NYFW SS 2017 – Jonathan Simkhai

I went, I saw, I conquered.  NYFW Spring Summer 2017 was my first.  Attending NYFW was one of my primary goals when I started reversecommuter.com.  To know me is to know that setting and achieving my goals is my raison d’être.

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Appropriately Jonathan Simkhai‘s show was my first.  He is one of my absolute favorite designers, and being personally invited to his show was a major high point not quickly forgotten.fullsizerender-1The show was packed with instagram’s hotshots, Olivia Palermo, Ashley Graeme, Jamie Chung, Kylie Jenner, Joe Zee and Brad Goreski to name just a few.  Jonathan Simkhai has quickly skyrocketed to super designer stardom, and so very deservingly.

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This show was inspired by the Watts Towers in LA, an architectural creation of 17 interconnected structures built with garbage over 34 years – there are still some brand identifying labels to be seen on pop bottles!

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This collection delivered a more polished version of his trademark cutout silhouettes, denim and Italian lace designs.

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SS17 collection’s ivory, silks, chiffons, satins, navy blues (yup, my absolute fave), soft baby blue chambrays and the textures, ruffles and tears made the n models’  movement beyond spectacular.

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The casting was exact with models in light, natural makeup, straight hair loose with undone unexpected braids scattered about.

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Jonathan Simkhai‘s line is found in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue and at www.jonathansimkhai.com.  This scattering of high end retailers is all in walking distance in NYC.

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Trust me, I was searching for these gorg camel & navy pieces while attending NYFW and marched for miles to find them.  Sadly they haven’t even been delivered yet and so reversecommuter is attempting fashion patience – so not my strong point!

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This might seem like a rather high end selection of retailers but his price point in comparison to his creations is kind to the fashion consumer.  It is rare to find a talent this rich offering his designs with a price tag we can all reach.

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This SS2017 collection is all about layering and everyday luxury.

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In case you are wondering these are my absolute favorite two looks from the runway show.

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True Love.

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I was also invited to his After Party at a nightclub called The Blond.

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I mean, how could I not go?!

Take Cover

Summer is finally here!  Insert “Whoop Whoops” here.


School is out for the bambinis, full time playtime has arrived.  #dogdaysofsummer

This is the perfect time to buy sun protective gear.

SPF a plenty… Skinhealth makes it so easy to stay healthy while still enjoying the sun!

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Perhaps a rash guard or two… Cabana Life has been a fave for years (both for children and adults).

Maybe a fun sun skirt (with a secret built in compression band) that works as a great poolside lounging accessory!


SwimRISE has recently launched this clever creation, and even has a Fourth of July version, complete with stars and stripes  The brand, created by a mother daughter entrepreneurial duo in Florida, is sure to update pool & beachside elegance!

Finally to top it all off, a big ol’ floppy hat to combat the sun wrinkles!  Eugenia Kim is the queen of sun hats.  Also check out Regine Chevallier, her line of hats begs for an accompanying yacht!

Now go, splash, laugh, swim, play, giggle, repeat!

Mom Speak Fashion Translation

Versace’s Fall Couture 2015 was etheral.  The best dressed rockstar fairies ever!

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Chanel’s Fall 2015 Couture was terrifically tweedy and fantastically luxe.

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But what exactly are moms’ supposed to wear to go pick raspberries?

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We deal with runny noses, messy love filled hugs and toppled ice cream cone sticky kisses.  Donatella and Karl don’t really design for these.

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reversecommuter adores high end fashion, and loves translating it into everyday speak.  Fashion is fun, not intimidating.  Fall Couture’s message thus far is a softer color palate and a more classic take on clothes.  But it is summer now, so brighten up your outfits with some color and a smile!  Slap on a pair of silk shorts and a tank top, grab a cute pair of sandals and a floppy hat and work that runway of life like nobody’s business!

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Gorgeous Sunny Days – WHOOPPIE!

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Time to focus on the face.  Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize.

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reversecommuter is a big fan of facials but there isn’t always time for Spa-ah-ing.  Enter fantastic home treatments.  Luzern is a fabulous line that has a ridiculously easy moisturizing mask – smear it on for 10+ minutes then rinse and marvel at that baby butt soft skin!

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SK-II has another fave of mine, the facial treatment mask, with the convenience of the 5 pack (love that right up until I use the 5th – time to reorder!).

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Memorial Day Denim

The first official looooooong weekend of summer is almost here!

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Distressed boyfriend denim – check!  Really loving MOTHER denim’s The Loosey Party Crashers.

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As if magically tuned in to our needs, MOTHER denim just announced their very first sale!  Click here!!!!!!!!!  Now all reversecommuter needs is for MOTHER denim’s Overall Dropout to go on sale #soobsessedEIEIO!

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Relaxed sneaker style – check!

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Shan bikini at the ready – check!  If the sun actually comes out #evertheoptimist

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Geek Chic

Next time reversecommuter considers getting bangs someone please slap me hard to remind me of the really fun growing out phase that I am currently enjoying.

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Straight hair people have only just a few hair style choices.  Long or short.  Bangs or no bangs.   That is it.  Four possible outcomes.  Little wonder in the dark days of January 2015 I decided to throw caution to the Snowmageddon surroundings and go for bangs.

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I blame Brigitte Bardot.  Her fringe always look beach-wavy-just got-out-of-a-busy- steamy-rumpled-up-bed gorgeous kind of bangs.   Even Leandra Medine of Manrepeller fashion fame & fortune crumbled and got banged.

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So I did what any self respecting bang-growing-out fashion obsessed type would do…I bobby binned those near blinding shaggy bits right out of sight.  Yup, a bobby pin.  Hence the nod to Geek Chic.

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It works so don’t judge. When was the last time you solved a MAHJOR hair problem with something that costs 0.004?

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Fancy Flip Flops

Running across the pool deck to stop the five year old from jumping in fully clothed for the 8th time today – no problem, no slipping, and still styling.  RHEA’s fancy flip flops. IMG_8562 Booting it across the gravel driveway before your daughter wipes out on her skateboard ramp?  Fear not superhero mama, RHEA has your back with their patented micro channel treads.  Cool to look at and even more cool knowing you won’t wipeout wearing these. IMG_8564 RHEA was founded by Cornell students who were slipping and sliding all over Ithaca New York – have you been there?  It is really cold, wet and slippery up there! 31a6c2627a0a26f7eb0dee03ec1caa8c_original Microtread Griptech soles are what make RHEA flip flops so unbelievably fantastic – you cannot slip on these.  RHEA is named after the Greek Goddess of Comfort, and they are cute too!  The scientific technology that is built into the soles and treads are what make them fancy, not to mention the rainbow assortment of sole colors options. IMG_8565 Brilliant yellow, gorgeous black and gold, spumoni green, patent white, single or double strap – whatever outfit you are trying to compliment RHEA flip flops have it.  The really great thing about buying a pair of RHEA flip flops right now is that you are supporting this start-up AND saving some money!  The shoes are available exclusively on Kickstarter.com.  Go shop and stop wiping out! IMG_8563 **full disclosure – please note that reversecommuter received a sample pair of RHEA flip flops but was not paid for this review, nor for the numerous times worn since!**

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Seriously, what else would be the end result with these on your feet?!?!?!  (parrot not included)

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Aquazzura creates shoes like no other shoe designer.

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Buttery suedes, sexy silhouettes, exciting, unique colors and ridiculously fabulous names…

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allow me to properly introduce you to the “WILD THING”.  Currently sold out but the Florence, Italy based designer told me next week a new shipment arrives at Matchesfashion.com.  Run, don’t walk and get yours!

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…

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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!

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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

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Sunshine, Derby Juleps and the Weekend!  Trifecta!

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Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has been printing fashion news daily since 1905.  Until April 24, 2015 that is.  WWD has now morphed into a weekly publication that launched Wednesday April 29th.  To celebrate this HUGE publication, WWD Weekly dropped SIX different covers with some extremely fascinating fashion stars!

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THE MOST beautiful picture of Alexander Wang gracing one cover,

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The Olsen Twins (aka The Row) on another cover,

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Proenza Schouler gorgeousness on another cover,

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Scottish designer Christopher Kane,

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Sacai’s Chitose Abe and

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J.W. Anderson (with possibly THE best profile picture ever).

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#WWDWeekly has caused quite the murmur amongst those in the fashion world who start each day with an expresso and a read of the daily.  Fret not Fashion Pets, there is a new digital daily edition that will be emailed to existing subscribers, and now there is yet another reason to celebrate Hump Day as that is when the weekly will come out!

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Lucky Magazine (*full disclosure – reversecommuter is a contributor) has announced that their social media maven of an editor, Eva Chen, has announced she will be leaving the magazine.  There is also an unconfirmed rumor that the magazine will be going completely digital!

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As a result of the editor and possibly editorial changes at Lucky Magazine, the upcoming May 7th Lucky FABB bloggers conference is postponed – bummer as reversecommuter had just booked a equally FAB hotel room at the W and was planning outfits…

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File under Fun Fact:  Did you know that John Paul DeJoria (handsome dark haired owner of Paul Mitchell hair products) is also the owner of Patron Tequila?  His annual income of 2.8 BILLION is a testimony to an awe inspiring drive – he started Paul Mitchell with a $700 loan.

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reversecommuter not only loves the smell of Paul Mitchell’s awapuhi shampoo (seriously, give it a whiff) but I am officially obsessed with the work ethic of this man – I have a new hero!

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Enjoy the weekend – slip those perfectly pedicured piggies into something open toed and raise your silver julep cup to all the drop-dead hats and outfits at the Kentucky Derby!