Fashion & Finance Friday!

Friday of a loooong weekend – Everybody Dance!

John Galliano has landed.  Maison Martin Margiela has signed Dior’s former designer was handpicked by Renzo Rosso (controversial billionaire owner of Diesel, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf) as MMM’s creative director.

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Let’s hope they celebrate with sparkling water as alcohol produces anti-Semitic rants a la Galliano.  shame.

Choupette you little minx!

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Stretching all her furry fabulousness all over the OPEL car, posing for her calendar spread while being shot by none other than King Karl! purrrrrrrrrrrrr  (that one is for you Cowboys&Crossbones).

FLOTUS knows Fashion – or atleast holds one heck of a designer laden luncheon.

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Michelle Obama hosted the White House’s first Fashion education workshop, that she thought up with Anna Wintour last year while re-opening the Costume Institute.  Providing hands on workshops for fashion students while mingling with designers such as Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Bibhu Mohapatra and Naeem Khan, and Lucky Editor Eva Chen.  FLOTUS was on trend with her beach waves hair and a navy sleeveless racerback dress that was designed by one of the FIT students – how cool is that?!?!  Only question reversecommuter has is where was Ralph Lauren and Anna Wintour?!?

Slap on your favorite Louboutins, pour the champs and toast the weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Beach, sunshine, toes in sand, Shan bikini, happy children, happy reversecommuter… Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Choupette is about to earn her tender vittles by being the “face” of Shu Umera‘s new campaign.  Not Kidding.

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Shu Umera (maker of THE best eyelash curler ever!!!), will launch SHU-Pette (get it, not CHOUpette but SHUpet (as in Shu Umera) for the 2014 Holiday Season.  The Holiday Collection make up line will most likely include furry fake eyelashes and some incredible winter white/siamese white colors.  Le Meow!

Westfield WTC (the real estate management behemoth who will open the new World Trade Center in the financial district in NYC, has just announced the signing of a  REALLY COOL tenant.  CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will be THE pop-up shop, offering a rotation of CFDA winners, past and present, selling their dreamy designs to the masses cruising by.

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Public School, Jonathan Simkhai (yup, reversecommuter loves the man and his clothes!), The Row, Alexander Wang, Philip Lim etc, will all be selling designer wear to the masses that cruise by…or at least the one’s with incredible taste in fashion!

Enjoy the weekend – pop the champs, pull out the good clothes and rock that outfit like nobody’s business!

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!

YAY!!!!  WHOOP WHOOP!!!! HELLO FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

As if reversecommuter needed yet another reason to LOVE Tom Ford (click here to see an additional 10!).

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Tom (as I like to call him) explained the Men’s Winter 2014 Collection’s casual pieces as a reflection of his new lifestyle as doting daddy to his son, Jack.  Shearlings, cable knit  sweaters, pinwhale corduroys, high top sneakers (!!!!), trench coats, and all in rich colors including blackberry and ginger.

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Tom (sigh) said that he needs clothing he can go to the park in.  HE IS JUST LIKE reversecommuter!!!!!!!  All consumed with the proper fashion wardrobe in which to hang in the burbs with his children.  Tom, call me, I can TOTALLY relate!  Let’s have a playdate!

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Pantone has released the Spring color chart (actually it has been out for a bit but that Polar Vortex nearly pushed me over the edge so reversecommuter is just padding this post with warm colors!!!).

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MBFW NYC has announced it’s lineup for February, and reversecommuter thinks rollerblades might be THE fashion statement of the shows.  Major designers have opted to present at off-site locations as opposed to the Lincoln Center tents.

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Big Dogs such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs (is that not THE BEST PIC of him?!?!?), are all going off site which is SO exciting as to see what the venues will look like, and how creative architecture will influence these incredibly talented creative designers!

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awesome hilarious picture courtesy of manrepeller.com

Not to mention the inevitable traffic woes to succumb to all the fashion crowd.  Buckle Up!

Enjoy the weekend – do something to thaw out…like strap on a pair of fantasmic heels and pop a bottle of champs!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW – It’s Friday!!!

Pitbull has launched an Amazon.com exclusive fragrance collection for both men and women.  Coco Chanel’s parfumiers should be shaking in their tweed adorn boots…not.

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Tom Ford hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner on Monday in New York, where Public School won this year’s top honor.  His speech was full of sound bites of advice, interestingly focusing in on the intense pace expected of designers, which was something another design team in the audience, Proenza Schouler, spoke of when reversecommuter attended an event at Boston’s ICA (click here for more).  With the Fall & Spring Collections now preceeded with PRE-Spring & Fall, plus Resort, the CHURN of fashion creativity offers a potential BURN that designers are well aware of.

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Tom also told a fun story about walking on a nudist beach in St. Barth’s and running into Anna Wintour (she fully dressed, he sans).  Tom leaned in for a very fashion-world-acceptable-kiss-kiss-hello, then realized he was buck naked!  Quite possibly my new favorite fashion story!  Not to mention the visual!!!

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Brunello Cucinelli, the undisputable king of CashCash, just released some gorgeous numbers – profits are up 10% this year.  This small luxury goods company, operating in an Umbrian hamlet named Solomeo that he single handedly restored – if you are ever near Solomeo, PLEASE take the time to experience it – magical!

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He has 720 employees, paid above the national rate, offers them 3.50 Euro subsidized gourmet meals with wine (obviously in Italia!) for their 90 minute lunches and during the recession did not lay off anyone.  In short, this company’s leader cares about his employees and his professional reputation.  Hand crafted luxury cashmere products created in Italy, and now that Brunello Cuccinelli is a publicly traded company, his decisions are having an impressive impact for his investors too – even in this economy when most luxury brands are suffering from price conscious customers.

Have a wondrous weekend – put on that cashcash sweater, and become transfixed watching the bubbles in the flute!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

BOOOOO – Friday has arrived!

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Away she goes…again.  Jil Sander has left her namesake brand, for the third time.  Prada bought the company in 1999, and since then Jil has left her company 3 times, always for personal reasons, aka she doesn’t work well under others.  This is completely understandable, it was her company that she founded back in 1968, and it was her minimalist lines that created a following.  Sensitive artist types!

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Choupette rules!  King Karl has just released a capsule collection of kitty cat inspired pieces including key chains, hats, purses and iEverything covers.

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reversecommuter has happily found her iPhone case of choice.  MEOW!!!!!!

Veronica Beard – the stylish, talented, pretty sister-in-law design team that reinvented the blazer & dickie as their first act (WOWZER!!!!!) is a CFDA finalist, and in reversecommuter’s humble opinion, BEYOND deserving of a win.  Click here to read more Veronica Beard love…

Here are the nominees (click the pic to read more).

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The line has evolved with each collection since their 2010 launch, now delivering sexy curve appealing pants and leather pieces that  are drool demanding!  November 11th will deliver the winner…fingers crossed for the dynamic duo of delicious designs!

 

It’s Halloween Weekend so dress up, pop the champs and scare someone…with your phenomenal fashion style!

xo reversecommuter

RA RA RA Rick Owens!

jkt6This happens every fall, with one designer.  Once described by Anna Wintour as one of her “Most Fabulous Recent Discoveries” – WOWZER Endorsement!!!!!!!

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I fall back in love with Rick Owens.  The “Glunge” maker (grunge and luxury combo term he coined himself).

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His body hugging cuts, exaggerated sleeves, curvy lines and ridiculously luxurious leathers, subtle quilting and elasticated sleeves (a trademark for his leather jackets).

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His rich deep colors, obvious in relation to the season, black, chocolate brown, dove grey, winter white.  Makes reversecommuter near giddy with love!

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Proenza Schouler!

Fashion & Finance Friday is being interrupted this week….because last night I met Proenza Schouler!  

And yes, both Jack and Lazaro are as handsome and charming and warm as is the rumor – in fact maybe more so.

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Lararo told a FANTASTIC story about how as a college student, he was on the same plane as Anna Wintour (she at the very front of the plane, he at the very back).  He wrote her a note on a cocktail napkin, walked passed the “annoying curtains”, slipped the napkin under her drink and walked back to his seat.  Two weeks later Michael Kors called to offer him an internship, based on the recommendation of Anna Wintour who loved his ballsy move.  BEST FASHION STORY EVER!!

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (aka Proenza Schouler) spoke at the ICA Boston, in an intimate surrounding that even allowed a Q&A.  They spoke about their inspiration and love of contemporary art.  How their collections begin with a mood then follows the designing and fabrics – most of which they create at their mills in Italy.

Proenza Schouler is known for their materials as well as their CRAZY good designs.  They said that what was very exciting was that “materiality can be unlimitedly pushed”.

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reversecommuter asked what piece the boys would suggest for the Proenza Schouler girl in the ‘burbs.

icaThey loved my question (in fact McCollough asked Hernandez to answer it as he thought it was a little too good a question!).  Their answer was the PS1 bag.  (fyi PS in PS1 doesn’t necessarily stand for the obvious Proenza Schouler.  Asked last night the designing duo suggested it might even stand for Public School!)  They said the bag was created as the anti-It bag, ironic as it is SUCH an IT Bag!  The true dichotomy in their designs is to be contemporary yet to create a classic.  Clearly the PS1 answers that call.  Click here to get yours!

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After the ICA Boston event, Louis Boston held a private reception for Proenza Schouler.  More on that in an upcoming posting!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Artsy Fartsy Fashion & Finance Friday in celebration of all things MIAMI!!!!!!!

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Art Basel has kicked off (click the blue to read all about it), and fashion houses are right in the thick of it!

Louis Vuitton,  Stella McCartney, Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Moncler, Donna Karan, Fendi, etc etc etc.  The concept of a Pop-Up Shop just got the bar raised WAAAAAAY High!

Bloomberg News ran a news piece suggesting that Queen of Vogue, Anna Wintour, may be tapped to be the U.S. Ambassador to either France or England.  Click here for the story.

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The Devil Wears Prada sequel may offer an International flavor!

Happy Happy Friday!!! ‘Tis the season to wear a fabulous outfit at least once this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

Glamazon?!

Amazon is a big fish and it is about to go swimming in the high-end Fashion Ocean!

Jeff Bezos is luring in some big fashion names, Amazon was the corporate sponsor for the Met Ball, some impressive designers have joined the new Amazon fashion site and even Anna Wintour advised him on his puff choice for his Tom Ford tuxedo at the Met Costume Ball last week.  ANNA FREAKIN” WINTOUR!!!!!

Michael Kors, Jack Spade, Tracy Reese have all aligned themselves with Amazon’s new fashion focus.  The details are not clear in terms of what exactly Amazon is planning, but it is a safe bet that it is going to be big!  The shipping costs for a book or for a haute couture piece are the same for Amazon, so the sky is the limit for potential profits.  I love a good fashion & finance story (as I prove every Friday).

I sincerely hope there is some MAJOR TWEAKING that is about to happen to the existing Amazon fashion site (kinda yucky, just saying’).  Here is the home page (yawn)….

Amazon has over $5 Billion in cash, already owns ShopBop (love that site), Zappos (easier way to buy children’s shoes – I doubt it!!!), and MyHabit (blah….not my fave Gilt.com impersonator).  But apparently the new venture is going to be completely different from all of these….

I admit it, I am SO CURIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jeff Bezos, please feel free to contact me if you need a little help.  really.  seriously.