Thursday, March 29, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

News | The Weekly Edit 3.24.18

China's Fur Capital Touts Itself to World Even if Fur's Out at Versace and Other Leading Fashion Houses - South China Morning Post

Image via The Daily Top

  • The image above of bunnies is not from the linked article. Honestly I couldn't include pictures, as seemingly benign as they are, from an article which promotes the fur trade. You can see them when you read the article  
  • EDITOR'S NOTE:  In case you are scared to click through, the pictures in the article are not gory or illustrative in any way, shape, or form of the horrors of animal cruelty.
  • My Confession:  I think its known by now where I stand on fur. I hate it. I hate that I wear leather and I hate that I have a weakness for burgers even after spending 16 years of my life as a (mostly) vegetarian. I hated it when I would walk through of halls of Coach and see rooms and rails fur of leather skins. I used to count to myself how many dead animals each rack would amount to. I'm trying not to be preachy lest anyone call me a hypocrite. We human beings are complicated. I'm not trying to hide my own transgressions but for now, I can at least definitely, comfortably say no to fur. It's a step in the right direction.
  • So with all that out of the way let me sociologically make the case that fur represents everything the #MeToo and #TimesUp revolution is fighting against. To me, fur conjures up images of a 1950's housewife who receives a mink coat by her hard-working husband for being a dutiful housemaid. A fur coat was a symbol of status; an item imbued with a level of achievement and financial standing in a rising middle-class society. But note, women never bought the fur for themselves. It wasn't a symbol of HER hard work. It was a symbol her husband's. One could make the case that a fur coat then was more a symbol of oppression rather than one of reward. Too much of a reach? Maybe. I just hate fur.
  • Here's a list of fashion houses and retailers that have gone #FurFree.  Some have always been on the list, some recently joined:

  1. Armani
  2. Botega Venetta
  3. Calvin Klein
  4. Donna Karan - Just announced as I write this list. DK is now owned by G-III Apparel. As of now, this is the only brand in G-III's portfolio which has pledged to go Fur Free 
  5. Gucci *recently announced
  6. Hugo Boss
  7. Kate Spade
  8. Lacoste
  9. Michael Kors *recently announced
  10. Ralph Lauren
  11. Stella McCartney *also leather free
  12. Tommy Hilfiger
  13. Vivienne Westwood
  14. Versace *recently announced  
  1. Henri Bendel (which is owned by Limited Brands which owns VS)
  2. Lulemon
  3. Net-A-Porter
  4. Nike
  5. Patagonia *of course!
  6. The North Face
  7. Victoria's Secret
  8. Yoox 
  • Many vertical retailers and non-luxury brands such as ASOS, Gap, H&M, Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, and Zara have always been fur-free because of price restrictions.

San Francisco Becomes Largest US City to Ban Fur - The New York Times

Sorry Girls!  You'll have to find other ways to be fabulous.

Image from SAGA Furs Website
(have to give credit unfortunately)

  • Companion piece to the above which simply reports the news of this groundbreaking decision. It will be interesting to see if other cities follow suit.
  • If you still like the look of furry coats, check this video out from YouTube.  I've discussed the double-edge sword with faux fur and its effects on the environment but you have to go through the middle to get the end. Baby steps are better than no steps.


Monday, March 19, 2018


I'm not exactly known for my colorful wardrobe. Likewise, as smaller person whose main accessory is usually my fluffy hair, prints can often be overwhelming....not a lot of real estate to work with. I do however love stripes and am always drawn to graphic color blocking.

I'm doing research for a new project and everything I'm loving right now is from Delpozo.  I mean EVERYTHING.  I would give a very close runner-up to MSGM and Roksanda.

Delpozo is a Spanish heritage brand that's been around for over 40 years. In 2011, upon the death of founder Jesus del Pozo, Josep Font, who trained as an architect, joined the house. As a relatively low profile talent, Font captured the attention of an international audience with his bold, colorful expression and totally reinvented the brand.

Some of these images have been floating around the internet for a long time but every time I search Delpozo on Pinterest I discover things I never saw before; a treasure-trove of happy delights.

When you look at each season in succession you see the evolution and confidence of a designer's vision and in the aggregate, the body of Font's work shows how continuity lends itself to a very strong brand image. Among a sea of same-same clothing, Delpozo offers a design POV unlike few others. The integrity is palpable. There is no copying, riffing or paying "homage" to anyone else and Zara certainly won't be able to do his vision justice.

I'm only featuring sweaters of course but to really get a sense of Font's exquisite use of color, head over to to look at all of the Delpozo shows. Each collection is outstanding and truly captures Font's skill with sculptural shape, pattern juxtaposition, palette, and presentation.

I a quick trip through the seasons to trace the evolution of Delpozo's knits below:

Fall/Winter 2018
Available to pre-order at Moda Operandi

I've featured this picture before but it's just so good it deserves another look.

Pre-Fall 2018

A few more from the same season.

Pre-Fall 2018
Pre-Fall 2018

Note the intarsia cardigan in the background.

Spring/Summer 2018 - Backstage 
Resort 2018
Fall/Winter 2017
Spring/Summer 2017
Resort 2017
Pre-Fall 2016
Pre-Fall 2016
Chiara Ferragni
Fall/Winter 2015
Fall/Winter 2015 Detail
Spring/Summer 2015
Fall/Winter 2014
Spring/Summer 2014
Spring/Summer 2014
Fall/Winter 2013

Saturday, March 17, 2018

News | The Weekly Edit 3.17.18

Fashion's Crippling Impact On The Environment Is Only Getting Worse - Vice News

  • Depressing Take-Away:  The textile industry emits more greenhouse gas emission than international shipping and aviation combined.
  • Flashback:  Please CLICK HERE to re-read my very important article on the United Nations' assessment of this dire situation.
Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage - Racked

An H&M factory worker in Bangladesh
Photo: GMB Akash/H&M via Racked
  • Think Twice:  Lots of talk and perhaps even good intent, but little action.
  • My Thought Bubble:  This story was featured 2 weeks ago but I think it should be circulating indefinitely and is a good companion read to the above article.
Vogue Knitting Cover Girl Krysten Ritter Teaches Steven Colbert the Art of Craft - Jezebel
  • The Gist:  From a few weeks ago. TV star teaches Steven Colbert how to knit as she plugs Season 2 of her Netflix series Jessica Jones
  • Not much to say except:  Enjoy!
Mall Walker looking quite chic in her cable cowl poncho

    • The Gist:  Declining mall traffic because of the switch to online purchases or simply less purchasing altogether has turned once thriving community centers into ghost towns. A relatively foreseen casualty are seniors who gather at malls not only for exercise but to socialize.
    • Fun Fact:  Quotes and pictures in the article are taken from my hometown mall - The Westchester - a high-end shopping destination which I always felt was lacking in its offering.  Also not a very big mall and seems like you'd have to take 10 laps before calling it "exercise!"

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Reebok Launches the New Fast Flexweave Running Shoe

    On Monday March 5th, I joined star athletes, professional trainers, and fitness enthusiasts to celebrate Reebok's launch of their latest running shoe: Fast Flexweave.

    A bunch of workout clothes along with a pair of Reebok Classics (which were mistakenly sent to me in a 9 1/2 instead of the 6 1/2 I needed) arrived at my apartment a few days earlier along with a message to come prepared to partake in an intense workout.  

    Upon arrival at Industria Studios, we were shown to our very own locker, complete with nameplate, where our shiny, new shoes awaited inside.


    Sheer & Opaque

    Harper's Bazaar Thailand February 2018
    IMG Originals January 2018
    Armani Resort 2015
    VPL Spring 2014