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Fall 2014 – Borsa Bullies

Four of my favorite Fall 2014 handbag stories…

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The Bold and the Beautiful in Polka Dots and Blue Hues…  Uncensored, art deco chic.

1.  Aperlai  –  2.  Pierre Hardy  –  3.  Sergio Rossi  –  4.  Rauwolf

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Sponge Bob (1) kills Mouse (4) with AK Saint Laurant (2), and leaves behind his

lipstick (3… as if we didn’t know).

1.  Moschino  –  2.  Saint Laurant  – 3.  Judith Lieber  –  4.  Yazbukey

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Reflections tell a story true… a Wu for me, or Wu for you?

1.  Jason Wu  –  2.  Max Mara  –  3.  Tod’s

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Cure to chronic headaches caused by “Mal Occhia” or “evil eye” – 1 cup holy water, 1 drop olive oil.  If oil spreads – mal occhia manifests.  If oil is contained – take a Tylonol and Mommy-in-law takes care.

1.  Dolce & Gabanna  –  2.  Yasbukey  –  3.  Dolce & Gabanna

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Attention: “I Can’t” Overload in Aisle 5

Better late than never, right? Humor and haute couture is my favorite!!

Chanel Fall/Winter 2014 – Grocery Store Chic.

Watch the show then read about how the whole place was looted afterward… This scene makes the Chanel sample sale look like child’s play!

Do you blame them? Bring it on.

Disney vs. Louboutin

We all know Disney portrays some fierce females.  Good or evil, these fabulous gals have their own recognizable style.  Tonight, during my nightly internet browse, I came across three color stories of Christian Louboutin…  Let’s be honest with ourselves – if Disney royalty was real, they would definitely be rocking red bottoms.

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The Queen of Hearts with her Paralili 100 slingbacks and Sweet Charity Mini embellished shoulder bag.

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Elsa with her Pigalle Spikes and Sweet Charity studded metallic leather shoulder bag.

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Cruella deVille and her Iriza 100 pumps and Sweet Charity leather shoulder bag.

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bridal market week is truly as romantic as it sounds.  Today, a good friend of mine gave me a glimpse into the world of renown bridal gown designer, Jenny Packham.  Her whimsical designs sent me back to the mansions of The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20’s.  Romantic, feminine, and playful.. these dresses are truly timeless.  I love how this antique look easily translates to the modern day.

Below I’ve taken of my favorite Jenny Packham pieces of today and illustrated them with souls from the past…

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Pictures on the Wall

I believe in visualization leading to manifestation.

I know its sickeningly new age and probably breaks a number of Roman Catholic laws.  I can’t ignore my present life playing out exactly how I imagined it all those years ago.  My parents called this “Lisey Land,” my sixth-grade teacher called it ADD, a taxi cab driver from Brooklyn called it “psychic tendencies.”  Nonetheless, I love and hate my ability to get lost in my imagination. Today, as I look back on the last handful of years here in New York, I know this old habit of mine has been a bit dormant.  Perhaps I’ve been busy trying to “corporate-ify” myself… forcing myself to only pay attention to the calculated path.  The truth is, I’ve never worked well with a plan – and somehow my life seems to work best the less I try.

Continuing with the theme of adolescent day dreams, below are a handful of 2002 Spring/Summer ad campaigns that made me fall in love with fashion.  I had no taste, and no knowledge of what was actually respected in fashion (still arguable).  All I cared about was the name, the feeling, and one day possibly becoming a part of it all – whatever that meant.  Today, I’m so close, and I can feel it manifesting…

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Gucci vs. Guzzi

I was invited to stop by Vespa Brooklyn over the weekend to check out their collection of colorful bikes.  I knew this would be an amazing photo opportunity and their inventory did not disappoint.  Vespa as a brand is so iconic – the Italian city backdrop is not complete without them. Zipping around old winding roads those summer nights was exhilarating, and I’m reminded of those experiences every time I see a Vespa here in New York.

2014 Vespa LX 150 in Monte Bianco White and 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 in Stone

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Sunglasses | Ray Ban  – Jacket | Saks Fifth Avenue Collection – Handbag | Gucci – Boots | Jimmy Choo – Jeans | Diesel – Rings | H&M – Cuffs | J. Crew, Fendi, H&M, Zara

#TBT August 2007 – Harper’s Bazaar – The Simpsons Go To Paris

Jan, the executive assistant who sits on my floor always provides the best commentary… bringing the fashionistas back down to earth one gal at a time.  When I walked by her desk less visited this morning (she has two) I noticed the most amazing editorial tacked on her bulletin board…  The Simpsons Go to Paris with Linda Evangelista circa August 2007 Harper’s Bazaar.

I’m so in love with this collaboration for a few reasons.  First of course, it’s The Simpsons, but more importantly, its a collaboration of taste and humor.  Fashion can be so serious, catty, competitive and superficial.  To me, there’s nothing more refreshing when its relatable to everyone but still chic and luxurious.  In my opinion, humor is what facilitates advanced fashion’s relatability to the common folk while still protecting the integrity of its importance and stature to the industry.  Enjoy.

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Illustrations by Julius Preite