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!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Thank you NOLA, Friday came quicker this week!

Pipedreams.  Piperlime, an online boutique owned by Gap Inc. will be shut down by the end of February.  This is a classic case of why retailers should not try to be all things to all people.  Piperlime launched in 2006 and quickly became a favorite shoe site.  The sales figures mistakenly convinced Gap to expand Piperlime into an everything-kind of website increasing inventory to include shoes, clothes, accessories etc. as a direct competitor to Zappos.com.

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Gap decided to open a bricks and mortar Piper lime in Soho September 2012.  reversecommuter was there in person, as was Rachel Zoe who was hosting a NYFW event.

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Piperlime has been big in seeking out celebrity spokespersons, but apparently not big in sales.  Piperlime was responsible for a whopping 1% of Gap’s jaw-dropping $16 BILLION in annual sales.  Poor little Piperlime is no more, which should be viewed as great news for smaller high fashion online operations.

Not Well Suited.  Jones New York, the brand that represented suits for women since 1970, is closing down operations.

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Workwear for women is now a redefined industry that allows interpretation, style and separates to form the outfits in boardrooms.  reversecommuter was the proud owner of a few JNY suits during my career as a stockbroker, usually in hot pink, navy, red and black. And yes, there was a rotation of suiting that reflected the market!

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Alas, present day Jones New York is more Ally McBeal than Amal Clooney, clearly that just wasn’t working.

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Just for giggles choose the shorter the hemline, ignore the snow drifts and own those pumps…while raising the champagne flute to the PATS on Superbowl Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Bleacher Creatures

Football, soccer, LAX, whatever the sport, this is the season where “Housewives of SOMEBURB” are found on the sidelines.

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Begs the question – what to wear?

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Isabel Marant is a great designer who recognizes the needs of Bleacher Creatures.  Leather wedged sneakers, skinny jeans and a t-shirt – GO TEAM!

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J Crew & Public School collaborated some magic, and what team doesn’t need magical supporters?

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Mother Denim has a killer jumpsuit (The Riveter in Danny Boy Navy) that would take all the misery out of the weekend morning ritual of standing naked in the closet screaming “IHAVENOTHINGTOWEAR!!!!!!.

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PONCHOS.  One very powerful word in the Fall wardrobe dictionary.  Burberry offers up a classic check Cash-Cash poncho that makes freezing your a*s off on a field seem somewhat attractive!

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

What is it about Friday that instantaneously adds a big smile?!

NYFW is over, LFW is began today.  Snow to rain, fabulous fashion to fabulous fashion.

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Marc Jacobs ended the shows in NYC, and he did not disappoint! Rich luxe colored furs, caramels, winter whites, mod patterns sequins, a little lace, some hand stitched organza and quite possibly some of the most beautiful dresses presented in a long time.  Almost like a celebration of his emancipation from other lines (Louis Vuitton) to give his line the love it demands!

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Ralph Lauren’s collection was dreamy and rich, a line up of soft grey and purple and cream floated down the runway, dripping in cashmere, satin and wool crepes.  reversecommuter was hoping Ralph would end the show in one of those INCREDIBLE U.S. Olympic uniform sweaters, but alas his only nod to the snowy sports celebration was to be found on his feet!

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Tod’s owner and all round favorite Italian patriarch (click here for why) is having a little spat with Fiat, or to be more specific with Fiat heir John “Yaki” Elkann, grandson to founder Gianni Agnelli.  The two “gentlemen” are throwing insults at each other in the media (click here to have a giggle), in a war of words that starting over soccer (football in the rest of the world except the U.S.).  The luxury Italian leather maker is also the owner of a soccer/football club in Italy, and it happens to be the main rival of the Fiat owned team.

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I rigazzi sono rigazzi – that’s “Boys will be boys” in Italian!

On that note, pop some prosecco while wearing your cutest weekend get-up and celebrate love over this Valentine weekend!

xo reversecommuter

Powder Hues and Powder Play!

Trying to find a ray of sunshine after your football team loses the AFC?  No Superbowl this year Patriots 😦

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Why not enjoy Martin Luther King Day playing outside?  (even if you aren’t in the US, it is a really good birthday to celebrate!)

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Bright sunglasses make a big difference in any weather.  It is like adding some instant sunshine and happiness!  Spring 2014 forecast is trending powdery pastel hues, might as well start preparing!  🙂

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Oliver People’s Sheldrake in mint is a great find!  Click here to go to Barney’s.

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Ray Ban offers a spectacular lilac Wayfarer, click here to get a pair at Sunglass Hut.

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Ope hat by The Third Piece (click here they are having a sale!!), Loewe sunglasses, Moncler jacket, Sorel boots.