My future’s so bright, I’ve gotta wear shades.

Hello, Spring! 

In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report provides a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of color in their Spring 2017 collections. Featuring the top 10 shades seen on the runway, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report is your essential color guide to the season.

Drumroll, please…

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PANTONE Fashion Color Report- Spring 2017, including the “2017 Color of the Year”, Greenery.

Unless you dress in all black (I’ve been guilty of that from time to time), this palette really has something for everyone.  I love the fact that it isn’t too pastel, or too neon, just a nice medium array of jewel tones that in my opinion, are reminiscent of fashion of the nineteen sixties.  I believe that we will be seeing more sixties inspired prints this season as well, thanks to styles recently re-introduced to the runway by Roberto Cavalli

As stated in studies of color psychology, color can manipulate mood.  Think about the weather and the seasons… With the exception of the oh so glorious Christmas season, is Winter not the dreariest time of year?  There’s something about that first glimpse of Spring that puts a smile on everyone’s face (similar to this lovely palette of naturalistic hues).  In Atlanta, the masses flock to patios all over the city, moving the party outside.  Piedmont Park is bustling with dog walkers, picnickers, frisbee throwers, and Mimosa drinkers.  My husband says that when he sees the first bumblebees, he knows we’re out of the dark.  So bring your shades, because we’re about to have another “Summer of Love”.

These are a few of my favorite… Fashion and beauty finds this season.

 

1. Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

This is THE palette to buy this season.  I was planning on purchasing the new Chanel red palette (don’t get me wrong – it is gorgeous!), but this has way more bang for your buck and it goes on super rich.  It’s also only $42 for 14 different shades.  Available at Sephora.

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2. OPI’s Washington D.C. collection

A collection of lovely matte shades that work so well with a Fall or Winter wardrobe, and add that little POP!

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3. Benefit’s Goof Proof eyebrow pencil

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I have used multiple eyebrow pencils, pomades, special brushes, etc. and this is my favorite product.  For many reasons – the color is a perfect shade of brown/dark blonde (in attempt to not make my brows look TOO fake), the shape of the pencil is a narrow triangle, perfect for outline and shading, and the brush on the other end is just convenient.  If you’re partial to using a pomade, try Anastasia’s Dipbrow (a previous favorite before discovering this product).  I sometimes revert to Dipbrow when I want a more dramatic look.

4. Suede!

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Aforementioned as one of the hot trends on the runway this Fall, suede has made a comeback.  I think it works great as an accessory.  Shoes, boots, belts, bags…  Or, layered with different textures and fabrics, perhaps a short flowy suede dress paired with a long drape front knit cardigan…

 

5. MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet: Red Mini Lipstick Kit

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This is awesome.  I went to Saks to buy my all-time favorite shade (Rebel) and the MAC rep sold me this instead… It includes 4 mini lipsticks of the best shades of red/berry that MAC has to offer (including Rebel).  Also available: a Nude Mini Lipstick Kit and a Pink Mini Lipstick Kit.  Currently on sale for $21 (that’s less than the cost of ONE lipstick, people!).

Threads of History

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  If you are in Atlanta and have not yet visited SCAD FASH, do yourself a favor and GO NOW.  Drop everything and go.  If you are reading this blog, I will assume that this is a subject of interest for you.  What is SCAD FASH?  Located at the SCAD Atlanta campus (1600 Peachtree Street NW), SCAD FASH is a museum, dedicated to the celebration of fashion and film.

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra Sachs, Executive Director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta galleries.  She provided some very interesting insight into the museum’s operations.  Alexandra and her team are responsible for the styling of the exhibitions.  Let me back up…  these are not your typical “displays”.  The work that has been done here goes beyond any type of curating that I have seen.  The way that they present these unique pieces is nothing short of extraordinary.   In lieu of traditional dress forms, Alexandra decided to use life size marionette scultpures to display these designs.  The actual form of the “body” had to be individually sculpted out of foam in order for these tiny – waisted dresses to fit.  Current day dress forms are not made for the shape produced by the overbearing corsets of yesteryear.  An interesting fact that you would never know, and yet just one small piece of the puzzle.

It’s all in the details…

What do you do when you have an entire facility and student body of fine artists at your disposal?  You take advantage of that talent!  The projected animations were done by an animation student.  The wallpaper is actually a large scale painting by one of the painting professors.  Everything you see in this museum is an original work of art.  I am not posting photos of this here, as they would not do the exhibition justice.

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The photo above was taken from SCAD FASH website

The show is split into two parts… “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages”, on view until January 29, 2017.  This collections features exquisitely embellished accessories dating back to the early 1700s, as well as original prints of “La Mode Illustree” – one of the first ever published French fashion magazines.  This was indeed a treat.  La Mode Illustree was a subject of my undergraduate thesis exhibition.

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And “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion”, on view until March 19, 2017.  A fashion show that takes you on a journey through history, beginning with the 1700s, most pieces likely belonging to wealthy aristocrats, all the way up to roaring 20s.  If only these dresses could talk… what secrets would they tell of the women that wore them as they sipped champagne from teacups and danced on tables?

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Most of these pieces are on loan from world-renowned Italian fashion professor and collector Raffaello Piraino, whose legendary collection, housed in Palermo, Italy, consists of more than 5,000 garments and accessories that belonged to the Sicilian aristocracy and bourgeoisie.

Why do they not take this show on the road?  After all, SCAD is a non-profit organization (although my bank account would suggest otherwise), so they really could use the extra revenue.  This show is truly awe-inspiring and specifically because of how the team at SCAD has packaged it.  The emence talent that is on display in even the bathrooms, could host an artist’s reception for which not many others could compare.  I cannot imagine this not thriving as a traveling exhibition, especially when backed by the SCAD name.

Kudos to Alexandra Sachs, Rachel Evans, and the rest of the team at SCAD FASH.  I cannot express what a fabulous addition this is to Atlanta’s art scene.

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“Who would wear that?”

Every time I open a Vogue magazine or watch a runway show, my husband, Mikey says, “Who would wear that?”.  I’ve tried to explain it to him, and yet the question remains.  I’m gonna break it down for all of you who ask the same question when you see Gigi Hadid walking the runway with a bird’s nest on her head.

It isn’t meant to be worn.  These pieces aren’t for sale.  It’s wearable art.  Consider the runway a performance piece and Fashion Week the big opening reception.  The emphasis is on innovation and creativity, not functionality.  Do you question abstract expressionism (think Jackson Pollock)?  Some of you (like Mikey) probably do.  It’s very similar.  It simply exists to be art.  It’s about the paint itself and the action of painting.  So, color, line, texture, and mood are what you end up with.  You’re not supposed to see anything specific in the work.

Runway shows are more about publicity and selling the overall style/feel of a designer’s collection.  The theme will later translate to more wearable pieces.  What do I mean by “theme”?  The color palette, material, etc…  The runway is just a canvas for the designer to display their art and make a statement.  And you have to consider the entire package – the setting, makeup, music, etc.  Here is a good example – Rodarte.  Their collection was feminine, gothic, and a bit whimsical (yes, all of those adjectives in one).  You can view their Fall NYFW show here.

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(Marc Jacobs and Lady Gaga.  Photo credit Kevin Tachman)
Because these designers are so influential, their designs inspire every level of fashion.  What you find at Forever 21 was in fact introduced on the runway last year.  The person (fictional character, actually) who put it best was Miranda from “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets?  And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”
With that being said, there are also a lot of wearable items shown at NYFW.  For example, Tom Ford and Versace.
Finally, to the point… Fur, leather, metallics, suede, florals, lace, chokers (or anything around the neck really), puffer jackets, elaborate embroidery, fringe, and fabrics inspired by upholstery.  Those are the trends this Fall.  Of course there are more but I personally do not like them, and this is my blog so I chose to omit.  Curious?  Go watch the shows and decide for yourself.  You may now have a slightly different view.

Hello, September.

September (yes, I realize that we are officially a week in)…  September- for me– is a transitional month.  It is our gateway to Fall.  Atlanta, of course it is still hotter than hell on most days, but early mornings and some nights you can feel it creepin’.  This past Saturday was the first (Saturday) College Football game of the season.  Although I am not a fan by any means, I can appreciate the parties (thank you, Madeline!), the excitement that I see in my husband’s eyes (like a kid on Christmas), and the premature pumpkin spice everyyyything that comes with it.  That’s all the good things that I have to say about that.  Now, the countdown begins… until football season is over (151 more days).  Kiss your husbands goodbye for now.

At least we have “The September Issue”!vogue1.jpgThis is the biggest, more important issue of the year.  September signifies a shift in our wardrobes.  I would argue that Fall fashion is the best fashion.  Scarves, boots, layers, a new, rich color palette, even your nails change their mood… You can switch from colors like “Cajun Shrimp” to “Lincoln Park After Dark”.  And this year- expect to see velvet everything.  Like anything else, so many 90s trends are returning/have returned.  I will embrace the velvet, but I refuse to wear those chunky block heels that I had in middle school, no matter how much the gurus try to tell us it’s cool.

September also feeds our souls with a little something called FASHION WEEK.  New York Fashion Week will officially commence tomorrow!  I should be there volunteering but unfortunately, I have not yet fulfilled my R.H.O.A. dreams, so alas, I will working my day job.  Next year, people.  NEXT YEAR.  In the meantime, I will be watching the shows online, and you can too.  You may view live streams here:  http://newyorkfashionweeklive.com

You’re welcome.