Fashion & Finance Friday!

Friday of a loooong weekend – Everybody Dance!

John Galliano has landed.  Maison Martin Margiela has signed Dior’s former designer was handpicked by Renzo Rosso (controversial billionaire owner of Diesel, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf) as MMM’s creative director.

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Let’s hope they celebrate with sparkling water as alcohol produces anti-Semitic rants a la Galliano.  shame.

Choupette you little minx!

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Stretching all her furry fabulousness all over the OPEL car, posing for her calendar spread while being shot by none other than King Karl! purrrrrrrrrrrrr  (that one is for you Cowboys&Crossbones).

FLOTUS knows Fashion – or atleast holds one heck of a designer laden luncheon.

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Michelle Obama hosted the White House’s first Fashion education workshop, that she thought up with Anna Wintour last year while re-opening the Costume Institute.  Providing hands on workshops for fashion students while mingling with designers such as Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Bibhu Mohapatra and Naeem Khan, and Lucky Editor Eva Chen.  FLOTUS was on trend with her beach waves hair and a navy sleeveless racerback dress that was designed by one of the FIT students – how cool is that?!?!  Only question reversecommuter has is where was Ralph Lauren and Anna Wintour?!?

Slap on your favorite Louboutins, pour the champs and toast the weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Green is the New Black

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Pharrell happily does it with bionic yarn and G-Star.

The plastic garbage in our ocean (6x more than sea life) is transformed into bionic yarn’s denim – actually fibre that can be made into clothes – gorgeous, cool, style that does way more good than ANY designer denim EVER has.  Shop the collection here!

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Stella McCartney does it with a lifelong commitment to sustainability, no fur no leather no suffering just green.  Highlighted recently by reversecommuter, Stella’s Green Carpet Collection was inspiring, beautiful, clean and pretty.  Despite all of those attributes it was also green!

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Über-fab Australian accessories line LouenHide uses polyurethane PU and it looks like leather, feels like leather and the price is silly – as in good silly!

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FYI Their cosmetic pouches make a phenomenal evening clutch.

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Our planet is such a delicate, amazing place filled with unlimited inspiration for fashion, art and imagination.  Making a small difference individually can result in a monumental change for the good.

 

 

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

King Karl shot is right out of the park as per usual on September 30th during PFW.

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The knit pant trend a la Chanel and Marc Jacobs was prevalent on the runway, as were bullhorns for a rambunctious closing in the form of a fashion protest!

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Looking to learn more about Chanel, such as what King Karl thinks or what playlist Michel Gaubert put together (great to use when putting together dinner party playlists), or even what Choupette is up to?  Visit ChanelNews.com and click away to your misplaced-parisienne heart’s content!

Stuart Weitzman is known for his over-the-knee boot, aka the 5050 leather in the front, micro spandex stretch in the back (think of it as the mullet boot!).

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Now Stuart is going for #ROCKROLLRIDE über fashion-focused wild abandon weekend away gorgeousness in the form of a video directed by Julia Restoin Roitfeld, a model and daughter of Carine, former editor of Vogue Paris and absolute fashion muse.  Poppy Delevingne, sister of model of the moment Cara, and Dylan Penn, model and daughter of the ultimate Princess Bride, Robin Wright, star in the video.  reverse commuter is beyond LOVING this video, the fashion, the music, the editing, it all just works seamlessly, barely noticeable is that you are being sold a pair of boots!

Design your very own pair of the Lowland online here, and obsess over the video all day long – you are very welcome.

Pack a picnic, including a flute and a bottle of champs, wear amazing boots, throw in a little fringe, and make your own version of the video this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

Warm Spumoni

How is it already happening?

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It is cold enough that burying your face in the clean clothes fresh out of the dryer feels like a spa treatment.  A stretch I know, but reversecommuter really hates the cold!

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A solid plan is needed to make it through winter 2014/15, and this plan is called “Operation Bright Coat“.  How bad can a snow storm really be if my coat is a fashionable bright beacon?

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Can a polar vortex play havoc with circulation if my coat is screaming happy-color-coded-cashmere thoughts?  I think not.

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Scattered throughout this post are some of the semi-final contestants of the “I’m reversecommuter’s new spumoni inspired winter coat!“, (really exciting big contest in some parts).  Just click on the picture to go shopping, and try not to focus on the ice cream reference.  :)

Budget Friendly Tip of the Day: don’t forget to check out the daily deals on some of the shopping sites such as Gilt.com and RueLaLa.com.

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reversecommuter did a quick search at Gilt.com and found this awesome Oscar de la Renta cashmere coat, originally $3690 now $1499!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Still warm enough for open toe shoes and it’s Friday – Double Whammy of Awesomeness!

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Victoria Beckham opened her first store yesterday in London and it is an environment of beauty worthy of her luxe line.  The architecture, the lighting, the cascading videos walls showcasing her fashion shows, the clean lines throughout and the simplicity of the clothing presentation is jaw droopingly perfect.

reversecommuter cannot wait to experience 36 Dover Street in London in person.

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Alber Elbez is a genius in clothing design and in understanding women.  He prepared for Lanvin’s Paris Fashion Week show by sitting in cafes watching women walk by, busy in their lives.  Alber realized that to women fashion is “all or nothing”, and the collection reflected this brilliantly.

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Elbez also brought back a few of his favorite models to walk the show to help celebrateLanvin’s 125th anniversary.  He stated that the more experienced models (aka older) didn’t need nearly as much makeup as the younger crew.

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Alber weighs the success of a dress by whether or not he can see the model’s face.  reversecommuter LOVES this!  You know that moment when you put on an outfit and you feel invincible, gorgeous and positive all at once?

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So does Alber Elbez and that is how he creates.  Tremendous reason to increase my obsession with Lanvin.

Live this weekend like you don’t have children that wake up at 6am.  Pop the champs with wild abandon that definitely does not reflect all the chauffeuring, sports activities, playdates and chores that await you the next morning!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Getting Mooned!

Half mooned to be precise.  On the nails.

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One of the strongest nail trends that came out of NYFW was the half-moon mani.

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Metallic base was the most prevalent, but there are no rules in mani-land.  Get creative!

 

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There is even room for the Mademoiselle & Bubble Bath muted colors.  SWOON!

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Yet another way to subtly rock the ‘burbs!

Transatlantic Transcendence!

Bibhu Mohapatra is a designer who deftly manipulates fur, fabric and designs into jaw dropping elegance.

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New York based Mohapatra began working for J Mendel, Parisien furrier extraordinare.  Bibhu travelled to Paris to work with Mendel’s father, Jacques, who taught Bibhu the intricacies of working with fur.

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In 2009 Mahapatra launched his first solo collection, notably his main focus was evening gowns and furs.  Bibhu’s Spring 2015 Collection had been spinning around in his mind for a couple of years but despite a vague nautical direction, the full definition was somewhat incomplete.

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Until two years ago when Bibhu Mohapatra sailed transatlantic for seven days on The Queen Mary, with his partner, spotty internet,  and a library littered with random yet fascinating titles.  His book of choice was a biography on Nancy Cunard, heiress to the Cunard shipping line,  an adventurous woman who’s spirit inspired Bibhu.   Cunard, along with the transatlantic voyage, helped to seamlessly create and define Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2015 Collection.

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The Spring 2015 Collection offers an interesting element of fur, an element notably absent from most designers when presenting that season.  Bibhu’s mastery in working with fur to make it pretty, fun and light are a testimony to his years learning the trade.  Saks Fifth Avenue carries his line, a must!

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His cuts and tailoring are masterfully appreciative of the female body, slipping into one of his dresses is like being luxuriously cucooned in the finest fabrics perfectly molded onto your body.  It is truly an experience better than chocolate!

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Evening gowns with spiralgraph-esque patterns cascading down the skirt, a pattern Bibhu created himself.  But if evening gowns are not currently part of your wardrobe, he has extended his creations to cigarette pants and organza flanked crop tops in the same swirly  movement.

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Furs in a perfect pink, manipulated into looking like polyantha roses (perfect tiny super fragrant roses) set on buttery soft leather in that same exact perfect pink.

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Beautiful beading can be found throughout the collection, and Bibhu told me the secret to it’s decadence.

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He uses a beader who relocated to India from Paris, and is also the Balenciaga beader.  The detailed work speaks for itself!

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reversecommuter was fortunate enough to be invited to play dress up in this delicious little number I dubbed ‘naughty Mrs. Cleaver goes on safari’ (much to the amusement of Bibhu!).  The tight fitting bodice is enveloped with a satin filled skirt that playfully offers the most decadent of details – pockets!  The safari reference comes from an unexpected frivolity on the back of the dress, two trench styled flaps that sit on the shoulder blades – SO FUN!

Silly sidebar moment – I told Bibhu I was mildly obsessed with look #10 from his NYFW and he immediately pulled this dress.  Apparently we share an obsession!

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The Collection is fun, as is the designer.  He is grateful to where he is at this exact moment, and wants to grow “with baby steps, surround himself with good people and focus on his passion.”  His energy, confidence and warmth are intoxicating, almost as much as his clothing.