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David Koma SS14

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Cleaner, sleeker, more productive… I love the overt graphic bent of this collection. It allows the strict cutting and construction of the pieces to be front and center and tempers the effect of the samurai armor references, which in the wrong hands could have ventured into the realm of costume.

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Erdem SS14

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Erdem is one of the collections that I look forward to every season. Besides the fact that SS14 took a bit of a detour from what we are used to seeing from him, his postmodern version of the floral motif was refreshing, especially when coupled with the disciplined color story.

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ThreeAsFour SS14

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I’ve decided that I am against writing “reviews” of shows that one doesn’t actually attend. Each show has its own atmosphere and point of view, and things like set design and accompanying music go a long way towards establishing a prism through which the collections should be seen. But of course, I have been following NYFW, and I will be sharing some of my favorite looks from the SS14 collections that I found most intriguing (there haven’t been many so far, unfortunately). Here, a few looks from ThreeAsFour that I love. Genius construction and play with volume that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The expertly edited color palette serves to throw it all into sharper relief.

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Benthic Necklace by Hunter Gatherer Jewelry

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Some girls like a nice string of perfect heirloom pearls, while others prefer their jewelry with the slightest touch of melancholy. I fall into the latter camp, so I was I was thrilled to come across Hunter Gatherer, a darkly beautiful jewelry collection based right here in Chicago. Designed by Laura Prieto-Velasco, Hunter Gatherer does away with the artifice commonly found in fine jewelry in favor of a confident minimalism that lets the structure and design speak for itself. This piece, the Benthic Necklace, is on my wish list: 6 vintage mica rings hang from a hand-knotted black leather necklace. Black leather and weathered metal- it really doesn’t get any more perfect than that.  Hunter Gatherer Benthic Necklace, $90.  See the entire Hunter Gatherer FW13 collection here

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Junya Watanabe Biker Jacket

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It won’t always be 90 degrees outside. When that time comes, I want to have this hanging in my closet. I love the elevation of the biker jacket with wool and herringbone. Need. Want. Now.  $1,710, net-a-porter.com

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Damir Doma Accessories

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I am not one for posting about sales or daily deals, but it should be noted that one of my favorite labels, Paris-based Damir Doma, has much of its SS13 collection on serious markdown. Of particular interest are the accessories, which I always find is a frustrating exercise in striking the right balance between my personal taste (minimal, sleek and usually black), and my economic realities. Here are some of my favorite pieces currently on sale, you can see the entire collection of accessories here

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Fetishism in Fashion

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The many fashion fetishes that I, and many people I know harbor are far too numerous to list here, but we will soon have a book that may explain why and how these obsessions developed. Fetishism in Fashion, written by Lidewij Edelkoort, is a photo and essay collection exploring why some women will risk life and limb to teeter on an impossibly high heel and why a certain style of handbag, belt or other fashion object can bring on a sudden case of the vapors. I am personally looking forward to reading the chapters explaining the power of the color black and how our tastes evolve from birth to childhood. We all do it- come September 10, we can finally hope to understand why.

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Complex Geometries

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Most people stop off at places like American Apparel for staple pieces in their closets. But I find that when I want a tank dress to be something more than just a tank dress, Complex Geometries is the only option. Beyond the just-the-right-amount of draping and the stripped bare color stories, everything that CG makes are beautifully elevated versions of the clothes that my friends and I wore in high school. Here, a few pieces that really need to be in my life… See the entire collection here

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Down With The It Bag

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There is something dreadfully boring about the idea of an “It Bag”. If I can immediately register the label of your bag from across the street, I’ve already lost interest. The same follows for logos and front-and-center label plates on a handbag. But the craftsmanship and quality materials of a solid bag are always desirable, so I found a few that I love, but that will leave you guessing about the label on the inside. (Above photo: Vlieger & Vandam Handcuff Embossed Leather Clutch, $293, luisaviaroma.com.)

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Bao Bao Issey Miyake Bilbao Lucent Pouch, $149, matchesfashion.com

 

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Diego Rocha Amazon Hobo (Python), $2,640, diegorocha.comImage

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Black Velvet Seal Shopper, $495, ssense.comImage

Ceannis Big Flap Bag (Leather/Canvas), $489, brownsfashion.com

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Ann Demeulemeester Sheer Cardigan

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The hideous heat wave that most of the country endured last week pretty much evaporated any lingering patience that I had left for summer and I am ready to move on to fall, the real fashion season. I just came across this cardigan by Ann Demeulemeester- it has set my new standard for a lightweight transitional sweater. Take a closer look at farfetch.com

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