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“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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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’être.

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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?!

All Tied Up

Pirates love this detail.

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Sailors too.  Luckily land-locked designers are fully embracing this too!

Monroe’s white lace up gives a major refresh to the perfect white tee.

 

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Apparently Alexander Wang is all about this trend with this entertaining Spring 2016 cotton sweater.  Is it just me or is this THE ultimate baseball sweater?

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Equipment’s cotton lace up blouse (ahem – totally on sale right now!) is a fantastic addition that will carry right into the Fall!

Alexander McQueen’s mini dress has a sporty take on the lace up detail that screams summer!

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Clearly this dress would be THE one piece wonder packed in that holiday suitcase, slap a pair of gladiator sandals and run from the beach to cocktails to dinner!

All that laces up doesn’t go in the front.  Take Red Valentino’s flirty black coat with the lace detail in the back.

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This coat would look phenomenal all dressed up OR paired with a favorite pair of jeans.  That sounds like a perfect purchase!

 

Jonathan Simkhai’s Pre-Spring lace up sleeved blouse is beyond on trend – it is everything.

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Slip off the blazer in the middle of the meeting – yup, even if it is a bake sale meeting, PTO meeting or an actual board meeting – these sleeves will Tie It All Up!

Bowie, Unicorns and Yigal

Yigal Azrouel is the perfect man.  He is handsome, charming, talented, single and he surfs.    He was in the Israeli military and recommends sit ups, push ups and running as the best workout.  Surfing is his passion, and it allows him to decompress after presenting his collections.

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Some may call him a unicorn in the fashion world.

This weekend Yigal is previewing his Fall 2016 Collection at the Greta Luxe boutique in Wellesley and mixing with the housewives.


Thursday night he was mingling and adding his gorgeous personal touch to every advance purchase of a line that is oozing with decadence.  To say there was a line up would be an understatement.  The intimacy was electric.


reversecomuter’s first obsession in the collection is the full length black jersey off the shoulder dress, complete with requisite sexy side slit.


This dress is quite possibly one of the sexiest pieces I have ever put on.  Yet it literally felt as comfortable as when wearing pajamas – I could have worn it forever!

A full length lace off the shoulder dress with burgundy and greens wafting throughout in a romantic weave quickly caught my attention.  Holiday season 2016 the bar has been raised!


Cut-out sweaters in dreamy cream and textured, offering the promise of a fabulous winter outing après anything!


Chunky sweaters reminiscent of Rihanna’s favorite (and reversecommuter’s) from 2014 were offered in an updated cut and color.

  Blood red, grey and white with a subtle reference to classic glen check?  IN BASKET!


Yigal Azrouel’s Fall 2016 Collection’s main inspiration was the Black Rose.  Subtle, rich, hidden yet still representative of love.  The clothes continue to deliver his love of decadence, texture and drama.  The leathers and furs sourced from Italy and France are quite possibly the best offered by an American designer, collection after collection.


The motif of the black rose is found throughout the collection, in the lace pieces and the furs.


When asked which piece he would most love to see a suburban mom pick up, he immediately chose the “Bowie” mink jacket with the black roses, at a cool $9950.

 He has dressed supermodel Iman and had the pleasure of meeting David Bowie.  The jacket is a luxurious and appropriately rock & roll nod to the legend.


Rushing out of Greta Luxe to hit the baseball and soccer fields (as is the role of suburban mama), I giggled in the rain as I ran in Yigal Azrouel top and my stilettos, reliving how I had just played dress up with a handsome fashion designer unicorn!

Smoldering Shoulders

One of THE biggest and funnest trends for Spring 2016 is shoulder baring clothing.

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Jonathan Simkhai Off Shoulder Knit Dress $495

The simplest piece in any wardrobe is a great dress.

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Rosie Assoulin $2695

Insert the shoulder baring option et Voila –  Sexy Spring Style!!

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See by Chloe Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress $515

Budgets need not beware.

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MICHEAL Michael Kors $89 @ Nordstrom

The trend is delivered on both sprectrums of the dollar sign.  #rejoicingbudgets

Purchase a shoulder showing top NOW!  Add jeans or a great pair of shorts – mine are from H&M, top is from the incredible Tanya Taylor.



Next time you find yourself carrying groceries, working out at SoulCycle or lifting a child – remember to do a couple of extra reps as this style is all about exposing the shoulders!

Simkhai & The Beach!

NYFW is in full swing and reversecommuter is at the beach.  Literally.

The timing of fashion week always baffles me.   The middle of the coldest winter month, which also coencided with my children’s school break.  How is this blogger supposed to sneak away to New York during THAT week?

  
Happily Vogue, Tim Blanks, Instagram and the Internet are all willing to work on my behalf (lol) and keep me posted while I focus on swim, sun, surf and all things beachy!
  
Jonathan Simkhai presented his Fall 2016 Collection yesterday and dare I say it was one of THE best presentations!  

  
Jonathan has created a niche using geometric cuts and lace in his deliciously designed dresses and knits.  Fall 2016 continued this but in a more wearable way.  His dresses were less crop top more hot wives who lunch.  Wearable but with a major statement of style and strength.  

  
Movement was everywhere in this collection, with fringe, tassels and unfinished ends that seemingly danced down the runway.

  
Furs, neutrals, knits, navy (don’t think I am not ABSOLUTELY buying this complete look!!!) and suiting cut to perfection. 

  

Bustiers and slip dresses complemented with luxurious furs delivered fantasy level date night outfits.  His romantic sensibility met body conscious sex appeal in every piece, by adhering to the age old adage of keeping somethings left to the imagination.

  

Classy Classic

Classic is in!

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That is the message delivered in New York this week by a majority of the presenting designers.

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Proenza Schouler rejigged the double breasted blazer, opening their show with a sleeveless jacket wrapped up in a Pussy Galore meets the KFC Colonel’s skinny black bow tie.  Nothing represents classic fashion more than black and white.

Click here to watch the Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 show – it is a lesson in fashion magic.

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The spectacularly sexy cool white designs found in Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2016 Collection should make every woman deliriously happy!  The cut and style flow and ooze with style.

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This could get dangerous!!!!

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Michael Kors is THE gentleman of classic clothing.  His Spring 2016 Collection is clean, forever fashion that glided across the runway and made buyers, editors and fashion lovers drool! The simplest design with the cleanest of lines in the very best of fabrics and colors.

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Kors also brought out a bouquet of decadence in brocade floral pieces.  The richness in their design and material is beyond compare, and an investment in his clothing guarantees a healthy roi!

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Budget wise Michael Kors also offers a lower priced line, Michael Michael Kors which is always influenced by his ready-to-wear designs.  So these fashions will easily translate into mall shopping!

Tomas Maier aka Mr. Miami, is all about linen, full skirts, maxi dresses, shirt dresses, pinks and reds.  Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Now if we can all just ride out the 70’s vibe for Fall 2015…

NYFW a la ‘burbs

There was a pity party happening in the suburbs. 
Fashion blogger and style editor couldn’t go to NYFW. Too many commitments in my other role as a mom. 
Luckily Vogue.com, instagram and the grooviest online fashion feeds allow me the super human combination of being super mama and fashion obsessed blogger all in a day’s work!


Truly all my technological fashion feeds are in direct thanks to Christopher Bailey, the CEO and design director of Burberry.

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Christopher changed fashion forever when he permitted a live feed of his fashion show in February 2010.  Before this landmark event fashion shows were strictly for buyers and editors and certainly NOT for suburban moms!

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The greatest luxury is being able to watch live video feeds of the shows (hello phenomenal new playlists!!!), translate the fashions into suburban mom-speak and write posts for the blog, news sites and magazine, all while running the corporation of home, husband and children!


This was Alexander Wang’s gift to his New York audience, along with his return to street wear FIERCE collection, British rapper Lady Leshurr.

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Seriously add it to your workout playlist NOW!

Other designers tapped it back in the form of nineties artists, Willie Nelson and of course using the appropriately titled “begging for threads” tee hee!

Tune in tomorrow for a posting dedicated to the simplicity of Spring 2016 Fashion.  Imagine that!

Fortuna for Us!

Fortuna is the Roman Goddess of luck, and is the inspiration for Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring 2016 Collection just unveiled at NYFW.

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This was the first painting Diane ever bought, it hangs in her bedroom and represents freedom, nature, beauty and individuality, and luckily for us brought forth this dazzling collection.

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The Spring 2016 DVF Collection delivered bright colors (hot pinks, turquoise, white, gold, navy blues, cherry pinks and golden yellows), textures and tassels a plenty and flowing goddess worthy dresses, crop pants and jumpsuits.

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The greatest part of DVF is the woman herself.

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She inspires greatness, she delivers beautifully crafted clothing that is approachable in price and her sexy effortless pieces are easily wearable in everyday life.

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Move over Fortuna, there is a new goddess in town and her initials are DVF!

Clogged

One thing with fabulous fashion trends and styles is that they eventually repeat.

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Clogs are back this Spring with a solid wooden-heeled thunk!

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Marc Jacobs clogged up his Spring 2015 runway with color coordinated Dr. Scholl-esque shoes that are SO cute…ranging in price between $2000 – $2300, and selling out fast as per NYC boutique!

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Gold, Military Green, Navy Blue (obviously reversecommuter is SUPER happy about that!), velvet, satin twill and suede – take your pick and stomp all over town owning that wooden statement!

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Gucci has a heeled version with all the stomping power needed to get through the day.

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Bits, leather and wood – yummy…and $850.  Worth the investment – reverse commuter bought a pair of Gucci clogs in the late nineties (I KNOW!!!!) and they are still every bit as gorgeous now!

Dr. Scholl (as in the original clog meister) still delivers a collection in plain and stripes!

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Super duper delightful and budget loving at a modest $55 – seriously.

Whatever your spending limit, run like a little Dutch girl to pick up a pair of wooden clogs for Spring 2015!