September 23, 2017

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit


Manolo Blahnik's documentary premiered last night in Chicago and I have an even more elevated opinion of the storied shoe designer. I have to say that there were a few years there when his Louis heeled pumps and sling backs seemed a bit old and tired to me. In the movie, Manolo had all kinds of fabulous fantasy shoes that never make it to the floor of Neiman Marcus or anywhere else. I am sure they are on all kinds of movie sets and apparently Kate Moss wore Manolos on her wedding day.

The movie was interwoven with all his fashion cronies like Anna Wintour, Paloma Picasso and André Leon Tally as well as an appearance by Rihanna who looked gorgeous.

The man has been at it a very long time and it shows. The shoes are exquisitely made. With all the over the top and exaggerated styles today, Manolos feel new to me again.

When I met Manolo in 2010 I was so charmed I tried to dress like him.


July 26, 2017

Alexa Chung's Debut at Bergdorf Goodman

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

Brit It girl, Alexa Chung, is now a full fledged designer with realestate at Bergdorf Goodman. After launching online in May, she kicked off her collection yesterday at Bergdorf. The swag was "Lonely Hearts Club" and I am not 100% sure, but Chung is often tongue and cheek. Her Instagram is downright cryptic. 

AlexaChung differs from other contemporary brands through it's lovely clash of masculine and feminine tailoring, wry humor, and slightly conservative taste. 

From the horse's mouth and her website: "My vision is to create clothes that people want to wear (yay!)... combining a Parisian chic with a New York edge, as well as the very British sense of humour." 





June 18, 2017

Farfetch's Future

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

Farfetch is an online luxury shopping site that has evolved rather quickly over the past few years. They started connecting customers through a network of world wide boutiques. If someone found a dress in their local boutique but not their size , they could undoubtedly find it somewhere in the world through Farfetch. Today they are developing into more of the Net-a-Porter model but still without inventory.



I wrote about Farfetch two years ago when they had 300 boutiques on board. I was impressed by it then and now with recent developments it's bound to be a global powerhouse. First Natalie Massanet, founder of Net-a-Porter, has joined forces with Farfetch founder José Neves. She brings years of experience to the space.


Just days ago in a huge takeover, Farfetch bought Style.com. With the merger, Style.com will close it's doors. Both of these moves will prove to strengthen Farfetch's visibility and position in the marketplace. They will compete head on with Net-a-Porter so it's nice to have Natalie on board to do so! 
May 13, 2017

Be the Protagonist

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I first heard of Protagonist when I visited Vanessa Traina's boutique called The Line. Protagonist is one of the lines that is carried at The Line. Ha! I was intrigued by the name and then found out it is right up my alley. Included are beautifully executed wardrobe staples defined by the subtleties of form, fit and fabrication. As a fashion/wardrobe stylist: form, fit and fabrication are key. 

 Looks like Protagonist feels for a ski pant for Pre Fall. I agree it looks fresh again.
 Here's a nod (maybe more than a nod) to the new larger silhouette.
 More beautifully executed separates to keep in your wardrobe for years to come.
 A spunky little vest gives a punch to the wardrobe.
A cropped flare still looks fresh.

If you want a beautifully made piece that will be a staple and one that you will have for years to come take a look at Protagonist. The name is easy to remember but may not be too easy to find yet. I know you can definitely find it at The Line in New York or LA.
April 3, 2017

STRIPES

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I have had stripes down for a blog post for awhile. Today I asked myself--what am I going to say about them? It is simple--they are fabulous, never go out of style and are super chic. Some of those words are overused but never mind.

I have always loved stripes. My stripe style developed early with a red and white stripe t-shirt when I was little. There were no ruffles and bows for me. I am always picking up a striped tee whether it is short or long sleeved. I think they are super fun to style with jewelry, scarves or something a little edgier like the girl below. Nothing expected of course.


It seems to me that Americans think that they invented stripes perhaps because of the flag or Brooks Brothers or Tommy Hilfinger? I'm not sure. In any case most of us know about the French stripe boatneck. Class-isimo--I just made that up. And who knows what civilization used stripes before that.


Joseph Altuzzara did this adorable off the shoulder stripe tube dress with ruffled straps for spring 17.


Roxanne Assoulin styled her Spectrum choker with a fab striped sweater for this spring.

So if you have an inclination for stripes, have some fun this season or anytime really. And if you don't, start small with Roxanne's jewelry.
February 24, 2017

ARMI at the Academy Awards

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Roland Moret is the newest designer to join the Armi list

With only a couple of days until The Academy Awards, I want to introduce an exciting new player this award season. Armarium with their tagline #JointheArmi, is a online company that rents a curated collection of statement, luxury ready-to-wear pieces and accessories for any event (and we are not talking Rent The Runway) with an array of stylists on hand to help style the looks. They have been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and this season they popped-up on the infamous Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in January. The Armi has stayed through the entire award season which ends with the Oscars.

Co-founder Trisha Gregory says, "We are excited to be in Los Angeles during this very busy and socially active Award Season, to service our clients attending the many events during this time.  We are introducing clients to new trends and designers with our collections to take them to the red carpet or a dinner party they're hosting."  

What fun it would be to know who Armarium is dressing for the Oscars, we could look for them on the red carpet. Understandably they don't divulge that information. We know the A-list stars are dressed by the designers themselves so it is the up and coming that benefit from the #Armi inventory at a fraction of the retail price. Genius since no one wears a red carpet gown twice.

Visit Armarium at their LA pop up for any Oscar party needs through Sunday 
8550 Melrose Avenue
10am-7pm

Marchesa's Georgina Chapman, was the guest of honor for a pre Oscars weekend fete in the LA pop-up


December 28, 2016

The Apartment by The Line

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

The Line, which is relatively new to the online space, recently did a 3-month pop-up of their brick-and-mortar called The Apartment in Chicago. The Line is headquartered in New York with Apartments in Soho and LA. As the name suggests, the boutiques are well-staged apartments full of beautiful, unique and well curated objects. They offer everything that an apartment might need...beautifully packaged soaps, creams, perfumes and candles...dog accessories and clothing. The Apartment also has books and many objets D' art. 

Popping up in Chicago on Oak street attached to the Waldorf Astoria was strategic for sales. I found it a bit hard to find (I'm new to Chicago) but loved it once I got there. The staff said The Line is looking to open a boutique in Chicago. That is what a pop up is for mainly -- to test the waters.



Vanessa Traina along with Kate and Morgan Wendelborn created The Line. 

The moment I walked in The Apartment, I was swept away by the wafting of several different scented candles. With so many interesting and unique objects, it was no coincidence that they popped up for the holidays.


The Apartment in Soho, New York.

I left with a Maison Louis Marie candle and perfume oil No. 04 and I still want so much more. Come and visit them at the Waldorf Astoria through the end of January.
11 E Walton Street Chicago 60611


No. 04 - Bois de Balincourt
Top notes are sandalwood and cedarwood