Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Furkenstocks

All photos via Urban Outfitters

Birkenstock
 haters, avert your eyes!  As a life-long Birk wearer, I've long awaited the day when the much-maligned orthopedic shoe would come into fashion.  I did not hold much hope for ever living to see this day, but nevertheless rotated my three pairs of Birks almost every day for the past two years.  Oh how the times have changed.  In case you haven't had access to the internet, or to the outdoors in the past six months, we have long passed the point of ugly shoe oversaturation.  In fact, we are pretty much beyond backlash, and now are at the backlash-to-backlash point of the curve.  After all, for many practical women like myself, Birks will outlast their current trend-value.  In the meantime though, I am thoroughly going to enjoy the victimy iterations that have proliferated, best executed by the brand itself.  The latest styles to emerge feature shearling lining for a perfect transition to fall temperatures, and have a hilariously meta Birkenstock-copying-Celine-copying-Birkenstock appeal.  I spent hours debating between the Arizona Shearlings and the slipper-soft Smurf blue Boston Sherpa-Lined Mules.  In the end I opted for the Arizonas, but who knows.  It's going to be a long winter.  I might need both.




-Tiffany

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Picasso Baby


Why have a fashion show when you can mount an art show about fashion?  Eschewing a traditional runway presentation, Daniel Palillo presented his Spring 2015 collection at The Hole gallery.  No models, just mannequins dressed in Palillo's most outlandish and outrageous collection to date, presented alongside paintings of Palillo-fied fashion figures.  Most outfits were topped with elaborate custom made masks, and both the mannequins and their matching painted portraits were given a Picasso-esque set of distorted features, as well as a heavy dose of Palillo's signature irreverent and off-the-wall humor. The collection drew from themes of previous collections, remixing Palillo's favorite recurring motifs: Anarchy signs, distorted faces, eyeballs, and crosses.  The result?  A surrealist patchwork that's impressively complex; some of the pieces are constructed from at least 180 pieces of fabric.  Simply imagining the work of the pattern makers makes you sweat.  But the hard work paid off, and certainly signals a bold move forward for the designer.








-Tiffany

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Daniel Palillo at The Hole


I am at home, recovering from foot surgery, so you can pretty much count me down and out for NYFW.  Nonetheless, I will endeavor to make a rare venture beyond the confines of my apartment and my workplace to celebrate my favorite Finnish designer, Daniel Palillo, and his premier New York art/fashion extravaganza at The Hole this Friday.  Even if I only make a short appearance, I encourage all you fashion week attendees, non-attendees, enthusiasts, etcetera, to stop by for what is guaranteed to be a spectacle.
-Tiffany

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Sound and Vision

Photos courtesy of Won Hundred

Midsommar is upon us, which is another good reason to check in on what's going on in the Northern part of the world.  Won Hundred is based in Copenhagen, well established in Scandinavia, and just starting to make a name for itself stateside.  Last week I got a preview of the Pre-Spring collections and was impressed with the combination of new technical materials and fun prints, all in casual, sporty cuts.  Inspired by David Bowie's life in Berlin in the seventies, the collection has a wallop of the musician's signature glam flair without getting overtly referential or falling into the cliche rocker tropes.  I'm particularly obsessed with the paintbrush prints and the sherbet colored jackets.  As for Bowie?  I think his seventies-era self would definitely approve of the black and white striped leather jacket and the metallic shoes.






-Tiffany

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Obsessions


Sometimes I'm surprised by the local talents that I've somehow overlooked while searching farther afield for new discoveries.  Novis has been around for two years now, yet I only got my first preview of the collection a few weeks ago.  Designed by a fellow native New Yorker, Jordana Warmflash, the collection is the perfect balance of sporty yet very sophisticated, featuring luxurious custom designed prints that are dense in both color and texture.  I love the way that the color block patterns tip a hat to Pop Art without any overly literal references, contrasting bold and unusual color combinations with streamlined and elegant silhouettes.  Definitely a designer to watch, and a new personal favorite.





-Tiffany

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