My maternal grandmother, Nancy, is one of the most stylish people I know. Today she turns ninety years old and I couldn’t be more proud to show her off. I can only hope that I got the right genes to age as gracefully as she has. As a stylish woman who has seen nearly a century I was curious as to how things have changed, not just from a wide angle general lens like I usually cover but through the lens of a singular woman.
Fashion and charity hardly go hand in hand. Fashion is an inherently selfish act as you purchase clothing to represent yourself or to fit in with a group or to succeed at your job. As millennials are more eager to purchase purposeful products that come with a story, brands are starting to include more philanthropic missions for the traditionally self-centered act of buying clothes.
This last weekend when visiting friend in New York City, I had the chance to attend the opening day of Manus x Machina, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest costume exhibit sponsored by Apple. The exhibit curated by Andrew Bolton focused on the interplay of handmade and machine-made clothing relevant in the fashion world
This year’s fashion week ended up being a larger source of confusion than of great fashion. With changes in technology, consumer behavior, and weather, the fashion industry is in a completely different landscape than it was when fashion week was first introduced.
This year at New York Fashion Week, I was struck by the whimsical neckties on the women of the Thom Browne show. It got me wondering about a few things: first, why aren’t ties as commonplace on women as they are on men? Second, where did they come from and why are ties pretty much a requirement for formal menswear? Lastly, ties don’t seem to serve much of a functional purpose so why does anyone wear ties in the first place?
I spent the last couple weeks in Thailand and one of the main souvenirs I wanted to bring back was Thai silk. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to witness the production of this silk firsthand but I wanted to share the story of this unique fabric to others as well.
Fashion Month (fashion week in New York, London, Paris, then Milan) just ended and that means heavy use of one app in particular -- Instagram. It’s no secret that Instagram has taken the fashion world by storm: it is now the go-to app for documenting and advertising fashion with flattering filters, exclusive campaigns through “Insta-shoots”, and specially curated content for big fashion events.
Last week I went on a trip to New York to visit a good friend of mine. While preparing for the trip I had a long list of places to visit from museums to a garment district walking tour to the stores of all my favorite NYC-based fashion brands. It got me thinking about how NYC became such a hub for fashion and culture while my home, San Francisco, is also a known culture hub but lacks a recognizable fashion influence.
Two years ago this Friday the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed. The accident is considered the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history with 2,500 injured and a death toll clocking in at just over 1,100...
Apple’s attention to detail is what keeps Apple a favorite among those who value aesthetics and quality. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was the favorite luxury brand in China, beating classic brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel for both men and women...
When I was searching the New York Fashion Week shows and browsing the #NYFW hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, I was surprised to see how many more posts were about what the attendees wore rather than the shows themselves. Even the great Suzy Menkes published an essay about the “peacocks” outside the shows distracting from the action inside...