Thursday, June 25, 2015

Deep Sea Diving

All photos via BLACKSEA

Nothing will make you feel more like a slacker than hearing the trials and tribulations of someone starting their own business and launching their own collection.  This is doubly true if this person happens to maintain a full time day job at the same time.  Needless to say, I was in awe to find out that the designer of BLACKSEA, a handbag collection that I've been admiring for several seasons, was Jane Lerman.  I have known Jane for several years as the founder of L.E.R. P.R., a wonderful New York based boutique firm that represents many emerging designers.  While running her own agency, the multi-tasking, multi-talented P.R. maven managed to put together an incredibly luxe, desirable, and chic collection of bags in a variety of minimalist, geometric designs.  Jane, who is well aware of the needs of a modern, on-the-go woman, has created a bags for every occasion, whether it is a roomy portfolio suited for work, or a sparklingly reflective miniaudiere made for the red carpet.  My personal favorite is a triangle shaped pochette made in black, laser cut leather.  Kudos to Jane for doing it all!


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Monday, December 8, 2014


Tis the season for reckless spending and over consumption.  I am one of the worst offenders, using the holidays as an excuse not just to check off every person on my gift list, but to indulge myself in all the things I've been longing for all year.  Adding to the general danger of having your seasonal generosity metamorphosize into seasonal greed are the slew of Pop-up shops that have sprouted up ad infinitum since the beginning of December.  Three that are worth a visit are the Tictail shop on the Lower East Side, the Rachel Jones shop in the East Village, and the soon to open Carl & Ebba.

Tictail Pop-up

Vontrueba Iceberg print at Tictail

In case you haven't heard, Tictail is a relatively new Swedish online retail site, hosting the e-commerce sites of a variety of artists and designers.  While the site features a diverse international roster of brands, there's naturally a strong Swedish contingent, including well established designers like Ida Sjostedt, and People Products, who are responsible for seriously lust-worthy transparent speakers that will unfortunately set you back $849.  For the holidays, Tictail opened a retail space at 90 Orchard Street, and at the opening party, I couldn't help but pick up this poster from local talent, Paulina Ho.  If you are in town, the shop is open until December 20th, but for those of you who can't make it, everything is available online.

The new Metalepsis Projects Orbit Cuff, available at Rachel Jones's Pop-up.

You also have a few more days to catch Rachel Jones's Pop- up at 89 Avenue C, featuring Upstate for Rachel Jones, jewelry from Metalepsis Projects, a mind blowing selection of vintage, and artwork curated by my dear friend Allegra LaViola of Sargent's Daughters.  They've also been hosting a series of fun, free, workshops for indulging all your DIY impulses.  I confess, I couldn't bear to leave yesterday's workshop with artist Jeila Gueramian without buying one of her eye-popping wall hangings.  The store will be open until December 14th.

Orjan Andersson Tank Top Dress from Carl & Ebba

Lastly, for one day only, Kelly Cielensky will be installing her Scandinavian e-commerce site, Carl & Ebba, in The Dressing Room, which happens to be my favorite place to unload used clothes.  Although I have been pointedly avoiding trips back to Stockholm since fleeing the dark and the cold two years ago, I still like to know what's going on, and lucky for me Kelly has done all the legwork in scouting out new and emerging designers from Sweden and Denmark.  I'm particularly interested in seeing former Cheap Monday designer Orjan Andersson's well priced collection.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


All photos via Urban Outfitters

 haters, avert your eyes!  As a life-long Birk wearer, I've long awaited the day when the much-maligned orthopedic shoe would come into fashion.  I did not hold much hope for ever living to see this day, but nevertheless rotated my three pairs of Birks almost every day for the past two years.  Oh how the times have changed.  In case you haven't had access to the internet, or to the outdoors in the past six months, we have long passed the point of ugly shoe oversaturation.  In fact, we are pretty much beyond backlash, and now are at the backlash-to-backlash point of the curve.  After all, for many practical women like myself, Birks will outlast their current trend-value.  In the meantime though, I am thoroughly going to enjoy the victimy iterations that have proliferated, best executed by the brand itself.  The latest styles to emerge feature shearling lining for a perfect transition to fall temperatures, and have a hilariously meta Birkenstock-copying-Celine-copying-Birkenstock appeal.  I spent hours debating between the Arizona Shearlings and the slipper-soft Smurf blue Boston Sherpa-Lined Mules.  In the end I opted for the Arizonas, but who knows.  It's going to be a long winter.  I might need both.


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Picasso Baby

Why have a fashion show when you can mount an art show about fashion?  Eschewing a traditional runway presentation, Daniel Palillo presented his Spring 2015 collection at The Hole gallery.  No models, just mannequins dressed in Palillo's most outlandish and outrageous collection to date, presented alongside paintings of Palillo-fied fashion figures.  Most outfits were topped with elaborate custom made masks, and both the mannequins and their matching painted portraits were given a Picasso-esque set of distorted features, as well as a heavy dose of Palillo's signature irreverent and off-the-wall humor. The collection drew from themes of previous collections, remixing Palillo's favorite recurring motifs: Anarchy signs, distorted faces, eyeballs, and crosses.  The result?  A surrealist patchwork that's impressively complex; some of the pieces are constructed from at least 180 pieces of fabric.  Simply imagining the work of the pattern makers makes you sweat.  But the hard work paid off, and certainly signals a bold move forward for the designer.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Daniel Palillo at The Hole

I am at home, recovering from foot surgery, so you can pretty much count me down and out for NYFW.  Nonetheless, I will endeavor to make a rare venture beyond the confines of my apartment and my workplace to celebrate my favorite Finnish designer, Daniel Palillo, and his premier New York art/fashion extravaganza at The Hole this Friday.  Even if I only make a short appearance, I encourage all you fashion week attendees, non-attendees, enthusiasts, etcetera, to stop by for what is guaranteed to be a spectacle.

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