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Fashion Week: Trend Report

Four days of fashion have kept us on our toes this week, and the trends have become extremely apparent to those of us who have been diligently paying attention. 90’s grunge has made an interesting companion for the ethereal flowing fabrics that always come with spring. Designers either rose to the occasion or missed the mark. The Row had a colour palette of bone white, with barely there layers of silk, and satin on the bottom, paired with structural pieces on top. Their collection was clearly inspired by the orient, sadly it translated into what most would call pajamas. The Row was my favorite collection from F/W 2011, and this season was short of amazing.

Images via WGSN.

Designers are cranking out color this season, specifically orange, yellow, and blue. So if you don’t have any, it’s time to start saving for Spring shopping.

My break out designers this season so far are Doo.Ri, Thakoon, and Rag & Bone. All of these fashion houses have honed this season’s trends while remaining true to their own aesthetic. Thakoon remained true to his polished uptown silhouettes, while incorporating funky prints, and western themes. The classic feminine silhouettes paired with the western cowboy hats defines his look as “cross cultural traveller.”

Doo.Ri stuck with her signature draped looks while incorporating structural pieces like blazers with oversized shoulder pads to bring the 90’s theme into her collection. Her draped and twisted jersey dresses are done perfectly while allowing for imperfections in the body to be hidden.

Rag & Bone has been one of my favorite collections for men and women season after season for years now. This season is no exception. The designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville harnessed the trend of 90’s sportswear, bringing in their signature copious amounts of layers, and this season’s bright color palette. Gorgeous.

More updates to come later this week.

Zach.

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Epitome of Fall

Fashion trends come and go, but unless you can incorporate your own style they don’t matter. 

This look is a combination of my personal preferences when it comes to women’s wear and the trends for F/W 2011. If I was going to the tents for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, this is what I would have my plus one wear. 
Even though I’m not at the tents at MBFW, you could still wear this stuff to go out with me. Just sayin’.
Zach.

10 Years, We Remember.

Exactly ten years ago, today, an event took place to forever change the shape of American reality. I could sit here, and type out every emotion I had while watching the grim footage of the World Trade Center falling. I don’t want to do that. There are enough documentaries being shown that describe every emotion Americans felt, and then some. Instead,  I’ll recall some facts.

View from the Sky Lobby on the 78th Floor of the World Trade Center, 7:53am , 9/11/2001

8:46am – Flight 11 crashes into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 490mph between floors 94-98.

9:03am – Flight 175 crashes into the World Trade Center’s South Tower at 590mph between floors 78-84.

9:59am – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

10:28am – The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

2,749 death certificates were filed as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The South Tower collapsed with a magnitude of 2.1 on the seismograph, and the North Tower collapsed with a magnitude of 2.3. The effects of the impact were felt as far north as Maine.

It is widely assumed that humans by nature, shy away from physical contact with strangers. But in this situation, that assumption is proven to be a learned trait. Countless images are ingrained in my mind depicting human helping human, no matter the race, religion, sexual orientation, or political standing. 9/11 presented a sense of hopelessness but it also gave me hope. Hope that people to their core, are truly good.

Not only did the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001 shake the ground we walk on, but it shook the way we live.

Never forget what was done to our country, and be ever grateful to those who gave their lives.

Zach.

Football Season: What to wear

Football season is here, and no matter how much we try and deny it, we’ll have to break down and go to one of the games, or at least a viewing party.

But never fear, your favorite gay has constructed the perfect outfit with which you can show your lack of team spirit! Just because you have to wear a jersey to one of the games, or some kind of team memorabilia, doesn’t give you the excuse the schlep something on the rest of your body. Fashion doesn’t look kindly on those who schlep.
There are two reasons to go to a football game: 1) You spent too much money last month, and promised your man you’d suffer through a football game with him to make up for it. 2) You don’t have a man, and you need to find one before the holiday parties roll through. This outfit is fitting for both. You’ll look hot, stay warm, and show team spirit. Ready?
Why the hell do I always ask if you’re ready before showing you something?
Don’t think I forgot about a bag to go with the outfit, darlings. You’ll need something large enough to fit a copy of Us Weekly, and Vogue because by the second quarter you’ll be ready to go get drunk. 
This second outfit is geared towards an evening out with a group of friends to watch the game. This situation is ideal, because the venue can be anywhere from casual to semi-formal (door #2 is the way to go, this allows you to flex your sartorial muscles) and there is no need to adorn yourself with horrid team color-schemes. Insert fashionable but evil victory guffaw here.
No need for anything huge in the bag department, you shouldn’t need anything but make-up for touch ups, your Blackberry, some form of money, and your ID. 
Alexander Wang Adriel ostrich effect leather clutch.

If by some cruel stroke of fate, you don’t get your way and end up going to some dive filled with drunk people in sweatshirts and mom jeans, I suggest this: Wear a predominantly black outfit with a touch of attitude. If nothing else, fashion is perfect for making a statement. For this scenario don’t bring a bag, it could get stolen.
If you have an event coming up and you don’t know what you should wear, e-mail me! I’m sure I’ve got some ideas in this head of mine. 
Until next time!
Zach.

Fashion Week is Up and Running

Fashion Week day three is happening. Day two was kicked off by one of my very favorite designers, Nicholas K. As soon as I get pictures from their show, rest assured there will be a full rundown.

For now, I’ll show you a few street style nuggets of the trendiest of show goers. Ready? Okay!

Joanna Hillman Senior Fashion Market Editor at Harpers Bazaar. Polka’s and stripes on one pair of trousers? We are meant to be friends. 

Jessica Schroeder of WhatIWore.com
I don’t know who this is, but I fully appreciate her print mixing abilities.
Jane Albiter, buyer from ShopBop. Her leather booties are killing me, I NEED COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RUNWAY PHOTOS.
Zach.

The waiting game.

As I wait on the edge of my seat for photos from the men’s shows today, I’ll share with you two photographs I’ve come across of celebrities who may not be looking their best.

That will make everybody feel better, right?

First of all, let me say I respect Chloe Sevigny for being such a shameless self-promoter. Every single thing on her body is Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony. While yes, those shoes are utterly flawless there are two more things to be learned from this photograph. Chloe Sevigny does not photograph well when she’s drunk so I guess that means she never photographs well. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh NO he didn’t!” and to that I say, no I didn’t. Don’t you see that line through the text? That means I’m morally exempt from feeling guilty about the horrible things typed under said line. Also, she’s so drunk she missed the spot she was supposed to stand by 6 solid inches. Woopsie poopsie!

I don’t care how fabulous Audrina’s Chanel sunglasses are in this picture, I can’t ignore the elephant in the room. Either she has four boobs, or she has no clue how to wear a bra. #amirightladies?

That brings me to my next point: Instead of calling people shitheads, or other profane things when they do me wrong/say something stupid, I’m going to start calling them boobs. I may not have an affinity for the object, but that word sure is funny.

Have a good day, and remember: Don’t be a boob!


Zach.

Clothing for thought.

Today, I wore a trench. Not just any trench, my navy blue waist length trench that has been begging to be let out of the closet since I bought it in May.

My point being, I was ready for this sudden dip in temperature because I am a compulsive shopper bought something in the off season. That’s really just the most wonderful thing, because chances are no one else will have it, (it is the off season after all) and it probably was on sale. My trench was, 70% OFF. This is no jest my friends.

Were you ready when your sundress and Cardigan weren’t enough this morning? To prepare you, I’ll suggest snagging some outfits similar to these to withstand your chilly morning commute.

 Isabel Marant July embellished cotton jacket + Tibi Silk-chiffon and thick weave dress + Miu Miu Bow-side wool-felt pumps.

While you walk to work you’ll definitely turn heads with that statement jacket, and when you’re ready to enter the boardroom, you’ve got a perfectly appropriate dress. But fear not, people will still be transfixed by your shoes.

For a more casual setting..

Balmain Wool-felt double-breasted military blazer + Simeon Farrar for Japan’s Kate Mouse T-Shirt
+ J Brand Bianca high-rise flared jean + Charlotte Olympia Martha In Stripes suede and leather wedges.

This outfit is perfect for going to grab drinks with a friend at a hole-in-the-wall bar, or going to a concert. Anything really, so long as the atmosphere is light, and the dress-code isn’t anywhere near formal. The jacket and jeans are definitely a classic vintage look, but by adding that graphic t-shirt (which also raises money for a great cause) you bring it up to this century and show your spunky side. The heels are pretty intense, but there is no occasion where Charlotte Olympia isn’t appropriate. And since when is it a bad thing to look better than everyone else in the room?

Well, I have to go shop some more prepare myself for FNO on Thursday!

Zach.

The Glitterati are Preparing

Fashion Week is on the horizon, and the nippy air was just right today to help me get in the mood. Prepare yourselves for a flurry of runway pictures as soon as I can get my little hands on them.

Also, there are only three days left until Cincinnati’s FNO! Make sure you RSVP here!

I’ll leave you with two of my very favorite collections for F/W 2011

Gucci


Proenza Schouler





Drama? Yep, I’m all over it.

Zach.

Fashion Trend: Capes

Ladies, Gentleman, Drag Queens, Glitter Children, REJOICE! A new trend is emerging!

A short time ago, Kate Moss wore a Scarlet Red beaded Rodarte cloak to her wedding. I know, right? The duh-rama is unspeakable. I’ve always had an affinity for hot mess chic, and the drug paraphernalia Kate has hidden in that cloak is the epitome of HMC.

Fret not, the drama doesn’t stop there my friends. While Kate Moss was having her gorgeous albeit drug fueled wedding in the Bucolic English Countryside, Sarah Jessica Parker was plotting her revenge. She received no invite to the wedding, and she was not about to miss out on this cape action. (Kate Moss actually wore a custom made Pailette Beaded Coat by Rodarte, but for the purposes of this sarcastic post, it’s a cape, got it?) In fact, she decided to do Kate one better, and dispel those nasty “horse face” allegations once and for all.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Inner Dialogue: Take THAT Society!
My verbal dialogue with my computer screen: Oh my shit. 
(My computer didn’t have much to say, it can’t talk.)
SJP: Oh no I didn’t!
Me (and the rest of America): WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HER TOES?? Oh. That’s the shoe.
This shoe, actually.
 Christian Louboutin Alex “Lion Paw” Pump. It brings new meaning to the phrase “pussy-footing around.”
HA! Okay bye!
Zach. 

Oh, the cape costume is Giambattista Valli Couture F/W 2011. I guess that’s relevant. 

Trivialization

If one more person says to me “Why would you want to go into fashion? It’s so shallow.” I’ll lose my mind.


I’m about to take y’all to church.
I am a creative person, I’ve always been one to outwardly express the way I’m feeling. Fashion is a way to do that without having to say anything. For others Fashion is a shield, wearing a blouse with a busy print might be a way for a woman to cover up an imperfection in her physique that’s particularly detrimental to her self confidence, a brightly colored pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels could be the perfect show stopper to help a business woman distract herself from her latest deposition. (I’m the king of run-on sentences, don’t worry about it.) Fashion transforms people, it provides a way for us to be our best selves, or to be someone else completely.

As for my wanting to work in the industry, my explanation is simple: Fashion is one of the most cut throat industries one can be a part of, and I happen to be a very strategic (and competitive) person. That, combined with the creative aspect of the clothing, merchandising, and style is a perfect recipe for my career. Sounds wonderful right? Well don’t get too excited, I haven’t even graduated college yet.

Does that satiate your insatiable desire to understand the fashion industry? Didn’t think so.

But I feel better. 


Hey! Don’t forget to RSVP to Cincinnati’s FNO on September 8th!

I can personally guarantee that if you show up impersonating either of the Olsen Twins you will be featured on this blog.


Get to it. 
Zach.