Articles by: Amanda Aldinger

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Vivienne Tam’s Pop Art Persuasion

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Vivienne Tam’s Pop Art Persuasion

0 by / on February 10, 2013, 9:00 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

Summary: For Fall ’13, Vivienne Tam explored the current cultural dialogue, peppering her collection with Pop Art elements that gave a nod to the rich history of designers, like Yves Saint Laurent, who have employed art in fashion design to make a political and cultural statement. President Obama and Mao were key players in this collection, particularly in the repetition of […]

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New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Catherine Malandrino Celebrates French Art Deco

New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Catherine Malandrino Celebrates French Art Deco

0 by / on February 10, 2013, 2:30 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

Summary: This season, Catherine Malandrino was inspired by French Art Deco, inciting a collection of clean, graphic shapes in a color palette fairly limited to black, with bursts of aubergine, nude and absinthe green in a few key looks. Malandrino’s celebration of graphic shapes was straightforward and elegant, two consistent hallmarks that keep her looks chic and stylish without pretension. […]

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New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Moncler’s 360 Degree Revolution

New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Moncler’s 360 Degree Revolution

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 10:00 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

Summary: My first Moncler show was their FW11 show, a flash mob in Grand Central Station. It was one of my favorite shows I’ve ever seen, and, for the theatre artist in me, ignited a love for fashion shows that took a performative approach to showcasing their collection. So I knew, when I was instructed to be at Gotham Hall […]

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New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Deconstructed Garden of Wonders

New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Deconstructed Garden of Wonders

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 9:00 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

  Summary: When I think of the best day ever, it usually involves playing dress up with Tilda Swinton. There we are, slicking back our short hair dos, dancing to Bjork on our iPods pretending to be creatures from the black lagoon and dressing up in clothes designed by Alexandre Herchcovitch. Tilda and I, we love his FW13 collection. I […]

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New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Another Love Ode to Libertine

New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Another Love Ode to Libertine

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 2:45 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

  Summary: Libertine is always my most anticipated show of the season. Ever since I discovered Johnson Hartig‘s line when he started showing again in FW11, I’ve been smitten. It’s irreverent, it’s quirky, it’s an explosion of color and texture and, as I see it, it is the work of one of the most unique and individual designers in the […]

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Jill Stuart’s Structured Femininity

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Jill Stuart’s Structured Femininity

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 2:00 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

Summary: Jill Stuart continued the Victorian feel for Fall in a collection that featured dark tones and a series of structured coats, embellished necklines, oversized eyelet and feminine, tea-party-appropriate elegance. This season, Stuart incorporated a really lovely mix of the masculine and feminine. Although the collection began with an emphasis on structured wool jackets and exquisite tailoring in dark tones, […]

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New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Libertine Beauty Winks at the 60s

New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Libertine Beauty Winks at the 60s

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 1:15 pm / in Beauty, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

  I stopped backstage before the Libertine show to chat with MAC Makeup Artist Chantal Miller, whose look was inspired by a bold, dramatic 1960s eye for fall. As Chantal put it: “Basically the inspiration for Libertine is more of a 60s iconic reference. It’s not the 60s Twiggy type of traditional makeup with the painted on lash, but it’s […]

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Ruffian Visits The Bowery

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’13: Ruffian Visits The Bowery

0 by / on February 9, 2013, 12:00 pm / in Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13, Second City Style Blog

Summary: This season, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais revisit the Bowery, its “history for vice and entertainment, theatre, saloons and opium dens juxtaposed with its current street savoy constituency.” It is Edwardian meets downtown, in a Ruffian collection of classic looks hit with slightly off-kilter styling. The colors and textures are sumptuous: black velvet coats, deep aubergine suits, thick boucle […]

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Cloaked In Vintage

Cloaked In Vintage

0 by / on January 7, 2013, 10:00 am / in Magazine, Vintage

It’s January, the start of the new year. If you’re a New Yorker, that means the throttling cold of winter has set in, making sartorial outerwear that much more important as you navigate the biting cold of the outdoors. I arrived in New York straight from 20+ years in the Midwest, so the cold is my spirit animal and winter […]

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Giving Vintage

Giving Vintage

1 by / on December 17, 2012, 11:00 am / in Magazine, Vintage

I love gift-giving. I genuinely enjoy hunting around for unique artifacts for my friends and family. That’s where the vintage world really shines – it gives you the opportunity to curate a special present for someone that goes beyond purchasing a trendy item. While I enjoy giving items that people need, I love buying things for people they would deem […]

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