The Forbidden Fruit

Fall 2013 reversecommuter was under self-imposed exile from the color grey.

Armani Grey Gorgeousness Fall 2014

I mean pahleeeze – how can one fashion obsessed blogger stay away from all this depth, richness, texture and blatant cashmereness?!?!?

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Celine Stylish ComfyWomfy Grey 2014

Could not wear it, buy it or even think about it.  Fall 2012 I kinda sorta went grey overboard.  Cold Turkey, self-instilled.

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Ralph Lauren Grey Goddessness Fall 2014

New year, new shopping lust list!  WHOOP WHOOP!

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The Row Grey Blanket Coat & Dress Fall 2014

Clearly in Fall 2014 there is a severe risk of Overdosing on Grey Gorgeousness!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Proenza Schouler kindly designed reversecommuter’s new coat!!!! DROOL DROOL!!!

 

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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Fashion & Finance Friday!

It’s a LOOOOOOONG Weekend!!!!  WHOOOP WHOOOP!!!!!!!!!!

Ever wondered by Monaco’s Charlotte Gasiraghi has been the subject of Gucci’s equestrian ad campaign?  Yes she is an accomplished rider but it actually goes a little deeper.  Gucci loved Grace Kelly (Charlotte’s grandmother), the Italian design house created the Flora scarf for her.  The Gucci Museo in Florence offers a fascinating review of the fashion house’s archives, and the Flora scarf is one collection not to miss.

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reversecommuter has visited the Gucci Museo in Florence a few times – a friend of mine suggested it was a return to the Mother Ship – loved that!

Target has to find some new hoops to jump through.  Wall Street spanked the discount bulk retailer and sent their shares down 2% after Target released it’s first quarter numbers.  Analysts want Target to get back to what Target did best – bringing in customers.  Wall Street does not believe in the designer collaborations, and reversecommuter is whole heartedly in agreement!  Fast Fashion is never the answer.  Focus on inexpensive paper towels and cleaning supplies and leave fashion to the experts please!

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Proenza Schouler had a Target collection when they were starting out and wanted to maximize on the marketing exposure Target would offer.  When Jack & Lazaro visited Boston in 2013, they were the first to recognize they would probably not do something like that again and were not particularly proud of the product.

Enjoy the loooooong weekend – that means put on something pretty and pop the champs!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday

Happy Dance All Around, it’s Friday!

NYC was THE fashion hotspot this past week.  FLOTUS opened the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5th.  A ridiculously impressive list of attendees including Alber Elbez, Marc Jacobs, Andre Leon Talley, Ralph Lauren,  Proenza Schouler, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang were on hand to watch the most powerful bob in the fashion world open her namesake Costume Center.

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The Met Ball was held on May 5th, 2014 and this year the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute was “White tie & tails” to celebrate the work of Charles James – who’s work is coincidentally being profiled at the MET, and is divine!

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reversecommuter’s favorite dresses included Donatella Versace, all the Stella McCartney pink girls and Victoria Beckham in her own stunning white design.

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How much does a fundraiser filled with A-listers actually raise?  Considering the 2014 Met Ball entrance was a modest (!!) $25,000 ticket,  it is a safe bet that this will be a banner year for the Costume Institute’s coffers!  Fair estimates of $12 Million are the buzz on the street.

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Speaking of the gorgeous classic look of Victoria Beckham, the tally on her Met Ball outfit (which apparently was on the low side of the crowd) was a mere $2.5 MILLION – and keep in mind she designed her own dress, so one can assume a slight discount on the retail price of $4718, which you can purchase online in the fall.

In celebration of a fabulously glamourous week of MET life (lol), pour some champs and enjoy in a gown…while saluting your mother /and or yourself if you are a mother – loose interpretation allowed!  :)

Happy Weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Hot Diggity it is finally here!!!!  Happy Friday!!

Fashion reporters make news too.  Sartorialist favorite Bruce Pask for instance, (nope, he isn’t just some impeccably dressed dude who happens to always get snapped!).

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Pask, formerly the men’s fashion director for the New York Times, has joined Bergdorf Goodman as the most magical retailer in the universe’s men’s fashion director.  CONGRATS!

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And not to leave out the ladies, The New York Times has scooped Vanessa Friedman, ultra classy fashion editor of the Financial Times, as fashion director and chief fashion critic.  Vanessa will be replacing UBER fashion journalism institution Suzy Menkes, who announced she was leaving the NYTimes last month.

images-1As if the crazy schedule of the international Fashion Weeks wasn’t enough of a whirlwind, now it continues in the print!

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CFDA announced it’s nominees for this year’s Designer of the Year awards in NYC March 11th, at a DVF hosted bash.

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Women’s Designer of the Year is up for grabs between Marc Jacobs, Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang.

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Men’s Designer of the Year is a battle between Public School (YAY!), Rag & Bone and Thom Browne.

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Accessory Designer of the Year is a PHENOMENAL KNOCK DOWN DRAG OUT between The Row, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang.

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This year’s host is the eccentrically moustached John Waters, and the magnificent man of all this sexy, Tom Ford, will be honored for Lifetime Achievement.  CFDA what a powerfully packed event June 2nd promises to be!!!!

Pop the champs, throw a strawberry in the flute and enjoy your fancy self!

xo reversecommuter

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O.W.O = One Weekend Outfit.

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Went into Boston’s South End yesterday for a little promenade, lattes and a red velvet cupcake for the little dude (big siblings out at various play dates).

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The THAW has officially begun, which in Boston means the snow begins to melt and the salt is still inches deep on the streets – do not wear the good boots out!

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Now that winter is on the way out, reversecommuter is getting all reved up about Spring Collections and a big ol’ dose of retail therapy!!  Jonathan Simkhai’s quilted pony hair bomber from Fall ’13 reminded me of his incredible Spring Collection.  There really is no simple explanation of how reversecommuter’s mind works!  :)

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Bought an awesome new cookbook on my walk – have to share as it is meatless Monday, and this cookbook is vegetarian deliciousness!  Click here to get it!

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Speaking of vegetarian…Don’t forget to like reversecommuter’s FaceBook page to be entered into the KALE sweatshirt giveaway – click this blue phrase for all the details  – contest over tomorrow!

Fashion & Finance Friday

Everybody do The Happy Dance!  It’s finally Friday!!

The CFDA offers it’s winning contestants mentoring as part of the package.  NYC’s Public School won this year, and they are now going to be guided by the President of Alexander Wang (who by the way, is not actually Alexander Wang, but rather Rodrigo Bazan).  This year’s runners up are Marc Alarv and Juan Carolos Obando.  Marc is going to be mentored by Tomas Maier (OHEMGEEEE) and Juan Carolos will received industry guidance from the CEO of Proenza Schouler.

 

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reversecommuter thinks that in this instance coming in second wasn’t so bad!  :)

Travel is a great fashion influencer.  Whenever reversecommuter travels, a new look is discovered.  Recently in Miami (click here for more on that little bit of sunshine) I noticed a serious love of boots & shorts put together.  It ranged from sequin shorts and a plain tank, jean cutoffs with over the knee suede boots and even khaki shorts with a leather hiking boot.

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reversecommuter loves the opportunity to take a look and translate it into my own style – that is what fashion is all about!

Victoria Beckham is a busy designer jetsetting all across the Pond.  Recently in NYC for a whirlwind 2 day visit, looking dynamite in reversecommuter’s all time fave color – navy blue.

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Victoria recently announced she will be setting up a NYC based office for her label, and will be opening a stand alone boutique for her line in London.  Stating that after building the brand for the past five years, she is now ready to deliver a shop catering to her clients’ tastes and needs.  LOVE!!!

Wishing you a weekend filled with bubbles, fun outings and perhaps even a fab outfit combining shorts & boots!

xo reversecommuter