Hailing from Seattle, I know a thing or two about grunge. Walking out into a day long drizzle ahead, your options tend to be limited and your mood…less than bright. Grunge comes out of a literal darkness, a boredom, a freedom, and a carelessness. Timo Weiland took these attitudes into great consideration for their latest line, with grunge being the obvious undertone. However, they took out the boredom and carelessness and replaced it with invention and effortless style.
Both contributing designers, Timo and Alan Eckstein, grew up in artistic environments…and both know the urban lifestyle, while still respecting an agrestic energy and aesthetic. Their love for travel and history is apparent in their Ready to Wear line for Fall 2012, which displays Timo Weiland’s intrinsic synchronicity between fabric texture, color and draping. We love the above design, a skirt that almost appears to be a flannel tied round her waist…but made much more interesting as a skirt. The over-sized sweater and fur color are a brilliant play on balance. Also shown amidst the lady’s looks, were some very timeless mens designs…including this sharp leather sleeved, plaid version of a baseball jacket.
Timo’s evolution of the maxi length was a favorite…layering opposite textures and prints, splicing them, and revealing another. Creating elevation difference really added intrigue to a nearly overdone hemline.
Although one could have read their menswear as ‘safe’…there was a more subtle leap noticed in their color and textile pairing, than the actual designs themselves. Showing off a man’s ability to wear floral and magenta in all the right ways was brave and wonderfully executed.
These last three were my favored picks…so enthralled with the rich, jewel-toned velvets and the cuts. Having a cut-away back on an elegant dress is a great way to showcase one of the most attractive areas on the female. And the ‘mullet’ style hem on this plum sleeveless shirt is a perfect way to show off an awesome pair of high-waisted anythings. The middle look is something I’m excited to try…laying tights, socks, and two skirts together?? It looks chic and so, so warm.
As the days of New York Fashion Week go by, the shows continue to electrify and it’s becoming a tough task to choose just three to highlight. We finally narrowed it down to these fabulous designers:
Zac Posen – Zac Posen’s Fall 2012 RTW Collection was inspired by Japan with the use of jewel tones of red and blue and the addition of kimono sleeves and obi sashes. Our favorite looks came later in the show; and as awards season continues, we immediately pictured these looks on the red carpet. Curve-hugging gowns from knee-length to floor-sweeping in an array of hues to compliment different skin tones. Don’t forget the shimmer. Top left, this strapless piece in pale, shimmering gold with its tight waist and bustier bodice wins “best dressed” today. Congratulations Mr. Posen, would you like to say a few words?
Custo Barcelona – The brothers Dalmau, Custo and David, are inspired by their world travels and compelled to consistently create collections that embody their vision in a mash-up form that loosely aims to come together on the runway. We enjoyed the mixed-print meets fusion of textures, patchwork knits and synthetic fibers vibe. For the daring, we say get in touch with your inner hobo and channel some Euro-style. Mix it up! For the more subtle, yet stylish girl, this collection works just as well if you choose to separate the pieces and tone them down with some solid colors.
Catherine Malandrino – Man-killing cat-woman? Yes, the 1942 horror flick, La Féline, featuring a temptress by day, man-killer by night cat-woman inspired the Fall 2012 Black Label Collection. The femme-fatale theme was laid out in designs with the use of stretch vinyl, embossed-crocodile leather, laser-cut leather, sheer mesh fabrics and bustier dresses. Our top picks below are sexy, borderline suggestive and perfect for a night out on the prowl. Me-Ow!!
1. Tribune Standard – Perhaps one of the more pleasantly surprising favorites of the day…Tawfik Mounayer’s collection was a ‘soaring’ success. Now, maybe I’m a bit biased because I’m obsessed with texture myself…but Tribune Standard has texture down to a science for Fall 2012. We’ve got everything from laces to leather, with really fun (and probably very tactile) feathery tops and knit hats. The whole show had a feel of a flock of birds in the dead of winter…with layers like plumage and a strong, graceful presence. Not to mention, that sky high bun pulled so taught atop each model’s crown.
2. Edun – This designer knows how to layer a woman sexy. We saw thick knit sweaters in ultramarine, pleated skirts and warm winter coats of plaid, leather accents galore, all matched with slinky zebra and abstract print dresses and base layers. But what really won me was Edun’s intelligent use of pockets…in the skirts, sleeveless jackets, dresses…everything! Oh, praise.
3. Diane von Furstenberg- DVF may be telepathic. Recently when I’ve been frantically getting ready for an event, I’ve had need for some classic inspiration. So my intrigue was tapped when, in her show notes, DVF even stated that her Fall RTW collection was about being ‘glamorous at a moment’s notice’ and having ‘a heightened awareness of the promise of places she has not yet been.’ Each look portrayed this woman who knows everything in her closet, and how to pair them at the drop of a hat…but with a different twist each time. The color mixing was smart, the sparkle…just enough, and that hand print-puzzle dress was ever so chic. Really, the collection in it’s entirety was.
It’s a cold day in the city but the icy weather isn’t going to stop New York Fashion Week. The fashion industry braved the flurries and made day three a success. Below, the designers who warmed us with delight this Saturday.
Mara Hoffman – Prints have crossed over to the dark side; in a good way. Mara Hoffman is known for weaving spirituality into her designs and Fall 2012 doesn’t veer far from her usual. The overall feel was mystical with the use of bold prints balanced by sharp tones of red, black and white. A very wearable collection for the high-fashion loving Bohemian.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria – Harnesses and strapped-up boots evoke thoughts of a dominatrix; but the models strutting the Hervé Léger catwalk transformed the items of bondage into sexy, sultry accessories to add edge to form-fitting dresses. The nude pieces, paired with cognac leather accessories were subtle in their approach – a contrast from the black leather paired with the white, black and patterned pieces.
Miguel Adrover – If you have yet to be moved this fashion week, take a look at Miguel Adrover’s Fall 2012 Collection and read into the not-so-subliminal messaging. Throw in a little bit of controversy while you’re at it and you will see fashion at it’s best. Re-worked fabrics, clothing and items such as rugs and sheets formed a collection that left viewers enchanted and dare I say…thinking? Hats off to Adrover for pushing the envelope and creating looks that are globally street-worthy.
As social media continues to saturate mankind’s existence, it’s only natural for fashion designers to follow suit. Fashion week is undergoing a revolutionary change as live-streaming and social media transforms the once private trade event for press and buyers into a global, easily accessible experience for the people who matter the most-the consumers.
Last September during London Fashion Week, Burberry debuted their “Tweetwalk” giving their followers a chance to see each look before it even hit the runway. Burberry also streamed the show live in HD via Burberry.com and Facebook. In addition, items from the show were available for purchase for one week after the show.
This year, we’ll see more designers jumping on the digital band wagon…or digital runway if you will.
Tommy Hilfiger, for example, is live-streaming both the men’s and women’s shows. The men’s Fall 2012 show, which takes place at 5:30PM today, will stage its own “Twitter Model Walk.” Also, in an effort to advertise a new shoe line, images will be released on Twitter as they hit the runway. Followers can hashtag #TommyRunwayShoes to enter a contest to win a free pair of shoes.
The Rebecca Minkoff show, scheduled for today at 3:00PM, will debut her collection on Twitter 30 minutes before the runway show. The designer is using Instagram and Twitter to to share images from backstage and the full show will be streaming live on YouTube.
Not to be digitally out-done, Diane von Furstenberg is teaming up with Viddy, an iPhone app that allows users to share videos with viewers all over the world. DVF’s not sharing photos, she’s sharing 15 to 30 second videos of the Fall 2012 looks. Top that! Oh, I’m sure someone will…
Here’s a wild thought: Keep in mind the Grammy’s, the Emmy’s, the MTV VMA’s and other awards shows. What drives viewership? It’s definitely not the boring “thank yous” and speeches; it’s the red carpet outfits, the stars and the performances. What does fashion week have that an awards show doesn’t? We’re thinking it’s only a matter of time before the next innovator taps into their star power and goes prime time.
It’s day two and New York Fashion Week continues. It was hard to limit our list to only three favorites but the spots go to:
Jason Wu- Yes, the Jason Wu for Target collection is in stores now and the commercial with the kitty is too cute; but his Fall 2012 RTW collection is here to remind us, the runway is where he shines. I could look at this collection over and over again. Not only for the intricate details; but for the cinematic feel of the show that began with giant Forbidden City doors opening into the runway. Inspired by Chinese military and history and a touch of Hollywood “Shanghai Express” charm, army green and red come together to stand guard for feminine skirts, belted waists, fur sleeves and collars and more fine details.
Doo.Ri- Influence stemmed from Butoh dance as cited in the shows notes. Known best for her impeccable draping skills, Doo-Ri Chung created a collection of form-fitting silhouettes that demonstrated soft movement. The whimsical feel of the show was grounded by the use of laser cutting and dark shades of eggplant and brown.
Billy Reid – This Louisiana-raised designer started out in the menswear and accessories categories. In 2008, Reid added a women’s wear collection to round out the Billy Reid label. The outerwear pieces for both men and women are what grabbed our attention. For the guys, a variety of fabrics, leathers and materials displayed Reid’s menswear capabilities. For the ladies, we noticed the same variety with a touch of cinch-worthy draping. Check it out below…
BCBGMAXAZRIA was one of the first shows to kick off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Models gracing the runway looked like Bauhaus paintings marching in a gallery…there was colorblocking galore and a bold, yet painterly feel to each of the pieces. I couldn’t help but compare the looks to something Margot Tenenbaum would have worn.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum: The Royal Tenenbaums
As far as texture and style, BCBG mixed some masculine with some feminine form. We saw straight line dresses, trenches and jumpsuits paired with furs and leather. Hair was kept sleek and parted to the side.
One tweet during the show referenced a late 1970′s discount clothing commercial entitled The Other Korvettes; and I can’t say I disagree. The ebony and ivory with the melange of colors, ranging from highlighter yellow to royal blue to that tangerine we love so dearly, mixed with 70′s pant suit neutrals all proved a proper tribute to the seven elements of art.
Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the need for freelancers. Freelancers are also known as temps or consultants and can be defined as someone who is working for one company or multiple companies at different times rather than being attached to one company permanently.
Companies hire freelancers to fill various needs. Sometimes they need to cover an employee who is sick or on maternity leave. They might also need the extra help during busy times like market, exploring a specific new line or style or are looking for a permanent employee but want to ensure that the candidate is the right fit by freelancing them first.
Sketches by Davitta Niakani
JBCStyle’s head of freelance, Nikki Belinkie, has compiled the top ten reasons why candidates should consider freelance positions:
Keep your skills ready and sharp for your next position or assignment. Freelancing is skills driven rather than title driven, so no matter what you are doing, you won’t forget those key skills if they are being used regularly.
Freelancing is an amazing networking opportunity. You will meet other freelancers and employees as well as hiring managers who might be good contacts for future opportunities.
If you aren’t working and you have nothing else to do…why not make a little money! It will force you to wake up and get out of your home.
It may lead to fulltime permanent work. Freelancing is sort of like a long interview, employers are able to try out candidates before hiring them. If you prove yourself and go above and beyond while freelancing, the company won’t want to see you go!
You can try out different positions. Maybe you have no idea what you want to do or your feelings toward a specific career path have changed, freelancing will allow you to try different positions with no long term expectations.
Try out work environments and companies before committing to them. You don’t always know the whole situation until you work somewhere, freelancing gives you the opportunity to try out various companies and see where you fit best.
It will help to improve your resume. Whether you are seeking a total career change or just don’t have much experience, freelancing will help your resume stand out. It really says a lot about a candidate if they are able to adapt to different work environments and positions.
Keep your references up to date. You will have a long list of references for future employers to contact and you can also use your recruiter as a reference to provide client feedback on your performance.
The pay. Hourly rates can be even higher than yearly salaries and if the company does not provide benefits there is much more room for negotiations. Also, you are compensated for your overtime.
It is fun! You won’t get bored trying new and different opportunities.
For more freelancing perks and information take a look at this article on Forbes.com.