SHOW ME YOUR CAPE!

SHOW ME YOUR CAPE!

Milan / November 5, 2014

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It almost feels surreal to look back at these images, it really seems like we shot them ages ago!!! Milan fashion week seems so far behind. Being now based in Los Angeles for several weeks, it’s almost as if I forgot what a gray day looks like. In Switzerland, it can rain, then snow all of a sudden. Here, it’s all about the sun and a hot breeze. And you know what? I don’t mind it at aaaall, instead of that, it’s simply incredible to be in the middle of the month of November and wear summer dresses.

This article falls right on time as I just visited today Tod’s boutique on Rodeo Drive to pick a look I’d wear tomorrow night for a Vogue dinner organized by their team. I am very excited about it! I’ve always loved their pieces and with the arrival of their new head designer, the brand just keeps growing and growing, becoming fresher and more interesting to a market like mine.

This cape was definitely a head turner. Walking around with it as if it was a totally normal look was the best thing ever. It stands and pops out so much!!! Still, I felt like it needed a little balance and structure so I added this simple black belt from Marni, some over the knee boots from Jimmy Choo (the comfiest pair ever, swearing on them!!), Louis Vuitton collar necklace and one of my best, recent purchases : this crazy amazing Rag & Bone hat. But I have to say that my favorite item in this whole look is this super funny, quirky Lulu Guinness clutch I found on Monnier Frères. Isn’t it the cutest?

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OUTFIT OF THE DAY 

Cape : Tod’s (Similar Here)

Clutch : Lulu Guinness 

Boots : Jimmy Choo

Hat : Rag & Bone

Choker : Louis Vuitton (Similar Here)


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Neon Lace :: Lemon sweater & Banded pencil skirt : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Thank you so much for your kind words on my last blog post!  We’re so happy you enjoyed the styling and photography.  Shooting with David and MM individually is so much fun, but when they’re shooting together, it’s a complete riot!  They literally move like tetris pieces – gliding back and forth harmoniously as they compose and take shots.  We laugh so much when we’re working together that sometimes we’re on the verge of tears from laughter overload.

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To cheer up the current gloomy weather in Los Angeles, I pulled out my neons.  A punch of citrus and berry to brighten up the day!

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Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Joie (old) (similar here)
Bottom :: Sportmax Code thanks to my-wardrobe.com!
Bag :: Balenciaga ’04 ‘Eggplant’
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin (old) (similar here)
Accessories :: Michael Kors watch, Jennifer Fisher bangle, J.Crew bracelet

:: Photography ::

David Kim

a fashion editorial straight outta 1976

You know that episode of Lizzie McGuire where Hilary Duff (AKA Lizzie) ends up wearing a green-paint-covered unicorn sweater on picture day? We’re guessing a character from a live action teen-sitcom isn’t the only person to have experienced awkward picture days in school. If you ask us, it always felt so strange because people put too much pressure on them.

From this new photoshoot inspired by yearbook photos in the 1970s, photographer team Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe (the boyfriend-girlfriend duo behind wiissa–which, yes would be their celeb couple name if they had one) created an exclusive editorial for NYLON that basically features the yearbook we wish we had.

Inspired by the year 1976, these take us back to when Lux realizes Trip has left her all alone on the football field in The Virgin Suicides, but then someone quickly tells her to get her shit together for picture day.

Even though we can’t wait for you to check out this dreamy shoot, there are a few things you might want to know about the quasi-nomadic duo who are part of fun projects like this one all the time. 

The pair met in middle school and have been dating and working together since moving from a small island off the coast of Miami to New York, and then LA (and then back again). Along the way, they’d go on photographic road trips. Now, as a team, wiissa have carved out a niche made of good vibes, sunshine, and bellbottoms; looking at their super-8-soaked photos you get a true appreciation for the past without it feeling like stills from a retired costume department. And we’re not the only ones who think so; Cult Records, UNIF, and pop duo Jack + Eliza have all commissioned their work.

At this point, their photography has gone from just a fun thing to post online, to gaining representation by Nouvelle Vague LA and being featured at Milk Studios for Flickr’s first-ever global 20 Under 20 competition–all of which we just had to know more about. So we’ve asked Vanessa and Wilson to give their perspectives on each other: what Wilson’s high school superlative would be and what Vanessa’s favorite thing to do after school is.

Here’s what happened…

VANESSA, ON WILSON:

What is it like to work with a significant other on-set?
It’s amazing and super convenient. We can work at any time and anywhere since we’re always together. It definitely takes the right type of couple to be compatible in the business sense too, and we’ve been really lucky to have each other!

What was Wilson’s high school superlative?
He was actually homeschooled then, so he was the only kid in his “class”…I say he wins everything.

If Wilson was a movie from the ’70s which would he be?
Our favorite movie, En kärlekshistoria.

What’s his most-used emoji?
Pretty sure it’s either the lightning bolt or cactus emoji.

Do you guys ever go shopping together?
It’s kind of funny, we really don’t have that many (cool) clothes, but anytime we find a cool piece, we’ll just wear it basically everyday. We both hate shopping so much, so once we’ve totally worn out our clothes, we’ll go and try to find at least one or two pieces we can wear nonstop for a while. The only time we really want to go shopping are for shoots like this one! It’s too bad that most of these clothes don’t fit either of us though 😦

Did you guys get into photography at the same time?
Yeah, basically! We were both doing weird photo and video stuff before we met, but didn’t take any of it seriously until we got our first film cameras together.

Did he have a memorable yearbook photo?
This yearbook picture of him is adorable (click the slideshow to check it out!)

His go-to afterschool snack?
Crepes with Nutella ’cause he’s a Frenchie.

What do you think about nostalgia being “trendy” ?
I feel like everyone will always love nostalgia, and always love looking at old photos and videos. With the Internet though, we can access all of these old photos so easily, which I think is amazing. I spend hours looking at photos from the ’70s and get nostalgic for a time I didn’t even live in.

What’s one throwback technology he’s obsessed with?
Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64!

Why class of ‘76?
I actually chose it based off this amazing graphic I saw online that had the 7 and 6 stretching in opposite directions. It just fit perfectly with the shoot too!

 

WILSON, ON VANESSA:

What’s it like to work with a significant other on-set?
It’s amazing! I couldn’t do it on my own and would be so unsure of everything. It’s nice to be able to bounce ideas back and forth and always have a second opinion on everything. 

What was Vanessa’s high school superlative?
Hmm, probably class weirdo! Haha.

If she was a song from the ’70s what would she be?
“Foxey Lady” by Jimi Hendrix

What’s Vanessa’s most-used emoji?
The three sparkles emoji.

Did she have a memorable yearbook photo?
Check out the photo in the slideshow.

Does Vanessa have any secret talents?
She can moonwalk! 

If she were on the cover of a ’70s issue of NYLON, what would she wear?
A huge faux-fur jacket and really flared velvet pants, or an all denim jumpsuit!

What’s the best present you’ve ever given eachother?
Vanessa got me a tandem bike, we don’t do anything separately, haha!  The best present I’ve gotten her was a ticket for her and I to see Jane Birkin live in concert last year.

What do you think about nostalgia being “trendy” ?
I love nostalgia and think it transcends being a trend. I think our generation is really nostalgic of the past because we have such direct access to an overwhelming amount of images, music, and art from various eras. Also, it seems like more than ever the future is shaped by mixing bits and pieces of decades gone by. 

Vanessa’s favorite thing to do afterschool?
A long, long nap! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

What’s one throwback technology she’s obsessed with?
Super 8 cameras!!

Why class of ’76?
I’m not even sure! Vanessa chose it and it seemed like a good fit for the shoot. Also there’s a vintage Starsky and Hutch shirt used in some images so it had to be after 1975, which is when the show came out.

PHOTOSHOOT CREDITS:
Photography: wiissa

Styling: wiissa
Model: Impy Lukkarila at Next Models
Hair: Brian Fisher

Makeup: Hinako Nishiguchi
Clothing: Stylist’s own and a few pieces from Stoned Immaculate Vintage

For all inquiries please contact:
Sandrine@nouvellevaguela.com

The Top 10 Color Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

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I know we’re still months away from the warmer months but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of wearing bright, colorful outfits under the clear, sunny skies and after looking at Pantone’s color report for spring/summer 2016, it’s all I can think of now. Throughout the year, Pantone releases the top spring colors of the seasons and for spring and summer, the vibrant color palette combined with calming, classic tones has me really excited!

According to Pantone, the spring/summer 2016 color report is a transporting and transformative canvas influenced by the world of art, new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

For a little inspiration, see how these fashion bloggers incorporate the top 10 spring colors into their outfits below!

Rose Quartz

A blush pink shade that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. It’s also one of Pantone’s 2016 Colors of The Year!

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Peach Echo

A playful orange shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility.

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Snorkel Blue

It’s a maritime-inspired blue that is a happier, more energetic hue in the navy family.

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Serenity

A transcendent blue that brings a feeling of rest and relaxation even in turbulent times. It’s also one of Pantone’s 2016 Colors of The Year!

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Buttercup

A sunny yellow shade that transports its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.

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Limpet Shell

An aqua shade that is clear, clean and defined and evokes a deliberate, mindful tranquility.

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Lilac Gray

The subtlety of the lilac undertone adds a distinctive edge to the classic gray shade. It’s the neutral shade for spring and summer.

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Fiesta

A strong and fiery, yellow-based red that’s a harbinger of excitement and provides a sharp contrast to the calming, softer nature of the spring/summer palette.

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Iced Coffee

A transitional neutral color with natural earthy qualities that will take us through the seasons.

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Green Flash

A brilliant hue that calls for its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane. It’s a popular shade that continues to inspire designers.

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Giveaway :: NYFW with Marissa Webb and Banana Republic : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  If you have a moment, please kindly stay till the end of this post.  I have a very special announcement to share with you!  It’ll truly be an unforgettable experience.

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Two years ago, I purchased my very first Marissa Webb piece… The Genevieve blazer.  I posted the outfit picture on Instagram, and a few days later got an email from Marissa.  I seriously thought it was spam (when anything is too good to be true, I always think it’s spam!).  We emailed back and forth, and she invited me to her runway show later that month.  Like a child in a candy store, I savored every minute of that show.  After the show, my friend Kelly and I snuck backstage.  We got in line and waited behind the press and other media people.  By the time I got up there, I was so nervous I couldn’t put a sentence together… Hi Marissa!  I wore your blazer on Instagram.  I seriously wanted to face palm myself afterwards.  Marissa looked at me and said… Wendy!!!  Wait, there’s another person name Wendy behind me?!  Again, when things are too good to be true, I have a hard time accepting it.  That Genevieve blazer gave me something invaluable.  A sense of confidence every time I wear it and a friendship with a woman who I admire greatly.  As our friendship deepened over the years, I learned that this woman is not only talented, now as the creative director of Banana Republic, along with her own line, but she’s incredibly kind and passionate.  We had many meals together where we cried over our four legged companions, talked about superheroes, and laughed about my (nonexistent) love life.  I can go on and on… but what I really would love, is for you to meet her.

Every time New York Fashion Week comes around, I always pitch myself and count my blessings.  Being part of that energy, seeing stunning designs down the runway, walking through beautiful presentations, meeting designers, reuniting with old friends and making new ones… this is what makes NYFW so special to me.  It would be an honor if you can join me this season.

We’re celebrating New York Fashion Week with Marissa Webb and Banana Republic.  This experience is truly special and I hope to see you soon!

      :: Wendy’s Lookbook with Marissa Webb & Banana Republic GIVEAWAY  :: [Ended.  Thank you so much for entering!]

1. A round-trip flight to New York City with hotel accommodations from September 10th – September 12th.
2. A ticket to attend the Marissa Webb runaway show on September 10th.
3. A shopping spree with Banana Republic on September 11th.
4. A ticket to attend the Banana Republic presentation on September 12th.
5. A lot of good eats with Wendy (I’ll take you to my favorite places!).

:: How to enter ::

1. This giveaway is only open to those in the Continental United States.
2. You must be 18 or older.
3. Please leave a comment below letting me know if you’d like to participate in this giveaway.  It’d be an honor to get to know you more.  Please feel free to tell me a little bit (or update me) about yourself.
4. The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted via email on Thursday, September 3rd at 8 am PST.
5. When you enter, please consider scheduling your PTO and other obligations to accommodate travel from September 10th – September 12th.  I will contact the winner to coordinate flight times.

A very special thank you to Banana Republic and Marissa Webb for co-hosting this giveaway.  I can’t wait to show you the control chaos that is Fashion Week.  It’s so thrilling!  As always, thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Banana Republic jacket
Bottom :: Marissa Webb skirt
Shoes :: Aquazzura
Bag :: Givenchy
Accessories :: Monica Vinader bracelet

Mobius Stripes :: Printed skirt & Red accents : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Happy Monday everyone!

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Stripes, polka dots, or floral prints… don’t mind if I have all three!  A punch bowl consisting of a few of my favorite things mixed together, this skirt was love at first sight.

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Mystery Man, David, and I went trapeze flying this past Saturday.  After filming it for our last project, we wanted to come back for more.  Like last time, we learned that trapeze is really not about the act of swinging, but rather it’s about letting go.  Both physically and mentally.  Our instructor reminded us that trapeze is very much like life… once we’re up on that platform over two stories high, it’s about overcoming our fears, committing to our actions, and letting go.  From time to time, I struggle with all three.  My fears boil into self-doubt detouring me from my goals.  For me, being in trapeze class is a reminder that fears are meant to be overcome and clarity can be obtained by letting go.  And screaming like a little girl while flying through the air can also be very therapeutic!

 I hope you had a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Zara coat (old), French Connection dress worn as a top (also seen here)
Bottom :: Emma Cook
Bag :: Chanel
Shoes :: Gianvito Rossi
Accessories :: Michael Kors watch, J.Crew & Gorjana bracelets

:: Photography ::

David Kim