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Trench Coat, Outside Michael Kors FW2020

April is definitely trench coat weather in NYC and environs. Here’s an excellent example of the form on a gloomy day outside the Michael Kors show. Leg of mutton sleeves like these have been going in and out of style since, oh, about the fifteenth century. They add a touch of whimsy and luxury to a wardrobe staple.

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City Scene, NYC February 2020

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Retro Chic: Marina Ingvarsson at Collina Strada FW2020

If you only get to step out once a day, make your outfit a great one! A timeless look on Marina Ingvarsson, seen this February at the Collina Strada show.

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Green Layers, Outside Sies Marjan FW2020

Such a great and individualistic look outside New York’s Sies Marjan show, where you can always find interesting people. Love the accessories and her tone-on-tone layering of different greens, a color we saw a lot of during fashion month.

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Zebra Is the New Leopard

Among the many big question marks hanging over the fashion industry, which has been devastated by the closure of retail stores, order cancellations, layoffs and supply chain disruptions, not to mention actual Coronavirus cases among those in the industry, is the mystery of what we will all be wearing when infections subside and we finally emerge from our homes. An entire season of the fashion calendar, vanished. Will we pick up where we left off? Will we start again in a totally different place? And how will trends emerge without the visual cues we pick up from each other on the street?

There is a lot to be gleaned about what people are wearing from Instagram, Tik Tok and video conferencing. One thing’s for sure: an interesting print certainly stands out on Google hangouts, even if you only dress the top half of your body. Zebra was the print of the moment by the end of this fashion month, hedging out leopard for spring. File under: things that might have been trends. (more…)

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Elaine Welteroth at Coach FW2020

Elaine Welteroth is such a star right now but still remembered a few of us street style photographers from her Teen Vogue days. Super stylish, and super nice too! Her Instagram feed is also inspiring in these trying times – one to follow if you want some uplifting content.

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Rainbow Coat, Outside Concept Korea FW2020

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NYC One Month Ago: People!

These are all photos from NY Fashion Week with too many people in them. People in the background, people in the foreground, people looking in the wrong direction, people moving erratically, people making faces. But this is what we miss so much about city life now that people, those pesky people who wouldn’t behave in a scripted way, have gone indoors. (more…)

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Spring Forward: Belted Coat, Outside Self-Portrait FW2020

A great look outside the Self-Portrait show in NYC. Belted coats are still going strong, and I’m really feeling this bright kelly green color for spring.

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Look Book: Verity & Daughters

Here are a few shots from a spring look book I photographed for Verity & Daughters on a verrrry cold day in November in Brooklyn. Designer Jean Liu specializes in vintage-style jumpsuits with great details and a flattering fit. They are quite covetable – the white one in particular would be great for spring/summer. But Liu’s dedicated fan base knows this already – they frequently send her photos of themselves in her much-loved designs.

At this shoot, model Terumi Murao was a great sport with unflagging energy and a high tolerance for cold blustery wind – plus some serious styling skills. There was no official set; we just scouted locations on site and did it Brooklyn renegade-style with a Nikon and iPhone XS. Street style as fashion shoot!

If you want to see the clothes in person, there’s a Verity & Daughters trunk show this weekend, March 14-15 at Bird Cobble Hill, 220 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (more…)

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Stars of Paris

Paris Fashion Week always brings out a few stars. Who can resist the glamour? And why is Sigourney Weaver going to fashion shows all the sudden? We don’t know, but we’ll take it. Here are a few celebrity sightings from Paris Fashion Week. (more…)

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Just Because… Paris

Leaf Greener at Loewe.

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Ti Amo, Milano

Fourteen days and what seems like a lifetime ago, Milan Fashion Week was the most enjoyable fashion week I attended this year. The weather was beautiful – sunny and 60 degrees – the clothes were cheerful pops of color, almost everyone was in a good mood, and the living was easy. It wasn’t until the last day that coronavirus started to affect the city. Milan, we are wishing you a return to la dolce vita very soon.

One important fashion takeaway from Milan fashion week: saturated color. This is one of the things Italy has always done best. Again we are seeing monochromatic dressing here, but revved up for spring. Think of it as superhero outfits, separates in the same bright color from head to toe, often a pantsuit. Interestingly, we did not see a lot of prints except as an accent, which is certainly a change from the wild mishmash of Prada and Gucci prints quite recently. And the pastels of yesteryear look washed out by comparison. (more…)

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Jeannie Mai and Jeezy at Pamella Roland FW2020

Jeannie Mai and Jeezy made for a super cute couple at the Pamella Roland show.

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NYFW Trend Takeaway: Winter White

If there was one look we noticed over and over again during New York fashion week, it was winter white. There were so many winter white outfits that rival editors and buyers showed up wearing the same thing on the same day. Look closely at these photos, and you’ll see some even include another person wearing all white in the background – that’s how prevalent it was.

The all-white clothing we’ve seen recently started as a signal of solidarity with suffragettes, an indication of the collective power of female voters. In D.C., female senators wore all white to the State of the Union speech, and in Hollywood, Billie Eilish chose an all-white Chanel outfit for the Oscars. In New York, it may be a reaction to global warming and the extraordinarily mild temperatures we’ve had this winter. Or it may just be fashion: white is certainly a flexible neutral, no matter what the weather.

So if there are any last minute items you want to snap up before all the spring merchandise comes into stores, make it a white or cream-colored coat or jacket in any style. If you really want to double down on this trend, get some white boots or sneakers as well. Both will last into the spring… if it ever gets cold again. (more…)

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