier 89. With the fashion industry titans being honored including, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth for Editor of the Year, President of Next Management New York, Kyle Hagler for being a Trailblazer, and Wardrobe Stylist, Eric Archibald for Stylist of the Year,  attendees were knocking down walls to be able to gain access to the presentation of designs from four progressive designers. 

We were treated with fashion presentations from Terese Brown of Terese Sydonna, Radhike Perera-Hernandez of Lois London, Kahindo Mateene of Kahindo, and Jakai Franks of JRU. Kahindo’s couture pieces sashayed down the runway first with barefoot models decorated with whimsical gold sprinkled through their hair and gold lipstick strewn on their lips. Her pieces were fanciful, thoughtful, and complex with exaggerated sleeves, rorschach-like prints, and design details such as peplums and bubble skirts, all the while insinuating an air of sexiness for the wearer. 

Next, Terese Sydonna showed a melange of designs that were more edgy and streamlined, with hints of orientalism and drama. Stand outs from her collection were undoubtedly the final palette of clothes that infused red, baby pink and white, that created the oriental-esque luxe that was so perceptible. Lois London was the most dreamy and iridescent of the women’s collections with caftan-like maxi dresses with deep plunging necklines that flowed with a liquidy quality. Utilizing the richest colors of the color spectrum, models glided down the runway with an effortless luxuriousness. 

JRU was the only men’s collection featured, and represented a more audacious idea of male jena se qua showing barely there shirts, sleeveless trenches, oversized turtlenecks, all in a variety of bold colors. 














Fashion Pallete NYFW SS17 Swim/Resort

By: Jon Cope

It appears that beige and white are the favored colors of the Australian designers who presented at the Fashion Palette New York Fashion Week for Swim/Resort SS17. This is understandable considering beige is warm, simple, and natural, like the sands of the beaches one will visit when wearing the pieces shown. White is a color that enhances beauty by helping one’s skin to stand out, and evokes an element of heightened elegance, which is especially fitting when you intend to attend a swanky dinner party or formal evening event. 

For day, one can consider Sara Bailes, whose fun separates were flowy and light but still wearable for a busy day of running around and sightseeing. Alphabe the Label offered day to evening wear that was almost Victorian in feel with dramatic but pretty hi low pleated hems accented with romantic floral prints. For evening, Sabo Luxe is the brand that offers the most demure pieces and her exclusive use of white helped to elevate the elegance factor, whereas Natalie Rolt’s super sexy bodycon dresses will make any women feel like a vixen, especially with the line of huge buckles she added to her jumpsuits and dresses, similar to Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace Dress of ‘94. 

When it came to the bathing suit collections most uses of color was either soft, pretty, and pastel (Ete and Ark Swimwear), or bold and fluorescent (Lil and Emm and Frankie Swimwear) urging one to take a stand being ethereal like an angel, or bold and audacious like a siren.The overall message received after viewing the collections is that ethereal beauty will be the order of the day come next season’s beach season.