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The future of fashion week–what comes next?

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 12, 2018

Things are going to be quite busy for me in the next ten days or so with Fashion Week, so while things may be a bit quite here on ALLIE NYC

Things are going to be quite busy for me in the next ten days or so with Fashion Week, so while things may be a bit quite here on ALLIE NYC rest assured I am quite busy. But I wanted to take this moment to speak a bit more about Fashion Week and in particular the future of NYFW. As most of you know Alexander Wang is the most recent top tier designer to pull out of Fashion Week. He is going to be holding events in June and December as opposed to the traditional months of September and February.

He is not the only one—many designers are opting out of NYFW choosing instead to show at Paris, or at other times of year. And many designers are not having traditional runway shows, but are showing their collections via unique presentations or Instagram runway shows.

But with all these changes it can feel like trying to build a sustainable structure on quicksand

There many reasons for these changes—but the biggest reason is how content is delivered and consumed. That said, this does not mean all the changes will be successful, I guess we are in a bit of a trail and error transitional time period. Though it seems we are in a transitional time period in many industries.

But with all these changes it can feel like trying to build a sustainable structure on quicksand. How sustainable are all these changes? And it is not so much change itself—but the relentless pace of change that could upset the apple cart in a not so positive way. What say you?

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Marchesa Notte Pre-Fall 2016 for Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - April 22, 2016

What girl doesn’t dream of owning a Marchesa original? Yes this may be out reach for many of us, but don’t fret there is an alternative—the Marchesa Notte line is the more affordable cousin to the pricier Marchesa collections. With cocktail dresses running between $600-800

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the florals in this collection may not have you dreaming of spring meadow,but they do bloom with the full romance of a Marchesa original

What girl doesn’t dream of owning a Marchesa original? Yes this may be out reach for many of us, but don’t fret there is an alternative—the Marchesa Notte line is the more affordable cousin to the pricier Marchesa collections. With cocktail dresses running between $600-800 ( which can also be found on sale for roughly $300) and floor length gowns topping out at about $1400 this is certainly in the range of affordable. In fact you could even consider a white floor length Marchesa  Notte gown in place of wedding dress. An affordable way to look super chic on your wedding day, yes?

But today we are looking at Marchesa’s Notte collection for Pre-Fall 2016 and it is a bit of a departure from what have seen from them in the past. Not as frothy, dreamy and ethereal as what we are use to seeing. The pale pastels and neutrals have been replaced with vivid jewel toned shades in vibrant satin finishes and intricate close to the body embroideries. The ruffles have given way to cascading arches of reigned in draping and silhouettes are more streamlined and fitted, with sexy just below the hip slits and plunging necklines. Florals still take center stage and are an integral part of the collection and are expressed in embroidered bodices, lacy clingy gowns and exquisite prints. From tone on tone reds and yellows, to pops of brilliant magenta on a sea of black, and a softer combination of navy and coral the florals in this collection may not have you dreaming of spring meadow, but they do bloom with the full romance of a Marchesa original.

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Alexander Wang Pre Fall 2015 for Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - August 14, 2015

Alexander Wang has always kind of went his own way, and after seeing boxy, relaxed fit and minimalist garments marching down the runways for the last couple of seasons,

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Alexander Wang has always kind of went his own way, and after seeing boxy, relaxed fit and minimalist garments marching down the runways for the last couple of seasons, Wang’s striking body conscious and darkly sexy collection is a welcome change. Blame it on Christian Grey and his um “appetite” but bondage wear is becoming a trend, and this can certainly be seen in Alexander Wang’s pre fall collection.  Skirts are long and tight, in sensuous fabrics like velvet, leather, fishnet and a stretchy, puckered body clinging nylon like material which makes one think of under garments. Slip dresses in a satin like finish with barely there spaghetti straps in smoky shades of black and olive green embrace the female form with a simple sensuality. This overt sexuality is tempered (just a little) by more masculine influences like the men’s fit tailored trousers, the utilitarian jumpsuit in a black snakeskin print, and the cargo pants paired with a form fitting leather top. A men’s dressing gown inspired coat in black leather, suggests a how a women would look in her lover’s bathrobe. Gray plaid and wide paneled stripes break up the neutral pallet of solids in black, white, nude, olive green and burgundy. Fishnet tights, sixties inspired suede go go booties and cut out pumps round out this uber sexy collection and make me want to embrace my inner Anastasia Steele. To see more from this collection please visit style.com

 

 

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Charles & Ron — The Spring-Summer 2015 Collection for Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 27, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]Y[/dropcap] es it is post Fashion Week here in New York and all the attention has moved across the pond, but what a Fashion Week it was. One of things I love about Fashion Week besides you know, the obvious—oodles and oodles of fashion, is getting to discover up and coming designers. So in this weeks Lookbook Friday we will be looking at the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection from Charles & Ron

[row_fluid][one_half] [dropcap custom_class=”normal”]Y[/dropcap] es it is post Fashion Week here in New York and all the attention has moved across the pond, but what a Fashion Week it was. One of things I love about Fashion Week besides you know, the obvious—oodles and oodles of fashion, is getting to discover up and coming designers. So in this weeks Lookbook Friday we will be looking at the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection from Charles & Ron—a break out design duo from Malta who are starting to attract attention on the world stage. The fashion house was founded in 1992 by Charles Borg and Ron van Maarschalkerweerd. One of Malta’s leading fashion houses they recently showed at Nolcha Fashion Week here in New York. Nolcha Fashion Week showcases independent and up and coming designers and is held during the more well know Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The Charles & Ron Spring/Summer 2015 collection has a playful sophistication running through it, from the seventiesesque dancing ladies print to the more geometric mesh dresses this line is a spirited collaboration of patterns, textures and influences. The wrap top “pants suit” has a vaguely asian aesthetic in the cut of the suit, and with it’s modern graphical print it feels fresh and on trend. This print can also be seen in
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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]the short flirty empire frock and long Halston like dress, which is a true stunner. These pieces are off set by more fitted garments like the black white dress with mesh collar, and the corseted dress. We also see ball gown skirts and mini skirts paired with crop tops in a flirtatious statement of youth and vitality. I am sure we will be hearing more from this inspiring pair of designers in the coming years. But if you can’t wait that long, head on over to CharlesandRon.com to learn about these rising stars and to see more from this engaging collection.

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Kendall Jenner—the Model of the Moment, Fair and Square

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 23, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]N[/dropcap] o other family in recent years has the capacity to generate such fervent anger and animosity as the Kardashians. Love them or hate them, they are had to miss. I must say it always astounds me when I hear people go off and yell slurs at them or call them trash. So, it is not OK or politically correct to call a poor family that lives in a trailer “trash”,

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]N[/dropcap] o other family in recent years has the capacity to generate such fervent anger and animosity as the Kardashians. Love them or hate them, they are had to miss. I must say it always astounds me when I hear people go off and yell slurs at them or call them trash. So, it is not OK or politically correct to call a poor family that lives in a trailer “trash”, but it is OK to call a wealthy family that lives in mansion trash? Many will say that it has to do with the show itself, and I what I can only assume happens on the show. But the Kardashians and their producers are not breaking any laws, the show continues to be renewed, and  people are still watch it.  Is this fair? This is how this particular family chooses to earn an income, and they got rich doing so, kudos to them. If you find what they do offensive, that is a choice—you are choosing to be offended. If you don’t like the show don’t watch it. How hard is it to not turn on the TV? Or to change the channel? But really, the true phenomenon of the Kardashians is the mirror they hold up to society. When I see or hear people getting all riled up about the Kardashians calling them trash, or getting upset that Kim is baring her derriere or making a video, or whatever the current brouhaha is about, I often think to myself “what are you really angry about”? Yet these same people give no thought to how the food they eat gets to their table, how the clothes they wear are produced, or how the inner workings of their smartphones are manufactured. They will blithely walk past a person sleeping on the street then carry on about the immoralities of the Kardashian clan. And now it seems the world of fashion is being touched by this phenomenon as well, as Kendall Jenner’s star continues to rise.

 

 

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Last season the internet and media outlets were rife with rumors of Kendall being bullied by other models, most of which were unfounded. However, there was one model that wrote an open letter to Kendall in which she lambasts Kendall and her easy road to success. This model as the letter may lead you to believe, is not from an eastern block country, but from Woodbridge Virginia and comes from a loving supportive family and graduated from The Institute of Miami with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing—not exactly a rough life. [blockquote]They will blithely walk past a person sleeping on the street then carry on about the immoralities  of the Kardashian clan[/blockquote]Though the descriptions in the letter do accurately describe the situations that many models face who do come from less affluent families and countries. But I could not miss the pity party-life’s not fair tone of the letter. Again, this letter seemed less about Kendall Jenner, and more about the person writing it, how this person sees themselves as victimized and getting a less fair shake in life. Well I do not want to be (OK maybe I do) the person to bring this to her attention: but newsflash—life’s not fair, never has been. Is it fair to be born with a crippling spinal disease like a good friend of mine? Nope. Is it fair to have a stroke in your early forties, like another friend of mine? Nope. Is it fair to live with a painful disease since you were twelve, where just sitting in chair can be painful, like myself? Nope. So no, it may not be “fair” that Kendall was born healthy, wealthy, and beautiful and that she is living the dream of so many young women, but it is also not her fault. Bottom line, Kendall is beautiful and she possess the looks that we as a society and the fashion industry covets. She is good at modeling and actually models very well, and as most of us know—modeling is not as easy as it looks. And if I were booking a model for an editorial or a show, I would book her in a heartbeat. Because she is part part of the Kardashian clan? No, because she is stunning to look at and she is good at modeling. And to the young, attractive, healthy model who comes from the middle class family that loves her and treats her well, I ask, is this fair? Is it fair when so many young women do not posses the good looks we as a society expect of them? That so many young women come from families that do not support them and even abuse them? That so many young women may want to follow their dreams but they are unable to do so because of health problems? And what about the women from eastern block countries who are not attractive enough to be models? How do they get to America? And I ask, is this fair?
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Rent The Runway and How I Found a Clover Canyon Irish Box Print Bomber Jacket

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - January 19, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"][/dropcap] Rent The Runway is one of the hottest break out companies and success stories in the last few years. Launching roughly five years ago and offering their services online only, they now have brick and mortar stores in three major cities as well as styling services. And hold on to your hats ladies, but they are now offering a monthly service

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]O[/dropcap] One of the best things about living in New York is the shopping, and gets even better if you are lucky enough to work in Soho, though it can be a wee bit dangerous for your wallet. I had promised myself that I was not going to spend any more money in the next couple of months due to all the money I spent on the holidays, but needless to say—I fell off the wagon. The office I work in is located right on the edge between Soho and Tribeca, if I walk east I walk right into all the shops and boutiques and great cafes and restaurants. If I walk west I will find more take out places and not too much in the way of shopping. So most days this is what I do as I do not want to tempt fate, and I do want to be able to pay my rent. Well a few weeks ago I was being “good” and took my diligent westerly route on my lunch break, and as I hurried down the street on my way to a deli, I was stopped by a sandwich board in front of nondescript building advertising  a sample sale. I initially kept walking, but yup, like the addict that I am, I stopped and turned around. “Hmmm” I thought to myself, “I guess I could just look”. It stated that it was on the 4th floor, so I pushed the door open, headed to the elevator and got off at the fourth floor. And when the doors opened I immediately recognized the logo and purple palette of the Rent The Runway brand! I had stepped in to their Soho location and New York office.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] Rent The Runway is one of the hottest break out companies and success stories in the last few years. Launching roughly five years ago and offering their services online only, they now have brick and mortar stores in three major cities as well as styling services. And hold on to your hats ladies, but they are now offering a monthly service which is currently in beta mode. But for $49 a month you can rent three items at a time for as many times as you want per month. Um Ok wow. I just may have to look into this. But this could be the start of something, really good! But on the day I happily discovered this gem around the block from my office, I walked out with this $500 Clover Canyon Irish Box Print bomber jacket, which I now own and paid $79 for to keep as my pride and joy. This jacket is still available at Lyst.com for $154 which they state retailed for $650. So I really did get a great deal, and I just could not pass it up at $79. I felt so incredibly luxurious and fashion forward when I tried it on, there was another women shopping there as well and she kept glancing over at me with envious eyes. So out I walked with my magenta bag on a purple string. Seriously ladies if you have a special event to go to, or plan on attending Fashion Week and can not afford a new look for every show then Rent The Runway could just be your ticket, and with the new monthly service everyday could be a special event!

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2015 Part Two

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - September 11, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]A[/dropcap] s promised here is part two of my NYFW SS 2015 street style photo op. Hope you enjoy this post too. And like my first MBFW post, this post is also dedicated to the late Joan Rivers and to all the Joan Rangers.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]A[/dropcap] s promised here is part two of my NYFW SS 2015 street style photo op. Hope you enjoy this post too. And like my first MBFW post, this post is also dedicated to the late Joan Rivers and to all the Joan Rangers.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2015 Part One

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - September 8, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]I[/dropcap] t may have been one of the hottest days of the year but the fashions outside the tents at Mercedes Bends Fashion Week SS 2015 were cool, chic and inspiring. Here are some of my photos that I happily snapped in my first paparazzi attempt.

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A chic punk rock attendee and spokesperson for Tableaux Vivants Design  who was also sporting temporary body art from Body Lab Society.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap] t may have been one of the hottest days of the year but the fashions outside the tents at Mercedes Bends Fashion Week SS 2015 were cool, chic and inspiring. Here are some of my photos that I happily snapped in my first paparazzi attempt. It was a bit crazy, but fun! I attended with Aurely of Glamory Armoury and Aimee of Bows and Beau-ties. I hope you enjoy my look at NYFW, and stay tuned for part two!

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]This post is dedicated to the late Joan Rivers, and to all the Joan Rangers.

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