Just before the end of the New York Fashion week last month, I visited Parlor Showroom, a hidden gem located in Soho. Taylor Anne Thomas, the owner and curator, was kind enough to let my friend, videographer Sino Chum, and me see the collections of emerging designers in her Parlor!
With all the fashion editors, models, designers, stylists, and posers that worked the pavements during the Fall/Winter 2013 presentations around the world, some looked as though they were trying too hard with their fashion week looks just to get attention from photographers, while the truly wise ones walked around in outfits that were effortless, chic and filled with styling options that can work on women of any shape and size.
SHOP THE LOOKS
The biannual gathering of fashion’s finest, brightest and show-offs will kickoff next week and we fellow believers tend to treat fashion week like the first few days of school. Head-to-toe outfits planned out days in advance, new shoes gradually broken in while cleaning up our apartments and emails back and forth with our fashion-mates as to what they plan on wearing, just to avoid a “B*&%h Stole My Look” face off.
I’m not one who frequently attends the shows, since I don’t like the waiting game before the show, and I’ve embraced live-streaming, but that doesn’t stop me from stepping out in my fashion week best. Since I’ve been all about living on a budget, I figure this will be the perfect time to share some stealing or dealing items that are worthy enough to sit on our backs without us feeling the guilt of spending to much.
A good way to look sexy while attending holiday parties, and still be covered up is wearing leather on your body in all the right places! The statement making material will have others thinking the same thing the fabric is suppose to do, hug your body just right, and not let it go. For some, a little goes a long way, so instead of trying Michelle Phiffer’s Catwoman’s approach to leather-out, try leggings, dresses or tops with leather inserts or a leather jacket or cape layered well with contrasting colors and textures. Also, if you want to tone it down a bit, pair your leather pieces with very feminine, girlish items or neutral colors.