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Pink Thing of the Day: Window Display at Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange Window Display
All Photos By Gail

Talk about an “Oh Wow” factor that is just off the charts! This breathtaking, Pink Fantasy Window Display at the Buffalo Exchange vintage clothing store stopped me dead in my tracks.

Pink Apron Dress

As if the above Pink Apron Dress wasn’t eye-catching enough, the window dressers accessorized the mannequin’s outside with vintage toys, and more toys were strewn as the base of the display. It was like Christmas, Easter and Halloween all in one display!

Bunnies

Pink Skirt and Sweater

Buffalo Exchange is Located at 114 West 26th Street, Between 6th and 7th Avenues, in Chelsea NYC.

Two Pink Dresses

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Fashions From Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons Art of The In-Between at The Met!

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Every year , the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a fashion exhibit full of mind-blowing, ‘wearable’ works of art. We enjoy making multiple visits during each exhibit’s tenure, which generally lasts into late summer, and taking way too many photos than we will never do anything with. Because too may photos is a thing. and it is how we roll.

Pink Dress with Brace

For spring/summer 2017,  the Costume Institute’s exhibition examines the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons (French for “Like Boys”), who is known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability. The thematic show features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d’Ys. 90% of the designs are just out of control, crazy couture that no one would ever wear anywhere but the runway, or one time only to a gala where you need to be remembered for wearing a dress that comes with its own cage, or something.

2 Pink Dresses

The galleries illustrate the designer’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries. Objects are organized into nine aesthetic expressions of interstitiality in Kawakubo’s work: Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Anti-Fashion, Model/Multiple, Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/Subject, and Clothes/Not Clothes. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between these dualisms, exposing their artificiality and arbitrariness.

Pink and Blue Dress

If you are intrigued by the Pink Presses in this post, which is how I was able to distill the exhibit for this blog, then you need to check this shit out in person, because it is just insane.

Flowered Dress

18th Century Punk Installation View

18th Century Punk
18th Century Punk,  Autumn/Winter 2016 – 2017

Look: Proof that this ‘dress’ fits on a human body!

18th Century Punk

Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons Art of The In-Between Runs Through September 4th, 2017 at The Met, NYC.

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Photos From Paris Refashioned: 1957-1968 at The Museum at FIT

Installation View with Ungaro Coat
All Photos By Gail

For reasons that take too long to talk about, I’m late to the game with my post on the exhibit Paris Refashioned: 1957-1968, which closed on April 15th, 2017. But why waste a collection of lovely photos when I could still post them here, in hope that they will entice you to attend the museum’s next exhibit, while you learn more about the history of French fashion!

Installation View
Installation View

I was fortunate to visit the exhibit one frigid Saturday afternoon in February, when there were very few other attendees and the feelings of nostalgia were great, as it reminded me of shopping with my mother when I was a little girl back in the 1960s.

Installation View with Pantsuits
Installation View with Pantsuits

Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 highlighted one of the most groundbreaking time periods in fashion history. While many books and exhibitions about this era position London as the center of innovative, youth-oriented design, this limited perspective overlooks the significant role that Paris continued to play in the fashion industry. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examined the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era, with particular emphasis on how fashion was perceived and promoted by the American fashion press. All objects on view were selected from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects.

Please enjoy some of our favorite designs from the show!

Evening Suit By Coco Chanel
Evening Suit By Coco Chanel in Gold Silk Satin Brocade, 1960

Christian Dior Hostess Gown
Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear Hostess Gown, Printed Ivory Silk Satin, 1957

Installation View with Red Suit

Emanuel Ungaro Couture Dress
Emanuel Ungaro Couture Dress, Red Double-knit Wool, Polyurethane and PVC, 1967

Emanuel Ungaro Couture Coat
Left Foreground: Emanuel Ungaro Couture Coat. Blue and Grey Printed Wool Fabric By Sonia Knapp, 1968

Jules Lanvin Couture Evening Ensemble
Far Left: Jeanne Lanvin (aka Jules-Francois Crahay)  Couture Evening Ensemble Dress and Hood in Fuschia Silk Chifon and Rhinestones, 1964-65

Pierre Cardin Coat and Pinafore Dress
Left: Pierre Cardin Ready-to-Wear Coat and Pinafore Dress and Belt in Burgundy Leather, 1967

Arlette Nastat Ready-to-Wear Dress

Arlette Nastat Ready-to-Wear Dress Detail
Arlette Nastat Ready-to-Wear Dress in Black and Pink Linen, 1966

Exhibit Signage

Look for more individual pieces from the exhibit to be featured in Wednesday’s weekly Eye On Design column in upcoming weeks!

Andres Courreges Couture Dress 1968
André Courrèges Couture Dress in Black Chiffon, Tan Silk and Black Vinyl, 1968

Up And Coming Designers Debut New Spring 2015 Fashions at Red Light PR Party!

Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek
Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek (All Photos By Gail)

Just as we’re breaking out the fall outerwear here in NYC, Fashion Designers are showcasing their designs for Spring, so we have something to look forward to! Red Light PR, one of Manhattan’s key players in Fashion PR, hosted a lively event in their showroom last week to give press a sneak preview of exciting new designs we’ll soon be seeing in stores. Please enjoy a selection of our favorite pieces!

Red and White Floral Print Top By Jac Vanek

We are just crazy about this simple Red and White Floral Print Top By casual wear designer Jac Vanek, a brand whose slogan is “Because Everything Else is Really Boring” — love it!

Layana Aguilar

Do you remember Layana Aguilar from Season 11 of Project Runway? Layana was at the party meeting fans and introducing her Spring line. Check out one of her jackets below.

Short Jacket By Layana Aguilar

Layana’s collection features lots of separates in pastel colors with lace details and cut outs. Very youthful and on trend.

Red and White Color Block Top By Alice's Pig

Alice’s Pig seems to favor a fun retro look that we were very attracted to. This bold Red and White Color Block Top goes great with the Red and White Striped Short Skirt pictured below.

Red and White Striped Short Skirt By Alice's Pig

Just add a pair of boots and a vibrant hand bag and you’re good to go-go!

Summer Long Dress By Designer Sofia Arana

This Summer print Long Dress by designer Sofia Arana would be ideal for a warm weather Garden Party!

Designer Sofia Arana

Here is Sofia posing proudly with her designs. This dress, which debuted on the runways at New York Fashion Week, was a favorite among party goers! See more of her collection at Sofia Arana Dot Com.

Short Pink Silk Dress By Darling
Pink Print Silk Dress By Darling

The Darling fashion brand is the vision of Nadia Moraes, a London based designer and entrepreneur who created the label in 2008. Darling’s very wearable dresses and separates are all about offering affordable luxury product with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Look at all of these cute dresses!

Navy and Creme Color Block Short Dress By Darling

Navy, Peach and Creme Color Block, Pleated-Skirt Short Dress.

Apricot Short Dress By Darling

Apricot Short Dress.

Red Lace Short Dress By Darling

Red Lace Short Dress.

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket By Darling

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket. This jacket would go with everything.

Red Rose Bustier from Durdoux

This gorgeous Rose Bustier is from Durdoux (dur-“do”), a NY based Womens RTW brand that’s based on wearability with an avant-garde sensibility. Designer Najla Burt is the creative force behind these “fashions for everyday Rock Stars” (our words). Check out her fabulous clothes!

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt By Durdoux

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt.

Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag By Durdoux

Matching Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag.

Silk Brocade Long Jacket By Durdoux

Silk Brocade Long Jacket. The collection features other separates in this same luxury fabric as well!

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt.

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Narrow Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Slim Skirt.

White and Black Skinny Leather Pants By Durdoux

White and Black Leather Skinny Jeans. Rockin’!

Silver Leather Short Jacket By Durdoux

Silver Leather Short Jacket – so great! Special thanks to Cynthia (Najla’s mom) who assisted in this fashion shoot by holding the clothes!

Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique

Forever Unique is a London-based luxury fashion brand, specializing in ladies occasion wear.

Blue Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Blue Beaded Short Dress

With a unique take on the trends of the moment, Forever Unique’s stand out silhouettes, body perfecting construction and premium embellishment offer everything needed to maximize your look for when it matters most.

Beaded and Sequined Skirt By Forever Unique London
Beaded and Sequined Skirt

Check out this showcase piece below!

Beaded and Feather Gown By Forever Unique London

This exquisite Beaded and Feather Strapless Evening Dress is really all-season appropriate for any formal occasion where you want to be the most glamorous woman in the room!

Thanks To Red Light PR for keeping us in the loop!

Punk: Chaos to Couture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chaos to Couture Rainbow Wig
“Photography Not Allowed” (All Stealth Photos By Gail)

Thanks to a special allowance for the Memorial Day Holiday, The Met ended up being open on Monday and Geoffrey and I were able to head to the scenic upper west side on a very gorgeous, sunny day to check out the much ballyhooed fashion exhibit, Punk: Chaos to Couture. Photography is not allowed in the exhibit, which is a huge drag, but I was able to sneak in a few “stealth snaps” while the vigilant Art Nazis were distracted by other things, so please excuse the poor quality of my shots for this post as I was shooting in the dark with no flash! Punk Rock!

Chaos to Couture OldSchool Outfits3

The exhibit starts out with examples of actual DIY fashions worn by the original British punks of the late 1970s. These hand fashioned outfits then inspired pioneering designer Vivienne Westood and her business partner, Malcolm McLaren, to open the clothing shop, SEX, where they sold early versions of bondage trousers, Band T Shirts and other punk gear.

Chaos to Couture Sex Shop
Recreation of Vivienne Westwood’s Punk Rock Boutique, Sex

Chaos to Couture OldSchool T Shirts
Vintage Punk T Shirts

It is important to understand — and this cannot be emphasized strongly enough — that the phrase “Punk Fashion” is a bit of an oxymoron, as the early Punks were not interested in following or copying any kind of fashion, but rather were doing something completely original using clothes already found in their own closets.

Chaos to Couture OldSchool Outfits2
The Punk Aesthetic Begins its Influence on Haute Couture

Chaos to Couture OldSchool Outfits

Like 2011’s Savage Beauty, which showcased the genius of the late designer  Alexander McQueen, Chaos to Couture maintains a reverance to the Wearable Art status of these clothes and thus is expertly laid out via a series of connected galleries that often recreate the look of downtown clubs and alleyways where the original punk fashion aesthetic was born. The rear walls of most of these galleries are illuminated by video projections of the classic punk bands performing and I enjoyed hearing some of my favorite punk music of that era by great bands like The Buzzcocks and The Damned, which helped to authenticate the sensorial experience.

Chaos to Couture Multipel Outfits

As the exhibit segues gradually into runway designs by fashion houses such as Comme De Garcon, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino (among many others), it becomes a bit more ridiculous that they are trying to maintain any kind of tenuous relationship to the Punk Rock movement, but the clothes are nevertheless fun to look at.

Chaos to Couture Gift Two Outfits

Still, paying $5,000 for a pair of shredded jeans because it has a designer label is not punk, it is just pathetic.

Chaos to Couture Black Dress
Chaos to Couture Blouse and Black Skirt
Chaos to Couture Fanta Dress

Be sure to also check out the exhibit gift shop, where you can see an exhibit based on a working class-founded movement that embraced the DIY ethic celebrated with overpriced, factory made souvenirs!

Vivienne Westwood Platform Shoes
Miniature Vinyl Platform Shoes Based on a Design By Vivienne Westwood

Two different people admonished me about taking this photo, even in the gift shop (!), so you can be assured that I made certain to get the above shot!

Pink Safety Pin Purse

This pink safety-pin studded clutch purse — that you could make for about $10 — sells in the gift shop for $1500! Not a typo!

Chaos to Couture Gift Shop

Punk: Chaos to Couture Runs Through August 14th, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Located at 1000 Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street.

Chaos to Couture Gift Shop Poster

Bowers Museum Presents Cut! Costume and The Cinema

Bowers Costumes Duchess Purple
Costume Worn by Keira Knightly in The Duchess (All Photos By Gail)

If you live in Southern California, you still have a few more weeks left to visit Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to see the Cut! Costume and The Cinema exhibit, which I saw in December.

Bowers Costumes Black Gown and Suit

Here’s a little bit about the exhibit from Bowers’ website:

Discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic couture in this exhibition from the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd and organized by Exhibits Development Group. Forty-three costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films attest to the sumptuous fabrics, lavish lace and embroidery, unparalleled craftsmanship and creativity, and the essential ingredient costumes play in the authenticity of a period film. Many of the costumes have won major awards including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTAs from the British Association of Film and Television Arts.

Bowers Costumes Brown Gilt Jacket

Bowers Costumes Wonderland
Robe Worn By Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland

Visitors to the exhibition will be transported from fairy tale England (Angelica Huston, Ever After) to colonial Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to 18th-century England (Keira Knightley, The Duchess) and to 19th-century Paris – fantastic and opulent – (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera). They will enjoy the fashions of the early 20th century – of World War I Italy (Sandra Bullock, In Love and War), of seedy Shanghai in the 1930s (Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, The White Countess) and of World War II Belarus (Daniel Craig, Defiance).

Bowers Costumes Black Dress

With the exception of The Duchess and Finding Neverland, I hadn’t seen, or in many cases even heard of, some of the films in which these costumes were worn. The costumes are all beautiful though and the exhibit includes extensive information and back stories on each piece, how it was made and how the garment relates to the historical period of the film. Very interesting!

Bowers Costumes Radha Mitchell Dress
Dress Worn by Radha Mitchell in Finding Neverland

If you enjoy fashion or cinema I would say this is a must-see exhibit!

Bowers Costumes Black Suit

Cut! Costume and The Cinema, will be on Exhibit through March 10th, 2013 at Bowers Museum, Located at 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana, California.

Bowers Costumes Grey Dress and Stole
Dress from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Bowers Costumes Grey Gown

Bowers Costumes Land of Blind Gown
Red Ball Gown from Land of The Blind

Bowers Costumes Pink Petal Dress
Dress from Phantom of The Opera