My Favorite Looks From Valentino Pre-Fall

It has been over a month(!?!?) since I’ve posted (yikes!). I’ve recently started working with Manufacture New York and am writing the blog posts there as well as tweeting @ManufactureNY -so come say hi! Anyways this has left me little time to write on here…so I thought I’d shift to just sharing things I love. Like these amazing looks by Mar.ia Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

Valentino Pre-Fall 2016

6 Great Made in NY Gifts I Would Love to Get

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I am a notorious last minute shopper, always trying to find the *perfect* present. Here are six items I would love to receive. Is this a directive, my friends? No, more of a suggestion… Seriously, maybe this is an ass-backwards way of doing things but if I’m not buying gifts that I would love to have myself I’m at a total loss. So here are a few fabulous Made in NY finds! (more…)

Not Just A Label + Made in NY = 100 Emerging Fashion Visionaries

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Not Just A Label has always been one of my favorite online resources to discover new designers and right now they have their first pop-up shop open in the Waldorf Astoria New York. I wasn’t able to make their opening so I popped in yesterday to check out some of my favorite NYC labels like Chromat, Study NY and Mimi Prober as well as to discover new ones like NARCISS by Alise Trautmane who is currently at Parsons. As much as possible I try to support emerging designers and I look at shopping for them alot like shopping for artwork. I am creating my own carefully curated collection that I want to wear for a lifetime. (more…)

5 Painless Ways To Dip Your Toe Into Sustainable Fashion (aka I Love the idea of being eco-friendly but…

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From NYFW Supima Cotton Challenge © Katya Moorman

Hey you! I’m talking to you! You with the stash of t-shirts bought at Forever 21 and the cute jacket from Urban Outfitters. And also to you with that fabulous namebrand handbag that was made…where? You don’t know?

Lately it feels like sustainable fashion has gone from something out in left field to a topic that can’t be ignored. There was even a massive discussion on one of my favorite sites, The Business of Fashion. But all this discussion and information can leave a person feeling… a little overwhelmed. As a person who loves fashion and the earth how can you find things that are both fabulous and environmentally friendly – oh and not break the bank? As the creator of StyleDefinedNYC and now of PixieWarhol I’ve been writing about fashion for the past seven years and moving into sustainability is admittedly a challenge but I have found two articles that make dipping your toe into a more sustainable lifestyle a little less overwhelming. (more…)

9 Ethical Fashion Brands That Are Equally Chic

9EthicalEcoDesignersToday is Black Friday and it’s the beginning of the holiday fashion season. I’d like to challenge you not to buy anything if you can’t answer #WhoMadeMyClothes? There are some brands that you might already be familiar with like Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Stella McCartney and Barbour but here are nine others that I really love. Some I’ve known for awhile while others are relatively new discoveries and all of them are ethical fashion brands that are equally – and utterly – chic!
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A chat with designer Daniel Silverstein

Zero Waste Sustainable Designer Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein

I am all about supporting local design talent and when I saw Daniel Silverstein’s Zero Waste top in my instagram feed it immediately caught my attention. And then when I learned about the concept behind it…let’s just say it’s going on my Christmas list of what I will be giving as gifts.

And being the slightly obsessive type that I am I decided to interview him to learn more. Daniel’s one of the talented designers whose studio is at Manufacture New York, an industrial space in Brooklyn where designers and manufacturers work side-by-side allowing the designer’s to make small runs of products and keep the whole process in New York.

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Bicoastal Beauty: Origins Charcoal Body Wash & Detox Body Scrub

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In the interest of finding and sharing fabulous beauty products I’ve teamed up with my cousin Amy to test items and write reviews. She lives in LA and tends to have a more low maintenance beauty regime while I live in Brooklyn and tend to believe more is…well, more!

Our first products, courtesy of Origins, was from their Clear Improvement line. First we have to say we’re huge fans of Origins and their commitment to natural ingredients and earth-friendly practices. The products we tried were the Purifying Charcoal Body Wash and Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub.

This unique line is created with Bamboo Charcoal that draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion… and who doesn’t want that?

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File under Brilliant: Angela Donhauser’s postal jacket

A brilliant bit of recycling

A brilliant bit of recycling

Last night I meant to go to the party at Club Monaco where Sean Lennon performed but somehow ended up in the Bronx instead. While I’m sorry to have missed seeing Sean and Charlotte, the party in a large warehouse space was quite extraordinary. It was Lucien Smith’s Macabre Suite and you can Google it to see more about it. Sorry I’m being a bit lazy but what I want to share with you now is this jacket I’m utterly obsessed with. It’s made of those impossible-to-rip mailing envelopes from the Post Office and after seeing it a few times over the course of the evening I went up to the woman wearing it and complimented her on it. She introduced herself to me and said she was one of the designer’s of threeASFOUR which happens to be a line I’ve always loved as well. Anyways it’s a very cool jacket that almost inspires me to try it myself!

My New Classic: The Barbour Beadnell Waxed Jacket

Barbour Jacket
skeetInstaI have recently made a personal commitment to being more considered in what I buy. I try to buy from places that are both ethical and sustainable in their production practices and/or from consignment stores. (The latter I’ve found to be a great place to find barely worn designer jeans!)
Barbour totally fits into this ethos. If you’re an urban dweller like me you might not be as familiar with this brand. Barbour is a family owned business that espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing. And as way of introduction they invited me for a day of fly-fishing and skeet shooting at the Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook NY.
Wait. What?!?

I am known for the quote “I like nature through a window” so there was much amusement when friends found out that I accepted their invitation. But I’m up for any adventure. That day they took a group of us to the Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook NY where we had lunch before a fly-fishing lesson followed by skeet shooting. (which if like me, you have no idea what that is, involves shooting clay pigeons). It was like a live video game to me and I actually hit 4 out of 5 targets!
BarbourWanderInstaMy friends the lovely Wanderlust Girls, Abigail and Emily also happened to be there so we made a trio of blondes. It was a fun event and a great introduction to this classic waxed jacket. #BarbourExperience

From Fashion Week 2016: File Under Highly Questionable

For some reason blogs never seem to saying anything less than glowing about fashion week. But isn’t that kind of like giving every kid a trophy just for trying? I mean, we can’t all be winners right? To that end here are a few things that struck a wrong chord this past season.

Weird Body Emphasis

weird Body Emphasis

Marco De Vincenzo, Dolce Gabbana, Gucci, Moschino

Okay, I get wanting to place emphasis on certain body parts. Normally this is done with things like cut-outs which highlight cleavage or legs. Marco De Vincenzo’s optical illusion makes it look like she has only one boob, while Alessandro’s top for Gucci put bright red flowers that kind of function like over-sized pasties on a flat chested model which could inspire bad jokes about blossoming buds… Then there’s Dolce & Gabbana’s wheel that could double as target practice if you’re targeting a pudendum. However that might be considered subtle in comparison to Moschino’s arrow pointing to the same region that helpfully says “Entrance”. (Actually Jeremy Scott gets points for not even pretending to be anything but obvious and campy in his approach)

PS women don’t want to look like cows

ProenzaSchouler
Proenza Schouler make great bags. Seriously their PS series have achieved near cult like status and if you go to their site bags are what you first see. And in their defense normally I think they make some pretty amazing clothes but I was struck by how awful these pieces were. Guys, no woman wants to look like a cow (and I did an unscientific test where I showed the black and white dress image to many people and without any coaching they all said “oh, that looks like a cow”) and if a model looks bad the average woman is going to look…well I can’t even think about it.

Inspired by Nasty Gal

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The last of my ire goes to Hedi Slimane’s latest Saint Laurent collection. Fast fashion is always accused of stealing looks from major designers because let’s face it: it happens. (see this if you’re clueless on the subject) But never have I seen the reverse and to such perfection. This collection looks like it’s straight from the racks of Forever 21 and Nasty Gal. Seriously, if I wanted to waste time I would have found these same looks on those sites to prove it to you. But I don’t have to because you know exactly what I’m talking about. And when I think of the legacy of Yves Saint Laurent I find this a very sad state of affairs. For realz, yo. I don’t have any issues with slip dresses, denim overall shorts or graphic animal sweaters (though I prefer Kenzo’s tiger from a few seasons back). But I do object to the idea that this is anything new or how much it costs when I can buy basically the same thing in the local mall if I want. Which, you know, I don’t. However for the most part the fashion cognoscenti has completely sipped this particular kool-aid so I can’t see the Saint Laurent’s look changing anytime soon.