To stroll, wander, lounge, an idler.
A photoshoot I did back in September with Trent Jones Photography! I've also unintentionally fallen into the habit of doing photoshoots in whimsical white dresses, while frolicking around outside-- which is actually pretty fun!
This is definitely one of my favorite photoshoots I have done so far. Both the photographer and I knew we were working by the beach that day, but didn't plan out exactly how we were going to utilize our surroundings until after we arrived on location.
The simplicity and spontaneity of the photoshoot is what makes these photos unique and special... Perfectly coiffed hair & a full face a makeup are not always essential to look great for a fashion shoot. For this specific shoot I wanted an effortless, go-with-the-flow feel-- which eventually prompted me to jump into the ocean!
I sort of let my hair fall wherever it wanted to, and I wasn't too concerned with how I looked. I was more focused on just being in the moment, and working with my environment & the natural lighting to tell a story. Instead of doing these overly contrived poses, it was more about moving organically. It was as if I were wandering & a photographer just so happened to catch me strolling throughout the beach, aloof and sometimes unaware.
We were also able to catch the sunset just in time for several of the shots, which was pretty amazing! Many of the photos had this dreamy effect from the sunset, that many photographers normally achieve through editing or artificial lighting.
T-shirt is from H&M
Shorts, dress & Bralette are from Forever21
FINALLY! I made it into New York Fashion Week! Interestingly enough, it was about one year ago that I started this blog, where I overly described my "first" NYFW experience... And by experience I mean aimlessly roaming around Lincoln Center amidst the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent, secretly hoping I could sneak in, or that someone would spontaneously offer me their press pass. Clearly that was never going to happen.
Well, since then I began writing for various publications & I was finally able to get into NYFW! It is pretty rewarding to know that I was able to make it into a Fashion Week show on my own, and not because a connection simply handed me a press pass.
One of my favorite parts about Fashion Week in the city are the array street style looks. It's always interesting to see the outfits people put together, and the common trends that are spotted off the runway. I noticed an abundance of A-line maxi skirts... And surprise, surprise, I wore one too- not realizing I would be one of many.
Here are some of the street style looks I spotted throughout the week in NYC. As well as looks from the fashion show I attended!
Outside of the Skylight At Moynihan Station.
Inside the Skylight At Clarkson Square.
Just before the start of the Ground-Zero Spring/Summer 2016 Presentation.
This collection, which was designed by brothers Eri and Philip Chu, had an overall masculine & sporty edge... While off-the-shoulder tops, midriff baring pieces, floral designs, skirts, and colorful belts cinched at the waist created a vibrant and feminine vibe. The designs also reminded me of the quintessential 90's club kid fused with styles rooted in the designers Hong Kongese heritage.
A show attendee sketching designs they saw during the Ground-Zero Spring/Summer 2016 Presentation.
Yeha Leung, the designer of Creepyyeha wearing one of her own designs.
Bruna Olivo, the Creative Director of Lança Perfume.
Model Svetlana Shaym in a Ground-Zero design.
Minimalist & chic. But really I just didn't know what to wear. Oh! And I opted out of the serious fashion pout and went for a smile. I just couldn't contain my excitement!
Boutique owner Lexi Oliveri has shared her mothers affinity for vintage clothing ever since she can remember. Lexi’s love for vintage clothing eventually lead her to open Antoinette Brooklyn in 2011, and filled the boutique with vintage clothing her mother had collected over the years, from several different eras.
Located in the hip Williamsburg area, Antoinette has expanded its collection of clothing, and now carries contemporary pieces, as well as local New York City designers!
So what exactly constitutes an article of clothing as vintage? Well, I interviewed Lexi to gain a better insight into the world of vintage fashion and why it is so important to her…
What makes an item of clothing vintage?
For an item to be considered vintage it must be a well-made product that is 20+ years old. Prior to the 90's a majority of clothing and accessories were made here in the USA. These pieces were made with integrity, and would last after years of wearing and washing them. Currently many fast fashion brands have their products assembled overseas, which affects the quality of the clothing. Therefore not every item made today will become vintage in 20 years.
What attracts you to vintage clothing?
According to Lexi, it started with her mother collecting clothes from various decades... She said her mother was never able to part with anything because she considered the clothes that she owned to be a piece of art. Lexi also loves to know the story behind vintage pieces... She is intrigued by who wore it, and what the women were doing and saying when they were wearing that specific piece.
Lexi often gravitates to clothing that remind her of her mother in the 80's. She says finding a unique vintage piece "feels like winning lottery". When you wear something that is vintage, you know that it has been made with integrity- it is a unique piece of art with a history behind it. Its value also lies in the quality of the product, since it is often difficult to find contemporary pieces that are well-made and have not been quickly assembled overseas.
For those of us who have never worn vintage before, what are some ways to start experimenting with different pieces?
One of the best ways to start experimenting is by mixing vintage jewelry with contemporary clothing. You can also try pairing high-waisted vintage jeans with a modern crop top from Zara or H&M. Another great look would be a cute 70's top with a contemporary skirt!
What are some of your go-to vintage items that you think everyone should have as part of their wardrobe?
A great denim jacket from GAP or Levi's! Also, a black sheath dress paired with heels. Vintage rompers are great too because they were well-made and fit the body properly.
Be sure to follow Antoinette on instagram @AntoinetteVintage & twitter @AntoinetteBKLYN to stay up-to-date on all things vintage and upcoming fashion events!
La Selva, when translated into Spanish, means “The Jungle”. It is a brand created and developed by up-and-coming designer Celina Paiz. The one-of-a-kind clothing line is composed of unique sundresses, leggings, bandeaus and t-shirts, along with exotic one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry and accessories.
Celina makes it a priority to stay true to her heritage, which is why a majority of the materials used to make the clothing are handmade textiles imported from Guatemala. It is essential for Celina to keep her culture alive by incorporating these unique, handmade pieces of art into her collection.
Preserving the tradition of making handmade textiles is also highly important to the designer. Which is why a portion of all sales are donated to Guatemala’s national textile museum, known as the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena.
The La Selva headbands are quite possibly one of the most popular accessories the brand has to offer. They are available in a wide variety of vivid colors and exotic patterns, and are also made from imported, handmade textiles. The best part about the headbands is the inner bendable frame, which conveniently helps you mold and shape them into various hairstyles!
Whether you want to liven up your wardrobe or you're preparing for the summer, here are several examples of how to use and wear these versatile headbands!
Model Jessica and I wear the multicolor, & brocade Twisted Headbands!
Designer Celina Paiz demonstrates 3 creative ways to wear one of her handmade Twisted Headbands!
Celina wears one of her own Oversized Pocket T-Shirt designs!
When it comes to fashion, it should be something anyone can have fun with and use as an opportunity to be creative! Cool clothes aren't just for models on the glossy pages of magazines- they are here for everyone to enjoy!
A behind-the-scenes look at the La Selva Twisted Headband photoshoot!
I'm wearing the Oeste Yoke Button Down Shirt and handmade silver & jade earrings
Whether it's uptown, downtown, or across the East River, a vibrant pop of color works for every season!
Fashion designer Kevin Shahroozi is bringing high-end street-chic to life, with his current collection of both men's- and women's- wear.
To highlight his luxury street-style collection, we ventured onto the cobblestone "runways", of the trendy Meatpacking District for a fashion shoot. Shahroozi's line, which he describes as "casual-luxury" is composed of sleek trousers, blazers, and neoprene jackets accompanied by leather, denim, and wool accents.
The talented NYC designer remained true to his modern and sophisticated style, while providing comfortable and wearable pieces. I felt stylish and confident as I modeled several items from the collection. The array of bomber jackets, leather trousers, and blazers prove that sacrificing comfort for style isn't always necessary.
Many of the trousers and blazers are suitable for the workplace-- while entire collection has just the right edge for a night out. The clothing's ability to transcend from day to night is exactly what the on-the-go New Yorker needs!
To see more of the designers amazing pieces be sure to visit http://www.nineteenth-amendment.com/kevin-shahroozi & follow him on twitter!
The Shahroozi Reversible Red Dress with knitted collar
The Shahroozi blazer and lambskin leather trousers with zipper detail
Designer Kevin Shahroozi and I, Kevin models his own Neoprene Bomber Jacket
Model Jessica Maiorino wears the Shahroozi Abstract Dress & denim jacket with lambskin leather sleeves Jacket can be worn by both men & women
Model Jessica Maiorino wears the Shahroozi suit, the leather detail on the side creates a sleek and modern look
Even the most simplistic of outfits have the potential to transform into an elegant and glamorous ensemble! Tousled hair, or an unstructured up-do, paired with eye-catching statement pieces... This is the formula to create a look that is dazzling, while maintaining that effortless mystique.
Necklace & Bangles: Macy's
Black Dress: Forever 21
Those frigid fall & winter months are the time to debut your lengthy peacoats & heavy blazers... While the weather may be cold & drab, take a chance, & add life to your outfit, with a daring pop of color or edgy leather accent!
The pieces for these three outfits are simple, yet the look in its entirety is strong and alluring. Crimson lips and dark eyes, paired with chic black & white ensembles, create a sleek and sophisticated look.
Photography by Robert Harrington & Erwin Schrijver
We have all been there, you've spent the entire day out with friends or you left work later than expected (yet again) and the next thing you know, everyone is ready to go out for dinner and drinks. You have absolutely no time to race back home and change, yet you refuse to arrive underdressed or in that dull office attire you’ve been wearing since 8 am… Fortunately I have several solutions that will transform your outfit from day to night, with minimal effort!
Everyone should own at least one pair of super dark blue jeans (even men). Simple dark jeans are the easiest to transition for a night downtown because they appear much less casual than lighter denim pants. You can still have the comfort & casual appearance of jeans for your daytime look, while they still appear dressy at night. I opted for my Levi’s skinny jeans for this exact reason, they're comfortable, yet chic enough for a night out!
If you're going out during a Saturday afternoon and you know you will more than likely be persuaded by your friends to go out after the sun has set, there are several options you can choose from for a top. Blouses are great when they are paired with jeans or heeled ankle boots (the pair I’m wearing are Adrienne Vittadini) because you will look put together, yet casual. Simple or neutral colored tops will always work in your favor because they can be paired with an eye catching piece of jewelry. Here I am wearing a light blue tank top from French Connection. It is simple, yet stylish due to the flowy fabric.
Keep at least one necklace or elegant pair of earrings in your purse. It will be a quick and convenient way to instantly dress up any outfit. The necklace and ring I am wearing are from Macy’s and the earrings are from Forever21.
Blazers are by far my favorite type of clothing the fashion industry has to offer! They are a staple piece and everyone needs to make room in their closet for at least one of these incredibly versatile jackets! Regardless of where you wear one, a blazer works in almost every setting. They're professional for work, while that structured style is also chic & fashionable for a social setting (the blazer I'm wearing is from H&M).
Always carry a spare lip gloss and dark brown or black eyeliner for a quick touchup. Even if you're not dressed in your best outfit, all you really need is a red lip & you're ready to seize the night!
This past Saturday night, Manhattan's sleek Tribeca Grand Hotel hosted Kevin Shahroozi's dark and edgy fashion show.
The Fall 2014 Collection of both men's- and women's - wear is aptly described by the designer as “the calm after the storm”. The majority of pieces in the collection were solid tones and included dark colors such as blue, grey and black, with stark splashes of white.
Kevin Shahroozi said he was inspired to create this collection after a “dark storm” occurred in his life. “Within a one week time frame, my girlfriend broke up with me and my grandmother ended up in the hospital. This dark storm is the reason for the dark colors in the collection - black, dark blue, grey, etc. It is called the storm but I was the furthest thing from calm” said the talented New York City designer in an email to me.
Often times my go-to outfit for a night out is a fitted blazer and a pair of leather pants. Which is why I was pleased to see that many of the pieces in the collection were structured jackets, blazers and leather pants. The women’s pieces in the collection also had a strong and masculine vibe, which I appreciated.
Be sure to visit KevinShahroozi.com to see all of his amazing pieces, as well as the entire Fall 2014 Collection!
After premiering in 2003, Americas Next Top Model became one of my favorite TV shows that I would watch religiously. I was captivated by how beautiful the models were and was amazed by the extravagant & elaborate photoshoots. Watching the show each week, I would become caught up in a daydream… Often wondering what it would be like to model, or how well I would do as a contestant on the show. If someone had approached me during my awkward, bushy eyebrowed, middle school years & told me I would one day be modeling, I would probably be in complete shock!
Well, here I am almost a decade later, being photographed by Sara Racey-Tabrizi, who is one of the original contestants from America Next Top Model! Sara is currently signed with one of the top modeling agencies in the world, but has also found a passion for being behind the camera. She is a talented photographer & is able to capture the true emotion of her subject.
Spending the afternoon in SoHo, we utilized the City's unique street art & eclectic restaurants, as the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot.
My outfit for the day consisted of a necklace by INC from Macy's, a simple black tank top & black leather jacket from Forever 21, white Michael Kors skinny jeans (yes I wore white pants on the subway) & a black leather satchel from Mango.
The neutral colors are very chic & simple, while the gold necklace is bold & the perfect eye catching accessory! Although the tank top & leather jacket are the same color, the contrast in fabric helped each piece stand out. While the white pants add a color break between the black top & my black stilettos.
Photography by Sara Racey-Tabrizi
This eclectic look was inspired by several eras of fashion, molded into one carefree ensemble. What we refer to today as "Boho Chic" began after the French Revolution, when poor artists adopted a gypsy-like lifestyle & wore used clothing, that was tattered & worn out.
The kimono (H&M) works for this look, since many of the clothes worn by the Bohemians, originated in the far east. The jeans are Calvin Klein, purchased in California circa 1988, that I cut into shorts. Although these shorts have a 1980's vibe, the tattered edges are very reminiscent of the clothing associated with a poor Bohemian lifestyle. While the black, lace bandeau (Victoria's Secret Pink) adds an edgy, yet sexy accent.
For that exotic/hippie style, I used a combination of new & vintage jewelry . This specific look gives you creative freedom to mix various colors & types of jewelry. I incorporated large earrings & a vintage necklace. I also layered on several bracelets & rings, that are different styles & colors, for a unique contrast.
Photography by Fernando Ulloa Jr.
Hair: I created those long sought after beach waves by using Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray & Hair Cream.
Makeup: To stay within the beach theme & create a bronze glow, I used Nars tinted moisturizer in Alaska, blush by Guerlain in 02 Brunettes Hâlées & Too Faced matte bronzing powder in Chocolate Soleil. On my eyes I applied eye-shadow in Half Baked (I also applied a small amount of this color on my cheekbones) & Smog from the original Urban Decay Naked pallet. Next I lined my eyes with Burberry eyeliner in Poppy Black & used Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara. Finally, I applied lip gloss by Trish McEvoy in Gorgeous Pink Shimmer.
Once the earth begins to tilt away from the sun, we begin to shift our wardrobe to suit the cooler weather. As the summer fades into fall, I find it important to take advantage of every warm day that remains...
This is a unique, yet short lived time, where you can mix fall accessories with a summer wardrobe. My current look for that warm, yet not so humid September day, consisted of a black floppy hat that I purchased at a tiny boutique in Little Italy in NYC... Fall is an excellent time to start wearing hats once again, the decrease in sweltering heat and humidity finally makes it bearable! I also wore a loose fitting periwinkle tank top (Express) and my favorite black skinny jeans (H&M). I must own at least 8 pairs of the same jeans, since they work so well with almost every outfit! The shoes I wore are black stilettos (Charlotte Russe) I often wear these 6 inch platform heels because I'm very petite and significantly shorter than the industry standard for a model.
I kept the jewelry simple, a black and silver bangle (Macy's) and a pair of delicate, pink flower earrings (Betsey Johnson). Ever since I can remember Betsey Johnson has always been my favorite designer! I have always gravitated towards her use of bright pinks, tutu inspired dresses and funky style... Which is why it is rare to find such a simple piece of jewelry from her collection.
The makeup used for this look remained very simple. To help conceal my dark circles I used Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener in Bisque 3. Next I applied my favorite blush by Guerlain in 02 Brunettes Hâlées across my cheekbones and Urban Decay eye-shadow from the original Naked palette in Toasted. Finally, to pull my look together I applied lip gloss by Trish McEvoy in Gorgeous Pink Shimmer!
My hair remained wild and unkempt, since I refused to brush it from the day before. I like messy hair. Messy hair works, regardless of what you may have been taught over the years. Perfect is boring. I find people much more intriguing when their outfits are styled and put together, while a part of them remains somewhat unpolished and untamed. It is the person who makes the outfit, not the other way around!
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
Photography by Kiara Waide
I've been thinking about starting a fashion/lifestyle blog for quite some time... and what better a time to start than my first Fashion Week experience?! Twice a year fashion enthusiasts migrate to the island of Manhattan, to take in all this marvelous city has to offer. From highly publicized fashion events, to impromptu fashion shows, and after parties, it is a time where household names and up-and-comers display their work for the world to see!
This past Tuesday was my first time in the big apple during Fashion Week. Although I did not have tickets to any of the shows, I made it a priority to make it into the city to observe what New York Fashion Week is all about. As I made my way up the stairs at Lincoln Center, I was surprised to find that the area was not as hectic as I expected it to be. I approached the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent, that has currently taken residency at Damrosch Park, and I was captivated by the array of people standing around like mannequins. From the chicest ensembles, to what some might consider too outlandish to be seen in public on a day other than Halloween, it was a scene far from what would occur in my hometown.
A current trend that I took note of right away are leather (or pleather) maxi skirts! I was able to stop one of the Fashion Week attendees to find out where she purchased her high wasted, pleated, leather maxi skirt, “ZARAS", she quickly stated as she rushed over to a group of photographers. I quickly realized that merely standing within the vicinity of the main Fashion Week venue was part of the experience. Whether it was to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, the "it" model of the moment, or to view what everyone was wearing, outside of the tent was a fashion show in and of itself.
Personally, when it comes to putting an outfit together, I consider the entire look, similar to the way people dress up when they're playing a character. This is what I find so inspiring about fashion. You're not obligated to define yourself or stick to one aesthetic, each outfit can express a mood or fit your settings. I see clothes as everyday costumes and something to have fun and experiment with. This is why I will never be able to define my personal style, since I am open to many different looks and have an appreciation for a variety of designers and their styles.
The look for my trip to Fashion Week is what I'd like to call "minimalist and chic". I wore a simple fitted black tank-top (Forever21), black skinny jeans (H&M), a white blazer (H&M), black stilettoes (Charlotte Russe), black rhinestone earrings with a gold backing (Forever21), and a silver feather ring from Macy’s. I pulled my hair back into a sleek bun, which I always highly recommend as a go to hair style! My regular use of the classic bun stems from my love for ballet and my unwavering appreciation of Parisian style.
When it comes to makeup, I say it's always a no to wear a full face of makeup on a day to day basis. There's something so much more interesting about a person’s face, when you can actually see their "imperfections". It brings out a certain raw unique-ness that can't be achieved with any amount of cosmetics.
Although I don't wear makeup every day, I truly enjoy using it just as much as anyone else! I mean part of the fun of going out and attending an event is the process of getting ready! To start, I used a Laura Mercier foundation primer, followed by Fresh Cosmetics Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation in Chalet Girl. To set my foundation I used bareMinerals in Golden Medium and Too Faced matte bronzing powder in Chocolate Soleil (it even smells and TASTES like chocolate, YUM!) to contour my cheekbones. Next, I applied Guerlain blush to the apples of my cheeks for an extra glow, this product is one of my favorites because it is a combination of a shimmery blush and bronzer! For an eye-shadow I used bareMinerals concealer in Summer Bisque. It had a light pink tinge to it and is too light for my skin tone to use as a concealer, which is why it worked as an eye-shadow. On my top lid I did a slight cat eye by applying Shu Uemura gel liner in M Night Blue. It is an almost black gel liner with a slight hint of blue, depending on the lighting. On my lashes I applied Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara on my top lashes and only a few light strokes on my bottom lashes. To pull my look together I applied Philosophy lipstick in Vision!
When applying makeup always consider what your clothes look like. That evening my outfit consisted of monochromatic colors and minimal jewelry. Which is why I found it acceptable to apply a full face of makeup. I specifically left out bottom lid liner and did not contour my eyes with a darker colored eye-shadow. In my opinion, the top gel liner was there to do most of the work and the look is sleeker and more polished when there is a minimal amount of eye-shadow. My advice: don't be afraid to experiment with various colors and bend the rules when it comes to makeup (and clothing), the results may surprise you!
Many of the outfits seen at Fashion Week ranged from simple and chic, to extravagant and over-the-top. What separates the Fashion Week attendees from everyone else, is how they style their entire look and how they carry themselves. It is often someones charisma and attitude, which make an outfit stand out!
Living, breathing & posing truth that age has nothing to do with style or fashion!
I had the opportunity of meeting two lovely fashion bloggers from Indonesia. They encouraged and inspired me to start this blog!