MBFW has come and gone, but one of my favorite memories still lives close by, in my closet! A few weeks ago I decided I hated all my clothes, and started giving things away or selling them on eBay, and shoes were no exception. I’m just over all my heels, and since I like to add 3 inches to my daily wardrobe, a lack of heels in my life just isn’t an option. So a few days before Fashion Week, I headed down to Zara to purchase my newest shoe obsession, these baby blue tie pumps!
I usually don’t like a pointed toe pump, because they’re almost always uncomfortable and sometimes look witchy. But I instantly fell in love with shoes
Zara beauts, so much so I wore them to every NYFW week I attended. The snow didn’t stop me from strutting my stuff (and usually freezing to death) in the most darling pumps around.
Aside from my 30 block walk in the morning, I wear heels everyday so I had to add something new to the collection (or lack there of) and I’m so glad I went with these powder blue pumps. This baby blue hue had a big moment at MBFW, and I even picked up a comparable nail polish color this week. Overall, I’m saying Yes to powder blue in more ways than one.
Was fashion week really only seven days ago? It feels like a lifetime but left me feeling so
inspired! I even ended up cleaning out my closet and getting rid of HALF of my clothes – more on that later
. Last Thursday, I attended the closing show for Mercedes Benz fashion Week, FTL Moda
+ Art Loves Fashion featuring some of my new favs, Control Sector
& Altaf Maaneshia
with my favorite photographer Claire Eliza
The First (and sweetest) Pakistani designer to show at MBFW
Tailored street-style (menswear) with a twist – every piece makes a statement! Plus the Control Sector
designers are so cool
and the models aren’t too bad to look at, I always say yes
to man candy!
Call me selfish, but I love buying my boyfriend things that I can steal – Where do you think the “boyfriend” Jean trend started, some girl wised up… and stole them from her man! – So when I’m looking for man-gifts I think of him first, but wouldn’t completely hate the idea of potentially stealing his new goodies!
For today’s look, I borrowed from the boys
and channeled my masculine side in a Control Sector sweatshirt & hat. They would make a great gift for any guy, and a great “boyfriend” piece for you to steal! I’ve been manning up lots lately, and wearing my guy’s (Paris) sweaters all season (here
and again here
), but I always add my own girlie touch! This was no exception, I dressed it up in true Courtney fashion with lady-like powder blue pumps (last seen here) & a bold vampire lip!
More of my MBFW Moments:
I’m still recovering from my first fashion week experience.
Luckily, I had most of the week off – I don’t know how bloggers do it with full time jobs #FWcoma.
So today I’m sharing my outfits & the highlights from Michael Kors Fall 2014! Plus I’ll clue you in on my secret for keeping warm(er
) in a midi skirt … when it’s 18 degrees out, burr!
Oh, and look who we ran into outside the show (drum roll please) Karlie
She was so amazingly stunning I couldn’t even take it. I still cannot believe someone can be that beautiful
in real life. Good thing Claire Eliza
was there to capture the moment, I was too busy scrapping my jaw off the floor…
If my Karlie
endued girl-crush wasn’t enough,
we were then graced with the presence of this gorgeous creature: half model half greek god. Once again, Claire
& her camera too the rescue – by now I had melted into a useless puddle of stripes & sparkle on the floor, only identifiable by my red lipstick… But can you blame me? look at him!
More models, and the mogul of the moment himself: Michael Kors
(Man, that’s a lot of M’s!)
Over all, the collection was very No-Cal-Chic, in a crisp, cool way.
Here are my two favorites from this fur-for-all presentation:
Runway Recap // see the show for yourself!
Wan’t even more Michael? I’m also loving Blonde Episodes’
coverage and review of the show, Kori
always tells it like it is // See her full post here
oh, and as far as keeping warm while baring your ankles in a midi skirt?
I cheat & keep my sweat pants on underneath. I know, I know – so unfabulous of me -but can you blame a girl? It was 18 degrees!!!! #sorrynotsorry
Photos courtesy of Claire Eliza
check out her other NYFW street style pics here
Runway photos via VOGUE
While walking home from work last Friday, I popped by Zara
to pick up blue suede shoes, but and found myself staring at leopard these pants. I wasn’t sure if I liked them or hated them, so of course I had to buy them…. (because that makes sense). So without even trying them on (I know, I was feeling super
daring) I said YES
to leopard ciggys and this oversized “chic” shirt!
Oh hey, have you heard about this crazy thing called Fashion Week? of course you have, but you may not know that I’ve teamed up with the amazing Claire Eliza
over the weekend
and today I’m sharing her amazing
images. More to come from us later this week… so stay tuned, cause we’re awesome (well, Claire
is, I’m just a wannabe).
Wearing more Zara
than most would at once, and refusing to apologize for it:
Shop for your own leopard moment:
At the time of purchase, I didn’t realize my tee was as massive as it really is, oops
! but I managed to channel my inner Tim Gunn into a make it work
moment by tying the top up a bit and adding a tailored coat… which surprise, surprise, also happens to be from Zara
. The crazy thing is I only own a few pieces of Zara
clothing, and apparently most of them seem to be in this post, birds of a feather? Oh well… Zara, I hope you enjoy your free add campaign starring the shortest girl in the room. #thinkingskinnythoughts
I’ve never wanted to be a man more than I do today.
Okay, that’s a little bit of a lie … I had a hardcore Tom-Boy phase as a child where I only responded to the name Jet and closely resembled Lil’ Bow Wow – but those are dark days that I have since blocked out.
You can usually find me in twirl worthy skirts and blindingly bright lipstick, but MBFW designers of Control Sector have me contemplating changing my ways … and perhaps even my gender? Okay, I’m being riduclous, but so is this line … riduclous in the most amazing way.
After launching in June 2013, this fashion threesome (Two brothers Luke & Adam plus their design partner Maxwell) have created a unique lifestyle brand with an aggressive mix of influences. Bold prints meet oversized length in a functional yet unconventional collection that is still wearable! How do they do it? They’re awesome, that’s how. Their goal – make every piece a closet staple (well that puts my goal to never leave the house without lipstick to shame, thanks for that Control Sector) and if those aren’t words to live by, I don’t know what is!
Control Sector is shaking things up this year at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by showcasing their re-invention of traditional menswear. This is not your boyfriend’s boring sweater (which I have come quite fond of wearing lately, maybe my suppressed Jet is trying to escape. Say it isn’t so!) – their lifestyle brand is the re-invented and non-tradiational line my inner Jet has been searching for. Their show will take place Thursday at Lincoln Center and collection will appear in stores across North America this spring. Make sure to follow along via twitter
& Instagram to share in my VIP access to this exciting brand.
Oh how I love a fashion first, especially during NYFW
The talented Altaf Maaneshia is making history this week when he becomes the first Pakistani Designer to ever show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. He will be closing out MBFW this Thursday the 13th at 5pm in an epic show.
is one to watch. He merges high-end couture with contemporary fashion for out-of-the-box sense of style… so of course I’m obsessed. Think the late, great Alexander McQueen meets Dolce & Gabbana in a dual-functional way.. His collection features geometric angles sprinkled with silver accessories, plus a wide range of fabrics such as leather, wool and tweed (oh my).
Modern day media has given the fashion industry a bad wrap to the untrained eye. Forget what the crazies of Project Runway and The Devil Wear Prada may have taught you – “By all means move at a glacial place, you know that thrills me” kind-hearted people really do exist in this industry. and Altaf Maaneshia is the proof. He’s one of 11 designers presenting their collections ins support of the AIDS healthcare foundation!
Hey … Did I mention that he’s the first ever Pakistani Designer to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week? Of course I did, but I have to say it again – it’s just that dang cool.
Altaf Maaneshia will be making his sparkling NYFW debut Thursday at Lincoln Center. I’ll be in attendance (cheers to that) and even hanging out back stage, so follow along on instagram & twitter for first hand access to this AMAZING designer.
I had a blast last night with Vivienne Tam & WeChat – an awesome new app that provided front row and VIP access to everyone, read all about it here.
My VIP Access granted me pre&post backstage access and made me feel like a celeb! Now I’ve stepped back down to earth and am sharing the highlights!
Throughout the show, fans & fashion-goes alike posted about their reactions, LIVE. It was an experience unlike any other, and I’m sure it made it extra special for those streaming at home. I loved being apart of this unique fashion feedback, and can’t wait to see how WeChat continues to create memorable moments for future fashion weeks and other events.
Make sure to download the WeChat
app to keep the convo going