Just two days in NYFW and it’s already proven miracles can happen when you leave a brand (a Japanese brand, no less) in the talented hands of a Japan based design team. ICB, a brand I had no idea existed until I saw the F/W 2015 collection by Makoto Takada last year, actually launched in 1995 with Michael Kors as head designer(!) and then shut down in 2002, only to be resurrected 10 years later with Prabal Gurung as the creative director. Now you can say they went through A LOT of transitions, but I have to admit none of those big names and their collections excite me as much as this last one. Created with a woman “taking a stroll on a cold midnight in winter in New York City.” in mind; the absurd lengths and proportions, oversized shapes and furry details are all win-win.
Before getting to the outfit I’d like to point out for the official record that these photos were taken in Montreal, at the beginning of February (2016) and anyone who has ever been to our beautiful fridge would know that to not have snow and be able to walk around like this anytime from mid December to the end of March is as rare a sight as seeing bigfoot crossing 5th Avenue. About the outfit; I love cropped stuff and I love fringe and that’s all you need to know. . Grey wool coat Zara (similar here & here) . Ivory fringe sweater LaModa101 (similar here & here) . Black cropped jeans Stylenanda (similar here & here) . Black leather booties Zara (similar here & here)
Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Kiev, Paris (couture) and New York (menswear) were *some of* the cities that hosted fashion weeks during the month of January (and a little bit of February) and hand in hand they eventually provided us with a lot of serious pre-fashion month winter street style inspiration. Lessons learned: colorful furs, long overcoats, cropped pants, classic blue jeans, Chanel and Celiné heels & Gucci loafers are in as ever but the bomber jackets are literally having the time of their lives.
Copenhagen Fashion Week, also known as the last major stop before the big fashion month, has silently come and gone in the shadow of first ever NY Men’s fashion week but it doesn’t mean the collections should go unnoticed. A strong and feminine By Malene Birger took the clear spotlight but Baum und Pferdgarten’s fun collection was a strong challenger. Having said that, I must admit my favorite of all was Tonsure’s carpet inspired menswear collection (surprise, surprise).
Never in a million years I would have thought I could wear heeled white leather sock boots and be nonchalant about it but that’s the beauty of fashion, it somehow allows you to pick one item that is the most definitive of its era and adopt it to your minimal, casual – normcore even – style seamlessly. Now I feel like nothing would go better with this outfit. . Camel wool coat Stylenanda (similar here & here) . Ivory lace up sweater Mango (similar here, here & here) . Light blue boyfriend jeans Zara (similar here & here) . White leather booties Zara (similar here & here)