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.

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

FRIDAY IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NYFW is done – everybody exhale.

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reversecommuter’s personal faves include Jonathan Simkhai’s shards of glass dresses, Victoria Beckham’s stripes, Proenza Schouler’s fringe (MAJOROMG!!!!), Calvin Klein’s minimalist gorgeousness all round, and Marc Jacob’s pink house set and those amazing hobo bags.  Onward to London!

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Guccio Gucci (great-grandson of The Original Guccio Gucci, who founded Gucci) is under house arrest after being found guilty of fraudulent bankruptcy.  Guccio no longer works for the family firm (he left in 1989).   Rather he attempted to launch his own line of handbags, which didn’t work and he filed bankruptcy…and apparently syphoned the assets in an attempt to save a little money.  Not so buono Guccio.

Enjoy the last remnants of summer this weekend.  Champs o’clock!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Excuse me, do you speak FASHIONWEEK?

Living the dream in the ‘burbs?  Up at 6am, down at 11pm, nonstop giggles filling the hours?

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Desperate Housewife clinging to your style and love of fashion, yet as a “Real Housewife of SOMEBURB” you are uncomfortably friendly with your yoga pants?

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Have no fear, reversecommuter is here to provide a quick translation of the New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 designs that are walking the runway up until Friday September 12.  Parlaying the fashions into ‘burbspeak, an everyday interpretation directly into your wardrobe!

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Wide leg culottes – buy them now.  Wear them now with sandals, flip flops or heels.  Parlay them into fall with ankle boots, brogues and a denim jacket.  Winterize them with boots.

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Navy Blue.  Classic, cool, rich, navy blue.  (full disclosure, this is reversecommuter’s all time fave color!!)  Invest in a great piece worthy of this color.  Think navy blue blazer (so good with ripped jeans, shorts and patterned pants).  Maybe a navy blue jumpsuit.  Something meaningful, significant and navy.

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Lace has invaded the runway in a Valentino pleasing manner!  Veronica Beard, Jonathan Simkhai, Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Philip Lim, Cynthia Rowley and more, all offering gorgeous, light, airy, lace detailed pieces.

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Light blue.  Think robin’s egg and invest in it.  Rosie Assoulin and Jonathan Simkhai (who’s dress was inspired by broken glass shards), delivered my personal favorites.

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Start lightly with a t-shirt or sweater, test drive the light blue color, fall in love deeply before a heavy investment.  This is a great color to break up the grey winter blahs!

 

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Sorry.  Late posting.  I blame the weather.

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Jason Wu just presented a beyond-beautiful Spring 2015 Collection that was all about mules, navy blue *reversecommuter’s all-time-fave-color*, crisp whites, gorgeous tailored lines and rich suedes.

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Seemingly the perfect collection to launch on the day he announced he had sold a majority share to Interluxe.  CEO Gary Wasner has long been a Jason Wu fan, and the influx of cash will help him polish up his online business as well as build a flagship store.  Congratulations on a banner day!

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Choupette’s Shupette Shu Umera Holiday Line has released a sneak peak at the feline-ferociously gorgeous make-up!

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Click here to read more on this kitty-cat collaboration.

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It’s enough to make a fashion blogger PURRRRRRRRRRR!

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NYFW is officially underway, which means reverse commuter is getting no sleep this weekend!

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Better pop the champs, raise the flute and smile for everything that makes you look taller, thinner and more fashionable!

xo reversecommuter

O.W.O. City/Beach Style

Ever been to a busy bustling city that has a sandy beach one block away from your hotel?

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reversecommuter is experiencing this strange phenomenon right now in Chicago…and liking it!

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Perfect outfit to take you from surf & sand straight to shopping at THE coolest shop in Chitown?  Shan bikini, 100% Capri linen oversized shirt, Rag & Bone cut offs, Havaiana flip flops and a Panama hat to cover up the post-swim hair!

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IKRAM is a women’s boutique, art gallery and restaurant all tied into one tidy luxe red ribbon of fantastic!

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Click here to peruse the boutique, and all the phenomenal designers that live there.

P.S. Completely addicted to the contents of this bottle.  Harmless Harvest’s Pink, raw, delicious coconut water (did you know it is better than sports drinks to replenish and rehydrate?).  Can you think of a better way to recover from the beach and strengthen up for shopping?!?!?

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