Sometimes trying to embrace your heritage when living in another culture can have disastrous consequences. This designer is about to show us why.By Yvette EThe colors were bold with hues of goldenrod, fuchsia, turquoise and rich blues. The use of textured fabric also gave a quilt vibe but those were the only highlights of a boxy collection with too many Asian elements.For men, the designer did think “out of the box” but ot seems that some elements should have been left behind.
The boxy suits would have worked without the unnecessary embellishments. The trim on the pant leg seems added as an afterthought.
The Chinese luck badges seem out of place. This collection makes us think the “less is more” mantra of a normcorist may have some truth.
Then we have the Harajuku badges of Japanese fame where there should be pockets.I want that hat though.For women, each piece can be worn separately better than together where it becomes more like a costume then clothes.
The Harajuku badges are misplaces on the chest bringing attention to the an area most women don’t want men to focus on.The pant skirt combo is a great concept and we don’t mind the Chinese embroidery fabric but the skirt with fringe, and a very floral (India) motif is overwhelming.
I liked the designer’s smile but he needs to realize that being Asian Canadian means that you are a part of two worlds and nothing is wrong; pick an identity and your designs will be a true representation of yourself.
The first fashion show of NYFW kicks off inside an hardware store in West Village…so 1990s.
By Yvette E
You don’t get to see much emerging female designers so we were thrilled to arrive at an East Village hardware store to see Ahmel.
The designer was at once adventurous but with an destination in mine. Of course, when she played it safe using conventional tricks of the trade, she fell flat in the way the designs became predictable and somewhat costume. Here is what we loved, hated and wanted to see more.
Ahmel stated she got her inspiration from hardware and chooses her locations based on it. So we loved the subtle use of hardware throughout the collection. It was strategically placed and was not used in lieu of design.
Usually when fabrics that are so diverse are added to one design, the results can be costume but here Ahmel pulls it off by combing lux fabrics (brocade) and metallics with faux fur and feathers.
Bold colors and brocade are always a risk with menswear but using in classic men staples makes it fresh.
If project runway was still airing this designer would of aced the dreaded “Inconventional Challenge”. In this case , the usual tricks of the trade – lace, tulle, sheers and beading – all seemed out of place that going down a dark alley in LA after spending all day at the beach.
Okay, the menswear was the best part of the show and we wanted more than the metallic shirt looks beyond the looks we featured. We also loved the mixed media and outerwear (is the brocade raincoat for sale yet?).
Ditch all the usually materials we see on every runway and you have a bright future!
Check out all the looks from the first show of fashion week on our Instagram @TFGNYC
We are continuing our vday edition with more hearts you can wear all year with shoes. Shoes are my fave place to wear hearts as designs are always so unique, whimsical and such statement pieces! When hearts are out onto shoes there is always more concern and thought put into design and details as there isn’t much space to work on. Some of my fave shoes I own are designs from Valentine’s Day releases. Here are our picks..
Drop the sequin and be yourself! We unlock 3 outfits you can wear to work and to the holiday party afterwards, all without sacrificing your personal style and under $100!
By Yvette E
Every work chirstmas party is usually just you in your work clothes counting drinks as you try not to make a fool of yourself. A recent study says that people dress different for work then in their general lives are less satisfied at work.
So here are 3 outfits you can rock at work and still stand out at the office party!
For the supercasual
(outfit: Charlotte Russe Pants. $39.95, Blazer H&M, 49.99)
If sweatpants and jeans are your life or you only feel like yourself on Casual Friday, this is the outfit for you. A statement tee, sweater or sweatshirt (depending on weather) with sequin pants and a long blazer looks relaxed but festive. Snag the top from your closet!
For the Alternative
(Dress, Dollskill.com, 54.40)
Plaid has made a roaring comeback and in over 20 different patterns! We choose this dress for it’s cinched waist making it perfect to add the studded belt and leather jacket you already have in your closet!
For the romantics
(pastel sweater: storenvy.com, $38)
We love lace but it is not weather friendly so you can wear it past winter but by adding a pastel sweater over your lace dress and adding shimmering tights, you can take it from summer to winter without missing a beat!
A microtrend is a trend that few designers embrace or is contained to a region. Today we are exploring how the men fire jacket became a microtrend that hit the runway.
By Yvette E
courtesy of french Vogue
The singular reflective stripe that helps firemen see each other in a 4 alarm blaze was seen on the runways of Calvin Klein, Junya Wannabe and Burberry.
Here is why:
There has been a rise in fires including the one burning through California right now. There is a trend for fashion to address issues in our lifes such as how the #metoo moment increased feministic graphic tees. At least this time, it’s tasteful.
Hero Worship: The fact that superheroes are now everywhere, it seems humanity has a love for selflessness. Firefighters are real life heros so why not pay homage to them.
Rocking this trend
1. Wear it with loose fitting pants. Baggy jeans will work but nothing skinny.
2. Try bright sneakers to make the jacket pop. If you can’t, just avoid black shoes or sneakers if wearing black pants.
3. Wear a hoodie like a top and be double warm. If you feel uneasy about wearing a hoodie alone, pair with an Henley.
The motorcycle jacket has become a wardrobe staple but how to incorporate it into your personal style has still been a mystery. Till now..
by Yvette E
The moto jacket has been synonymous with alternative cultures in the US and its recent entry into fashion. It started in 1928 when Irving Schott added a zipper (a novelty at the time) to a leather jacket and sold it in partnership through Harley Davidson. The company, Schott Bros NYC still exits today and has seen a resurgence of sales.
In any rate, the moto jacket started out and is still a rebel accessory so how does one add it to their wardrobe seamlessly? Your choice of fabric is key. This is a unisex post and alternative fashion will be excluded.
Who loves sweatpants more than you and wearing tracksuits? Take the moto jacket style and pick a denim moto jacket. It will be easy to pair with jeans and still have that edgy feel.
You perfer pants to jeans and will not be caught in sweatpants but also you don’t have a rebel bone in your body, so why wear a moto jacket? There still is a bad ass element to not following the crowd and here is the solution. Look for the style in knits and softer fabrics.
Another option for men is a Military jacket that comes in different fabrics. I have yet to find a soft fabric moto jacket for men.
Whether sequin is your first love or you look like your in a boardroom even on the weekends, a moto can add a relax look.
For men, look for quilted, fringe or zipper details to give your jacket a glam feel. (men’s jacket in pic from Eastbay)
For women, embroidery and sequin accents make the jacket luxe. (jacket from Loveculture).
Killstar a brand known for alternative streetwear is doing an extra 20% off site wide including clearance! Hurry there is only 12 hours left and by shopping in the clearance section I was able to score 3 sweaters, a sweatshirt and a bag for my fall and winter needs for $101!
Quick tip for plus size or tall girls, you can shop in the men’s section as everything is a bit oversized and longer length and they are unisex. I have included a snapshot of what I got below!
Just like clothes spaning so many trends this fall so have shoes but not all should make it into your closet. We pick a shoe for every style for comfort and out of the box.
By Yvette E
For you the loafer trend has staying power and that is true this fall as well. Locally, the female loafer still fills current but we suggest mixing it up with a tapestry print this fall.
Ugly dad sneakers will be your got to trend this fall but add some lux to your jeans and tees with this Western themed boots. Go for a black variety for a subtle look.
Mary Janes are back but don’t you always wear them. Even with the new stacked heel and mutiple strap varieties this fall, you should try something new. Try technicolor hued shoes with turn of the century features like curved heels and buckles.
Rather you are punk, goth or rocker, those hiking boots that are so hot right now are probably already in your closet. To try something new, switch to the new mary janes that are on the runway right now.