Super Moons, Kendall (Jenner) + Jewels with Eddie Borgo: #NYFW Day 5

Eddie Borgo and some of his gorgeous new jewels

What day is it again? After toughing it out in the trenches — if braid bars and yoga and ogling gorgeous fashion can be called “the trenches” — for 5+ days, we’re starting to do things like sing, “What’s the day again,” to the tune of What’s My Age Again. Clever! We know.

BTW you can follow up through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro, @sarajanenyc, @emilyovaert, and of course at @blackbookmag.

Sara: Alyssa, where have you been at since we hung out with Eddie Borgo this morning., who I know you’ve hung out with before, but I LOVED him.

Alyssa: He’s great, isn’t he? It’s a treat to visit his showroom. There are always macarons… and I always try on jewelry. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to, but I can’t help it! It’s like playing dress up in your mom’s closet but with really cool, gorgeous, relevant jewelry, instead of, you know, pearls. Though I love pearls. June baby here.

And yes, I’m redoing my manicure as we type.

Sara: I remember saving up for one of his smaller bracelets when his line first came out so the fashion nerd in me was pretty psyched.

Alyssa: Yes! Same. So while Sara and I were hanging out with Eddie and his new collection, what did you get up to, Emily?

Emily: Saw Kendall, Georgia May Jagger, Alexa Chung, AND Anna Wintour.  Finally got some big celeb sightings in today.

Alyssa: Hanging’ with the big guns! I like how you don’t think Kendall needs a last name, but freaking Georgia May does.

Sara: Is it weird that I am significantly more excited by Alexa and Kendall than Anna? Anna sat in front of me at Bridges of Madison County a few months ago, though, and I did not watch it for a moment. Kendall (her agency?) decided she didn’t need a last name, which is so endlessly hilarious to me. Like, sweetie, we can’t forget 10 seasons.

Alyssa: BAHAHA. Yes. They’ve provided quality TV for some time now, and I say that without a hint of irony. I appreciate their contribution.

Emily: I feel like I can be on a first name basis with the Kardashians. But really, I was so excited to see Georgia. I’m a HUGE Rolling Stones fan, and she is rock royalty.

Alyssa: We can. There is no other Kim in the world. But also, Georgia May forever.

Sara: Actually just LOLed. One more celeb thing: Nicki (Minaj’s) video with the Alexander Wang models, dancing to Anaconda is one of the best things to come out of NYFW.

Anyway. My day was super chill. I spent the morning with Alyssa and Jacob for a hot sec with Eddie Borgo and then walked two blocks to the New Museum for a different kind of fashion show. They are showing an exhibit of Snoopy and his sister Belle, and shortly you will be able to read a whole article on this exhibit.

Alyssa: Hi, I did not know Snoopy had a sister.

Sara: Um, me neither, but they are an extremely well dressed sibling pair. Vintage Chanel, Gucci, and of course newer styles from the likes of DVF, VPL, Opening Ceremony, and more. I was actually really excited because I got a poster which someday, I will frame. THEN, I got a Snoopy manicure.

snoopy nails

Alyssa: But no framing today, because fashion is the only thing?

Sara: Not a chance. I walked west after the Phillipp Plein store opening and literally thought, wow, this is the first time I have been outside and not running to a show in DAYS. I was out late (for me, but I am 97) with Peyton List last night. By late, I really don’t mean that late. Like 1:30 a.m. But today I was so tired, I got a little weepy. Eek. Fashion-emergency.

Alyssa: Okay this is really important, but it’s the Super Moon. Full moon in full effect. Not even joking, be careful. There is a reason why it all feels nuts, aside from it being mid-fashion week.

Sara: Wait, that’s insane! I remember Lena Dunham ‘gramming bout that a few months ago, so I thought we were done with that ish.

Alyssa: My friend Cecilia (who is the coolest hairstylist ever so I trust her) actually just told me we have six coming up in 2015.

Emily: On that same thread, Stephen Hawkings also mentioned how the God particle he’s working with could destroy the entire universe AT ANY MOMENT HAHA. Just weird vibes all around today.

Sara: I READ THAT TOO!

Alyssa: What.

Emily: Apparently (ginger kid voice) we don’t have the machines big enough for it to collapse the entire universe, but if Stephen Hawkings talks about potential universal doom, I’m going to pay attention.

Important alert: Watch this:

Alyssa: Well, apparently, we just all need to keep an eye out this week circa Super Moon. So now you know why you’ve been weepy. Someone (wish I could remember who) tweeted that her NYFW survival tactic was to pretend every day is Wednesday. So I’ve been trying that.

Emily: I had a more chill day today as well but really happy I got to see the Tommy Hilfiger show! The stage was set like the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and Beatles songs played before the show started. Then when the models finally came out the playlist changed to include songs by Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones with a live band playing. Maybe it’s because that’s some of my favorite music but I absolutely loved it and thought it gave an awesome energy to the show.

Alyssa: I love good show music. There’s so much about seeing a show in person that helps in understanding the collection. You gotta feel the whole vibe! I have so many good songs stuck in my head now from this week…

Okay so it wasn’t a show, but a presentation, but you guys, Theory was really good! So chic, really beautiful. Just simple, clean, so well done, so nicely staged. Just… sigh.

Emily: Yes! I loved Theory as well. It was presented really well and felt like a cool art exhibit.

Alyssa: So who wins, Snoopy or Theory?

Sara: SNOOPY!

Alyssa: My vote’s for Theory…

Breaking: Olivier Theyskens Says Goodbye to Theory

Olivier Theyskens with models Daria Strokous, Constance Jablonski, and Sigrid Agren in June 2014. Image via Instagram.

Pre-spring 2015 — that’s the last time Olivier Theyskens will leave his mark on Theory, the brand that pulled him into the fold in 2010 with Theyskens Theory, a capsule collection named for the designer. In February during the fall shows, Theyskens seemed to be phasing out, showing not for Theyskens Theory, but for the Theory main collection.

No word yet on who will replace him at Theory, nor where Theyskens is headed next.

Who’s In At Oscar? Not Galliano.

This is what happens to prodigal designers who out-price themselves. After failed negotiations (Oscar wouldn’t front the money John Galliano wanted) Oscar de la Renta is reportedly looking for a new creative director, one who will work with Oscar for now, then take over when the 81-year old retires.

Galliano didn’t make the cut, but names like Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens (the designer who currently oversees Theory) have been thrown into the hat. Jason Wu’s name was on the list too, until he accepted a gig with Hugo Boss last year.

Prabal’s red carpet style is a great fit for Oscar… and Olivier’s been at Nina Ricci  — beautiful dresses are what both designers do.

Good luck to both.

Prabal Gurung


Olivier Theyskens

This Week’s NYC Happenings: Open Market, Film Feast, The Big Cheesy

MONDAY: Meat & Greet At The Meatpacking Fundraiser
Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen are among the boldface names coming out tonight for the Meatpacking District Improvement Association’s inaugural fundraiser. Highline Stages will host, with the whole neighborhood on hand for sampling. The Misshapes and Nancy of LCD Soundsystem are on DJ duty. Food and booze will be provided by the likes of Catch, Bagatelle, and Serafina. Joie, Jay Godfrey and, of course, VF highlight the sample sales.

Open Market at Highline Stages (440 W. 15th St., the Meatpacking District) starts 8pm, Monday the 18th. General admission tickets are $150. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: A Reel Cool Time At Nitehawk
Nitehawk Cinema takes dinner and a movie to a new level as part of their Tuesday night series known as “Film Feast.” Chef Sarah Nguyen of Marc Forgione lays out five courses of French cuisine while you enjoy the Parisian flair of Amélie. Absinthe will be paired, d‘accord.

Film Feast’s Améliescreening is at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg) at 7:30pm, Tuesday the 19th. Tickets are $95. To learn more about the cinema, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Say Cheese
Pop-up competition The Big Cheesy returns with seven melt masters squaring off at Openhouse Gallery. Returning champs Melt Shop will defend their grilled cheese crown against the likes of Murray’s Cheese Bar, ’wichcraft, and Sons of Essex.

The Big Cheesy at Openhouse (201 Mulberry St., Nolita) runs from noon–7pm on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the gallery and event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Theyskens Designs for Theory Reveal & Conceal

Fans of former Rochas and Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens were caught by surprise when it was announced not long ago that he would be taking on a full-time gig with Theory. Although the minimalist luxury label isn’t as acclaimed as the two fashion houses he previously worked for, there’s no question that it’s more accessible (even if the capsule collection—aptly-titled Theyskens Theory—still retails for over 20 percent more than Theory’s main line), and boy, is it sharp.

When the new collection debuted for spring 2011, editors and fans alike were pleased to see Theyskens’ inventive tailoring roll out on a new platform—think jackets with shrugged shoulders, versatile separates, and sleek silhouettes. For his second season with the label, the designer delivers the same expert construction, but takes us on a bit of a visual roller coaster, proving that Theyskens’s own design theory really has no boundaries.

The collection starts off with revealing gothic-inspired pieces:

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Then a more conservative look emerges, in signature Theory simplicity:

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By the end, we see a combination of both styles – sexy hot pants and a sheer blouse topped with a more serious, boxy overcoat.

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See the complete collection here.

Photos via Fashionologie

The Lady Suit

It’s no mystery—the suit look is hot right now for ladies. Seen on red carpets and celebrities left and right, it has caught on like wildfire. Some have pulled it off, like Jessica Alba at the FN Achievement Awards, while others have come off a bit masculine (ahem, Winona Ryder). While I do think the suit look is cute, I don’t like when it veers off of the trendy road and into the man zone (they’re already making a run on our purses). Here are some pointers on getting the look while maintaining your femininity. Stick to fitted styles, tapered pants, and cropped blazers. Also, lose the men’s tie and go for a more feminine bow collar. Yes, ladies we can do everything men can, but we don’t need to dress exactly like them.

Ann Taylor Wool Sateen Collarless Jacket, $218.

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Theory Tie-Neck Blouse, $139.

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Decades Denim Nadia Velvet Tux Pant, $129.

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Vince Camuto Kain2 Pump, $89.

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Two Sample Sales to Get Excited About

So many sample sales, so little time. Tracy Reese is also holding her sample sale this week starting December 1st. It’s two days only and most samples are well under $100. Brands include Tracy Reese, Frock & Plenty. RSVP on Facebook here. Where: 260 Fifth Ave. 2nd floor. When: December 1st and 2nd, 9am to 7:30pm.

The Theory women’s sample sale is next week! Blazers, dresses, blouses and skirts, oh my! All deeply discounted and ready for your closet. Stop by early for the best selection and don’t forget to bring a cart (or your boyfriend) to carry your goods! Where: 261 W. 36th Street, 2nd floor. When: December 1st-December 5th, 10am-7pm Wed.-Fri. 10am-5pm Sat.& Sun.

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Inspired By: Buttoned-Up Shirts

My favorite thing about a fully buttoned shirt is how it can instantly make any outfit look super-polished. Worn with everything from prep skirts to vintage cut-offs, a white button-down oxford is something everyone should have and probably already does (think of your trusty interview outfit you haven’t touched in ages). I love the fitted version Hanneli Mustaparta snapped of the girl above, as well as a more loose style in billowy silk or chiffon. These shirts look just as good styled in a more relaxed way, but there’s something about that top button and a well-displayed collar that changes the whole vibe.

From top: Theory Larissa Shirt, $190; Rag & Bone Marais Boyfriend Shirt, $195; Acne Troj 2 Oversized Shirt Blouse, $305.

See what Olivier Theyskens Has Been Cooking Up at Theory

Earlier this week news broke that Olivier Theyskens, the wunderkind designer who had been let go from both Rochas and Nina Ricci in the last five years, was finally embarking on a full-fledged return to fashion via the Japanese-owned Theory. Theyskens broke his design hiatus this past year when he designed a capsule collection for the minimalist label, which debuted at FW10 fashion week. He was subsequently hired on as the company’s artistic director, overseeing Theory’s entire women’s ready-to-wear collection. Now, just a week after the news surfacing, so have images of Theyskens’ entire line for Theory SS11. Behold bare midriffs aplenty, as well as the draped, dramatic, yet sleek silhouettes with which Theyskens has been synonymous for well over a decade.

Hemlines on skirts and dresses are floor-grazing in keeping with a dominant theme at SS11 fashion month, and denim is likewise worn low, hitting somewhere around mid-hip. Many of Theyskens’ trousers for spring are cropped – that is, when they’re not long and full and flared. The former is a bit Thom Browne with a dose of Hedi Slimane circa Dior Homme thrown in for good measure; the latter offers an interesting avant-garde interpretation of the 70s silhouette reintroduced so strongly by Celine this past spring. Sumptuous leather pants and a minidress also make an appearance in a collection whose palette is predominantly black and olive or navy hued. Its mood is simultaneously dark, brooding, and ethereal. Considering it marks Theyskens’ successful transition into contemporary wear (keeping in mind his critics often cited the inaccessible price point of his designs as his downfall), it’s a collection that, overall, looks bright.