The Forbidden Fruit

Fall 2013 reversecommuter was under self-imposed exile from the color grey.

Armani Grey Gorgeousness Fall 2014

I mean pahleeeze – how can one fashion obsessed blogger stay away from all this depth, richness, texture and blatant cashmereness?!?!?

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Celine Stylish ComfyWomfy Grey 2014

Could not wear it, buy it or even think about it.  Fall 2012 I kinda sorta went grey overboard.  Cold Turkey, self-instilled.

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Ralph Lauren Grey Goddessness Fall 2014

New year, new shopping lust list!  WHOOP WHOOP!

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The Row Grey Blanket Coat & Dress Fall 2014

Clearly in Fall 2014 there is a severe risk of Overdosing on Grey Gorgeousness!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Proenza Schouler kindly designed reversecommuter’s new coat!!!! DROOL DROOL!!!

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Looooooooong Weekends are the BEST!

Lots of fantastic numbers being reported this week!  Gap Inc leads the way with 42.9% Q1 growth in profit – that is a lot of t-shirts (such good basic tees!).

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Armani enjoyed another stellar year, announcing 20% profit gain for 2012.  Apparently Giorgio is going to be putting some of that right back into his company in the form of a new boutique in Cannes.  Guess the pop up was convincingly profitable!

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Somebody is interested in buying Sak’s…or atleast that is the rumor on the street and it is so convincing that the stock is up 20% in the past two days!  Sak’s Fifth Avenue just announced it’s Q1 income as 20 MILLION – so whoever is potentially shopping around will obviously have deep pockets!

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Enjoy the Loooooooooong Weekend – slap on a party outfit, get a blow out and feel like the  fierce fabulous fashionable creature you are meant to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

How is it Friday already?  WHOOOP WHOOOP!

Qatar royal family’s investment company, Mayhoola, bought Valentino Fashion Group for $858 MILLION!  That’s a lot of cashoola!

reversecommuter was fortunate enough to see the Valentino exhibit in Rome a couple of years ago – AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!  (even better from inside the exhibit but alas, no photos allowed).

Burberry and Levi’s both announced drops in sales – and the analysts are in agreement that tougher times are ahead regarding retail numbers.  This is alarming as these two  fashion firms are polarized on pricing – one represents high priced goods and one the low price point of a simple pair of jeans… in terms of the words of Scooby Doo – “Rut Ro!”

Ralph Lauren designed the US Olympic Team’s uniforms, which were unveiled yesterday on the Today Show and online at RalphLauren.com (see here by clicking).  The collection has taken a lot of heat, and not in a good way.  Going out on an edge, reversecommuter is digging the ceremony newsboy (click & buy) and not totally hating the collection.

Especially when you take a moment to look at Armani’s designs for the Italian Olympians…um, notso benne.

(Olympic uniform pics courtesy of Google Images)

Proenza Schouler opens the doors on their very first boutique today in NYC, 822 Madison Avenue to be exact.  NEEDLESS to say, reversecommuter will be spending some time and money in those fabulous 2000 square feet on her next trip to the Big Apple!

Cool didyaknow fact – Proenza Schouler used to be associated with Valentino Fashion Group, and is now partnered up with the founder of Theory.

(see how I tied all that together?  neat, huh?)

Happy Weekend!

XO reverse commuter

Finance & Fashion Friday!

Bonjiorno Venedi!

Giorgio Armani announced a 45% increase in annual sales for 2011.  Not only is that an amazing increase for a year’s sales, it is also quite impressive that Giorgio felt like sharing that information…it is a privately held company so he could have kept that fabulous news all to himself.  (I would choose to brag about the good news too, especially right about now in Italy!)

China (again)…Ralph Lauren Corporation (stock symbol RL) has announced there will be 60 stores opening in the next three years.  Sixty!  Personally I am rethinking the potential payback of the Rosetta Stone Mandarin cds I just bought….

Speaking of the Lifshitz Family, (I just love the Lauren’s real surname!!!), Ralph’s gorgeous wife, Ricky Lauren, just released quite the delicious coffee table book, “The Hamptons: Family, Food and History” and launched the book at a soiree held at the Ralph Lauren Manhattan flagship store.  Cannot wait to get my mitts on a copy of that luscious read, just in time for summer!

The reverse commuter is tired today, stayed up too late watching an awesome CNBC  biography on Mickey Drexler, former CEO of The Gap, current CEO of J. Crew.   AMAZING WATCH!!!!!!!  He owns 7 homes (most oceanfront mansions) but started off in a  one room walk-up and very humble beginnings.  Still meets with the “borough boys” – men that he grew up with and know him better than anyone else (except his college sweetheart wife).  Mickey is inspirational on the professional and personal fronts, refreshing!  Plus he loves the color yellow – thinks it is an attention grabber (happens to be my youngest’s fave color).


Mickey is sending J. Crew over to China too….just saying (说 in Mandarin).