May 13, 2017

Be the Protagonist

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
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

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

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
October 31, 2016

Michelle Obama

by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

I was inspired to blog about Michelle Obama when I read a New York Times Style Magazine article called "To The First Lady, With Love". The format of the piece was four separate thank you notes. The authors wrote fascinating notes that were more like essays. I have never written a thank you note that was half as long but I am known for my brevity.

How is someone supposed to sum up our First Lady? Not easily because there is so much more than style icon. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article that I loved.


Excerpt by Chimamondo Nagozi Adichie

"She embraced veterans and military families, and became their listening advocate.  She threw open the White House doors to people on the margins of America. She was working class, and she was Princeton, and so she could speak of opportunity as a tangible thing. Her program Reach Higher pushed high schoolers to go further, to want more. She jumped rope with children on the White House grounds as part of her initiative to combat childhood obesity. She grew a vegetable garden and campaigned for healthier food in schools. She reached across borders and cast her light on the education of girls all over the world. She danced on television shows. She hugged more people than any first lady ever has, and she made “first lady” mean a person warmly accessible, a person both normal and inspirational and a person many degrees of cool."


Excerpt by Gloria Steinem

"Recently, over the course of the Trump-Clinton presidential campaign, Michelle has become one of the most effective public speakers of our time. That's serious. To be less serious, she has always been a woman who knows the difference between fashion (what outside forces tell you to wear) and style (the way you express a unique self). At one lunch in the White House for women who had been spokespeople and supporters in President Obama's second campaign, she invited local public school children to sing and perform. Those students, mostly African-American kids, were spirited, talented and at ease in the White House that belongs to them as much as to anyone in this country, yet they wouldn't of been there without Michelle."


Now to be less serious (a nod to Gloria), let's get down to Michelle's style. If style is a reflection of one's individuality then it is no wonder she is always so well dressed. She is so well educated and so well everything. I have a few shots of her that I think remind us of her strength and elegance.


 


In this photo her hair is blowing in her face but she still looks like a million bucks. This dress is very feminine and flattering. You may not have noticed the splash of red shoes because of the carpet but they make a sensible dress less sensible.




Michelle was not only appropriately dressed for any occasion but she out did our expectations again and again. I for one will miss this glamorous and dynamic duo in the White House.
September 18, 2016

Brandon Maxwell Spr 2017 RTW

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit
Whenever I think about my next blog post, the possibilities are endless. Because so much is written about every move in the fashion world, I try to do something different. I wait for something inspiring to hit me and viola, I came across the up and coming spring collection of Brandon Maxwell. He is not just a new designer but Lady Gaga's stylist. That certainly doesn't hurt but it is clear that Brandon has some real talent. He has only been designing for one year.

My favorite look of the show.
Photos courtesy of  Vogue
July 15, 2016

Alexa Chung

, by MARCY CARMACK | Edit

It was only a matter of time that Alexa Chung did her own line of clothing. Debuting next May 2017 will be Alexachung. With her staying power as an 'it girl' and loads of followers she stands to do very well. I personally love her style.




She often wears short by day and middi by night.
She looked fantastic at her boyfriend, Alexander Skarsgard's premiere of his latest movie, The Legend of Tarzan earlier this month.
Here's is a glimpse of the two together. I think it's a good sign that he is carrying her purse.