Fall/Winter, NYFW, Recap

Throwing Spaghetti

I have a friend who is the right hand to an acclaimed New York-based designer. Every season, I anticipate his shows and no matter how weird or unwearable, I love them. So it totally threw me when this friend informed me that it’s not uncommon for him to have NOTHING ready six, five, even four weeks before the runway show date. Uninspired or just the creative process? I call the former. And as someone who comes up with ideas for a living, I get it. More than once, I’ve sat in brainstorms where our best ideas were a dog fashion show (wait, that’s actually an AMAZING idea and should 100% be pitched) or some half-baked concept that only evokes “Yea, that’ll work.” Creative fatigue is real and we can tell when we’re phoning it in.

I think there’s three responses to brain drain: you do what you know, you take a risk, or you throw spaghetti. And as fashion month wraps, I thought I’d pull out the designers who did just that.

I DID WHAT I KNOW

These tried and true fashion forces have a vision, and they’re sticking to it. The importance of this is really illustrated in the documentary “House Of Z” which chronicles the rise and fall, and rise again of Zac Posen. He talks about how he lost sight of his vision and the detrimenta it was to his business and creative journey.

Oscar De La Renta – Isn’t this an easy choice? It is, but I really appreciate that ODLR is a gown house now and forever. There’s two relatively new designers at the helm, and while the collection didn’t seem exactly groundbreaking or fresh, it was gorgeous and full of ODLR’s greatest hits – namely A-line gowns and punchy, strapless numbers. It’s clear Team Oscar stays inspired by the past, but I’ll take it.

Carolina Herrera – I wasn’t going to choose Carolina, but I read it was her final collection to design and decided she’s the perfect example of a designer who has stayed inspired by her own iconic self. There aren’t many “youths” channeling the CH look—her famously chic, polished, and immaculately tailored isn’t big with the street style set—but the colors, shapes, and taffeta coming down her runway were truly stunning—and classic Carolina. She’ll be surpassed by none other than (gasp!) the ex-lead designer of Oscar De La Renta, so fear not, the dresses will still be on point.


I TOOK A RISK

“You know what, I just got out there and tried.” These are the designers that constantly zag when everyone else is zig-ing.
Gucci – If you know me, you know my love for Gucci in recent years runs oh-so-deep and oh-so-wide. When I first watched this season’s show, I thought I’d position it as a spaghetti, but then I read about Alessandro’s inspiration for the collection and changed my mind. Is this just excellent BS? If it is, he sold me. Yes yes, people carried heads down the runway and that is freaking WEIRD, and I’m crying because the looks are SO. OVER. THE. TOP., but someone also carried a little green lizard and that redeemed everything for me.

Dolce & Gabbana – Get ready people, Dolce drones are now a thing and officially ruling the world. Relying on technology is risky enough, but it’s just so cheeky to nod to the fact that we don’t even need models anymore to show runway collections. And when the girls did hit the catwalk, they were Spanish divas layered in all kinds of crazy. I’m kindof confused, but also kindof obsessed.

I THREW SPAGHETTI

I had a history teacher who would give us participation points for throwing spaghetti, i.e., just talking. Sometimes you’d stick your neck out and cobble together an answer that would get a nod of approval, and other times, a laugh and, “You’re throwing spaghetti, but nice try.” These people did that, but with fashion…and it pretty much worked. 

Saint Laurent – Hedi Slimane is long gone from Saint Laurent and it seems like some of the black magic that is YSL is gone. Anthony Vaccarello is doing his own dark thing now, and also his own floral thing, I guess. But I’m calling Spaghetti because the collection just seemed so…random: hats, architectural dress, so much leather that I’m worried about our cow population. The worst thing for me is the knitted belt with the rhinestone, ahem, Swarovski crystal, centerpiece. There was a lot, and although I’m not into it, apparently sales are up, so undoubtedly other people are.

Moncler – Honestly, Moncler gets the gold because they dropped a wintry, puffy bomb at Milan fashion week. Comprised of 8 mini-collections that will “drop” on a month-to-month schedule, this collection was LIT. Seriously, it’s heating up in here, and it’s not just because I’m shrouded in a floor-length Moncler parka. They threw the spaghetti, and it stuck.

 

 

Stay risky out there people.

xx – hh

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Cold Weather, Color, Daytime Look, Fall/Winter, haley hoover, Real Talk

What Am I Even Wearing?

WELCOME FALL. You are here now. You have officially taking up the roost and shooed my darling summertime away. It’s fine, I’m just a little stressed is all.

With cooler temps upon us, the next wave of trends is rolling in, too. I’ve been in a conundrum for the past two weeks as I feel a nip in the air when I walk to the train. One question pounds around in my cranium all morning as the J train inches towards Manhattan: “What am I wearing this season?” I’ve been pestering my friend Kate for months about what the new, hot boot will be, but she always shot me down saying it was too early and too hot to talk about fall. She was right.  But fall always got me buggin! I’ve never felt adequately wardrobed for autumn, it’s my worst season. I’ve never loved jeans and growing up, my corduroys always “swished, swished, swished” in such a way that I grew to hate most pants in general.

Determined to get it right, I start my research early. This year was tricky because things in the trend cycle are starting fresh—only the most daring and fabulous are in the know. We all knew to buy off the shoulder tops for summer this year, because only the coolest of the cool were wearing them last year.  At this point, I’m keeping my eyes on the stars. Thankfully, all of those glittering fashion plates are gathered at fashion weeks across the globe, so I found it fitting to report on what to wear through the eyes of the most talented street stylists—and photographers—out there. Here’s what to shop to nail Fall 2016 and spoiler alert(!)—if you’re a 90s baby, you’re in for a treat.

TREND 1 – EAT SPAGHETTI 

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Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

I wasn’t kidding about 90s swag; it is back and it is alive. I vividly remember having a purple tee and lime green tank combo that I rocked in the 4th grade (circa 1994?) and envisioning a grown-up version of that ensemble on my now is still a little hard to swallow. I’ll dip my toe via the most 90s establishment out there: The Gap.

Quick take = Zara Tank + Gap Tee

 

TREND 2 – BLACK AND WHITE AND PRINTED ALL OVER

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Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

Praise The Lord for a great printed blouse, a statement piece all on its own. Tuck it into jeans on your way to Sunday brunch or trousers when you’re running late for work on Wednesdays. Pick up stress-free wearable ones from Zara or JCrew Factory or find treasured, glossy (read: high maintenance) ones at Equipment and ALC.

 

TREND 3 – COLD CLAVICLES 

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Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

Get ready to keep freezing those shoulders off, babies, because the off the shoulder blouses and sweaters ain’t going anywhere! Trust, your arms will be warmed because crazy sleeves are all the rage too (see below). I’m looking at knits to stay cozy, but would be swayed for bright or ruffling versions when Saturday nights come a calling.

 

I’ll just leave these here for everyone to digest. Ready your wallets, ladies! It’s time to shop; I’ll be back later this week with a little more food fashion for thought.

Happy Monday, y’all.

xx – Haley

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Casual, Daytime Look, NYFW, Real Talk, Spring/Summer

#FBF – Remembering September

WHAM BLAM KABLAM September is dead and gone and I’m not kidding, we are nine days into October and I just realized September is over. If “delayed style blogger” is not yet an established genre of blogging, I am sure as heck owning that label all on my own.

I have a friend who always jokes that I am not unlike Beyonce in that I somehow manage to fit 26 hours in a day. I get it all done. In September, much to my dismay, I did not get it all done. Thankfully, “accepting the situation” has been a running theme for me during 2015. I was dissappointed I didn’t catch much of NYFW last month and I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the ideas I have for Hihaleyannie.com. But situations much larger than my little dream of a blog are taking priority and I’m trying my best to accept the fact that, once again, things are not going to according to plan.

So we press on. And we write when we can, as well as we can.

Even though I attended a mere handful of fashion week events, I still tried my best to dress the part. Who knows, Fashion GPS might send out last minute show invites and I may just have the opportunity to take what I like to call an “executive lunch” and slip down to some abandoned West Side post office to take in a show. Not saying I did this during the work day, but I’m also not saying I didn’t do this. 😉

There’s a famous saying, “Dress for the job you want to have.” I aspire to be an editor so as I styled myself each morning during that first week of September, I asked myself, “Would Tonne Goodman or Amy Odell wear this?”

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Stuart Weitzman

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Whether it was a midday show on the West Side or discovering a new obsession-worthy line at the Hanley presentation that I rushed to after a long day at work, I’m so grateful to even experience a nanosecond of this industry. If you are kind and work hard, amazing things will happen. Here’s hoping.

Thanks for hanging with me. XX

Haley

Key Pieces // Heels – Celine | Chain Crossbody – Longchamp | Pants – Trina Turk | Boots – Stuart Weitzman (similar)

All photos by the amazing Julia Hembree, per usual.

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NYFW, Real Talk, Recap

Fashion To Go: NYFW SS16 RECAP

Now that the dust has settled it’s time to make a little sense of the flutter of layers and slits and skin and glitter that we’ve seen over the last 8 days. I’m breaking down {what I think were} the most talked about, most insta’d, snap chatted, and downright most ooh and aahed over shows from NYFW SS16.

First up, Proenza Schouler

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Admittedly, Proenza Schouler is not usually on my radar. Of course, I’m a big fan of the their bow shoe and the iconic PS1 bag, especially when I was selling it hand over foot during my Nordstrom days, but not noted on my end is what Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have been sending down the runway the past few seasons. Trust that this lack of attention changes now because OH THE BEAUTY. PS models were all tied up in ribbon and bows but in the coolest, most un-sweet way. A bi-chromatic color palette, aside from small interjections of deep, saturated teals and reds, along with many ruffles and bared shoulders had me thinking of Spanish flamenco dancers. We saw this look with Dolce & Gabbana last season (and always) but PS showed flamencos dancing to the tune of FKA Twigs, eating dinner at the Nomad hotel and partying at the Boom Boom Room. Enter the age of the NYC Flamenco, catch it SS16.
Next, Public School 
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We all waited with anticipation for the Public School runway show as Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne find themselves in a whole new chapter. The pressure was on as the duo not only manned their own line but also taking over at DKNY this season to lend a much needed, refreshed eye. Add in the fact that their once underground line, Public School, has exploded and is now a household name (among the style-savvy set, at least). We have all been begging the question, “Will they deliver?” In a word: YEA BABY! It’s always a treat when a collection carries an invisible sign saying TRANSLATION NOT NEEDED. So many wearable pieces! Perforated silk tops, high-slit midi dresses to go over denim with ease and oversized sweaters that will no doubt be worn over white skinnies and pencil skirts come spring. There was a bit of confusion, though, when clean-lined tennis dresses and skirts piped in bright orange made an appearance on the runway, looking noticeably different from the rest of the models doused in black and blues. A little haphazard sure, but all items shown are still very high on my spring shopping list.
And Givenchy.. 
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Undoubtedly the most buzzed-about show, Ricardo Tisci’s SS16 Givenchy presentation paid kind homage to NYC’s past while simultaneously looking ahead to a very dark and sultry future, but in the best way possible. As a glowing orange sun dipped into the Hudson on the evening of September 11th, crowds waited on the highline for the show to begin. Simple silhouettes in tulle, lace, leather and beading added a dynamic aspect to the (yet again) bi-chromatic color palette. The texture took over for color, like a striking black and white photo. My favorite look was worn by Joan Smalls: a tight waisted, strapless gown volumized by massive tufts of fur (I think fur?). Wondering now which starlet will have the guts to wear it during award season.
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Most of the menswear lines presented in during the inaugural Men’s Fashion Week in July but Tisci preferred his boys and girls to fraternize together and what a lovely sight it was, like everyone was headed out to a very cool European ball. Givenchy suits are cut crisp and clean, no bags and no extra breaks – that’s my kinda suit. And nothing is sexier than a tshirt under a tuxedo blazer; also hoping famous dudes will for this look on the Red carpet. That means you, Ryan Gosling.  We simply cannot ignore that lace blouse and matching tie combo either.  I’m making a mental note to reach out to Givenchy’s PR team to see if they’ll make this for the girls. #OneLoveOneLace
Finally, Marc Jacobs
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Too many good looks from my always-favorite Marc Jacobs. My gateway drug to designer labels was the now defunct Marc by Marc line. Truly heartbroken to see the line go, but I was giddy when I saw the MBM girl hasn’t quite gone away. Jacobs designs for two girls; his namesake line, Marc Jacobs, is demure and secretly sexy. She’s covered up and walks with a secret on her lips. The Marc by Marc girl was rebellious and quirky. She is glam grunge, or maybe not glam at all. Set in the Ziegfeld theatre, models marched a red carpet runway, did a proper step and repeat and then sashayed right into that theatre full of spectators. Red white and blues smeared thoughout the color story made me think that American Grunge may be taking a victory lap. I’m crazy about the mismatched crest jacket and powder blue suit. Come spring, ring me up because I’m having it all.

That’s all for now!
More NYFW updates to come this week while we watch London fashion week unfold.

xo – Haley

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