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Pamela Love Fall 2009

Doing away with their bow clad attire, the prim young ladies of seasons past have instead favored a wicked discord of leather studded boots, tousled groupie hair and bleached vintage rocker tees. This darkly intoxicating It Girl, has allowed her modesty to take a back seat, instead transforming last season’s muse into her ultra rebellious younger sister. This thirst for a rougher facade has become increasingly dependant on cultivating a stash of go-to accessories, mandating an assortment of studded cuffs, rocker boots, heavily tangled oxidized chains and harshly buckled platforms be found in every Fall wardrobe.

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Love in Her Own Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was first introduced to jewelry designer and Rock guru Pamela Love while working on the Frank Tell Spring show during New York Fashion Week. For Tell’s collection an assortment of raven’s claws were sparsely styled against a backdrop of space-age sophistication. Copper clawed brooches and bracelets were paired with each look. Some modernized 80s references crept in, such as a barrage of one-shoulder dresses, which were styled with dark, yet deeply sexy bracelets by Love on opposing wrists. Stylist Natasha Royt, pushed the collection away from convention by harnessing the collection’s strong shouldered ensembles and adding a significant edge. Raven’s claws were placed just- so; each talon curling under, barley grazing the surface of the shoulder. These accessories channeled an allure and an ambience only reminiscent of Poe prose. 

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“I think fashion is definitely going through a very tough phase. The popularity of Alexander Wang and Rodarte really show that there’s a more gothic or rock and roll, more morbid sort of curiosity in fashion right now. I think that translates into jewelry as well.”

             -Pamela Love 

 

Since Love’s recent exposure in both W and Vogue, she has become a commercial success. This downtown designer has quickly become the go-to girl for industry shows, contributing her creations to the shows of Zac Posen, Frank Tell and Yigal Azrouël

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The Daily Bite

My recent introduction to Nary Manivong, which don’t worry, I won’t leave you in the dark too much longer- I need another day or two to lick my wounds, while abrupt spurred me to do a bit of investigation. 

Other then being completely charming in person, he is a fellow Midwesterner, Ohioan actually, which earned him major brownie-points with me. To add to my growing admiration Manivong’s story is nothing short of inspirational. This once homeless, self-taught designer has risen to acclaim of Women’s Wear Daily and  Fashion Group International. He has also been featured in the documentary Dressed (to view the trailer, click on the clip below).


“This is my invention. Every woman who wears my clothes is also wearing a part of me. She will look timeless, confident, sexy, modern and yet classic all together. I want her to feel good, look good and ready to go out in her off-hours.”

Manivong not only seems to be an unmistakeably admirable individual, but also incredibly talented. His pieces are completely wearable, but also (as he alluded) will translate seamlessly  from season to season. He appears to have has a restrained opulence and  an ever present luxury that is wrought with a captivating femininity.

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I found this last excerpt from an interview with the designer exceedingly beneficial:

“My advice to members of the younger generation out there is to be true to yourself. Of course you will have positive and negative people around you, but do go with the positive. Achieve something from nothing. You have to make it, and to make it you have to really be yourself, be who you are, be real and do the best for yourself.”

7th Avenue Style

Thank you to all of the dedicated readers, I truly appreciate all of your support. 

In the coming weeks I will be working on a new and improved website. This site, titled 7th Avenue Style, will contain a combination of a blog, free lance styling advice and fashion industry updates. It will be a multimedia site containing videos, interactive quizzes, online forums, email updates, a virtual interactive shopper and much more. I will keep you updated as the site progresses. 

http://www.7thavestyle.com

The Fashion Week Daily Bite

I know that fashion week may be over, but that does not mean that the excitement is! I find myself endlessly pulled to Fashion Week’s home page, scouring the hundreds of pictures and reviews hoping that the inspiration seeping from the runways will penetrate the mundane makeup of the recent trends.


Daily Delight:

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I know that I have mentioned my new designer crush on Amy Smilovic of Tibi, but after her showing for Fall ’09 it is absolutely worth repeating that I have found exactly what my fashion tooth has been craving in Tibi. This season’s collection was the perfect combination of feminine playfulness and a flirty color palette that is typical of this designer. However, the line was further infused with the unpredictable accents based on the Russian folktale of “The Tale of the Firebird”, that kept this collection nothing short of refreshing.

 “I’m pushing the envelope more,” she said before the show. “Every print is crazier. I’m designing pieces my girl has to have.” 

– Amy Smilovic an excerpt from the Style.com review

 

 

Chris Benz

Contemporary designer Chris Benz usually opts to hold a showing over the typical runway format. Although he has always had an instinctively offbeat appeal, Benz has never seemed capable of crafting a desirable balance of wearabillity and imagination.

However, Fall 2009 has turned a page, delivering my favorite show all week. In my book, surpassing many of the fashion powerhouses. This season Benz reworked 60s Mod pieces in a mix of primary and secondary colors. The majority of the show was dominated by monochromatic themes, bridging into the finally of colorful abstract splatter prints that solidly unified the collection. His use of unexpected metallics and asymmetrical patterns added an off-kilter tone, propelling this collection beyond just traditional notions of beauty.

 

Here is a clip of the showing:

 


The Fashion Week Daily Bite

Daily Delight:

Nanette Lepore


As many of you know, my loyalty will always lie with my favorite design team at Nanette Lepore. Being a long time follower of this native Ohioan, I was overjoyed to see the fabulous reception of her Fall 2009 collection. This collection seemed a bit of a departure from Lepore’s typical romanticism, instead trading this in for a contemporary bohemian edge. The most admirable quality of this talented designer is her ability to reinvent simple staples as cuts each season, carefully evolving these pieces with her ever changing customer.


Congratulations to the design team! Please indulge in a few of their many glowing reviews:

“Nanette girls are hippies at heart, which is why the free-spirited Ohio designer has such a loyal following. But this season, she toughened up her girly crew with small doses of leather pants, plaid jackets, and gold-grommeted LBDs. And it worked. Save for the distracting leopard print belts and booties, this collection was pretty, printed and exploding with must-haves come fall.

Cheerful combos of purple plaid coats, glittery gold skirts, silk paisley dresses, striped wooly gloves, and lush velvet frocks set our hearts aflutter – we’re already imagining ourselves in one of her embellished blouses tucked into tweed mini shorts.

“Staying true to herself, Lepore marched on with her “Save the Garment Center” cause (initiated last season), but took it a step further by handing out stamped postcards already addressed to Mayor Bloomberg. Attendees’ signatures were all that was required in an effort to promote “made in the USA.”

On the boldface front, “Mad Men’s” on-screen – and real life – couple, John Slattery and Talia Balsam took up front row real estate, but smartly kept a low profile. For any Nanette fan, the clothes are the real treat.”

– The New York Post


“When the lights flared and the music blasted–and the first technicolored dress rounded the corner at Nanette Lepore–the audience received a high dosage of sensory overload. These are clothes with punch, so no wonder Lepore churns out best-sellers time and time again. As usual, she takes a new twist each season, and those updated tweed jackets and twee ribbon dresses felt especially fresh, thanks to the a kaleidoscope of rainbow colors and modern cuts. Above all, the collection was the embodiment of cheer–just what fashion needs in times like these. Keep making these dresses, Nanette, and we’ll keep buying!”

– Fashion Week Daily

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Daily Delight:

Tracy Reese

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When the retail industry is wallowing is despair, there is nothing like a revitalizing showing from Tracy Reese to do what Fashion Week is supposed to: rejuvenate the enthusiasm for fashion and leave buyers eagerly anticipating what is to come. Reese infused her collection with her usual joyous whimsy, combining 20s silhouettes and creative styling with a menagerie leather bombers, knit stockings and hats. The integration of casual elements kept the collection young and modern, better aligning the collection with its contemporary clientele. 

Stay tuned….. there will be more to come from the runways of New York Fashion Week Fall 2010!

What Not to Wear?

So, I finally bit the bullet and sent my first three resumes for  Summer 2009 internships. Ironically, this step forward has only helped to sky-rocket my anxiety. While I feel comfortable with my experience , skills and interviewing capabilities, I seem to be mentally jumping the gun and find myself completely overwhelmed by possible interview attire.

While yes, this is not the most important aspect to securing a fashion industry internship, it is somewhat crucial to prove that you have good taste, sensibility and style. In my chosen field of buying it is demanded to have a “excellent fashion sense,” says the Internship posting on Intermix.com. Keeping this in mind, I find myself pulling together mental lookbooks instead of paying attention in class, browsing shopstyle.com instead of calling friends back or paging through images from the Spring ’09 runway shows instead of hitting the books. Hazardous…….. I know!

After surveying the goods, I have determined several potential ensembles:

 

1) Look #1: Masculine Feminism

Elizabeth & James Floral Print Cotton Skirt

 

Elizabeth and James Skirt

This vintage print, high-waisted skirt  combines a polished, professional cut with an effortless fabric and print that makes this a perfect compromise for a fashion industry interview.

$295     (available at Nordstrom.com)

 

McQ Blazar

Alexander McQueen’s new contemporary line McQ, brings the best of the designer’s impeccable taste and creativity that is more affordable on a starving fashionista’s budget.

As you can see by this chic cropped blazer, McQ  looks to the spirit of Rock and Roll in the 60’s and 70’s as the inspiration for the Autumn Winter 2008 collection   

 

 

 

    Banfi Zambrelli Taylor Open Side Pump

These stellar pumps add a sophisticated flair to the ensemble. Consider pairing black  opaque tights with these slides for a more conservative look.


 

Kale Handbags fuchsia washed lambskin ‘Stella’ 

I love how Kale creates craftsman style bags with artisan pattern and ultra vibrant hues. This accessory will allow the pink florals of the ensemble to shine.

 

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Velvet Sequin Tank

This tank top tucked into the high waisted skirt will lightly blouse over the top of the waist band for a bohemian accent. The sequins’ sparkle beneath the shine of the satin lapels will  emulate a look only seen on the pages of InStyle

 

 

Monica Vinader Sterling Silver with 24 Carat Gold Plating Round Cocktail Ring

Monica Vinader Ring

This chunky ring  will help to bring together the hues found in the skirt and the gold of the pendant below.

 

 

Me & Ro Transformation Pendant

I am an unbelievable fan of this Buddhist inspired line. The designer, Robin Renzi, looks to human strength, love, and faith for inspiration.

 

 

More outfits to come later this week! Please stay tuned to help me choose an ensemble that will help me ace my interviews.