The Emmy’s and Michelle Pfeiffer

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I watched the red carpet arrivals at last night’s Emmy Awards just in time to see the ageless beauty, Michelle Pfeiffer. I haven’t seen Michelle Pfeiffer in a while, and she made a stunning return. At 59, she was inspiring, looking very soft and elegant in a gossamer Oscar de la Renta dress – and very much herself. It was my favorite look of the evening.

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Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Models walk the runway for the Torrid show during NYFW on Sept. 12. (Photo: Getty Images)

A model sports an embroidered denim jacket and a floral dress at the Torrid show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty Images)

A model wears a sheer black lace dress at the Torrid show during NYFW. (Photo: Getty)

Something important happened a few days ago at New York Fashion Week; it had nothing to do with “it girls” on the runway or strategically-placed in the front row. And it had nothing to do with being a part of the unattainable world of the fashion insider. Torrid, one of the largest clothing brands to cater to women who wear sizes 10-30, made its NYFW debut. Featuring 40 curvy-sized models walking the runway, Torrid came to level the playing field and represent. In an interview with Reuters, Elizabeth Munoz, head of product and design for Torrid, said: “The fashion industry can keep passing and keep saying I‘m not going to acknowledge that but there’s going to be a point where we can’t ignore the fact that most of the available population to sell to is a size that they don’t make.

The Spring 2018 collection featured the models wearing floor-length, Bohemian-inspired maxi-dresses paired with leather jackets and embroidered denim jackets with floral prints. Torrid reworked the corset trend by introducing a black leather version detailed with intricate floral embroidery styled with sheer blouses and long floral gowns. The looks were soft with a hard edge and nicely modern. This was a first step in the direction of inclusivity for New York Fashion Week. Hopefully it will start a movement that continues to change the way people think of fashion for all. But it will be even more of an achievement when this news is no longer the exception and in fact, isn’t even a big deal at all.

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Balenciaga Bound!

I was reminded of the magic of consignment shopping last week when I attended the launch of Gabrielle’s boutique, The Collective: the joy in finding the unexpected. And even more joy in bringing it to your home and closet. This whimsical Balenciaga Paris knit dress caught the corner of my eye and I knew it was special – but something I never imagined owning. The minute I tried it on I knew that we were meant to be together! Go to a consignment shop looking for something specific and you will never find it. But go to a consignment shop with an open mind and you may find a treasure of your own!

Dress, Balenciaga Paris; boots, Sigerson Morrison; tights, Wolford

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Sending The Wrong Message in Stilettos

With the devastating news of extreme weather hitting our world, I am brought back to an image that I cannot shake; one of Melania Trump off to visit Texas, post Hurricane Harvey, wearing stiletto heals. Clothes tell stories, give messages, and share emotion. The message in that image (which of course would be widely-seen around the globe) is … I am above you. I am not one of you. It is the farthest thing from someone who should be bringing the message of love, support, and healing to those who need it desperately. Trump changed her shoes later in the day but it didn’t matter – we had already seen it.

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Gabrielle is Forever the Collector

With a background in psychology, art, and philosophy, Gabrielle Newkirk, left her full-time job for a retail position as Manager of Anthropologie. But that wasn’t enough for Gabrielle – she wanted to be closer to the customer, closer to the connection between customer and clothing. And closer to the shopper who wants to shop without expectation, but to shop with purpose to find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that will reflect her personality. With inspiration from watching her Aunt Margie, who had a strong sense of style and never listened to body type rules of fashion, Gabrielle became a collector of beautiful things for herself. And eventually, Gabrielle was drawn to the world of consignment shopping.

This week, Gabrielle’s dreams of sharing her collections and owning and running her own consignment shop come true, as she launches her own boutique – The Collective. The Collective will be a place for designer and on-trend pieces – clothing and accessories – from established stores like Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, to smaller, modern stores like Madewell. Gabrielle wants to build a community of women – consignors and customers – with the hopes of building relationships and providing them with options they will not see anywhere else. Gabrielle’s own style is eclectic with a touch of bohemian. Someone once described Gabrielle’s look as if she rolled out of bed looking great, without giving it too much thought. Don’t we all want that, to be our own collectors, too??

Gabrielle Newkirk

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The Last Hours of Summer …

As I watched the last hours of summer fade into the sunset, I wore my super-happy outfit … jeans and a tee and sandals … with the beautiful scarf Myriam brought back from Paris just for me. On to a new fashion season!

Jeans, Frame Denim; tee, Calvin Klein; sandals Pierre Hardy

Photos by Abrina Hyatt

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Stop Wearing my Denim Cutoffs?

Wearing my favorite denim cut-off shorts from Kohl’s

The answer is … No! I have a favorite pair of denim cutoff shorts I purchased at Kohl’s (for a great price, by the way!) – I continue to pull them out every summer. They are still my go-to and I don’t see the need to change that now that I am 57. And Vogue agrees!

September marks the 125th Anniversary of Vogue Magazine and tucked in its many pages is a question that has reared its head for me and other women: what’s the age cutoff for denim cutoffs? Vogue contributor Alexandra Macon asks her colleagues their opinions about when to stop wearing denim cutoff shorts – 30? – younger? older? Though she finds differing opinions in the answers, Macon settles on the wise words of Vogue’s denim editor, Kelly Connor: “The bottom line is the look can be achieved at any age as long as it’s done right. This means keeping problem areas covered by taking shape into account with distressing kept to a minimum. And, ultimately, as with most looks that are somewhat fashion-forward, it’s all about how you carry yourself. If you can wear a shorter cutoff with sophistication and confidence, then all the power to you—no matter what your age!”

It must be true if it’s Vogue!

 

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A Zabar Who Prefers Fashion Over Food

Rachel Zabar at home with her vintage collection in Los Angeles. Credit Amy Dickerson for The New York Times

Any New Yorker knows Zabar’s, the one-of-a-kind food emporium on the Upper West Side: New York is Zabar’s and Zabar’s is New York. Though Rachel Zabar spent her childhood and teenage years working at Zabar’s (her father, Saul, and her uncle, Stanley, took over the store from their immigrant parents who founded it in 1934.). She says her father insisted that his children work in the family business from a young age. Rachel, however, could never make Zabar’s her career like her older sister and younger brother. Says her father, Saul: “The store was never part of her. We knew that from a very young age. She was artistic. Even as a child, she had a natural talent for color and style.”

And, apparently, a sophisticated eye. Now, after years of trying her hand at photography, screenwriting, and documentary filmmaking, she is finding her niche as a dealer of high- end vintage clothing and accessories. And she is doing really well. After leaving New York to find her home in California, known for the vintage-obsessed, Rachel got serious about her own business five years ago. What I love is that she showed tremendous determination to make it work, as there was very little room for a newcomer in the industry. “It’s a sharp-elbowed little world, for sure, and I have learned some business lessons the hard way – who to trust, how to price, what to focus on,” says Rachel. It was at the California flea markets where Rachel started selling vintage clothing and accessories, where she learned so much. And at the heart of her present business success is her enthusiasm for her work and her passion for the clothes and accessories themselves.

Rachel Zabar fought hard to get to where she is. From ‘caviar girl’ to vintage couture dealer, she is finally seeing her vision come to life.

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Shopping Smart in the Men’s Department

There is a sad truth for a woman when it comes to shopping – you are being ripped off. For the same item, a man will spend significantly less money, and often times, for better quality. This is true of many things but jeans are an especially good example; a woman can expect to spend sometimes double the amount for the same pair. And because there aren’t as many style options for men’s jeans, I have heard that more money is spent on the quality of the material. You know how much I love wearing jeans and I have spent close to $200 on a single pair (I am thinking of my Frame Denim slim-leg jean). They are my favorites and I wear them often but today I wanted to shop and see for myself. In search of a classic boyfriend jean, I decided to visit the men’s department at Macy’s (where better to find boyfriend jeans??). I chose the ever-classic Levi’s; the first thing I noticed is that there were several ‘slim’ styles that would fit a woman’s shape. I found a perfect distressed pair and tried them on – they were $39.99.

Why should women have to pay more for the very same thing? It is unfair that is the norm.  I encourage you to visit the men’s department. You may find a fashionable alternative at a much better price and in the process make an unjust system work for you!

Photos by Hannah Walker

 

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Eileen Fisher’s Powerful New Fall Campaign

Some power is vast — it shapes countries and economies and affects millions of lives. But there’s an arguably equal power that’s quieter. It’s in every one of us, and we can use it in big and small ways, every day. It’s the power of compassion to protect the dignity of those in need. The ability to make someone laugh, and to find opportunity in challenges — the drive to take an idea and turn it into a new business. That’s power, too.” ~ Eileen Fisher

The EILEEN FISHER brand is launching its Fall 2017 campaign, which asks seven female community leaders what power means to them. Eileen Fisher has long been a pioneer of fashion sustainability (all her cotton and linen will be organic by 2020) as well as an advocate for women and girls, whether supporting leadership programs or joining the steering committee of New York State’s first-ever council that recognizes and represents women’s equality. Eileen Fisher wants to affect positive change and messages. Now, she gives us a lift in our dark times.

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