Happen Stance

It just happened.
Walking around Soho on a sunny afternoon, a window display teetering on an artistic exhibit caught my eye.


Imagine my surprise when I realized it was a sock store.  Just socks.  In the entire store, socks.

Not just the plain daily white tube sock variety mind you.


Stance socks are so much more than socks.  Stance socks rock.


As in designed by Rihanna socks that rock.


As in Star Wars characters’ socks that rock.


As in Stance brand ambassadors waaaaaay cooler than mere mortals will ever be.


Go ahead, click the link and take your own Stance!

Itty Bitty It Bags

Gucci Spring 2015 Collection pieces are everywhere.  Suede horse bits of deliciousness are peppered through the pages of magazines, both editorial and advertisements.  Ironic considering this was Frida Giannini’s final collection before being ushered rather quickly out the back door,  (Click here for more on that).

But I digress…

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The really exciting sugar cube from the home of the sexy Italian horsebit is the Itty Bitty It bag.  Specifically the Lady Web, a mini chestnut suede shoulder bag with the iconic green & red strap.
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Fun fact!  Did you know the original 1950’s green & red Gucci strap used on loafers and bags was created after the underbelly girth in a horse’s saddle.
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The Lady Web is priced at $2100, feel free to whiny at that!
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Prada has captured reversecommuter’s heart with its hot pink itty bitty Saffiano Mini Galleria Crossbody Bag in Peonie.
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One quick stop at the Prada Soho boutique and Cupid did his dirty work on me!
Paris Fashion Week officially fermè-d yesterday, and Miu Miu delivered a thunderously significant show.
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Perhaps the cutest bolt of thunder was the itty bitty Miu Miu IT Bags.  File the Top Handle Bag under “ICANTEVEN!”

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

 

 

Blazers & Blossoms

Spring brings blossoms and blazers.

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There is nothing in the world like a good blazer.  It compliments any outfit and hides a multitude of sins!

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It is the perfect piece to add to jeans and a t-shirt.  It is the perfect date night piece to wear over a slinky-spaghetti-strapped-this-date-is-promising kind of top.  It is the perfect piece to wear when traveling (not too hot/not too cold).

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Classic navy and black basic blazers have some fun company this season.  Brilliant pinks, stripes, florals and metallics.  Click on the pics to go directly to the source!

J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Pink Linen $129 on sale!

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Schoolboy Blazer in Pink Linen $129 on sale!

Each X Other Striped Blazer net-a-porter $805

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MSGM Floral Blazer KirnaZabete $761

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Oh Lanvin how I am so ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with this blazer!!!!!

Lanvin Fitted Metallic Lame Blazer Kirna Zabete $3490

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$3490

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Seriously, deliriously happy it is Friday!!!!!!

Celine is growing, and I for one am deliriously happy about it! There is an outlet recently opened at the Woodbury Commons just outside of NYC. (Insert extremely high pitched squeal of happiness by reversecommuter here!!!!!). Celine has also just opened the brand spanking new doors of their new flagship store in London on Mount Street (neighbors to Lanvin, Azzaro, Balenciaga and Goyard!).  Phoebe Philo is also going to fill up 15 additional new shops internationally including Tokyo, Soho, and Las Vegas.  Ahem….Boston please?!!!

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J Crew might be going public.  Looking for a cash king to come riding into the sunset but not having a happy ending with Japan’s Fast Retailing Co (parent company of J Brand, UNI QLO, Theory and a few others).  Talks ended earlier this week in which J Crew was possibly going to be bought by Fast Retailing for $5 BILLION.  That is a whole heck of a lot of sushi so the Japanese company went Sayonara.  Rumor has it that Mickey is now gearing up for an Initial Public Offering with Goldman Sachs.

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Alphabetically very exciting – an IPO for J Crew!  Tee Hee!  🙂

Spring has Sprung so slap some tulips in a vase, fill up the champs flute and dress up in something colorful to celebrate!

xo reversecommuter

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O.W.O. (one weekend outfit)

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Despite the hype no snowstorm. Insert loud happy squeal here!!!

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Hand candy is a huge trend right now, and an incredibly easy way to mix it up a little!  Click here to see the choices at Bergdorf’s.

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Owning a large assortment of boots is the key to winter happiness – and Fiorentini + Baker is a great line, great Italian leather, a little bit beaten up and great to wear everyday.  Click here to look at their full line.

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Coming back to the cold is rough, a great big thick warm sweater in a bright color definitely helps!

 

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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!!!!!!!!