Pallet Cleanse

after Manish Arora, a true pallet cleanse is required.  how wonderful to have it in the form of Gareth Pugh.  Each season the designs become more refined, the silhouettes more wearable.  Icy whites, charcoal grays, black and chrome in sophisticated wide leg trousers, robotic pieced leggings and ethereal, opalescent chiffon dresses are so ready for commercial consumption that when his signature wild streak comes out in sculptural trenches and body armor it is almost surprising.  almost.  Gareth Pugh’s cold futurism is phenomenal and possibly the most mature collection we have seen from the designer as of yet.

Manish Arora

lets go an a crazy acid trip through an origami my little pony rave.  we enter what feels like Hollywood where the gates of Chinatown and the dragons on them turn into sculptural ruffles, chest pieces, armor on shoulders and some of the best stockings ever.  magic eye almost sea urchin like polkadots create vibrations on the models, layered on top of themselves in multitudes of  ruffles and beautiful drape.  brightly colored vinyl leggings are paired with textural shorts and dresses and hips are accentuated with triangular shapes and warrior like armor.  more literal Hollywood inspiration comes out in the stunning sequin dresses covered in scenes of skylines, waves and palm trees.  and although there are quite a few weird costume pieces, there are also quite a few wearable pieces -dolphin shorts, pegged and mullet skirts, trousers with undulating ruffles at the side seams, beaded bib tanks, and leggings can all be worn by women other than Daphne Guinness – and those beaded vinyl tights – pair them with some black draped dress like this one and you have the most perfect outfit.  ever.

duck duck goose

it is almost October and i am starting to imagine cool crisp fall days walking through the west village watching the leaves change colors and smelling the pastries at Magnolia as all the crazies stand in line for a cupcake.  Sundays are my favorite for walking around the city, chic parents are out with their adorably dressed children; sweaters with shawl collars layered over lace and velvet, leather fringe and little tufts of feathers, military greens, dark chocolate browns and dusty blacks with pops of navy, orange and cream.  We’ll walk along the High Line looking at women layering chiffon and tribal beads, combining tweed shorts with knit thigh high stockings and duck shoes.  After that it will be off to Greenwich Village to pop into a gallery and then over to a cute tucked away bar for a heady beer and some oysters.  The sun will set and we will go home, smiling and holding hands and saying “i love this city..”

collage made from images from Free People

Mara Hoffman S/S2011

i’ve been in love with Mara Hoffman’s printed silks, cashmere and swimwear for a long time.  reasons: the tribal influences are at their best with her silhouettes; super wearable, minimal styles with a 90’s nod.  the treatments of shibori dyes and geometric prints in dusty color combinations of buttery green yellow, pink and white or super vibrant blues, greens and purples.  and the small pops of texture thru woven hats and oxfords create the right amount of accessory interest.  easy, chic young and happy.  perf.

images are from  marahoffman.com (look book and show)

hair to there

i just discovered Charlie Le Mindu – a French hairdresser who creates wigs and clothes out of human hair.  these things are phenomenal.  not only are they disturbingly sexy, they also have a awkward quirkiness that makes them quite endearing.  in past lines he has worked with macabre themes such as skulls and bondage, but his most recent collection is quite playful – horses and flamingos, beautiful pastel pinks and neon acid yellow, leopard and fringe.  and what a bold statement to have completely naked models strutting down the runway.  i guess he knows what he wants you to look at.