Don’t let the errant snowflake or sudden dips into freezing temps fool you; Friday is the first day of spring, and that means the first day of spring shopping has arrived.
Whether or not the weather is ready for it, we’re moving into the new season — even if it takes some time to come out of cozy hibernation.
Go ahead and take the fuzzy layers — in pale lavender and soft blush — from winter with you, just be sure to add some new warmer weather favorites (like these breezy dresses from Wes Gordon, Kaelen, Tibi, and Karolyn Pho), too. Lijie (Marilyn) models the best spring looks to wear now. Photographed by Robert Johnson, styled by Alyssa Shapiro.
Wes Gordon gray melange strapless dress; Tibi trench coat; Karen Gallo Stevie sneaker; Stylist’s own belt
Creatures of the Wind Jenna parka; Kaelen iridescent cowl-back slip dress
Ryan Roche turtleneck; Ryan Roche shorts; Karolyn Pho hand painted Timberlands
Karolyn Pho Slate slip dress; Wes Gordon ribbon tweed knit pullover (around waist); Ryan Roche lavender cardigan; Karen Gallo Carter sneakers
Wes Gordon blush stretch crepe long sleeved wrap dress; Ryan Roche cardigan
Tibi Maritime dress; Ryan Roche turtleneck; Karen Gallo Carter sneaker
Photographed by Robert Johnson
Styled by Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and makeup by Ashley Rebecca
Model: Lijie Liu (Marilyn)
Wes Gordon available at Net-a-Porter
Kaelen available here
Tibi available here
Ryan Roche available here
Creatures of the Wind available at Ikram
For Karolyn Pho, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Gallo available here
Creatures of the Wind
At more than three it’s officially a trend, and it didn’t take more than a day or two of shows for the fur stole to crop up as the accessory du jour.
Long, luxurious, nonchalant, and warm. What’s not to love? Jason Wu, Creatures of the Wind, Rodebjer, and Ohne Titel would all seem to agree that throwing one over your shoulder is the way to cozy up for fall.
We love the elegance of it, and are particularly enamored with the fun to be had as well (see: Creatures of the Wind’s spangled options, and Ohne Titel’s CMYK-colored swathes.) + Rodebjer added pockets. Pockets are always a good idea.
Photos: @ohnetitelny on Instagram
Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com
Creatures of the Wind:
New York Fashion week is finally here, and no slush, sleet nor snow could stop us.
Day one was opened with BCBG Max Azria’s twenty-fifth anniversary show (featured above). The show offered up the staples that have defined the “bon chic, bon genre” brand in new and fresh ways. Color blocking found itself in the form of gray, black, pink and turquoise graphic stripes. Asymmetrical hemlines were lengthened to cover the tops of knee high boots in a very apparent nod toward the ‘70’s. And fur was the mixed material of choice, adorning everything from outerwear to accessories (the fur clutch cum hand warmer was particularly clever.)
Jumping from the ‘70s to the ‘90s Richard Chai LOVE gave us a cleaned up version of grunge. The ‘90s influence was best epitomized by the effortlessness of layering t-shirts over thermals. Interesting textures helped update everything from a plaid mohair coat to a pair of sequin-adorned trousers. Hemlines were kept long on the few skirts found within in the sea of floral and striped patterned trousers. Clean-cut leather and shearling Andrew Marc jackets were a highlight of the show in an array of black, brown and bordeaux hues. The menswear was chockfull of slouchy trousers, striped suits and black boots. The pieces were made infinitely more interesting with some clever styling, a blouse tied around the waist to resemble a skirt for example.
Creatures of the Wind juxtaposed Eastern-inspired dress with Western tailoring and the outcome was gorgeous. The pieces that were most successful hung in balance between the two sides. The cuts were clean and the layering was kept simple. There was an effortlessness and elegance in the apparent restraint exercised (this best illustrated by the pairing of a black sparkly top with an otherwise prosaic mint green wool skirt.) The sure to be most coveted piece from the collection, an ankle length coat cinched at the waist in a blurred black and white pattern. The Creature of the show? Butterflies, seemingly blown in by the wind, landing on the lapels and buttons of a few different jackets.
Zimmermann’s show gave us the understanding of an Australian beatnik as inspired by her mother. Models were sent down the runway wearing metal “teddy” bow chokers, chunky patent brogues and sported slicked back hair, dark brows and even darker lips. Prints ranged from florals to collages of motorcycle parts but were all kept dark and moody in monochrome black and white. Floral printed dresses, skirts and tops were toughened up with cut outs that were lined in leather trim and then tied together with large, pearl metallic buttons. Contrasting to the tougher, stiffer pieces were cozy knits in the form of a sea foam green mohair vest and an oversized pink sweater with rows of knit balls. As with Creatures of the Wind the pieces that have us most excited are the coats, oversized and menswear inspired.