Category Archives: Fashion Week

Fashion month has officially arrived!

I can hardly believe that we are officially in the month of September.  It’s always so bittersweet that while summer comes to an unfortunate end, it marks the the roll out to the Spring/Summer 2014 fashion week shows.  Fashion month gets its start in New York for the first week, then carries into London, next up is Milan and rounding out fashion month with a strong finish is Paris.

As I’m prepping for New York Fashion Week I can’t help but draw some creative inspiration from the fashion industry’s most stimulating and diverse resource: street style.  Two of my favorite street style photographers that are NYFW staples and just so happen to be fellow Chicago bloggers are Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style and Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome.

Impeccable taste and a signature style are hard to capture in one photo but they do it flawlessly.  So what better way to get ready for the upcoming whirlwind of beautiful fashions to come then with a look back at some of the stunning inspirations that happened.  I’ve rounded up my Top 10 snaps from NYFW’s Fall/Winter 2014 and they are from these two incredible lenses.

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

CSM has a new look!

I seriously can’t believe that the day has finally arrived and I can finally unveil CSM’s new grown and sexy makeover!  When CSM first launched back in April 2011 it was because I needed a pure, raw and tangible outlet for all of the fashion ramblings and opinions I had about the industry.  Over the years you the CSM community have helped me to truely mold and define who and what CSM is and should be.  My initial outlet has become so much more than I would have ever expected and so to have undergone such an extensive and much needed makeover was truly empowering.

The first and major change is CSM’s defining logo!  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I literally agonized over what the logo would be visually for the first 2 months of this 6 month makeover journey.  Thank goodness for creative design guru and web genius, Laura Granlund of inTIMIDnation for taking all of the feedback you all have given me over the years (and yes, I had it all stored up in my brain).  To now have an actual visual representation of CSM is legit incredible.  So if you are in need of anything graphic/web design related I would highly recommend reaching out to her (literally kept my sanity for these last few months-trust me ask my husband).

CSM's New Logo

Okay I digress, let me get back to CSM’s amah-zing transformation.  The next major change and is the more obvious one, I’M NOT ON BLOGGER ANYMORE!  Yup, CSM needed to put on her big girl panties on and step into the real world of blogging and that required a new handy URL and so naturally it’s www.csmstyle.com.  Now, you all can update your favorites with the new link and what’s even more handy is that the name is in the new URL so you’ll never forget it right?

These next few changes were all about me keeping you all in mind.  One big important change for you is that I wanted to make it as navigationally friendly as possible.  With that in mind  it was really important for me to have a ‘Categories’ tab front and center so that you all would know exactly what the content of CSM is plus you could drill directly into whichever specific category you were looking for and/or wanting to delve deeper in to.

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Another great addition is that you can see I still have all of the old categories you all love like “Pasifika Fashion Series”;  “Shop Local”; “Fashionable Dining” plus a few new ones like “WWAW” (What Would Ana Wear) and “Splurge vs. Save.

Now, peruse and make yourself at home because I’m looking forward to seeing more of you and for a longer time.  Next time, cocktails are a must! xo

 

[NYFW] Day 4: RAD by Rad Hourani Spring 2013 Collection!

It’s absolutely no surprise to anyone that one of my favorite designers is Rad Hourani.  He is an absolute visionary and I believe one of the few true artistic geniuses we have alive today in the arena of fashion art.  His silhouettes are futuristic, unisex and structurally stunning.  Lucky for all of us, Rad’s Spring 2013 collection definitely did not disappoint.

His choice of a contrasting color palette of a bold deep plum, soft pastel pink, shiny silver and matte black help to enhance the “Neo-esque” influence of this collection.  The heavily slicked back hair, glowingly neutral face make-up lend as great accents to channeling a futuristic matrix vibe.  Rad’s vision that is conveyed through his Spring 2013 collection is very clear: Man or Woman, we are all ‘The One’.

Check out the complete RAD by Rad Hourani Spring 2013 Unisex Collection:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

[NYFW] Day 4: Tracy Reese Spring 2013 Collection!

Throughout Tracy Reese’s Spring 2013 Collection presentation the lyrics by Soul II Soul’s song ‘Keep on Moving’ played on repeat in my head: “Yellow is the color of sunrays”

Every gradient color of this rich, luscious, and warm tone was showcased in Tracy’s collection.  To play up our natural association with this color she focused on silhouettes that were loose drapes and resembled a cool liquidity.  Vibrant blue jewel tones were used sparingly and only as a strong accent to aide in further showcasing the golden warm characteristics of her yellow palette.

While color was the definite focus, Tracy masterfully infused prints resembling hazy chic vertical stripes to aide in reinforcing the silhouette of long and liquid.

Check out the Tracy Reese Spring 2013 Collection show at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Fashion Week:

Here are my absolute favorite looks from collection:

[NYFW] Day 3: VLOV Qing Qing Wu Spring 2013 Collection!

VLOV designed by Qing Qing Wu was one of my top shows I’ve been looking forward to being shown at New York Fashion Week as a part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  VLOV’s Spring 2012 collection shown last year introduced themselves into the fashion world as a progressive, fashion foward and even futuristic approach to menswear.  Exclusively offered in mainland China, the label has plans to expand it’s offering outside of China and with this a new fashion direction.

Mr. Wu came into this NYFW with this key goal in mind: “VLOV’s showing during New York Fashion Week will be a departure from our previous collections.  As we are now looking outside of China to potentially distribute VLOV, the importance of presenting at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has becoming increasingly important to our brand.” 

This collection was definitely a step back from the futuristic silhouettes of his previous collections, but with the simplistic silhouettes he up’d the ante in the stunning prints, the exceptional usage of fabrics as well as a very approachable color palette.  VLOV is definitely not for the weak at heart but with the simple silhouettes, strong usage of zippers this collection and it’s amazing separates ooze an urban sexy cool.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4771745/vlov-announces-collection-details.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4771745/vlov-announces-collection-details.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4771745/vlov-announces-col

Watch the VLOV Qing Qing Wu Spring 2013 show at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week:

I seriously couldn’t narrow it down, so enjoy the complete collection:

[NYFW] Day 2: Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 Collection!

Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2013 fashion show today was all about prints, placement prints, grading prints and I couldn’t have been happier.  Honestly, who doesn’t love a great print?  From the minute the very first look appeared featuring a white cropped boxy top with white flare pants showcasing a grading ombre placement print at the hem I was hooked.

The crisp white ground with pops of vibrant floral prints had me immediately re-living the sunny beaches of Hawaii.  Great separates featuring crop tops and high-waisted macrame skirts fall right in line with this past Spring’s emerging trend of bare midriffs.  So don’t let your six packs go just yet ladies, you’ll still need them in a few months.

Watch Rebecca Minkoff’s New York Fashion Week showing today at Lincoln Center as a part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week:

I literally fell in love with every single look, but thought I’d narrow it down to my Top 10 picks:

[NYFW] Day 1: Monika Chiang’s Spring 2013 Collection!

Last fall I was was perusing the net as apart of my daily routine: seeking style and fashion inspiration.  After all of my usual online publications and favorite blogs I hopped on twitter and seen a retweet from New York fashion designer, Monika Chiang.  The tweet was of her Athena Gold Cuff Platform Sandal.  This is going to sound crazy, but this shoe from Monika’s summer 2012 collection seriously spoke to me.  As a huge fan of metal accessories due to their edgy and chic qualities, this shoe epitomized that to a ‘T’.  Naturally my next stop was her website and this first visit sealed Monika’s spot as one of my top designers because of she spoke the language my natural style aesthetic’s 3C’s (comfy, edgy, chic) so effortlessly and with ease.

Monika herself describes her approach to her collections as, “deep sensuality and confidence exist alongside a subtle vulnerability, the softness of feathers set against steely metal studs, bursts of rich pigment mingled with soft earth tones and tough black leather paired with sensual sheer knits“.  Her Spring 2013 collection that she showed at New York Fashion Week today at Lincoln Center were full of contrasting extremes that with her signature touch come together in perfect harmony.  Bright jewel tones paired with a neutral color palette, statement-making prints reigned in with  tough leathers, and edgy accessories paired with chic silhouettes.

Check out my favorite looks from Monika Chiang’s Spring 2013 Collection:

[NYFW Recap] Rochambeau Spring 2012 Collection

Rochambeau Spring 2012 collection plays with a bond of freedom and construction, I found asymmetrical cuts and classic tailoring on the blazers execution. Designers, Laurence & Joshua wanted to add an effortless touch to something that already was known as emblematic pieces, but as classic as the vests, blazers and flare mid-waist pants are; the impressive details like leather lapel accents on the blazers or the elongated silhouettes added the urban vibe concept to what everybody thought was classic, seems like a thoughtful deconstruction by revealing something and conducting it to another aesthetic.
The blazers and other tailored pieces included details that emphasize and highlight the construction. The leather necks or the strong contouring form in one of the blazers that comes with black rectangular fabric frame at the bottom and then; the non-frame portion of the neck line is a curvy linear line, adding a sense of geometry and complexity. Other more loosen pieces played a juxtaposition with the architectural precise-execution of the pieces, the long sheer sleeved tops with a slight cut at the crew neck, portrayed men not afraid of suggesting without being vulgar or over the top, the softness of the fabrics balance it so well, that it feels more effortless than rather falling into a tacky statement. In addition, the color palette creates a disperse fusion of greys, deep noir and navys, building a path of consistency between all the looks; the hues also reflected the silence from all the “invisible-colorful experiences” from block by block of the big city.

The designers perspective for their Spring 2012 collection was showed in a short film named “Paralymbic” by Hugh Lippe, who quoted;

The goal was to create something real, something I can believe in, something I feel I could touch, smell, or hear. Narrative?, imagination, observation. The narrative exits in the ever spinning whirl wind of that chaos passing by. Fashion, here is a short about fashion, fashion in the city, New York City“.

Photo Credit: Daisy Medina of Velvet Dreams

Rochambeau Spring 2012 Collection

[NYFW Recap] Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Althea Harper is one of my favorite Project Runway alums. Sure, she’s stunning in person and has a charming personality, but she’s also one hard-working girl who knows fashion better than her appearance on the show let on.

It’s mind boggling to me why her collections aren’t given more attention because I truly belive that she’s got a lock on a sort of freewheeling, sexy, urban chic thing that I definitely have responded well to, but this is the first time I was able to attend one of her shows. Fashion Week makes it difficult to hit all the PR alum shows going on in New York at the time, but I was firmly committed to making it to this one and I’m so glad I did.

It’s a shame the venue was so dark, because the pictures aren’t as clear as they could be. Picking up on the trends of flowy prints and minimalist black and whites, this collection ranges from simple body-conscious pieces to more dramatically sexy and wearable prints. Like a lot of female designers, the clothes look like something Althea herself would wear (and she did, in fact wear one of the pieces for the show). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the customer she’s seeking is clearly similar to herself: a stylish, 20-something girl with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident.  I can not wait to wear the dress that Althea herself donned for special night.

Extra bonus for myself as a Chicago Fashion Blogger was not only attending this amazing show, but running into other fellow Chicago Fashion Bloggers.  I ran into Jena Gambaccini of Chi City Fashion and Daisy Medina of Velvet Dreams.

Photo Credit: Daisy Medina of Velvet Dreams

Althea Harper’s Spring 2012 Collection:



Althea Harper with her models-Absolutely Gorgeous!



Look who I found! Daisy Medina of Velvet Dreams

Guess who else was there? The one and only Jena  Gambaccini of Chi City Fashion
Myself with Althea Harper, she is absolutely stunning in person!

[NYFW Recap] A Fashion Girls’ Dream Come True: Bill Cunningham took my PICTURE!!

Any true fashion admirer knows of the iconic and legendary, Bill Cunningham.  Many in the fashion industry have deemed him the creator of what has now become widely known as ‘Street Style Photography’.  This past spring I had the priviledge of watching the documentory, ‘Bill Cunningham New York’, which was a 10-yr labor of love for Richard Press & Philip Gefter. 

I was educated on 80+ yr. old New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham.  For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours”. Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

So needless to say, seeing a snapping camera approaching me and immediately recognizing Bill’s unmistakable blue smock and head of pure white hair behind that camera I did what any other fashion admirer is suppose to do: POSE! I could not have dreamed for a better ending to my NYFW SP/SU ’12 fashion extravaganza. The following are photos of the outfit that were deemed “Bill Cunningham Approved”:

Photo Credit: Daisy Medina of Velvet Dreams

What I’m wearing: Vintage Sequin Blazer, Anne Fontaine White Collared Blouse, Grey Straight Leg Paige Denim, Sam Edelman Booties and ASOS Envelope Turquoise Snake Skin Embossed Clutch.