The Fashion Rabbit


by Aly on Friday, February 18, 2011

Vintage wool faux fur walker, Citizen Ava denim, Frye Harness boots, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, Chanel nails in Black Pearl.

I woke up early on Saturday with a pleasant Valentines day surprise–a day trip to the city!  Ian and I barely made it to the bus, and slept until we arrived around 10am.  I have to say, it was nice to not arrive in nasty times square at 2am for a change!  We dined at a fancy brunch place opposite Bryant Park, and then decided to explore some unfamiliar areas before going to Lincoln Center.

The weather was perfect to say the least, and I was so comfortable in my latest purchase, ($10 from second time around), and blue Chanel nails.  We mainly hung around Greenwich, and window shopped on Bleeker street.  It was my first time at Bookmarc, the new Marc Jacobs bookstore, which was a bit of a disappointment–I mean urban has a better book selection, and from what I saw, they pretty much moved all the crap from the Marc by Marc store, you know the keychains and shit and stashed it in whatever space was available.  I guess I was disappointed because I had always imagined it like a coffee shop on capital hill, where you could stay a while?  There was no place to stay here.. too many people (asians).

We continued to window shop around fifth avenue, and took many photos, it was so great to just see display done well for a change.  People were actually crowded outside of Louis Vuitton, it was pure madness but still really awesome.  I want to work on displays that attract people like that.. the whole spectacle of display is what interests me the most.  We finally made it to Lincoln center, (we didn't see any celebrities) and we ate dinner at a hotdog stand! It was a nice relaxing day off of work, and I was so happy to spend it with Ian.


Start Living

by Aly on Monday, February 14, 2011

Anthropologie faux fur coat, Forever 21 button down, Citizen Ava denim, Free People covered wedge booties, RIP my favorite MJ sunglasses.  

I haven't posted in a while.. (an awful way to start a post i know) regardless, I wanted to use this post not only as an obvious transition between seasons, but also to give explanation to some major life changes that will come into play this summer and after I finish school.  In two months I will be having my final review, and although I have had many great reviews in the past, I am most apprehensive about this coming review.  I am both eager and nervous to talk about my work, because I see it as something that I am beginning to enjoy making and presenting for the first time in my art practice.  

I am eager to share with whoever actually reads this, my deep connection to fashion as art.  In my work I am interested in critiquing the ridiulousness of fashion in terms of display, and advertising.  My internship at Anthropologie is nearing an end, and perhaps a new season as well.  I am waiting to hear back from the hiring coordinator in New York about a potential summer position.  In the meantime, I feel that through my art I have only begun to explore my deep connection to display and develop a position that I want to express going forward professionally.  

My boyfriend who will be graduating this June, has been offered a position at a design firm in the city.  He has accomplished so much through persistence, passion and constant hard work, and I only hope that I can mirror his drive as I start my final year in school.  I have always dreamed about, and pictured a busy life in the city and I am eager to start living.  In the future, I hope to post more images of my work, including creative influences and bits and pieces of inspiration.  


Fresh Cuts

by Aly on Thursday, February 10, 2011

MAC Fluid Line in Rich Ground, Givenchy Colorblock blush, Elizabeth and James top.

This photo I recovered from a previous shoot, but it totally captures the way that I'm feeling this week.  I typically go in and out of being health conscious and this week I'm just feeling like I need more energy to get through the day.  I started making time to go to the gym and eat healthier.. (less coffee and croissants) adding more fresh fruits to my diet, and making time to take care of myself in general.  

I noticed an immediate overall better mood, and better skin! I can't thank my Chanel Hydramax Serum for that!  I hope that this post encourages my readers to take a moment for themselves and get back on track.  Also I titled this post Fresh Cuts because I just learned that it is a term used for new sale items (my favorite) at Anthro!  Have a great week and be inspired to take care of yourself!


Black Pearl

by Aly on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Zac Posen dress, Vintage denim Jacket, & Steve Madden oxfords.

You can tell a lot about someone when you look inside their closet.  You would be surprised that some girls actually buy designer fashion, but never wear it.  For this shoot, I wanted to put a look together that really stayed true to the model's personal style.  For me, this vintage Posen really fit in with the styling for Chanel's spring 11 runway.  I re-invented the look by adding serious body to her hair, and duplicating a heavy eye, similar to the black pearl eyeshadow used on the runway. 

Its still winter here, so we wanted to definitely stay inside for the shoot.  We wandered around the college building at school and stumbled upon this space.  The windows reflected light from the brick building behind it, creating this metallic pink light, which also emanated from the dress.

Balancing Act

by Aly

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, where I was given the opportunity to merchandise most of the day.  I started out merchandising accessories, I mainly cleaned everything up and re-organized items in order of color and size.  We also got in a few new cuffs that I added to the display.  After the store opened, I worked on the bath shelves, and focused on keeping them balanced and neat.  I don't have any pics of them, because I found it really difficult to take my camera on the floor.  The past few weeks I've been fabricating Spring displays, and I intend to take more photos behind the scenes, that unfortunately I will not be able to post.. at least not until they are up for everyone to see.


high contrast

by Aly on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groovin mens fedora, Vintage blazer, belt & black crochet tunic, black express tights, Chelsea Crew oxfords, MAC lipstick in media & Marc by Marc vintage timepiece.

Shooting in the snow is extremely difficult.  I am so thankful that this time I didn't have to brave the cold, but instead I had a beautiful model, and good friend Shani do it for me.  Besides having the most gorgeous natural disco inspired curls, Shani also had so many cool pieces in her closet, most of which used to be worn by her Mom.  I hope to shoot her again, because we didn't get to try as many looks as we had hoped.  For this shoot, I really wanted to juxtapose black against white.. and use the snow to my advantage for once.  I hope you all enjoy the shots, there are definitely more to come.