I will forever be fascinated by people who come to New York to live their best life and actually do. Needless to say, when Mandarin Oriental offered me the opportunity to tour the sights that designers Rodarte draw inspiration from, during Fashion Week, at that, in honor of the duo’s guide to the city, I jumped at the chance.
Kate, 33, and Laura Mulleavy, 31, the sisters behind Rodarte started with 10 pieces and boarded the train to New York City. “You would have thought we were in the ’30, going to the big city,” Kate told Natalie Portman during a sit-down for Interview magazine. “We got off the train and someone tried to steal my luggage,” Laura continued.
They have gone on to become one of the most-anticipated shows each season at New York Fashion Week and still find inspiration in the city that never sleeps. Now, they are giving guests of the Mandarin Oriental a chance to see what they see in the city with the Rodarte New York City Guide , created exclusively for the hotel.
Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”
Perhaps it’s the aquarius in me, but I am pleased to see that New York magazine listed Yves Klein Blue as the new navy for fall.
Officially patented International Klein Blue, French artist Yves Klein introduced the color to the world in 1960 using naked models wearing the paint to um, adhere the color to blank canvases. He would go on to use the color during his art shows, releasing 1001 balloons of the same hue, or serving his guests blue cocktails. He sounds cool, no?
And because fashion imitates art, this color popped up in a big way on the Fall 2014 runways.
I feel like Kanye West gets a bad rap—wait, wait. Hear me out.
You probably should know up front that I will absolutely and freely admit that I am a Kanye West advocate. While I’m not joining the church of Yeezianity anytime soon, or ever for that matter, it must be acknowledged that man drops bombs.
Plus, I like a man who isn’t afraid to take style risks. I mean, look at Kim. He changed her whole aesthetic and somehow, by the grace of Riccardo Tisci, got the fashion industry to forget she used to peddle Sketchers in Hervè Leger bandage dresses (see, I didn’t even have to mention that other thing).
I always wonder why we’re drawn to the people we are. And why they seem to show up right when we need them—whether you realize it or not. I surely didn’t.
When I first met Yasmein, we were seniors at Penn State, taking COMM 360. We were responsible for slicing together audio of quotes supporting our narrative that would, in turn, help us to become journalists.