Mik Cire Fall 2010 Show

I’ll start off this guest commentary by stating that there were times. There were times growing up when the approaching weekend filled me with a breath of fresh air. There were times in my youth when hearing the ice cream truck filled me with a euphoric glee. There were times when that ‘aha’ moment of going from a cheap suit to an expensive suit hit me like a ton of wool gabardine. There were also times that NY Fashion Week would wind up thrilling me to no end, which it occasionally does (key word occasionally). Last season’s Monarchy show, of which Eric Kim was head designer, left me feeling lukewarm and wondering that there were times when I left a fashion show and didn’t mutter to myself “that’s it?”

So with the collar popped on my trench (to mask the almost instinctual screw face to questionable fashion) I entered the Mik Cire by Eric Kim Fall Winter 2010 show during fashion week hoping to be thrilled but secretly terrified for more of the uneventful. As the show began with its part military part nomad inspired, dark assortment of washed greens, browns and blacks reminiscent of moss, calamata olives, cocoa and asphalt, I noticed my neck had started slowly rising from my trench.

What peaked my interest was a well-edited and most notable grown-up collection. There was a skilled and hard-edged handling of skins in suede jackets with double sided zips and wearable bondage-esque bombers with leather sleeves and buckled straps. Button down shirts were given the military meets minimalist air with toned down epaulets and flattering pocket placements. Pea coats, car coats and overcoats in those washed greens, browns and blacks worked very well when paired with zippered wool fingerless gloves, soft knit skullcaps and non-fussy scarves swaddling the neck. Shorter jodhpur style pants (a trend next season) came off more plausibly wearable than costume-like with the aesthetic of the collection especially when paired with long johns and slung on the low waist. Kim’s attention to small details such as clever seaming, fraying and piping placement will attract his modern cosmopolitan soldier to strong familiar silhouettes with refined elements.

Further, while I could do with a more unstructured (and smaller) bag, I see his continuation of the refined and familiar in his use of textured leather and pony on shapes that could easily stow away a weeks worth of clothing for a getaway. I think that was part of the point though; to rework the strong recognizable elements and approach ideas that work for men in a forward, wearer- friendly way (the pea coat, the short overcoat, the gloves, the long johns, the suspenders, the ruff sack, etc.)

Good first start for Mr. Kim under his namesake. The buyers will like it, those with more refined and darker tastes than Monarchy will like it and he’s bound to attain a crop of new soldiers eager to grow with his vision. And for those of you who were wondering, the show ended with Mr. Kim and his toddler son taking a wave, my collar down and my expression all smiles…..yes all smiles. DW.

Ports 1961 Spring 2010 Show

Tia Cibani’s nature-inspired “Fluere” for her Ports 1961 Spring 2010 collection reminded me very much of a Japanese Garden, not because of the few floral prints but because of the structure of the garments. There is a distinct look and feel to an Asian garment, you can always see influences of that inspiration in any design. These two looks directly below remind me of a koi pond, of course it may be because of the color and the movement of the garments (I must say that no where in the show’s run-through does it mention an Asian influence but that is just what it reminds me of).

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However if you do notice in these other two garments below, you’ll notice that Japanese Obi Belts have definitely inspired the waistline on these gorgeous garments. I love Tia Cibani’s vision, it’s always so modern but with a very distinct twist. Her stuff is never boring but oh so beautiful and charming

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Needless to say the collection was one of many that took my breath away. I do love Ports and I think I’ve stated this before – I do own a few Ports accessories and of course I’d love to own more especially the shoes. There is one style for the Spring 2010 season that I may just do something illegal for. I couldn’t get a good shot of the shoes (those models can be quite speedy) but thanks to the internet, I got a photo (excuse me while I drool)

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If you can pull yourself away, take a look at the finally video (with me trying to dodge a few heads getting in the way)

Handbag Butler at NYIGF

As I mentioned in my post on the NYIGF, there were companies from around the world showcasing their products. I had the pleasure of getting to know a few like Handbag Butler of Australia. Handbag Butler is a chic, foldable hanger that can be attached to a tabletop to keep you handbag out of harm’s way. (like a dirty floor) Launched in Australia in October 2008, the Handbag Butler has given women the freedom to dine in style without putting their purse in peril.

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Handbag Butler comes in 25 unique styles in three very elegant collections – Printed Collection, Sparkle Collection and Crystal Collection (click on each Handbag Butler to see a more detailed view). I love the elegant beauty of the Printed Collection, the Swirl, the Butterfly and Tinker being my favs in this collection. They are so feminine and ornate. My other favorite is from the dazzling Sparkle Collection, which is so opulent; in fact it is from this collection that I found my own Handbag Butler – The Rose Petal

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Now I know there are a few people in the market with this must have accessory but Handbag Butler stood out to me, not just because of their designs and beauty but their packaging as well. I ask, what do you do with your Handbag Butler when it’s not in use? Just put it in it’s little holder which is so adorable. And that holder comes in an intricately decorated – utterly adorable

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Unfortunately, Handbag Butler isn’t available in US Stores as yet (I’m sure that will change soon after showing at the NYIGF) but you are able to order via their website. The Printed and Crystal Collections retail for $24.95 USD each and the Sparkle Collection retails for $29.95 USD. Funny thing, I’ve seen less beautiful pieces for much more. Trust me, go with the Handbag Butler.

As before, I got a chance to speak with the owner – Ana Slavka

****UPDATE – In approx 5 weeks, Handbag Butler will be available in about 20 shops in the US. For now it is available at “Lee’s Art Shop”, located at 220 West 57th Street . Happy Shopping.

Luxury Jewelry Brand, Sabido & Basteris at NYIGF

I was very excited to see the gorgeous jewelry from the renowned Italian-Mexican designer, Sabido & Basteris at NYIGF (New York International Gift Fair).

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I was already familiar with the collection by covering their launch event at Norwood but this time I had the pleasure of not only meeting Victor Sabido but also got a first-hand introduction to his Sabido & Basteris Luxury jewelry collection.

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Victor personally walked me through his new pieces which I immediately fell head over heels for. To refresh your memory, Sabido & Basteris uses cutting edge technology to dye silver using natural materials to create colorful ribbons of silver thread. Inspired by the beauty of the Mayan Temples, the ribbons are woven into the gorgeous pieces you see here

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My absolute favorite pieces (the earrings, the ring which I had to try on and the necklace) are featured below, yes those beautiful pieces you see below are dyed woven silver thread; it is actually quite light and pliable to the touch; the pieces also have movement, they are not stiff at all. Every one of the Sabido & Basteris’s jewelry pieces are stand outs. One piece (any one piece) would be the perfect accessory to make your look come alive.

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Now, I cannot write about Sabido & Basteris without mentioning his luxe and grown-up friendship bracelets (which we had the pleasure of receiving at the Norwood launch). Aren’t they incredibly cute? I love the bright new colors and want one ( it’s a great look when you double and triple wear them).

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As stated above, I got a chance to learn about and see the collection from Mr. Sabido Basteris himself – check out the video below

Sabido and Basteris Luxury jewelry Launch Party At Norwood

A very good friend invited me to the launch event of a Jewelry line that was launching in the US for the first time. Naturally, I attended and dragged Kim along with me. The Sabido and Basteris luxury jewelry collection is absolutely breathtaking; the words gorgeous, enchanting, amazing does not do it justice (I only took one photo because they were made available to us). The event was held gallery style at the exclusive Norwood Club lent even more to the regal beauty of the jewelry, they truly are pieces of art.

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As we walked around enjoying taking in the beauty of the pieces, enjoying champagne and the tasty hors d’oeuvres, we were told of the concept of the collection. Inspired by the Mayan Temples, designer, and creator, Victor Sabido Basteris rediscovered the art of using natural materials to create color. “Sabido & Basteris combines fine jewelry design with cutting edge technology to dye silver using natural materials to create ribbons of rainbows. The line is distinguished by brilliant colors and silver thread that is weft in a completely unique way.”. The eco-friendly and sustainable line not only featured silver but also a mix of materials such as gold, leather, precious stones (as well as stones indigenous to various countries), wood and crystal creating the beauty that you see above. I expect to see the Sabido and Basteris pieces very soon on the red carpet.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet the designer as we had another event to attend (always another event) but on our way out we were gifted with a beautiful friendship bracelet like the ones featured below:

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There was one piece that made me speechless but alas I didn’t take a photo and thankfully a quick search brought it up. I won’t call it a necklace, it is just a gorgeous piece of artwork

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BARBIE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

As many of you may be (yes, some guys too), I’m a Barbie Girl! And this year Barbie celebrated her 50th Birthday and I was very lucky to be able to celebrate with her at Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Show. Most of the shows at the tents were not as full as expected but when it go to the Barbie Show, that was not the case. The invitation said to bring your Barbie girl, so I brought Estephanie with me (you remember her from the Puma post) as my guest. Thank goodness for guests because the Barbie Show started at 3 pm and I had a show at 2 pm. While I was at the 2 pm show, I had Estephanie stand in line to check in because I knew it was going to be a madhouse and boy was I right, it was completely packed. By the time I left the 2 pm show (which ended at 3 pm), the line was wrapped around the tents about three times but as I said Estephanie was already in line and thankfully at the front. We checked in and low and behold, we had seats…YAY! So in we went! Estephanie basically bogarted my camera and went hunting for celebrities (which is great because she got some great shots – the first of her and her friend is the only one I personally took at this show)

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Anyway, we all (young and old, male and female) turned into quivering 8-year-old girls when the show started. It definitely brought me back to my childhood and seeing those fabulous designs from the following designers all in one place….heaven. Only Barbie could do this. Here’s the list of designers that created a look for Barbie:

Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Brian Reyes, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Chris Benz, Costello Tagliapietra, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, House of Field, Jeremy Scott, Juicy Couture, Kai Kuhne, Kenneth Cole, Koi Suwannagate, Lyn Devon, Marchesa
Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali, Peter Som, Rachel Roy, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Taylor, Reem Acra, Robert Best, Rosa Cha, The Blonds, Three As Four, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Trina Turk, Tuleh, Twinkle, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee, and Yigal Azrouel.

I confess that I screamed like a little girl when the Bob Mackie look came out. It was just so WOW!!! On a separate note, the music was awesome. Many people were chair dancing along to it. After the show, I found out that I know the person who did the music, his name is Wilson aka DJ Mr. Wilson, he does soundtracks for some of the biggest shows (such as Jason Wu, J Mendel, Nicole Miller, Derek Lam, etc) and is a total sweetheart. He is the best friend of my friend William and the funny thing is we all hung out later the same night of this show.

Instead of taking photos of the looks, I decided to take video of the entire show. At some points I try to get the name of the designer as their look is coming down the runway but I didn’t get some of the names because of lighting and where I was sitting but I still got some great footage. It was a beautiful show and I was so happy to get to see it.

If you haven’t noticed (check out the first photo), we all got vintage Barbies to take home…YAY!! Mine is still in its box and will never be removed. I want to make sure it’s properly preserved. I mean, it is a classic, it is BARBIE!! What did you think of Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Show?