I’m sorry: I went to see Is Fashion Modern

I have a confession to make: I went to the Is Fashion Modern exhibit at the MoMa without you.  I know I know I know!!  You wanted to go.  In my defense, it was a last minute thing and I found myself in midtown and I meant to just run through and return another time with you, but then I found myself anchored in front of each piece unable to move.

Another confession:  THE EXHIBIT IS EXQUISITE!  It’s so very good that I had to overcome my shame in going without you and bring myself to confess because even if you don’t forgive me, the more important thing is that you GO TO THE EXHIBIT!  It explores everything from the idea of the Little Black Dress – an ancient go-to as it turns out (above) to technological accessories like the Walkman.  The latter was particularly fascinating because it explored the piece as a tool used to defend the wearer against public interaction which is called Existenzmaximum.  Triple points for an exhibit that makes me feel prepared to play Trivial Pursuit!

Also of note – I came face to outerwear (?) with the original sleeping-bag-coat as designed by one of my fashion heroines, Norma Kamali.  For me, this was like being in front of the Mona Lisa sans glass shield.  Ta-Da!:

The excerpt near this piece was especially delightful because it is a recount by Norma of the time she went camping and had to get up to go pee in the middle of the night; As she was running into the woods with her sleeping bag wrapped around her for warmth, she thought to herself I need to sew arms into this thing! Lo and behold, she did just that, and to her great notoriety.

Another enduring image below.  This look by YSL is just as relevant today as it was in the 70s:

I sense I am now in the territory of committing yet another crime – that of spoiler alert.  Therefore, I will quit revealing tidbits post-haste.

Ok – stop being mad already and just go see this gem.  It’s running through January 28th.  And, as an added bonus, you can stop by the exceptionally moving Louise Bourgeois exhibit also running through January 28th.  Here’s but one amazing image of her famous spiders to entice you…

Who among us does not want to don a cape?

Last week I was just trolling along (the internet) minding my own business when I was accosted by this Alexander McQueen flared cape dress.  She was so boldly confrontational – I mean, look at that stance!  Typically I’m not one for drama unless that drama comes in the form of a cape and then I am ALL IN.  As you can imagine, we tussled, she won and now she’s in my closet.  I barely stood a chance.  I need to remain vigilant at all times or she might stab me in this back:

I feel as if this particular struggle will be enduring, yet I’ll find a way to make my peace with it.

It’s cold, dammit

SPORTMAX Laced Double Cashmere Coat

Dear Weather,

You want to bring out the big guns, huh?  Well here’s little old me hitting you with my best shot.  Fire away.

With(out) affection,

Wardrobe Whisperer

The Therapeutic Pumpkin

Halloween is shaping up to be terrifying this year – but not for reasons you might guess.  My list of Halloween Horrors 2017:

  1. Having a meeting in the epicenter of Halloween shenanigans: the West Village (I have one tomorrow!)
  2. The general lack of courteousness and, more to the point, SOBRIETY in the West Village
  3. The general lack of Ubers in the West Village

I have a secret fear that I will get down there and not be able to get out due to the expected bedlam in the neighborhood.  Everyone takes to the streets under the guise of watching or participating in the parade but really it’s just an excuse to get wasted and fall down in the middle of an avenue.  I am wearing sneakers and I will be prepared to run if need be – whether from ghouls, from ghosts, or from a bevy of young girls in “sexy nurse” costumes.

I have attempted to suppress my fears by turning to something I find very calming and therapeutic – pumpkin carving (AKA Styling a Pumpkin).  I know this will shock many of you considering I am not one who has ever been able to CRAFT on any level with any medium.  However, pumpkins and I understand one another.  They are surprisingly yielding if you have the right tools; I wish I could say the same for the West Village.  Alas, this year I fell in love with an image of a unicorn and executed the above pumpkin.  No stencils were used in the making of any of these pumpkins:

My cute sisters came over for the carving session and turned out the two beauties on either end of mine.  Tomorrow, no doubt, I will be drawing upon the Zen act of creating these.  Happy Halloween, dear readers.  I wish you loads of candy, and most of all, a detour away from the West Village.

 

Bottega Veneta and the Art of Glam

The other day my bestie texted to say how much she’s been hating fashion ads lately but that she both LOVES this Bottega Veneta ad as well as the outfit it features on Grace P Cheng.  I am in whole-hearted agreement.  That which I love here:

  1.  The fact that Bottega Veneta’s F/W 2017 collection is overtly and unabashedly feminine
  2.  The subtle but powerful use of texture (the brocade bag, the fur-shouldered blouse, the accordion pleat skirt, the whip-stitch gloves, the chained pin)
  3.  The completely current color combination of black and gold and cognac
  4. Grace Cheng’s FACE.  And hair.  And attitude.  And general awesomeness.

Bottega Veneta has been killing it lately by embracing cold-hard glamour.  Last night they sponsored the Hammer Gala and rolled out these ultra-glam A+ looks:

You know how all musicians wish they wrote Wonderwall? In much the same way I wish I had created the thoroughly modern, not-at-all-boring-yet-completely staid outfit that Zachary Quinto was chosen to sport.

 

The embroidered flowers on Camilla Belle’s dress are so elegant and perfectly tie to her lipstick.  Details matter.

I am unmoved by Sistine Rose Stalone’s belly-baring tube top but I would engage in hand to hand combat for that jacket.

 

I predict that these stripes will do good things for the continuing career of Marissa Tomei.

Why boots are the security blankets of adult women

Many MANY things can go awry in the course of a day but if you find yourself kicking it in your favorite boots somehow you feel impervious to these outside forces.  Boots are like krypton.  More accurately, boots are like a woman’s security blanket.  There is something so satisfying and comforting in the way boots embrace your legs (if they are tall) and envelope your feet.  What is not to love about a footwear that HUGS its wearer?  Not to mention that they provide heat when the temperatures dip and, as we all well know, coziness equals love.  I’d be hard-pressed to identify a woman who does not get PUMPED to shop for boots each fall.  In fact, it’s the number one thing I’ve been discussing with my female clients this month: which ones, what heights, and which colors.  The good news is that there exist so many correct formulas.

One detail I am demanding this fall is a covered heel.  I don’t want a stack nor do I even want a novelty heel.  I want that bad boy to blend and provide an ultra sleek aesthetic.  Case in point is the Aquazzura Brera Tall Boot in tan featured above.  This boot is my number one favorite at this moment for its simplicity, color, and heel.  Let it be known that I have seated myself front and center on the tan/cognac bandwagon that’s been cruising around. It is my preferred neutral of this season.

Another current favorite:

That studded Y is for YASSSSSSSSSSSSS PLEASE!  And also for YSL obviously.  More specifically the Saint Laurent Studded Grace Knee Boot.

If you’re in the market for a bootie…

 

this little lady is stealing my heart.  Look at that demure pose! She’s so lovely.  And the patent leather covered heel?  Dreamy!  This Stella Luna Ruffle Trimmed boot needs to become part of my life this fall.  And perhaps yours as well?

Lastly, but not leastly (?!), I am FEELING a white boot:

These Gianvito Rossi Laura Knee Boots are so OF THE MOMENT.  Please, Forces of the Universe, let it come to pass that I wear these very boots as soon as possible paired with my white shadow mink fur coat.  Is that too much to ask from you?  (Don’t answer that question.)

Standing O or Hell No: Emmy Awards 2017

The only job that Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz should have is to create more humans that look like this.

It’s officially awards season and I’m officially swooning!  Thank you, good ladies of the Emmys, for giving us something to DISCUSS:

First bullet point – Zoe Kravits of Big Little Lies in Dior (above).  The degree of complexity on this dress is HIGH.  On the wrong girl this gown would read Fraggle Rock but on Zoe its transcendent.  An excerpt from a text I sent to my SISTER-girl, Venessa:

Girlfriend looked like a 2 year old cut her hair then slapped Vaseline in it and she’s still a straight 10.   Standing O, Zoe!

 

When I’m “seeing red,” if it could be this exact hue, the world would be a different place.

THIS dress.  This DRESS.  THIS DRESS!! I would not have pegged this as a Calvin Klein but sometimes his genius prevails.  The rhinestone elements are making it necessary for me to breathe into a brown paper bag.  Not to be negative but I would say that Nicole’s head has looked more perfect in other applications but obviously she is still killing it here.  Maybe it’s just that her hair is a wee bit limp.  No matter: Standing O!

 

I rarely think that pants are as effective as a dress on the red carpet but this is the clear exception.  Claire Foye in those rhinestones and shoulder cape are winning on the red carpet and at life in general.  Standing O!

 

Yara Shahidi in Prada makes me long for my youth.  Her skin looks like the night stars are shining from within her.  The dress and belt are the things that dreams are made of.  Standing O!

 

One thousand points for Effective Use of Color.  Viola Davis wearing this orange Zac Posen is an image I will be holding on to when it is cold and dark and I need something to comfort me in a time of deep distress.  Standing O!

There were so many good looks but people I HAVE A DAY JOB and my clients are waiting.  Not to end on a sour note but wha-wha:

 

A cold Winter indeed.

Remember that time of deep distress I mentioned moments ago?  Witness Ariel Winter.  Hell No!

Wardrobe Whisperer Reviews NYFW: Spring 2018

It’s NY Fashion Week PLUS there are about twenty million other red carpet events happening concurrently.  I am seeing runway shows in my sleep.  Steam is coming out of my ears because my brain is churning so hard.  Luckily my internal CPU is powered by red wine and I am happy to report that there’s no shortage of that around here.

For the sake of efficiency I’m going to synthesize NYFW Spring 2018 Ready to Wear (to date) by plucking out a few of my favorite looks and putting them forward haphazardly. For instance, cast your gaze upward at Gigi Hadid in Tom Ford.  This is what the future looks like in my head: modern yet distinctly feminine.  The draping on this piece is exquisite.  Onward:

 

Reem Acra had a strong showing. It pained me to have to choose one look so let’s consider this gown a representation of all that was glorious in this collection.  And there was much glory indeed.  Head over to Vogue.com to see the full slideshow.

 

Somewhere deep in the heart of every girl is the desire to wear this exact Carolina Herrera dress during the day and this one in the evening:

 

Side note: Apparently my version of NY Fashion Week is mostly about gowns.  I’m okay with that view.  Clearly:

 

This reminds me of when you order a hand-shaved ice and they pour the cherry syrup on top and you salivate as you watch it spread across your chilled treat.  And, yes, I’d like to wear said chilled treat in the form of this Oscar de la Renta confection.

Next…

 

I want to pick her up and twirl her around.  Then I went to wrestle her to the floor and steal her Rosie Assouline frock.

The J Mendel show was DELICIOUS:

And it also included tons of fur accents.  At this juncture I am going to press a finger to my own lips indicating I should speak no more and simply allow J Mendel’s tremendous looks to communicate…

 

 

Market Watch and Wardrobe Whisperer talk watches

If all watches were equal (in price) which they are not, this Patek Phillipe from the new “Grand Complications” collection would be mine NOWish.

Whether or not it is intentional, your watch communicates things about you.  Leslie Albrecht from the Wall Street Journal’s digital finance site, Market Watch, asked me to translate what is being said.  (Keep reading, mom, most of my quotes are in the last third of this article):

This accessory makes people feel dominant in business negotiations

Celeb Sighting: Jenna Lyons (YES she is a celebrity)

Jenna at the 2017 Tony Awards

A few days ago Jenna Lyons passed me in SoHo.  That I recognized her registered on her face and resulted in her picking up her pace ever so slightly.  Which makes me think I may have a latent stalker vibe (?!?) to which I’ve been blind.  I began feverishly texting my friends, as one does when one has latent stalker tendencies, to report this majestic sighting.  A few of the responses I received:

  1. WHO is that?!
  2. Oh my gosh – I LOVED her in The Office.
  3. Channing Tatum’s wife?

Answers to the above:

  1. The former creative director and president of J Crew widely credited for reinvigorating the brand as it was slumping in the early 2000’s.  She is a Damn. Fashion. ICON.
  2. That would be Jenna Fischer.
  3. That would be Jenna Dewan Tatum.

So what if no one else found this sighting as glorious and serendipitous as I did, I still wanted to chase her down to grill her (LATENT tendencies!).  Her rise to fame is fascinating to me.  Yes: FAME.  She began as a junior designer in 1990 and ascended not only to the highest ranks but became the de facto face of the company.  When word of her departure was released, it was reported that the decision was mutual.  That is code for: tumultuous but suppressed.  To quote Seinfeld: “It was the first mutual break up in relationship history!” Which is to say break ups are rarely ever mutual; And I suspect this one follows suit.  In any case, I would like to end with an open letter to Jenna:

Hi Jenna,

It’s me, the stalker you saw on Broadway and Prince, AKA the Wardrobe Whisperer.  PLEASE for the love of all that is good and holy write a tell-all book immediately.  That is, if you’re not already penning said book which I’m certain you must be.  It would be a completely missed opportunity to keep us in the dark.  I require details.  Please start from the beginning of the end.

Thank you,

WW

 

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