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.
If your like me then you’re the type of girl that doesn’t always like the girly girl look. You like something slightly edgy and flirty, let’s call it Slightly Flirty;) ;) Well, then I’ve got the tip for you to help you edge up your look without sacrificing femininity.
Traditionally the gown is a piece worn to formal events and black-tie affairs. However, the modern woman has taken the gown from the ballrooms and red carpets to the streets. The trend for some time now on many fronts has been to take unconventional pieces to events and shows. For one my previous posts I showed how tees, sweaters, and streetwear once reserved for the concrete jungle made its way onto front rows at fashion shows. The point here is that the gown can be edged up and worn out with the girls and still keep its elegant appeal.
For my last post I focused on the robe, now I’m putting on a slip. I am surprised no one has asked me to get a room yet with all this pajama chic wear I’m sporting. There is nothing better than a piece that’s so easy to put on and comfortable to wear that makes it look like your bed is on the corner of Spring and Crosby. The real beauty of this versatile Christina Economou dress is that it lies at the intersection of comfort and elegance.
While thinking about my story the first thing that came to mind was 1950s Hollywood glam! Picture a black-and-white image of a women sitting in front of her vanity with impeccable posture. The camera blinks across her outfit showcasing a long flowing robe and feathered slippers. Perhaps she is getting ready to host a party, or better yet, waiting to catch a breeze off her balcony as she sips bubbly from her champagne coupe with a long cigarette holder in hand. What was a fantasy to many during that time has now become reality to the modern-day woman.
The bridge. It’s been used far to often in common English idioms becoming cliche. We’ve been encouraged not to burn our bridges, to build bridges and not walls, or that our mistakes are the usual bridges between inexperience and wisdom. However you cross it (saw what I did there) the word play has been used and ingrained in our psyche. So I thought, why not shoot my latest post on bridge. Wait, what? I chose the location of the bridge not because we typically use it as a symbol of visual transition but that far to often we don’t realize that we are on one of life's bridges until we’ve crossed it.