Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Trench Coat

Getting dressed can be a bit of a headache while we're transitioning into a new season. Luckily, the decline in temperature is perfect for bringing out our beloved leather pieces and trench coats. For the longest period of time, I had been on the search for the best fitting trench coat preferably in black or navy-blue of course. Just over a few months ago, I found exactly what I was looking for when I strolled into my favorite hidden gem in Boston, The Closet. This particular style had been in Barney's and immediately caught my eye. The decadent detailing of The Row, just gets me every single time and I had to have it. Strangely after one season, it found its way into The Closet along with a silk turquoise blazer that was gently worn and gently priced. 

Fast-forward to the other gloomy day, I paired the trench coat that is arguably one of the best purchases I've made thus far in this lifetime, but it also looks great with just about everything I own. During this period of time theirs a lot to think about when picking out your outfit for the day. You then start talking to yourself as if anyone is listening -- How much is too many layers? or Can I get away with wearing a pair of Birkenstocks and such along with my leather jacket and boyfriend jeans? With so many things running through your mind at such a crucial part of the day, I've been opting for minimal layers and bit of color blocking after seeing the SS'15 shows at New York Fashion Week (i.e oversize t-shirt, boyfriend jeans, and you guessed it a trench coat.) to avoid any sartorial frustration. To be completely honest, I put this outfit together much quicker than expected and don't judge me if you see me wearing a variation of the same thing throughout the week. 

The Row trench coat, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Acne Studios boyfriend jeans, Alexander Wang 'Racketeer' satchel, Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Noteworthy SS'15 Collections From NYFW

To say that this past week went by extremely fast, would be an understatement. Not to worry though, as New York Fashion Week has come to a close -- London is just beginning and fashion month isn't over just yet. Before we switch gears, the Chicest Degree is giving you reviews on our noteworthy favorite shows and trends to look out for from the spring/summer 2015 collections.

Come next season, we all have a lot to look forward too. This time around designers were on the same page as far as design aesthetics and overall theme. For sometime now it has been all about the 90s and minimalism -- do you remember when we discussed the fashion industries obsession with looking simple so badly? Monochromatic pairings, clean lines, classic black and white, just to name a few minimalists trends of the most referenced time period that got modern updates come next spring/summer. It was refreshing to see that the 70s is also going to have a moment -- the bold color-blocking as seen at Derek Lam, oversize proportions at Delpozo, and fringe -- lots of it too at Proenza Schouler. 

I'll admit that for a while I wondered when will fashion get fun again. Don't get me wrong, minimalism and simplicity is the bane of my sartorial existence, but it's great to see a different era being highly embraced. Ready-To-Wear has become more like Easy-To-Wear, everything as seen on the runway actually relates to what woman like you and myself -- would actually wear and most likely has a variation of already in our closets as we speak. With all this being said, let's get to the fun stuff shall we. Here's the short and sweet New York Fashion Week dispatch from over the course of seven days.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On-The-Go Beauty During Fashion Month

There're tricks to staying and feeling sane during this month of fashion. With September, along comes a jam packed schedule of running to castings, jobs, and events -- where you have little to no time to keep up with your daily skin care (or any other normal) routine. This is also the time of year you don’t see your booker at all, but only hear from them all day via text or e-mail. All personal relationships are thrown out the door because everyone means business. It’s fashion month. Here's a short list of things that are in my bag during September that help me make it through this fast paced time of year.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Isabel Marant Resort 2015

It looks like Birkenstocks are here to stay for at least another season, and won't be going anywhere no time soon. This time around for Resort, the results are rather perfectly casual luxe combined with a minimalist twist. Romanian model Andreea Diaconu is photographed by Josh Olins in the transitional season's new designs including Birkenstock slip-on slides given a haute signature update with silver grommets, embellished shirt dresses, pleated skirts, masculine inspired outerwear and oversize tailored separates. Theirs no denying that between this look book and the fall 2014 runways, we all need to get accustom to cinching everything at the waist with a belt. Very, very, Emmanuel Alt if you ask sartorially speaking. The collection will make its way into stores come November, which means you don't have too long to wait until you get your hands on these pieces. Until then, this swoon worthy look book will have to suffice. 

Andreea Diaconu photographed by Josh Olins for Isabel Marant Resort 2015

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