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April 2016

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Closet Staples

    Last week I was not able to write due to my hectic schedule. I’m currently freelancing a lot of different gigs in the fashion industry. Although this is one of the reasons I love my industry, it is ever changing and fast paced. When you work in a field that might need you at a moments notice it is best to have closet or wardrobe staples. The following pieces are easy, always professional and versatile. I try to add color and prints but black is always my go to if I don’t know the office culture or event’s vibe.

All black attire is always proffesional and classic.

Skirt Old Navy, Top Rave

  Loose button downs in a jersey or jersey like fabric are quick to throw on and go.

  
I have an array of prints and colors for variety.

 From Left to Right: Dots, Loft, Love Tree,next 3 Loft, Love Culture

Shirt and wrap dresses in Jersey are essentials in office attire.(thank you DVF) Animal prints are like neutral beiges and blacks so don’t be afraid of them.  Express dress

When it’s way to hot for long sleeves don’t be afraid to go sleeveless, just make sure the cut and fabric is still proffesional.  Massimo Top

 Camisole’s or Cami’s should be a staple everyone has. They help with sheer tops and hold everything in place. 

 Shorter skirts can be proffesional as long as the color, cut and material are appropriate.

Loft Skirt

Lace doesn’t have to be for occasional dressing only. The silver color of this one allows it to be dressed down or up. The Limited: Scandal collection skirt

Blazers are great for tying a look together. Have multiple for different seasons.  Rampage blazer

 Love on a hanger blazer 

Althleisure is trending in office attire right now. Try a fitted top with jogger styled pants. They are relaxed but since the material is jersey or silk like and the color is neutral it looks professional. 
   Loft Pants

   I am very lucky when it comes to workwear and dresscode. The Fashion industry although a business is liberal and when it comes to dress code it varies. I have worked in offices and events where professional attire is required. I have also been able to wear jeans and a t-shirt every day to work if I wanted to. It has given me the freedom to cultivate what I want proffesional attire to be.

  As you can see I like to mix a lot of high and low priced pieces together. As long as you know your personal asthetic you will be able to walk into any store and put a great look together. Don’t be afraid of color in business attire if you feel like a bright colored blouse is too shocking try adding color or print with a pair of shoes or jewelry.

  I Hope I gave you some outfit ideas that are easy, quick and can become staples in your closet as well.

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The Jewish Museum’s Isaac Mizrahi: an unruly history

When you think of American designers names like Tommy Hilfiger, Levi, and Isaac Mizrahi come to mind. All have imprinted a piece of Americana in their clothes and therefore in us when we wear them. Mizrahi has had immense success through couture, ready to wear and fast fashion with Target and QVC. His ability to translate what is happening in the world has given him relenvacy throughout the years. His mixing of high-low fashion through his fabrics, styling and use of color intrigues both the urban and couture dresser. Mizrahi’s rise in the late 80’s and early 90’s changed the fashion rules as they were. The fashion set was use to a largely neutral toned and non dimensional ready to wear runway show. Isaac shook the fundamentals of what was appropriate in ready to wear by mixing cashmere with t-shirts and bringing religion, politics, street wear, pop culture and high fashion into his designs. His constant study and respect of other art forms have allowed him to collaborate  both on and off the runway with artists, dancers, and choreographers.

Double-silk gazar jacket with ruffle collar, silk crepe pants spring 1991.  

  Exploded Tulip and Poppy 1992, exploded pictures on silk crepe and cotton.Homage to photographer Irving Pen.  

Jupiter: Spring 91, silk crepe drawstring dress with silk gazar ruffle, duchess satin drawstring opera coat.
    

Elevator Pad Gown Grosgrain- ribbon bodice, quilted silk and lambs wool skirt. Spring 2005. 
  

Harlequin suit Linen printed collaboration with artist Maira Kalman. Spring 1990.

  

Orange Coat wool Melton w/ Jersey striped jumpsuit, wool crepe scarf Fall 1998.
  

Satin ball gown Spring 1998.

  

Camel Hair Jump Coat Fall 1989
  

LumberJack ball gown. Lumberjack plaid impermeable-silk-down-filled jacket, silk taffeta skirt. Fall 1994.

  

Spring ’16
 After originally studying acting and crossing over to fashion he continued to reinvent himself. Isaac has directed plays while costuming them, had a talk show and was the first designer to have a documentary (UnZipped).  Through inspiration from a ballerina changing clothes he was the first designer to invent the “Rabbit Ears”dress which looks as if it might fall off at any moment. He also invented the “Sack Pant”, a pant with a tunnel in which a drawstring is pulled through allowing the wearer to adjust the waist how ever tightly they want.

Isaac is an American designer not influenced by Europe but by all things American. The mix of different influences in Isaac Mizrahi’s designs is ultimately the mix that makes the American culture.

 Sack Pants Sring 1989, Canvas.  

Coca-Cola can paillete dress. Spring 1994 a collaboration with NYC charity “We Can” and Parisian sequin maker Langlois- Martin.
   
The exhibition is on display through Aug 7, 2016 at the Jewish Museum on 5th ave and 92nd St.NY,NY.

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Packing Hacker

   Traveling can be stressful to some. I personally have a problem with not packing all my closets into one luggage. I’m sure there’s therapy for that problem, but enough about me! Over the years I have been able to pick up some packing tricks that have made my voyages both abroad and stateside much easier.

1) Use a straw to keep your necklaces from tangling.

 
  2) Protect your valuables in garment bags, by vaulables I mean shoes.(I get these garment bags from Schoola, see post Freebie Frenzy)

  

3)Use those same garment bags as hampers for your clothes during your trip.  

4) Use makeup bags for keeping        jewelry, toiletries and small items from getting lost, destroyed or marking your vestments. (Clothing non-French speakers) 

5) Use a very fashionable or just very bright neon luggage tag. Because everyone loves waiting at that carousel pushing through people just to realize that’s not your luggage. NOT!

 
6) Roll all clothes like a burrito. I dare you not to want Mexican food as you do this. This method leads to less wrinkles in my experience. It also maximizes luggage space.

 
7)Spray fabric refresher in your luggage before packing, in bags with shoes and put some in a travel bottle to keep clothes smelling like a spring waterfall, flowers, fresh apples (whatever floats your boat)before and during trips. 

 You can also dryer sheets for this purpose also although I feel like it leaves a film on my clothes so I only put them in shoes.

I hope the hacks I’ve used can help you in your next global wandering adventure. If you have any other hacking tips let me know by commenting or clicking on the social media widgets.