Monday, December 8, 2014

Pop-topia

Tis the season for reckless spending and over consumption.  I am one of the worst offenders, using the holidays as an excuse not just to check off every person on my gift list, but to indulge myself in all the things I've been longing for all year.  Adding to the general danger of having your seasonal generosity metamorphosize into seasonal greed are the slew of Pop-up shops that have sprouted up ad infinitum since the beginning of December.  Three that are worth a visit are the Tictail shop on the Lower East Side, the Rachel Jones shop in the East Village, and the soon to open Carl & Ebba.

Tictail Pop-up

Vontrueba Iceberg print at Tictail

In case you haven't heard, Tictail is a relatively new Swedish online retail site, hosting the e-commerce sites of a variety of artists and designers.  While the site features a diverse international roster of brands, there's naturally a strong Swedish contingent, including well established designers like Ida Sjostedt, and People Products, who are responsible for seriously lust-worthy transparent speakers that will unfortunately set you back $849.  For the holidays, Tictail opened a retail space at 90 Orchard Street, and at the opening party, I couldn't help but pick up this poster from local talent, Paulina Ho.  If you are in town, the shop is open until December 20th, but for those of you who can't make it, everything is available online.


The new Metalepsis Projects Orbit Cuff, available at Rachel Jones's Pop-up.

You also have a few more days to catch Rachel Jones's Pop- up at 89 Avenue C, featuring Upstate for Rachel Jones, jewelry from Metalepsis Projects, a mind blowing selection of vintage, and artwork curated by my dear friend Allegra LaViola of Sargent's Daughters.  They've also been hosting a series of fun, free, workshops for indulging all your DIY impulses.  I confess, I couldn't bear to leave yesterday's workshop with artist Jeila Gueramian without buying one of her eye-popping wall hangings.  The store will be open until December 14th.


Orjan Andersson Tank Top Dress from Carl & Ebba

Lastly, for one day only, Kelly Cielensky will be installing her Scandinavian e-commerce site, Carl & Ebba, in The Dressing Room, which happens to be my favorite place to unload used clothes.  Although I have been pointedly avoiding trips back to Stockholm since fleeing the dark and the cold two years ago, I still like to know what's going on, and lucky for me Kelly has done all the legwork in scouting out new and emerging designers from Sweden and Denmark.  I'm particularly interested in seeing former Cheap Monday designer Orjan Andersson's well priced collection.
-Tiffany


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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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Monday, March 31, 2014

Born to Run

Finsk heels

I haven't been to Sweden in almost two full years now (!!!) so it was quite a refresher when my Stockholm-based friend Travis came to visit, with all the brands from his new showroom, We Shall Run, in tow.  Travis was full of the latest Swedish fashion news, which I've been totally out of the loop on, and graciously also introduced me to a handful of new labels, most of which are based in Northern Europe.

I loved the surfer and hacker inspired collection of Stockholm based designer Anders Haal, who presented his first collection this season after a long stint designing for Ann-Sofie Back.  I also got a peek at the androgynous line Patouf, which has been around for years, but which I never came across when I lived in Stockholm.   Elegant, yet understated and casual, I was impressed by how many of the pieces from the collection could be worn by either sex.  I'd also never heard of Claudia Ligari, an Italian designer whose collection also has a bit of an androgyne feel, with well crafted menswear style pieces made for the ladies.

My new favorite?  A line called Frisur, with plenty of enhanced basics: casual sweatshirts with fun embroidery, custom designed knit fabrics that make for great sweaters and sweatpants, and well-fitting jackets.  Most impressively, the collection is completely affordable, with plenty of styles priced under $100.

There was also an old favorite: FINSK.  I'm probably most impressed that Travis is now representing this well established avant-garde shoe collection, as well as their secondary line Skin by Finsk.  Known for their colorful and architectural, if sometimes dangerous looking designs, Finsk heels often resemble a carefully stacked Jenga set or pile of building blocks.  They're a natural editorial/blogger favorite, and I immediately had to order their version of a stacked heel boot.

Obviously there's been plenty going on in Stockholm since I left.  It makes me want to get on a plane headed North ASAP…

Skin by Finsk boot

Frisur embroidered Sweatshirt

Claudia Ligari

Claudia Ligari

Patouf

Patouf

Haal

Haal
-Tiffany

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Daydream Nation


Of all the Buzzfeed quizzes/procrastination tools floating around, it might actually be worth wasting your time on finding out which 90's indie band you are.  Amongst the questions: Pick the best TV Static.  I picked the undulated rainbow waves, the ones that most resemble the digital prints of the RICHARDS Fall/Winter 2014 collection.  Sarah Richards looks towards both the hyper-real and the obviously synthetic while designing her prints each season.  For this collection, she's melded what look like the static color bars from your television screen and pop-up windows from your computer with enhanced naturalistic images of gallivanting Orca whales and crashing tides.  It might sounds like a dizzying collide of nature versus technology, but it creates a fun interplay within the casual silhouettes, which are perfectly cut to highlight the contrast of the different print patterns.  In case you were wondering what my quiz results were, I got Sonic Youth, who would incidentally serve as a pretty good soundtrack for this collection.








-Tiffany

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Send in the Clowns


While I am generally averse to sports watching, the Olympics are another thing entirely, and last week I was amongst the masses who collectively watched with bated breath as Yuna Kim skated to Send in the Clowns.  That she ended her figure skating career with a silver added to the underlying melancholy of the moment, a moment which coincidentally resonates with the Pierrot-inspired, sad clown mood of the season.  Suzanne Rae, for one, has truly distilled the signature loose shirt and wide-pantalooned chic of the world famous clown for Autumn 2014.  These exaggerated shapes are balanced out with Suzanne's signature basics, matching each dramatic form with an equally practical function.  Both are important sides of the alter-ego persona that Suzanne imagined while designing the collection. I am always a big fan of tented dresses and billowing silhouettes, items that disguise the shape of the body rather than revealing it, so I too am relishing this direction.










-Tiffany

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