Fashion & Finance Friday!

Bring on the LOOOOOONG Choco-Bunny Weekend!

“It’s good to have goals.” – One of reversecommuter’s favorite mantras, and it appears the same can be said for The Gap Inc.  in regards to China.  Gap has 81 stores in China and is planning on adding 30 more shops this year.  Gap Inc. will probably consider introducing additional Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores into China in the next 2 years.

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The Gap wants to reach $1BILLION in sales in China by 2017.  How do you say “Khaki’s Everywhere” in Mandarin?

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reversecommuter mini-rant (* DIRECT bi-product of being cooped inside since Sunday with sick stomach flu children – apologies!)

The world’s total clothing spenditure is $1.4 Trillion.  If Gap Inc. hits $1 Billion by 2017, reversecommuter shudders to think how very similar everyone’s outfits will be.  At the risk of ranting (on a Fashion & Finance Friday no less!), fashion is not about looking like everyone else, nor is it about mass producing inexpensive, poor quality clothing – that puts garment workers in developing countries at risk.

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King Karl once again proves his regal worthiness.

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Despite the shared opinion of reversecommuter and Karl Lagerfeld (um, how much fun was that sentence to write?!?!?), it seems as though the fashion world’s love of all things workout-y is expanding.  How is it that the suburban masses of yoga pant uniformed housewives are influencing Paris, Milan, New York and London?!?!?!  net-a-porter is rumored to be expanding the website into workout wear, Tory Burch is about to launch her workout line, and Lululemon is about to launch their “&Go” line of everyday clothing.

reversecommuter mini-rant Part II (* DIRECT bi-product of being cooped inside since Sunday with sick stomach flu children – apologies!)

Tory Burch being “influenced” by recognizing a lot of women wear their gym clothes all day makes reversecommuter once again ask “how is she considered a leading designer in fashion?”.  And if designers waive the white flag and surrender their creativity based on the bored masses in their yoga pants and unkept ponytails, this era will be more horrific than the 80′s shoulder pad debacle.

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reversecommuter appreciates gorgeous, stylish workout clothing probably more than most, perfect example is this adidas by Stella McCartney top I just nabbed on net-a-porter.com, but I will be wearing it to work out in, and then I will shower, float around on my endorphin high and change into other clothes!

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Easter Weekend is upon us, get ready for happy, giggly children, pastel outfits, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts, family time, sugar highs, and Easter bonnet parades (my absolute favorite Bill Cunningham spread in the New York Times Fashion section of all year!!!!).

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Dress up, smile for all you have and add some champs to that glass of o.j. at Easter Brunch!

xo reversecommuter

Fornasetti Focused

reversecommuter has a little bit of a ceramic crush…

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on Fornassetti pieces from Italy!

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Originally created by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) in Milan, the Fornasetti house is best known for it’s ceramics, specifically the plates.  Piero’s son, Barnaba has taken over the family business (great news for us) and continues the strict control of the images and creative process.

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The plates and some of the furniture pieces created by Fornasetti have the face – and variations of the face – of Italian opera soprano Lina Cavalieri, after Piero randomly found her picture in a magazine.

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The paper patterns drawn by Piero are still used in creating the hand crafted items in the Milano atelier, and the distribution is an intensely guarded process. When you contact the Fornasetti shop in Milan, they will guide you through the purchasing process and how to avoid fakes which litter the resale market.  Deal with a reputable source to maintain the value and authenticity – designer products don’t deserve fake support!

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The products available today maintain the strict creative process originated by Piero while living in Milan - in fact, you can visit the house and intimately walk amongst the books, drawings and music that inspired the creations via the Fornasetti website – reversecommuter’s fave pic is that of Piero drawing outside, inside a bathtub!

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reversecommuter wants to amass a wall’s worth!  And even though the Fornasetti images are created on wallpaper (gorgeousness!!!!!!), I am holding out for the actual ceramic plates!

Needles, Eggs, Roses & Stripes

Day started with a double dose of cortisone shots – big needle for each foot – as a preemptive approach to Monday’s Boston Marathon (psychosomatic healing works for wimps!)…

needlesThen home on doctor’s orders to put my bandaged feet up, just relax and smell the proverbial pre-race roses…

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Never one to actually sit in one place for more than 5 minutes…my plan was to boil up a bunch of eggs, gather up the banditos and have them sparkle, tie-dye and create some fab Easter eggs…

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Stomach flu has derailed the plans.  Very sick little banditos in the casa.  Nothing but popsicles and apple juice on the horizon.  Poor babies.  Rumor has it the Easter Bunny is shopping overtime online (while resting her feet) to bump up the Easter basket fillings…

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Playing Doctor

Spring arrived with a resounding heat wave!

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So fashion blogger/doctor/mama is working full time healing the little one.

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No need pulling out the designer duds on a day that really calls for a hazmat suit…

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Bring on the head to toe J. Crew.

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Accessorized with Peter Pan collar, Celine espadrilles, Gucci bag and a toy stethoscope naturally!

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First Date in Dubai

reversecommuter had a first date in Dubai last week.

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It was not with a camel.

It was with Mitzee Mee, a gorgeous, funny, extremely well traveled blogger (click the blue to visit her fab travel and lifestyle blog).  Mitzee Mee lives in Dubai (lucky), used to be a pilot (lucky), is married to a pilot (lucky) and is busy planning her summer trips (lucky!!).

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As mentioned in a previous posting, reversecommuter was concerned about packing appropriate clothing to wear in a predominantly Muslim city.  This Alexander Wang dress was my most risque choice, above the knees and with sheer paneling.  Full disclosure, it was my last night in Dubai and we met at an outdoor bar at my hotel.

Thanks for the pic Mitzee Mee!

fyi O.W.O. is back next week.

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Helloooooo Fabulous Friday!

reversecommuter is going to deliver Fashion & Finance Friday with a little Arab flair today – one last hurrah for Dubai!

Camel Selfie!

Camel Selfie!

Dubai is responsible for 40% of the world’s gold trade, and after visiting the Gold Souk in the old part of the city, I conquer.  The value of the physical gold traded in Dubai is $75 MILLION, which explains the wealth that is displayed in the city’s infrastructure, architecture, inhabitants and their fashion!

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Gold Souk

And where better to spend some of that gold trade money but The Mall of the Emirates. The MoE (my acronym) is the 7th most lucrative shopping mall in the world.  The 2.5 MILLION square foot mall, (of which reversecommuter walked quite a few) is host to numerous designer boutiques including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci etc etc etc.

MoE & Me!

MoE & Me!

Over 535 international stores can be found in the mall, as well as an indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, as well as over 95 restaurants and two hotels.  The Mall of the Emirates also offers world class fashion & people watching – honestly what more could you ask for?!

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Ski Dubai

Just be aware of the MoE’s interesting “Courtesy Policy”.

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MoE Courtesy Policy

Enjoy the weekend, pop some champs, dress up a little and celebrate the present moment!

xo reversecommuter

 

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Abaya Babes

Visiting Dubai was truly the experience of a lifetime!

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Camel rides on the beach…

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Architecture that defies gravity and redefines structure…

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The Gold Souk – a gold market overflowing with all things 18 & 24K, intricately woven necklaces, rings, bracelets, and charms being hawked in fluorescent lit shops by deal promising Arabs…

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Visiting Dubai was also learning experience, one in culture and as a result I now have a new appreciation for the Abaya, the black cloak worn in public by Muslim women.

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Researching the cultural restrictions prior to leaving, reversecommuter was WORRIED about what part of my wardrobe I would actually be able to wear in Dubai (click here to revisit).  According to Muslim customs, Western women should have everything from the shoulders to the knees covered in public.   Uh…that eliminates my entire summer wardrobe.  Truly.

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Once I arrived in Dubai I noticed that Westerners were taking the dress code quite lightly.  As in Daisy Dukes, revealing sloppy tank tops and mini skirts galore.  All of a sudden the Abaya approach seemed to offer an element of class and grace. Prior to Dubai, the Abaya symbolized oppression and control to me. Dubai taught me that  it’s Abaya wearing women, who by the way compliment the black cloak with 6 inch towering Dior electric blue stiletto sandals, Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags, expertly applied kohl pencil cats’ eyes, eyelash extensions and brilliantly painted talons, carried themselves with a quiet sophistication and femininity rarely delivered by the yoga pant uniform that has swept across the U.S.  Flashes of designer jeans and flowing wide leg linen pants peeked out of the abayas, gold belts synched the waists, and even the cloaks themselves were sometimes adorned with lace, Swarovski crystals and peekaboo organza patches.

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Poolside I was grateful for the Western summer uniform of a bikini, and the discomfort potential of a black cloak in 100+ degree desert heat is not something reversecommuter will be signing up for anytime soon, but thanks to Dubai’s Muslim women, I now have a new respect and appreciation for the Abaya adorned, with their grace, confidence and air of quiet superiority to the oafy daisy duked.