Simkhai Spring 2018 NYFW & A Party Too!

Jonathan Simkhai presented his Spring 2018 Collection on Saturday at Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City, as part of NYFW.


Pastels, light breezy chambrays, lacework cascading through delicious black, cream and navy dresses – yup, that is still my fave color.  Rose jumpsuits, pinstripes and black strappy dresses, and a one sleeved ruffly top that I have actually dreamt about for the past two nights, it is just that perfect.


The Collection had a strong softness, a romantic element (the models hair and makeup was magical) that celebrated the strength of femininity.  Ruffles, diagonal cut skirts, lace and denim all combined for a show not to be missed.

Simkhai also collaborated with Reebok and brought back the Hi Top, originally sported by none other that Jane Fonda in her workout videos!  


This time round the Reebok Hi Tops are catering to the Simkhai collection.  Lace, soft blue and rose colored complimenting the distressed denim and various other bananas-good pieces Simkhai sent down the runway.


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  * Full disclosure, the runway was actually a square but the gorgeous clothes were still sent “down”. *


When I started reversecommuter I had two personal goals.  One was to go to NYFW.  Jonathan Simkhai has invited me three times (so far) and it means the world to me.  Undeniably I am a mad fan for his clothing, but what is truly incredible is the person he is, he is THE example of the getting what you deserve.  


But wait, there’s more.  After the show, Jonathan Simkhai had an after party, held at Made Hotel.  An incredibly, appropriately gorgeous crowd complete with crazy beautiful djs, custom cocktails and a phenomenally powerful happy vibe. 


But don’t take my word for it, read all about it in Vogue!

https://www.vogue.com/article/designer-jonathan-simkhai-nyfw-afterparty-made-hotel

#fashionfairytalescometrue

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

Getting Public School’d

Public School was in Boston October 20th!  (Obviously I had to take a picture of the perfectly timed school bus sitting outside the W Hotel during the Public School party.)

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The CFDA 2013 winning design duo extraordinaire, were at Saks Fifth Avenue for a q&a session, followed by a private party for Public School held at the  W.

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The evening allowed Boston fashion fans to meet, ask questions, and even party late late late into the night with these incredibly talented and mad friendly designers.

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Models rotated looks from the current and upcoming collections while the crowd posed, clinked glasses, danced and happily hung out with Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne Рor at least that is how reversecommuter did it!

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The tartan biased cut skirt (think flannel tartan shirt tied sloppily at the waist and dangling down at various angles) was an absolute fave. ¬†Public School’s current FW’16 collection offers this in a darker tartan, and the upcoming Spring ’17¬†collection it will be in black and white.

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Nothing better than a skirt designed to work with boots and a t-shirt or elevated with ankle boots and a leather top. ¬†The beauty of Public School’s designs is that they can absolutely be worn every single day in the ‘burbs. ¬†Ironic that when the children go to school the moms can wear Public School!

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Public School‘s Fall 2016 magenta biker jacket better be in Santa’s sack for this blogger, it is THAT good a statement piece. ¬†This brilliant jacket will make any grey winter day seem a little blast of tropical happiness blew in!

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Public School is also launching the  Fitbit Alta collection, offering two sleek and stylish  models that will make capturing those alluring 10,000 steps even more of an accomplishment Рever notice how obsessive a behavior that can be?!

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reversecommuter has been a fan of this design duo for a while, the CFDA brought them to my attention, their designs have continued to capture my attention, and Maxwell Osborne’s Black Lives Matter letter to W Magazine fully delivered my loyalty.

ps my phone case is super cute (a Chanel perfume bottle shape with pink sparkles floating on the back – however my blurry pictures confirm it is infringing upon the camera lens – time to replace…

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 Р 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 Рmine 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!

Ding Dong Bell Bottoms

Bell Bottom denim is THE investment for Fall 2015.

Add a little secret height with a great pair of boots or clogs if you think Bell Bottoms are only for the tall types.  Isabel Marant Etoile Crisi boots even hide the heel for you shy ones ūüôā

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Stella McCartney naturally has THE best bells around.  Must be the Beatle association that helped her create the most flattering 70’s cut available!

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Level 99 has long been a brand reversecommuter has loved – I even tried to convince them to design a maternity jean for my boutique in another life!  Anywho‚ĶLevel 99’s Evelyn Gaucho is beyond adorable and could be the funnest piece of fall denim available! Picture them with adidas Stan’s or strappy sandals or ankle boots and a simple t-shirt.

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MOTHER Denim’s high waisted cruiser is in a wash MOTHER calls ‘bushwhacked’ and that is just what you will be if you don’t invest in a pair of these!

Wondering what to do with your distressed jeans…

  

Red White Blue & You!

Happy Almost July 4th Weekend!

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I decided to celebrate early to give you a last minute chance to overnight a cute outfit for the loooooong weekend.

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RED is for Rosie. ¬†Rosie Assoulin’s red for Resort 2016 is available now at Moda Operandi and practically begs for sparklers!

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(reversecommuter’s red Rosie Assoulin pants are from the Spring 2015 Collection)

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White belongs to Jonathan Simkhai (the SIGH is silent in his name but OHSO there in his clothes!).

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His white cutout oxford dress is the perfect piece to take you from picnic to pier to fireworks!

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Blue is all about ALC’s Santo Sleeveless Dress. ¬†Can’t you just see yourself zipping around the corners in your antique convertible, scarf tied hair, racing to get to the party?! ¬†Classic elegance and ease wrapped up in a sale price!

Raise the champs flute to the Red White and Blue, and while you are at it, celebrate you!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

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 Рmoms, wives, professionals, busy whatevers with complicated lives who LOVE fashion.

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Rosie’s bff is none other than Leandra Medine, √ľbererest of all √ľber 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!

Sunshine, Derby Juleps and the Weekend!  Trifecta!

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Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has been printing fashion news daily since 1905. ¬†Until April 24, 2015 that is. ¬†WWD has now morphed into a weekly publication that launched Wednesday April 29th. ¬†To celebrate this HUGE publication, WWD Weekly dropped SIX different covers with some extremely fascinating fashion stars!

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THE MOST beautiful picture of Alexander Wang gracing one cover,

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The Olsen Twins (aka The Row) on another cover,

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Proenza Schouler gorgeousness on another cover,

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Scottish designer Christopher Kane,

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Sacai’s Chitose Abe and

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J.W. Anderson (with possibly THE best profile picture ever).

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#WWDWeekly has caused quite the murmur amongst those in the fashion world who start each day with an expresso and a read of the daily.  Fret not Fashion Pets, there is a new digital daily edition that will be emailed to existing subscribers, and now there is yet another reason to celebrate Hump Day as that is when the weekly will come out!

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Lucky Magazine¬†(*full disclosure –¬†reversecommuter is a contributor) has announced that their social media maven of an editor, Eva Chen, has announced she will be leaving the magazine. ¬†There is also an unconfirmed rumor that the magazine will be going completely digital!

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As a result of the editor and possibly editorial changes at Lucky Magazine, the upcoming May 7th Lucky FABB bloggers conference is postponed – bummer as reversecommuter had just booked a equally FAB hotel room at the W and was planning outfits…

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File under Fun Fact:  Did you know that John Paul DeJoria (handsome dark haired owner of Paul Mitchell hair products) is also the owner of Patron Tequila?  His annual income of 2.8 BILLION is a testimony to an awe inspiring drive Рhe started Paul Mitchell with a $700 loan.

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reversecommuter not only loves the smell of Paul Mitchell’s awapuhi shampoo (seriously, give it a whiff) but I am officially obsessed with the work ethic of this man – I have a new hero!

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Enjoy the weekend – slip those perfectly pedicured piggies into something open toed and raise your silver julep cup to all the drop-dead hats and outfits at the Kentucky Derby!

Cut It Out!

Designers are slicing and dicing…

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and the results are sexy, summery and spectacular!

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Alexander Wang sliced up the back of his stretch crepe mini dress in perfect summer sky blue.

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Stella McCartney got her hands on a pair of scissors and snipped up a cotton ribbed-knit dress in a champagne yellow that begs for a heatwave, but is so simplistically perfect reverscommuter would wear it now!

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Donna Karan New York’s cutout jersey top smacks of eighties’ roller skates and disco, updated perfectly for today.

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Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2015 Collection shatters the definition of cool with pieces that combine skillfully designed clothes with clever textures perforated, cutout and resembling shards of shattered glass.

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Everyone in celebrityland is wearing his and it is no wonder why!

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In The Navy

Spring is weird.

One minute it is sunny and warmish, the next minute the sky is bleakly grey and the wind is  cruel.  How exactly does one dress successfully for that insanity?!

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Answer: the navy blue blazer.  Classic and ridiculously versatile!

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T-shirt, jeans and slip on jeans, culottes and stillettos, cigarette pants and kitten heels + navy blazer = perfect Spring outfit options!

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Price points are just as varied, from¬†$3190 for Saint Laurent’s wool gaberdine gorgeousness¬†to a sweet $138 deal at J Crew.

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reversecommuter invested in a Ralph Lauren Collection blazer a few years ago and it was worth every single penny!  A classic fine tailored piece will last for almost ever, and every single time it is worn it makes me smile.

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Smythe (a Canandian jacket designer) offers up a multitude of styles and interpretations of the navy blazer every single season.  LOVE!

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¬†Theory has a clever take on the classic this Spring. ¬†Rag &¬†Bone’s genius blazer design stuns and introduces fun elements such as piping and gorgeous big buttons.

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The navy blazer is the ultimate unknown element piece that makes for the perfect airplane item, warm enough for the inevitable airplane air conditioning arctic blast (WHY do they do that?!?!?) and yet is warm enough to not melt you en route to your oceanfront hotel!

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Obviously Veronica Beard’s dickey blazer would be THE ultimate piece for this journey – just zip off the dickey before the plane lands!