Feeling extremely fortunate to have attended the Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2016 fashion show at NYFW this past month. The show was held at the Park Avenue Armory uptown, where the space was recreated into a perfect stark white room to juxtapose the dark, smokey looks that walked the runway.
Working with both Marc Jacobs RTW Collection Design and Production teams at MJ HQ allowed me to literally see first hand how intricate, detailed and beautiful the creative process is. So many long hours of hard work and dedication by so many exceptionally talented people. As they say, “it takes a village.” And this village resides at 72 Spring Street in downtown Manhattan.
The buildup to the show was intense, as all fashion shows are and as any deadline can be. Viewing this season from sketches and ideas to swatches of fabrics and furs; from samples of trim being assembled and buttons hand sewn on to the final pieces that walked the runway was absolutely unreal. Getting a sneak peak of Kendall Jenner on Tuesday and Wednesday night’s in preparation for Thursday’s show was super cool / aka fangirl-ing.
Check her super cute Vogue NYFW video here:
Lady Gaga totally killed in the MJ show as well – completely unsuspected surprise by basically everyone. See more in the MJ video above. Her look is rad, although she looks pretty crazy in this photo.
One of my favorite jackets / looks was the collabo with Canada Goose – I watched somebody take a perfectly beautiful Canada Goose down jacket and cut it in half… to create the beautiful crop jacket with feathers pictured below on the left. I can’t get over it and I want one ASAP. So like, think of me next Christmas when you’re shopping. And Molly Bair completely SLAYED the final look of the show in the photo below right.
Some more of my favorite looks from the show are:
The show had a gothic yet sweet vibe and everything was dynamically opposed. Oversize, yet barely there. Every model was in sky high platforms that I’m already coveting.
I’ve compiled a list of things that I keep on me AT ALL TIMES (let’s be honest – most times… CONSTANT MESS!) to handle all of life’s little emergencies.
The Minimergency Kit This bad boy has EVERYTHING. See all contents in photo below. But like bandaid, sewing kit, safety pins, earring backs, deodorant, stain remover, mouth wash, nail file, Advil. YOU NAME IT! I’ve created my own version of this, but it’s perfect and super tiny so it fits right in your bag!
Sugar Packets (for the true T1 diabetic betch… never know when you may need a boost!)
… and they have SO MANY USES.
Dry Shampoo Saving grace for so many evenings where your hair does not look so nice after a day of work, weather, etc. I’m newly obsessed with dry shampoo, specifically Klorane (they do it so well).
Nail Polish Remover & Clear Nail Polish Travel size so it doesn’t take up space and because chipped manicures are fucking disgusting. I’d rather be bare than have a gross chipped mani.
I mean, obviously. Besides typical use – these little suckers (pun) can be used with nail polish remover when you don’t have a cotton ball or tissue, or plug up a nose bleed, options are legit endless — great tool!
Spare Set of Tights
Black, obv. Don’t really need get in to the gradation of the tights…
Tissues Small travel packs (they come in really adorable styles now so you don’t look like your grandmother…)
Mascara Get a mini size of your favorite from a sample counter in the mall. Most brands sell small travel sizes. Add mascara to a no-makeup face and you look a million times more dressed up!
Oatmeal or Protein Bar Betches need to eat. Protein-full items keep you more full for a longer period of time. Quest Bars are a favorite. So are KIND bars.
Tweezers Can’t even say how many times a pair of tweezers has come in handy. To perfect an eyebrow, get out a splinter, any other random medical issue I may be having.
Caffeine boost coming right up…
Deo / Eye Makeup Remover for your BO! And quick clean-ups. Makeup remover gets pen off skin.
Travel Size Parfum Parfum lasts longer and is stronger than eau de toilette, FYI. Little bit goes a long way – perfect and small.
I’m basically describing myself to be an old lady with a huge bag overflowing with crap… whatever.
All things every betch needs in her desk drawer at work or forever hold her peace.
Tucked or untucked?Tied or loose?Black or brown?This one or that one?Left or right?Over or under?Jacket or no jacket….maybe sweater?Ugh, it’s so hot out though!!
Indecision with what to wear (amongst many other things) is my biggest asset/flaw/major waste of time. I’m constantly asking for opinions from others, and after they tell me it “looks good,” I continue to change my clothes. 3-7 more x’s… They obviously just want me to finish getting ready because I take basically forever to get dressed when given the opportunity.
Like many women, I have the ability to accidentally wake up 45 minutes later than usual (for work) and still arrive earlier than I could have on a day I woke up on time, even early.
So this means…poor time management while getting dressed and ready? Poor dress/attire prep? Whatever – nobody even knows the difference. People who are similar to me know the difference… but the general public (ew) does not.
Point is…if you’re spending time, you may as well get it together completely.
For dressing/styling myself & others, I’m extremely honest. So if I tell you “it’s appropriate” or “it looks great,” trust. Unless you’re just uncomfortable, then change. Simple.
A Few Rules of Thumb…
1. Always keep your hair down unless it absolutely needs to go up. Even after that, take it down. Some waves in your hair look great if you can put them back in a small clip (for when you have a crease or bump in your hair).
2. Black is always slimming (for when you’re having a “fat” day). Also, people notice it less… or, even better, remember it less – so it’s great for going under the radar.
3. Don’t listen to anybody but yourself. Trust yourself. Whenever I want to wear something questionable and a friend advises against it, but I wear it anyway – I get a lot of compliments. Maybe it’s in my head, but it definitely happens.
4. Dress appropriate for occasions. I’m a major disturber of peace. Sneakers with a very dressy dress to a very divey beer bar? Perfect. Casual the crap out of an awesome dress. You can totes repurpose a dress you’d likely not wear again because of photos you are in or because you feel like don’t have a place to wear it…. YOU DO!
5. Remember to get back what you lend out! Nothing worse than going to grab the perfect blazer you need to tie your outfit together and it isn’t right there hanging in your closet. And you remember your bestie has it and she’s away for the weekend. Bummer.
6. Be willing to not be so standard. (See, basic betch). I’m def not talking about wearing “bright orange pairs of pants,” Billy Joel…but I am talking about: bold lips and bold shoes. So… “bright orange pair of lips!” ;o) If you’re thinking, “SHOULD I?!?!” Yes. Yes you should. Go for it a little bit.
7. Always go for polished over sloppy. You have plenty of time to be sloppy. In the comfort of your own home. In bed. In front of your family. When you’re 5 years old… Time and place people! It’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed. Because then you’re left feeling great about yourself instead of feeling like shit about yourself. Self-esteem boosters, duh.
Store’s like Marshall’s & TJ Maxx are great for a few things – basics & trends you don’t want to spend a lot of money on.
Basics like black shirts, black dresses, black anything, OBV. White t-shirts, random work clothes? Not your jeans, probably. Current trends maybe like pastels, or like mules. It’s also perfect for disposable clothing or “going out clothes.” Shitty tops or dresses that you’ll wear once because you can only wear something out once, basically. But you don’t really mind because it was under $30, better yet, under $20 so who really cares?! But you’ll actually receive a bunch of complements on this crap, leading you to re-purpose this low quality piece of crap purchase probably several times. WIN, WIN!
Step 1: Be mentally prepared. Don’t go in thinking exactly what you’re looking for is going to be there. It’s not. Actually, exactly what you don’t need but have a crush on will be there. Nice and expensive.
*TIP*: Know your budget before you enter. If you have $100 to spend – know that. Know what you’re searching for. And if you have an open mind – just try to stick to your budget. That is why you’re shopping at Marshall’s now, isn’t it?
Step 2: Drink coffee or tea beforehand, so you’re alert. And not sleepy. And can move quickly in front of the snoozers (old ladies, 30-somethings with baby strollers, bratty menacing children).
*TIP*:Go early in the morning. Be the first person to enter when the doors open. To avoid: “the snoozers.”
Step 3: First round of try-on’s – grab 2 sizes (if available). Do a full sweep of the store. You’ll learn that I never commit to anything until I’ve seen everything at least once. AKA – doing a sweep or a full lap. I do this at bars for certain, but I also do this while shopping. Never fully commit until you’ve seen it all.
Step 4: Be prepared to give away all of your prized possessions (other than clothing that can be tried on) to the dressing room attendant. This means shoes, belts, bags, any other random objects that you picked up along the way. If it’s a Home Goods/Marshall’s – you’re fucked. Don’t even look at the Home Goods stuff until you’ve finished with your Marshall’s try-on’s.
Step 5: Wear easily changeable clothing. Dresses are great – slip on shoes like ballet flats or sandals are perfect. Less that you have to take off and put back on the better!
Step 6: Divide & conquer. Decide what is a “Must Have,” a “Maybe” and a “Definitely Not.” Put them in piles or on different hooks in the fitting room. Separate and get ready to leave the dressing room for round # 2.
Step 7: Give the attendant your Def Not’s – hang on to your maybe’s and must have’s. Do one more lap around the store to find anything else that you may have missed or things to go with the items that you’re deciding to purchase.
Step 8: Hit the dressing room again if necessary (but literally, try to avoid this so you don’t risk thoughts of suicide).
Step 9: Get the fuck outta there! Hit up the line as soon as humanly possible because in any moment you’re going to have a severe anxiety attack, as you’ve been in this disorganized crazy store for over 30 minutes. Being that you planned ahead and went early or late night (prime shopping hours), the line should not be very long. While waiting in line, decide how you’re going to pay for your purchases and have your form of payment basically ready to go.
Step 10: Be nice to the cashier, pay for your shit and leave the premises. Breathe the fresh air in the parking lot like it’s your last breath of air on this earth. You’ve made it through, girl. You fucking did it. You’ve conquered Marshall’s / TJ Maxx – and you’re still alive. And you purchased something to wear for tonight or tomorrow night. Good freakin’ job, girl! Congratulations. You now deserve a cocktail so head home and immediately pour one.