Fashion & Finance Friday!

Holy Mother of all things LONG Week Related!  Hello Friday!

Google hearts Diane!  Yup, the love affair continues.  First the grand lady the wrap donned the funky GoogleGlass for her Spring 2013 runway show (click the blue for a refresher) and last night Diane chatted live for 40 minutes on #shopthehangout.google.com/+dvf…and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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reversecommuter was beyond deliriously happy listening to Diane describe the essence of her designs and what she wants for her clients:

“I don’t want the dress to be remembered, I want the woman to be remembered”

“Buy things that will remain your friends for a long time”

“Be the woman you want to be.  The more you imagine it, the more it will happen” – this advice interestingly enough she gives to her two teenage granddaughters!

“I design simple clothes with details from old fashioned dress making – moulding the body to make it look effortlessly sexy”.

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In addition to watching her chat live with Eva Chen, (editor of Lucky Magazine) and Michelle Phan (of youtube makeup fame), Google+ set up coordinating shopping windows so you could buy the looks as they were presented on your screen – UBER COOL CONCEPT!!!!

courtesy of New York Mag

courtesy of New York Mag

Marc Jacobs has left Louis Vuitton.  Some are saddened by the news, but reversecommuter thinks this is EXTREMELY exciting for the boy wonder of American fashion.  Marc Jacobs is gearing up to go public (probably inspired by Michael Kors KAZILLION DOLLAR successes).

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In the words of Proenza Schouler (click here for more Proenza Schouler & reversecommuter), “…at the end of the day Tom Ford and Nicolas Ghesquiere (two of our idols) were just employees and they got fired.”  OUCH!  Better perhaps to be independent fashion designers, and “rock the independent vibe for sure!”

Those boys are prolific!

Happy Weekend – go pop some bubbles and in your highest heels “rock the independent vibe for sure!”

xo reversecommuter

More More More Proenza Schouler!

First Proenza Schouler spoke to a relatively intimate crowd at ICA Boston (as discussed here) then for a few VERY LUCKY individuals it was time for a private reception at Louis Boston.

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By the by, the dress with the back cut out is the runway version and I AM OBSESSED!!!!!!!!

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Once again the Boston goddess of all things fashionable, Debi Greenberg (owner of Louis Boston and patron saint / fairy godmother to incredible young designers such as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai etc – click the blue to read about each), knocked it out of the park & into the milky way!

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Let it be said here and now, I absolutely adore this woman and as I said to her at this event, I would MOVE if it weren’t for her because Boston would be severely fashion challenged!

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During the event at the ICA, Jack & Lazaro spoke at length about the exciting developments they have made with textiles, specifically at their mills in Italy, and leather is just one example of this.

Louis Boston’s Proenza Schouler $15,000 leather tweed jacket (literally leather woven into a tweed) just increased it’s value…immeasurably! 

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Lazaro Hernandez signed it!!!

jkt1Another UBER cool moment came when Lazaro gave up the details on his ink.  Apparently he and Jack have matching tramp stamps behind the ear – some fantastic hung over Sunday morning decision.  Um, how ridiculously adorable anyway??!?!?!

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Considering my day didn’t start off particularly well (I got hit in the face with a tennis racket – ouch!) the evening was extra special fantastic and ridiculously fashionable!!!!

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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!

Perforated!

Perforated materials are SO TRENDING right now!

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Proenza Schouler launched the style for Spring 2013 with a ton of bright colors and fantastically structured pieces.  Click here to revisit the runway offerings – still drool worthy fyi!

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The boys have ramped it up again for Fall 2013 with laser cut lace and leather – DREAMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Click here to drool over it at net-a-porter.

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Just in case you are thinking “How exactly can I, the driver of the Mommy-bus, possibly incorporate perforated leather into my wardrobe…

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Just invest in a piece that you are comfortable wearing – maybe a skirt, maybe a leather t-shirt or a jacket to slap on top of jeans…and Badda-Bing you are a stylin’ machine!

Armani skirt, Celine espadrilles, Miu Miu belt, James Perse tank.