Current and Future Trends- NYC Coats


Fendi coat- vogue    Ada Kokosar -fur strpped coat

                          Fendi Coat                                                                         Ada Kokosar Fur Striped Coat

Multi fur jacket -vogue   Buff fur accented coat-vogue

                             Fur, Multi-colored Coat                                                         Buff-colored Fur Coat

Fur coat and fur trimmed skirt- vogue

        Fur Trimmed Coat & Fur-like layered skirt

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     Fur coats are currently trending on the streets of  New York City in 2013.  From brightly colored prints by Prada, basic

neutrals,these fun and stylish looks continue to be the popular look for women in NYC.  Although I am not a fan

of the fur coat, I can appreciate the artistic takes from each designer.  And sometimes, location is everything when it

comes to wearing fur, especially in the chilly Winter seasons on the streets of New York.

(Author: Jessica Dominguez)


And here’s the last word.

As expected with each new fashion year comes a variety of looks that both envelope the future and relish the past, and women’s ready to wear was no exception. Featuring a plethora of styles both good and bad, it seems that the primary look for the upcoming spring looks is a mixture of Mod and Modern in kicked up neon-pastels and futuristic metallics. Silhouettes and palettes may turn flowier and towards the exotic once summer hits, but for now, surreal and washed out looks and tones are the big selling point. The majority of styles reminisce of tailored garments which nod toward a Euro/London menswear style and close with a feminine finish. While not all styling found is terribly flattering on the female form, the waist and decollate are key sexual focal points in much of the clothing-  as waists are being accentuated with smart belts and figure hugging dresses, or ignored with Twiggy-type shifts. The necklines also vary in the extremes, either covering it all or dropping to bare all.


Lots of love,


Back to the future….!

Two big things I keep seeing are Mod, especially stripy styling… and styles of the future….

The mod look really is coming back with a vengeance. Each season we have a new vintage trend, and this candy-pop-printed look is very now. It makes me feel like I’m watching beach blanket bingo with all the lemon chiffon blonde hair in bouffants and rectangular silhouettes. It’s important to note that we’re being selective about what prints are coming out, as well as color combinations, because as anyone who has ever seen the Mary Tyler Moore show knows, this stuff can go so bad so quick.  It really is solidified by the loafer trend and the knee-length shorts thing going on too…






Whitewash and Neo Camo in NYC Trade Shows

Whitewash denim by Kaltex Whitened and matte resin coatings

Kaltex Neo Camo Blue Farm Neo Camo


The pic shown top-left, is a white wash denim by Kaltex, and the image top-right, is a whitened and matte resin coated denim by Mou Fung Unlimited.  These looks are a hot item at the NYC Trade Shows.  It has a bit of a 80’s vibe and will definitely be affordable to the mass public.

The image, Bottom-left is a neo-camo print by Kaltex.  It features prints and patterns derived by laser technology.

Bottom-right, is a photo of a neo/camo print from Blue-Farms Fall/Winter 2013 collection.  The camo look reminds me of what was popular in the 90’s. Will I run out and purchase an item inspired by this trend? probably not.

Author- Jessica Dominguez

Furry Knits and Jacquard Upswing

Furry knits    Jacquard upswing


Furry knits are featured at Textworld USA in NYC.  On the left is a design by Anna Sui, from her Fall/Winter 2013 collection.  It is made up of fringe texture, swirling patterns, and high-pile velour knits.

Shown right, is a Jacquard Upswing look by designer Kevork Kiledjian.  The look is all about couture-inspired, bold weaves, and abstract geometric patterns for the posh woman.  I think this style is very business-chic.

Author- Jessica Dominguez

Menswear Runway / Tradeshow Trends – Present & Future

While pouring through images of the most recent menswear trade shows and runway collections I’m starting to notice a trend in prints, colors, and themes that I believe will carry over in to 2014’s style.

Trend – Hunting Gear Influenced

Lets just call this new style “Huntsman Chic” or “Urban Camouflage”. Bright orange puffy jackets, hats, and accessories litter the runways accompanied by hunter green camouflage jackets, pants, and shirts.








Vest by Michael Bastien







Jacket by Michael Kors




Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2013 Maison_de_la_Cour New York Fashion Week Feb 2013






Scarf by Maison de LaCour




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William Buckley from MRketplace confirms my observations in his recent write up of New York’s most recent Market Week for menwear.

With this season’s New York men’s market at an end, three cyclical trends stood out like sore sartorial thumbs. Across Capsule, Project, Agenda and MRket, it seemed almost every brand present displayed one or more of the F/W ’13 triumvirate: studs, leopard print, and camo. Lots of camo. If we didn’t see camo on a rack or stand in each booth, it was being physically worn by the person(s) there, or finally, failing that, being sat on.

I’d like to point out that Buckley even states that this trend is a cyclical trend, meaning we will continue to see camouflage pop back up in Fall/Winter 2014!

I have to believe that this is part of the trickle up theory in the fashion industry. Since hunting is now commonly a workingman sport, designers are trying to make this a trendy, hip style for white collar men to adopt.

New York Capsule Show 2013

After New York Fashion Show, the Capsule Show for Women’s RTW takes center stage; held this year from February 22nd through 24th at Basketball City. If you haven’t heard of this event, it can simply be explained as a fusion of high-end contemporary brands, it’s independently owned designers, and premium street wear labels all in one progressively organized trade-show.

It is here that you are able to see the latest up and coming trends and inspirations out of over 500 brands registered to attend. I found these labels in accessories to be particularly awe inspiring. Enjoy.


PARABELLUM – We’re over disposable fashion – trends come and go, synthetic fabrics pill after only a few wears; enough already. This is an LA-based brand that intentionally harkens back to an age of artisan craftsmanship with its range of luxury leather goods. The brand sources hides from free-range American bison ranches and processes them at their family run micro-tannery. Copper hardware (sometimes handcast) is crafted in America, and some hardware elements are comprised of military grade ceramics (this stuff is used in anti-ballistic plating for vehicles, so you know it’s tough). They also design totes, wallets, medicine bags, belts and more that incorporate rich suede interiors in deep saturated colors. Three cheers for modern products built to last a lifetime.

ImageUNEARTHEN – While many jewelry designers aim to simply create accessories that look pretty, the pieces created by Unearthen founder and designer Gia Bahm takes into consideration some loftier goals; namely, harnessing the innate properties of crystal to clear your mind, focus your heart and provide comfort during difficult times.  It doesn’t hurt that the jewelry is also nice to look at, with Bahm’s background as a wardrobe stylist apparent in the careful selection of the semi-precious stones that serve as the focal point of statement necklaces, rings and earrings.  Made in the USA, Unearthen has already found a following among aesthetes who look for something a little bit more in their daily look.

And Finally, Taylor Davies of  Shut Up, I Love That Shirt On You., stopped by the Capsule NY Women’s show this weekend and pulled some of her favorite pieces from the booths to share here. Check out her top looks below:


1.  ”This bag practically screams, “Take me away for a weekend!” The colorful, embroidered design is stunning and I could see myself packing it full of the other items I’ve selected here and running away somewhere warm and breezy this summer.” [Stela 9 bag]

2. “The sharp angles and graphic look of this bracelet make it a stand-out statement piece, but the classic, shiny gold metal makes it incredibly wearable with anything from a denim shirt to a cocktail dress.” [ Tom Tom gold bracelet]

3. “The beauty of a dress like this is it’s both bold and simple. The cut is relaxed and comfortable, and the color scheme is bright and the design is fresh / slightly mod; it reminds me of Proenza Schouler’s SS11 collection.” [Shona Joy  dress]

4. “I’m easing into the idea of wearing smaller, more rounded frames this spring, and these are ultra-flexible and come in dozens of fun color combinations.” [Etnia Barcelona sunglasses]

5. “In keeping with my bright color theme, this cozy crew neck sweater is right up my alley. I love the neon pink detailing on the hem, and the cream and gold makes for a fun take on the classic fair isle knit.” [Mads Norgaard  sweater]


HARE+HART – The origin of Hare + Hart is a Hollywood-caliber meet-cute. While in Buenos Aires, two college friends, Emily Harrison and Jennie Engelhardt, are inspired to mix the precision and craft of Argentine leather work with contemporary fashion. Splitting their time between Buenos Aires and New York, the internet plays a huge role in their design process and communication. As a bonus for the eco-conscious, Hare + Hart uses naturally tanned hair calf and naturally tanned nappa leathers locally sourced from family owned producers in Argentina.

We demand Made in America, but are we willing to pay the price?

As a small business owner I’ve encountered a wild and varied opinion of the whole “Made in America” thing. Most people are positive, they want their goods made by American hands on American soil so Americans get the money….but then when confronted with the cost of such a dream they pause.

The fact is, to have a garment manufactured entirely in America is a costly venture- and to have said garment made by actual Americans makes it an even bigger ticket. Now don’t get me wrong, many are still willing to pay for goods like this- but on the whole, unless a small fashion business undersells themselves or outsources overseas- they’re rarely going to make a profit, let alone a splash in the fashion industry because people don’t have disposable income or just don’t want to spend that kind of money.

Let’s reflect on our history for a moment- perhaps you’ve heard of the Triangle shirtwaist fire? That was a million billion years ago at this point, and it was good in the sense that it brought the plight of the underpaid and abused workers to the forefront of the news for at least a hot minute- but do you realize these sewers, primarily women were paid about $6 (often less) a week? The readers digest of the history is that the workers of New York at that time were striking (unpaid, mind you) in order to get a pay raise, safer and more sanitary working conditions and fewer working hours. I believe one account had the seamstress’ working close to 16 or 18 hour workdays. The girls even had to provide their own needles, thread and cutting equipment. Should a needle break, it’s out of your pocket, and when you make about $0.05 an hour that $0.02 needle is a big freaking deal.

We’ve since had good old Norma Rae and a few other standout times in history when we realized how much we truly wanted Americans to be paid a fair wage for their work- but on the whole, most everyday folk are going to go to Target or Kohl’s for their discount brand name goods that are made overseas because we can get an entire ensemble for less than $40.

The fact is, that most American’s simply can’t afford to buy locally, whether they want to or not. In an article written for the Huffington Post, Catherine New exemplifies the ‘classic’ made in America look:

Take the classic “Born in the USA” outfit: blue jeans, white T-shirt, work boots. The three items, all USA-made, cost $421: domestic-made Levi’s 501s ($178), American Apparel white T-shirt ($18) and classic Red Wing work boots ($225).  The same outfit with imported goods is far cheaper: Brahma-brand work boots from Walmart ($33), a white Hanes T-shirt ($6) and Gap classic blue jeans ($60) add up to cost less than $100., “Made  in America is a Luxury Label That Will Cost You”

Most of us end up settling on goods made in the states of imported goods- often, that’s ‘good enough’, and until we’re all billionaires, it will have to be.