October 18, 2018

Levi Strauss

As long as I can remember there have been Levi's. That may be because Levi Strauss invented blue jeans. Levi's never go out of style. That said, they do go in and out of favor with us fashion folk but they're never far from the surface. Levi's are iconic.
I am wearing Levi's high-waisted 501s so they're not the originals but the high waist is a better fit for me. The light wash is kind refreshing after lots of dark denim. I wear both. These Levi's are old school because they do not have any stretch in them. Kind of uncomfortable until you break them in but they have great body that the stretch jeans just don't have. I am wearing them with my J. Crew striped shirt and a Balenciaga jacket that I got at re-sale. I was part of a company, TheRealReal.com that elevated re-sale making consigned clothes chicer than ever before and you don't have to dig through dusty racks at your local consignment shop. This is one of the ways you can address the sustainability issue that I talked about in my last post. 
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October 12, 2018

Sustainability and Fashion

Sustainability and fashion don't really go hand in hand. To be sustainable is to "avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance". Fashion is about consumption. Sustainability has become a commonly used buzz word in fashion today. With the never ending quest of both the manufacturers and consumers to offer and have the latest, we have been made aware that "having the latest" at all times is affecting the environment.  And there are other practices that affect the environment--Burberry was caught destroying $38M of unsold goods in September of this year.

There are a couple of ways we can address this so that we can keep our 'passion for fashion'. One is by donating our clothes to charity and consigning them so they don't end up in landfills. Secondly almost everything is a trend these days, so why not pick your favorite ones and not feel obligated to follow all of them. When you buy something fabulous, it's going to be next season if it wasn't too egregiously trendy. 

I am not wearing one piece of new clothing in this look. The pants are the newest thing by cinq à sept. They are about a year and half old and still work because I bought them before the trend really hit. And they still really work because everything is a trend now as I mentioned before. My Bottega Veneta sandals are almost 10 years old, my DKNY gabardine coat is probably 15 years and my J. Crew striped shirt is about 15 years old. I can't believe I'm telling you this in a blog post but what the heck, I would tell you in person.

I don't want to sound holier than thou because the fact that I am not always wearing new is often a budget thing rather than trying to save the planet. Don't get me wrong, I love composting, buying consignment/vintage and being more aware of the environmental impact of things like synthetics and even denim. It is also not kind to think of animals being sacrificed for fur but it also is not kind of the designers that manufacture fake fur to contribute to the landfills with goods that never decompose. I guess you have to pick your poison because it is becoming more and more difficult to ignore these issues.
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October 4, 2018

Art and Fashion

Chicago has an amazing public works of art collection and one of my favorites is Flamingo by Alexander Calder. My flamingo interest goes way back. I love those unique pink birds that are superbly represented in the famous Audubon prints.
Let's see how this print compares to Calder's abstract sculpture.

Calder has taken artistic license with the color for his amazing bird. Instead of a flamingo pink, he did it in more of a orangish red which has since become known as "Calder red". It is almost as though he has two necks to his flamingo but you can see the similarities between the two representations. Little me is in my fit and flare wool gaberdine jacket with bike shorts that were just shown on the Chanel runway in Paris yesterday. Let's be clear, mine are Lululemon. The Chanel ones won't even be ready for purchase until Spring of 2019.  

My modern bike short look goes pretty well with a Calder's ultra modern sculpture that was actually done in 1974.

As always please email me with any questions or comments. mc@marcycarmack.us
September 27, 2018


Polka dots are classic so I would wear them anytime but they have been trending for over a year now without an end in sight. I posted a polka dot dress at the polo match a few weeks ago and now this tailored blouse. Polka dots sort of conjure up a vintage-y romantic look so that is why I styled them in a more sportswear like way this time. Always trying to make it different even if subtly so.

Vince designed this classic silk blouse in ivory with small polka dots. I wore it out with Cinq à Sept pants. I love this brand because it's name is French and means 5-7pm which is a traditional time that French people consecrate to having a extramarital affair or so the Huffington Post says. Sexy intrigue. I love a cropped flare because it showcases the shoe you are wearing. Sandals are Bottega Veneta. This outfit is perfect for cocktails. Paired with jeans it can go anywhere. 

September 20, 2018

Maison Lesage

Lace never goes out of style and while this is not Lesage lace, it gives the effect at a much lower price point. Françoise Lesage was a French couture embroiderer who did exquisite work and collaborated with all the top houses like Balmain, Balenciaga, Dior and Givenchy. When he died in 2011, his atelier became part of Chanel.

I am wearing my lace blouse with a pair of Cinq à sept cropped flares that have slits and bows. My Jill Stuart shoes mirror the pants. A little cutsie for me but you have to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. I would wear this look for cocktails, under a blazer with different shoes for a fun day look and with jeans to go clubbing.

 Let's cha-cha-cha!
September 14, 2018

Courrèges Meets Mies van der Rohe

Upon the suggestion of someone who works for Chloé USA, I went to US #1 Vintage in Chicago. They don't have a website so you just have to go there. I didn't think I was going to find anything because they have a LOT of cowboy boots which happen to be "in" right now but not of interest to me. They had some clothing hanging from the rafters like Chanel but not interested because even at resale, it's overpriced. The owner said he had some things in boxes in the back but I was not hopeful. After pulling enough out of a box, I happened on a classic Courrèges dress from the 60s. Had it dry-cleaned and it was good as new. Aside from buying a unique designer piece, you are helping save the planet by not contributing to the landfills.

My Courrèges dress then inspired me to go to Farnworth House by Mies van der Rohe -- just an hour west of Chicago. All I can say is that it is a spectacular representation of the International Style, Modernist. The photos really don't do it justice.

Any question or comments, I'd love hear from you. mc@marcycarmack.us
September 6, 2018

Tomas Maier collaboration

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Tomas Maier, the creative director for Bottega Veneta for 17 years, did a collaboration with Uniqlo shortly before he left the design house early this summer. Lucky for us to get a taste of his artistry. Collaborations have been very popular ever since Target started them decades ago. Now Target only does one with WHOWHATWEAR which is great but I miss the designers. Anyway Uniqlo has picked up the slack and has offered collaborations with Inès de la Fressange, Carine Roitfeld and Tomas Maier to name a few. 

Getting back to Uniqlo x Tomas, the dress below was part of that collaboration. It is a synthetic chiffon that is very easy and breezy for the Indian summer that I am sure we will have. Wear it with a kerchief scarf (this one by Gucci), some flat sandals and unbutton it a bit to loosen up it's covered up first impression.

Tomas, the super luxury designer shops at Uniqlo which shows that no one is too fashionable to shop there. Ps. I hear that Inès de la Fressange will be back this fall.

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