Tank – GapFit // Shorts – Blank Denim (similar, more sizes) // Kimono – Anthropologie // Sandals – Gentle Souls (black, silver) // Sunglasses – Made Eyewear // Earrings – & Other Stories // Lipstick – Smashbox in Fuschia Flash Matte Last summer I talked about about wearing shorts for the first time in a decade. I […]
September 22, 2015
In this age of “Lean In”, Sheryl Sandberg’s exhortations to women formed a lightning rod, endured a backlash, and are now being reinterpreted in different contexts and mediums. Both Sally LaPointe and Declan Kearny at Maiyet used the runway to present their versions of strong, resourceful women that certainly look like they’re leaning in.
Sally LaPointe showed looks combining an array of textiles such as fur, suede, silk, PVC, and fish-scale like metal paillettes; at times in the same garment. You could imagine this woman as a post-apocalyptic hunter-scavenger: she hunts and skins wild animals, and dumpster-dives to collect useful plastics that will never biodegrade.
Based on the pseudo-sandy floor and grotto-like structures at Maiyet, Declan Kearny presented a more coastal version of this woman. But that doesn’t mean she’s any less strong. They may wear wispier clothes, but they fortify them with beautiful broken shells (beads and sequins for the less imaginative). Don’t let the softness fool you: these women can fend for themselves. Like schools of fish in the sea they travel in packs. Closing the show they walked out two-by-two, then three-by-three, and by the time they came back around there was just a single horde of sea maidens cruising back towards the subterrane from which they emerged.
Photos via Vogue.com
September 21, 2015
Jumpsuit – Mother of Pearl // Shoes – Atelje 71 // Bag – Tory Burch // Sunglasses – Le Specs // Necklace – DAY Birger et Mikkelsen // Earrings – Banana Republic // Belt – Club Monaco // Lipstick – Bite Beauty
I wore this to see Sally LaPointe during fashion week, and I ended up being featured in Essence.com’s NYFW streetstyle roundup! Walking up to the venue one lady started snapping me, and then for a split second I had a mini-swarm of photographers. That’s how it goes – it just takes one person to snap you, and other photographers don’t want to miss out. One time I was at Lincoln Center and some skinny blonde started walking up and attracted a huge and extended swarm of photographers. I heard one of them ask, ‘who is that’, and another photographer shrugged and said, ‘I don’t know’, but they both snapped away furiously!
September 20, 2015
There was much for the eyes to feast on during the multi-designer Vfiles runway show, but one designer’s collection stood out for its beauty, strength, and poignancy. Feng Chen Wang beautifully re-interpreted her father’s cancer treatment using clothing as her medium, and in doing so, provided what might be the most accurate representation of the future ever seen on the runway.
Wang showed voluminous, multi-zippered nylon pants in black and white, which reminded me of the hakama worn by ancient Japanese samurai and current Japanese construction workers; yet predictive of a future where all clothing must be multi-functional. It seemed that multiple of these pants could zip together to form a tent or other protective barrier. At the very least they would be a hit at Burning Man.
On the chest she strapped IV tubes feeding a colored saline solution (fake blood) into a parade of letters and symbols that spelled out “love & life”. It was an artful way to expose and reimagine apparatus normally hidden behind hospital walls.
Within a single look Wang seamlessly blended multiple themes: utility, transparency, sickness, being a warrior, wearable technology, and hope. You hear about people “fighting” or “battling” an illness; she presented the perfect future portrait of that person: open about their health struggles, prepared for battle, and looking damn fine to boot.
Photos via vogue.com