Harvey Faircloth Fall Winter 2014 Look Book || Bright Lights, Big City

27/03/2014 § 1 Comment

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I am pleased to present the Harvey Faircloth FW 2014 look book, which I had the honor of shooting myself on Impossible Project polaroid film with a Polaroid Spectra ProCam.  Different from our past look books which are much more straightforward, our aim was to capture the essence of season’s inspiration: our Creative Director Christopher Rivers’ memories and favorite places of late night New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s (“Bright Lights, Big City”).  Intimate and ephemeral, it has a undeniably voyeuristic quality — it almost feels like we’re following this girl on a nighttime prowl all over the city.

Working in Polaroid was challenging in a really great way.  Because the photographs take time to develop, I had to shoot and move on in the interest of time.  In an era of digital cameras and Photoshop, truly only having one chance was initially daunting but eventually liberating.  I first figured out how to focus and then shortly thereafter I found a way to trust myself.

I hope you enjoy it!

Photographer: Mariah Kunkel
Hair: Walton Nunez
Make up: James Vincent
Model: Kuyan Elliot (Re:Direct)

QC Loves: Gryphon Fall 2013

16/03/2013 § 2 Comments

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Have you already seen this?  Am I late to the party?  In any event, this is too gorgeous not to share!  The New York-based brand Gryphon, by designer Aimee Cho, has definitely emerged as one of my favorites for Fall 2013.  The brand, formerly a full line, recently rebooted and is returning for Fall 2013 as an outerwear-only collection.  As Gryphon was initially launched around her reinterpretation of the classic trench coat, this refocus gives Cho the opportunity to really refine what she arguably does best (and I love best!), her “…trench coats, puffer coats, overcoats, pea coats, parkas, blazers, anoraks, baseball jackets, and more.”

The proof, as they say, is in the lookbook.
What?  They don’t say that?  Well, they should.

QC Loves || Studio Nicholson F/W 2012

20/12/2012 § 2 Comments

Studio Nicholson FW 2012

I previously mentioned my love of Studio Nicholson, an elegantly tailored womenswear line by British designer Nick Wakeman, but upon viewing her F/W 2012, it confirmed again that Wakeman creates the sort of timelessly chic, menswear-inspired stuff my sartorial dreams are made of — and I had to share it with you.  F/W immediately called to my mind a modern Katharine Hepburn-like sensibility — probably helped a bit by the gorgeous turtlenecks — and whenever a designer manages to do that for me, I know I’m home.

High points in this collection include that gorgeous alpaca Bruno topcoat above, the aforementioned Rocco turtleneck sweater, and that perfectly pleated and cropped wool Aida pant.  And as I am a bit tardy in bringing you the news of F/W — forgive me! — you’ll be happy to discover that the collection is currently 30% off.  So get while the getting is good.

For further detail, be sure to visit Studio Nicholson.

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Autumn is Calling || Veronica Beard F/W 2012

02/10/2012 § Leave a comment

When two talented sisters-in-law, both inexplicably named Veronica Beard, launched their eponymous collection in fall of 2010 it was with a single, well-tailored blazer: “The Jacket.” In the seasons since, the line has blossomed into a full ready-to-wear collection — recently debuting their S/S 2013 at New York Fashion Week — with a strong foundation in familiar, iconic pieces.

I’m not sure how this line escaped me for almost two years, but upon first glance, I knew we would be fast friends — and when I read that the designers strive to create a “uniform” for the modern women, I upgraded that to very best friends.  Classic, yet also very contemporary, the Veronica Beard woman is effortlessly chic in clothes that are made to be lived in.  She’s a tailored city girl who highly values style, fit and comfort.

Before we get too lost in what’s to come for S/S 2013, I wanted to take a moment to share the F/W 2012 lookbook with you.  I only have one tiny complaint, and it has nothing to do with the clothes.  I’m not too terribly fond of those grey platform boots, but adore every single other thing.  The jackets and outerwear still stand apart as their very best work — the silk lapels on that blazer below?  The those luxurious fur collars?  The colors and textiles you can sink your teeth into?  Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.  And the best part?
You can get it right now.

All images via Veronica Beard.

Anchors Aweigh {Akris Resort 2013}

21/08/2012 § Leave a comment

Before we get all wrapped up in NYFW, I have been meaning to mention the lovely resort collection that Akris showed a few weeks back.  A Swiss label, Alice Kriemler Schoch founded Akris in the 1920s when she began manufacturing polka-dot aprons.  Today her grandsons run the brand, which is favored by some very powerful and very chic women — Dianne Sawyer and Condoleezza Rice are rumored to be among fans of the label, along with Charlene, Princess of Monaco, a good friend of designer Albert Kriemler — who need elegant, tailored clothes that can take them from board meetings to press conferences to the red carpet and back again.

Akris is definitely a label I have evolved toward.  After dealing with the somewhat limited offerings available to professional women, it’s become something of a personal mission to find labels that manage to be tailored without being too boring or boxy.  Akris hits this sweet spot and has the high-powered fans to prove it.  Luckily that same clean, tailored sensibility met understated nautical influences for a resort collection that is sporty, yet adult — personal favorites in this collection include that white suit and the beautiful silk shirt with a print that looks like sunlight on the water.  Well done indeed.

Images via Vogue.

QC Loves: Studio Nicholson

17/08/2012 § 1 Comment

The interwebs truly is a beautiful thing.

I’m not sure what rabbit hole lead me to discover British designer Nick Wakeman’s amazing line, but I thank my lucky stars that I fell down it.  Because it’s like it was made just for me.

Studio Nicholson is “…inspired by her love of menswear design whilst incorporating subtle female trend hooks each season.  Nick, a former menswear designer has always been inspired by the assured and classic style of the sartorial European man’s wardrobe.  Each season Nick catches the heart of that man’s sense of dress and creates an effortless, confident and uncomplicated wardrobe for women who require a practical yet classy uniform.”

Few things to note here:
1) inspired by classic menswear,
2) embraces seasonal female trend elements,
3) advocate of the uniform,
4) her name is Nick?  Utterly cool.

and perhaps most importantly,
she’s just taken a 50% final summer reduction on all you see here and more.

Do hop over to Studio Nicholson, post haste.

Autumn Is Calling || Massimo Dutti Fall 2012

15/08/2012 § 2 Comments

Massimo Dutti‘s August lookbook is doing its best to get me excited for fall and for the new store that is set to open on Fifth Avenue soon — the first stateside location!  With clean lines, elegant styling and more than a bit of gamine chic, Massimo Dutti’s summer-to-fall story is right up my alley…and these moccasins need to get. on. my. feet.  I also can’t help but notice shades of Mme. Alt, no?  Especially with those white jeans…

Photos by Gemma Edo for Massimo Dutti, via FGR.

Autumn is Calling || Thom. Dolan Fall 2012

10/08/2012 § Leave a comment

With her Fall 2012 collection, designer Thomasine Dolan officially has me ready to go back to school, and it isn’t even Labor Day.  And I’m not even in school anymore.   Thom. Dolan is equal parts prep and boy-meets-girl, and showcases the effortless, classic style sensibility that Thomasine honed while designing for companies like Bill Blass and Ralph Lauren.  But most of all, I love her approach to texture and pattern — just the kinda stuff you want to sink your (sartorial) teeth into, on a cold day in October.  And the fact that it’s all designed and built in the US?  Icing on the cake.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some pencils to sharpen…

View the Thom. Dolan Fall 2012 lookbook here,
and keep an eye on the Thom. Dolan Store for the new collection.

Autumn is Calling || Jenni Kayne Pre-Fall 2012

26/07/2012 § Leave a comment

While I’m not exactly in a hurry to say goodbye to summer, Los Angeles designer Jenni Kayne‘s Pre-Fall has definitely put me in a better mood about it with her well-tailored trousers, jackets and outerwear.  Throw in a spectacular pair of d’orsay flats and a good dose of insouciance, and you’ve almost got me counting down to Labor Day…almost.

Shop Jenni Kayne Pre-Fall here.

And be sure to also visit Jenni Kayne’s great blog Rip + Tan!

Summer Classics {Bridge & Burn Spring/Summer 2012}

02/07/2012 § 3 Comments

The spring/summer Bridge & Burn girl is little bit preppy, a little bit tomboyish, but she also fancies having a few pretty dresses on hand.  With a healthy serving of stripes and a dandy pair of red camp shorts, I’m loving the collection’s easy breezy classic feel for the warmer months, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.  You might recall I’ve talked about how much I like Erik Prowell’s menswear-influenced designs for women in the past (exhibit 1, exhibit 2), and this solid offering of timeless, wearable pieces is no exception to that rule.  It all needs to get in my closet with a quickness…

Rae Linen Shirt Dress.

Columbiaknit Cardigan in Navy Stripe.

Grebe Linen Navy Pin Stripe dress.

Warbler Khaki jacket
Finch Navy linen shirt
Kite Twill Crimson camp shorts

Castle khaki jacket.

Kinglet shift dress.

Photos by Natasha Estelle Djuhandi.

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