Girl Crush with a side of Ruffles!

Rosie Assoulin is my designer girl crush.

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reversecommuter has coveted from afar her designs, her creativity and her crazy cool ruffles since she launched her line in 2014.

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The 2015 CFDA WINNER earned her fashion wings under such designer legends as Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz.

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Are you beginning to appreciate the master level of the ruffled wonder?

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Brilliant colors, cuts that flow and billow, pants that beg for a surfboard while simultaneously sashaying down a runway.  The elements Rosie incorporates into her clothing illustrates her ease in identifying the women who she designs for – moms, wives, professionals, busy whatevers with complicated lives who LOVE fashion.

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Rosie’s bff is none other than Leandra Medine, übererest of all über fashion bloggers.  Leandra wears Rosie beautifully, by incorporating the high end line into low priced pieces from her closet.

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reversecommuter is willing to share a teeny tiny fraction of Rosie’s wonderfulness with you.  Invest in a piece or two or twelve and be confident knowing your Rosie will look fantabulous now, next year and the years after that!

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

I will not comment about the weather.

I will not comment about the weather.

I will not comment about the weather.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winter demands creativity.  Activities of the indoor persuasion become highly desirable.  Feeling culturally fancy in a fashion history kind of way?  GREAT!  There are four bastions of fashion that are currently on exhibit in museums around the world.

Lanvin, specifically the grande dame herself, Jeanne Lanvin, who founded the fashion house in 1889, is being feted in Paris at the Palais Galleria until August 23rd.

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Alber Elbez refused to submit any of his Lanvin designs for the exhibit so as to emphasize the simplistic beauty of fashion design being that of a seamstress and her hands, and it also displays the continuum of the style of Lanvin that Alber delivers.

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Ralph Pucci is sharing some of his mannequins in NYC the end of March.  Specifically in an exhibit at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).

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Pucci the designer was initially a mannequin sculptor, creating some of the most beautiful, curvaceous, ethnic and socially representative mannequins from the 1970’s through to today. His mannequins have been dressed by DVF, Anna Sui and many others.

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Speaking of the 70’s, The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Museum in NYC, is hosting an exhibit showcasing Yves Saint Laurent and Haltson’s work that defined the sexy groovy vibe of 70’s fashion.

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Think Studio 54 fashion, some of them donated by Tina Chow, Lauren Bacall and Paloma Picasso – imagine diving into those closets!!!!

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The clothing is iconic and timeless yet at the same time clearly represents the 70’s, which is an absolute testimony and tribute to their talents.

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So grab the kiddos, dress up so you don’t feel like a schlep in a puffer coat and hit the museums.  Gain a little culture and enjoy a celebratory glass of champs on your new found grey matter!

Don’t let the weather interrupt your fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

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

 

 

Be Jewelled

Lanvin does it, merci beaucoup Alber Elbez!

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Miu Miu has been doing it for three seasons and counting…

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and Miuccia continues to bring the bejeweled because it works, Fall 2014 with Swarovski crystals on the sneaks!

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reversecommuter completely digs it…and all sparkly bits for that matter!

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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

 

How do you say “School Bus Stop Chic” in French?

Paris Fashion Week delivers FASHION with a certain je ne sais quoi!

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Lanvin set the bar on Thursday, (Click the blue for more Lanvin Fall 2014), and the fashion shows following have kept it higher than the Eiffel Tower!

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But is it possible to translate these Ready to Wear Collections for Fall 2014 into actual everyday outfits?

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Celine Fall 2014

Simple answer – Mais Oui!

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Victor & Rolf’s Fall 2014 Collection is completely influenced by the grey sweater.  You have one of those in the closet right?

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Knitwear was probably best represented in Celine’s show.  Skinny knit pants, long sweaters = everyday perfection!  Take that yoga pant industry!!!

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Note to my husband and Phoebe Phillo – this is going to continue to be a very expensive love affair!  Have you met my new bag obsession?!?!?!?!?

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Leopard print is PLUS GRANDE for Fall 2014 so start picking up pieces now that you can incorporate into your wardrobes.  Even simple additions like a cuff, scarf or a shirt absolutely count!

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All gorgeous photos courtesy of Style.com.

A Bientôt, xo reversecommuter.

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Polar Vortex and unlimited snow storms will not lessen the level of AWESOMENESS that accompanies Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

OOOH LALA!  Paris Fashion Week has begun and so far so fabulous!  Lanvin delivered reversecommuter’s current favorite collection for Fall 2014, with a sea of luxury, fur, satin and predominantly all in navy blue (my favorite color!!).

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Alber Elbez designs are oozing with sex appeal, feminine grace and the structure of a true Parisian fashion house.  Purrrrr!

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Isabel Marant brought forth a Mayan influenced patterned in knitwear, as well as military green – which interestingly is quite the trend across most runways for Fall 2014.

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H&M delivered it’s very first PFW show and it was rockstar clothing appropriate with plumes of ostrich feathers, lots of leather, studs and thigh-high boots.  Fingers crossed these looks are readily available!

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Nicholas Ghesquiere’s inaugural show for Louis Vuitton is scheduled for March 5th, and noone is getting to him before that – la maison du Vuitton est tres calme (which means “quiet” not “calm” in French!!).

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reversecommuter is SO curious to see this collection, as Balenciaga’s loss of Nicholas was one that I felt personally!

Chill the champs for Sunday’s Oscars – the red carpet is a fashion watching must that is best accompanied with bubbles!

xo reversecommuter

Lala Lanvin

Lanvin makes me silly.

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Girly frilly fashion obsessed silly.  The lace, the silks, the feminine cuts, the leather.

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Have to break in the riding boots before the snow arrives…

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Who knew reversecommuter was so flexible when it comes to fashion? (Corny double entendre lol!)

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Fashion & Finance Friday

Friday before a long weekend – WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!

Friday before Marathon Monday too – TRIPLE WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!!!!

J.C. Penney is one busy company, on the executive side, sadly not on the retail side.  Click here to read about the dream launched a year ago to save the retailer.

 

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Ron Johnson is out, Mike Ullman III is back as CEO, and Wall Street doesn’t think the prognosis is good for the patient.  The pop ups, shops-in-shops mini boutiques, rebranding and cool new lines were not enough.  Bummer, as reversecommuter thought this held massive potential – if the turn around happened it would have been the stuff of retail legend!

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Lanvin has lost it’s managing director, Thierry Andretta, due to “personal reasons” aka not playing nicely with Shaw-Lan Wan, the majority owner, Chairman and CEO of Lanvin.  Huge loss to the company, but as long as Alber Elbaz is still the design head, reversecommuter is deliriously happy!

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Over 27,000 people will run the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15th, including reversecommuter (#23448).  Fingers crossed & good luck fairy dust please!!!!

Have a sensational weekend and wear a bright Spring trending color while doing a mundane chore just to feel fabulous!

xo reversecommuter

 

Be-Jeweled!

Ranjan Khan.  Her name is majestic and her creations even more so.

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reversecommuter was lucky enough to play dress up at Henri Bendel in NYC with all things glittery, chunky, delicious and luxurious created by Ranjana Khan.

Can you tell I like it?  OHEMGEEEEEE!!!

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Ridiculous to expect reversecommuter to choose!Willing to post a goofy pic of me in order to profile The Wall of Deliciousness: the blues, the turquoises, the glass, the beads, the rings (OH THE RINGS!!!!) and the bangles.  TOO MUCH and NOT ENOUGH all at once!

Ranjana Khan is loved by Lanvin.  Alber Elbaz truly loves this woman, her embroidery skills and her jewelry collections.

Alexander McQueen, also loving Ranjana Khan.

Ditto for Jean Paul Gaultier.

Accessible enough for everyone with RK Collection on HSN.

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Shorter answer seems to be who isn’t in love with Ranjana Khan?

PURRRRRRRRRRRRR.