In todays Lookbook Friday we are looking at Katie Gallagher’s presentation for SS2018. The presentation was called Rain and was quite dramatic. I am dating myself here a bit but it reminds me of when I would go to underground industrial shows back in my goth days. It was very dark—literally, too dark to take photos, however if you follow me on Instagram you can see some it that I managed to record on my phone. I also recorded it for a future vlog post so you will get to see more of the actual presentation. But until then enjoy…
A dressed up minimalism if you will
With it’s quirky left of center aesthetic and over-sized details and mixed hemmed layers this collection is a folksy collage of relaxed grace. No hard lines or body con silhouettes, but instead a vaguely old world approach to the idea of the female form. A dressed up minimalism if you will. Checks and stripes play nicely together with an occasional appearance of a tiled inspired geometric print. With it’s intentional mixing of cultures and defiant expression of the modern day woman, this is one line up is not afraid to shake up the status quo.
To see more from this collection head to Vogue.com
A little arrogance can be a good thing. Just enough to tell the world I have certain something, and in the case of Marni’s new line up for fall 2017 this means a decadent surrender to the femme fatale of luxury and grace. With a classic embracement of structure and draping we see gorgeous coats, capes and jackets in neautral tones of navy, black, taupe and gray with the occasional splash of red layered over an unexpected array of color studded patterns in a pleathora of textures and finishes.
With such a multitude of influences this line up is an arresting homage to the discipline of design and the essence of opulence
Flannel, checked, animal prints and florals all have a moment in this kinetic collection. You will also find luxurious embroidered textiles, art infused prints and fur trimmed details. Hemlines are long, and fits are boxy with a distinct masculine edge. Impetuous celebrations of the rebellious spirit show up in gold-tipped “combat” boots and circuits striped tights in red and black. With such a multitude of influences this line up is an arresting homage to the discipline of design and the essence of opulence.
Although it is hot and steamy here in New York, the reality is fall is right around the corner. And although I love the easy breezy clothes I can wear in the warmer weather I so look forward to the change of seasons and the fall focused fashion that ushers in this transitional time of the year. And Tory Burch’s most recent line up for pre-fall captures the energy of the season, and sense of renewal while still embracing the laid back chic of a lazy day at the beach.
From embroidered florals, to crisp white linen frocks, to a patch work tops and tunic cut maxis detailed with eastern inspired prints this collection has a swanky upscale hippie vibe. Think the jet-set hollywood so-cal crowd circa 1974, but with a decidedly twenty first century take with it’s out-of-the-box statement shoes and distressed fringed bottom jeans.
I had my way I would own every piece in this eclectic offering
I love the edgy bohemain feel of the garments, with their luxurious sateens, fun patterns, like the elongated hexigon found on the two piece pajama inspired set to the show stopping head to toe gown in a golden sat. If I had my way I would own every piece in this eclectic offering. And the tribal imbued mules? Perfection.
Beloved boho with marching to the beat of Sargent Pepper could aptly describe Alice & Olivia’s lineup for pre-fall 2017. An effortless blend of bohemian festival influencer vibes with a decidedly retro seventies tone. This collection is an it girl’s guide to an intended non chalance with it’s easy breezy free-spirited ode to the flower child.
The rock-roll edge the brand is usually known for has softened a bit with a subtle romantic appeal
From the “hand painted” prints to the renaissance florals and folk art inspired embroidered blooms to the studded denim the garments here will have for going the office for picnics in the park. The rock-roll edge the brand is usually known for has softened a bit with a subtle romantic appeal. Stand outs have to be the bell-bottomed studded jeans and the exquisitely embroidered kimono. Add an array of kicks from velvet combat boots, to pointed suede boots in camel, to disco dancing platform sandals and you have a super eclectic and fabulously fashion forward revelry of discerning style.
Wow this has been a hot summer, or more to the point—humid. Not particularly enjoyable. I am looking forward to fall with it’s cooler temperatures and sense of new beginnings. And for pre-fall Balenciaga has mixed it up with a slightly left of center collection striking out in a bold yet alluring direction. With an eighties zeitgeist, and seventies romance, this lineup is a frenetic offering of opposing or dueling sentimentalities.
In contrast you also find traditional florals in untraditional arrangements—like the crop tops with spandex leggings and what can only be described as bonnets—yes you heard that right.
From the classically cut plaid patterned trenches to the demure knee skimming dresses in solid shades of topaz and indigo to flowing pant suits you will find a calming element in an otherwise off kilter kaleidoscope of unsettling yet captivating ensembles.
Saturated satins in jewel tones are draped in all manner of garments, from sheath maxis to wrap dresses and peasant tops. They are juxtaposed against highly structured jackets in dark tweeds and deconstructed puffers. In contrast you also find traditional florals in untraditional arrangements—like the crop tops with spandex leggings and what can only be described as bonnets—yes you heard that right.
Add a killer pair of over the knee boots in an array of colors and textures from vinal to lace to an embroidered pattern of etched florals, and out of the box pieces that demand a second look and you have a lineup that is not for the faint of heart. But a not to be forgotten statement in an arena that is ever more challenging in holding one’s attention.
To see more from this collection head to Vogue.com
Happy Friday everyone, can you believe we are half way through the summer? Kind of sad but it also means we heading towards a new season which means new clothes to buy, attending Fashion Week and getting ready for the holidays. Not all bad right? I am excited to buy fall clothes so I was quite happy to discover the fun new label Avec Les Filles. Avec Les Filles was founded in February 2017 and currently they are selling through Macy’s and are a “shop within a shop”.
With the free-spirited millennial in mind the collections of Avec Les Filles seeks to bring together the traditional Parisian school girl of the 1970’s with a contemporary so-cal vibe suggesting an ease of life style with an urban flair. From romantic pussy bow blouses and ruffle tops to streamlined strapless frocks and Chanel inspired separates to what can only be described as an “overalls dress this line up is fresh, youthful, and has just the right amount of demure femininity. The perfect balance of minimalism and artful details Avec Les Filles is going to be a go staple for seasons to come.
Touches of animal print also make an appearance and add to the sense of mid-century demure
Today we are looking at Kate Spade’s collection for Fall 2017. With the usual aplomb of saturated primaries, quirky patterns and retro infused silhouettes this lineup is the embodiment of the Kate Spade esthetic. You fill find an array of dark florals scattered across skirts, dresses, tops, jackets and outerwear. Touches of animal print also make an appearance and add to the sense of mid-century demure. While embroidered edged over coats lend a seventies vibe and a statement leopard illustrated skirt screams sixties mod. Add a fire engine red cape, a layered lace ensemble and an array of it girl bags and you have a modern lineup with a vintage heart.
To see more from this collection head to Vogue.com
Summer in NY, yes it can be hot, and many times I would rather be at the shore, but the city can also be a magical place in the summer too. People spilling out of sidewalk cafes, the long days and golden sun sets—plus it tends to be a bit less crowded and the perfect time to shoot. This past weekend I met up with a photographer named Marina who I met through Instagram. I had been following her feed and discovered she lived three towns over from me. How cool is that? Definitely one of the upsides of social media. After following Marina for about a year on Instagram we met last winter during NYFW, we were attending the same show and she recognized me from my feed. But this weekend was the first time we met up to shoot.
We headed to Soho were I got my hair braided at Birch Box by the very talented Karina Sanchez. I love their hair and makeup services — you can get an updo or braids done for only $30, how cool is that! With these super dramatic over-sized ruffles I knew having my hair up was a no brainer. And speaking of the top, this top was gifted to me from Shein and I must say I think I knocked it of the park with my choice of this show stopping stunner. I had numerous people stop me in the street to ask me where I got it.
And with the fashion forward braids, Kardashian worthy top, my fringe heels, and Marina following me about with a telephoto lens I kind of felt like Kim Kardashian
And with the fashion forward braids, Kardashian worthy top, my fringe heels, and Marina following me about with a telephoto lens I kind of felt like Kim Kardashian. I paired this top with these high rise flares from H&M but it would look really good with a skirt too, and I just may do this for fashion week. The bag is from BCBG and the sandals are from Zara which I picked up last summer. The necklace I picked up at Oh La La a few months ago. Remember the video? This gorgeous top retails for $17.85 if you can believe that. So if you want to stop traffic like I did be sure to head to Shein.com. And tell them Allie sent you!
And to see more street stye and street photography check out Marina’s Instagram feed at @ValletyStreamerAtelier
Happy summer everyone, today I am introducing you to Elle of The Elle Diaries in my next installment of #BloggersOnDuty. I met Elle through my blog, we would read and comment on each others blog. We followed each other for well over a year before we met. I had come to feel that I knew Elle as a friend and last fall during Fashion Week we finally got to meet. We had a wonderful time at NYFW and you can be sure we will attend the shows together this fall.
With a love of fashion, the city in which she lives and the desire to express herself in a rapidly changing society The Elle Diaries was born
Elle lives in New York City with her husband, but on the weekends you can often find her in the Hamptons. With a love of fashion, the city in which she lives and the desire to express herself in a rapidly changing society The Elle Diaries was born. Last Week I met Elle for lunch and a shoot. We shot in a lovely park across the street from the U.N and afterwards we chatted over lunch about our lives and the ever changing landscape in the blogosphere. Elle was engaging, open and a delight to chat with, such a fun way to spend an afternoon. And sure to stay tuned for the next installment of #BloggersOnDuty.
How old is your blog: The Ellie Diaries is less than two years old, But I started blogging almost 5 years ago.
Why did you start your blog: I started my blog for a variety of reasons. The main two would be: one, as a means of self expression and an outlet for my creativity. And secondly, the most compelling reason would be to “picture myself well” after being diagnosed with a serious and rare auto immune disease. I was seeing so many doctors for my multi-system disease that I saw myself as a patient, and I knew I needed a better mindset to gain optimal control of the disease process. Wear it and it will come?
At this time, I fell in love with thrift store and consignment store shopping. Because the prices were so much lower than I had been used to paying, I started buying a more colorful and eclectic wardrobe. I soon began to replace my more conservative and minimal wardrobe—you can read that as grey and beige, with one with more vibrant and enjoyable pattern mixing. I do believe that blogging has helped me in many ways .
What article of clothing could you not live without: One article of clothing that I could not live without is a terribly unglamorous one, I have comfy sweats that are worn to bits and they are the most comfortable thing I own. I live in them at night. The piece that I seem to wear most often, and around the house, is a tiered denim skirt made for Gap Kids that cost three dollars at a resale shop.
And then there is my jewelry; I often wear several pieces—even when I am staying home to do housework. I love my bling. I used to design jewelry.
What was the Last Book you read: The last book I read is “True Style” by Glenda K. Harrison. It is very hard for me read actual books because my eyes muscles are weak, but I was able to enjoy that book and loved it. I do love listening to books on Audible.com and the last audio book that I listened to was the Chemist by Stephanie Meyer; a gripping thriller involving a CIA type organization and personal survival, told from the perspective of a brilliant and brave woman.
If you didn’t live in NY what city would you live in: If I could not live in New York I would live in New Zealand, San Francisco, or Montreal. There are many places I can see myself in, but I do love Manhattan…