A Tribute: Jean Paul Gaultier

This post is dedicated to French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier who, as many of us know, is leaving the world of RTW. In 1976 he released his first personal line and the rest is history. He became famous for the Madonna cone bra, using unconventional models on his runway, and has been an inspiration for many designers.

Inside the show champagne was served alongside popcorn where celebrities like Rick Owens and Jeremy Scott came to pay their respects. The show was titled Élection​ de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015 and was split into looks inspired by Gaultier’s most famous works. The collection started with an assortment of over the top black and white looks accompanied by larger than life hats. Asymmetrical pinstriped jackets and classical overalls that played together well to create some dramatic looks. Some cool street looks came up next in a variety of orange, blues, yellows, and so much more. I am so into the gold bomber jacket and the JPG 2015 labeled dresses. The hair was super cool which matched the overall aesthetic.

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Next came some fun flirty looks featuring a clear glitter top, colorful striped pieces, and leather goddesses. The transition was a bit messy but we then came upon some prints Gaultier is known for in his Fuzzi line. There were extremely fun pieces mixed with very American, denim looks. Then we saw some glam gold and white ensembles, super hot models, and sleek black looks that include suit jackets cut in half. The infamous cone bra was recreated worn by none other than Coco Rocha.

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The show ended with a bang of super colorful hero like mask that embodied the cheerful Gualtier spirit. Iwill always adore and miss Mr. Gualtier’s ready to wear line. I have a few pieces that I will always cherish, and if possible, I’d love to own something from his last collection. Its bitter sweet but we’ll always have JPG’s Couture line.

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LFW: The Three to See

Its already Milan fashion week so lets keep it straight forward and do three shows from London Fashion Week. The shows lasted from the 12th to 16th (respectively) and featured many new designers. While there many influential shows I want share with you the top Three to See.

1. Burberry Prorsum

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I always have to give it to Christopher Bailey for his London genius. I’m a lover of the snowy season but this SS 2015 collection made me yearn for the spring sun. He showed sneakers along side very intricate dresses for a juxtaposition that we are already seeing on the streets of New York. Lovely sheer scale like beading was applied to garments that made me think of redefined luxury. There was silk organza that was very English country side and came in a variety of colors. A Burberry show is not complete until the trenches are shown.

2. JW Anderson

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Hats galore, too bad I can’t wear them with my current hair style. The JW Anderson show was mysterious, yet business casual, yet geometrical, yet downtown chic. Overall it was the most diverse show I’ve seen in quite some time. There were incredibly busy looks along side the definition of minimalism. My all time favorite look was a beautify simple white blouse with a red collar. The stark and sudden contrast makes for a easy yet complete look.

3. Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou is a designer who combines Art and Fashion seamlessly. Through texture, design, and print Mary has been able to create a name for herself in the the world of high fashion. Towards the end of the show there were some very beautiful jeweled dresses that painted a lovely ocean scene. I loved the colors in this collection, from the olive greens to the vibrant purples there was something for everyone in this SS 2015 show.

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New York Fashion Week: My Favorite Shows

We all yearn for a chance to attend NYFW, but if you’re like me, its likely that the only chance you have to see collection after collection is through your computer screen. I personally like to use Style.com or Vogue to keep with all the hectic shows. I’ve been viewing what I can and its getting me very excited for Spring Summer 2015. Although I wasn’t front row and center at these events, I’d still like to share with you my Top Five Favorite Shows from New York Fashion Week. 

5. Diane von Furstenberg

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DVF is one of New York’s most celebrated designers. Shes known for color, print, and the signature wrap dress. Honestly, I don’t usually choose Diane to be in my top shows. Her pieces are elegant, flowy, and very colorful. Personally I’m a very tailored and constructed dresser, but I must say, Diane’s SS 2015 collection will have me lining up at the door. There was a very fresh green print that I hope she’ll do in a blouse for buyers. There were very cute and young bra style tops that allowed for mid drift on top of a high waited skirt. The gowns were to die for and looked incredibly comfy. Another reason to love the show? Naomi Campbell’s legendary walk.

4. Altuzarra

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I’ve been following Joseph Altuzarra’s career for quite some time now and it seems like he is finally coming into his niche audience. The Altuzarra woman is classy and timeless, but shes not afraid to be sexy and try new things. This idea was echoed at the Altuzarra show through high slit dress and bare chest blouses. We saw classic suits alongside trendy metallic pants and a laser cut leather vest (which I need in my closet asap!) He is developing a signature wrap style skit that could give DVF a run for her money.

3. Alexander Wang

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Wang always seems to be in my top five shows and his most recent collection just confirmed why. He seemed to really go back to his roots with a street style vibe. The first look was a long black blazer with a bar code style band that accented the waist. Super cool double paneled sweat pants were paired alongside sheer blouses for some sex appeal. I was extremely impressed with his athletic inspired body-con dresses. There were also some very simple gowns that will reach mass appeal. I loved this collection so much I hope Wang has saved some genius up for Paris fashion week over at Balenciaga!

2. Maison Martin Margiela

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This collection was more than I could have asked for. Bright whites and metallic silvers flooded the runway with come crazy chic pieces. I first need to address the shoes. Lovely flat platforms were based for each outfit. It was very reminiscent of early French Japanese designers. While the footware was heavy and clunky, the pieces were light and easy. There was volume but tops, pants, and dresses were not heavy with weight. There was something very out of this world in this show. All I have to say is, this must be what heaven looks like.

1. Proenza Schouler

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My favorite show of the season from NYFW was from Proenza Schouler. It was sporty, cool, and just what I need in my closet for next spring. I admired the small use of color because when it was there, it was bold. There were some dark greens, very dramatic oranges, and dark blues. Beautiful snake print patterns were applied to collars, shoes, and used as accent details. There were also lots of cool long jackets that reminded me of the 70s  and loose fringe hung from dresses and skirts. I think what I liked most about this collection was its wearability. I’m not one to complain about wearability, but I can really see myself in these silhouettes for SS 2015!

Fashion Week Realness: Top 5 Shows

We all know that fashion week is actually fashion month. Unless its our full time job, which it usually isn’t, its quite difficult to keep up with all the shows. There are multiple in one day and sometimes they even overlap. I have a bad habit of only checking out my favorite designers collection’s. Sure, I’ll know what pieces Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Yves Saint Laurent produced…but what about Public School, Christopher Kane, and Chloe? So this season I’ve decided to dedicate more time exploring shows I would usually ignore. I’ve made a list of the Top Five Designers to check out this Spring Summer 2015 season and I want you guys to try and do the same!  

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1. Comme des Garcons

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2. Altuzarra

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I’ve watched these collections on and off since Joseph Altuzarra started showing in New York, but I can never seem to commit. I’m not sure why because his pieces are always extremely beautiful with attention to tailoring and design. I want to make an effort to really immerse myself in his Spring Summer 2015 collection. I’m sure there will be some great pieces that will put a dent in my credit debit.  

3. Public School

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4. Christoper Kane

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As mentioned earlier, I’ve missed out on a lot of Christopher Kane showings. His pieces are super fun and cool, and from my recent research it looks like his empire is coming up quickly. He’s not afraid to use color and print in his pieces which is something I need to add to my closet. 

5. Balenciaga 

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The final show I will be keeping an extra close eye on this fashion month is Balenciaga. I love Alexander Wang so I’m sure I’ll come to love Balenciaga just as much. This classic French house really needed a twist and I’m sure Wang is giving it to them. I’ve seen the new ads but have not formally sat down and reviewed one of these collections. But thats all about to change this September! 

 

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The September Issue

img-septembercover02_104047321548.jpg_guides_heroSeptember is quickly approaching and I can’t wait to settle down. My summer has been hectic with summer classes, school, and an internship. I realized I haven’t been able to post as frequently as I would like, so my goal for this fall is to add a post once a week. It may be street style post, a shopping guide, or just my thoughts…either way I want to become more active in my blogging.

I just wanted to do a quick shout out to American Vogue for their most current issue. I love this idea of the contemporary day supermodel gracing the cover of Vogue. After Anna Wintour allowed for Kim Kardashian to be on the cover of Vogue, I was utterly disappointed. But this Septemeber issue brings be back to the 90s when being on the cover meant something. I hope to see more of this in the future.

I hope you’re all doing well and expect a post Friday!

- Stay fresh, Khoa Sinclair

 

White Wang and Yellow Lim

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Phillip Lim Bag // J Crew Jeans // Derek Lam Shoes

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Sorry I’ve been putting up my street style post so late! I’m still trying to get my new schedule all figured out. I’m now working two jobs and juggling summer school, but its all worth it. The past weeks have been hot with summer swiftly taking over. But today was a nice, post rainy day that left Denver with a cool breeze. I choose a white Alexander Wang blouse that features a great tropical print and square sleeves. At first I hated the ruching in the middle but have come to find it as my favorite feature on this shirt. The white jeans are my summer staples from J. Crew and as always, I had on my white Banana Republic belt. I got the shoes for a steal from Barneys New York. They’re from designer Derek Lam and went well with my favorite summer bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

I hope its not too hot where you guys are, and if so, I know how you feel. This week I am obsessed with the artist SOHN. His album Tremors has been on repeat. My favorite song from it would be Lights. See you all very soon!

- Stay Fresh, Khoa Sinclair

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Couture Update: Fall 2014

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The Couture shows are here and the two most influential French fashion houses, Chanel and Dior, did what they always do…deliver!

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Chanel took it cool with funnel neck coats, bold shoulders, and fringed fur. There was some extremely elaborate beading seen on the garments that made me fall in love with Couture all over again. The aesthetic was very Chanel. The finale with a maternal bride made a bold statement and a memorable show.

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Dior usually keeps it clean and pristine, and quite frankly, sometimes bores me. But this really drew me in due to the cut, embroidery, and simplicity seen in each piece. The floor length coats were very French like and brought me to another time. Colored shoes screamed excitement for the Fall season and no collection is complete without some silk organza!

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Newest Obsession

 

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Recently a friend and I were having a discussion about jewelry. We don’t (or didn’t) understand the appeal of such expensive pieces. We found them to be “status” markers in our society, something women (and men) bought when they had everything else.

As a broke, addicted to shopping, college student, I find that gems are at the bottom of my “must have” list. I’m a big fan of shoes, bags, and apparel. Spending a few hundred on a Alexander Wang top is easy, but to turn around and spend the same on a ring? Not so sure. While I am a big fan of Tiffany and Co., I only purchase pieces from there on special occasions. Tiffany’s is the only store where I’ve purchased jewelry and not regretted it.

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But upon a recent trip to Nordstrom I found myself at the David Yurman case. I’m not exactly the Yurman customer. I typically find the pieces to be boring, over priced, and common. But something must have been in the air because I found myself obsessing over bracelets and rings which were, quite frankly, out of my price range. I tried on the Renaissance Bracelet, featured in silver with green onyx. Not only was the color electric, but the entire look was classic. Well…classic in my book ;)

I continued to try on more pieces and ran across the Wheaton Ring. This particular piece features 10 diamonds total with a black onyx stone in the center. Needless to say, I feel in love. The ring was recommencement of Carrie Bradshaw’s black diamond, unique and mysterious. After I pay off my Visa bill, this will be the first piece taking up some of that credit!

After about an hour of trying on piece after piece, I began to understand peoples love for jewelry. It fulfills a void in our fashion soul that can’t be bought with cheap metals from Forever 21. I guess I’ll need to invest in a new jewelry box…and apply for some more credit cards.

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Grimes: New Music

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New Music is here from Grimes! She is one of my favorite artist known for her use of technology and voice manipulation in her music. Her style is fun and creative. Shes even been featured in a few issues of Vogue! While this new song has some aspects I don’t like, overall its a good track to dance to! Check it out here.

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Denver Pride Class

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Its was Denver pride earlier today and I wanted to add some class to the event! While I love seeing drag queens in sky scrapper heels and boys in booty shorts, that’s just not how I roll. I knew today would be hot so I finally did it…and put on some shorts. I’m not a big fan of shorts so I kept it a big longer with these J Crew, just above the knee, mint green shorts. They added a fresh feel to my white tank from Banana Republic. This Ted Baker blazer was making me burn up in the sun sun, but it was worth it to look stylish. The water color effect keeps it artsy but the cut means business. Since I was covering pride 2014 for 303 Magazine I knew I had to make it fun but look professional. I wore my oh so reliable Urban Outfitters‘ platform loafers to give me that extra height I always enjoy having. Making the outfit was most def my lime shaped cross body bag. I found it at my local Buffalo Exchange and knew it would be perfect for today’s event from its small size.

I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend and I will report to you from Sunday pride. This event will have the full out parade and I’ll be sure to post those pictures. My song of the post  is a track from iamamiwhoami, as Swedish pop musician. The track is titled Play and I can’t stop from cranking it up on my summer drives. You can find the track here.

- Stay Fresh, Khoa Sinclair

Mens Fashion Week: Street Style

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I’m not one to have much interest in menswear. Yes I am a man…but I enjoy womenswear well over men’s. I often find menswear to be stuck in the past and generates very little conversation. Well its men’s fashion week and I’m actually seeing some inspirational street style. Men in dapper suits are changing it up with prints and color. Then there are those dedicated to street wear. Painted tees match with sweat pants to make for a full body suit of color. They’re keeping it real with sneakers in all shapes and sizes. Women are joining in on the fun and taking up their adaptions on men’s suits. One gal had a lovely pink pastel set, but kept feminine qualities with great tailoring. See all the images below!

-Stay Fresh, Khoa Sinclair

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Peter Pilotto Resort

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I know that resort season has just ended but I couldn’t let it pass by without reviewing Peter Pilotto’s line. Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are the genius minds behind the bold prints and colorful garments of the Peter Pilotto brand. They are London based designers who met while studying at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the year 2000. They describe their ideal client as so:  “She is beyond pure classification of age or style, just like the clothes themselves.”

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Colors and pattern are all I want in life, and Peter Pilotto’s 2015 resort line took it there. The collection was more then inspiring, it made me want to toss out everything in my closet, douse it in oil, and set them on fire…just so I had an excuse to buy everything in this collection. Okay, maybe I don’t want to take it that far but it certainly made me want to be a brace dresser.

Kaleidoscope floral’s alongside riverbeds of color created a most memorable collection. I loved the matching tops and pants, creating a full body suit. The rigid cut off of prints caused for a raw urban edge while the cuts kept true to a feminine silhouette. Need I say more? If you’re still not convince of Peter Pilotto’s genius just view the images above and shop the collection here.

-Stay Fresh, Khoa Sinclair