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Australian Indigenous Fashion Week

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  • Who is AIFW (Australian Indigenous Fashion Week)?: AIFW is a fresh and exciting new event that aims to showcase and support the design talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across Australia.
  • What’s the inspiration: As the fashion industry yearns for authenticity, AIFW answers the call by introducing to the fashion world a new unique and fresh perspective.  AIFW is set to be a permanent fixture during the Australian fashion calendar and will focus on showcasing a diverse range of traditional & contemporary designs from emerging designers as well as notable industry names.

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  • Why it’s relevant:  With the industry craving authenticity there is definitely no better source that ensures an abundant amount of fresh and creative energy than with the Aboriginal & Pasifika Fashion industry.  The ability to have such an international platform such as Australian Fashion Week is so important in launching this much needed voice.  I don’t know about you but after a few seasons at the tents and seeing essentially the same points of view being showcased this is just as refreshing as a tall glass of Lindemans wine at the end of really long day.  Stay dialed in to when the next Australian Indigenous Fashion Week at their home page here.

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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!

 

Splurge vs. Save: Because Dads Are Trendy…

Father’s Day is around the corner (no literally, it’s in a matter of days).  Finding the right gift for that amazing guy in your life can be a struggle.  Granted, my experience may be unique but I have a feeling that it’s not.  While my father is definitely what you would call you a “Man’s Man” he is a “Man’s Man” who appreciates clean lines and a dapper look.  Because I know my father I know sprinkles of trends to update his style are the perfect little gifts.  One great trend for spring/summer is the update to the flat sandal.  Although Tevas and Birkenstocks are having a moment, the ideal sprinkle for this trend update for my dapper dad is a clean, sleek, leather sandal update.

So the question of the day is, Splurge vs. Save?

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L to R: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Multi-Strap Leather Sandals ($680.00) vs. Jerusalem Sandals Golan Leather Sandal ($79.00)

 

 

UK’s new print “It” girl, Lisa King

 

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Lisa King London by Lisa King
  • What’s the inspiration:  In King’s own words, “Print is so personal.  Not everyone is going to like every print, but you might like the idea it came from and you might wear it in a different way”.  This personal and meticulous approach to print design where King first takes a deep dive into the study of specific topics that range from a very mixed cultural bag of influence is what makes her prints so special.  She almost takes a rigorous academic approach to analyzing and dissecting each topic of influence that will become the topics of her collection.  In her debut Fall/Winter 2014 collection, ‘A Study of Stars’, she translates her interpretations of astrology, film ratings, literature, and mathematics.  Each print was rendered in a stunningly bold palette through art techniques  such as line drawing, painting, collage work and digital manipulation.

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  • Why it’s relevant:  As a convert to the printastic influence of print and a strong believer that prints have segued their influence to being a staple in a sense that print is the new black.
  • Where to wear it:  Wear these stunning pieces as a statement topper to polish any ensemble or make it the focal point.  If scarves define you life like many I know, this is an absolute must add fashion accessory to your abundant collection.  Up the ante of your current collection here:  http://lisakinglondon.com/

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Hood By Air by Shayne Oliver

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
  • What’s the inspiration:  The driving inspiration behind the design aesthetic for HBA is the way that Oliver is speaking a different fashion dialect than anyone else on the runways.  Yes, Rick Owens presented a collection where models were real women that performed a step show.  But what Oliver has done far surpasses and even rivals that of Owen’s genius in that his fashion dialect centers around elevating street wear into fashion, rather than only using it as inspiration.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Shayne Oliver’s out of the box approach to giving a voice to streetwear as a legitimate fashion style is revolutionary.  His thoughtful approach in his usage of fabrics and trims to still preserve the essence of the streets while marrying it beautifully through carefully crafted technique is brilliant.
  • Where to wear it:  Take a nod from a few of Oliver’s  most loyal patrons like Riri and Kanye West and wear it everywhere and anywhere.  This collection and HBA pieces in general are not for the faint of heart so if you can’t wear these pieces with the best of them then it’s best you leave it to a pro and not get hurt in the mean time. (But seriously, don’t sell yourself short before you try it! I have faith in you)

 

 

 

 

June: Pearl!

Happy Birthday to all of you Gemini & Cancers born in the month of June!  June’s birthstone is the pearl gemstone.  How amazing is it for you that rather than just saying the iconic catchphrase “clutching my pearls…” you now can and it would mean so much more!  So clutch your pearls all year long  with one of these stunning birthstone baubles.

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

June Birthstone BaubleTop L to R: Pearl Halo Bracelet/ Vermeer Pearl Pendant/ Lunar Pearl Ear Cuff/ Pearl Spike Ring Stack/ Pearl 360 Stud Earrings/ Pearl Petal Drop Earrings

 

 

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: Fashion’s New “It” Shoe!

So many have tried to ignore that flat, comfy shoes are having a major moment right now in the fashion world but to be honest I don’t know why.  After so many years of torturing our feet for the sake of the beautiful heels we all long to wear but can only keep our feet in for 10 minutes, we all should be embracing the opportunity to become full fledged members of the ‘Flat Pack’ crew.

With that being said, let’s take a look at mandals with character that are giving us options with a little dazzle and bling.  Afterall, why wear just plain old Birkenstocks when we have so many sparkly options right?  Now the more important question is: Do you Splurge vs. Save?

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L to R: collection PRIVEE Embellished Triple Buckle Flat Sandals ($650.00) vs.  ZARA Leather Bio with Jewels ($99.90)

 

 

RKFJ: Salusalu Collection 2014

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Robert Kennedy 
  • What’s the inspiration:   Kennedy drew inspiration for his Salusalu 2014 collection from his recent visit to Samoa where he visited Louis Stevenson’s home and fell in love with the the home’s design style in marrying the idea of British sensibilities with Pacific culture and art.  This idea of giving a modern and fresh approach to traditional Pacific artifacts is the strong underlying theme to his work.  His work is truly a culmination of blending and blurring the line between disparate cultures and giving us a refreshingly new approach that allows these cultures to have a new point of view in which to tell their beautiful stories.
  • Why it’s relevant:  This collection is not only Fijian designed but is uniquely Fijian made.  The fashion industry is currently experiencing a shift where the idea of indigenous prints and designs are in extremely high demand.  This collection being designed and made in Fiji aides to giving more credibility to Pasifika Fashion and putting this great movement on the map.
  • Where to wear it:  This brimming full of stunning prints that give you a wide variety to fashion’s continued backing of the print trend.  Kennedy’s print color blocking allows you not only to be right on trend with the industry but his masterful print mixing allows  you to power print clash with the best of them.  The versatility in the collection allow you wear this while vacationing on the shores of Natadola Beach on Nadi in Fiji or lunching at Nomi in Chicago.

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Thomas Tait: Fall/Winter 2014

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Thomas Tait
  • What’s the inspiration:   Tait’s focus for this collection was to stay far away from designing anything that seemed familiar to what he’s showcased before.  Unlike many other young designers who tend to stay within the realm of what is familiar, Tait was intent on on exploring and challenging the current ideas of structure and femininity.  
  • Why it’s relevant:  Thomas Tait is clearly a design genius with impeccable workmanship that is reminiscent of the great American Courtier, Charles James.  This refreshing new talent is one to watch not only because of the amazing accolades he is his raking in (i.e. winning the LVMH Young Designer Prize, etc. ) but simply for his clean and understated aesthetic.
  • Where to wear it:  Thomas Tait’s 2014 Fall/Winter offers a variety of shapes that are very relevant to our current spring/summer season.  His bright use of color and juxtaposing streamlined structure don’t hesitate to buy now, wear now & more importantly wear later as well.

 

 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: “Euqinimod & Costumes”

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  • What’s the inspiration:   Dominique was inspired by producing an archeological timeline of her own wardrobe and how each piece of clothing displayed directly correlates to her own personal history and evolution.  This is such a monumental exhibit because I completely agree with Dominique’s assertion that we all experience a personal evolution in our lifetime and the most concrete and sentimental remnant of those experiences are our clothing and style.  This exhibit 100% embodies CSM’s mantra of, Using Fashion as Armour to walk Life’s Runway.

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  • Why it’s relevant:  The premise of style evolution is such a real and true account that to have someone present in such a thoughtful and conceptual format for all of us to visualize the notion that one, experiences are the guiding arrows to not only our personal growth but has direct link to moulding our fashion and style choices and second that the idea of ‘Fashion is Art & Art is Fashion’ is very much a factual truth.

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  • Where to see it:  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: “Euqinimod & Costumes” will be showing at  303 Gallery (507 West 24th Street, New York, NY) until May 31st, so don’t miss out if you have the opportunity to check it out!