Emerging designer Katharine Polk redefined the meaning of “Springtime blues” at the showing of Houghton’s Spring Summer 2015 collection at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week. Polk perfectly executed a well balanced blend of masculine and feminine lines accented with lace, sleek hair and ornate ear cuffs. Houghton, a brand that “epitomizes unpretentious easy chic and truly wearable, timeless luxury” is reflective of the ever evolving taste of today’s modern, independent woman who prefers both feminine elegance and borrowing from the boys. Check out our favorite looks below:
Emerging designer Whitney Pozgay presented her Spring 2015 WHIT collection, “Girls to the Front” with a burst of fun colors and prints where women are ‘free to be both feminine and tough, thoughtful and reckless, womanly and girly.’ Pozgay incorporated original artwork from the likes of Mary Matson, Gordon Holden, Amanda Jasnowski and Jill Galarneau. Check out our favorite looks below:
Presidential elections will be here before we know it. Signs of 2016 lurk all around us: Robin Givhan returning back home to The Washington Post, former press secretary and now SKD Knickerbocker Vice President, Audrey Gelman being dubbed as a contributor for Marie Claire and Tim Gunn’s partnership with POLITICO Magazine’s “Campaign (Un)Chic.” Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times further supports this claim by pinpointing the recent surge in television characters inspired by former Secretary of State and anticipated presidential contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Five years ago, the only successful television drama about a woman in politics was ‘The Good Wife,’ on CBS, and that was about the blindsided wife of a philandering governor. A few years before, ABC tried to make a go with Geena Davis as the first female president in ‘Commander in Chief.’ That show fizzled and was cancelled.
But what is especially striking is that in an age of deep cynicism about Washington, the new portraits of women in high office are painted in rosy shades of respect and admiration. While many of their more self-serving colleagues pursue ignoble agendas, network heroines in top positions are multitasking do-gooders trying to keep the nation safe.”
Hear more of Alessandra’s commentary regarding “Shades of Hillary in TV Dramas” via video here.
By Brie Harris
Guests stepped off the streets of the Lower West Side and into Paris at the Maison Jules, sold exclusively at Macy’s, Fall/Winter 2014 presentation. French bulldogs strutted around wearing Maison Jules t-shirts and an illustrator sat at a charming iron table to sketch guests. Whimsical floor to ceiling sketches of Parisian streets adorned the walls setting the perfect backdrop for the models to show off the new looks.
This season’s pieces combined a feminine softness with a touch of flirty masculinity. Oversized boyfriend cardigans in a funky pink cheetah print, cable knit sweaters over an edgier dress; the looks were all put together with mixed and matched layers. It was sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters at the presentation, each one looking more lush and cozier than the next. Cat cashmere sweaters, cable pullovers, cowl neck ponchos, and feather cardigans had us begging for the Fall season to arrive.
DJ Leslie Kirchhiff spun fun and flirty tunes only taking a break while the violin duo Chargaux performed. New brand ambassador Betty Autier posed for photographers as the behind-the-scenes video of her Maison Jules photo shoot projected onto the wall. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection had us saying “Oh La La!!”
Brie Harris is a New York Contributor for The Chic Incumbent
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The 70’s were in full swing at Tia Cibani’s Spring 2015 runway show. The collection showcased a variety of voluminous blouses, skirts, dresses and dip dyed utilitarian separates. Beauty looks reflected bold neutrals with bold plum tones and 70’s inspired braided crowns. This is definitely a designer to watch for presidential frontrunners and congressional candidates. Tia Cibani’s effortless silhouettes are great for polichic globe trotters. You can shop her looks for Fall here.
Adidas NEO Label and Selena Gomez kicked off New York Fashion Week with a BANG by hosting the world’s first ever tweet-powered fashion show. The event, in its entirety, was created by teens from around the world: the lighting, the music, the set design, and styling! Each vote was cast using Twitter’s in-card voting system, giving a unique facelift to the concept of crowdsourcing and a chic twist to the meaning of customer demand.
The Fall/Winter collection encompassed a variety of flirty lace printed skirts, graphic tees, sweatshirts, denim, and military boots, which were hand selected by online “NEOLovers” all featured against an instillation of colorful urban city lights.
“The show was incredible because it was styled by teens who will actually wear these looks.”
- Selena Gomez
Inside look: The gift bag, thanks to adidas NEO Label! #WetheCHIC can’t wait to rock the scarf!
Want more? You can view the full show here:
Chic in the Street: Elizabeth Weingarten
“TRIBELLE is a multi-style jewelry collection with a mission to cultivate female entrepreneurship in Israel by supporting businesswomen and the organizations that incubate their ventures. I know what you’re thinking: Why do women in Israel need my help? Isn’t Israel a rich, developed country? Sure, Israel is developed – but poverty there is endemic. Here in the U.S., headlines are dominated by news of violence between Israel and Hamas and failed peace negotiations. But we tend to forget about the real people behind the politics and the violence – the low-income female entrepreneurs who are simply trying to support their families.”
“We buy and sell jewelry from women who started their businesses with the help of Israeli organizations that equip women with critical business skills. These organizations provide support and training in financial management, marketing, and the legal issues that arise from starting and sustaining an enterprise. They’re doing critically important economic empowerment work. But in Israel’s tough economic climate, entrepreneurs are still struggling to grow their businesses and provide for their families even with this support. TRIBELLE is committed to reinvesting a portion of each sale back into our partner organizations. In other words, every artisan who sells on TRIBELLE – and each customer who buys her jewelry – is enabling those organizations to support even more women.”
“I love talking to the women entrepreneurs about their lives – how they’re overcoming daily challenges given the ongoing security issues in Israel, and what motivates them. “
”Israel has a big PR problem here – and everywhere. Many people think of Israel, and Israelis, as a monolith – a population that has the same views and perceptions as its leaders. And a population primarily comprised of successful tech entrepreneurs. That’s not an accurate snapshot. Through TRIBELLE, I hope to share a different and more nuanced perspective about a very inspiring group of Israelis that’s often not mentioned.”
“The people – and, more specifically, that it’s a town full of nerds. I get great pleasure out of the fact that at a party on a Saturday night, I can stand in the corner of a party and talk about election monitoring in Nepal. And be riveted by it.”