Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eyes On: Alice + Olivia

Behind the scenes from Alice and Olivia Pre-Spring 2015

It sounds like a cute new girl group that'll put out two albums in the next two years and then fade into oblivion. But alas, we said goodbye to Aly and AJ many years ago. No, Alice + Olivia is a contemporary brand created by Stacey Bendet in New York in 2002 and has recently become one of my favorite brands to watch.

Alice + Olivia was formed by Bendet and her college classmate at the University of Pennsylvania, Rebecca Matchett. It was named for Bendet's mother (Olivia) and Matchett's mother (Alice). Bendet wanted to make a trouser "sexy" and "the focus of an outfit", so she created a pair that was slim at the hip, making the legs look longer and giving a slimming effect. Designer Lisa Kline saw them and ordered twenty more for her boutique. The brand was officially launched at Barneys New York in 2002.

I first learned about Alice + Olivia simply from an ad in Vogue that caught my eye. Upon further research, I found that several of my ultimate favorite fashion bloggers wear this brand.

These photos are from their tumblr, which is also really precious and is something you should definitely check out.

The Alice + Olivia Resort 2015 collection contains some of my favorite looks from the brand by far, inspired by the book One Special Summer

All in all, I love this brand because, while it does have a specific feel, it doesn't seem to stick to one specific genre.

So come on, guys. You know you want that matching sunflower jacket and pants.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Eyes On: Sky Ferreira

She's gonna be big. I can feel it. You should be in the know about her:
Sky Ferreira.
Born into style and music--her grandmother was Michael Jackson's stylist for, like, 30 years. She had Thanksgiving dinners with the guy.
Took opera lessons for most of her childhood.
Did MySpace videos of original songs, got discovered at, like, 15. 
First EP As If in 2009
Second Ep Ghost in 2011, which included "Everything is Embarassing", heard below
First studio album Night Time, My Time in 2013, with lead single "You're Not the One", heard below
Appeared in Eli Roth's film The Green Inferno
Arrested for possession of heroin and ecstasy 
Currently opening for Miley Cyrus along with Icona Pop on the Bangerz tour

Her music is not completely in my taste, and I don't exactly want to emulate her drug addiction, but she dresses effortlessly and has modeled at a very high level (cough *Yves Saint Laurent* cough).
I frequently look through style pictures of hers to get inspiration in the mornings. She's part menswear/minimalist, part grunge, all free-spirit. I want it all.
And GOSH do I want her hair. 

So, anyways. Take a look, take a listen.
Now you know.

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photos from tumblr and pinterest

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In Hindsight: CFDA Fashion Awards 2014

If the Met Gala is the prom of the fashion world, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awards is the graduation. Just with less crying and awkward pictures with teachers.

Which means that there is probably a lot to learn here. Like how it's definitely ok to walk around covered in Swarovski crystals.

Best Dressed
Because art imitates life and street style imitates designers, so lets play "find the connections".


1. Karlie Kloss in Band of Outsiders. Prime label and she's got the halter-top neck going on which is absolutely everywhere--the 90's are back, and this time its personal.

2. Marion Cotillard in Dior. Hello, peplum and lace. She really looks precious, this was my favorite look of the nights. I don't know who the shoes were by, but they were really working for her.

3.Hanne Gaby Odiele (who is a Belgian model, beeteedubs) was in Band of Outsiders, too. Again, another 90's look with the floral and the short sleeves and the straight silhouette. Also looking precious.

4. Lupita Nyong'o in Suno top and pants. This is the culotte (basic translation: divided skirt), mono-patterned top and bottom, and crop top ideas all thrown into one.

5. Anja Rubik (Polish model) in Stella McCartney jumpsuit. Jumpsuits excite me. They are like classy rompers. For tall people.

     Womenswear Designer of the Year to Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra. This guy started his brand in New York 2008 and this is already his second year being honored at the CFDA's. Here are some looks from his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show for reference.

     Menswear Designer of the Year to Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School. These guys are everywhere, and for good reason. Their collection is walking street style, equally awesome for both menswear and womenswear. Here's some styles from their A/W 2014

     Accessories Designer of the Year to Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen for The Row. Don't you just want to be an Olsen? Their brand is as fabulous as they are. Here are some of their handbags that won them this award
     Fashion Icon to Rihanna. I think she definitely deserved this. But sometimes she is more of a sex icon than a fashion icon, and last night was no different. She had a complete naked dress on, with just a boa covering know. While fashion means standing out and being scandalous means standing out, the degree you reveal yourself does not affect how fashionable you are.

     Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom Ford. He doesn't pop Molly, he wins awards. He is known as the "straightest gay man" around. Marc Jacobs won this award last year, if that gives you any idea about how much prestige one needs to be honored by it.
     International Award to Raf Simons of Christian Dior. Why we need an international award at an American awards show is beyond me, but Simons has only been creative director at Dior for two years and has already designed things like this dress, so I think we can spare one award for this guy.

If you didn't know, now you know.

On a side note, was I really gone the entire month of May? Rats. Sorry, guys. Exams are done and I am all yours.

Happy summer!