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My FASHION PULSE DAILY Reviews, Part III: Duckie Brown, Global Glam, Irina Shabayeva, and Buckler NYFW 2011

7 Mar
This is the first batch of shows I covered for Fashion Week and will be the end of the guest posting. *sniff*
In the mean time, enjoy the guest post from none other than Fashion Pulse Daily

[Images via Style.com]

Duckie Brown

When the first model turned the corner at Duckie Brown, it was clear that designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver were up to something. Present were the usual immaculate manoeuvrings of fabrics like tweed and wool; and the ”bespoke” elements that turn a sweater into a chic straightjacket and a pair of pants into much-improved harem trousers. I say bespoke here because Duckie Brown has a specific client, and they want that specificity from Duckie Brown. What was new was the unmistakable minimalism: muted tones, almost no accessories. But as I said before on FPD, I like less, a lot.

[Images via Kaci Hamilton]

W Hotels Global Glam

For a hotel group synonymous with inimitable style, and locations on just about every continent, it was only a matter of time before W Hotels translated that combination into a global fashion melting pot. For the second time, W presented its Global Glam collection, a gathering of some of the hottest international designers, curated by fashion authority and W Hotels Worldwide Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross. This year’s presentation featured Mara Hoffman, Eugenia Kim, Paolo Hernandez, Andrea Possé, Shaesby, Twinkle by Wenlan, Catherine Nicole, Fernanda Sibilia, Myne, Contego, iLuck, and Deepa Gurnani. The folks at W had the idea that instead of just having a lounge backstage, they could get closer to the public, with a display of tastes from around the world. Now that’s the kind of thinking we can get behind.

[Images via Allprojectrunway.blogspot.com]

Irina Shabayeva

Since winning Season 6 of Project Runway, Irina Shabayeva has continued to show the world that she is still that force to be reckoned with. Fall 2011 was all about lux contrasts, and embodied a statement Irina herself made: “For me, designing is an expression of who I am as a woman.” On-point minidresses were paired with chunky knits (very reminiscent of her winning look from the Michael Kors “Aspen Challenge”), ballooning gowns were amped up with crystal beading, and laser cut chrysanthemum petal appliqué and cut outs conjured thoughts of her PR alum Christian Siriano. It seems the Irina Shabayeva woman is a lot like the designer herself: focused, self-assured and, of course, chic.

[Images via Style.com]


No offense Lincoln Center, we love the tents and all, but when Andrew Bucklerblocked off his stretch of Grand St to create his Fall 2011 runway, we knew that’s where the action was. The gesture was just another step in Buckler’s homage to urban street art and the artists who create it. The collection was about the refined ruggedness of the craft, of the anonymity that comes with being a street artist, and a revamping of utilitarian staples – overalls, parkas, cargo pants. These are pieces that express individuality, simplicity, and a willingness to evolve, much like their inspiration.

Stay tuned for details of the time I met George Wayne. And I don’t mean Batman’s brother…



SHTBC Featured on Essence.com!!!

15 Feb

So yesterday my fashion dreams came true, when I not only got stopped by the photographer from Essence.com, but they actually put my pic up in the website gallery for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week street style!!! Can’t believe it!.

I found this white rabbit fur coat at a Goodwill store in, of all places, New Orleans, the hottest, most humid city on the planet. Worth every cent of the $20 I paid for it. Club Monaco silk pants, top from Nordstrom Rack.

Necklace from my friend’s store in Jamaica, Accessory to the Fact

Ray Ban aviators


Dolce Vita studded heels


Anne Klein handbag

I made it. I’m in the same batch as Iman and June Ambrose. I can die now.




It’s a rap….on Fashion Week

2 Oct

This is what it's all about people, the superzoom pic of Anna Wintour from a gizzilion rows away.

So I had this whole plan about writing a rap about Fashion Week based on the lyrics of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, but this is as far as I got…

So this is a story all about how

my life got flipped turned upside down….

I got a “job” fashion bloggin and my boss got busy,

She said, “You’re moving with the newbies to Lincoln Center, you hear!”

I whistled for a cab and when it came near,

The cabbie was fresh and he had ice in his ears

I thought “Hey it’s New York, this ain’t rare,

It’s Fashion Week baby and I’m front rowin’, yeah yeah!”

Could I be sent to Blogging prison for that? Eh, I’ll take my chances. I just wanted to do a quick bit but about some of the highlights of the week and some of the craziness I wore…There were a couple Rachel Zoe furry vest moments, and I would do them all again damnit!

Then comes the outfits. On a couple of occasions, some photogs outside Lincoln Centre took my pic. Who knows if it was for the best or worst dressed list…

This was my first day and everything except my bag and earrings came from H&M. I admit, I have a problem.

Taken by a newfound friend, Rick Weaver from Icon Americana. Club Monaco shorts and top, Lush jacket, inherited wool scarf and Guess pumps.

I was having a Rachel Zoe moment. I think. The vest I got from an ex-BF for moving to Alaska, Fergie shoes. Not sure where the rest is from…

This was one of my fave looks and I never got a full length pic. H&M leopard dress, rabbit fur and wool vest (on loan from my good friend Kim Martin Cotten). Necklace from previously mentioned Accessory to the Fact, the store my friend Collie owns.

On the last day of Fashion Week, I decided to go out with a bang….this may have been on of those days Coco Chanel was talking about when she said take off one thing before you left the house, but I went wearing all of it anyway. Ah, running before I can walk…….Guess jacket and shoes, H&M shoes and tights, INC top.

And that is my fashion week wrap up. I CANNOT wait till spring! Keep reading till then.



The Glitz of Jenny Packham, the Organics of Toni Francesc and Lulu Frost’s Modern Pioneers at New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

23 Sep

Belatedly….from Fashion Pulse Daily

[Images via Elle.com]

Jenny Packham

No stranger to the red carpet, Jenny Packham brought a new twist on old Hollywood glam at her Spring 2011 show. Sequins, shimmer, sparkle, and soft shades swayed down the catwalk, evoking opulent Grecian goddesses paying Earth a visit. Mere mortals with nary a paparazzi-flocked event to attend can nonetheless enjoy Packham’s creations. Her gowns were interspersed with gauzy jumpsuits and tailored trousers, perfect for when you want to make lunch with the girls an occasion.

[Images via Kaci Hamilton]

Lulu Frost

Laid out like an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, the models at the Lulu Frost Spring 2011 presentation were far from the dowdy, frantic-looking pioneers you envision hitching a ride west on the wagon. Instead, they channeled Christina Hendricks’ “Joan Holloway” on a Mad Men business trip to New Mexico. Turquoise meshed with pearls and Native American-inspired headpieces were given a contemporary feel with crystals and chains. Could designer Lisa Salzer set a trend if Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce opens an office out west?

[Images via Zimbio.com]

Toni Francesc

Spanish designer Toni Francesc has translated the light and feel of the forest into an earthy, organic assembly that he fittingly called “Urban Forest”. Wooden jewelry that curved around necks and wrists like the bouts of a violin served as ideal accents to the ethereal, liquid dresses. Francesc concentrated largely on natural colors such as beige, gray, and white, which he then infused with the brights – the blues, the yellows, and the corals — much like what nature will offer up in the spring.



P.S. the featured post image is my fave Jenny Packham look. So hot!

Leather and Latex at Michael Angel, South Coast Cool at Nautica, Bauhaus for Buckler Sally Lapointe and Luis Valenzuela Spring 2011 Collections

16 Sep

Review! Reviews! More fashionable news from this fashionable week. From Fashion Pulse Daily

[Images via Style.com]

Michael Angel

Light and dark, soft and hard, thesis and antithesis…having contrasts can be a great thing. They bring dimension and diversity, adding that Je ne sais quoi where it was previously non-existent. Michael Angel’s Spring 2011 collection was full of them: hidden vs revealed, inspired by a recent trip to Rome, bursting prints vs matte, transparent latex, buttoned-up collars vs. skirts with daring slits. Throughout it all, the designer kept his trademark prints yet somehow managed to present a simple, minimalist collection that was at times, appropriately austere and lush.

[Images via Style.com]


If the models on Buckler’s Spring runway looked like fresh-faced Eastern European athletes, that look was intentional. Designer Andrew Buckler, whose self-proclaimed design concept is “English bloke meets New York,” said he was inspired by Bauhaus, as well as the 1936 Olympics. “The guys have sort of just come in off the running field,” the designer shared with FPD in a quick post-show interview. There was a weathered elegance to the pieces, with a splash of sportiness and a pinch of rock and roll. I’d like to think that if Kafka was around, he might pick up a Buckler piece or two on the way to the library, or the gym.

[Images via thebudgetbabe.com]


For Nautica, Spring 2011 is all about the water , the people and the places of the American Southern Coast: easy, charming, vibrant, authentic. A great showing of casual, yet put-together menswear echoed the sentiments of spring 2011: variations of khaki with a burst of color here and there is the way to go.

[Images via the Sally LaPointe Facebook page]

Sally LaPointe

“A mix of beauty and distortion, the collection is inspired by the intoxication of accepting madness.” This is the opening statement on Sally LaPointe’s Spring 2011 run-of-show. What followed was beautiful and distorted alright, with exaggerated shoulders and hips, and rose-embellished moon boots with billowing, amorphous dresses. It was foreign and bright, with lots of shimmering silver and patches of black, much like what you imagine a trip to the moon might be.

[Images via Kaci Hamilton]

Luis Valenzuela

Eco-friendly fashionistas out there, prepare to be blown away by Luis Valenzuela’s Spring 2011 collection. The artist/designer was inspired by, of all people, his grandfather, to create a women’s collection made from existing materials: a lamp shade, men’s trousers, an old chandelier. The result was a whole new take on “masculine” women’s wear. Valenzuela still managed to evoke Victorian drama even when you could see the waistband and belt loops of a pair of men’s pants as the back of a model’s dress.



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