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Under Construction…Back in 2015!

Where to begin… First and foremost I owe you a majorly humongous apology.  I apologize for disappearing and going black on the site for the last two months and with no explanation or even a sign of life of when I would be back.  The move to Dallas, TX for work has been such a rewarding experience but has definitely had it’s fair share of bumps in the road.  Like 99% of the blogging world I have a “9 to 5” that consumes a large majority of my free time and with this new position, at a brand new company I’ve struggled a bit finding the right balance.  This beautiful space that I share will all of you here is one of my most treasured creations. While I wished I’d have reached this discovery much sooner than now, I’m just happy I’m finally in a great space to get back to being an active member of the CSM community.

In preparation for the new year I’m currently working on a few new exciting updates and a few changes to help make the CSM community a more fruitful experience.  I’m bursting at the seams with excitement but will hold it in until 2015.

So cheers to an amazing year but lets raise our flutes to many more runways that await us in the new year!  In the mean time get sneak peeks of what’s to come in 2015 for CSM by following me on IG, Twitter & FB xo

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Mary Katrantzou X ADIDAS

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  • Who’s the Designer:  UK fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Ensuring the continued relevance of high-end athleisure trend, Adidas Originals introduces one of the most heavily anticipated collaborations between the brand with printastic aficionado, Mary Katrantzou.
  • Why it’s relevant:  With recent collaborations with the likes of Wang for H&M, Jil Sander for Puma it’s no surprise that the original retailer who sparked the collaboration between street performance and high-end footwear to up the ante with their latest collection.  Katrantzou offers a wide array of creative outlet speaks both directly to the core of the brand as well as offers new opportunity for creative growth.
  • Where to wear it:   Collection officially launches on November 15th both in-store as well as online.  So else is going to be joining me for Friday night shopping party?  Until then, get a preview of the collection below!

Adidas X Mary Katrantzou Shoe Collection

NYFW summed up with 5 key runway looks!

Zana Bayne Board

Zana Bayne shows us how to shed some clothing and show some skin while maintaining your fashion sense: be a little naughty, a little nice and anything but boring.

Thom Browne BoardThom Browne shows us that fashion should be fun and hey why not really a little colorful at the same time too right? Celebrate spring blooms with a kaleidoscope of colors all in full bloom (sorry, no pun intended)!

Rodarte BoardThe Rodarte duo serve up hand-painted lace, tulle, netting, and embroidery so pile it on! This season, romantic dressing can mean mesmerizing-ly messy, too.

Proenza Schouler BoardOn the fringes? Not according to Proenza Schouler, so this spring stop traffic with this “stringy” statement.

Oscar de la Renta BoardOscar de la Renta answers the classic question, “Who needs a gown?”  A crop top and ladylike skirt in wedgwood blue buffalo check will do the trick.  It’s the new evening loo, elegance doesn’t any get easier than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW: Tia Cibani Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer:  The design genius behind this “voluminous” brand is Tia Cibani.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  In Cibani’s own words, “all-out ’70s,” channeling Bianca Jagger in Marrakech with a block-printed, light-as-air cotton dress bustled at the side to give it shape, and a fluffy, off-the-shoulder ruffled top worn with a pair of dark rose-printed satin trousers. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  While Cibani was thinking a lot about silhouette, color emerged as the season’s strongest suit. Dusty pinks, golds, and purples named after spices—turmeric, clove, cayenne, saffron—delivered the feeling of the era, especially when rendered in cupro-sateen or lamé. There were some utilitarian pieces that stood out as well, particularly a denim sleeveless coat dress, and a khaki chino skirt. Cibani likes to show lots of looks with lots of elements, which can cause confusion. But this time around, it all made sense.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! This collection is especially perfect for all of my working girls.  After all isn’t the Mary Jane Manolo Blahnik of our dreams approps office attire that takes us right into Happy Hour?

 

NYFW: Novis Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer: Jordana Warmflash is the creative genius behind the emerging powerhouse designer label, Novis.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Warmflash has an unbridled tendency towards utilizing color in a quirky and unconventional manner.  It’s no secret that she’s an art fanatic so it comes as no surprise that Tom Wesselelmann’s Pop Art paintings are the focal point inspiration for her spring/summer 2015 collection.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Key silhouettes that have been sprinkling the spring/summer 2015 runways this week were voluminous maxi skirts, lengthier culottes and statment making pullovers. 
  • Where to wear it:  Novis spring/summer 2015 is the perfect transitional collection to help make the change from winters’ brutual winds a little easier.  Afterall, doesn’t a fun Pop Art print or two put a smile on your face?

 

#NYFW: Are you ready?

NYFW PicI 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 2015 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.

This season I’m continuing my hiatus from the tents and covering the beautiful whirlwind of fashions from the comfort of my couch and naturally while wearing my haute couture pajamas (okay, not official haute couture but does DIY count as couture?)

While covering the shows from my couch I was really surprised by how easy it would be to not only catch the fashion show presentations that I’d been invited too and bonus? I got seated on the front row (yes, technically the front row of my couch but that’s neither her nor there).  Join me in all of the fun and get your fashion month schedule ready using my handy resources below!

 

 

Chicago Playground: Athletic Nostalgia Celebrating the Chicago Streetwear Scene

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Creative Director, Rodnell Harris founded streetwear fashion label Chicago Playground in 2008. 
  • What’s the inspiration:  The inspiration behind Chicago Playground is grounded in the belief of filling the void of capturing the “je ne sais qua” of the streets of Chicago.  The clothing’s central focus on collegiate athletics are in tribute to the core values of the brand that center around a homage to Chicago by resonating the principles of success, honor and the throwback traditional values of yesteryear.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Aside from the obvious of the cool kid vibe that Harris channels through his mens and womenswear collections, this brand is all about giving back to the community.  A key pillar of the brand’s principle is to help in spreading positivity, pride and excellence in Chicago’s youth.  Talk about resonating “Chicago je ne sais qua”!
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere!  Sport, athletics and collegiate are the some of the key trend buzzwords right now and will definitely live into next Spring/Summer 2015.  Snag a piece now online at: www.cpg1963.com

 

 

#WWAW: Because Rock-Star=Edgy, Comfy, Chic!

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No designer has championed the rocker look more than Hedi Slimane, who successfully revitalized Saint Laurent by mining youth-culture codes for creative inspiration.  Rock stars embody a sense of freedom and glamour that fashion will forever be chasing after.  A true rock fan, Slimane regularly casts tall slender musicians to walk his runway shows and also fills his front rows with a tribe of real-life musicians.  Recent rock gods who have graced Slimane’s front row were Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.  Saint Laurent isn’t the only brand getting with the band lately. Haider Ackerman, Lanvin,  Alexander McQueen, and Diesel Black Gold to name a few have opted for an edgier creative direction.  Put away the soft pick pastels and lace because leather’s back to take it’s rightful place as the front woman of your style band.

 

 

Best of the 2014 Fall Couture

Out of all of the fashion weeks that occur every season the key week that I eagerly await and legit get giddy about are the Haute Couture fashion shows that happen during Couture Fashion Week.  If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this photo or even this one.  Both of these mottoes speak to how fashion is not what defines your style, rather it’s the perfect accent or accessory that helps to tell your style story.  The couture shows are in my opinion the most unfiltered resource of creative fashion energy that allows ones true style to have a megaphone of a mouthpiece in declaring to the world, “I’ve arrived!”.

While there were an umpteen amount of jaw dropping, drool worthy looks from the couture shows there were picturesque moments where the fashions told the unsaid story of the designer and were just plain brilliant.  Check out my top key moments from Couture Fashion Week!

ValentinoValentino’s stunning juxtaposition of insanely intricate detailed beadwork with a sharp contrast in simple gladiator sandals speaks volumes.

Marie Antoinette in outer space-DiorDior’s captivating , ‘Marie Antoinette in outer space’

Marco Zanini 'Central Park' at SchiaparelliMarco Zanini’s ‘Central Park’ at Schiaparelli and featuring none other than squirrels and rats (yup, those are rats)

Maison Martin MargielaBecause with Maison Martin Marigela Artisanal Collection one should always expect a meaningful takeaway and why not a history lesson?

Giambattista ValliTwo words: Giambattista Valli.  Enough said. No seriously, the finale skirts are EVERYTHING.

Chanel Concrete DressConcrete. Yup, you read that correctly.  Chanel isn’t opposed to being inspired by any fabrication and that includes what is used to make sidewalks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juun.J: Street Tailoring

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Juun.J is the brilliant mind behind self titled menswear fashion label, Juun.J 
  • What’s the inspiration:  Juun is largely inspired by youth and street culture and has in turn aptly calls this “Street Tailoring”.  As an expert who is regarded as a master tailor he draws on this training to deconstruct and dissect traditional and old world notions of classic tailoring to formulate new and modern silhouettes.
  • Why it’s relevant:  His avant design and classicism coupled with his precise tailoring will no doubt continue to be a tour de force in the evolution of menswear.  Juun’s designs challenge our preconceived notions of what is traditional menswear.  His blurred approach allow for a revolutionary approach to clothing and ultimately is designing for the chic streetstyle dresser who is unafraid of pushing the style boundary.
  • Where to wear it:  This is a public service announcement: This is only for the bold, the daring and those who have “I don’t give a fuck!” attitudes of the world.  This collection is not for the faint of heart of the fashion lemings who follow trends rather than make them.  Do not approach this label if you are not ready… don’t say I didn’t warn you!