19th Amendment #19thFlashFashion Launch Party
Above: 19th Amendment founder/CEO Amanda Curtis standing with her models at the flash fashion show in Faneuil Hall.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the launch party and debut fashion shows for 19th Amendment on Saturday night at the Liberty Hotel in Boston with Christina. 19th Amendment, founded by the ever-sweet Amanda Curtis, is a virtual portfolio-meets-boutique for emerging fashion designers. The #19thFlashFashion shows on Saturday showcased the work of some of these designers, including those of Amanda Curtis herself. I love the concept of shedding light on little-known designers with great talent, and especially the fact most of the designers are based in the Boston area. The rise of fashion start-ups originating here in Beantown, among stalwarts such as Rue La La, is something to be proud of, and I’m so happy to have been a part of 19th Amendment’s beginnings. I’m very excited to see how 19th Amendment progresses from its major buzz over the weekend.
Below: The beautiful setting for the last fashion show at The Liberty Hotel. The models rode the escalator and walked all around the levels of the lobby.
Below: With Amanda and Christina (right) after the show.
Business Casual often makes me wish that I chose to join a company in the fashion industry, or even tech, or any industry except financial services. Because in financial, business casual means conservative basics in a neutral palette, which isn’t terrible but veers on the edge of boring. I am reluctant to buy button-down after button-down or black pant after black pant but there’s very little room for creativity among suits and pencil skirts, or at the very least, slacks. A recent e-mail about the upcoming training week and first day of work got me brainstorming various outfits that are both work-appropriate and would make me feel comfortable. I turned to Pinterest and came up with some looks and styling tips that I can’t wait to use come October.
Top: 1. I love how Aimee Song of Song of Style added dainty jewelry to style a basic light gray sweater. The delicateness of the top could be easily balanced with a power heel and statement bag. Another option would be to add a statement necklace to an otherwise completely neutral and basic outfit.
Bottom, left to right:
2. This is a very basic office-appropriate outfit, but I love the pulled-back polished updo draws focus to a fresh face and bold, but not flashy, red lip. (Photo via Pinterest from Stockholm Street Style)
4. Could J. Crew ever do wrong? I think not! Because I’m on the short side, I tend to gravitate towards cropped lengths for pants. However, I love the look of wide legged pants and a fitted tee on top. It’s a great balance of casual and chic and perfect for a business casual environment.
What are your favorite business casual tips? Any Pinterest “office wear” boards out there I should know of?
If you’re like me and was overwhelmed by the social media deluge of Instagrams and snaps from New York Fashion Week, you’re in luck. This New York Times feature consolidates each designer’s collection into a colorful interactive feature. Get inspired for spring 2014!
(H/T to Carly Heitlinger of The College Prepster for this feature!)
The second the clock turned midnight on August 1, it seemed like all anyone could talk about has been the impending autumn season. Among the deluge of back-to-school sales, fall collections, and promos for pumpkin-scented body care is a noticeable plug for the denim-on-denim trend. I have never considered mixing the same colors and textures together in an outfit (and certainly not denim), but when styled by Anthropologie (left) and Madewell (right) it seems like just the perfect amount of effortless chic for a ‘Casual Friday’ at the office or a weekend brunch date. The key to the look, I suppose, is to mix and match the coloring and accessories to avoid a monochrome suit of blue denim.
What are your thoughts on the denim-on-denim trend? What are your favorite styling tips for it?
My suitcase for spring break ‘13 (locale: Shanghai & the nearby countryside) is very Linda Evangelista circa 1989-inspired. At last check, the weather is calling for a balmy mid-fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely a significant upgrade from whatever New England calls this, but one that still requires knit sweaters, my go-to J. Crew leggings, and perhaps not the same high-heeled boots in favor of a more practical ballet flat. Photo via katiearmour.
I’m a sucker for anything Mondrian-inspired. In the fall 1965 collection, Yves Saint Laurent designed that iconic fashion piece taken from the canvas of Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, and I secretly wish I could go back in time just to be able to wear it. So imagine my excitement when I saw that Kate Spade has designed a Composition-inspired spring 2013 collection, a modern day take on a classic work of art.
Above: the Claudette Dress in Mondrian by Kate Spade
"Though retirement from Vogue may be within her sights, Ms. Coddington deferred any characterization of herself as a genius to the designers whose creations she has devoted the better part of her life promoting. She named the stalwarts Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada as favorites and mourned the many others currently out of commission, for whatever reason. ‘John Galliano, whom I adored — gone; Helmut Lang, major talent — gone,’ she said. ‘Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.’
And what of the up-and-comers? ‘I think they need time, and I think too many of the young designers really think that they can step right out of school and be a best seller, and that’s a mistake,’ Ms. Coddington said. ‘I mean, you know, Nicolas took forever to get where he was. Marc got fired 10 times before he made it.’
Anyway, it wouldn’t hurt young designers, or anyone for that matter, to have ‘a few things going wrong in their life,’ she said. ‘I mean, I hate to say it, but it teaches you a hell of a lot, you know.’”
—Alexandra Jacobs for NYT
While we’re on the topic of fall, my 7 essential items for the season: 1. A printed Comptoir des Cotonniers dress 2. Topshop cardigan 3. J. Crew cashmere in cabernet 4. Tory Burch Robinson wallet 5. My favorite skincare items: Aveeno Positively Radiant for day, Shiseido Night Moisture Recharge for night 6. CDC blouse 7. CDC colored denim
When I worked for J. Crew, my favorite part was seeing new shipment boxes being wheeled in the back room, spitting out the bright colors of the new season. Usually within three days, the contents are styled, fitted, and pinned to the mannequins and filed into the catalog, reflecting the brand’s favorite color inspirations of the season. Because of the company’s love affair with colorful lifestyles, we were always encouraged as sales assistants to experiment and be creative with color combinations in our outfits. To this day, I am always on the lookout for inspirational color combinations—from paintings, floral arrangements, fashion, other bloggers, and even weather— and Pinterest has been a great tool. My current favorites include the royal purple accents in a recent Anthropologie catalog, the soft juxtaposition of pastels and darks in an image unearthed through Pinterest, the fluorescent and rich pinks and oranges in a painting by Isca Greenfield-Sanders (h/t to Tory Burch), a seafoam green beading on a cloudy gray from a blogger’s outfit (via Glitter Guide).
Highlights and favorites from Milan Fashion Week Fall RTW 2012, in honor of the Italian high fashion that I’ve come to fully appreciate. That exceptional tailoring and green pops that define Piazza Sempione, those prints and embroidery of the Dolce & Gabbana skirts and Prada's brilliant combination of my favorite color and its color wheel complement that result in such beautiful, bright fall collections. Top row: Piazza Sempione, photos by Piero Cristaldi // Second: Prada, photos by Giovanni Giannoni // Third: Dolce & Gabbana, photos by Piero Cristaldi // Images courtesy of WWD.
"Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
—Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute
Sartorial Note to Self: Sport more of this saturated Mediterranean azure color during European travels.
I think people in Boston have a way of strategically not following things that are happening, which is great. They’re not sucked into a vacuum of ideas that make them fashion cattle. You always hear people knock style in Boston, but go anywhere, and you’ll find people who don’t care about fashion.
A moment in pink. At breakfast with @Miss_WuNY (Taken with Instagram at Bergdorf Goodman)
Two things to note from this photo:
- The Tumblr presence of Bergdorf Goodman and Daily Candy (which, fun fact, is the inspiration to the name of my blog)—instant #FF
- This dress from Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 collection
"The URM is reassuringly earthy and tweedy in an unassailable muscular Jason Bourne meets James Bond by way of Sir Ernest Shackleton sort of a fashion. He has a limited awareness of clothing and sartorial signaling, but he knows what he likes. He pays £15 for a haircut and shave at the local barbers, looks askance at anything with a label that doesn’t have Oxfam attached to it and, when asked where he got his jacket from, is proud to say ‘it was my grandfather’s.’"
—Tina Gaudoin for WSJ Style