Prabal Gurung Rings In

Photograph by Christaan Felber for Bloomberg Businessweek

Photograph by Christaan Felber for Bloomberg Businessweek

I wanted to have a deeper and bigger conversation about fashion. Fashion can no longer be an exclusive club for a certain size only. Fashion is an idea, it’s a dream, it’s an emotion, it’s an aspiration that should be allowed for various people who understand your aesthetic.Prabal Gurung

I was one of the throngs who ran-didn’t-walk to the Prabal Gurung/Target collaboration a few years ago; a chance to own something from this fresh, new designer was too compelling. And I ended up with a summer dress and crystal necklace that I would never have been able to afford otherwise. In this new interview with Gurung, he addresses this collaboration with Target and the one next year with Lane Bryant: “I’ve always wanted to create a luxury brand with a soul. When you’re at a certain price point, you’re already alienating a lot of your consumer base.”

Gurung goes on to say that there is sizeism in the fashion world – no doubt about it. He says it is getting better and that the conventional idea of beauty is “no longer a size zero” but there is still a long way to go. I love that he is willing to change the conversation and bring his brand to a higher standard. I love that Gurung, who is from Napal, embraces not only his heritage but also the knowledge that he grew up different and that difference led to the right path for him. And I love that Gurung started a foundation (The Shikshya Foundation Nepal to educate poor children) that is actually saving lives and making a difference. I think he is achieving his goal of creating a luxury brand with a soul.

At Sardi's - wearing my Prabal Gurung for Target dress

At Sardi’s – wearing my Prabal Gurung for Target dress and crystal necklace

 

 

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Mix it Up in The Spring

Photo: Lauren Hagerstrom

Photo: Lauren Hagerstrom – on location Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Last spring, I started mixing patterns; it is something that I continue to do because it keeps my outfit selection fresh and unpredictable.  It was a year ago that I wrote this and it still rings true  …

Stripes mix so well with a floral or printed skirt … don’t be afraid to try it this spring. You can even mix stripe on stripes, as long as you keep the stripes top and bottom different widths. For instance, if you have a wider stripe on the bottom then keep a skinny stripe on top. The key to mixing stripes with florals and prints and (even more) stripes is to make sure that they share one color in common. Top off with a sleek accessory and you have successfully mastered this casual-yet-chic look.

My striped sweater is getting new life with this printed skirt (for which I searched many months!); in this case, my top and bottom share two colors – black and white.

My look: sweater, August Silk; skirt, Karen Millen, sandals, Coach; necklace, Prabal Gurung for Target.

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“Made in NY” Is Focus for New York Fashion Week

New York

New York

NY Fashion Week kicked off yesterday, with the city creating the Made in NY Fashion Initiative, a $5 million investment designed to tout, support and nurture the New York fashion industry. According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, there will be a full-on “Made in NY” campaign, with ads to run on 75 buses, 600 taxi tops, five billboards, and in ferry and airport terminals and fashion publications. The ads feature the work of local NYC designers such as Prabal Gurung, Public School, Chromat, A-Morir, Rosie Assoulin, Tim Coppens, Ohne Titel, Eugenia Kim and Alexis Bittar. The campaign, which is starting now, will run through Oct. 15.

Good news for the local industry.

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How do I feel today? Splendid, thank you!

P1040961P1040974I found this dress while on vacation. Which is funny, because when I wear this simple, chic dress by Splendid, it feels summery, yes, but also “un-beachy,” and as sophisticated as any other little black dress I own. How do I feel today? Splendid, thank you!

My pops-of-color accessories? Prabal Gurung-for-Target sandals, and Cole Haan blue handbag (not to mention a NY yellow taxi!).

Photos by Kim Naci

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You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find a piece of Isabel Marant for H&M

My boots from Isabel Marant for H&M

My boots from Isabel Marant for H&M

How does that Rolling Stones song go? You can’t always get what you want – You can’t always get what you want – You can’t always get what you want – But if you try sometimes you just might find – You get what you need –

Sit down. I have a story for you. It began a week ago, on November 14th, with the release of Isabel Marant’s Collection For H&M. Actually, that’s not true … it started before that, when I interviewed Emilie-Rose, who told me that Isabel Marant was her favorite French designer, because she is “fashion-forward and innovative.” That conversation set the wheels in motion because at that moment I remembered that Isabel Marant was releasing a Collection in partnership with H&M on November 14th. I have tried several of these collaborations before, with Target – Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung and Missoni – and have found some wonderful, original pieces, but I have also made a few mistakes and certainly paid the price for them – maybe not physically but certainly emotionally: In the long lines, the manic shoppers and the overall bad karma. I had no idea what this particular collaboration would entail, especially since Isabel Marant is so popular.

But, I decided to give it a try, because, really, when would I ever be able to afford something from Isabel Marant? Continue reading

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Limsanity!

Playing in my Phillip Lim for Target BOOM! top

Playing in my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target BOOM! top

I was there two years ago for the Missoni for Target collaboration. It was a wild scene … women squeezing into kids’ sizes hoping they would fit, people grabbing whatever they could and hoarding the rest, sometimes not even bothering to check sizes, grabbing leftovers from the fitting rooms, and the Target online website crashing with the unexpected influx of orders. All for the name Missoni, because there is no one like Missoni. And yesterday, September 15th, it happened again. This time the designer was 3.1 Phillip Lim and although it may not have been quite as crazy it came very close. The website didn’t crash but certain items sold out quickly, especially the handbags.

When the doors opened at 8:00 there were already people waiting to get in. The handbags went first and you were out of luck by 8:30/9:00 if you wanted one. One would ask, why? Continue reading

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Jeans, jeans, and more jeans!

Contemporary fashion designer, Prabal Gurung likes to wear his standard uniform, jeans and a t-shirt (more of Prabal in this fascinating interview with Time Magazine!). His jeans of choice are J Brand, and his tees? American Apparel. I too, have my uniform of jeans and a tee. And now that the weather is cooling a bit this outfit transitions beautifully when you can’t dress too warmly but need the extra cover. The trouble is that I go overboard when it comes to jeans and I own several pairs: my go-to is Joe’s Honey, for the fit. My other favorites include, Gap 1969 high-rise trouser jean, Citizens of Humanity dark-wash high-rise wide leg, Vince slim-leg, Denim & Company with spandex that I ordered from QVC, and my ripped, torn and will-never-part-from jeans by Mavi. I love all tees, but Vince is my favorite brand for the fit.

I think the boot cut is flattering for most figures. Don’t be afraid to wear your jeans snug. That is how they are meant to be worn and jeans always stretch.

Join me and Prabal by celebrating this enduring and classic American uniform: jeans and a t-shirt.

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