Tee Time!

The ultimate wardrobe staple, rivaled only by the coveted pair of flattering jeans.  Behold, the T-SHIRT!

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Last year J Crew had a linen t-shirt that was luxurious.  Not a normal adjective for a t-shirt. Sadly it is not offered this year and so the search begins…

T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang maintains the standing of BEST T-SHIRT available.   Pure cotton, silk blend, linen blend, plain colors, striped – go get the variety!

James Perse

James Perse

James Perse, the über cool California king of cotton, has a relaxed v-neck t-shirt that is light enough to convince you that you aren’t wearing anything!

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The Row

The Row (how did the fashion world exist while the Olsen Twins were Full Housing it?!) has the perfect accompaniment to distressed jeans.

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Kate Moss

reversecommuter has yet another dilemma (click here for the battle between bellinis and bloody marys!).  Kate Moss or Bridget Bardot?

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Click the pics to buy.  Retail therapy + sunshine = happiness

NormCore

reversecommuter has a new fave word.  NORMCORE.

Victoria Beckham Fall 2014

Victoria Beckham Fall 2014

 

Norm Core = The kind of luxury so stealth that the person wearing the item may be the only one (other than the designer) who knows how luxurious it is.

Givenchy Fall 2014

Givenchy Fall 2014

In other words, buh-bye label whores, hello intense style and quality.

Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2014

Jonathan Simkhai
Fall 2014

Kirna Zabete, Hirshleifers and net-a-porter are perfect examples of retailers who completely embrace NormCore…and coincidentally are reversecommuter’s all time obsessive fave boutiques!

The Row Fall 2014

The Row Fall 2014

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

The Olsen Twins, creators of that delicious line The Row, won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award (or would that be Designers of the Year?).  Either way, tremendous nod from the fashion world powers that be to the ridiculously creative twin set!  KUDDOS!

Gucci bought a horse!  Not just any horse – a horse with bananas pedigree and even offers Olympic competitor promise.  The stallion’s name was Vleut when purchased by the Italian house of gorgeousness, (for some reason I think Veuve Cliquot but that is another story).  Now the name is GUCCIO, named after Guccio Gucci the design house’s founder.

I was lucky enough to go to the Gucci pop-up museum (museo in Italian – bad pic, but can you tell how ridiculously happy I am to be there?), in Florence in November, and can attest to two facts, Gucci is a design house obsessed with horse bits, and Guccio Gucci was his real name!

Piper Jaffray held its 32nd annual Consumer Conference in NYC on June 6th, and three major retail powers, Nordstrom’s, Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch were present. What is clear and present on these CFO’s and CEO’s minds is VERY interesting, namely the internet.  Nordstrom is a 110 year old company and had 10 million customer names that they could contact, up until last year.  That is when Nordstrom‘s bought Hautelook (an online invitation only pop-up sale sight), which brought Nordstrom an additional 4 million names.  Nordstrom, a 110 year old company.  Hautelook, a 5 year old company.  Impressively effective accumulation in just 5 years!  All three companies stated that the focus for growth was not strictly directed to bricks and mortar stores, but rather that internet sales figures drove most expansion decisions.

The relationship between Fashion and Finance keeps me riveted!
Have a great weekend!

XO reversecommuter

Row Row Row Your Closet…

Corny title – I know, but the only reference I could muster up for The Row, a line that I am just a little bit obsessed with!  The Olsen Twins are the talent behind this line, and continue to win awards and clientele based on superb design and creativity.

Charlize Theron looked phenom in The Row‘s pre-fall leather dress at the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere in Tokyo.  That movie is so on my summer must see list.

I just watched “Young Adults“.  Charlize’s character was such a tragic hot mess, and she delivered such a convincing portrayal of a hangover that I found myself in search of some diet coke too!


I spotted a gorgeous The Row sleeveless leather dress at Barney’s, tightly secured by a chain and alarm wire (might have had something to do with the $2600.00 price tag).  It felt like butter!!!!!!!!!

*** Just a friendly reminder that if you hit the links in my postings (the blue highlighted words) you will be taken right to the url to purchase the item I have written about.  ***

Fashion & Finance Friday!

How fabulous that it is already Friday – gotta love a short week after a fantastic looooong weekend!

J. Crew shouted from the rooftop that their profits had nearly doubled in this first quarter, compared to last year.  Their revenues read an amazing $503.5 million, and the profit was a cool $30.7 million…in one quarter! As mentioned earlier, the Mickey Drexler CNBC documentary was a phenomenal piece,  inspiring corporate propaganda that any retailer would die to have aired!

Neiman Marcus enjoyed $1.06 billion revenues this year, up from $983 million last year.  Apparently big ticket retail is alive and kicking!  Needless Markup (oh come on, you know you use the nickname too) is going to focus on further developing CUSP, the 6 contemporary pop-up stores that they have had for 6 years.  Personally I love CUSP, I really enjoy the edited version of Neiman’s that it offers, and I always have success jumping in to CUSP, whereas attempting the same quick visit at Neiman’s seems daunting based on pure volume.

The Olsen twins (no matter what they do as adults, are forever referred to as such) are the new creative directors of Superga sneakers.  The Italian classics were purchased by Steve Madden and he then appointed The Row designers (LOVE LOVE LOVE The Row!!) the new Superga creative directors.  Sadly all the dedicated CASHMERE styles to be sold on The Row’s website are completely sold out.  Seccatura (bummer in Italian)!