Sensational Simkhai at Saks!

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted the ridiculously fabulous Jonathan Simkhai for a day of style, swings and seriously decadent designer wear.


‚Äčreversecommuter has been consistent in my adoration and appreciation for the design and talent of Jonathan Simkhai


Seriously, take a tour through the past four years of this blog and count the numerous mentions of one of my absolute favorite designers!


Fun story about the white lace top I am wearing – Saks special ordered three of these for the event, and all three were snapped up before 2pm yesterday, in fact we were all trying them on at the same time, three dressing rooms in a row!


Yesterday’s Saks event was tremendous and proves that Jonathan Simkhai is a designer that knows what his clients desire.  Despite his crazy busy schedule, international clientele and mind-boggling success – he danced with Gigi & Kendal for Vogue for Pete’s Sake, he was absolutely in the moment in Boston.


Jonathan was literally running between jam packed dressing rooms yesterday, meeting and greeting his clients as well as offering customized one on one alterations and suggestions.  #fashionswoon!ūüíē

He suggested I try this dress on – so obviously I did!  

Sadly it was too big but perhaps a revisit may occur if an appropriate event pops up on the calendar – I’m thinking of a gala in June…or maybe this white lace and cotton full length dress which I absolutely covet (despite my goofy face in this pic!).



The clothes are decadent, feminine and yet strong at the same time.  Fancy lace detail paired with chambray denim or cotton that allows the client to interpret the way she wants to wear the piece – flip flops, sandals or Stillettos, casual patio lunch or dreamy date night.  This is the attribute that makes Jonathan Simkhai a favorite designer.  This red dress will be a perfect summer piece and I can pair it with gold flat sandals or a heel.  Dressed up or down, a Simkhai piece makes you walk just that little bit taller & happier!


The more I learn about the man Jonathan Simkhai and his incredibly talented, crazy intelligent team the more I own the validity of my four year & counting style crush.ūüíē

Colette, tres coquette!

On a recent trip to Paris, there was one store I hit over and over again.

 Colette an institution in Paris and throughout the fashion world, is one of THE best shops.
When I arrived in Paris Colette¬†had started their winter sale, and the store was jammed! ¬†The window had blue blow up men wiggling in the breeze, D.J.’s were banging out the most incredible sounds and the crowds were trying hard to look casual while grabbing the uber cool discounted threads from drool worthy designers.


A few days later I went back – honestly I could not help myself, I LOVE Colette!


The Spring Collections had magically appeared, the blue blowing dudes were gone from the window and the most mesmerizing brilliant designer pieces were draped artistically over mannequins throughout the upper floor.


Colette is unique in that it is a designer clothing boutique upstairs and has a veritable playroom in the street level complete with books, candles, candy and tech gadgets galore! ¬† One of my favorite post-Parisian rituals is unpacking my Colette purchases and falling in love all over again. ¬†‚̧

Plane Jane 

What do you wear to travel?  Airlines have exorcised the glamor right out of plane travel.


The onus is on each and everyone of us is to be prepared for any potential temperature, seating arrangement or delay.  

Full Disclosure I am sitting on the tarmac delayed while I write this…


Slides are the first absolute must every air traveler should own.


Easy on and off when going through security and stylishly cute enough to keep you happy even when your feet are swelling.  Don’t try to deny it, it happens to all of us!


Next up is a good blazer.  Flying from one climate to another can be challenging, and there is not always a need to bring a big bulky jacket.  A blazer can be layered,  hoodies are HOT right now, so why not invest in a Vestments piece to go with the blazer?


Once you land somewhere warm, the blazer goes perfectly with a tank or t-shirt.

Next on the list, a carry on suitcase.  Seriously.  Yes, just one bag. 


Never again will your eyes well up with tears as the luggage belt circles around & around, empty without your bag.  Don’t check it, bring it on the plane with you.  If the editors of British Vogue can do it during fashion weeks, then so too can we!  Rimowa offers colorful, hard case carrying suitcases that allow a lot inside.  


Finally, an  exaggerated sized cashmere scarf.  Planes get cold and passengers get sleepy.  Why not pack something like Alexander McQueen’s scarf, that will make you feel like a princess despite the stranger snoring loudly right beside you?  It will also double nicely as a wrap in the evening wherever you are traveling to.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to run to my connecting gate!

Designer Sneaks 

Remember when a pair of sneakers were just something to wear to workout in?

Those days are gonezola people.  High end designers have gotten into the game and the sneaks are snazzy!

The prices can be startling too.  But for art and fashion we happily pay.


Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, from Italy is a major player in the designer sneaker club.  Basic cut, either low or high top, ALWAYS with the signature leather star, then add sparkles, suede or buttery soft Italian leather with an unbelievably comfortable insole.  The $500 price tag is up there but once you try, you fall in love and buy.
Ports 1961 knot sneaker is a yummy design that translates beautifully season after season.  Leather, satin, velvet or the newest offering multi-print knot is establishing itself as a major contender.  A $700 price tag, and rarely can you find them on sale.  


Gucci’sAlessandro Michele has adorned Gucci’s adidas Stan Smith inspired sneakers with bumble bees, hearts, studs, snakes and/or stripes.  


All of which can be matched to a gorgeous handbag or clothing piece from Gucci’s couture or ready to wear line.  Grazie Miele Alessandro!

Alessandro has deemed sales are no longer part of Gucci’s retail existence, so buying a pair of the sneakers is really a smart investment, at a cool $950.  (clearly I am the one you need to help you justify a purchase…)


Saint Laurent made it exceptionally easy for reversecommuter to choose her sneakers – palm trees! 


January being the month of avid fitness and New Years resolutioners crowding the gym, set yourself apart from the crowd with some serious kicks!

Extra Extra Read All About It!

 New Column by yours truly in The Boston Globe in a special fashion feature this weekend!


“Since When is Mom a bad word” is a 2017 Fashion Cheat Sheet based NYFW SS17.


Designers such as Rosie Assoulin and Jonathan Simkhai highlight the strongest design trends that will be seen throughout the fashion pages and the suburbs too!

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Everything’s Coming up Rosie!

Rosie Assoulin‘s Spring Summer 2017 Collection is everything. ¬†Everything I want to wear everyday for SS17!


Rosie’s NYFW presentation was held in the meatpacking district in a cool urban concrete industrial space, that she transformed into the coolest interpretation of a beach.


The sand dunes were comprised of recyclable packing peanuts, the palm trees were strategically placed throughout the space and there were fun, brilliantly colored, disruptive piles of foldable beach chairs on the beach.


Voluminous khaki wide leg pants (seriously no other designer does a wide leg like Rosie), chambray denim, stripes that beg for an accompanying surfboard and florals that immediately transport you somewhere ridiculously happy and warm.


Swarovski crystals played a really large part in this collection.  Complete rainbow brilliant sparkly dresses


Happy Faces and Thank You’s




Tangerine dreams dresses that beg for an outdoor event with a tent!

The only disappointing point of the Rosie Assoulin SS17 collection is that we all have to go through Winter 2016 before we can wear all this happiness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW SS 2017 – Jonathan Simkhai

I went, I saw, I conquered.  NYFW Spring Summer 2017 was my first.  Attending NYFW was one of my primary goals when I started reversecommuter.com.  To know me is to know that setting and achieving my goals is my raison d’√™tre.

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Appropriately Jonathan Simkhai‘s show was my first.  He is one of my absolute favorite designers, and being personally invited to his show was a major high point not quickly forgotten.fullsizerender-1The show was packed with instagram’s hotshots, Olivia Palermo, Ashley Graeme, Jamie Chung, Kylie Jenner, Joe Zee and Brad Goreski to name just a few.  Jonathan Simkhai has quickly skyrocketed to super designer stardom, and so very deservingly.

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This show was inspired by the Watts Towers in LA, an architectural creation of 17 interconnected structures built with garbage over 34 years – there are still some brand identifying labels to be seen on pop bottles!

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This collection delivered a more polished version of his trademark cutout silhouettes, denim and Italian lace designs.

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SS17 collection’s ivory, silks, chiffons, satins, navy blues (yup, my absolute fave), soft baby blue chambrays and the textures, ruffles and tears made the n models’  movement beyond spectacular.

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The casting was exact with models in light, natural makeup, straight hair loose with undone unexpected braids scattered about.

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Jonathan Simkhai‘s line is found in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue and at www.jonathansimkhai.com.  This scattering of high end retailers is all in walking distance in NYC.

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Trust me, I was searching for these gorg camel & navy pieces while attending NYFW and marched for miles to find them.  Sadly they haven’t even been delivered yet and so reversecommuter is attempting fashion patience – so not my strong point!

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This might seem like a rather high end selection of retailers but his price point in comparison to his creations is kind to the fashion consumer.  It is rare to find a talent this rich offering his designs with a price tag we can all reach.

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This SS2017 collection is all about layering and everyday luxury.

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In case you are wondering these are my absolute favorite two looks from the runway show.

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True Love.

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PS.

I was also invited to his After Party at a nightclub called The Blond.

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I mean, how could I not go?!