Masculine Meets Feminine at Parchoonmoo FW15

If you are a neutral kind of woman, Demi Park has you covered in blacks, whites and sprinkled with a “gritty-dust” designs of grey, ivory and cream for the Parkchoonmoo collection this fall. Oversized coating, floor length maxis intertwined with alpaca wools, texture-blocking with fur and mohair. The designer opted for masculine shapes with subtle feminine detailing peek-a-booing through layers of garments that composed the looks together. I liked the interesting coat necklines- high with sharp angles to bring in the warmth this fall/winter is sure to deliver in New York.

Rooftop Views and Handbags Galore

Atop the Hotel Americano rooftop on Tuesday was the launch of the LeSportsac handbag collaboration with luxury jewelry designer Erickson Beamon. In stores this fall, the designer’s collection is composed of ballet shoe pink clutches with diamond-like stitching details, jeweled ring zipper closures, and gemstone prints enlarged to create a pixelated effect that all tie into Erickson’s
passion for jewelry design. All shapes and sizes of bags (including handy garment bags) were well thought out and created for the woman on the go.

Erickson Beamon started out in the 80’s at a runway show, stringing a few crystals onto suede for an earring piece. Next thing she knew, her chandelier earring was featured in Vogue. From that moment on she has had a following that consists of an extensive list of celebrity clients such as Drew Barrymore, Daphne Guinness, Julia Stiles just to name a few, and has additionally partnered with numerous fashion houses like Zac Posen, Anna Sui, and Marc Jacobs.

This year marks LeSportsac’s 40th anniversary in which they chose to partner with American designers to create special collections that represent their all-American aesthetic as an iconic handbag company. After viewing the precisely placed details and intricate designs this line has, I cannot wait to see what is next on the brand’s collaboration list.

 

The Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop

Marc Jacobs is at it again with his clever marketing ploys! This weekend he opened a Pop-up Tweet-Shop in Soho for his fragrance line, Daisy. The catch? The store only took social payments. If you tweeted, used Instagram, Facebook, etc.  and tagged it with #MJdaisychain, you would receive free samples of his fragrance. As if that wasn’t a good enough gift, manicurists were on premises giving free manicures. Baristas from Bluestone Lane NY was handing out coffee from their adorable, solar-powered cart. A prairie backdrop with Daisy-inspired props took up many of the guests’ time—as people would hop in and out of the set taking silly and serious pictures with daisies, giant fragrance bottles, and tree stumps. This is totally normal in Manhattan, right?  Any Instagram photos with the #MJdaisychain tagline would appear on computer screens in the store and would give guests the options of instantly printing out the photos to keep. We had such a blast and ended up staying for a very long time. What a fun, clever event! It got me talking about it—so mission accomplished, Marc! #Killedit

Let’s Shop Vintage Manhattan– Throwback Thursday

In all “Throwback Thursday” spirit, I figured my love for vintage stores could come in handy. A haven for both shoppers with big wallets and thrifty budgets—Manhattan is a treasure hunt for vintage fashionistas at many locations. Whether you’re looking for more commercial, mainstream looks or a hipster vibe, each shop creates its own atmosphere and draws different customers to search the serendipitous depths of the stocked shelves. I took the liberty to hunt through these stores for you and report my findings so you can get a head start on your quest for vintage finds.

New York Vintage

New York Vintage

Walk into a dimly lit, small space filled to the brim with designer goods and you know you’re at New York Vintage. You’ll feel like a little girl playing dress up when looking at these pieces—the options are endless and some museum-worthy. Fabulous names from the past and present—think Chanel, Balenciaga, Norman Norell, and Dolce and Gabana—filled the clothing racks. Big brimmed hats, dazzling jewels, and tiny shoes stood out amongst the clothes. The associates were super friendly and knowledgeable about the clothing. For a vintage-seeker, this store is a dream-come true! Nothing is mainstream or bottom line. Every piece is hand-selected and stored with care to browse.  Featured in many magazine photo shoots, prestigious store windows at flagship stores in NYC—New York Vintage is the ultimate high-end store to discover hard-to-find pieces from names of the past. This store is for big budgets—not the thrifty shopper. Rachel Zoe’s version of heaven.

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Location:  117 West 25th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues

Online: www.NewYorkVintage.com

Introducing Abraham Pelham’s Pret-a-Porter Line Fall 2013

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New York, New York—What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than by viewing lovely, carefully designed clothes over mimosas? That is precisely what I did.  I walked into the Trump International Hotel Tower to view none other than the celebrated couturier Abraham Pelham’s first ever ready-to-wear collection.  Pelham’s home-base is in Paris, but lucky for me, I got an exclusive preview of the collection while he was in town for New York Fashion Week.

At the presentation I was graciously greeted and led into a beautiful showroom. The designer himself was there to show his newest creations. What struck me the most about the line was the incredible, luxe fabrics and the precise workmanship involved. Each piece is impeccably designed and made sure of that it is absolutely perfect. Each stripe, button detail, and pocket strategically placed. When the model wearing the red jacket put her hands in the pockets it was a surprise because they’re so carefully placed; it isn’t apparent until they’re used.

The bows, fabricated buttons, and cuts are a few of the key details that create an extra feminine look in Pelham’s prêt-a-porter line. The pieces are chic and classic. Because of the silhouettes (see the skirts!) the line stayed young and fresh, while still maintaining the sophistication level.  Despite the beautiful craftsmanship, I thought the pants weren’t the most notable pieces of the line. I appreciated the feminine tops and coats over anything else in the collection.  The bandage-skirts however were for sale at Express when I worked there 3 years ago– maybe it wasn’t necessary for a couturier’s RTW line?

When asked why he decided to design a prêt-a-porter line in addition to his couture, he explained that his clients have been asking him to do this for the past 7 years. Everyone has their hands on Chanel for daytime, but his pieces haven’t been available for daytime looks. Finally, 2013 has rolled around and this year he has decided to produce it. His clients will be very pleased to show the looks off to their friends at the next event.