Last Friday we had a Sew Fab event in Pittsburgh, PA at HeidiOptics. It was warm and lots of fun! I'm thankful so many people came out -- we sold all of our books again! Before moving to New York I lived in Pittsburgh for a few years. HeidiOptics is actually the shop that I purchased my signature frames, by Frost, from. They eventually became Creative Cookie's logo!
A huge thank you to Heidi + her team for hosting us -- total gems!
This window made me smile
Photographed (by our husbands) with my friend Patrice
Fun times with people I love
Hanging w/ Heidi being cute in our sunnies
Last week I took an artist date to the FIT Museum. I wanted to experience the Yves Saint Laurent + Halston exhibition, Fashioning the 70s, for a second time. Halston, born Roy Halston Frowick (American-born), is the first designer I remember. My mom was fond of his fragrance and minimalist designer pieces in the 80s. While Halston came to my attention very young, I learned of Yves Saint Laurent (Algerian-born) by observing celebs, like Kanye West, flaunt his lux menswear.
(left) Yves Saint Laurent (right) Roy Halston Frowick
It never crossed my mind to think of the two designers at the same time. Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is known for being extravagant while Halston had a one-note take on fashion. Despite their stylistic difference the overlap between the two designers aesthetic is eerily in sync. Seeing the exhibition for a second time exposed details that I overlooked the first.
Can you guess which is YSL and which is Halston?
(left) Halston, dress, printed knit cotton, c. 1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman; (right) Yves Saint Laurent, dress, printed silk chiffon, c.1971, France, Gift of Lauren Bacall
Can you guess which is YSL and which is Halston?
(left) Halston Red and White Day Dress, Printed linen, c. 1977, New York, gift of Eileen Roberts (right) YSL Pink Day Ensemble Printed silk crepe, c. 1975, Paris, gift of Mrs. Sam Salz
The curators of this exhibition exposed three distinct themes: menswear, exoticism and historicism. These themes highlight Halston and YSL's work in a seamless way. Below you'll find my iPhoneography of some favorite pieces.
Theme 1: Menswear
This theme captures inspiration from menswear by putting women in pants, safari, and even gangster looks.
These looks were about pushing boundaries and transporting the wearer across continents and oceans. Essentials included dresses, blouses, pajamas, and ethnically inspired accessories.
Theme 3: Historicism
The 3rd similarity between Halston and YSL involved looking at fashion from the past in an era when thrifting was non-existant.
The simple elegance of these Halston gowns is sublime especially the off white evening dress, sequined polyester, c. 1974, USA, Gift of Celanese
Full waist 19th century inspired Yves Saint Laurent, evening dress, black, fuchsia and teal satin, velvet, and taffeta, c. 1976, France, Gift of Mrs. Edwin Hilson
Be sure to check out the Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning The 70s exhibition if you are in the New York area it closes April 18th. This was a fun show to view -- I enjoyed guessing who's work was who!
Join us this Saturday at rena REBORN, a fun thrift shop, for a SEW FAB pop-up book signing! If you already have a copy bring it, if you don't pick one up, or buy it at the event. I'll be sharing my advice on one of my favorite things in fashion, mixing prints!
It will be fun + fab! We hope to see you there.
My friends, Pratt Institute seniors, Tann and Kathreen are raising funds via Kickstarter to produce their thesis collections. The Creative Cookie just pledged to back their project and I hope you'll join us in supporting this creative cause.
Here's a word from each designer:
The donations I receive will go toward building a fully fashioned 8-12 look collection. It will allow me to explore accessories for the collection and shoes. It will also lead me into my future endeavors after Pratt: starting start my own line, Tann Par. Tann Par aims to bring innovative clothing to a special customer. Avoiding the corporate structure of the fashion industry...
Your generous donation will aid me in producing a thesis collection that I've been researching and developing for several months. The eight to twelve ensembles I must create (from pattern to garment) are an exploration of the lesson stars can teach us about ourselves and everything around us. The completion of this collection would mean a life-altering degree in fashion design and the start of a promising career in the field...
Learn more about their collections by watching below and visiting their Kickstarter page.
Only three days left to give -- let's go :).
Tokyo Runway, Japan's most popular business to consumer fashion event, debuted during New York Fashion Week last Thursday in Lincoln Center's Salon. With its exciting new concept 'Tokyo Runway meets New York' seven Japanese fashion houses showcased their collections for autumn 2015. Check out the roster along with some of my favorite looks from each label!
FIG & VIPER // Tokyo Street Style
AULA // clean contemporary clothing
DOUBLE STANDARD CLOTHING // layered and textured designs
DRESS CAMP// bold colors and couture inspired dresses
MASTERMIND feat. A-GIRL'S // preppy yet street limited edition collaboration collection
RICCIMIE NEW YORK// savvy collaboration with Nicole Miler
HAN AHN SOON // feminine layerd designs with a dash of whimsy