NYFW S/S ’19: Taoray Wang

Power play. Taoray Wang worked with strong silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and a focused design direction. Asymmetry, pagoda shoulders, jewel tones, grommet belts, obi sashes and cinched boyfriend jackets were just some of the ’80s sensibility saturating this gorgeous collection.

At times exaggerated in silhouette, intensely sexy and driven, Taoray proved you can bank on her being a fashion force to be reckoned with these days.

NYFW S/S 2019: Trail of Tiers at Vivienne Hu

One of the more luscious collections I was able to attend, designer Vivienne Hu belies the banking-based business she turned her back on before turning her hand to crafting beautiful clothing that this season were the perfect foil for a midsummer’s eve garden party. 

Hers was a trail of tiers. Soft ruffles, flounces and fringes were set off by just the right mixes of metallic materials and patterns that might make one think of a little bit country by way of Gunne Sax, just a little bit kid in a candy store via the amazing cornucopia of color, texture and wild fabric juxtapositioning.

Enjoy a few of this Whirled’s faves!

NYFW S/S 2019 : Ozlana

Pretty. Strong. Soft. Flowy. Pagoda shouldered. Asymmetrical. Pastel. Brights. Long. Short. Spring 2019 New York Fashion Week seems to have it all, acting a little like the recent New York City weather. Wait a minute and it’ll change, as long as you can maneuver around the city in time to catch it on the runway!

Ozlana

The spring collection from Ozlana, an Australian design house, started out prettily enough. Pink fluffy clouds adorned the “sky” of a runway punctuated with faux fur bear rugs, dried flowers and patches of pink. Pastels, especially Millenial Blush, figured heavily in the first part of the show. 

But then came fur parkas. And I convinced myself that the ice cream-hued fur vests, parkas, pocketbooks and trim on polos were faux. Sadly, it was not.

I hate to get political in a fashion post, but this is more of a matter of, hey, this is spring, why do you even need ANYTHING to be fur-like and also, hey, there is so much great faux fur out there now, WHY would you need to create anything for spring out of real fur.

These days, I’d rather walk a fur piece (hello: doggie) than wear one.

Sleek + Chic: Seeing Clearly at NYMD SS19

New York Men’s Day Spring/Summer 2019 kicked off in style this past Monday with much fanfare and fantastic fashions. The best? Clear and present…the rain slicker, as designers permutated the look of the standard nasty elements style into something chic, sleek and as wearable as a shirt.

Maybe it was waterproof, maybe it wasn’t. Who cares? These unmistakable winners take transparency to a whole next level of dressing. Clearly.

Clearly, the coolest, at sundae school SS19

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My Reset…on The Today Show!

I always loved playing the “so what did YOU do this summer?” game as a kid. It takes me back to back-to-school classes, seeing friends, shopping (because, fashion. It’s always all about the fashion, right?!), crisp fall days and that wistful feeling in the pit of your stomach when the last warm days wane and the darkness ebbs up closer and closer to dinner time.

This summer, I did some pretty spectacular things, if I do say so myself. For one thing, we traveled cross-country over the Fourth of July weekend towing an Airstream trailer that now resides up near our lake cabin. More about that later.

Airstreamin': heading out from Seattle at 3:30 a.m.

Airstreamin’: heading out from Seattle at 3:30 a.m.

Oh. And I was featured on The Today Show through my story that ran on The Reset. The Today Show producers picked up the article for a series about Starting Over, and a crew came and interviewed me at home (yes, I was up all that week at 4 a.m. cleaning my ass off before heading into the office!). Then they followed me to a yoga class (and yes, I don’t know why I wore my worst yoga clothes and sandals with holes under the zippers!). I mixed up one of my favorite kale greenies and toasted the camera. Life is beautiful! Please view the video here.

So, here’s to resetting. For a new season. For school (I’m starting yoga TT in October! YAY!). For your health. For your career (full discloser: I just quit my full-time corporate job and will be concentrating on the Collection 13 Jewelry business). For over and over again, if you need. That little — or big — reset button makes every day better, makes you the best person you can be and makes you realize that this thing called life is about practice, not perfection.

Here’s to Aging Gracefully & Gratefully.

Be Well,

xoxokim

 

 

Who Wears Short Shorts?! NextTribe and I, That’s Who!

Shorts story made shorter…don’t be afraid to show some skin this summer! Have a read of my latest story up on NextTribe. Because a gal’s gams become her BFFs when transitioning from the hot pants of her youth to the haute pants of this season. Just pull on a pair of dressy shorts, don a pair of {comfy} heels and make for the office like a beautiful busy bee. You’ve got this!

Denim jeans shorts, like cut offs, but better!

Denim jeans shorts, like cut offs, but better!

I love being part of this Tribe! You will, too. Click through and subscribe for more relevant writing.

xokim

What’s Next: Yoga Pants 24/7!

Namaste!

Sun salutations to my dear friend Jeannie Ralston, who has just launched www.NextTribe.com with her business partner, Lori Seekatz. Trust me, NextTribe is a must-read, must-follow website for women everywhere. I’ve made it easy for you: click to sign up!

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Yes, that's me, in tree pose on Pawley's Island.

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Haute Summer Cocktails: MensWearNetwork July 2016

It was the hottest day of the summer until the heavens opened up with a monsoon just as the MensWearNetwork group was set to descend upon The Lambs Club’s second floor bar at The Chatwal.

But the interior of The Club prevailed cool, serene and packed with just the right proportion of menswear industry members, including newcomers like menswear legend Alan Flusser, there for our July event to catch up after last week’s New York Men’s Day and NYFW:M menswear shows and this week’s Project, Capsule and MRket trade shows.MensWearNetwork July 2016

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Another Feather in Harold Koda’s Fashion Hat:
Pratt Institute Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award
on Former Costume Institute Curator

What’s not to love about Harold Koda? As former curator of The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and some of the most exquisite exhibits ever experienced — Dangerous Liaisons (one of his faves), Charles James: Beyond Fashion (one of my faves) and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, he’s a humorous, humble soul who loves the collaborative process. After all, his career at the Met has involved working with people like Diane Vreeland and Anna Wintour. He also gives the most flattering compliments (I was completely honored and floored by his favorable attention to my Collection 13 bone pendant!).

 

Award presentation from good friend Simon Doonan

Award presentation from good friend Simon Doonan

Koda’s dear friend Simon Doonan presented the iconic fashion intellectual with the Pratt Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award this past Thursday night, after the school’s Class of 2016 fashion show. Honestly, I was blown away by the students’ runway presentation, which included some of the most creative and talented student fashion moments I’ve had the opportunity to view. Seriously.

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