Saturday, January 11, 2014

Death of a Fashion Blogger

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

shoes- Ann Taylor | skirt- Goodwill of greater Washington |  top- similar

Over the summer I went to a screening of "The Tents" a documentary film about the history of New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Basically New York's fashion week started in the 90's when American designers (think Donna Karen, Ralph Lauren, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.) were feeling that their collections were not being held in the same regard as foreign designers.

The term "The Tents" comes from the days when the shows were held in Bryant Park; essentially a public park adjacent to the New York Public Library. Because this was an open air green space it needed to be covered for the fashion shows, so huge white tents were erected each season and elaborate stages were built inside. New York Fashion Week created a spectacle that in turn created interest in American designers... or at least excitement about what was happening inside of the tents.

This stunt has catapulted New York's fashion week ahead of Milan, Paris and London, but it hasn't been without its issues. Fashion Week has moved locations and is now held at the bigger, but perhaps less exclusive, Lincoln Center where the New York Philharmonic performs. Mercedes Benz became the sponsor for NYFW but recently IMG Fashion, the company that runs NYFW, was bought out by William Morris Agency and Silver Lake Partners, a technology investment firm...Samsung Galaxy Gear for everyone!

Right before the buyout IMG announced a few changes to NYFW including reducing the media list by 20% stating "invitations [will] once again [be] an exclusive pass for true fashion insiders" which is code for #byebloggers  One really smart change IMG made was to announce it will offer shuttles to the shows that are happening around the city in locations other than Lincoln Center. #byetowncars

No word on whether the new owners will usher in these new rules, but there's been a lot of talk about fashion bloggers becoming persona non grata at NYFW. My person opinion (and yes I'm biased because I am a blogger and fully plan on using that to obtain "media credentials") is that fashion bloggers are just as relevant at a fashion show as celebrities. Both are there to look pretty, gush about the clothes and hopefully be photographed wearing them; I don't see the issue. Fashion Week is mostly for magazine editors anyway, but I'd argue that bloggers are closer to editors than celebrities; so if you get rid of anyone at fashion week I'd start with the celebrities, buy that's just my two cents.

Monday, January 6, 2014

DC After Dark…Part II

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

cashmere hat, coat, cashmere-lined leather texting gloves, quilted mini crossbody bag- all available at J.Crew | scarf- LOFT | shoes- Nike

If you've been reading WHAT I WORE: tip to toe! for awhile then you know a few things...

I'm a fourth generation native Washingtonian, which means I grew up in the Nation's Capital and so did both my parents... as well as my maternal grandparents and great-grandparents. There is a family joke that a slave ship docked in Georgetown and our ancestors ran into Rock Creek Park and didn't come out for decades! Either way I'm DC through and through and even a 6 year stint in California (San Francisco and then Los Angeles couldn't change my love of this city.

The only thing I love more than Washington DC is DC at night. This city is so romantic when its all lit up. If you come to visit you simply must take a bus tour of the monuments at night. My favorite is the FDR memorial with all of its waterfalls and famous quotes. Also the new Martin Luther King memorial is beautifully lit at night. Bring a real camera, your iPhone isn't going to cut it!

I now have a new favorite thing to do at night in DC, although it's seasonal, Zoo Lights at the National Zoo! Check back on Wednesday Jan 8 for a full photo recap of this amazing event. And if you're planning a visit to DC during the holidays next year make sure to take time to check out Zoo Lights because its magical and they serve booze! Here is another option of what to do in DC After Dark. What's your favorite thing to do at night in DC?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Style Resolution

WHAT I WORE: tip to toe!

dress- Goodwill | booties- Sam Edelman | bag- Loft

For the past few years, instead of making a New Year's resolution, I've made a Style Resolution. Last year it was to create a signature look; I decided the blazer is my spirit animal. Check out my blazer + sheath dress look for work or blazer + jeans look for the weekend, here's another casual blazer outfit.

This year I've resolved to focus on quality over quantity. This means I'll purchase only exceptional pieces that can't be replaced season after season. And speaking of seasons, I'll attempt to shop seasonally; shopping just 4 times a year in anticipation of the next season's fashions. Wish me luck!

I want to know your New Year's Style Resolution...Comment below!