Hope everyone had an amazing holiday. The other day, I received the most thoughtful gift from my best friend Jaime. She knitted me a beautiful cream beanie hat. This makes me wish I could knit! Check out her artsy blog, My Still Life.
Yesterday, after class at FIT, I went over to the museum, where the Daphne Guinness exhibition was taking place. I have been meaning to take a look since the day it opened and was so glad I did. If you are planning on visiting New York sometime soon, or live here, be sure to check it out. The exhibition will be on view until January 7, 2012.
Daphne Guinness is a living fashion icon, heiress, actress, socialite, muse, collector of haute couture. Many pieces of clothing displayed were made especially for her. The exhibition was divided up into six different sections, with each section highlighting a part of her style. They were Dandyism, Armor, Chic, Evening Chic, Exoticism, and Sparkle. As I walked deeper into the exhibition, I felt the more costume-y the pieces were, and the more interested I became.
Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia couture pieces were dressed on the mannequins. Unfortunately pictures were off-limits, I would have loved to share but seeing it in person is incomparable. Some of my favorites were the Christian Dior tailcoat, Balenciaga formal long dress, Christian Lacroix navy blue silk satin evening dress, Gareth Pugh sheath dress and the Alexander McQueen “empire” style dress. Lastly, as I walked to the back of the exhibition, there stood a gorgeous black feathered Alexander McQueen cape.
Daphne has a bold and rare sense of individual style. She is not afraid to take a risk when it comes to fashion. If I were to collect anything, I couldn’t think of anything better than couture!
Who went out last night in NYC for FNO?! If you did, please share your fashion adventures here. Yesterday was another crazy long but fun eighteen-hour day for me. After a day of work, I ran home to get ready for the kick off to NYFW. But knowing the busy streets of New York, plans always change! I was aiming to go to a number of events and ended up spending my whole night downtown. First, I went down to the Meatpacking District where Pop Chips was sponsoring a circus-like event, then walked over to Giorgio Armani, where a new collection of glasses was being shown. Marketing was apparent everywhere throughout the night—companies had the perfect opportunity to show the best of themselves through one big fashion event.
At Armani, they handed out oversized black glasses frames that were fun and cute for taking pictures with friends. The photographers took polaroids of all the guests, attached them to the back of chic black leather notebooks and gave them out in shopping bags. They were called the “Frames of Life”. How adorable is that? I went to Hotel Gansevoort then headed to Washington Street followed by Soho, but by then it was 11pm and stores were closed. The one thing I would change is, since the city never sleeps, why should stores? Well, at least for the night!
The past week, I have to admit…I’ve been wearing a whole lot of black! But why is that? Why has black become the non-written uniform for almost all New Yorkers? Because it’s easy of course, it flatters everyone. But hey, it’s spring now. Take a look through my wardrobe and you’ll see every color under the rainbow, so where do those clothes go? They have been staying on their hangers.
Looking at the most recent runways, I see bright oranges, acid pinks and royal blues. Prada and Jil Sander definitely make that clear. Color is in! We should all be excited about it. In my Product Development class, we had a discussion that each color represents a mood. Next time I’m sad, I’ll reach for a soft blue cashmere V-Neck sweater, and when I’m feeling happy, I’ll throw on a bright yellow sundress. I’m sure walking down the street in these outfits will definitely brighten up your day.