New Year’s Cleanse

No green juices involved, unless you so choose to sip some delish juiced veggies while reading this post.

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New Year, New You.  Time to take a break from the parties, the cocktails and all the other parts of the decadent life.   Why not do the same to your wardrobe?

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Closet Cleanse 2015!   Pull those pieces that you have not worn in over two years, and put them in a box.  Seal the box with tape, label it with a sharpie and record the date, all the while sniffling back the tears as you say adieu to those overalls, suede pants and fluorescent anythings.  Put the box in the attic / basement / garage / etc, and revisit it in six months.  If you’re closet resembles anything like Cher Horowitz’s (aka Alicia Silverstone in Clueless) then do 3+ boxes!

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If you haven’t missed any one piece uncontrollably, as in waking in the middle of the night tear-streaked cheeks from sobbing into the pillow yearning for that mustard yellow pilled sweater, then give that box of previously passionately loved clothes to a charity of your choice.

Incidentally, this is a picture of the closet at Teen Vogue’s office – dare to dream people, dare to dream!

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Funny reversecommuter story: my husband had a meeting at The New York Times and accidentally got off on the fashion floor – can you imagine?!?!?!?  He said he realized that if I had been with him he probably would never have seen me again!  LOL & painfully accurate!!!!

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Go reward yourself with the purchase of something that has been sitting in your Moda Operandi or net-a-porter wish list.  Maybe something in Pantone’s Color of the Year Marsala? Purging never looked so good!

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2014 Fashion Blog Recap a la ‘burbs!

Happy New Year!   SO excited to see what 2015 will bring!

Here is a look back at 2014.

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See you next week!

xo reversecommuter

Fly Me to the Moon

2nd day of reversecommuter’s 12 days of Outfits for Christmas Parties / Holiday Parties (whichever floats your seasonal boat), is dedicated to plumage.

Feathers make any outfit frivolous and fabulous!

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Easy example is this DKNY skirt, add a white t-shirt, jean jacket and a pair of nude pumps – perfection.

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Lela Rose’ feather embellished blouse is a perfect topper for the season, and works with anything to take it up a notch, even a pair of plain dark colored pants.

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Lanvin’s gorgeous feathered riding hat makes me believe in all Christmas magic – pretty please Santa I have been the perfect combination of naught & nice!

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Speaking of lovely feathery embossed Lanvin lovelies, take a looksie at this dress and it’s feathery trimmed swishiness!  Yes Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Enough about me and my Santa list (ongoing in it’s development as it is), let’s focus on the feather adorning Elizabeth and James’ blazer.  Fa La La just got bumped by OOOH LALA!

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Lest we forget the original site of ostrich feathered adornment, get a load of Sophia Webster’s ostrich sandals – purrrrrrrrrrrrr or whatever an ostrich says.

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

Beach + Friday = PURE HAPPINESS!

That’ll learn him!  Chip Wilson – ousted founder and former CEO of lululemon just sold 20.1 shares to Advent International – the investment banker brought in by lulu’s board once they decided to throw Chippy out.

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Remember when Chip told the bigger girls that lulu’s yoga pants were not meant for curvy body types on national tv?  BEST AWESOME CORPORATE F-UP EVER!!!!  (Click here for a reminder of the awesomeness!)

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The board wanted Chip gone immediately after that, and so Chip agreed to sell 20.1 million shares yesterday and made $845 MILLION.  reversecommuter is quite sure Chippy learnt a valuable lesson here…

Luxury design houses are starting to report lower sales and earnings, based primarily on China not buying as much as was projected.

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Tod’s just released a profit decline, citing China as well as two major US boutiques closing for renovations as the reason behind the lag.  CEO Diego Della Valle is optimistic that 2014 Fall Collection is strong enough to rally Tod’s clientele back into power shopping mode.

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Note to Diego, the awesome car shoe and delicious Italian leather handbags are what makes Tod’s clients deliriously happy, and apparently Simon Doonan a little bit hungry!   Attempting to draw us in for a clothing line hasn’t accomplished the same pull.  Stick to what you know, let the profits grow (catchy huh?!).

Champs in a flute and the sun shining is reason enough to slap on the fancy shoes and wow the world with that outfit you secretly want/need to wear…Do It!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Sunshine, happiness and fashion – all on a Friday no less!

Zacky’s back!  File under strange bedfellows, Zac Posen is now the Creative Director for Brooks Brothers, in an attempt to “modernize” their women’s line.

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Good Luck Zac, you might need to call in Nina Garcia & Heidi Klum to tap some of the creativity from Project Runway!

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Oh Solo Mio!  That is a little reversecommuter joke, as Brunello Cucinelli’s head office is located in a small Italian village called Solomeo (insert hysterical laughter here!!).  Brunello Cucinelli recently created a trust in his 2 daughters’ names and transferred the entire company’s money into the trust.

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Brunello created the trust to “ensure unified management” within his company but also to ensure the philanthropic and environmental focus of the company continues into the next generation of leadership.  Click here for more on Brunello and how much reverse commuter LOVES his luxe cashcash.

Wishing you a stupendously fabulous weekend filled with amazing outfits and endless champs!

xo reversecommuter