Neckbreakin’ NYFW - Day 2 | Mary Lai & Reverie

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Top - Victoria Secret // Skirt - Reverie NY // Shows - Call It Spring // Bag - Mary Lai NY

Steve Jobs said it best - “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” Before it began, I was eager for it and in full preparation mode and as Fashion Week was moving forward, I became restless and was pulled in different directions, and as it ended, I hated it and loved it. We would have a “It’s complicated” relationship status if NYFW was a tall young fellow. In retrospect, the aching knees and sleepless nights was well worth the amazing season. I got to rekindle with some old friends and play with new ones. I’ve seen some great designs available in Spring/Summer 2015 that makes me crave for a Summer redo. Give me Noon by Noor’s silk jumpsuits, Mara Hoffman’s … everything, and Luis Antonio’s gowns. 

I also got the opportunity to work with some familiar faces and a few kindred new ones. For this SS15 Fashion Week, I worked exclusively with New York natives, Reverie and Mary Lai, to bring you some neck breakin’ worthy outfits. Have you ever just wake up and feel like one of the Spice Girls? Well, I woke up feeling Posh Spice. And I hope I did her some justice. 

"Have you ever just wake up and feel like one of the Spice Girls?"

Neckbreakin’ NYFW - Day 1 | Wenqi Wu SS15

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Windsor Playsuit - Motel Rocks // Sweater - Vintage // Sandals - Zara 

New York Fashion Week. A holiday or a hell depending on what side you’re talking to. PR people dread it because they can barely keep anything else in their brain intact besides the seating charts, the wardrobe, and the models timing as they hit the runway. To editors and bloggers, it’s love and hate because while we love watching the beautiful designs that hit the catwalk and the people we finally get to see from other parts of the country, we’re generally sprinting from show to show and living on coffee and champagne. I guess we shouldn’t be complaining too much. The first outfit was a a fun playsuit from Motel Rocks with a play on colors. I’m going to be quite frank when I say I didn’t really think about this outfit. First time is the charm in this case. In really warm and humid weather, I balanced this long sleeve and fitted playsuit with a vintage sweater that never left my waist and nude open toe sandals. 

Photos by Chris Payne

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I had the pleasure of doing a walk through with Wenqi Qu on his debut collection in quite an intimate room at the Ace. The sophisticated geometrical and the Russian Constructivist concept is unbelievable and to think he just graduated! A man with such passion as he continued to show me piece by piece and what it exactly meant to him and within the collection. He stressed how his mind was attracted to the experimental elements of the Russian Constructivist era. He translated this inspiration by playing with various materials, like silk organza, lightweight lambskin, and more, on different surfaces. What birthed from those ideas is this clever collection of fantastic shapes, textures, and a refreshing utilitarian take with femme tones. I instantly became a fan of not only his collection but this modest man who has so much talent oozing from his fingertips. Bravo, Wenqi Wu!

"What birthed from those ideas is this clever collection of fantastic shapes, textures, and a refreshing utilitarian take with femme tones."

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Concrete Greys

concrete greys - komono sunglasses, staple pigeon, threadworkshop co., evolve clothing gallery - neckbreakin' style

concrete greys - komono sunglasses, staple pigeon, threadworkshop co., evolve clothing gallery - neckbreakin' style

concrete greys - komono sunglasses, staple pigeon, threadworkshop co., evolve clothing gallery - neckbreakin' style

concrete greys - komono sunglasses, staple pigeon, threadworkshop co., evolve clothing gallery - neckbreakin' style

concrete greys - komono sunglasses, staple pigeon, threadworkshop co., evolve clothing gallery - neckbreakin' style

Beanie - Staple Pigeon (Evolve Clothing Gallery) // Shirt - Threadworkshop Co. (Evolve Clothing Gallery)// Sunnies - Komono (Evolve Clothing Gallery) // Clutch - Urban Outfitters // Heels - Call It Spring 

Have you ever notice how similar and different every city’s concrete is?  You’ll know by your first step onto the sidewalk whether you’re in New York City or Hoboken. Yes, one may be substantially cleaner than the other. But, it doesn’t make one better than the other. It’s the same way I feel about menswear and womenswear.  

In head to ankle menswear, it’s hard to tell that what Im wearing was made by a man for a man. I’ve consistently been intrigued by menswear almost parallel to the passion I have with womenswear. It creates more possibilities and plenty of artistic vice. The men shirt now being worn unmistakably as a shirt dress surprisingly received great attention. Threadworkshop Co. caught more women attention then if it was worn by a man and for a different reason. The women around me loved it. And when I giggled about the not-so-secret “This is actually a man’s shirt,” they loved it even more. Perhaps, it’s the taboo of wearing something you’re not suppose to. Or perhaps, it’s the possible story that comes along with wearing a man’s shirt in the middle of the day. Regardless, this won’t be the last time you’ll see me in their gear. On my dome is one of my favorite street wear designer and the coolest cat - Staple. How appropriate is it to have pigeons on my beanie as I walk the streets of New York. Want to know the best part? You can get this entire outfit in one spot - Evolve Clothing Gallery. Boom. I’m done.

"Perhaps, it’s the taboo of wearing something you’re not suppose to. Or perhaps, it’s the possible story that comes along with wearing a man’s shirt in the middle of the day."

Photos by Pedro

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Grease & Glorious

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Vest - Men Trucker Levis // Crop Top - Zara // Bottom - Thrifted // Shoes - Aldo / Bracelet - Robyn Rhodes 

There’s something riveting about the dirtiest of places. The grease, if you will. Sit in it, play with it a bit, and get gritty. Because when you walk away from it, stripped from that clean shirt, I believe that you’ll be rising from the ashes. Some of my favorite human beings were the greasiest - Charles Bukowski, James Dean, and my girl, Amy Winehouse.

Who is your favorite gritty human being?

In this short and sweet post, I hope you find your inner gritty and compliment it with the glorious in you. Find your balance, like topping off blue trousers with a long denim vest, and then go just a little further. 

Photos by Pedro

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