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Shopping: Fall Jackets

Shopping: Fall Jackets

If you follow my Instagram stories you’ll know that I recently bought a new jacket, that is perfect for fall. I was especially excited that I bought it from one of my favorite stores, the Loft Outlet and that it was on sale! What was originally a moto-style jacket for $119.00 went down to $27.88! Yes you read that right! I had thrown out my faux leather jacket during the spring due to so much wear and literal tear, and was in need of a new one. The Loft is like Target for me, when I go into those stores there’s a 99% chance I’m walking out with clothes. You can read about pieces from Target that I’ve bought here, here and here.  Check out my try on stories on my Instagram to see me trying out the latest Who What Wear for Target collections among others as well. And be sure to tune into my IG stories EVERY TUESDAY for my Fashion Tip Tuesday series, in where I previously gave a tip about shopping at the Loft and finding sales there.

The jacket I bought from the Loft Outlet fits like a glove. Its perfect for fall, with pockets deep enough to put things in and extremely stylish to boot. Its also classic enough to last me seasons of cold weather to come but it’s grey, so it steps out of the traditional black, that a moto style is usually made in. Here are similar options for you to add to your outerwear wardrobe. The post includes affiliate links.

Dark Greys

Light Greys

Greys with print or texture

 

And of course if you really want a traditional moto style….

You can’t go wrong with this style. It can be a staple year round and in diffrent colors like grey it can feel fresh. Stay tuned to my Instagram to see me in the one I bought from the Loft Outlet. Do you have a moto style jacket? Is it in the traditional black, or in a different color or print? Let me know in the comments and on social media.-T.S.

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My NYFW Favorite Shows Part 1/ NYFW Los Desfiles que me Encantaron parte 1

My NYFW Favorite Shows/ NYFW los desfiles que me encantaron

New York Fashion Week came and went with fashion shows, networking events, presentations and more. Some of which I didn’t get to make it to, but here are some of the shows that I particularly loved.

La semana de moda en Nueva York vino y se fue con desfiles, eventos de redes, presentaciones y mas. Algunos que no e puedo asistir, pero aqui les dejo con los desfiles que ame.

 

Perla Del Caribe by Marisa Santiago. This Puerto Rican designer brought the Island of Enchantment to the Concrete Island with her tropical prints and bright colors all set to a sound track of Puerto Rican musicians.

La disenadora Boricua trajo la Isla del Encanto a New York Fashion week con su linea, Perla Del Caribe. Los colores, disenos y la musica elegido, para la mayoria de artistas Boricuas,  tambien representaban a Puerto Rico.

 

Tux Couture X Dawnstar

I’ll just go on the record and say I want it ALL! The prints, structure and play on feminine and masculine tell a story of a woman in charge, who isn’t afraid to wear something diffrent yet classic to the office. The jewelry by Dawnstar and tuxedo’s by Tux Couture paired perfectly together.

Dejame que te cuente que lo quero todo! Las impresiones, la estructra y el juego de femenino y masculino cuentan una historia de una mujer a cargo, que no tiene miedo de llevar algo diferente pero clasico a la oficina. Las joyas hecho por Dawnstar y Esmoquin por Tux Couture combinaron perfectamente.

 

 

L2R The Label

Fashion you can feel good about wearing is what comes to mind when I watched the L2R The Label collection as this self proclaimed “sustainable green UrbanLuxe” label recycle’s and reuses fabric.They also use scrapes to make handbags, hair pieces and Moroccan dolls that are given to orphanes. The line partners with artisans and small factories to create their lines that or influnced by music, vintage time periods and different cultures around the globe.

L2R The Label es moda que puedes sentir orgullosa de ponerte. La linea es creada con tejidos reciclados. Usan tela sobrante para vestimentos, carteras, accesorios para el pelo, y munecos marroquies para huerfanos. La marca se asocia con artesanos y pequenas fabricas para crear sus lineas que se inspiran en los tiempos de la musica antigua y en diferentes culturas de todo el mundo.

 

 

I’ll see if I can put up more of my favorites soon. What were your favorites from the list? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

Intentare poner mas de mis favoritas pronto. Cuales eran tus favoritos de la lista? Dejame saber en los comentarios y en las redes sociales.

 

Fashion exhibit The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s Camp:Notes on Fashion

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The aesthetic of “Camp” comes from the French “Se Camper” or “to flaunt”. The first use of the word and aesthetic was introduced 1671 during the play ” The Impostures of Scapin”. In this comedy a servant it told to “camp it up” and ‘strut around like a drama queen”. “Se camper” not only alludes to being overly dramatic or extravagant but also to a pose that derives from  a man standing with his hand on his hip. This type of pose originally represented power and relaxation, until the Renaissance where it also became associated with homosexuality. Through the 1700 the word camp became used in the crossdressing community, mainly as a code word of a sort to describe noblemen who dressed as women, and later on in the 1800’s -1900’s to describe men in England who became famous for dressing as women. Although arrested or worse, many men who were “camp” did go out in public dressed as women. Two in particular Fredrik Park and Ernest Boulton created a small touring theatrical company  in the1800’s and played the characters Franny and Stella. Click on picture to enlarge.

Author Oscar Wilde was also connected to the camp community. This affiliation was used against him when he tried to file a lawsuit against the father of his lover, Lord Alfred . Throughout his life his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas is well documented and so were his instructions to actors in his plays to wear symbolisms of camp culture. Both were used as evidence in the trial against him for “gross indecency” in the 1800’s. He was sentence to two years of hard labor in prison. The popularity of the trial and his sentence made Wilde a martyr and cemented the overlapping of camp culture with homosexuality.

 

Isherwoodian Camp:

In 1954 author Christopher Isherwood wrote “The World in the Evening”. Which basaclly broke down camp into high camp and low camp. High camp being one of a man who partakes in sophisticated activites and low camp being a boy in a feather boa. To him high camp was seriousness, expressed in fun, artifice and elegance.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

 

Sontagian Camp:

In the Fall of 1964 Susan Sontag wrote “Notes on Camp” in the Partisan Review. She was the first to approach camp and study it as a subject in society that leveled the playing field and offered indifference between high art, pop culture and cultural hierarchies. Her notes pushed camp into mainstream society. In her notes on camp she mentions the following items, which could all be found at the Met.

 

She also wrote the differences on naïve camp and delibrate camp, which in part agrees with Isherwoodian camp. Naïve camp is being unintentional while deliberate camp is being calculated and manufacturesd. The fashion showed in this section are examples of niave and delibrate camp next to one another.

 

 

Camp Eye: During this part of the exhibition, camp is featured in a louder and bolder light as it became more acceptable in society. The fashion showcased here are categorized under 18 statements that talk about key aspects of camp, or what camp means to the designers showcased. I won’t list all the statements, but I found this one by Susan Sontang to be the most direct. “Camp is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

 

 

 

Because of its ability to shock, Camp makes its way into times of divide whether in society or politics. Camp is different things to different people, whether they identify it as gay, a way to be extravagant or a way to showcase what’s happening around them. Camp: Notes on Fashion is open until September 8th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.-T.S.

 

Fashion exhibit The Museum at FIT

Fabric in Fashion Exhibition at the Museum of FIT

Fabric in Fashion

 

Do you know what fabric your clothes are made of? Ever wonder why a specific fabric was chosen to create a garment you own? I learned about this when I was in college along with other fabric specifications. That is why when I walked into the Fabric in Fashion exhibition at the Museum at FIT I felt like I was taking another course in college. Another reminder was the guide talking to a small group of students as she explained the different fabrics. If you have a loved one that sews, you’ll also know that fabric selection is important, even if its just for kitchen curtains. A project like that would need a fabric that can resist sun fading, could be easily cleaned and so on. The same goes for the creation of gowns, you want a fabric that will provide movement and work well with the natural form of the body.

 

All fabrics are not made the same, so it is important that a designer and your local seamstress choose the correct one. Being so, you can imagine that choosing the right fabrics can be a designer’s most important decision when creating entire collections. This precise decision making has been taking place since the 18th century when dressmakers would use specific fabrics and colors to symbolize status and hierarchy.  Here is the breakdown of fabrics and how and why they are used both in the past and present.

 

Cotton– Cotton originated in India and was used as a source of economic control by the British when they invaded the country during the 1700s. The production of cheaper cotton and the use of machinery led to the Industrial Revolution in 18th century Britain. And finally during the 19th-century, cotton became a huge source of income for the United States. Around a total of  $115 million dollars was earned in the cotton industry as a result of slavery in cotton fields. The properties of cotton made it a high commodity throughout centuries thanks to its ability to dye easily, breath on the body, take prints and retain colors even after many wash cycles.

 

 

Wool– Originating from Mesopotamia wool production crossed into the surrounding countries. Soon England began using it and by 1660 it became a major source of their trade. The colonization of Australia and New Zealand also lead to new sources of wool. This fiber has the ability to be flexible, relislant, and flame resistant. Not to mention the warmth it generates and its ability to be dyed.  It is also a source fabric in tailoring thanks to its reactions to heat and moisture which make it a moldable fabric. Pieces shown here are from the 1800’s -2018 from England, Italy, France, the USA and India.  Designers include Lilly Dache, Mila Schon, a red coat enseamble by Azzedine Alaia and Bomber jacket ensemble by Brodice Studio.

 

 

Synthetics– Synthetics are man-made fabrics produced by chemicals that create cellulose, a fiber that can be found in plants. During the 1930s American companies were the foreleaders in discovering synthetic fibers and the creation of synthetic fabric. In the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s synthetics were popular not only in fast fashion but in Haute Couture. This material was lower in cost to produce and introduced new fabrics to the market, many that imitate naturally produced fabrics like silk. Although highly resourceful, synthetics are not biodegradable and are a large component of the pollution problem that is part of the fashion industry.

 

Synthetic fabrics include Nylon, Rayon, Polyester, Spandex, Acrylic imitating wool and Acetate imitating silk. A big example of synthetics is the creation of sportswear garments, which use spandex, nylon and more thanks to its wicking abilities to let go of moisture. Examples shown here range from the 1930’s- 1970’s with pieces including the purple Courreges vinyl coat and pink Ultrasuede Halston dress. A mustard yellow and burgundy ensemble by Nigel Atkinson and Junichi Arai. And finally, an Issey Miyake ruffled cape ensemble and Jean Paul Gaultier nylon, acrylic and rayon suit.

 

 

 

Silk– Originating from China, this woven textile was a sign of wealth in the mid 18th century. It was also a predominate fabric in the creation of robes for clergy in the Catholic church. Western fashion not only took to this fabric originating in the East but was inspired by Chinese culture with prints and through the styling of silk fabrics. The garments shown here were created as far back as the 1700s to the present day.

 

 

 

Knits- A knit is a textile that is created from one yarn or set of yarns. Knitting via machinery was introduced in England in 1589. It is one of the most popular fabrics used thanks to its properties. It has the ability to stretch, conform to a body and it is also the fastest fabric to work with due to the fact that it is created with one single yarn. The ensembles shown here range from 1810 and 1920 Lelong, 1970 Missoni, 1980’s Azzedine Alaia, a yellow 1940’s Madame Gres for Alix dress, 1970’s Stephen Burrows ensemble, 2010 Ohne Titel muti-media dress and an orange 2015 Alexander Wang knit dress.

 

 

Couture Textiles– Before the mid-19th-century designers were not allowed to sell their own textiles, they were only allowed to use what a customer brought into them to work with. After the mid 19th century this rule was changed and designers began obtaining their own fabrics and creating their own designs. By the 20th century, designers moved on to incorporating fabrics from international sources and adding synthetics to their fabrics. Thus the birth of couture textiles, one of a kind fabrics, was introduced. Pieces in this section include House of Worth 1900, Boue Soeurs 1919, Nina Ricci 1935 cherry closure dress and cape, Bob Bugnand dress and mink trim coat. It also includes a silver and gold 1958 aluminum and plastic film fiber evening dress, 1962 Christian Dior yellow silk evening dress, 1862 Balenciaga evening cape and a 2011 Chado Ralph Rucci woven motif white coat.

 

 

Prints projected on a plain dress.

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This exhibition will be open at the Museum at FIT until May 4, 2019.

 

Now that you know a little bit more about fabrics I encourage you to pay attention to what you’re wearing. The use of these fabrics require diffrent methods of use and care, and are purposefully used by designers as such. So do you know what fabric you’re wearing?-T.S.

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Como Ponerte Este Blusa de Target en cinco Estilos

5 expemlos en como puedes ponete esta blousa de Target.

Algo que deberias saber sobre mi es que amo a la tienda Target! Se que no hay Target en Puerto Rico, tristemente! Pero ojala un dia lo habra. Compro de una linea de ropa en Target en particualr, que se llama Who What Wear. Una linea creada por blogueras, y que combina piezas perfecta para la oficina y el fin de semana. Cada nuevo etapa o estacion que tienen una nueva coleccion, la coleccion anterior va en venta. Ese es mi tiempo favorito para compra nuevas piezas. La linea tiene accesorios y prendas, que tambien son muy ´´trendy¨ y aun classico. En mi ultimo ¨´Target run¨ como lo llamn aqui o en la ultmia vez que fue a Target compre unas piezas desde la linea Who What Wear. Este  blousa verde que tiene un ´´print´´ o impresion de flores en blanco y negro fue una de esas piezas. Tambien compre una blusa con un impresion en blanco y negro y una flada ¨midi¨ en un azul real, que combine para un ¨look¨para New York Fashion Week. Lo siguientes son cinco ejemplos en como puedes ponerte esta blusa de Target. Este entrada tiene enlaces de afiliados.

 

  1. Lunes: En este “look” he emparejado la blusa con una falda gris de la tienda Loft y tacones en el color ´nude´´ desde Payless. Tengo pusto una cinta del pelo y aretes para completar el conjunto.

2. Martes: En este conjunte jugue con colores, elegi unas panatalones en un color de vino desde The Limited. La cintura tiene una banda en negro, que empareje con los zapatos. Aretes sencillos completan el conjunte.

3. Miercoles: Con este conjunte me quede en la familia de colores verde y azul con el collar y los tacos altos desde H&M. Los pantalones son negro y los aretes son en dorado.

4. Jueves: Empareje la blusa con un ¨midi’ falda tambien desde la tienda Loft. Tacos alstos en morado desde Payless y aretes en oro terminan el conjunte. Mis gafas so de Zenni, una tienda por internet que tienen precios bajos.

 

5. Viernes: Para un ¨look´´ de fin de semana elegi mahones en el estilo de ´´moto´´. Los tenis son de Steve Madden y complete este conjunte con arretes en un estilo ´´hoop´´ o aros.

Ojala que te di inspiracion en como puedes llevar o ponerte un print o impresion como esta. Te gusta usar los ´´prints´´ o eres mas amante de los colores solidos?- T.S.

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Must Have Coats

must have coats

It is COLD up here in the North East, so its safe to say we might still be using our thick coats well into February. Let’s all do a little prayer that we don’t have a snowstorm in February, I’ve totally been stuck indoors for my birthday because of it.  Although one opportunity granted to you because of the cold is the ability to take out great coats. I myself have a collection and love to switch them around. It’s also a great way to stay fashionable and show your style while staying bundled up. From patterns to colors and cuts the possibilities to standout with a great coat can be endless. Here is a great selection to add to your collection of coats. Don’t have one yet? Start one!

 

Shearlings and Furs- A great way to keep warm is to infuse a faux fur or faux shearling coat into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to pick a bold color like the red Alice and Olivia piece.

Puffers- A popular coat no matter what the price range is, the puffer, will always be a go to. I own a dusty rose one in velveteen similar to the floral Collusion piece. All though puffers draw attention own their own because of its shape, a bold print will add extra flair to your outfit.

Swing Coats- This classicly cut coat will never go out of style. I practically love that it can be an everyday coat or taken out for special occasions. Because of the classic cut don’t be afraid of a bold print like the Asos animal print piece. It still has a sleek put together feel thanks to the cut.

Teddy Coats- I haven’t delved into teddy coats yet but it’s on my list of maybe’s. Feel free to combine trends as the French Connection piece does with its robe style cut.

Do you have any of these in your coat collection? While I have some of these in my collection I definitely see some that I would love to add to my closet.  Which ones are you adding?- T.S

 

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Fashion Wish List

my fashion wish list

What’s on your Christmas wish list?  Whether you like to wait for Christmas to open gifts or you gift yourself presents, here are some items I’m currently loving. I’m planning a road trip to Florida for Christmas so I must admit that hotter weather is on my mind. It’s so cold here in the north-east and I’m never a fan! But don’t worry I added some statement coats and boots because even when you are bundled up you must remain fashionable! Shopstyle Collective affiliate links are used within this post for easy shopping! ( I get a small cut) You can click the heart on the items you love and enter your email. You’ll also be notified if a price drops on something you feel you don’t want to buy right now. Here’s my fashion wish list.

 

My hot weather wish list since I headed down south… I’m thinking good wishes aka hot weather! Light sweater-like fabric should be good for Florida’s cooler nights. While you can’t go wrong with a comfy pair of jeans.

But back to reality, here are some great boots that would look great in my closet! I love a great black boot that goes with everything. I’m running the pair I got from Call it Spring into the ground. I think its time for new ones! The Aldo and Frye pairs are calling my name!

I am a lover of statement coats. They’re an easy way to avoid freezing to death while still looking fashionable. Rich colors are a great choice if you want to make a statement, while neutrals are always a go-to.

Who doesn’t need more jewelry? I particularly love gold and tortoise pieces, which are timeless and classic. I do love the BaubleBar pair though, they’re a unique shape in sleek resin.

What’s on your fashion wish list? Let me know your thoughts on the pieces I chose and what you plan to buy!-T.S.

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week-Style Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week  is over and I finally have time to start writing about what I saw during what is always a whirlwind filled week. This season I got to see some really great collections varying in jeans to gowns that reminded me of my Couture Fashion Week volunteering days in college. I took a few days off simply because I was not feeling great, it was raining or I was too exhausted. As much as it is a privilege to get invited to shows and events, it can be a nonstop week where you lose track of what’s next without an organized calendar. Thank goodness for my mother who always knows how to screw my head back on. How will I survive this week when I’m older? I’ll manage with experience, I guess… or with an intern! If you haven’t already read my The Fashion Industry, Is it for you or Not post, you’ll know I’ve been doing this since I was 18, so I guess I’ll continue to learn as I go.

 

I started off the week, which if you didn’t know always starts in the middle of one week and runs into the next week by attending the Style Fashion Week Shows. Later on in the week I attended the Cenia Convi Jean fashion show which also showcased t-shirt designs my the designers sister. Next stop during the week was a showcase on jewelry by Midori Linea and then a private showing at the JSong showroom. My last stop during the week was the Gypsy Sport show, which was my first time seeing that designer at fashion week. Here’s a roundup of my first set of shows. Click pictures to enlarge.

 

Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion week runs for three consecutive days and features various designers, artists, singers and smaller companies. I attended two out of three days as the third day I felt I wanted to stay home. The shows that I saw during these days included David Tupaz, Bahmardi, Raul Penarada, Hirun Bangkok, Elie Madie and Rocky Gathercole and more. The following were some of my favorites by far.

 

Raul Penaranda

 

 

 

Hirun Bangkok

 

 

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