Monday, August 25, 2014

Spotted: Nick Jonas in Vivienne Westwood Suit At The 2014 MTV VMAs

The Yes

The VMAs is a bit of an enigma. Celebrities aren't required to be as dressed up as maybe they would be at the Emmy's or the Oscars, but at the same time, this isn't the Teen Choice Awards. The result is a sort of melange of looks, likely tied closest to the wearer's personality and personal style than any other red carpet.

What that looks like in real time means some of the attention seekers of the bunch turning up in necklace dresses, evoking thoughts of Rose McGowan and Rihanna while others are a real life throwback Thursday to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, living their denim clad life. It's an eclectic grouping but as with every award show, someone always rises to the top.

Last night, for the boys that was Monsieur Nick Jonas in a Vivienne Westwood blazer and built-in waistcoat, both in a midnight and black striped plaid, matched with sleek black skinnies and shiny leather lace ups.

Pushing away from the casual nature of his contemporaries, this indeed was the yes of the night, heat be what it might.
photo from Daily Mail

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Being Twice As Good, Joe Morton wins Emmy for Scandal

"And to be clear: I am the hell and the high water"
It was a monologue that still gives me absolute chills. Not only because of the ferocity and intensity of it -- which no doubt helped Joe Morton cinch the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series title at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys -- but because of its veracity and relatability. 
As we watched Rowan/Eli Pope chide his daughter on the season 3 opener of ABC's Scandal, my timeline went up in arms. Not because he had stepped over a line, not because what he did seemed like abuse, but instead because of how many times we'd been told the exact same things, and how many times we'd come to find them as true.  "You have to be twice as good to get half of what they have." That was the gospel. And that's what Eli Pope was.
He outwitted each and every individual on the weekly series: his wife, a world renowned killer whom he had imprisoned; his daughter, a world renowned "fixer" who he had sent out of the country; and his daughter's problematic beau, the president of the United States, whom he had crippled with the assassination of his oldest son.
Twice as good, half as far. You deserved it Mr. Pope.
Congratulations to Joe Morton. Can't wait to see you reprise the role in season 4.
photo from WENN

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finding Quiet At The Conservatory Garden

Traveling can be downright exhausting. And it's a facetious sort of exhaustion you know, one where you might not even know that you're tired until you realize for a week that all you've done is lay in bed with extra large bags of peanut butter M&Ms watching old episodes of Scandal and any Law & Order you can track down on Netflix. Oh, just me? Whoops.

Heading down to the capital of South America was fairly effortless in theory. Fly down, take in the shows, retreat to my friend's apartment at night in lieu of the parties. And the shows were decent for the most part. With the Minimale Animale presentation(below) as an unexpected standout with an aesthetic that seemed at odds with the rest of the week, things ended on a leather clad high note.

But as a lover of walking, I found myself both mentally and physically exhausted each night, the former from trying to hold show notes in my head(swimwear couldn't be that hard, could it?) and the latter from walking about a mile or so toward the causeway which effectively cut my taxi fare in half.
That's how I came upon the Conservatory Garden actually; walking. Wearing in my four-year-old white Adidas on one of my now daily walks(back here in NYC, not in MIA) I found myself stumbling through Central Park, avoiding wandering geese and touristy photo ops in search of nothing but a bit of thinking space. And here it was tucked away as a small round garden, mini-Versaille like greenscape and fountain included.

I wouldn't find the adjoining lawn, larger 12-foot high jet fountain and tree-covered walkway until days later when I finally entered through the proper Fifth Avenue entrance of Vanderbilt Gate, but I didn't really need to. On this day, half a week back from the scorching, pounding heat of South Beach, no where nearer to the mountain of looming deadlines, I found the eye of my storm sitting on a bench in New York's piece of Versailles, watching bronze girls frolic around in a supposed game of Ring Around The Rosie.

statue Three Dancing Maidens by Walter Schott
Minimale Animale finale at MBFW Swim 2015

Sunday, June 15, 2014

MS | J. Crew + Public School = Genderless Cool

First impressions are can be tough, and when I saw you I knew it

I'm not your typical fashion kid.  Prime example: when I moved to New York I probably went a month or two before ever stepping into a clothing store and when I did, it was H&M for some thin tees, necessary for summer.

You're not going to find me browsing at the Prada boutique, thumbing through racks at Saint Laurent or silently appraising the displays inside of Bergdorf's. When I step into a store, it's for a very specific and determined purpose and sadly "fashion for fashion's sake" or for that experience is rarely it.

Yet when I saw this My PS Crew tagged sweatshirt by Public School and J. Crew, first online and then again at the J. Crew X CFDA VIP reception for their new capsule collaborations, my money was spent before I had a chance to think about it.

Manufacturing Style is a series of posts about my own personal style, and the method through which I have and am continuing to either discover or manufacture it.

opening quote from Hairspray

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LVMH Prize crowns winner ...

Though his name was announced, she had already won.
Canada-born, London-based Thomas Tait, he of the clean lines, was today tapped as the inaugural LVMH Prize winner.  300,000 euros and a year of assistance from the company operating some of the largest fashion companies in the world was his.

But she, ultimately she won.

In the span of 7 months, Delphine Arnault has gone from the relative shadows -- lurking behind designer moves like putting Raf Simons in at Dior, transitioning Nicolas Ghesquiere to Louis Vuitton, acquiring a majority stake in Nicholas Kirkwood and then a minor one in JW Anderson(who was simultaneously tapped to head Loewe) -- to publicly helming a program with international reach and interest.

In the game of "who's on next" to succeed Bernard Arnault, I'd have to say that daughter Delphine looks to be heads and shoulders above her brother Antoine.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coveting | Del Toro X Pepsi loafers and chukka sneakers

6 artists. 6 brands. 1 global collection.
This week I got to head to Bloomingdale's to preview the "Live For Now" global capsule collection from Pepsi. It features 6 different artists collaborating with 6 fashion brands, fashioning everything from skateboards to headphones and street wear.
It was a really great collection in general -- the artistic doodles totally on trend with what's happening right now as far as collaborations are going(Forever21 just released a collection featuring art by Keith Haring and Jean Michel-Basquiat) -- but what caught my eye in particular was the footwear from Del Toro.
I'm honestly not much of a shoe guy unless it's a high top or a boot, but these color-punching Made in Italy leather fits caused me pause.
Retailing at $365 a pop, the slightly limited-edition chukka sneaks and slippers are available at 15 Bloomingdale's stores Stateside and online as well as at Liberty in London and colette in Paris.

Check out some of my favorites from the Del Toro styles below.
photos courtesy of Pepsi

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hello Brooklyn, Signed Dior by Raf Simons

All aboard for the land of Dior where fluttering skirts, sharp blazer-ed men and preening celebs abound.

Yesterday was an amazingly busy day that all came to the most luxe of heads via the Christian Dior Cruise 2015 showing in Brooklyn. Held in the same space as this February's Alexander Wang showing, the presentation was an ode to Raf's ongoing American inspirations married with one of the ultimate french pieces: the silk scarf.  While the two pairs of Tevla-like sandals I spotted trailing down the runway certainly caused me to raise an eyebrow, one couldn't resist the downright covetable patchworked mink coats(in navy and white), the clean and almost minimal offerings of long coats and  the juxtaposing tweed and silk scarf dresses. Photos below the break.

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photos and video by Mikelle Street