The color red is speaking to me these days. Red has always been a symbolic color, as well as a color that makes everyone look and feel good. We have just finished celebrating the Year of the Pig, the last of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. The Year of the Pig is a stand-out year for red, the association stands for good luck, joy and wealth. Who wouldn't want that? Red is also a color that signifies excitement and joy in the West. Get your red on today, whatever you chose to wear. Shop for the best of red in NY. Here are the looks that you will love.
Love red, then love Gucci. Day or night, you are covered. Parka or a leather jacket? Or both perhaps. The signature Gucci humor and appropriation are here in the Hollywood Collection. Just in time for the Oscars. Hit the red button to win.
Other picks for evening include a dress with a fabulous red fur cape. Or you can choose mix and match wrap dresses from Marni. Or a super chic chiffon blessed McQueen statement suit. You will look divine.
Everyone knows that one of the best places to head for red is chez Valentino. It's been on of the brands signature color for decades. No one does it better. Here are a few of the spring looks that you should consider buying while you are shopping in New York.
Whether it is a red driven floral print dress with a prim coat from Dolce Gabbana, a bodycon Alaia stretch dress, or an intricate patterned suit from Fendi, you have to have some red in your life.
Spring offers new coats as well. It's still chilly in New York after all. You can go "punk chic" in Miu Miu's color blocked red coat. Azzedine Alaia has always made the perfect classic coat with a twist. A beautiful sculptural coat, in a jacquard pattern, with one of his signature belts cinching the deal. And the new Chloe brings a military precision softened with a boho charm.
Or try these looks from Fendi. They all have that Lagerfeld for Fendi touch we all love so well. The quality and attention to detail are amazing. Some of the best shopping in New York can be found at Fendi.
Looking for streetwise fashion? Look for that in red as well. Off-White and Unravel elevate their looks with a touch of the lucky red. And Miu Miu is jokey with its unicorn sweater. Street style is NY style.
Please finish off your look with a signature bag. A Dior Saddle bag perhaps? Azzedine does beautiful bags and shoes that pop. Shopping for something more avant-garde? Martin Margiela will take you somewhere else. To complete your street style shopping list, add one of these Palm Angels bags.
Shoes add the first or last touch to an outfit. These are one of my favorite new spring styles. Practical, maybe not. But certainly covetable, joyful and most assuredly, red.
Walking into the Valentino store on Fifth Avenue, I spotted these fun takes on the classic cowboy boot. Boots are everywhere, and seasonless. Add a touch of whimsy and add these to your wardrobe.
Raf Simons was the first to bring back the cowboy boot for Calvin Klein.
Tough chic that was pure Americana.
Chloe offers a funkier take on the classic boot. Appliques, studs and sequins give the boots a new dimension. Nothing serious here.
Fendi, Givenchy and Maison Margiela all agree. You should be wearing boots this season.
If the cowboy isn't for you, how about a chill work boot? Grace Coddington collaborated with Louis Vuitton an a cat lovers collection of boots and bags. Givenchy and Alexander McQueen took the tough chic route, and who wouldn't want these?
Sock boots are a softer alternative. Patterned and logoed Balenciaga and Chloe will lift you up.
Looking for signature style. Virgil Abloh for Off-White and John Galliano for Maison Margiela have their own distinct take on boots.
Tough chic is cutting edge. Dangerous liaisons of metal and leather.
Then there are the dream boots. Love this drawing done by Andy Warhol early in his career. His dream boots for Elvis. What makes it special is that Andy deliberately misspelled his last name.
Streamline your summer into fall look. Crisp, clean and cool is trending now.
Black and white are always in style, but mix them up and add a print or pattern, Stay ahead of the game in the newest looks. Play with shape and proportion.
Rick Owens ups the style stakes. Unclassic classics in white freshen your look. A jacket or a skirt is all it takes.
White with black, or black with white. You pick. Vis a Vis vs Valentino.
Throw in a print or a plaid. Add a pop of red. Mix it up. Balenciaga and McQueen.
Twist a dress with a shirt, or go for logo-mania.
Contrast the checks. The shape may be classic, but the combo is not. Follow Thom Browne. Or go for effortless draping and tying from Khaite & Monse. Add denim. Have fun with Roland Mouret and Off White/Virgil Abloah.
Avant-garde elegance from Alaia. A laser cut coat and intricate patterned knits speak volume.
It's easy for evening. From Curve to Gucci. Uptown and downtown. It works.
Add accessories for the finishing touch. Bags, necklaces and boots. St Laurent, Celine, Balenciaga, Loewe, Fendi, Prada, Off White, Chloe, Thje Row, Marni.
Opposites do attract. Go for easy elegance, and stay ahead or the curve.
Shopping for some new looks? Let's discover one of the newest trends, and summerize your style . Summer is finally here. Why not add some stripes?
Start with a bag. Sharpen your look. Be bold with Valentino and a new take on the Rockstud, or subtle with Balenciaga. Charms included.
Dress up or dress down, Marni offers a clean, colorful touch that will add a punch to both sides of your summer looks. What looks totally new is striped footwear. Uptown or downtown, the look is striking. Try Valentino or Margiela.
Stripe shirts have been a staple for years. Why not blow up the proportions and mix it up to make a statement? Monse, Prada and Off White all add to the conversation. Prada likes mixing it up with stripes top and bottom.
Stripes mix with florals at Balenciaga, twisted geometrics at Marc Jacobs or lace trimmed from Off White.
Love the Fendi mix, and the subversiveness of Prada. Thom Browne is abit more cheeky with the lace added to the classic pinstripe jacket.
Sporty stripes are back. Knit to perfection. Prada and Valentino go sporty and casual. Altuzarra takes a body con position.
Stripe it up for evening. Missoni does elegant tiers and Valentino pieces it.
You don't need a million dollars to look like a million. Vintage stripes love to be paired with flowers, and local Brooklyn designers have their own take on the trend. Celebrate summer. Wear Stripes!
The drab days are behind us. Spring is finally here. Celebrate the season with one of the biggest trends. Flowers, florals, roses...but not the boring old kind.
Brighten up your look, and even your dog's hangout.
Hand yourself a bag. Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana do some of the best ones. Embroidered, appliqued or printed. Perk up a plain look with a feminine addition.
A face full of flowers from Comme des Garcons has unexpected punch. The Marni magpie mixes geometrics and florals perfectly. And Gucci delivers with a head to toe look. The colors are vibrant and the scale makes an impact.
Monochromes look good too. The scale is still there, Dries does a muted gold demure dress and Stella McCartney sculpts hers with asymmetric panache.
Even Off White/Virgil Abloh endorses the trend. His jean jacket even gets the floral treatment. Say it with lilies.
Flowers come out at night. Delicately embroidered and demure from Valentino or faded and flou from Alexander McQueen. Or add a coat like this one from Libertine. These statement pieces are not sugary.
A contemporary take on flowers mixes them up. A casual luxe Fendi bomber jacket works with jeans, as does the floral intarsia sweater. Tropicals are spliced and pleated, paired with cool jackets.
Heels, boots and sneakers spread the floral news. The Off White collab with Jimmy Choo stands out. Transparency added. As do the Dolce&Gabbana rosy kitten heels. Get your kicks from Giuseppe Zanotti.
Maybe you want some more traditional florals...The patchworks from Alexander McQueen blend old and new. And nothing can beat a vintage Prada dress.
Take your pick and stay in trend.
AN INTERESTING TAKE ON EXPLORING FASHION TODAY
Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination opened this week at the Met on Fifth Avenue and at the Cloisters. Having only seen the show on Fifth Avenue I am indeed curious to explore the exhibit at the tip of Manhattan.
The start of the show is a very small trove lent by the Vatican itself. The workmanship and richness of the objects is stunning, The intricate embroidery and labor that went into the pieces is superb. Not being a Catholic, I am not conversant in the actual terms for the items, not their exact use, but I can appreciate the artistry that went into making them. It is exciting that the Vatican lent pieces for the first time. The items are mainly from the 19th and early 20th century, and makes one hope that the Vatican would present a show of the many, many earlier treasures that are hidden in their archives. That would be truly historic. We see many of these magnificent garments and accoutrements in paintings done over the centuries. Historically art was commissioned by the Church and the rulers of the West, and the subject of religion was the focus of art until the Renaissance opened new doors. Did it inspire designers? Yes.
While the pieces lent by the Vatican are grouped together, the more modern pieces are scattered all over the Byzantine and Medieval galleries, and Robert Lehman wing on the ground floor. The 2 pieces above from Versace and placed in hidden spaces in the Byzantine Galleries, show where the image inspiration was drawn from. The jewelry from Verdura and Chanel, who also famously wore Verdura, are tucked into a cabinet with real Byzantine jewelry.
Also placed in these galleries a Lacroix jacket and a Dolce Gabbana dress. The 2 corridors leading through the Byzantine are lined with spectacular Dolce Gabbana and Versace floating above the gallery. The inspiration is Byzantine.
As one moves into the Medieval Galleries the clothing is displayed with great imagination. Two pieces from Mugler and a Jeanne Lanvin are installed in inspiring ways. The installation of the show both highlights and takes advantage of these galleries. To the benefit of the amazing art in the galleries.
Brides? Of course. Galliano for Dior, St Laurent and Lacroix offer different couture visions. Study the level of workmanship.
Statement pieces? You need to come investigate for yourself. Galliano for Dior and Alexander McQueen embody different kinds of artisty.
Jewelry and body art from Chanel and McQueen. Heavenly indeed.
Gaultier, McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent have different takes. All amazing.
Dreamily beautiful couture by Christobal Balenciaga and Valentino extol elegance and inner peace.
More somber clothes are lined up in the Great Hall.
Americans are represented as well. Rodarte is in the Lehman Galleries.
The show is a must see. The clothing is beautiful, there is no doubt about that.
The installation is genius. In your face as well as hidden. One needs to explore and search for the garments. How many of you have looked at or cared about Medieval Art? Now is your chance to appreciate it surrounded by another, younger type of genius.
Designers take inspiration from everywhere. They always have been cultural sponges and magpies, reflecting and interpreting. Should they take inspiration from earlier centuries? Please do. On through September 9, 2018.
One of the best things about shopping in New York is turning a corner and finding something that will make you smile. Everyone in New York has an opinion. Some artists work on the sides of buildings and in doorways. Street Art, Wall Art, or call it what you will. Now that it is spring, the artists are back at work. Thank you to the artists who have enriched our shopping experience. You can find street art all over the city, but take a look in these hoods.
Soho artists pay tribute to inspirational figures, Warhol, Gandhi and Picasso.
Wouldn't you rather look at works like this instead of an advert?
Sometimes it's a bit snarky...White Girl Rose? Ok- but doesn't everyone drink rose? A point of view is a point of view in any case.
Every artist works in a different way, and medium. Paper paint and crocheted wool. All bring personality and their story to the city.
Had to the East Village, and the delicate visions of Bunny M meet the car that's a Model Cat. Talk about a customized car.
Hit Williamsburg, and you find even more.
One artist works in the same space. Her previous work was being started on the left, and a second more recent one is completed. The artwork on the right gives us something to dream about.
Prada and Dolce Gabbana have picked up on the street vibe. Prada commissioned 8 female illustrators to to images for the new spring line. The artists spoke in the windows of the Soho store, and Ms Prada used more images as prints on clothing and bags.
Dolce Gabbana opened a new Soho "experience" store and filled the first floor with their take on street wear. The new store has scores of fans.
Nice to see that life is imitating art... In any case, come take a look.
The New York shopping experience is never dull. These days the stakes are high and the creative juices are in higher gear, Well most of the time. More about that..
Take a look and let us know which bags you would rate a 5 star...
Balenciaga is having fun. Graffiti bags or city shoppers? The look is hip and funky, though certainly not inexpensive. Nothing ladylike here.
Day or night Dolce Gabbana knows how to play. Feel like Cinderella with your carriage? Feel like playing your cards, do it right with this bag. Or just go for glamour. These bags are like nothing you have ever seen. A for imagination.
And then there is Celine. Quiet chic. A luxury statement that whispers. If you are a fan, get your bag now. Serious cool clout.
The fashion professional celebrates the all American luxury of Mark Cross. The New York based iconic brand that mixes the classic with the subversive.
Fendi is just plain inspiring. The heritage of humor and craftsmanship is outstanding. And as we venture into the logo wars...who dreamed up this dreamy F Bear?
Chanel balances the classic with the creative. Fancy a Chanel tennis racket and it's own bag. It's yours. Dior is working with Niki de Saint Phalle's many wonderful images for an spiritual take one luxe. And Vuitton? Always the best.
And what more needs to be said about Gucci.....Hold on to your heads, so many more bags coming.
And a call out for personality and point of view. Merci M. Louboutin for the dog friendly bag. And Stella McCartney leads the way with sustainability, Just as Margiela leads with an ironic Grand Slam, bag, mask and neck roll to ease your travel pain.
New York City shopping tours can help you find this Off White statement, if that's what you are looking for. It's up to you. Who wins?
Nothing looks fresher than whites and light neutrals. Add a pop to your look.
Forget the never after Labor Day or before Memorial Day dictum. That's old. White any time of the year is cool.
First step- add a bag. Play it against black, neutrals or color.
You can't go wrong with Azzedine's take on a bucket bag. And Valentino has updated the ever so hot Rock Stud with tonal namesake studs. Marni mixes white with contrast color. The leather woven to look like a sweater knit gives this shopper a one of a kind look.
A Chloe classic in suede spans the seasons. But the soft clutch from Celine is a must have. Phoebe-Philes need to stock up, her last Celine show bowed in Paris this month. Stylists and fashion pros alike are not necessarily looking forward to the new Hedi Celine.
How about a white suitcase? A weekender will take you everywhere.
Add texture with your shoes - a shiny patent Balenciaga bootie or a soft furry clog from Mr Maier look outstanding with a wide variety of looks.
Go tough- D2 gives strutting an artful turn, while Givenchy shows you how to kick it.
White sneakers can be nothing new- but the special edition NYC Valentinos or the Rocha pretty pearly kicks are a nice change from the aggressive Dad models.
Add an Alaia to your look for a couture finishing touch. Feminine and tough.
And of course white clothes are seasonless . Vintage whites, a perfect white shirt from LV, or a boho dress. Go for the unique stores and one of a kind looks.
Shopping in New York is always inspirational-from Soho to Fifth Avenue.
It's February. It's dull, dark and damp in New York. But just maybe spring is around the corner. Not into florals? Then why not pick up on one of the cool trends around.
Sharp and chic is the statement from Valentino. A romper, a wonderfully detailed blouse with a double waist band pant and a RockStud bag. Clean fresh and modern.
Casual and cool these seasonless looks are a wardrobe cleanser. Relaxed does not have to mean dull. Neutrals are always nice.
Don't want to do head to toe? Then slip these on. Sometimes a touch of a camo print is all it takes to perk up your look.
Military goes quirky and offbeat too. Sacai and Miu Miu are also marching to the beat. Sacai working the look with her one off touch.
Feel free to add some accents. If you don't fancy camo heels, then what about a gold Louboutin boot? Or a red sweaters with those utility pants?
Bootm line is- they all look great.