It’s thrilling to find a really cool vintage piece, but what’s even more thrilling is when its Kenzo. Why would anyone ever give these away??? I suppose it’s so I could find them. Well here I am rocking my thick canvas Kenzo equestrian pants with a whimsical face print button down from Omnia Vintage. WoopWoop! (shoes are Steward Weizman and bag and necklace are vintage)
Styled by Me
Photographed by NY Is Killing Me
Wearing: Vintage, Ayr
Location: Eclectic Studios, LIC
Styled by Me
Photos by NY Is Killing Me
Model: Brittany Cavaco
Shot in Bushwick, NYC August 2014
Model wearing: Own ballerina Tutu and leotards + stylists’ own pieces.
This morning I read Kelly Cutron’s little rant about Kanye’s style and how irrelevant it is to fashion people (read it here). The first thing that popped into my head was..well yeah I never think of him when I dress in the morning!
She specifically goes on to reference his Givenchy ridden closet and says that most people who listen to his music can’t afford it anyway, unless they go for the Canal street version, so in reality he can’t be that much of an influence.
Consequently that got the ball rolling in my mind about the correlation between fashion and music and more specifically the way 80’s and 90’s hip hop style has had a very heavy hand in the way we have been dressing the past few years.
Below you’ll find a compilation of some of my favorite hip hop artists and their iconic styles. You name it, it’s infiltrated our fashion psyche —->
Bold ethnic prints, varsity jackets, heavy chains, bombers, camouflage, denim on denim, sportswear, bucket hats. TALK ABOUT INFLUENCE! Sorry Kanye.. Bai bai!
Letting other cultures across the world inspire me and my style has never failed. No matter how many times I look at a colorful photo of a ceremonial ritual in Africa or of a holy man in India, a flutter in my heart occurs. It may be the lack of interest in their part to please us westerners with their fashion, that is so appealing to me, or the intimate connection that their clothing has to their spiritual lives. This month’s mood board draws from striking images I’ve compiled while browsing through Pinterest and Tumbr, conducting basic searches like “men in India” or “people in Africa”. I specifically kept the search vague and open in order to eliminate the fashion riff raff I may have otherwise encountered, and really focus on the essence of these people and their cultures. The images struck a cord in certain instances due to their colors, in others it may have been the expression on ones face, or simply the diligence in which their faces were painted with perfect little dots.
While on a thrifting trip upstate in mid July I found myself exhausted. Not physically exhausted but mentally, in a way only unhappy people feel. I remember sitting in the car and saying “shopping doesn’t make me feel happy the way it used to.”
Naomi looked at me puzzled, as we had planned a two day trip which strictly involved shopping and asked what had changed. The answer was simple, yet more complex in ways I could have ever imagined. In that moment it occurred to me that it had lost its mystique and appeal partially because at this point in my life, I have acquired more items than one needs to get through an entire life span. Sure, the items are amazing. Most are unique vintage pieces I cherish and appreciate the artistic, stylistic and historic value of. Despite their beauty and value, and at the end of the day, they have stopped serving the purpose of making me happy and have strictly turned into dead weight.
I took a deep breath and began to tell her about missing that feeling I had as a teen, when I would babysit for weeks at a time and save up just enough money for that special piece I had been pining for. Trouble always was, that by the time I had saved enough money to buy it, the item was already out of style (which may perhaps explain my disdain for trends). I no longer feel satisfied after shopping. I feel guilty, for adding yet another item to my already overstuffed closet, for spending money I could be saving for something far more useful (a conversation about what useful means these days will surely come up in a post this year). So what’s the point of shopping? She asked..If it doesn’t make you happy and you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it! Instead, you should take a year off and see how you feel. BOOM! My eyes lit up and I knew that was my answer. Take a full year off of shopping (some restrictions apply such as undergarments and socks….) and not only watch that savings pile grow, but also figure out new ways to wear the pieces I already own. In the conversation we also discussed what I would do with the money that I estimate I spend a year on shopping, and I suggested putting $500 a month away in a savings account and then doing something either for my own business with it (vintage truck anyone??) or putting it towards an experience (travel). This final chapter of the adventure is to still be determined as I’m sure the answer will become clearer as the days go by.
This challenge was embraced fully as it struck me that besides the obvious upsides, I will now be able to devote my time and energy towards things that are far more important for my life. I will take that time and visit more museums, take classes, start and FINISH cool projects that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and who knows! Maybe discover new things I love and bring new people and experiences in my life that I may have otherwise missed out on cause I was too busy bidding on Ebay.
I encourage everyone who reads this to absorb how life changing this sort of experience can be, and maybe just for a second.. consider joining me on this endeavor.
Mostly I look forward to sharing my thoughts as the months go by, as I’m sure all this spare time can only lead to some soul searching.
Wish me luck!
As an avid lover of art, I always try to take advantage of the fact that I live in a city so full and readily available inspiration on every corner. When I heard about the art walk in Chelsea last week I knew I had to attend. I had been meaning to check out several galleries in Chelsea for a while now, but kept procrastinating, this was finally my chance!
Overall impressed by the variety and concepts I took in that night, my general feeling is that there is definitely a preoccupation with the old while nostalgia reigns in concept, drawing a ton of inspiration from the way things were. Another major theme seemed to be re-purposing of old materials. I find this interesting as someone who is in tune with the undercurrents of fashion, because it seems to parallel exactly what’s happening on the streets and runways. Below is a slide of some of my favorite works, including the amazing index paper installation at Pace Gallery by Tara Donovan.
And for those interested in future art walks check out the Chelsea Art Walk site for updates.
Some design styles hold a dear place in my heart. Egyptian revival happens to be one of them. There is just something really magical about this reinterpretation of a time that was so rich and different aesthetically. The graphic nature of most of its design components also strikes a cord, as it always manages to look fresh modern and classic. This dress and it’s insane border is nothing short of amazing.
Find it and other incredible vintage pieces on Omnia Vintage’s website or check out her amazing pieces in person at the Brooklyn Flea all summer long!
Wearing: Omnia Vintage dress; Zara heels.
I know it’s old news (but lets face it the older the news the more I love it), but I just can’t seem to get away from pink pants. It’s almost as if they stalk me. For someone who doesn’t consider themselves particularly girlie, I go nuts over this shade..just nuts!
So when I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Tony of Fair Season and she had these hot pink vintage jeans in her store, I just knew I had to have them. I’m not certain as to when this obsession with hot pink crept up in my wardrobe, but in recent days it seems to be everywhere. I own just about every shade in pants and 5 different lipstick shades which I interchange depending on which one happens to be in my bag that day (for a list of my favorites check the bottom of this post).
Surpassing my love for this color though, is my love for Fair Season.
I met Tony (the shop curator and owner) last year at a flea market while I was visiting LA for the weekend. I perused the Silver Lake market on a Saturday afternoon with a friend hoping I wouldn’t find anything since my suitcase was already SUPER stuffed with new vintage goodies… but of course there was Tony and her amazing rack of vintage and she immediately not only caught my attention, but ended up having several must have pieces that I made her ship to me (since I legit had nowhere to put them).
All her pieces felt fresh and current, and very west coast (something that at the time felt quite exotic to my east coast eyes). Funny story about Tony….even though her vibe is very laid back, she’s originally from the east coast and gave up her corporate job for her love of vintage. How inspiring is that??
I encourage all vintage fans to add her Etsy shop to your repertoire when shopping for fresh new pieces as she will become your closet’s dearest friend, I promise
I am wearing:
Fair Season vintage high waisted denim.
Vintage beaded flats.
Bargain District vintage bag.
on my LIPS: Covergirl- spellbound.
Other good pink lips: MAC: Relentlessly Red; MAC: Bold Spring; Makeup Forever #36.