“Like boys” …

Credit: The New York Times On the Street with Bill Cunningham

Credit: The New York Times On the Street with Bill Cunningham

Like boys … translation: Comme des Garcons

The way I approach each collection is exactly the same…the motivation has always been to create something new, something that didn’t exist before. The more experience I have and the more clothes I make, the more difficult it becomes to make something new. Once I’ve made something, I don’t want to do it again, so the breadth of possibility is becoming smaller.” Rei Kawakubo, Japanese fashion designer and creative force behind the label Comme des Garcons, Ltd.

Today I am inspired (as I often am) by New York Times On the Street photographer, Bill Cunnigham, and his piece entitled, Coated“. He highlights the coats and dresses from Rei Kawakubo’s collection from March 2012, and those women lucky enough to be wearing these colorful fashion-as-art pieces now.

Rei Kawakubo’s first collection, “Lace,” debuted in 1981 and since her debut, Ms. Kawakubo’s designs have been original and exquisite. She appears not to be interested in what others are doing, in creating the new, and in having the discipline to do so. I am thrilled to own my own small piece of Comme des Garcons, and for once I too, can be like boys!!

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My very own Comme des Garcons shirt!

My very own Comme des Garcons shirt!

Dressing up

Credit: Bill Cunningham, The New York Times
“On the Street – Tucked In” – Sunday, November 25, 2012

Today’s New York Times Style Section, On the Street with Bill Cunningham, highlights men dressing up and looking very much like the classic dandy. Notice the layering, waistcoats, vests, and impeccable tailoring? Designer Cally’s Kal Rieman is definitely on to something!

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Masculine and feminine dressing

Masculine Dressing (photo taken at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Feminine Dressing (photo taken at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Street Peeper, contributing photographer at Vogue.com, recently captured two distinct street-style trends at Paris Fashion Week: ultra-masculine and super-feminine dressing. To incorporate these looks, it doesn’t have to be a big commitment. For a more masculine look simply add a statement blazer with or without a collared shirt (tuxedo-style blazers are tres chic) and for a more feminine look pick one stand-out piece like a full dress or skirt with a simple, kitten heel. And you’ve got it!

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On the street

The New York Times, September 16, 2012
On the Street, Bill Cunningham

Today is Sunday. That means The New York Times Style Section and On the Street with Bill Cunningham. On the street today? Women’s shoes. Bill is 83 years old and is still going strong as the quintessential fashion photographer. On March 16, 2011 there was a documentary about Bill called Documenting Bill Cunningham New York. Here is a trailer for the film. I think it is interesting to watch it now, at the close of NY Fashion Week. And while the city was saturated with images of the shows, both inside and out of the tents, life on the street goes on through the eyes of Bill Cunningham – an original and a maverick. Because as Bill says in his own words, “I’m not interested in celebrities with their free dresses. I’m interested in the clothes.”

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