Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Falling Into Fashion

 Ruben Toledo scarf, blouse by Marc by Marc Jacobs, vintage belt, Forever 21 bodycon skirt.
When questioned about the long process it takes to create one of Isabel Toledo’s masterpieces she said “fast fashion is like fast food. It doesn’t leave you with a good feeling in your stomach.” This quote demonstrates the quirky yet unanimously kindhearted spirit of the Toledos. I got to witness it firsthand at an event honoring Isabel Toledo this afternoon at Barney’s. Isabel’s designs capture elegance and simplicity yet are spiced with her eccentric details. My favorite pieces were a gray tank dress with cutouts on each hip and the black dress fashioned with vibrant colored guitars.
Me and André Leon Talley discussing fashion journalism.
The guest list included Simon Doonan, André Leon Talley, and of course, the lovely Isabel and her husband, Ruben. What I love about Isabel's designs the most is that they were crafted by the dynamic duo who truly complement eachother; they constantly playing off what another does. Isabel came over to me because she noticed that I was wearing a red silk scarf with fashion sketches designed by Ruben.
Isabel Toledo and me at Barney's.
When I asked her to take a picture, she said “were you sitting there waiting to for a picture? You could have just asked.” This was my first taste of her wonderful modest nature. When I told her I hoped to become a fashion editor, she led me by the hand to André Leon Talley himself. I was completely star struck. André generously took the time to converse with me, and I was in heaven. The event concluded with a Q&A with Isabel led by Simon Doonan, during which she spoke about a number of subjects including how she chooses the day’s outfit from the shoes up, her design process, and her democratic dictatorial work room style. My day couldn’t have ended on a better note :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sugar and Spice

Red Velvet & Coconut cupcakes
I had seen the Cupcake Truck around the city for weeks now, but never had it crossed my path at a convenient time when I was actually craving the little gems. Last night on 14th and 5th Avenue I finally spotted the truck and knew I had to try one. The cupcakes were puny, much like Baked by Melissa’s, but oh so cute.
Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, bodycon skirt from Forever21, purse by Coach Legacy, sweater Eileen Fisher, scarf by Jennifer George, vintage sunglasses, tank by Nightcap.
In an open space within the Chelsea Market, a Privé sample sale was booming so I went to check 50-80 percent off Kritik, Free People, Iisli and tons more. While at the market I learned that Fat Witch sells their brownies for half price between the hours of 5-7. To understate it, I LOVE THE CHELSEA MARKET!!!!!!! 
I have a list of places that I have been waiting to visit but haven’t yet, on a post-it note on my computer. Reservations were finally made for one of the places at the top of the list, Spice Market in the Meat Packing District. The place itself is an adventure to be had; once inside, you’re flown into a South-East Asian island and mesmerized by the atmosphere. Sides of the restaurant are open, beckoning the district’s chic bystanders to flood in. The food is crafted by Jean Georges, who creates unique dishes entangled with décor. I suggest the crunchy squid salad or the charred chicken with kumquat.

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