Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Let's Make believe......New York Fashion Week

Hello Lovelies,

I went away! But I'm back! As you know I'm in school, and so weekends and Mondays are going to be my off days from blogging so that I can catch up with school work while the husband is home taking care of our son! I hope you don't miss me too much! (....and today, I'm posting twice to make up for yesterday.......)

It's currently Fashion Week in Milan, we're done with New York and London. As part of school work, we have to critique the designers who appeal to our personal aesthetic the most. This semester, I'm being asked to move out of my 'comfort zone' and explore younger, edgier and more contemporary and adventurous designers. Well, I'm there to learn right? And so I will, however, my aesthetic will never change. I believe in women looking beautiful, looking like ladies, looking sexy and looking powerful. And as women look this way, they will feel this way too! So you're never going to see any crazy, innovative, terribly avant garde (you'll see a little avant gardism......) and space like creations here. Nope. It's not my style.

As a Designer and Life Artist, I just want us all to have fun! I have to be honest, right now, my life is not as glamorous as I would like it to be. I'm a full time Suburban Mom! My days are filled with chasing my son around the house, playing with food and covering myself in the process, Dora the Explorer (he has a big crush!) and picking after him as he destroys our home, in an attempt to keep some sense of design and order alive! However, it's a choice I made and I am so grateful to be able to enjoy every single moment of his childhood. I wouldn't have it any other way! But.........! I do miss the other side of life, the Glam life, getting dressed to the nines, lunches, shopping, dinners, hanging with the girls and all the good stuff! I know that time will come again, but for now, I can make believe!

Let's have some fun!

Before we begin, I just wanted to bring your awareness to a fact. We're all different. We all have different body types. The Fashion Industry uses slim tall models as a way of keeping everything consistent. They have actually been called 'human coat hangers'......and I don't subscribe to the term, but it just makes my point. It takes a little bit of imagination to see yourself in these clothes when you don't look like the models. But please indulge me and try. Pretty Please.

The example of Jennifer Lopez vs the model may not be the most inspiring, but it confirms what I'm trying to say. Looking at the model, even for me, the last thing on my mind would have been the fact that this is a really sexy red skirt! So you see, stretching the imagination helps. See yourself in the clothes with no preconceptions. Just have fun!

Donna Karan is my current favorite designer. Now that I'm a mother and my body has changed, I've come to appreciate her design aesthetic. She really truly is a woman designing for women. I'll dedicate a whole post to her tomorrow, to tell you all the other reasons why she inspires me so! Today, it's about make believe!

 I LOVE the Rose Pink! This could be for work or for play, from daytime to evening! Totally feminine, which I love. The options are endless! Above all, it looks comfortable, modern (the shapes are what make it modern), sexy in a subtle way (which I love....again!) and still stylish! And the fabric! It feels so organic and yet, the texture makes you know it's luxurious!
 I would love to spend the day chasing my son around in this! But add heels and some serious jewelry and I could hit the city lights, have a great dinner (!!!!) and still feel 'high fashion'! Again, the fabric! It feels like liquid!
 I feel like going for a Summer lunch or a picnic in this one. I could also wear this to work and feel very feminine and relaxed, but still well put together!
 This one looks so perfect for hiding my stomach right now! Just take a close look at the construction, fitting the high waist and flaring out structurally towards the abdomen! Genius! Another versatile look, could be dressed 'up' with heels and killer accessories, or 'down' with flats and a pony tail.
 Here's one of the more adventurous ones and I'm not going to discriminate! I love the bottom part! This would be perfect for a slimmer body type and the volume of the skirt adds the drama! Again, could be dressed up or dressed down.
 Now, please don't panic! Remember, these are called 'Fashion Shows' for a reason. It's a 'show'! But in the real world, this would be lined or there would be an extra garment to wear under, leaving the option open for the wild ones......that's the beauty of fashion! In the meantime, take a close look at the deconstructionist details! You can only imagine the amount of craftsmanship that goes into creating these effects!

 One of my favorites. I feels so easy and light! To go grocery shopping with flats or a great party in heels! And still feel comfortable and sexy!
 This is what I was talking about in reference to the design before the last one. This one has been lined creating a different look all together! Another easy look. Could be casual of could be for work.
 One o the 'proper' looks which I love! With pearls, kitten heels and a pony tail, you would be the ultimate 'Classic' lady! With killer heels, chunky jewelry and wild hair, you could be super sexy and yet ladylike glam! It's all up to you!
 Oh how I love this one! It looks comfortable and at the same time, super glam and tres chic! This would be my Springtime staple coat! I could wear it with jeans and a crisp white shirt, or for the evening with a long black dress, a chignon and black gloves! I love it!
 This is the new 'corporate look'! Feminine and powerful all in one! LOVE!
 Heart be still! Look at the fabric! Look at the colors! The Artist in me wants to create a painting right now! This is what I call a wearable work of art! The draping, easy and yet molding the body where it's necessary! I could splurge on this (we know it won't be cheap!) and it could be my Spring Summer 2013 uniform! I would wear it everyday! With flats! Or......for the evening......with flat ironed hair or wild curls and either with a very 'ethnic' and bold  necklace, or bangles to fill both arms, not both! It would be divine!
 Did I just talk about a uniform! This would be it! Sculpted and very well designed, and yet easy! That's Donna Karan! I could wear this anywhere! With my favorite coat, a few designs above, or as is, with a little or a LOT of jewelry!
 Another easy dress. Could be formal or casual. Could be for work or could be for play! Again, with lots of jewelry and heels.....effortless glam!
 Another feminine work ensemble. And after hours, take off the jacket pile on some accessories and it's sexy and ladylike high fashion.

 I died and went to heaven when I saw this! The softness, the layers, the textures, the asymmetry......I could write a whole essay! I'm so in love with this dress! I want it now! Like right now!

 This is the classic 'Shift' dress a la Donna Karan! With a bold necklace and heels, another perfect 'from day to night' dress! And again, observe the construction, touching the body where we want to be touched and skimming over where we don't want to be seen!
 Modern Contemporary Feminine Power Suit. Period.
 The classic wrap dress, but just feel the fabric with your eyes! It's sexy and yet elegant and actually very formal. Perfect dress for work and perfect dress for play! And the color!!!!
The Grand Finale. I think this is the one I want. I can't say how much I love this dress and how it would make me feel! Like I could float!

Aaaaaaaah......I've had my 'fix' for the day, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! There's a LOT more of this coming!

See you very soon!


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