TransAtlantic Girl Crush

reversecommuter has a notsosecret girl crush on Victoria Beckham.

victoria-beckham-met-ball

Her clean lined minimalistic clothing line is drool and dream worthy.  This little navy number is SO my new obsession!

005_ajn_vb_pss15_rtw_drs_390_navy_01_013_white_255

The aesthetics cross over seamlessly into her luxe leather goods line.

ss15_vba078_leopard_1a

Now VB has delivered again in her collaboration with NAILS INC., launching two colors Judo Red and Bamboo White.

photo 1

reversecommuter wrote about this limited collection just before Christmas, so imagine my delight when the big man in the red suit slipped a couple of each color into my stocking!

photo 2

The polish is phenomenal – not as rough on hands as gel but just as glossy and quite durable.  These are important virtues when considering daily life of the suburbanly challenged – cooking, cleaning, washing little hands and faces, walking dogs in the freezing cold tundra-like winter, running errands and basically doing all things that pretty much guarantee death to a manicure!

Click here to get your own – after all when was the last time instant happiness only cost $25?

photo 3-2

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Friday already?  YIPPPEEEEEEEEE!

Black Friday toppled Cyber Monday with the old one-two-punch.  Bricks and mortar plus an online presence for the first Friday after Thanksgiving delivered a lot of presents for the upcoming holidays spectacular savings!

o-BLACK-FRIDAY-HELL-570

Despite sales volumes down for the second year in a row, 9.1 Billion worth of shopping did happen on Black Friday, and an increase in online shopping helped in that total.  Stealing smoke from Cyber Monday by offering online and in store savings was a brilliant strategy, but retailers are still seeing soft sales.

images-1

Great news for us, the consumers!  Super Saturday (Saturday December 20th) is looking very promising!  If holiday sales continue to have the blahs, Super Saturday may deliver some spectacular deals, although retailers are keeping the detail of the deals close to their ugly-sweater-chests right now…

victoria-beckham-patrick-demarchelier-vogue-aug14-p136_b_320x480

Victoria Beckham is expanding her empire and continuing to claw her way to the top.  Specifically with nail polish.  2 limited edition shades she created with Nails Inc.

Bamboo White and Judo Red will go on sale Monday December 8th, click here to help Santa fill your stocking!

2bvictoriabeckhamnails_V_03dec14_pr_b_646x430

Happy Weekend!

Decorate the tree wearing ridiculously high strappy gorgeous shoes while holding a with a bubble filled flute.  FA-LA-LA-LA-LOVE!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

Still warm enough for open toe shoes and it’s Friday – Double Whammy of Awesomeness!

Viva Forever - Press Night Arrivals

Victoria Beckham opened her first store yesterday in London and it is an environment of beauty worthy of her luxe line.  The architecture, the lighting, the cascading videos walls showcasing her fashion shows, the clean lines throughout and the simplicity of the clothing presentation is jaw droopingly perfect.

reversecommuter cannot wait to experience 36 Dover Street in London in person.

LAN_0815

Alber Elbez is a genius in clothing design and in understanding women.  He prepared for Lanvin’s Paris Fashion Week show by sitting in cafes watching women walk by, busy in their lives.  Alber realized that to women fashion is “all or nothing”, and the collection reflected this brilliantly.

LAN_0467

Elbez also brought back a few of his favorite models to walk the show to help celebrateLanvin’s 125th anniversary.  He stated that the more experienced models (aka older) didn’t need nearly as much makeup as the younger crew.

LAN_0685

Alber weighs the success of a dress by whether or not he can see the model’s face.  reversecommuter LOVES this!  You know that moment when you put on an outfit and you feel invincible, gorgeous and positive all at once?

LAN_0755

So does Alber Elbez and that is how he creates.  Tremendous reason to increase my obsession with Lanvin.

Live this weekend like you don’t have children that wake up at 6am.  Pop the champs with wild abandon that definitely does not reflect all the chauffeuring, sports activities, playdates and chores that await you the next morning!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

Fashion & Finance Friday!

FRIDAY IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tommy Ton NYFW reversecommuter.com

Tommy Ton
NYFW
reversecommuter.com

NYFW is done – everybody exhale.

Marc Jacobs  Spring 2015 reversecommuter.com

Marc Jacobs
Spring 2015
reversecommuter.com

reversecommuter’s personal faves include Jonathan Simkhai’s shards of glass dresses, Victoria Beckham’s stripes, Proenza Schouler’s fringe (MAJOROMG!!!!), Calvin Klein’s minimalist gorgeousness all round, and Marc Jacob’s pink house set and those amazing hobo bags.  Onward to London!

_ON_0506

Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 reversecommuter.com

Guccio Gucci (great-grandson of The Original Guccio Gucci, who founded Gucci) is under house arrest after being found guilty of fraudulent bankruptcy.  Guccio no longer works for the family firm (he left in 1989).   Rather he attempted to launch his own line of handbags, which didn’t work and he filed bankruptcy…and apparently syphoned the assets in an attempt to save a little money.  Not so buono Guccio.

Enjoy the last remnants of summer this weekend.  Champs o’clock!

xo reversecommuter

 

 

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

Happy Dance All Around, it’s Friday!

NYC was THE fashion hotspot this past week.  FLOTUS opened the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5th.  A ridiculously impressive list of attendees including Alber Elbez, Marc Jacobs, Andre Leon Talley, Ralph Lauren,  Proenza Schouler, Donatella Versace, Alexander Wang were on hand to watch the most powerful bob in the fashion world open her namesake Costume Center.

BN-CQ817_mobama_DV_20140505122450

The Met Ball was held on May 5th, 2014 and this year the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute was “White tie & tails” to celebrate the work of Charles James – who’s work is coincidentally being profiled at the MET, and is divine!

2 teaser_am

reversecommuter’s favorite dresses included Donatella Versace, all the Stella McCartney pink girls and Victoria Beckham in her own stunning white design.

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

 

How much does a fundraiser filled with A-listers actually raise?  Considering the 2014 Met Ball entrance was a modest (!!) $25,000 ticket,  it is a safe bet that this will be a banner year for the Costume Institute’s coffers!  Fair estimates of $12 Million are the buzz on the street.

victoria-beckham-met-ball

Speaking of the gorgeous classic look of Victoria Beckham, the tally on her Met Ball outfit (which apparently was on the low side of the crowd) was a mere $2.5 MILLION – and keep in mind she designed her own dress, so one can assume a slight discount on the retail price of $4718, which you can purchase online in the fall.

In celebration of a fabulously glamourous week of MET life (lol), pour some champs and enjoy in a gown…while saluting your mother /and or yourself if you are a mother – loose interpretation allowed!  🙂

Happy Weekend!

xo reversecommuter

 

Inspiring NOT Stealing.

When I go get these done…

nails

It’s Essie Tour de Finance.

Anywho, when I find myself stuck at the spa I notice that I actually take the time to see the details in a magazine.  Which leads me to adding to this little pile of ripped bits of inspiration.  Kinda like a hardcopy Pinterest board.

nails1

It isn’t stealing if it inspires me right?

ps I find that a decent fake cough almost completely covers up the ripping noise.  Just saying.

Fashion & Finance Friday

Everybody do The Happy Dance!  It’s finally Friday!!

The CFDA offers it’s winning contestants mentoring as part of the package.  NYC’s Public School won this year, and they are now going to be guided by the President of Alexander Wang (who by the way, is not actually Alexander Wang, but rather Rodrigo Bazan).  This year’s runners up are Marc Alarv and Juan Carolos Obando.  Marc is going to be mentored by Tomas Maier (OHEMGEEEE) and Juan Carolos will received industry guidance from the CEO of Proenza Schouler.

 

public-school-featured-image-400x263

reversecommuter thinks that in this instance coming in second wasn’t so bad!  🙂

Travel is a great fashion influencer.  Whenever reversecommuter travels, a new look is discovered.  Recently in Miami (click here for more on that little bit of sunshine) I noticed a serious love of boots & shorts put together.  It ranged from sequin shorts and a plain tank, jean cutoffs with over the knee suede boots and even khaki shorts with a leather hiking boot.

over-the-knee-boots-leather

reversecommuter loves the opportunity to take a look and translate it into my own style – that is what fashion is all about!

Victoria Beckham is a busy designer jetsetting all across the Pond.  Recently in NYC for a whirlwind 2 day visit, looking dynamite in reversecommuter’s all time fave color – navy blue.

article-2537969-1A94ACEF00000578-448_306x719

Victoria recently announced she will be setting up a NYC based office for her label, and will be opening a stand alone boutique for her line in London.  Stating that after building the brand for the past five years, she is now ready to deliver a shop catering to her clients’ tastes and needs.  LOVE!!!

Wishing you a weekend filled with bubbles, fun outings and perhaps even a fab outfit combining shorts & boots!

xo reversecommuter

Not So Underground Velvet

Tis the season to run around from 5:30am through till midnight – OY!

V3

What to wear to take you from School Party to  Girls’ Luncheon, to Afterschool Celebration to Christmas Pageant to Drinks & Dinner with friends?   (besides coverup under the tired eyes?!)

V2

In a word – VELVET.  It’s big this year, everyone from Banana Republic to Victoria Beckham Denim is offering it!  Click the blue to go shopping!  I have a friend that even bought two pairs (one dress pant and one jeans version…wonder if she kept them both?!).

V4Throw a scarf on & interchange flats, boots & heels to help carry the outfit through the busy day & night!

V1

 

Velvet pants Prada, shearling Miu Miu.

 

Soft Kitten Velvet

Perhaps reversecommuter will blame it on the arrival of the cooler temps….

reversecommuter

reversecommuter pick – Christopher Kane

Maybe the blame lays with the undeniable talent of Christopher Kane and Valentino….

reversecommuter pick - Valentino t-bar pump

reversecommuter pick – Valentino t-bar pump

Or Victoria Beckham who can recreate a pair of jeans into pure genius…

377809_ou_sl

reversecommuter pick – Victoria Beckham velvet jeans

Whoever is to blame, velvet is my current obsession!

ps click the picks to buy