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!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NYFW: Tadashi Shoji

Today was an exciting day as I got to pop on over to Lincoln Center in between my classes to see Tadashi Shoji's Spring 2015 show. I was previously only familiar with Shoji's work on the red carpet, where his form-flattering cuts and feminine motifs always shine (case in point: Octavia Spencer). I was eager to see how Shoji's aesthetic would come through in the context of the runway, and I was smitten with many of the romantic gowns inspired by the Ca' d'Oro in Venice, Italy. Notes from the press packet included "insets of chain mesh on tulle," "softly sculpted silhouettes," "glowing pastels of frosted jade, pink shadow, and blue stone," and "floral motif lace hand-tinted." Unfortunately my photos didn't turn out, but below are some of my favorite looks via I did capture the full finale on video, and I have to say the collection came off considerably better in motion. The colors and fabrics were much more delicate and floaty in person, which sadly didn't translate well in the images below. Nevertheless, I predict many a Hollywood starlet reaching for Tadashi in the upcoming season. The sheer black gown (3rd photo) would look breathtaking on someone like Florence Welch or Keira Knightly. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to see my friend Anni Jurgenson, who photographed my previous post, modeling in the show! (4th photo)