Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Suit Up For the Streets

As the 2016 American Music Awards went down on Sunday night, the show that’s supposed to be all about the tunez gradually unraveled into something resembling an ATM that dealt out an assortment of different emotions instead of card money. Here’s how it went down for me:

Secondhand awkwardness re: Gigi Hadid mocking Melania Trump

Excitement about living at the same time as Bruno Mars re: Bruno Mars’s performance of 24k Magic

Emptiness re: Zayn Malik winning the New Artist of the Year award and thus confirming that he is definitely never coming back to One Direction, but

Contentment re: his hair’s return to its long length and the near disappearance of his facial hair

But among this cluster of things to process, I must take note of the most important guest of the night and newest resident of the “Maybe I Should Wear This” section of my brain: the two-piece suit!!!

It’s all I can think about now in regards to outfit planning, simply because suits can be worn in 4238490289 different ways and they come in all different colors, textures, and patterns, which is enough exhileration to hold me over until One Direction finally gets back together.

Last night, Lady Gaga exhibited her Joanne aesthetic with an all-white suit with a wide-brimmed white hat (Jaquemus SS17 vibes, in my opinion). She looks powerful in all the right ways!! (It’s the magical power of the suit, obviously).

An all white suit like this could be so great for a street style winter whites look if you wore a sheer turtleneck under it, a crew neck sweater over that, and a good socks/slides combo or sneakers. Suits really don't have to scream "I work in a cubicle" because you can style them any way you want.

Gigi Hadid’s last outfit change of the night combined suit and sparkle, which would be a nightmare for somebody with a lisp but was a dream for me because I’m in love with both of those things. Okay, it wasn’t actually a suit--it was a jumpsuit--but the jumpsuit looked like a button down shirt tucked into trousers which, in turn, looked like a suit. It’s the transitive property. 

I think contrasting super jeweled-up/sequined pieces with street wear like this black denim jacket is the coolest thing ever. You can be a glistening mermaid and a 90's grunge band member at the same time. Or you could be an Outsider who also happens to be a disco ball on the side. If you're the latter option, I honestly really hope you wear the below outfit on your way to hang out with Dallas Winston and Sodapop. 
The symbol for boring office days is transformed into something magical with the suit (or suit-like silhouettes) -- they can be dressed up, down, or in the middle, so if the approach of the winter season is sucking all the excitement and spontaneity out of your life, try styling a suit in a way that tickles your fancy & it might breathe some life back into you!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Day 2 of Paris SS17 Fashion Week has me very excited because RIHANNA!!! But we'll get to that later because stuff went down beforehand that I would like to elaborate on for a quick sec.

I was super excited to see what Maison Margiela conjured up, simply because whenever I think about Margiela I think about this look from the SS16 Couture collection which was one of my favorite things ever. In typical Margiela fashion (no pun intended), and I guess in typical me fashion, the SS17 collection completely baffled me. Headsets, ear-wing type thingies, and other unidentifiable head pieces were confusing. Confusion status: not cleared up as Galliano didn't personally explain the collection to me. This confusion doesn't equate to disapproval, though--maybe Galliano wants people to be confused for a bit. A couple things to note, though: business attire worn in a streetwear context worked really well with the assistance of the pops of bright colors and the structural black embellishments & the colorful makeup was a perfect example of why I appreciate runway beauty. Also, more convincing cases for #NoPantsFriday a la Man Repeller.

Lanvin showed THE BEST slides ever and made pinstripes cool while also letting us know that it can indeed make an effortlessly street-sophisticated LBD. Karlie Kloss closed the show with yet another outfit that materializes the "to wear pants or not to wear pants" debate.

Dries Van Noten featured a flower motif, which was present in the collection and reinforced through the runway setup. Interesting use of black flip flops, but compelling presentation of bright blue sandals that I want in my closet right now. Incredibly strong case for the #superkewlcoat. Yes, I made that term up myself because I have a love affair with coats and jackets.

Rochas was lots of tulle and strange color combinations. Oh, and jewel toned wooden platforms/clogs that kinda reminded me of the waist-length boots (were they pants?) from Vetements' last collection. A couple of the looks featured two widespread trends that may be too widespread to be considered high fashion: merch/labels on shirts and slip dresses over t-shirts.

I have to give credit to these looks, though, because the color combinations don't frustrate me and the tulle looks so cool:

Lemaire was mostly neutral and faded tones with a couple pops of bright red and pink. Here are my favorite looks that I would 100% wear:

 Fenty x Puma, designed by Rihanna, showed its second ever collection at fashion week and first ever collection in Paris (last year's Fall RTW collection was shown in New York). The entirety of the show and collection was much less dark and sultry than its predecessor, but the two collections shared the street aura that Rihanna is so good at articulating in a high fashion way. To do this, she told Vogue, she mixed Marie Antoinette's style with a sport influence, even saying that she "wants [the audience] to feel like this is what Marie Antoinette might wear to the gym, or play tennis in... I hope people receive it in a fun way" (Vogue, "Rihanna on Her New Fenty x Puma Collection, and How Marie Antoinette Became Her Bad Gal Muse"). If you think of it as a modern, swagged-out version of Marie Antoinette's closet (pay special attention to the corsets paired with sweat-gear), watching this collection go down the runway is nothing but fun, just like Ri intended. The color schemes were pale pink, olive green, lilac, teal, and neutrals and Rihanna's influence was clear: every look seemed like something she would wear, and the garments were draped on the models as if they were almost falling off, but in a way that somehow worked. And if anyone is queen of wearing things that work despite the fact that nobody knows why, it's Rihanna.

Wanda Nylon presented THE MOST convincing case for the bucket hat. Who would've known that it could be possible after this tweet went as viral as Harry Styles' haircut?
The use of metallics and reflective/holographic surfaces in general was stellar. I'm in love.

(Photos by Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv, Kim WestonArnold / Indigital.tv)
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