Sunday, January 25, 2015

Set wide the window, Let me drink the day

Babaton cardigan from Aritzia, hand-knit scarf using yarn from PurlSoHo, photos by Ella of ella et cetera

       I've always considered myself an old soul, but some of my hobbies actually sound like the itinerary of an old age home. Take knitting for example. I'd be content sitting in bed all day with a plush ball of yarn, a set of bamboo needles, and an endless list of people to make scarves for, and maybe some smooth jazz in the background. I'd be drinking a mug of tea, too, because my old lady alter-ego is quite the tea connoisseur. I vowed to live out this description over my winter break, and the result was a chunky black circle scarf that I wore for a lunch outing yesterday afternoon. I find knitting my own things to be extremely freeing. I love transforming a pile of string into finished garment. I value it more than something I'd bought at a store. It's also comforting to know exactly how my scarf came into existence, without passing through a factory or sweatshop and never touching a crowded sales floor. One day I'd like to collect the wool myself from a sheep, so there's a personal and authentic touch to every step of the process. 
       My affinity for scarves in general is pretty well documented. I've always thought they were just the chicest accessory, and I've been known to douse mine in perfume and burrow inside them on chilly days. Something I've taken note of lately is the way different women arrange their hair within a scarf. I like tucking my long curls underneath and letting a few tendrils escape in front. It looks stylish but effortless, even if it takes a good 5 minutes to arrange. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One question overall

Textile Elizabeth and James overalls, J. Crew sweater, Kate Spade necklace, Elizabeth Moss for New York Magazine, Alexa Chung at fashion week, Free People model-off-duty style, Petra Collins for Into the Gloss

Dear internet friends,

I come to you today with a life-altering question. Okay, so maybe it's not that life-altering, but nonetheless, I have been struggling with this dilemma for too long and a definitive answer must be reached.

Should I get a pair of overalls? They've been on my wish list since June, yet overalls remains uncrossed alongside metallic Birkenstocks and other items I feared would be out once summer passed.

But I was wrong. Overalls are still here, but are they here to stay? I believe I had a pair from the Gap when I was about 8 years old, but I never wore them because I thought overalls were for squares. Enter the whole #normcore trend, and now everyone is like, "I'm so cool that I can wear farmer clothes and not look frumpy. Like, my coolness just emanates from within me and not even this giant swath of denim can keep it from blinding you." Case in point: wunderkind photographer Petra Collins, who wears her's casually over vintage tees, or Elizabeth Moss, who looks effortlessly precious on the cover of New York Magazine.

I'm asking this: Is normcore a fleeting trend, or is it a bigger movement in fashion that's shaping the way we dress indefinitely? I'm ready to blow my birthday money on the perfect pair of overallsloose fitting, wide in the torso with a straight legthat I can winter-ize with chunky sweaters or polish up with a button-down à la Alexa Chung. The only thing stopping me is the fear that the pendulum of fashion will render overalls passé once spring rolls around. That fear is slowly fading, though, as normcore staples like Nike socks and mom jeans continue to populate the street. I'm leaning towards the idea of these casual, 90s-tinged basics as a look with staying power rather than a fad. I'm predicting that even the most luxurious pieces will get normified in upcoming seasons, like a trench coat resembling a north face windbreaker more than a Sherlock signature.

So I guess it's decided; I'm buying overalls. Just promise you'll stop me at the Birkenstocks.

Yours truly,
Not yet over overalls (a.k.a. Lindsay)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NYFW: Zang Toi

The last show I attended during New York Fashion Week was Zang Toi, the Malaysian-born designer known for his playful, feminine aesthetic. This season's collection, which marked the line's 25th anniversary, was an ode to the chic American women who have supported Toi since he burst onto the scene with vibrant gowns in the 90s. The Zang Toi girl presented here was a more timeless one. She dons blazers nipped at the waist and tosses a cashmere cardigan over her taffeta-lined ball skirt. Similarly luxurious pieces marched down the runway as "American woman" blared through the speakers. The grand finale featured a floor-legnth, embroidered ivory cape that was impossibly dramatic yet refined, prompting a standing ovation from the celeb-studded audience. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NYFW: Czar by Cesar Galindo

This was my second time attending designer Cesar Galindo's Czar presentation, and I was once again intrigued by the bold and fanciful looks on display. 

As with last season, many very wearable cocktail dresses were sprinkled between metallic gowns and vibrant jumpsuits. Lightweight materials such as woven linen and sheer chiffon added an airy feel to the spring collection, which featured tropical patterns like abstract palm trees and digitized lizard prints. 

The Caribbean theme continued with bikini-esque tops paired with tiered skirts and seashell-inspired baubles. The collection strove to bridge the gap between beachwear and party attire: think citrus-collered open knit dresses that could go from breezy to chic when teamed with turquoise snakeskin booties. 

One of my favorite aspects of the collection was the gorgeous braided hair that complemented each look. The fishtail/french braid hybrids were capped off with a gilded wrap on the ends that added a bit of edge and grounded some of the more girly looks. 

I loved watching the art students paint the collection live. So much talent in one room!