the new look: black rose.

most of what i brought to new york was neutrals (easier to mix and match), but i ventured out of that pattern for some color-on-color for this look that i wore saturday evening in new york. this skirt will transition nicely into cooler weather with the addition of tights or over-the-knee boots, and this silk top feels incredible next to the skin. it's slightly oversized so it will also look great with a boyfriend jean or some culottes.

banana republic top (XS) and skirt (2), schutz pumps, balenciaga bag, bauble bar earrings (only $12!), super sunglasses, hermes bracelet, alex mika ring

photos by alex drysdale


spring/summer 2016 new york: banana republic.

i was so excited to see the banana republic presentation when i was in new york. i've been going to fashion week for years, and usually if BR does something, it was off schedule. i wasn't able to go to the first marissa webb-helmed show back in february, but i heard from many of friends who were there how great it was. so now here i was, ready to experience it for myself, and i was really proud to see the team's in new york and san francisco come to life.

the first thing i was struck by when i walked in was color. for a woman who typically doesn't do head-to-toe color, the way webb tackled it was simply stunning. there were options for the girl who is more bold, like a floral shirt/slim pant set, cool toned wide leg pants, pink striped coat, and a red suit. but if your tastes run more on the subtle side, there were BR classics like a trench coat done in an amazing suede, blue pinstriped blazer, seersucker suiting, and denim shifts. the beautiful clothes were paired with equally chic accessories, and will definitely be getting the fringed sandals, oil slicked beetle pins, and metal ring closure bags.

also part of this show was a preview of the banana republic x timo weiland collaboration (the last photo). this line, done in partnership with the cfda, will be designed, cut, and sewn right in new york and while the pieces were more youthful, they fit right into the BR aesthetic. spring can't come soon enough.

photos by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: mesh.

it's been warm here and it's reminding me of the weather when i was in new york, especially on the day these pics were taken. it was the last full day of my trip, and i went backstage at the public school show, then went home to change to met up with some friends before a blogger mixer in chelsea and dinner at the breslin. i fell in love with these bermuda shorts when i saw them in a j.crew catalog for their sporty vibe, and when they had one of their 50% off sale days, i pulled the trigger. they have a loose fit, which normally i would pair with something more fitted, but i was really into them with this floaty shirt (previously seen here)...perfect for a warm-ish sunday.

h and m shirt (old), j. crew shorts, schutz sandals, amk x stylemint choker, chanel bag, ben amun earrings, super sunglasses, miansai and hermes bracelets, armani rouge d'armani lipstick in sheer plum

photos by lydia hudgens


go/see/buy: lulu frost.

when i'm in new york, i love going to check out new shops and also old favorites. if you recall a few septembers ago, i went to the lulu frost spring 2014 presentation which was held in their studio. it is such a gorgeous, light-filled space. then about a year ago, lisa salzer decided to turn the loft into part workroom and part store called the lulu shop. to say i am a huge fan of the line and lisa is an understatement (i interviewed her many years ago at a trunkshow at belljar), and it was lovely to catch up with her and shop all of the lines.

i got to check out new two newest collections, tesserae from pre-fall and nightshade. tesserae pulls its inspiration from native american artisans and roman bathhouse tiles, with intricate mosaics using pyrite, jade, onyx, and jasper stones mixed with brass. the collection also has some cool art deco pieces that is reminiscent of ancient architecture. nightshade is named for the beautiful but deadly plant of the same name and has pieces using matte black zinc and darker crystals in hearts and spikes. i also love seeing her vintage pieces, featuring one-of-a-kind elements that have been reworked into new, more modern jewelry. the earrings in the next to last pic above are from this collection, and i love how she incorporates varying materials such as bakelite, brass, and marcasite.

if you're in new york and love jewelry as much as i do, i highly recommend stopping by the lulu shop...you probably won't leave empty handed!

lulu frost / 12 east 20th street, 2nd floor, between fifth avenue and broadway, open monday-friday 11am-6pm

photos by kim mitchell stokes


spring/summer 2016 new york: tibi.

tibi is always a show i look forward to during fashion week for a few reasons: it always has a cool masculine/feminine mix, the color palette is always on point, and the price point is in the more affordable range, with many pieces being under $500. for spring, amy smilovic showed a cool girl collection that was all about ease, even in the looks that were full-on sequins. you could also see it in the styling—no jewelry, sleek but not pin straight hair, and glowing skin which echoed that of stylist vanessa traina snow. speaking of palette, i loved that it wasn't all sugary summer colors, like the merlots and blacks at the end. so basically i'll be wanting everything and in case you are too, the collection is available for pre-sale on moda operandi.

photos via vogue.com, tibi facebook, livingly, and collage vintage


spring/summer 2016 new york: three takes on ten years.

three brands celebrated tenth anniversary milestones in very different ways this season at fashion week. first, givenchy made history by not only bringing their show to new york, but giving a select number of tickets to the public. they were in for a treat as riccardo tisci celetrated ten years with the brand with a heartfelt tribute to the city in front of new yorkers and a star-studded front row. in my eyes, givenchy has taken over the mantle of ready-to-wear-meets-couture that nicolas ghesquiere cultivated at balenciaga. the show was stunning and while it would be hard for a mere mortal to acquire any of the looks, they are easy to replicate, especially the ones featuring silk lingerie and pinstripes.

not to be outdone, alexander wang brought the street to his tenth anniversary but still had some preppy pieces like striped shirts, bomber jackets, and baseball hats. i wasn't a fan of the shredded denim (a bit too abercrombie for me), but i did love the wide striped pants, slip dresses, lace-up sweaters and the outerwear (always a wang strong suit). the collection and accessories are on moda operandi right now if you're interested in pre-ordering the pieces.

finally, phillip lim showed an elegant collection yet again, bridging the gap between wang's urban girl and givenchy's more proper, french lady. stripes—which were big in both wang and givenchy's collections—showed up again here but juxtaposed with floral prints, oversized shirt dresses, paper bag waist pants, and scuba separates.

photos via vogue.com and nymag.com

the new look: long and loose.

when packing for new york, i challenged myself to wear things i normally wouldn't. since i am usually either a jeans girl or a dresses/skirt one, i put together looks were mostly made up of pants or shorts (and culottes). these pants were gifted to me by annie, who won a suno pajama set at the betty lin boutique re-opening party. i had always loved the idea of wearing pj's as pants, and the print on these is so beautiful, not the mention the silk feels like ah-mazing. even though it was warm and humid, these fun pants were perfect for the kate spade presentation—easy to move around in and occasionally you can feel a bit of a breeze.

theory tee, suno pants c/o, schutz sandals, balenciaga bag (new version), super sunglasses, bauble bar earrings (old but love these), banana republic, cĂ©line, cartier bracelets

photos by lydia hudgens