Smoldering Shoulders

One of THE biggest and funnest trends for Spring 2016 is shoulder baring clothing.

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Jonathan Simkhai Off Shoulder Knit Dress $495

The simplest piece in any wardrobe is a great dress.

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Rosie Assoulin $2695

Insert the shoulder baring option et Voila –  Sexy Spring Style!!

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See by Chloe Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress $515

Budgets need not beware.

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MICHEAL Michael Kors $89 @ Nordstrom

The trend is delivered on both sprectrums of the dollar sign.  #rejoicingbudgets

Purchase a shoulder showing top NOW!  Add jeans or a great pair of shorts – mine are from H&M, top is from the incredible Tanya Taylor.



Next time you find yourself carrying groceries, working out at SoulCycle or lifting a child – remember to do a couple of extra reps as this style is all about exposing the shoulders!

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

 

 

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!!!!!!!!

Party like a Penguin!

 

Tuxedos.

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Perfect outfit for this time of year.

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Plus you can cut it up and slap that tuxedo jacket on with a pair of jeans to take the blahs right out of January!

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Rachel Zoe tuxedo (click the blue it might even be on sale now at Bergdorf Goodman), DVF fuchsia top, Balenciaga boots, Prada clutch.

Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

xo reversecommuter

FNO SOHO

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FNO SOHO, get ready….it’s a BLOCK PARTY! Woolite Washed & GQ for Nordstrom, just two of the SOHO popups and really well done.  Piperlime existed as a popup the last two years, but this year unveiled it’s permanent shop complete with Rachel Zoe in attendance!  (and no cameras allowed inside, boo).

Boutiques competed for shoppers’ attention offering cupcakes, DJ’s, beefy security detail and ropped off lines.  It was an absolute shopping festival!  Even NYC CityWorks was in the mood, setting up mobil water fountains in the oh-so alluring family sink format (yuck!), right outside Prada (is nothing sacred?!?!?!). Tiffany’s had THE most adorable ice cream cart serving up itty bitty white and tiffany-blue ice cream cones (delish by the by). Isabel Marant offered a prompt 6:15pm opening, complete with fabulous French cheese & honey crostini & champs, hurrah! Why oh why the eternal need for one goofball shot? And le piece de resistance, the Empire State Building’s lights went red for the night, to celebrate FNO!

“Call Me A Model…”

reversecommuter is in NYC and you will never guess who I met…

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Iman. Supermodel, CEO & 55% shareholder of Iman Cosmetics, wife of David Bowie, and now launching an interactive lifestyle blog Destination Iman.
So much more to come on this in a later post.
Best quote of today was by Iman, “Call me a model but I can only read one book at a time.”
Imani’s fabulous fuchsia pantsuit is by Rachel Zoe.
lifestyle blog Destination Iman