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)

NYFW Recap: Nonoo Fall 2013

12/03/2013 § Leave a comment

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Very happy to share with you one of my favorite designers from NYFW!  Designer Misha Nonoo presented a simply gorgeous Fall 2013 collection that artfully joined her own British heritage with touches of Imperial Russia, that urgently needs to get in my closet.  With luxurious textures, military detailing and some very gorgeous fur hats by the designer herself, Nonoo spins a genteel, sporting dream for Fall in somber shades of navy, grey, and black, punctuated by a rich, regal crimson.  The show, a wintry, Anna Karenina-flavored affair was complete with uniformed guard and a massive backdrop that brought the onion domes of Moscow all the way to The Standard Hotel.

As with previous Nonoo collections, the designer’s knack for tailoring was the defining element.  Her amazing riding jackets and greatcoats, layered over everything from ballgowns to trousers, demonstrated a keen ability to refine classic shapes with modern elements — a slash here, an exposed zipper there — with great success.  Also notable was the appearance of knitwear, in the form of deliciously chunky cable knit cardigans and pullovers.

As someone who frequently joins elements of the masculine and feminine in my own wardrobe, what I like about Nonoo is her ability to take traditional menswear fabrics or shapes and infuse them with a femininity that is elegant and whimsical, but never gimmicky.  Herringbone and Prince of Wales seamlessly join lace and silk, smoking slippers are paired with a ballgown — the best of both worlds, really.

For more information, please visit Nonoo.
To view the complete Fall 2013 lookbook, head here.

You can shop Nonoo direct, or at Berdorf Goodman and Shopbop.
That amazing Spring 2013 collection is available now!

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NYFW Recap: Marissa Webb Fall/Winter 2013

25/02/2013 § Leave a comment

Marissa Webb FW 2013

With her debut Spring/Summer 2013 collection I became an instant fan of Marissa Webb. The former VP of womenswear design at J. Crew immediately caught my attention with her unexpected color pairings and smartly mixed textures, but it was her obvious talent for menswear-inspired tailoring that sealed the deal.  A self-described tomboy, Webb’s premiere offering held the exciting promise of lessons learned at the helm of a major national brand paired with a nuanced, yet ambitious, expression of the designer’s personal aesthetic.  The Marissa Webb woman is a city girl who was raised on — and still loves — classic, prep-infused styles, but she isn’t afraid of a little edge.  Or a lot of luxe.

Needless to say, I was very excited to see the Fall/Winter collection at Lincoln Center and it definitely did not disappoint.  The collection was very wearable and smartly tailored, and you can already sense a refining of Webb’s instincts as a solo designer — her keen ability to juxtapose unexpected elements has gotten even better.  High points included her outerwear and her blazers, both of which masterfully combined traditional textures with modern styles without any preciousness.  Webb also presented a high-waisted trouser and vest pairing that was remarkable, sort of like a three piece suit minus its jacket, in both windowpane wool and an ivory satin that made my inner Bianca Jagger jump for joy.  I was also happy to note that Webb decided to move into the realm of accessories, with Fall/Winter marking the debut appearance of an amazing footwear collection.  The banded pumps are calling my name rather loudly, can you hear them?

With her refreshing take on menswear-inspired style and the freedom to experiment as an independent designer, I am so excited to see how Marissa Webb continues to evolve.  I can’t imagine it will be too much longer before she’s everywhere.  I’ve also been keeping an eye on stockists since her her debut, and S/S just arrived at Barneys and her own e-commerce should be following soon.

For more information, visit Marissa Webb.

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NYFW Recap: Veronica Beard Fall 2013

18/02/2013 § 1 Comment

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You may recall we’ve discussed in the past my love for Veronica Beard, the womenswear collection helmed by two sisters-in-law with backgrounds in finance and fashion, both named Veronica Beard.  Stopping by their New York Fashion Week presentation, I was happy to confirm that the qualities that I noticed (and fell in love with) in earlier collections have become even more refined and nuanced, culminating in a luxuriously complex F/W 2013 that was heavily inspired by the pioneering spirit of the American West.

As far as presentations go (e.g., jostling for position in cramped quarters with harsh lighting and bored models) Veronica Beard was almost like a society event, a much-needed and cherished breath of fresh air during a very fast-paced week.  Upon entry at Bill’s Food & Drink — after waiting to check in behind Aerin Lauder, natch — we were greeted with flutes of champagne and small bites before heading upstairs to view the collection.  It was also my first time in the space since Bill’s Gay Nineties closed and Food & Drink opened in its place.  The update honors the spirit of the old watering hole while smoothing out some of the rougher edges with a bit of manufactured nostalgia.  While sticklers for authenticity who enjoyed Bill’s Gay Nineties probably won’t be satisfied with the changes, I believe it a very respectful refurb, indeed.

Staged among the gallery walls of the second floor, the models blended seamlessly among portraits of stately gentlemen and antique maps.  While the room was a bit full, I could tell from my very first glance that the Veronicas had put together something amazing.  Effortlessly blending masculine detail with feminine sensibility, the sumptuous textures of fur, silk and lace called to mind a woman with a maverick spirit and a taste for refined adventure, and with the collection’s saturated palette of reds, golds and greens, you could almost see her blazing her own trail through the untamed and wide open spaces of the west.

My personal favorites in the collection included the brick bi-color herringbone long and lean jacket with waxed canvas patches (shown above), the charcoal brushed tweed double breasted jacket with leather sleeves (on the model wearing the fedora below), and that gorgeous gold velvet lamé gown with its open back (shown last).  As Veronica Beard is a collection that grew up around a single blazer launched in 2010, I continue to believe that the tailoring is what the Veronicas do best, but with each collection they show all signs of the ability to truly do it all.

For more information, visit Veronica Beard.

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All images by Mariah Kunkel.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || NYFW + Nemo

08/02/2013 § 3 Comments

Mariah Kunkel by William YanPhoto by the lovely William Yan.

Just a quick note today to say hello, as I’m headed to Lincoln Center for Fashion Week — Nemo be damned!  I definitely hope you are snug and warm, wherever you are.  Have a lovely weekend!

Wearing: vintage fedora, J.Crew scarf, Paul Smith coat

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NYFW Post-script: Marissa Webb Spring/Summer 2013

29/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Just a short post-script on a lovely collection I missed seeing during NYFW.  Marissa Webb, the eponymous line by the former head of womenswear design at J.Crew, takes the best of the iconic classics she perfected over 11 years at the helm of the national brand and adds just the right amount of maturity and edge.  Her premier collection is tailored without sacrificing femininity, and best of all, features more than a few ties.  She has some beautiful prints, but I really find myself drawn to the monochrome suits and the solid contrast looks — the red suit and the black and white dress are definitely the high notes.  See the full lookbook here.

I’m still unaware of the stockists at this point, but definitely watch this space.
Marissa Webb is showing all signs of being a longtime favorite.

All images via Marissa Webb.

NYFW Recap: Samantha Pleet S/S 2013

26/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Loving the S/S 2013 Samantha Pleet collection!  Called the “Sands of Time” and drawing inspiration from the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and the 19th century adventurers who discovered them, Pleet’s collection is whimsically detailed and utilizes some very gorgeous prints.  And I quite obviously lost my mind at the sight of the shorts suit above — amazing! The presentation was held at the gorgeous Wolverine Company Store that has been popped up in Nolita, against a backdrop that echoed the stratified landscape of ancient Mesopotamia.

I was also excited to get a sneak peek at the new S/S Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile collaboration that includes sandals, boots and oxfords.  I can already tell those turquoise lovelies are poised to be quite a hit — mark my words!

View the entire Samantha Pleet S/S 2013 lookbook here.

NYFW Recap: Monika Chiang S/S 2013

24/09/2012 § 1 Comment

The spirit of designer Monika Chiang‘s eponymous collection is best viewed as an expression of her personal style and her distinctly global background.  A magpie of the best sort, Chiang draws inspiration from around the world and deftly combines seemingly disparate elements to create apparel, jewelry and accessories that are obviously fashion-forward, but effortlessly so.  These delicious tensions were immediately apparent when I attended her S/S 2013 presentation at Lincoln Center during NYFW, where she debuted a collection that was inspired by a recent trip to South Africa.

Full of jewel tones, rich textures, exotic skins, beautifully executed prints, a heaping serving of “moto” and a touch of androgyny, the Monika Chiang S/S 2013 woman is opulence and toughness, personified.  I was especially drawn to the complexity of her accessories, and her knack for juxtaposition is second to none.  I’m personally still reeling from the genius of black leather with cream silk and oxidized metal…

The gorgeous Monika Chiang.

NYFW Recap: Nonoo S/S 2013

14/09/2012 § 1 Comment

To kick off my coverage of New York Fashion Week,
one of my very favorite collections: Nonoo.

Designer Misha Nonoo and Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo.

As I stepped into the Nonoo presentation at Milk, I was pleasantly surprised to hear tropical music.  Peeking around a throng of fans that included Olivia Palermo, Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, Jamie Beck and Leandra Medine, I discovered designer Misha Nonoo’s amazing Spring Summer 2013 collection — and promptly fell in love.  Drawing inspiration from the faded beauty of Cuba, the collection deftly balances elegance with whimsy amidst a richly saturated palette and some very gorgeous prints.  The lace!  The flamingos!  The Supergas!

Smartly tailored, vintage inspired, and more than a bit Wallis Simpson in the Bahamas, Nonoo Spring/Summer 2013 is glamorous and casually refined.  Perfect for a weekend jaunt to the Caribbean…or just kicking around the West Village. 
I’ll take it all, thanks.

Be sure to pop by Nonoo.

New York Fashiongram

13/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Full posts to follow, but I just wanted to share a few of my
favorite New York Fashion Week moments, captured via Instagram:

Bill Cunningham at Suno 
The rush at Monika Chiang
Lovely linen at Samantha Pleet
Misha Nonoo and Olivia Palermo at Nonoo 
Lani en route to Fashion’s Night Out 
The opening of Michael Bastian 
Refreshments at Cafe Gitane

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