Fashion Week Style

The Skyy Is The Limit as we hit the halfway point of Fashion Week!  Everyone is in great spirits and the cool outfits keep on coming.  We attached some of our favorite looks from New York Fashion Week, Fall 2015.   These outfits feel authentic, unique and just the right amount aspirational.

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Love to funk up a black blazer in the Fall.

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That ’70s feeling….

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Socks for the win.

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Her statement choker seals the deal.

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Americana

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A wrap-around ear-cuff bringing the drama.

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Working all the angles.

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Cool without trying too hard.

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Look back at it.

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All BFFs need matching moto jackets.

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Clutch game, proper.

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A boot worth a double-take.

Do you have any favorite photographs that think need to be added in this set?  Let us know in the comments below so we can add to this list!

 

Seinfeld Costume Ball

2015126-scenefeldSeinfeld’s phenomenon about nothing defines a generation obsessed with pop nostalgia and the kind of can’t-catch-me irony that ensnares the New York Times into hailing the rise of two or three fashion movements per year that don’t actually exist. Toronto, what are you wearing to the normcore ball?

While venues like KITCH and The Beaver host Seinfeld trivia nights in the city, on February 8th Double Double Land will hold “the Seinfeld costume-and-trivia party to end all Seinfeld costume-and-trivia parties,” Scenefeld: The Celebration. If your trivia game is rough and you’re low on frumpy 90s outfits, get serious about your Elaine dance and you can still be in the running for a prize.

February’s weirdest party will see an elimination style “Scene It: Seinfeld” trivia tournament, Seinfeld music, food, and hidden art installations, plus bonuses like a screening of LJ Frezza’s Nothing, and live slap bass. The costume and Elaine dancing contests will be decided by applause, then at the end of the night three audience selected episodes will screen.

To sign up for the tournament or contests, check out the event page on Facebook.

Morbid à la Mode

Mourning ensemble 1870. American. Silk.

Mourning ensemble 1870. American. Silk.

What might be sad is actually quite sartorial. Rebena wishes so much she were in the big apple to see the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition called “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” This cheekily-titled show has been a big draw for the museum as it explores what people wore to funerals in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Circa: 1910

“Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are which are being exhibited for the first time,” the Costume Institute notes, “will reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.”

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Mourning jewelry styles emerged made of hair from the deceased. 1830’s – 1910.

As gloomy as this sounds, there’s actually good reason to be interested.  Clothing and costuming shows do tend to be influential on fashion at large, inspiring trends like goddess dressing, surrealism, and, following its 2007 exhibition on Paul Poiret, a taste for theatrical orientalism and loosely draped dresses.

An entire commercial market centered around mourning accessories fledged by the mid 19th century.

An entire commercial market centered around mourning accessories fledged by the mid 19th century.

So let’s get excited about the aesthetics of death, which, curiously enough, is even the subject of a new museum that opened last month in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn called the Morbid Anatomy Museum, featuring death masks, Victorian hair art, and a lot of taxidermy.

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American Mid Century Mourning Dress

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Exhibit Entrance // 1890 Mourning gowns

The Costume Institute’s exhibition will include examples of mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, covering the appropriate fabrics and, its curators note somewhat ominously, the potential sexual implications of the veiled widow.
Harold Koda, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, also notes that the mostly black palette of mourning attire will serve as a fashion history lesson, dramatizing the rapid evolution of popular silhouettes over that century.

Queen Victoria set the funeral dressing standard – she wore black for 40 years after her husband’s death.

Victoria set the funeral wear standard – she wore black for 40 years after her husband’s death.

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How Queen Alexandra’s wardrobe evolved once she was mourning.

In fact, mourning clothes often had cultural significance, particularly gowns worn by Queen Victoria (above) and Queen Alexandra that will be included in the show.
Victoria set something of an exaggerated standard for mourning dress, wearing black for about 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861, leading to similar social customs among all classes of her day (some who could not afford to buy an all-black wardrobe simply dyed their clothes black) to wear black for months following the death of a loved one.

In the later mourning stages, wardrobe codes became more lenient, as is the case with this black evening dress from 1981.

In the later mourning stages, wardrobe codes became more lenient, as is the case with this black evening dress from 1981.

Rebena wishes she could be there to witness the high fashion silhouettes, fashion plates, jewelry and accessories.  Mourning as a fashion phenomenon: It’s not morbid… it was just à la mode.

Sources: In Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

City Summer

 

 

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It’s the time of year for rooftop lovin’ and sun-scorched pavement.  Rolled down windows and catching a breeze romping with friends in the park.  Buttonfly cut offs and tribal bandeau’s.  Rebena’s reseale shop is fully stocked with the summer scorchin’ wardrobe staples that help bring your city to life.