New York: The First Days

I’ll be honest with you, my expectations for the big apple were really high…and the city did not meet them. A long time fan of Sex and the City I wanted the New York Carrie had, but maybe that only existed in the 90s.

Day 1

I got to LaGuardia airport around 3pm with my DVF luggage and hailed a cab. It was peak hours which meant more time and more traffic. My (what is usually $30) cab fare turned out to be $60. I was dropped off on the corner of 14th Street and 5th Ave in Greenwich village where I would be staying for the next 7 days. The streets looked exactly like they did in the movies, minus the romance of New York City. Since I arrived at my destination later then I had anticipated all I really did was put away my luggage, walk up and down 5th Ave, and grabbed dinner at a great little sandwich shop called Croque Monsieur…and that was that.

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The New School – <<Home>> for 7 Days

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Day 2

My first official day in New York started with tea and a walk to Washington Square Park. Growing up I always thought that New York would be my home so upon this first visit I wanted something to click, making me yern for the city. That didn’t happen. As I walked the streets that first morning I felt a wave of disappointment. Had my expectations been to high?

IMG_7129Before my tour at the NYU’s welcome center I encountered a group of protesters at Washington Square Park demonstrating in front of the famous Arch. I was intrigued but honestly had no time to gawk. I was here visiting NYU for its possibility of graduate school. Being in my top five choices I was excited to see what the school could offer. The tour and information center we’re quite dry (just like any college tour) but I got to see a good amount of Greenwich village in a short amount of time. My favorite feature of NYU was a small, privately owned street that consisted of offices reminiscent of Europe.

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NYU’s private street

At the end of the tour I walked up and down 5th Ave again, taking in the sights. Madison Square park was packed with dogs and business men trying not to get shit on their shoes. It was rather cold so I jumped from store to store to keep warm. This only reminded me of how poor I was. After the park my friend and I attended the Bard Graduate Center’s life drawing session located on the upper west side in which models posed for 2, 5, and 10 minutes. The neighborhood was beautiful! Clean and classy, now this is the New York I could get used to.

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Madison Square Park

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Brooklyn Streets

By the end of the night we were exhausted but went on over to Brooklyn for a house party. I always knew that this area of New York wasn’t the classiest (my experience from Gossip Girl) but now I was able to experience it for myself. We took the Q to Parkview Ave and as soon as I stepped over the subway platform I was greeted by the smell of vomit. Pink chunks of who knows what surrounded the, already dirty, subway tiles. I tried hard to ignore the stench as I made my way up the stairs. The party was located in a nice, renevonated 3 bedroom townhome with roof access. I wont bore you with details about the part since it was just…alright. Very Brooklyn, I guess we could say.

The next morning I found the neighborhood to look a bit more charming (but not by much) as we made our way back to Manhattan. All I could think about was how much this area looked just like the show Girls.

Until my next post, Khoa Sinclair

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Tomorrow

I’ve been having some dark and depressing times here in Denver so the timing of this trip could not have been more appropriate. Its recently come to my attention that I now lack the inspiration and focus I used to possess in my younger years. As you get older it does seem as if your mind starts to wonder…and many of us will just settle to be comfortable. I’m not sure who I want to be or how I want to be perceived by the world, but I’m sure my time in New York will help me find the answer, or at least generate an internal dialogue. I hope you all follow along on my trip as I’ll be updating daily.

Stay fresh, Khoa Sinclair

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New York City

As many (or few) of you may know I’ve been very busy as the semester starts to come to a close. I’ve been working full time as well as taking 18 credits. And as many of you may know, I’ve been feeling quite trapped here in Denver. Confined to work and school I rarely have the time to do what I want. So I’m glad to announce that this holiday season I will be venturing to New York! I’m extremely excited and will be blogging all 7 days to keep you updated on my adventures. As basic as this may sound, I can’t wait to have my very own Sex and the City take over.

I’ll be updating with some new outfits soon since I’m finally on fall break. Also, follow my instagram for more frequent updates! See you all soon.

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Becoming You

I recently ran across a video by famous youtuber, Troye Sivan, which expressed his desire to be himself. In the video he insistently needs to remind himself that it doesn’t matter what others think of him. Hes struggled with this concept for as long as he can remember but concludes that “Art is Risk.” The fundamental core driving this idea is achieved thorough a certain sense of aloofness. Basically, “don’t give a fuck what others think of you.”

As many of you know, I’ve spoken about the difficulty of growing up in Denver before. And while I love the city I was born and breed in the minds here are slow to accept new concepts. Although I receive a fair amount of praise for my daily appearance and love of fashion, these attempts to raise my self esteem are merely overshadowed by the crude and disgusted remarks I receive daily. But I shouldn’t need strangers to make me consider my life choices. If I want to wear 3″ platform sneakers and a bedazzled blazer to the supermarket I will. Shouldn’t my acceptance of myself be merit enough? This is a question I am still in battle with.

Do you guys ever feel like a fish out of water? Leave the comments below and watch the inspiring video.

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Oscar de la Renta: 5 Facts

News spreads fast in the fashion world, and considering that this post is extremely late, you’ve all probably heard the news that Oscar de la Renta has passed away. Saddened by this news, I decided to go though the archives of his best collections. I was so moved and very impressed with his knowledge of fashion and style. He had a sixth sense that made him an American master of fashion. While its sad that he is no longer with us, I think its important to keep his memory alive. Below I’ve posted 5 facts you may, or may not, have known about this great man.

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  • He was the only boy among 7 Children
  • He worked under Cristobal Balenciaga as an apprentice
  • He was a couture assistant at Lanvin
  • He was the Haute Couture designer for Balmain from 1993 to 2002
  • He had dual citizenship in both the US and Dominican Republic (his home country)

“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

We’ll miss you and cherish you Oscar.

Love, Khoa Sinclair

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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

 

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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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