Classy Classic

Classic is in!

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That is the message delivered in New York this week by a majority of the presenting designers.

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Proenza Schouler rejigged the double breasted blazer, opening their show with a sleeveless jacket wrapped up in a Pussy Galore meets the KFC Colonel’s skinny black bow tie.  Nothing represents classic fashion more than black and white.

Click here to watch the Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 show – it is a lesson in fashion magic.

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The spectacularly sexy cool white designs found in Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2016 Collection should make every woman deliriously happy!  The cut and style flow and ooze with style.

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This could get dangerous!!!!

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Michael Kors is THE gentleman of classic clothing.  His Spring 2016 Collection is clean, forever fashion that glided across the runway and made buyers, editors and fashion lovers drool! The simplest design with the cleanest of lines in the very best of fabrics and colors.

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Kors also brought out a bouquet of decadence in brocade floral pieces.  The richness in their design and material is beyond compare, and an investment in his clothing guarantees a healthy roi!

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Budget wise Michael Kors also offers a lower priced line, Michael Michael Kors which is always influenced by his ready-to-wear designs.  So these fashions will easily translate into mall shopping!

Tomas Maier aka Mr. Miami, is all about linen, full skirts, maxi dresses, shirt dresses, pinks and reds.  Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Now if we can all just ride out the 70’s vibe for Fall 2015…

Farmer’s Daughter’s Gingham

Clichè but true, gingham has long been the farmer’s daughter’s choice.  On an aside, I do not recommend google searching the term “farmer’s daughter” – the results are less than wholesome!

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It is also an instant sunshine piece, and who doesn’t want some of that?

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DVF has an entire Spring 2015 collection dedicated to gingham.  Pants, blouses, tops, dresses and bags!

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Michael Kor’s gingham cotton midi skirt is such a romantic interpretation of girlie sweet!

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J Crew’s pink gingham bikini will make any admirer want to chomp on a piece of straw!

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Chloe’s cotton jacket will add instant sunshine to a rainy day, and the frayed edges add  a cool edgy vibe.

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I’d Wear that to the School Bus Stop!

reversecommuter is pretty sure that during all those hours studying their inspiration boards, that was the phrase designers were hoping to hear!

I have taken the liberty of scouring the Fall 2014 Collections just presented at NYFW, and have come up with 5 looks that will be rocking the Bus Stops & School Drop Offs in September 2014.

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Michael Kors.  No surprise that the KING of preppy classic has delivered.  His collection was all about fur scarves (click here for more), camel coats and monochrome grey gorgeousness.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs (now known as mbmj) brought a fun collection to the runway, inspired by Power Rangers, offered numerous mommy fashion possibilities – and to be honest, we are kinda like superheroes every. single. day.

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The J. Crew catalogue arrives in the mail.  Therefore there are no excuses not to be all cute and florally while waving goodbye to the wee ones at the bus stop. Loving how the puffer jacket works with this.

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The Row’s Fall 2014 is one of reversecommuter’s favorite collections.  It is so luxe and stylish yet easy to wear and incorporate into an existing wardrobe.  I am SO lusting over one of the coats!!!!  This outfit shows the possibilities of warmth, layering, a rich palate and feasibility of clothing and lifestyle playing nicely together!

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Texture, color, layers, shine, shimmer and bodycon cute.  All of this describes Rag & Bone’s Fall 2014 Collection.  Not only does this design duo, Marcus Wainright and David Neville offer arguably one of the THE best jean lines, but their ready to wear is Ga-Ga-Ga-Gorgeous!  Audiences on the bus will hands down vote you hippest mama in the ‘burbs!

Thank you Style.com for the photos.

Cute Accoutrement!

Accoutrement – French for “additional items for dress”…like a fur scarf!

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Or a fab faux like this Rachel Zoe, on sale right now so click the blue!

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Michael Kors brought it as one of his key looks for Pre-Fall 2014.  reversecommuter could / should / would absolutely live in this all day long!!

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BCBG Max Azria scattered a couple of pelts around the neck too for Pre-Fall 2014.

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reversecommuter is mildly obsessed with fur scarves.  Purple fox?  Check.

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Mink?  Yup.  Sable?  Working on it….Valentine of mine, are you reading this?

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KirnaZabete was rocking it last week when they were hanging with Prabal Gurung, pre-NYFW, pre-streaker (ugh).  Click here for more of that Fashion Week debacle (why is it always the peeps who shouldn’t overshare that do?!)

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Pause here for an Uber-cool reversecommuter moment – when I met KirnaZabete (Beth Puccini and Sarah Easely), I told them the goal of the blog was to get one woman in the ‘burbs out of yoga pants every single day – they LOVED it, and told me it was the same reason behind what they did.   Um….shivers!!!!!!!!

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!

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!!!!

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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

Suits Me Fine!

Move over Taco Trucks, there is a new kid in town!

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Arden Reed (click the blue!) has a pop-up Tailor Truck (shut-up, I know!).  Arden Reed has been in the suit making biz since 2008, and has had the truck going since May 26th.  They have been galivanting all over the Eastern states with a spectacularly successful focus on the Ivy League schools (think prepping for those interviews, changing out of keg chugging sweats into hire-me suits).  A second techie tailor truck is being tricked out and is set to launch in L.A. within the year!

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W Boston Hotel (love) hosted Arden Reed and his truck on Thursday October 4th during Boston Fashion Week – sheer brilliance as Boston men need a little fashion love.

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The technologically customized tailor truck has a 3D full body scan that delivers a pattern, in under 7 minutes!  Uh-oh!  I just heard a drop in return flights to Hong Kong for suit buying expeditions!

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reversecommuter was at the W enjoying a BLISSful spa session, sad about not being able to find a babysitter to stay for the evening’s BFW events (I know, not very Fashion-Bloggey) when I literally walked right into the Arden Reed team in the hotel lobby!

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Ironically on the way out I bumped into Delightful Deloris,( an 84 year old fashion maven who has worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren & Michael Kors when they were just starting out) who busted my chops for living in the burbs (again, I know, not particularly Fashion Bloggey!).  Oy!

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!

September Stripes

Nautical stripes make me think of summer.

So what better way to deny its over than to extend the stripes into September? Maybe a Saint James long sleever or just add a jean jacket on top of the maxi dress if going out in the evening…ideally for a date night without the mini me in stripes!

Apologies for missing a day, I am traveling and don’t have access to the Internet – it’s crazy!!! Promise to post as possible!

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Fashion & Finance Friday!

First Day of Summer AND it’s a Friday – TOO MUCH!!!!

Michael Kors makes fab clothes and it pays nicely – his salary last year was $7.6 MILLION (not including stock options that if you are following his publicly traded company are riding high and setting the bar high for retail stocks – ticker symbol KORS).

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In China there is a sport known as “logo squatting” and Philip Lim played and lost.  The designer has created a new logo to use on products for the Chinese market as the legal system over there failed to protect Philip in his request to use his logo and name.  File under ridiculous.

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Instagram has added video capability and everyone is excited about how the fashion world will use this fun new tool!  DVF, Michael Kors, Burberry have already posted a video (click here for Diane’s nature take).  I am guessing Vine might be feeling a little like a dinosaur today – extinct.  FYI I can be found on instagram @ reversecommuter.

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Speaking of DVF, a special shout out to some exceptionally fantastic friends of mine who supported a fundraising event at the Boston DVF boutique last night.  Ladies, truly and sincerely Thank You!  (apologies for not having a photo of everyone who attended!)

Enjoy the weekend – pull the tags off that fab new outfit and take it out for a spin!

xo reversecommuter