Sunday, February 23, 2014

One Sweater: Two Ways

The other day I was perusing the sale rack at Forever 21, though it's not something I'm wont to do given the general quality of the merchandise relegated to sale. Nevertheless, I had time to kill and figured it wouldn't hurt. Voilà, I found the little gem of a sweater seen above that I purchased for a mere $15. I gravitated toward it, because it reminded me instantly of the ever popular Kenzo sweaters that have been seen on every fashion editor, model, blogger, and wannabe around:
Exhibit 256: Joan Smalls in Kenzo Tiger sweater; WhoWhatWear
While I wish I had Kenzo money, that's not a reality yet, so I figured this sweater was a great compromise in the meantime. Beyond its vague resemblance to Kenzo, it's just a great sweater in general. The combination of black and blue is on trend, the dog is adorable, and it has that subtle studded detail around the neckline.

Back to the point of this post: I've had a long-held shopping philosophy wherein one of the major factors in deciding whether I buy a particular piece is if it can be worn equally well on at least two totally different occasions. In this instance, on the left, I paired the sweater with faux-leather H&M skinnies, a hardware cuff and neon beanie from Forever 21, and cap-toed Tahari pumps for an evening fashion show. Several days later I wore the sweater again to work, as seen on the right. This time I put it over a pale-blue and white striped H&M oxford and paired it with an awesome vintage navy, high-waisted, button-up Ralph Lauren skirt, tights, white, black and tan ankle-strap Payless flats, and a sculptured cuff from Forever 21 (as much shit-talking as I do about that store, I clearly love it anyway). Both looks were quite chic, if I may say so myself. Since this sweater was pretty cheap, it would've been a great deal even if I only wore it once. But I recommend this little "shopping philosophy," when considering items that are a good deal pricier.

If you're considering buying something and can't envision even more than one way to wear it, and I mean to a fancy event and then again in a totally casual way on the weekend, not just to work with a pair of pants then again a week later with a different skirt, I wouldn't suggest buying it. But that's just me. This encourages me to stretch my creativity when it comes to dressing and come up with outfits that I might have never considered otherwise. I suggest you give it a try.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

#DCFW: Eco Fashion Show

On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night event of DC Fashion Week: the Eco Fashion Show at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Fashion shows are reputed to never start on time, thankfully though the show started promptly at 7:00 pm and to my surprise I was ushered into a front row seat that I didn't reserve beforehand.

The first to show were a select group of talented students from Howard University's School of Fashion and Merchandising. They were given the challenge of creating designs using all recycled materials and most did an amazing job. Using organic cottons dyed with turmeric, raw silks, deconstructed denim, burlap, thrifted linen and even a table cloth and prom dress confection, the creations that came down the runway were definitely unique. I wouldn't jump at wearing all of them but some standouts were a white short suit with cut out back, a pink halter neck dress with a floral skirt, a totally reconstructed denim maxi dress, and a gorgeous strapless mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline made totally out of burlap!

Unfortunately all I had to capture images was a measly cell phone with an almost dead battery so I apologize for the quality of the runway photos. Nevertheless, you'll be able to get an idea of the designs I described above.
Short suit with cutout back; Howard University student design

Burlap mermaid gown; Howard University student design

Sunday, February 16, 2014

#DCFW: DC Fashion Week Starts Tomorrow!!

As NYFW wraps up and LFW (London Fashion Week) is well under way, in our neck of the woods, DC Fashion week commences tomorrow and spans the whole of next week with events and shows through Sunday February 23. DCFW is not exactly on the map like other fashion weeks, nevertheless, it's an exciting time for the fashion-obsessed in the area. I just want to mention some of the events going on that I will definitely be attending and recounting later on the blog. For the full schedule, please visit DC Fashion Week.

  • Monday, February 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
    • Kickoff Reception and Eco Fashion Show
    • Washington Harbour, Georgetown, 3050 K Street NW 20007
  • Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
    • Corjor International Couture Fashion Show (Designer: Ean Williams)
    • Madame Tussauds, 1001 F St NW 20004
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
    • Fashion Industry Networking Party
    • Special Jewelry & Accessory Fashion Show @ 7:00 pm
    • Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave NW 20036
  • Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
    • Emerging fashion designer showcase with musical guests
    • Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th St NW 20071
  • Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
    • 20th International Couture Collections
    • Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St NW 20001
I'm off to plan my ensembles for the week. I'd like to pretend I'm effortlessly chic, but let's keep it all the way real; it takes planning and preparation to pull it all off. Hope to see all my fellow fashionistas and bloggers out there in your finest!

#NYFW Review: Marc Jacobs A/W '14

  • Neutral color palette: white, cream, pale blue, brown and tan with color-blocking
  • Sixties and seventies vibe: low cut scoop and v-neck tunics with high slits over coordinating slim fit pants; shift dresses with quasi-bell sleeves over turtlenecks with thigh-high boots
  • Texture, texture texture: ribbed knits, laser-cut florals on a sheer background, watercolor prints on a shift dress, sparkling mosaic sequined maxi over pants, sheer gray ruffles on dresses and tops, an all-over ruffled ensemble that works because of the sheerness of the layers and the soft gray color 
  • Fur: over-sized fur-embellished bombers; chubby ombré furs that in addition to being aesthetically amazing look supremely warm and comfortable 
  • Boots: ankle and thigh high with low block heels; furry and color-blocked, mixed media metallic and stingray leather, zippered and quilted 
  • Standout: A sleeveless tank composed of layers of ombré paillettes unexpectedly paired with tweedy brown pedal pushers (they’re back y’all!)  
  • Beauty: pale, almost washed out face, soft metallic lips and eyes, bleached eyebrows and blunt bobs in varying colors (ombré, gray, pinkish-red, white, chocolate brown) slicked back with wide neutral colored headbands 

Overall opinion: I was impressed, Jacobs can go overboard sometimes, but everything in this collection could be worn on a daily basis. I can't wait to wear tunic/dresses over pants and I'm not waiting until fall to start! The looks were so chic and elegant in their simplicity and I loved the muted color palette, especially that gorgeous blue. The whole collection to me was reminiscent of the ocean; the brown and tan tweeds and knits were the sand, the blue, of course, the water, and the soft gray ruffles the waves.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

#NYFW Review: BCBG Max Azria A/W 2014

Max and Lubov Azria showed on the 6th of February in New York (duh). I've never been a raving fan of BCBG, but neither have I been a detractor. I guess I've never really paid the brand much attention. However, as I perused my usual series of blogs reporting on New York Fashion Week, there were several photos of the collection that caught my eye. I decided to visit the oft-relied upon to see it for myself. Now I know we haven't even seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to collections for Fall, but if for whatever reason I had to wear only items from this collection this autumn, I think I'd be set.

First off, I know I'd be warm. I tire quickly of designers who seem to be unaware that they're designing for AUTUMN/WINTER and show a parade of models wearing wispy what-nots, that while pretty, will ultimately be covered in layers and a coat. From fur collars, muffs, toppers, skirts, hell, even a furry t-shirt dress, you'll not only be warm, but über stylish in BCBG. I'm no PETA advocate, but I've been about as excited by fur as I had been with BCBG, prior to now. I couldn't help but literally "ooh and ahh," at the genius ways they incorporated fur into nearly every look. Secondly, I noted that they employed extra-long sleeve lengths on most of their long-sleeved pieces. As someone with absurdly long, simian-like arms, this was extra, EXTRA, special. I get tired of passing off everything as a bracelet or 3/4 sleeve.

Pops of turquoise, roomy shift-dresses, color-blocking and graphic prints only add to the simple, unfussy chicness.

Friday, February 7, 2014

#OOTD: Birthday Selfies

Two years closer to thirty and taking selfies at work in the fitting room. I'll never grow up and I don't want to. Happy Birthday me!

Mesh topped, drawstring romper: Forever 28 21

Necklace: Bealls Outlet; Blue striped button-down: H&M; Rings: Assorted

Pony-hair loafers: Nine West; Chain ring: Forever 21

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring 2014 MEGA post

Wherein I spent seemingly endless hours on perusing all shows major and not so major and compiled my personal list of Spring 2014's most interesting and versatile trends. As soon as I can shed my layers, this is how I will be dressing:

Fresh and exciting for the new year; a variety of "open" choker-like necklaces; PVC, patent and metallic heels and cool brogues, loafers and "ugly-cute" flats sandals for those of us who care about the health of our feet.
(L to R top): Socks and PVC cap-toe pumps, Chanel S/S '14; Pearl necklace, Chanel S/S '14; Silver metallic sandal, Christopher Kane S/S '14; Emerald patent pumps Dior S/S '14; (L to R bottom): Plum beaded necklace, Dior S/S '14; Black and white patent cut-out brogues, 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S '14; PVC and metallic orange and eggplant sandals, Fendi S/S '14; Black and gold clog heels, Céline S/S '14; Gold choker, Balenciaga S/S '14