Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
The term "New Yorker" carries with it much weight. Not something to self-proclaim too early in the game, I've heard of various methods (some quite unfounded and odd) of attaining true New Yorker status. One person told me that you have to live here for 7 years. Not sure from where that number came... Another told me that you have to be a part of some NY-based crisis to earn the title.
I suppose we all take different paths to identify and become one with the city. Some routes are longer than others, but we eventually find a way to become accepted. How protective we liberal-minded inhabitants can be!
Speaking of "protective" and "liberal," there are quite a few sexually-active beings here too. Thankfully, we now have fashionable, philanthropic prophylactics to meet our needs. Following in the footsteps of Yigal Azrouel, Alexander Wang just recently premiered his collaboration with Proper Attire Condoms during F/W09 Fashion Week. Wang's limited-edition, stylish condom packaging makes everything hard to resist.
Some of my favorite blog posts of the week...
Go West, Young Man - Great post on belt buckles - via Kempt
Project Brioni | A Fitting Conclusion - via The Moment
New York, NY
Wunders,I have been trying so hard to keep up with the shows but this has proven to be a daunting task given the busy-ness of my job during these weeks! So back to Bloc Business...One show that has met some fanfare, and gives me pause is the collection Chloe Sevigny has created, yet again, for Opening Ceremony. The "hook" is the unisex quality of the collection, modeled by super cool Londonites, femme and bloke alike (same pieces, just available in a larger scope of sizes.) As usual the collection looks like standard Lower East Side uniform, 80's fugly merges with edgy details, stylized and cut in such a way that the look is undeniably 2009.
My moment of pause: Is Sevigny really a designer or a savvy stylist? Our thirst for "effortlessness" has us throwing more than $50 (often times upwards of $100) for the perfectly destroyed concert t-shirt, the perfectly faded and ripped pair of denim, and the kinds of pieces that could only come from a suburban hospital thrift store (please see pants pictured here). But are you a designer if you are producing such trends du mois?
There's a look for sure in the collection. There's something to covet: i.e. cool Sevigny concept and style. But that's a style that exists far more significantly in the styling, not in the pieces one wears. So is there a difference wunders? Or, rather, should there be a difference?
Our gorgeous Diamantia Sterling Silver and Diamond Bangle and Cuff Bracelets are on sale.
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Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
Whenever my birthday sneaks up on me, I am always reminded of how hard it is to let go. In fact, my hairdresser...bless his soul...staged a hairstyle intervention with me last week. He coerced me into breaking away from a cut that I've had for the past few years. And while I'm not entirely comfortable with it yet, it's nice to try something new.
For many people, "letting go" is one of the most difficult obstacles in life. Whether it's freeing yourself of your youth, past baggage, friends/family, or geography--it's just not an easy thing to digest. But once you move forward, it can be a liberating and beautiful moment. If you live in the past, you're not allowing yourself to embrace the present.
This logic can be applied to fashion too.
How many times have you seen a woman who doesn't dress her age? Donatella Versace anyone? I don't want to see a shriveled-up lady in a thong. Thank you very much. Or how about a salt-and-pepper haired man (envision a Beastie Boy) donning a thrift-store cartoon-character tee and some beat-up cargo shorts from Abercrombie & Fitch? We've witnessed the opposite too. Twelve year-olds in scant dresses and heels. Prepubescent boys blinged out in jewelry more expensive than our own.
These bad habits can be indicative of something on a broader, deeper level. It's all about being self-aware. Knowing who you are, where you are, and what works best. While I can't necessarily help with your emotional needs, I can provide some general, adult fashion advice!
Give it a try. It's possible to take this leap of faith without leaving yourself in the dust.
Categories: 02/25/09 5:45 PM
Kaight has been a big fan of TOMS since the beginning; we think their one-for-one concept in which they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every adult pair purchased is brilliant. And, while we still love all the fun colors they come out with each season, we kinda feel like we've been there, done that. So we're super stoked that TOMS has teamed up with Element with a limited edition line of their classic shoe in fun graphic prints. For girls, I particularly love theowl print in eggplant; for guys, its the more understatedblack with grey stitch. In addition to the limited edition collection of shoes, TOMS and Element have created the concept of a One for One Skateboard. Keeping in sync with the TOMS one-for-one mission, for every TOMS + Element skateboard purchased, Element will donate a skateboard to a child in Durban, Africa. I'm not sure how useful it will be, but it sounds like a great idea. To learn more, visit www.tomsshoes.com.
Categories: On the Cheap 02/25/09 12:50 PM
New York, NY
Working for Fabulous & Frugal (www.fabandfru.com) and becoming part of theWunderbloc community have forced me to reexamine my relationship to fashion and shopping. And it's proven to be quite positive.
I still haven't formally began exploring the world of fashion. I've yet to set foot into a boutique (that's not true, I did go to Tria in Williamsburg, some of the most awesome hats around, fyi) but browsing local boutiques on Wunderbloc and looking at the clothes in my closet a creative source of expression (http://www.fabandfru.com/?lifestyle/re-vamp-re-do-re-new.html) I've realized, I'm missing out. I guess unless you're fashion inclined, the word fashion means two things: expensive and waste of time. But that's not true at all.
In my head, being fashionable still feels out of my price range, but I wonder if it really is all just in my head? Do I not have enough money to buy really cool, high quality clothes simply because I've chosen to disregard a purchase like that as a worthwhile investment? I'm not talking about expensive designer clothes and bags (I refuse to set foot in Coach and the only Gucci I own is a watch I bought on layaway when I was in high school mostly to see if I could, it's a nice watch, don't get me wrong). As someone who has lived in New York, Prague, Madrid, and Puerto Rico, the options for interesting, local fashion acquisitions have presented themselves to me endlessly. But even when I visited a cute, inexpensive vintage boutique in Prague, I only ever bought stuff there out of necessity or novelty. In Madrid, I don't remember ever having bought anything. And in New York and Puerto Rico, my two homes at the moment, I buy based on whether there's a special occasion coming up or if the season demands a different kind of shirt to be worn over my jeans.
In retrospect, I'm a frigging idiot. But to be honest, at the time, my priorities just weren't there. Not to mention, I didn't really feel like my budget was either. Here's what I've learned though:
1) Plan Your Shopping Trips. Like booking a flight, buying in boutiques, designer stores, or just clothes shopping in general, requires putting down a lot of money at once. Most of us just use the credit card and let it be, but that's generally ends up catching up with you. What I realized is that much like booking travel, shopping is something I need to plan in advance and budget for. Planning a weekend shopping spree with some friends can be an event and if I've set aside the money and know what I'm looking for, it can be very Fab & Fru.
2) Fabulous by Association. Looking at some of the shoppers that scroll across the Wunderbloc page and even checking out people's outfits on chicisimo.com, I realized that most girls who dress stylishly aren't wearing all designer clothes. Usually, they have one item from a boutique or by a designer as their main piece de resistance, with accessories and other articles of clothes from H&M, vintage stores, thrift stores, or from traveling supporting it. The idea is, you can make the whole of the outfit look interesting and unique by picking what piece will make it stand out.
3) Quality Over Quantity. It's the idea of making two suits into four by switching up the combinations. Versatility, creativity, and stocking up on key items will help create staples that you can supplement with cheaper garments.Anyone have any ideas, tips, strategies on how to make fashion more affordable?
Yes, it's true...Sorry, guys...
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