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NYFW Recap: Erin Fetherston SS RTW 2016

To the general public, runway shows are often characterized as over-the-top, "who would actually wear that" explosions of trend-vomit donning the hairstyles of Whoville. 
Those types of people haven't watched an Erin Fetherston show.

The runway at Fetherston's SS RTW 2016 gently guided the audience through a romantic dream. An array of blues, vermillion, olive, and cream presented in fluid fabrics felt familiar; reminiscent of that perfect summer day. Her pieces were predictable in the best way possible, with each look effortlessly flowing into the next. The show featured a variation of silhouettes—high collars, plunging necklines, maxi dresses, mini frocks—as well as equally oppositional fabrics—knits, denim and organza. Each model sported undone hair, fresh faces, and minimal sandals, reflecting Fetherston's simplicity.

Erin Fetherston's aesthetic reminds us of the timeless wearability of intelligent fashion. Smartly tailored silhouettes can speak volumes louder than trendy chaos.

Oh, did I mention that she graduated from UC Berkeley in 2002? Go Bears.

Watch the show in its entirety here

Mom Jeans: An Ode to the Fashion of our Moms

90s fashion is great. Mom fashion is great. 90s mom fashion is the stuff I live for. 
First, a little back story...
As I was perusing through old pictures, looking for something suitable for Instagram, I came across some snapshots of my mom, rocking Adidas tracksuits, running shoes and thick Oakley's. Growing up, I remember being so enamored with my mom. I sincerely believed she always looked amazing, that I needed to dress the same way. I would sneak into her closet when my parents were out, and try on all of her clothes––the turtle necks, chunky earrings, color blocked ski jackets, hush puppies––hoping that her greatness would somehow rub off on me. 
My mom was undoubtedly my first fashion icon, sadly replaced by Avril Lavigne circa Sk8er Boi, once I became "too cool" for her. 

A variety of today's most popular trends can be directly linked back to 90s mom fashion:
High waisted jeans
First seen on your mom (or in this epic SNL Clip) 
Worn by your mom on a trip to Disneyland (probably with a fanny pack)
Now the single most popular item on every street style blog 
Running shoes and jeans 
A classic staple for a mom-on-the-go
Now worn by every hipster who hopped on the normcore bus a little late
An item from your mom's "college days" praised for their comfort, often worn with socks
Now on my feet, with socks, of course 

90s mom fashion, a dominating force in the present day fashion scene, reminds us of three things: our moms are always right, certain clothes will "get fashionable again", and deep down, all of us got it from our mamas.  

So, if you are ever upset with your mom, just remember, she showed you the beauty of the Gap and bargain shopping. You wouldn't be the fashionable person you are today, without her. 

How to Look Fresh to Death at Coachella

rachel zoe knows what's up
Coachella Weekend One is fast approaching, bringing with it thousands of feather headdress clad, Flash Tat-ted bohemian girls, sitting upon the shoulders of shirtless frat stars in Chubbies, all vibing to live music in the scorching Indio heat. Ahhhhh, festival season. To make sure you stand out this weekend, here are some trends and tips you may want to implement in your packing list: 

1. Don't underestimate the power of a dress. 
What can withstand the pressures of high heat, long porta potti lines and hours upon hours of frolicking around? A killer dress. It's a
functional and versatile base piece for any outfit. Pair a maxi with gladiators and a cropped moto jacket, or layer an open back sundress with a detailed bralette and your favorite pair of booties, and you are destined for a comfort level of like 110. Also, twirling dress pics can make for some pretty rad instas. 
2. Accessorize your little heart out. Festivals offer a platform of fashion expression unlike a typical concert, so why not go all out? An event like Coachella calls for outfits of equal amplitude and energy. In other words, it is virtually impossible to over style. If you feel confident in a body chain, Flash Tats, wide brimmed hat, 70's sunnies and turquoise arm candy, then go for it. Festivals give us the opportunity to move outside our comfort zones. 

3. Boho isn't everything.
Trends such as flower crowns and hair feathers have become "basics" of the festival fashion scene. This year, step outside the Free People catalog. Bohemian looks are fabulous and all, but not a necessity of the festival dress code. Find some new inspiration. Channel your inner Gwen Stefani in a sporty bra top and tartan printed skirt, or even create a twist on your favorite Wes Anderson character. A graphic tee, vintage windbreaker and classic sneakers make for a cool 80's hip hop look. Inspiration is everywhere, and a stage like Coachella illicit fashion with the creative effort of Halloween. 

4. Lastly, and most importantly: do you.
Rules are meant to be tested and broken. Wear what you want, and what makes you feel confident. You, beautiful reader, are #flawless, even in a gigantic flower crown. 

Oscars 2015 Recap

Although Ellen selfies and a tripping Jennifer Lawrence were replaced with Neil Patrick Harris in tighty whities and hella-creepy-bulldog-chain-wearing John Travolta, the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards was anything but subpar.  

Here's a mini recap:

Proving her prowess as a fashion icon, Lupita Nyong'o continues to set the bar high with unforgettable red carpet moments. The justification of world-wide oyster genocide came in the form of her absolutely exquisite custom Clavin Klein number. Simply put, she looked like royalty. Pearls seemed to cascade down her body with an exuberant elegance. It was a classic silhouette with an unconventional twist; a double-take demanding combination that is becoming Nyong'o's trademark. 

Naomi Watts debuted my favorite look of the night: an embellished silver and black glitzing Armani Privé gown with black bandeau. Watts was styled to perfection with effortless waves, drop earrings, and edgy berry lipstick. Youthful, sexy, and unique, this dress was a knockout and Watts's confidently rocked it like a pro.  

A pregnant Keira Knightley looked as though she spent the afternoon frolicking in meadows in her ethereal Valentino with floral appliqués. She resembled a whimsical garden fairy goddess in all the best possible ways. Similar in aesthetic to the critic-hated Chanel gown she wore to the Golden Globes, this whimsical, champagne colored garment completely hit the mark. In fact, it deserves to be written about in a few fairytales.  

Notable mentions: 
Jennifer Aniston completely slayed it in a slinky nude dress–courtesy of Versace–further proving the fact that the woman is immune to ever looking less than perfect. 
Emma Stone reminded me of a green/gold tigress in her sleeved Elie Saab gown. Her signature red locks and makeup complemented the dress impeccably. 

Until next year! PS: Check out some behind the scenes details of Lupita Nyong'o's pearly dress here

NYFW Review: 50 Shades of Grey at Wes Gordon

It's a sunny, crystal clear, 75° Friday in the Bay Area , and, naturally, I am spending my afternoon basking in the live-streaming glory of New York Fashion Week. The hectic, colorful atmosphere and brisk temperatures of NYFW seem much more intriguing than yet another perfect California day–especially with the ability to be in virtual proximity to such amazing talent. 

If you read my blog, you know that the 90s are kind of my jam. Thus, it should come at no surprise that my favorite show of the day originates from the brilliant mind of Mr. Wes Gordon. At the mere age of 28, Gordon has already established a trademark in his craft: timeless sophistication. If we were talking music, Gordon's designs would be a Paul McCartney in a room full of Iggy Azaleas and Aviciis. The guy just doesn't disappoint. 

Wes Gordon's Fall 2015 show lived up to the high standards of his young career, with looks evocative of the Calvin Klein minimalism that made Kate Moss famous. In an interview with the Washington Post, Gordon hailed the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy as a major source of inspiration. The consistency of clean lines, exquisite tailoring, and even sensibly pulled-back hair played tribute to the fashion icon. 

boss moss and cbk
The most captivating aspect of Gordon's Fall 2015 RTW was the way he stayed true to the classic 90s aesthetic. He didn't add dramatic alterations or overwhelming silhouettes. In fact, within a black and gray palette of color, Gordon smartly balanced knits, furs, print, and translucent fabrics––quintessential 90s textiles–– with ease. Chunky turtlenecks, shirt dresses, spaghetti straps, pea coats, trench coats, even silk palazzo pants were all accounted for on that runway. Gordon didn't reinvent the wheel because he didn't need to. Good clothes are good clothes; it's that simple.  

Ahhh, Friends

The start of a new year popularizes gym memberships, gives people new hope, and allows us all to forget the missteps of the previous 12 months. This year, however, my priorities were a little skewed. As I embarked into 2015, I posed a life-altering question to myself: "Why make friends, when you can watch Friends?". 

For all of you (probably) very successful people–who refuse to pose victim to the procrastination powers of Netflix–here's the 411. As of January 1, 2015, the entirety of Friends can be found on Netflix in its original 90's glory. Thus, the question I posed to myself has quickly transformed into a motto, proving to be the most successful New Year's Resolution of my  life. 
As I spend hours fulfilling the challenge I set out for myself, I simultaneously receive a historical lesson in fashion. 

The fashion in Friends really drives the show, with the first season alone featuring iconic looks. What would Joey be without his turtlenecks? Chandler minus a sweater vest or an oversized tie would be a sin, and Rachel in anything but a crop top would feel treasonous. Each character had a distinctive identity enhanced by their respective outfits; wardrobes that evolved with every individual during the progression of seasons. And, in a strange twist of events, the fashion on Friends as a whole feels weirdly current. 

Here are the lessons I have learned from binge-watching Friends so far
3.. Rachel Green can literally rock anything. I mean anything
4. And, everyone should wear rings like Phoebe Buffay

Furthermore, watching Friends outside its original context makes me nostalgic of a time period in which I barely existed. The 90's in NYC seemed pretty rad: a time where rent for a few gigantic apartments could be paid through minimum-wage jobs, and a group of well-dressed best friends could spend their days gossiping at a coffee shop. Ahhhhhh, the 90s. 

my new screensaver

Happy Birthday, Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin–singer, actress, and fashion icon–turned 68 yesterday. The British beauty unexpectedly became an iconic figure in the 60's and 70's, and continues to inspire generations of fashion aficionados. Her style is minimalist, effortless, and timelessly cool. She chicly propels an uncanny sense of put-together confidence.  A complete Birkin ensemble includes a perfect fusion of bohemian and classic Parisian pieces, a pair of (probably red) ballet flats, a fresh, sans makeup face, and, of course, her namesake Hermés Birkin bag

 Jane Birkin's true iconicity lies in her ability to look tailored and put together in relaxed garments. Her denim is always flared, blouses loose, jackets oversized and jewelry kept at a bare minimum. I think her authenticity of clothing stands as one of the reasons behind public fascination. Many street style darlings  of today try to gain respect and attention in the industry by dressing as trendy or outrageous as possible. Jane Birkin shows us that great fashion isn't trendy or fleeting. By staying true to her classic, personal aesthetic, Jane Birkin created a signature style that is as wearable now as it was in 1970. 

She revolutionized 70s fashion, wore crop tops before crop tops were crop tops, and started the cut-out trend decades before those peekaboos of skin made it on runways. Oh, and she has an Hérmes bag named after her.  Can you say legendary?

Here are some of her magical looks throughout the years: 

with daughter Lou Doillon in 2011