Category Archives: Fashion

Under Cover

There is a great store in Miami Beach on Collins Avenue and 20th Street called Atrium.  They have a well-edited selection of clothing, especially beachwear and accessories.  I love the way they merchandise the store;  it makes everything look so beautiful and wearable.  Since I have fair skin, I always look for ways to reduce my sun exposure.  I am careful to use sunscreen with an SPF of 50 and I try to wear hats and coverups when possible.  Atrium has a fabulous array of hats, beach coverups, and other cute accessories.  If you are in Miami, check out this store.  

Bootie Call

This could wind up being the warmest winter ever recorded in the northeast with NYC anticipating 73 degrees on  Christmas Day.  However, the weather could abruptly change course and become cold and stormy. Therefore, I will heed my mother’s advice, which is to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  With that advice in mind, I have been searching for the perfect winter boots that will keep my feet dry and toasty warm if the latter turns out to be true.  Here are a few options by Technica, Tory Burch, Sorrel, Jimmy Choo, and Timberland.  

Really Into Red

My wardrobe generally consists of neutral colors such as grays and blacks, and my lip products tend to be colorless.  Recently, I have begun experimenting with reds.  I feel a little self-conscious wearing red, but I also feel a bit bold and daring.  Find the shade that suits you.  It doesn’t have to be fire engine-red;  it could be wine, maroon, or burgundy, too.

Masks = Chic and Easy Costumes

My friend and I decided to dress up together to attend a Halloween party.  We couldn’t agree upon a costume.  We knew that we wanted to keep it simple and wear something that we already owned.  We considered being vampires, black swans, or devils, each of which would entail the purchase of an inexpensive accessory.  Ultimately, we decided that we would don a great mask and call it a day.  I scoured the internet and found this beautiful mask for a paltry sum of money.  We weren’t anything specific, but we felt great and we did not break the bank.

New York Fashion Week

Twice a year, once in February and again in September, New York City plays host to Fashion Week. In past years, it has been held in the tents of Bryant Park, then Lincoln Center, and this year at Moynihan Station on 33rd Street, west of Madison Square Garden. A runway show averages fifteen minutes in length, but takes months of planning to produce. The shows are mini-theatrical productions and the mood is set when the lights go down and the volume of the music goes up. The models start their struts around the runway, wearing garments that are typically more dramatic than stores might actually sell. The necklines might plunge a little deeper and the fabrics might appear a bit sheerer, but the designers are looking to achieve maximum drama.

I attended the Dennis Basso show and I loved the garments that he presented. His body of work generally encompasses gowns, cocktail dresses, and intricate outerwear, with beautiful detailing and elegant fabrics. He showed approximately 50 looks, many of which were made with floral, textured, or embroidered fabrics, with a Latin American flavor. Mr. Basso designed his collection with his loyal clientele of society ladies in mind, but he aimed to broaden his customer base to include younger, hipper millenials, as well.   Some of the bold face names in attendance were Martha Stewart, Hoda Kotb, Nicky and Paris Hilton, and the original Mrs. Trump (Ivana).

China: Trough the Looking Glass

 

 

Although the exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass” has been on display at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since early May, I finally went to see it just a few days ago.  It was an exquisite exhibition of haute couture clothing that was inspired by Chinese culture, decorative arts, and cinema.  The exhibit includes pieces by John Galliano, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, and other wonderful designers whose looks were informed by Chinese porcelain , chinoiserie wall paper, antique robes worn by emperors and empresses, and exquisite pieces of jewelry. The exhibit was a feast for the eyes with large screens playing movies such as the Last Emperor, mannequins with fascinating and varying forms of headgear, a Chinese Garden where gowns and robes seemed to be floating in a reflecting pool, Chinese lacquer furniture, not to mention the visually stimulating garments themselves.

This exhibit has set records of attendance for the Costume Institute and has been extended through Labor Day, Monday, September 7th. The Museum, like many others in New York City have done recently, will be staying open until midnight this Friday and Saturday nights.  It is an exciting way to spend time on a quiet holiday weekend when many others are fleeing the city for the beach.

Best Dressed

While I had not seen any of the Oscar-nominated movies this year, I still looked forward to watching the spectacle of the red carpet and the award celebration, itself.  My nominees for the best dressed were Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johannson, Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Dakota Johnson.  And the award goes to Lupita Nyong’l, whose custom-designed Calvin Klein Dress was made with 6000 pearls.  She looked stunning, but I wonder just how heavy that dress was. 

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True Blue

For centuries, sailors, both here and abroad, have worn the pea coat.  In the past several decades, however, it became a fashion staple for both men and women because of its smart, classic design.  Although many designers have made their own versions of the pea coat, this particular one is pretty traditional.  It is MADE IN THE USA by Fidelity Sportswear, which has been manufacturing pea coats since 1941, at first for the U.S. Navy (in the color Navy) and then for the general public.  This is the perfect weight coat for fall  and spring and for mild winter days, like today.  

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