Now that winter is kicking in here in New York, layering has taken on a whole new meaning. I’m not talking turtlenecks under sweaters or dresses over pants, I’m talking about jeans...simple and everyday blue jeans. We’ve seen them flare, bootcut, skinny, boyfriend and cropped but this year it’s layered.
Hemlines have evolved through the dacades and weaved themselves in and out of the most tumultuous of times. Dating back to the 20s, hemlines were raised above the ankles and women embraced the fashion evolution in prevailing numbers despite designer’s efforts to maintain a fashion standard to lower hemlines.
Twenty minutes into the first draft of this story I realized I had to scratch the whole thing. I was digging to deep into the past of the Trench coat and what I had begun to write sounded more like something that belonged on the History Channel than my blog. So I decided to order another Matcha Latte as I sat at the corner stool at the bar of my favorite coffee shop hoping that my creative juices would start brewing. Just then it hit me, I couldn’t tell if it was the jolt of caffeine running through me or the result of some epiphany or maybe mixture of both, but I decided I would be focusing on the past after all; just not the one filled with dates and boring data. I thought it best to get into its fashionable beginnings and where it is today.
Traditionally, necklines and waistlines have stolen the show, but over the past few seasons we have seen designers focus on limbs. It’s going to be sleeve season! From Demna Gvalia’s of Vetements and Virgil Abloh’s Off-White to Sylvie Millstein’s Hellesey and just recently Mugler’s SS18 show in Paris, all have added a little extra something on the arms. Exaggerated lengths, drawstrings, ruffles, and textured sleeves to name a few are sewn together for the purpose of play and stimulation. The eye-catching designs create sex appeal and lots of voluminous edge.
Although the humidity of summer is still in the New York City air, Fall/Winter prep is in full swing as our favorite shops flood their spaces with new inventory for the season. Even during NYFW many couldn’t resist the temptation of donning cold weather looks as layers, sweaters, and even leather shearlings were snapped along Clarkson Sq and Pier 59. Although I haven’t gone full blown fall yet, I have been on the prowl for new F/W ensembles. After some soul searching and runway and street inspiration, the message I was getting for this season was all about the sweater. But not just any sweater. The days of ordinary long sleeves in primary colors are over. Make room for the oversized, cropped, and exaggerated.
If you look it up in Oxford’s dictionary you will find it. It was added in 2010 along with a slew of other words once considered slang. Look up faux pas in fashion’s dictionary and you would have stumbled upon the phrase next to it as well. I’m talking about, Matchy-Matchy – an adjective Informal – meaning: very or excessively color-coordinated. “the key to looking stylish is to avoid an outfit that's too matchy-matchy”. Until a few years ago being too coordinated was viewed as a misstep as American culture embraced the less is more mantra. However, today the “more is more” lifestyle has permeated through the fashion world and has taken on many forms beyond just color cramming.
You’ve been told how to wear it, where to wear it but the beauty of an LBD is that you just wear it. So how then can I elevate a piece that is already good on its own?
NYC’s go to color ensemble has always been all black. Seldom is the lasting trend an all something color besides black until now. Enter: RED, Fall's new IT color. Sure you can make the case that season after season the bold pantone makes its way onto runways and into our closets, but what if I asked you to don an outfit completely drenched in the color. Maybe you would think twice about trying to pull it off...but stay with me, this season things are going to get colorful.
When we think of the meadowlands the sports complex is the first thing that typically comes to mind. Seldom do we associate it with what it actually is, meadow lands! Acres of wheat fields and salt marshes cover most of the area right along the Hackensack River. Wildlife of all sorts reveal themselves during the summer. During the winter it’s home to one of the largest populations of Canadian Geese in the country. With all the history and wildlife here I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the second part of our shoot.
Before it was Manhattan it was known as Manahatta to the Lenape. Unfortunately, what once meant land of many hills has since become a flatten grid filled with some of the tallest most expensive skyscrapers in the world. Now I’m not saying that what we have there now is not a wonder to behold especially when viewed from the neighboring land across the Hudson (I mean Scheyichbi, I’ll get to that later). I’m simply saying we should learn how things once were and how they got to be the way they are in the first place.