Oversized, plaid, asymmetrical, linen, faux suede . . . Zara has all the trench coats right now and I’m absolutely convinced that one can never have too many.
Becoming a designer was never a choice for Christine Alcalay – it’s who she always was. After immigrating to New York City from Vietnam, at the age of three, she was introduced to a needle and thread. She spent most of her childhood alongside her mother, who worked as a self taught tailer and pattern maker in gritty, overcrowded clothing manufactories. Sewing, making and designing clothing became second nature and years later, Christine pursued her dream of becoming a designer by attending Parson’s, interning for Christian Lacroix, opening a clothing boutique and eventually, launching her own eponymous label. Her clothing is effortlessly beautiful and elegantly simple, as evidenced by her latest collection. Relaxed silhouettes in soft, earthy hues and prints are influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and her love of the desert. What I love most are the drop waisted dresses, paneled skirts and flared shorts, all of which can be worn layered or as is.
Do you remember the Invisible Man? We featured Liu Bolin back in 2011, after he had become known for perfecting the art of blending into various backgrounds by using his body as a canvas. I love seeing that, all these years later, he’s still at it. The Chinese artist is currently the face of Moncler‘s fall campaign and the shots, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, are mesmerizing. It’s amazing how he’s able to camouflage himself so seamlessly into each scene. So in addition to sharing photos from the campaign, I’ve pulled some of my favorite works from the last few years, just so you, too, can appreciate the magic of The Invisible Man.
Hello, semi sheer swiss dot blouse with billowing sleeves and a voluminous pussy bow . . . I love you. It turns out, this stunner of a blouse isn’t the only thing I love from Mahsa. The New Zealand based label uses raw fibers, like silk, cotton and wool, and sophisticated tailoring to create a modest collection of romantic, trans-seasonal blouses, trousers and dresses. Every piece manages to delight in unique details while maintaining a sense of simplicity. Love, love, love.
It’s no secret that I love patches. I’ve even got Quincy jumping on the bandwagon! He recently started his own collection, while stopping through gift shops and visitor centers on our little summertime excursions. By the way, those are the best places to find mementos like patches and pins. With pre-k starting next week, we thought start a little project together by adding his favorite iron-ons to his new backpack. I love that he has a story for every single patch and I just know he’s chomping at the bit to share them with his classmates on his first day of school. I’m excited to add more as more adventures with my little guy await. And of course, Coco, who looks up to her big brother in every way, needed to get in on the fun to . . .
- iron-on patches (here are some of my favorite places to shop for patches):
- For The Love Of Patch: Wes Anderson patches
- OomphOasis: pop culture patches that include the Simpsons, Pac Man, etc.
- EsonFashion: Gucci inspired patches
- Laceshine: sequined and embellished patches, mirrored bird patches
- Strange Ways: rebellious patches!
- Frog & Toad Press: adorable, cheeky round badge-like patches
- Patch Parlor: country, state, city and national park patches
- PatchaDIY: superheros, Disney characters, Nintendo, etc
- double stick fusible web sheets (optional)