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

ORIGINS

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.

CASUAL

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.

CLASSIC

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.

GLAM

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).

Happy Friyay πŸ’‹

Heads up my lovely readers!

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!Β 

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

CLASSIC

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.

CASUAL

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.

ROMANCE

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.

ALTERNATIVE

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.

Happy Monday πŸ’‹

This is 2 of a 5 part series exploring fall trends you can add to your closet without changing your personal style. Today, we explore dresses.

By Yvette E

The first day of October means we officially start pulling out our fall wardrobes and pack away that binkini (at least here in the North). It’s also the time we think about updating it!

But with fall trends being so numerous and decade spanning, it can be hard to choose which trend to embrace and what to leave by the wayside. Luckily, we did all that work for you! Without further ado, we gathered the best dresses anyone can rock this fall.

The V-neck

This versatile dress comes in so many materials that it can make it into any closet and fit right in. Velvet looks are great for alternative dresses while sweater materials are great for casual looks and sheer looks for romance. Rayon looks can go classic as well.

The Jumper Dress

At first glance, this dress gives off a youthful casual vibe, it versatility lies in its many uses. First, you can choose your material from pleather to cotton then layer it according to your style. A sheer shirt makes it romance while a sweatshirt makes it casual. A blazer can make it classic. It’s a great layering piece. Pay attention to the silhouette of the skirt when buying one: pencil, full or triangular.

Off the shoulder

Another great dress to layer, but calling for less bulky undergarments. Pair with a sweater vest to keep the one sleeve looks. The print for this dress is the key to its versatility. Solid colors for casual and classic, plaid prints for alternatives and floral for romance. Switch it up with pastel colors and asymmetrical patterns.

The Baby doll

The string straps make it neccessary to layer this dress and its versatility lies in its texture from glittery looks to over the top layered sheers. Anything goes.

Ruching returns

This curve hugging dress is great for full figured women.

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FIT answers this question with a forum that speaks about the troubles Caribbean designers have getting stores and how there are still no manufacturing options.

The biggest problem is misconceptions about the area, culture and people. The word for the region could be the biggest problem since it may be causing a synonym effect, i.e. similar cultures and beliefs. The Caribbean in fact is made up of several islands which all have different languages and cultures.

Secondly, the assumption of island life being carefree and subjective to Carnival holidays. This concept makes people think of Caribbean designers as costume makers and not actually designers.

Finally, the region itself is segmented and each island hard to travel to and from. This fact makes a singular fashion difficult.

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Three Italian designers closed Art Heart fashion week and we felt like we went to Miami, D&G’s atelier and a bird’s nest.

By Yvette E

Mochi Joe Creme

This designer took us to Miami with swimwear that seemed made in Brazil then in Italy. The use of Fuchsia and gold seemed to cliche and the sequin applique screamed Mardi Gras.

The best part was the coverups that seem to expand from the body and engulf the stage.

Le Plancenti

Dolce Gabbana meets The Caribbean with this designers use of lace and color choices.

There was an abundance of ruffles from tiers to just edging that pulled the collection together but not seamlessly. The colors did not complement each other. The patterns remained in the same color family but clashed with the muted color scheme.

We see more of sequin treatment here and now its paired with embroidery, not improving anything..just there.

Nicola D’ereico

Despite the ample use of feathers, this designer stole the show with the most unusual collection of wedding dresses.

Happy Hump Day πŸ’‹

Raphael Mazzucco, a fashion photographer for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Guess, cements his career as an artist with new book, The Never-ending Summer.

By Yvette E

At first glance, it seems the photos are encased in glass which is then painted but in reality, it’s a three step process and a labor of Love. The curator said “each piece is a collage meant to tell a story”, from the forest of Vietnam to the beaches of The Bahamas.

It all starts with a photo usually in black and white, then a bright color is laid on top in either spots or streaks and finally resin is poured on to the canvas which the artist traps more items usually organic. The results are intimate portraits which give a glimpse into the art of the subject and the mind of the artist.

From these murals (some large enough to cover half of a wall) comes the book the “The Neverending Summer”, a coffee table tome featuring the artist’s work in colorful prints. Despite the lost of the work’s 3D elements, the book is the perfect gift for art lovers at $250. A low price since the actually murals are priced in the tens of thousands.

Happy Friyay…πŸ’‹

by Matthew Turriarone

All summer we have been bombarded with Insta-bait photo pop ups that either disappointed or just didn’t deliver what they promised.

The latest pop up, Candytopia, however is restoring our faith in photo pop ups! Candytopia is fully interactive with candy samples along the way as well as one of the best photo ops we have seen with 12 rooms containing larger than life art installations.

We asked for a sneak peek for our readers so these images are from their LA launch. The event launches August 15th but you can purchase tickets here!

Deets
Candytopia will open at Penn Plaza (145 W 32nd St.) on August 15, 2018.

Tickets

Price: $34 for adults

https://www.showclix.com/event/candytopiaNYC

Espadrilles, flip flops, sandals oh my! Let us take a step back from the traditional footwear of summer (no crocs please) and use our imaginations ( or the runway) to switch it up! Here are three shoe ideas from the runway to spice up your summer wardrobe.

Wear Heels

Heeled mules are the ultimate sexy summer look and if you stash them in your beach bag, you can pair them with your coverup for a chic night out!

GO BOLD

Go for shoes with cool accents like these sheer paneled pearl accented beauties. I dislike my toes out so this is a great alternative to sandals.

Wear boots

Chanel paraded a pair of ventilated white leather knee high boots down the runway for Spring and summer. It convinced us that boots can be worn all year around!! Look for peep toe, airy fabrics and the cute ventilated number like Chanel!!

So ditch those flip flops and show us how you rock these shoe trends! #tfgss to all your shoegasm pics and you could be featured on our instagram and facebook pages!!

Happy friyay!

Yvette πŸ’‹

Two free custom stations, a change to taste over 40 new recently launched flavors and a load of merch starting at .99 cents are just a few reasons to check out this limited time pop up. Last day is today.

Three Types of custom stations including free embroidery, pay per patch and hand painting created a unique and personal touch.

Selfie stations to share the experience and social media.

Plenty of merchandise ranging from .99 cents (pens, lip balm) to $149.99 (duffel bags).

And if you can not make it to New York, check the website for select merchandise that can be shipped to you, greatbuy99.com.

43 Crosby Street ny, NY closing at 8pm.

Happy Monday,

Yvette πŸ’‹