Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Park that car, drop that phone, sleep on the floor, dream about me...

Last year I did an end of summer post while shooting on Ben Benson's roof, so maybe it can be an annual thing! The summer weather is nearly over unlike last year where it was barely chilly until November hit. While we have to say goodbye to some summer activities, at least we now can have a true fall this year. I'm excited to go apple picking, drink cider and mulled wine, and eat pumpkin bread and apple pie! September is my favorite month of the year, and autumn in general makes me quite happy. Hoorah for crunchy leaves amidst leather and tweed. 

Welcome in the cooler weather by transitioning your summer pieces. Wear tall knit socks like this one with your sandals and sundress. At night you can later a light jacket over the ensemble. It's an interesting time of year for dressing but I love the mix of seasons and layers. As summer comes to an end, I'm already missing the amazing late night sunsets but I'm getting excited for holiday cheer. 

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Sundress from some hippie store I bought ages ago, Steve Madden heels, and socks from a sock store in Sausalito, California I got on my trip

Style Tip: Transitioning into a new season means mixing your favorite pieces from both min new, interesting ways. This is a unique time of year so take advantage of it! 

Song of the Day: "Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl" by Broken Social Scene

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Have you ever wished your life would change? Woke up and you lived your dreams?"

This outfit is the epitome of mixing and matching. While it all looks coordinated, the pieces all come from very different places. The shoes and Ted Baker blouse are new items, but the lace collar is a piece that my mom gave me from back in the day. I love that collars are still having a moment, and I especially adore peter pan ones. Sailor collars are fantastic too, as well as other unique or vintage-y styles. This kind of detachable collar can really pull an outfit together just right. I am also wearing a handmade skirt that I had to make at FIT. They required some basic pattern work from all of their students, so of course I picked a comfy and cute paisley print cotton from Mood fabrics. For blues being my best color, I should definitely wear them more. It's hard to find really quality-looking items in this kind of lovely shade. What your most flattering color, or favorite color to wear? Comment below! 

This was from the last time I took photos with pink in my hair! It faded out and then I dyed blonde over it to get back to my easier routine. I am considering light red hair or bangs, though. I like fun changes, though other important things in my life should always stay the same, end of story.

Photography: Ben Martini

Style Tip: Mix new finds with vintage or handmade pieces for a truly unique look!

Outfit Highlights: My mom's old lace collar, a Ted Baker blouse, and a handmade skirt

Song of the Day: Change Your Life by Iggy Azalea

Friday, September 19, 2014

Exclusive Menswear Post: "This Charming Man"

I used to write for College Fashionista, which was a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but it's great having my own blog now. I try to stick to somewhat of a schedule posting about biweekly, but can do less or more as I please. And my posts can be about whatever I like! I'm sure you all have seen enough of me lately, so here's a special autumn menswear edition to the blog, featuring my boyfriend Ben. What a model! 

He's wearing three looks that can bring you from summer to fall. The first is a Theory suit with Saks brand oxfords and a Paul Smith shirt. The suit is a fantastic, soft woven material that you won't just want to wear to work! Invest in a comfortable and fashionable suit- there are so many options on out there on the market right now! 

His second look is my favorite, in which he is part rockstar (hey he did percussion for his town's summer musical) and part poet (he sends eloquent texts sometimes)! His John Varvatos linen shirt is light and breathes well, but is in an attractive dark purple shade. A black Zara vest, Levi's, and Steve Madden boots complete the look. If you don't own military style boots yet, snag some! I love these two tone fabric and leather ones. 

His last look is the most "Ben", with a casual pair of pants and t-shirt. His beloved converse are paired with Acne pants that bring a little bright color into a fall wardrobe. He adores his super soft Club Monaco supima cotton tee! 

Major thanks to Ben for dealing with another one of my fun, crazy ideas for this post, and letting me experiment a little with menswear. Dressing men is such an important part of my costume design jobs. Having studied womenswear fashion design, I'm trying to get more into the swing of things when it comes to clothing male actors. Unfortunately way more men than women are on screen (the film industry is male dominated in general), but regardless, they need to look fabulous to play their part! Cheers to fall menswear fashion. 

Photography: Myself

Outfit Highlights Listed in Post

Song of the Day: "This Charming Man" by The Smiths

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"See your face in my reflection, whisper more and more..."

This is my last post of NYFW! My outfit for the Christina Yi show at Studio Arte is as minimalist as it gets for me. I know she likes to use neutrals and she is always a bit edgy, so I broke out a silver-grey dress and my beloved jellies. My dress is the same one that I wore under a lace top to the jazz fest- can you tell? I love this piece because I can wear it in so many different ways. The shine makes it a more interesting basic. It's actually gifted from a neighbor from years ago, and I believe she actually bought it in her home country of China! While brands and labels are fun and cool, mysterious objects with obscure or no labels are so interesting. Along with the shoes, I wore a navy Zara bag in that new shape that I just adore. 

As I write this I no longer have pink hair! It was getting too hard to re dye every week. The first time, I paid for it to be done professionally in Chinatown (if that's even professional). I used Sparks hair dye to fix it when it washed out, which lasted even less time but I felt like I must be drying my hair out doing that so often. So back to blonde for now it is! What color do you think I should dye it next? 

Photography: Ben Benson

Outfit Highlights: Zara purse and throwback jellies 

Style Advice: How to do the minimalist look if you're more flamboyant? Add some shine or sparkle to your pieces like I did with my dress, necklace, and shoes. And other accents like pink hair still make you look unique. 

Song of the Day: "Overdose" by Little Daylight

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Show Review: Dorin Negrau

My fashion week correspondant Maryann Samreth attended the Spring 2015 Dorin Negrau Fashion Show for me, and snapped some photos of his latest collection. The clothing displayed how to do a primarily black and white theme while maintaining interest in design, texture, and styling. Negrau used leather and lace for a sweet and feminine meets dark and mysterious collection of looks. His models looked straight out of a dramatic re-invention of another period where the plot suddenly twists and you realize the damsel is actualy a ghostly witch upon re-examination. The models looked elegant on one hand, but some were partly exposed and they all had lips resembling sutures. He himself said that they were inspired by Dracula and vampires, but it can of course be up to your own interpretation of the subject.

Dorin Negrau used a variety of stand out pieces to create his world, such as re-invented peasant blouses, embroidered belts, and large earrings perhaps harking from a flamenco dancer. Aside from those stand out elements throughout, the most memorable part of his collection was the use of a more fashionable version of a spiderweb, draped over models and then used as a skirt fabric. The sexy meets scary collection makes you wonder if the models were perhaps really zombies, but could a zombie be so beautiful? 

Photography: Maryann Samreth

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Spring 2015 Fashion Show Review: Luar Zepol

Yesterday afternoon, Luar Zepol showed his cool kid looks at his show at Webster Hall. I was very excited to attend a show that was completely menswear, and have it be something so unique and memorable. The up and coming label Luar Zepol stems from the designer's first name, backwards. The designer Raul Lopez presented an eclectic, avant garde show depicting the many different races he grew up with in school. 

I could see right off the bat that the show was inspired by different types of cool and misfit boys in school, with their punky hair, clothes and backpacks. It was a more mature, wearable take on the punk scene- instead of ripping the clothing like a teenager would, Raul finished it with interesting bandings in contrasting colors. I loved the use of plastic zip ties integrated into the spiky hair that complimented the models' looks. Even small details like paint on the faces and decals on the models nails were attended to. Raul went completely above and beyond the crowd's expectations, with a collection that was crazy in the best way from the hardcore music to his boys creating a circle of unity at the end while lights flashed. The only problem for me was not being able to take clear enough photos with the interesting lights changing the whole show! Raul's brand is a true representation of who he is and where he came from, and he gave me more insight on his design and venue choices after the show. 

Caroline: How did you decide to chose your venue, since this concert venue is so unique for a fashion show? 

Raul: Actually, I used to come to this club since freshman year in high school, and I actually wanted to tap into that era in my life. This is one of the only clubs that still exists of this multitude in New York.

Caroline: So it sounded like your influence was a bit of your high school experience? 

Raul: As a freshman in high school, coming from a predominately Latin junior high school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and then going to Flushing, Queens; it was all different races. So with the denim, I actually wanted to represent everybody's skin tone. And the corseting straps you see on the models was the mixing all of these different races and genres together. 

Caroline: So if you could dress any kind of person, what is your ideal Luar Zepol man? 

Raul: The man of tomorrow, today.

Caroline: Which celebrity would you outfit? A musicians or actor or model or someone else?

Raul: Everyone. They have to be like me, since I'm a little bit of everybody. I'm into art, and everything, just name it. The collection is a real representation of me. It's my name backwards, so it's like all aspects of my life. I'm not a writer, so this is the only way I can write- through my clothing.

Caroline: You did a beautiful job, thank you so much! 

Photography: Myself