All posts filed under: Fashion/Beauty

The Collective Behind the Vetements Collective

Relative fashion new-comer Vetements became the most anticipated, buzzed about show of Paris Fashion Week A/W2016, attracting mob scenes of fans and fashion powerhouses from across the globe. As the story goes: Frustrated and stifled in the fashion establishment’s straight-jacket, several long-time cohorts gather nights and weekends in Demna Gvasalia’s bedroom to unchain their creativity and design purely for love and fun. Add an enterprising brother and the mystique of anonymity, and upstart brand is set to shakeup BigFashion. While the Vetements’ backstory has been well documented, the line’s creative evolution has not. How did the brand go from what Business of Fashion’s Siska Lyssens described as “deceptively simple,” “nondescript at first sight” and “sober” to being hailed a mere two years later by W Magazine’s Alexander Fury as the “most radical thing to come out of Paris in over a decade?” Gvasalia’s oft-quoted commitment to “real” clothing is usually cited as the determining factor, telling BoF, “The most important ingredient for us is the reality, what our woman wears to feel good and comfortable,” and …

Fashion Passport: Rajasthan, India

Five no-hassle, high-quality shopping experiences in northern India. For many, the hustle and bustle of India’s street markets are a shopper’s paradise. The lure of glittering saris, exotic spices and aromatic teas is hard to resist. And let’s face it, where else can you pick up an armful of bangles or fifty strands of beads for a mere 100 rupees (about 1.25€)? But for some (like me), they can also mean sensory overload. I found wandering through stall after stall and wading through the thousands of choices paralyzing; the constant hassling, haggling and high-pressure tactics exhausting. By day three, I longed for something a little more relaxed. Ferreting out low-pressure, high-quality shops in India wasn’t easy. But with a little persistence (and some help from our tour guide), I finally found exactly what I was looking for: stores offering authentic, made-in-India goods in an atmosphere meant for leisurely browsing. If on your next trip to Rajasthan you begin suffering street-market burn-out, checkout these five places for a restful respite: 1.  Fabindia Linking over 55,000 craft-based, rural producers …

Time(less) Travel with Louis Vuitton

How the Louis Vuitton retrospective at the Grand Palais won my wanderlust heart. I have a confession to make: I’ve never been much of a Louis Vuitton fan. Fashion heresy, I know. The logo-emblazoned handbags have always seemed just a bit too flashy, too obvious a display. All that changed about fifteen minutes into my experience at the recent Louis Vuitton “Volez Voguez Voyagez” retrospective at Paris’ Grand Palais. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition (the title of which translates to “Fly Sail Travel”) retraced the brand’s journey from 1854 through today. Here, I would discover not just the brand’s fine craftsmanship, but a kindred spirit inspired by the love of travel, adventure and life’s journey. The experience began expectedly enough, taking us back to Mr. Vuitton’s origins as an apprentice to box maker Romain Maréchal. Eyeing Vuitton’s tools of the trade – those of carpenter rather than couturier – and wandering through his early creations, I began to understand the thoughtfulness and quality with which they were crafted. His trunks meticulously compartmentalized every dress, hat, glove, coat and shoe of his clients’ wardrobes. Ergonomically designed and tailored for …

Les Benjamins Brings the Street to SILENCIO

Designer Aydin’s Paris Fashion Week party lives the rebellion of his “Ottoman Punk” collection. The silent staircase leading down to SILENCIO gave us little indication of the mayhem ensuing at what may have been the hippest after-party during the Paris Menswear Fashion Week. After having our picture snapped red-carpet style (check out all the guests’ photos on the Les Benjamin’s Facebook page), we shimmied through the club’s golden corridors, lined with achingly beautiful models, tattooed rappers and fashion it-girls. Making our way to the (normally subdued) lounge area of the David Lynch-conceived salon, we found party-goers dancing on tabletops, drinks in one hand, cigarettes in the other. After hitting the open bar, we bumped it on the dance floor with Rita Ora, Alexander Wang, G-Dragon and Derek Blasberg. Performances by Montaigne Street, ASAP Nast and Section Boyz laid the backdrop for the street-chic scene. While this latest edition of the near-legendary Les Benjamins’ parties did not disappoint, neither did Bunyamin Aydin’s AW16 “Ottoman Punk” collection for the brand, which we previewed via an exquisitely-produced film shown in SILENCIO’s theater room. Dervishes whirled amongst mohawked models displaying the gender-neutral collection of …

What & Wear: Women & Their Work Trunk Show

What: Women & Their Work Trunk Show Located in Central Austin, Women & Their Work is a visual and performing arts organization focusing on contemporary women artists. The organization not only brings some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions and performances to the area, but also provides art education and  financial support to female artists while emphasizing the value and excellence of art by women. The organization recently held an evening trunk show, showcasing the photographic work of Susi Brister and featuring several local jewelry designers and even some special treats. Upon entering, I was greeted with samples from award-winning Delysia, some of the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted. The Pistachio and Champagne truffle flavors were my favorite, with Raspberry coming in a close third. I couldn’t resist their chocolate barks, taking home the Dark Coffee, Peppermint and Mexican Hot Chocolate varieties. Next up, the W&TW host poured me a glass of white wine as I perused the table of another special treat—Tekeen cocktails. This ready to drink, premium beverage is made from agave nectar, orange wine and all …

22 Petite Party Dresses with Big Impact

I love parties. What I do not like is trying to find a fabulous party dress. When you’re petite, the selection is limited and the choices often too conservative, too matronly, or just plain too boring. This year, I’ve been on the hunt for petite sized party dresses with some umph! Something flirty or edgy. Something unique. Something standout and noteworthy. Something that people will remember, but will still look effortless and chic. Not to mention age-appropriate. Nothing is worse than seeing a woman in a girl’s dress. These are my petite-sized pics for the party season. With the right accessories – and the right attitude – these can be confidently pulled off by women our age. And maybe even without that last-minute trip to the tailor.              

1 Piece 4 Ways: How I’m wearing Ann Taylor’s side-zip poncho

I’m loving the Ann Taylor zippered poncho I purchased early this season. It’s difficult to find petite-sized clothing that goes beyond the basics, so discovering this piece felt like coming upon that perfectly intact sand dollar while strolling the beach. It’s a statement piece, but refined. Restraint is key to creating an effortless, chick look. Here’s how I’ve worn it this season, remixing it up with pieces already in my closet:           An Edgy Night Out Celebrating a friend’s birthday at some of our city’s hippest underground bars, I paired the poncho with black skinnies and gold-buckled boots. The cougar earrings added a touch of intriguing sparkle. It was a cold night, so a leopard coat and purple leather gloves added warmth and interest. Shopping & Dinner Out with the girls, I wanted something chic but casual (and comfortable!). Ripped boyfriend jeans and timeless accessories hit just the right note. Leopard print kitten heels made lots of walking possible, and quilted chain-handle bag just roomy enough. Day to Evening For a day of …