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tory burch pre-fall 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion, Fashion Design - alimackin@gmail.com - August 18, 2017

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 w

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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.

 

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Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 28, 2017

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

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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

 

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Avec Les Filles

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 21, 2017

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.

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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.

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maje spring-summer 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - April 21, 2017

I am loving Maje’s more streamlined simple approach to their spring summer 2017 collection.

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I am loving Maje’s more streamlined simple approach to their spring summer 2017 collection. Clean lines and relaxed fits are what they are known for but this season it seems the appearance of effortless ease is front and center. From basic broomstick skirt bottomed frocks, to sun dresses and maxis this lineup is all about keeping it real. And keeping it relaxed yet playful.

Add some retro vibe prints, floor skimming pleats and an array of studded sandals and this collection will be sure to have you feeling uber chic in a carefree kind of way.

Perfect for strolling the city, sight seeing or meeting your friends for lunch. The palette is firmly rooted in the earth tones with an occasional appearance of brilliant yellow, tangerine or peach. Add some retro vibe prints, floor skimming pleats and an array of studded sandals and this collection will be sure to have you feeling uber chic in a carefree kind of way. And I will be sure to stop in to Maje next time I am in Paris, as I heard through the grapevine or via another blogger that Maje is less expensive in Paris then New York. Cha ching!

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Maje Winter 2016 For Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - November 11, 2016

OK, I am going to go ahead and admit it—I have a major crush on Maje. With it’s I’m too cool for school downtown girl uniform of

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OK, I am going to go ahead and admit it—I have a major crush on Maje. With it’s I’m too cool for school downtown girl uniform of black, black, and more black you would think there be a yawn or two in the bunch, but nope, this collection is brimming with edgy youthful looks that could easily be on the backs of the most sought after it girls.

From a head to toe lace jumpsuit and matching cape, to a retro inspired single breasted trench, to a mod era vinyl jacket incarnation, the color black makes quite the statement and is certainly photo op approved. This sea of black is broken up with rich burgundy, a royal navy and the occasional appearance of white and pastel shades. The monochromatic tone of the lineup is also balanced by sumptuous florals and a classic checkered pattern which adds the right amount of interest to keep the collection from being too much of an homage to the cult of noir. Throw in some over the knee boots, a navy shearling coat and plenty of attitude, and Maje’s offering for Winter 2016 is perfect balance of it girl chic and classic sophistication.

Images via Maje.com

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Agnes B SS 2017 For Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - November 4, 2016

Happy Friday everyone. We are head long into the holiday season now. Seems like Fashion Week just wrapped and I have to start thinking about Christmas shopping. When I headed to Paris it still felt like summer and now I need a winter coat, whew what a whirlwind the last few weeks have been; I feel I am on perpetual fast forward.

And though I love New York at Christmas I think I left a bit of my heart in Paris. And so today for Lookbook Friday we will be looking at the Agnes B runway show. I shared some behind the scenes snaps of backstage earlier in the week. And last week we saw some of the snaps I took outside the Palais De Tokyo, now lets look at what all the hoopla was about—the runway show itself.

While the “pajama” sets and pieces like the carnival scene laser printed skirt and and tropical beach printed romper keep the lineup on trend and fresh

A frenetic collection that feels both young and timeless. From traditional a line dresses and car coats to sun dresses and button down wrap frocks one can feel more then a nod to a retro aesthetic. While the “pajama” sets and pieces like the carnival scene laser printed skirt and and tropical beach printed romper keep the lineup on trend and fresh. With a palette of neutrals dominated by black with the occasional appearance of cream balanced by soft pastels and sudden saturated pops of brilliant oranges, minty sapphires and glistening turquoise one can equally find themselves in the city, lunching in a garden or sunning in Saint Tropez. And with longer hemlines scene on many of the pieces, this collection with it’s relaxed effortless vibe and uncomplicated attitude is win win in my book.

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Walking the bridges of Paris, from Clover Canyon to Le Marais

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - November 2, 2016

Sharing some more snaps from Paris. Here I am standing on a Bridge over the Seine.  I still had these fun sunnies.

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Sharing some more snaps from Paris. Here I am standing on a Bridge over the Seine.  I still had these fun sunnies. And I am wearing my Clover Canyon jacket which you may have seen me in during NYFW which I wrote about in this post. On this day I paired it with an Alive and Olivia dress, my Adidas, my Trina Turk bag and these latex like leggings. The leggings were super cool and chic looking, but oh la la, they kept slipping down and I was forever having to pull them up. Quite annoying. I didn’t pay a lot of money for them but I am now on the lookout for another pair that fits better.

And this last shot, I am also on a bridge on the Seine. I am wearing a shirt I picked up in the Le Marais area. It is made by an independent designer whose line is called Wanted. I am loving the pink piping and the asian feel to this top. And as you can see, I wasn’t lying when I spoke about my stringy dirty hair. It was quiet the challenge. It is very windy in Paris, and with all the dust in the air from the sandy walk ways—well this is what you end up with. Good thing blowouts—I mean brushings are cheap in the city of lights.

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Backstage at Agnes B Paris SS 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - October 31, 2016

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To me backstage is just as exciting as front of stage. I love being backstage, it is just so exciting to see the magic happen. The hair, the makeup, the models, the clothes—the transformation. And no, I did not take these photos, I aim one day to be this good. I was front of stage, VERY front of stage as in outside, on the street, being a paparazzi. You can see my snaps from that day here. But aren’t these photos wonderful? They really capture the feel of being backstage, except they make the experience almost seem religious; all serenity and calm. And we all know it is anything but serene. But that is the beauty of photography. How it can capture and transform a moment into something else. Not something better, something different, something transcendent, something that can be savored.

Images via Agnes B. To see more from backstage head to AgnesB.com

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Getting a Blowout I mean a “brushing” in the city of lights.

Beauty - alimackin@gmail.com - October 26, 2016

Nobody likes bad hair, and there is nothing worse then having bad hair when you are traveling. I have heard that one can struggle with their hair when in Paris.

Nobody likes bad hair, and there is nothing worse then having bad hair when you are traveling. I have heard that one can struggle with their hair when in Paris. Some say it is because the water is very hard in Paris, and the deposits left on your hair can weigh it down and make it hard to manage. Others say it is hotel hair dryers. I think it may be a combination of a number of factors. The water may indeed be hard, also it is quite windy in Paris and many of the pathways in the parks use a dusty, fine sand-like element which becomes air borne quite easily. But what ever the case may be, my hair was giving me some grief.

And two nights before I was due to leave I gave my suit cases to my step family who I would be staying with my last night in Paris. I had to check out of my hotel Friday morning and of course I did want to lug my suitcases around all day, so Thursday evening when my step sister dropped me off at the hotel she took my luggage with her. However, I had neglected to take my hairbrush out of my overnight bag and I was unable to wash my hair. And by the time we had returned to the hotel it was too late to run out and buy a brush so I was stuck.

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And to make matters worse I had not washed it the night before. I had wanted to wash it Thursday evening and let it air dry, but without a brush to brush it out, this just wasn’t going to happen. I would be left with one giant knot ball. It may be clean but I would look like I had an over-sized dread lock on my head. I tried curling it with a curling iron I purchased in Paris, but to no avail. Either this curling iron is a dud or my hair was really dirty because I did not get one curl, not even a wave, not even a dent. Nada. I think it may have been the dust in my hair from the Tuileries but it was a no go. I had stringy dirty hair. And I was going out to dinner to a fancy restaurant that night. What should I do? I had planned on going to the Musee Orsy. A museum, or a blowout? Hmm.

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I wondered, do Parisian women get blowouts? Is there such a thing as a blowout in France? So I took to the internet and after a bit of research I discovered, that yes Parisian women do indeed get blowouts. However in France they call it “brushing” you want to ask for a shampoo and brushing. And via Vogue I discovered Saravy which is located in the Montorgueil area of Paris in the first and second arrondissements, and refers to the infamous street—Rue Montorgueil. A street that is known for it’s cafes, restaurants, salons, bakeries, wine stores, cheese shops and flower shops. A real haven for foodies. You can take the 3, 4 or 9 trains to this area. I took the 9 to the Bonne Nouvelle stop and then walked south.

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The price for my blowout was 35 Euros, cheap by NYC prices. And for France this was on the high end. The salon was beautiful, clean and quite. When they shampoo your hair which includes a ten minute massage, they dim the lights, recline your chair and you get to watch peaceful images of waterfalls, babbling brooks and floating sea horses accompanied by soothing mediation like music. We are talking pampering here.

This was one of the best blowouts I have ever received. My regular readers know I don’t like the blowouts I get in New York, they are either too straight or I end up looking like Florence Henderson circa 1977

I did not have too much trouble communicating and asked for a wavy blowout, and that is exactly what I got. This was one of the best blowouts I have ever received. My regular readers know I don’t like the blowouts I get in New York, they are either too straight or I end up looking like Florence Henderson circa 1977. But this was perfect, I had wavy cool girl chic hair. I will definitely visit Saravy again when I am in Paris. And if you are on a budget you can even get a “brushing” for 18-22 Euros. I saw a bunch of shops advertising this on my way to the salon. So a definite, affordable, guilty pleasure in the city of lights.

Images owned by ALLIE NYC.© And Saravy. Second image by Gillesmoulinphotography.com Please do not use without crediting/linking back to ALLIENYC.com and Saravy.com and Gillesmoulinphotography.com

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Chica Lualdi For Oxford Fashion Shows at Paris Fashion Week

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - October 21, 2016

For the next few Lookbook Fridays we will looking at some of the runway shows I attended in Paris.

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With a keen balance of minimalism and flourishes of carefully chosen details; Chicca Lualdi’s creations express the sense of the modern woman who can own her style with a relaxed sense of sophistication

For the next few Lookbook Fridays we will looking at some of the runway shows I attended in Paris. And the fist show I attended was the Chicca Lualdi show which opened the Oxford Shows in Paris. Chicca Lualdi is an Italian designer who is known for her impeccably constructed garments that capture the essence of the sixties with it’s distinct, highly structured silhouettes but which also encapsulates a modern approach and an ease of wearability. With a keen balance of minimalism and flourishes of carefully chosen details; Chicca Lualdi’s creations express the sense of the modern woman who can own her style with a relaxed sense of sophistication. From the embellished tunic tops, to relax fit shirt dresses, to kimono like wrap dresses, and toga inspired frocks, to minimalist separates like the frayed embellished pocket shirts and distressed shorts, the pull of simplicity and adornment creates a wonderful tension of elegance and edge. And this was the perfect start to my week in Paris for Paris Fashion Week.

Images owned by ALLIE NYC.© And Oxford Fashion Studio. Please do not use without permission and or crediting/linking back to ALLIENYC.COM and Oxford Fashion Studio. 

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