Get With The Times: Podcasts

Post-Serial, seems like everyone’s jumping on the podcast bandwagon these days. Here’s what’s on my playlist:

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Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham

Uncensored and absolutely hilarious, Lena invites her friends to talk about what it’s like to be a woman these days, and all of the crap you have to go through both personally and professionally. A real gem.

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Monocycle with Leandra Medine

I like to think of this as a capsule version of Women of the Hour. I adore Leandra and her sense of humor, and the podcast is only a couple of episodes in, but these are looking to be 10 minute segments about…life. The first episode is about burnout, and the second is about life after the Paris attacks. Give it a go.

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The Energy Gang by Greentech Media

Sorry, is my nerd starting to show? I’m planning on going into the renewable energy industry after I graduate from college, so this is where I get the lowdown on the industry. The Energy Gang is comprised of Jigar Shah from Generate Capital, Stephen Lacey, Senior Editor at GTM, and Katherine Hamilton from 38North Solutions.

On Gertrude Stein

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If you’d met me a couple of years ago, and if we had started talking books, I would’ve told you that my favorite author was Tao Lin, after reading Richard Yates and Tai Pei and a few other compilations of his short stories. Don’t get me wrong – I still have an unyielding amount of love for Tao Lin and his chronicles of trippy, aimless, drug-fueled wandering in New York City.

However, there is a new addition to the panel of Rachel’s Favorite Authors. Late last year I fell in love with the idea of early 20th century Montmatre (admittedly after reading The Paris Wife & Hemingway’s The Moveable Feast; sorry, I’m that person) and began learning a bit more about the people who used to live there. It was only a matter of time before I came upon Gertrude Stein. I picked up The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas early this year, I think, read Three Lives a few months ago, and now am slowly making my way through Tender Buttons, her book of prose. The Making of Americans is still on my Goodreads “to read” list. Like literary critics have said, Gertrude (I’m going to call her by her first name bc I feel like we could be pals) really helped pioneer the stream-of-consciousness style of writing; who could forget that Hemingway had always sought her approval? She possesses a dry wit and a secular, matter-of-fact approach to living life. You’re not going to be reading 5 page long descriptions of the flowers and the trees and the sky here – you can picture that stuff for yourself. I am also a massive fan of her fuck punctuation approach to writing. Like e.e. cumming’s poetry, it’s conversational and not contrived and refreshing, in a weird sort of way.

With all that said, Gertrude was a product of her times. She was racist and misogynistic to a certain degree, even though she herself was a woman. On the flip side, Alice B. Toklas was her lover – Gertrude was a lesbian author at the turn of the century. Take what you will from it, and G’s definitely not everybody’s cup of tea, but I thought I’d share. I’ll leave you with a wonderful quote from Alice B. Toklas:

She says it is a good thing to have no sense of how it is done in the things that amuse you. You should have one absorbing occupation and as for the other things in life for full enjoyment you should only contemplate results. In this way you are bound to feel more about it than those who know a little of how it is done.

Green Fashion, Sans Hemp

Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to expand the scope of fashion that I usually expose myself to. I am delighted that Style.com has finally deemed Scandinavian fashion weeks (looking at you, Copenhagen & Stockholm) worthy of coverage, and I’ve also been madly following Japanese & Chinese fashion people on Instagram. Rest assured that Korean fashion is next on the list of to-dos.

During this following binge, I stumbled across Leaf Greener, the senior fashion editor of Elle China. She’s been Coveteur’d, and at the time of my following she was at the annual Hong Kong EcoChic Design Awards. Hippie-dippie name aside, the competition is organized by sustainable design NGO Redress Hong Kong, and invites designers from select countries in Asia and Europe to apply. After a preliminary educational process in which designers learn more about sustainable design techniques and the importance of conscious sourcing, they are then thrown into the competition ring to see who can come up with the most technically, aesthetically, and earth-pleasing line of garments.

This year, the top three prizes went to Kevin Germanier (UK), Victor/Shing Hong Chu (HK), and Laurensia Salim (Singapore) respectively. I’m going to have to say that as a disclaimer I lack the technical jargon to be able to appropriately describe these beautiful pieces of clothing, but nonetheless I will have to agree with the judges and say that Kevin’s design here is my favorite. The majority of the dress in the picture below is made of a wool blanket from the Swiss army, and not only did Kevin succeed in not making it look dated, his draping technique infused the piece with a structural integrity that I was unaware it was capable of. In another piece of his mini-collection he incorporates a peplum (which I hate with a passion, or rather, hated) and pairs it with a more masculine counterpart, a wide legged trouser cinched in at the waist, so that it doesn’t even evoke the slightest image of a sorority girl who’s had one too many drinks at a house party. I don’t have access to too many images from the collection, but that’s not gonna stop my fawning.

The majority of the finalists who I took a look at utilized upcycling as their “eco-technique”, which I think is a good starting place, but in the future, as the competition hopefully gets more funding and grows, I’d like to see an introduction of more advanced technologies and fabrics, like what Bionic Yarn used in their denim collaboration with G-Star Raw. With that said, though, this is some good stuff, and possibly the first sustainable fashion competition that hasn’t made me want to vom. Good on you, HK, for being ahead of the pack!

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Laurensia Salim. Photo via EcoChic Design Awards

Kevin Germanier. Photo via EcoChic Design Awards

The Importance of Living Consciously

I have been deliberating over what my next blogpost should be about for a couple of days now, since my iPhone’s Balanced App repeatedly reminds me that I’m due for my biweekly internet rant (it also reminds me that I need to exercise… I’m working on that). I’ve decided to write on my personal opinion on why it is so important to live a well-rounded, conscious lifestyle. This is consciousness in all aspects of the term: politically, environmentally, socially, etc. There are still many things about the world that my naive and idealistic 20 year old self has yet to understand, but this is what consciousness means to me at this point in time.

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I’ll start with the one that most of my friends associate me with: environmental consciousness. Living in southern China, a giant manufacturing hub, for 8 years, then moving to the Pacific Northwest and having the best environmental science teacher I could ever ask for was a massive lesson in the importance of sustainability. This, coupled with an increased knowledge of the evils of the fossil fuels industry, observations of the wasteful consumption that have become the norm, and realizing the willful ignorance of the general public are all reasons why the environment matters to me so much more today. Unfortunately I have to wait a couple more years before I can graduate and go out and do things, but for now here are a few things that I do to stay green:

  • Waste as little as possible. Discovering blogs like Trash is for Tossers and Zero Waste Home over the past summer have been huge wake-up calls to how much I am contributing to landfills by just buying a bunch of plastic-packaged goods. I have decided that my life needs a bit of a makeover, and I have been taking steps and swapping out my one-time use products for their longer-lasting, more sustainable counterparts. There are other intuitive things like taking less time in the shower, not leaving the tap on, turning the lights off when you don’t need them, etc.
  • Buy secondhand. This pertains more to my obsession with fashion & clothes, and I will admit that I have definitely fallen into the trap of buying fast-fashion because it’s on trend. I’m working on it. But compared with a few years ago, a larger portion of my closet is secondhand, which has not only made my style more unique, but has saved me quite a few dollars. If you need to buy new, then invest. Not only will those pieces look better than the crap you pick up at Forever21, it will have been made ethically and last you a longer time. I also stay up to date with efforts the industry is making towards becoming more green, like Pharrell’s G-Star Raw for the Oceans, Stella McCartney’s GCC Capsule line, etc. You can check out some of these links under the “Organizations” tab.
  • Know what’s going on in the world. As somebody who is keen on entering the solar industry upon graduation, I like to stay up to date with what’s going on through sites like Greentech Media and Grist, both of which I am subscribed to on Bloglovin’ (not only for fashion blogs; you can use it for news too!). This is less relevant for people who don’t have the same plans for their future as I do, but it’s a good thing to know what’s happening around you, rather than stay trapped in a bubble. A subscription to theSkimm would be a good start. Although it is technically tailored to women, both guys and girls should sign up; knowledge is good for everybody.

The political thing is something that I really only came into over the summer, when I went to a thing for Lady Parts Justice at the Deep End Club in New York. I think this was mid-May, and I barely knew what feminism was, or why we needed it. That “thing” educated me so, so much, and upon getting back to the hostel I was staying at, I opened up google and started reading up. In typical “me” fashion, I then subscribed to Al Jazeera, theSkimm, & followed a bunch of news sources on Facebook and Twitter and made it a goal for myself to read the news every day. And especially with the sheer magnitude of events that have been happening recently with Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, I increasingly believe that anybody who ignores it and accepts it as “business-as-usual” is incredibly dense and a person that I do not wish to be acquainted with at all. It is true that because most of us are not involved in government it’s difficult to make concrete changes, but you have a voice, so use it. This injustice is only the tip of the iceberg, though – things like this have been going on in other places for ages, but it’s only a few of the incidents have occurred in the US and gone viral that people are starting to pay attention.

Social consciousness and political consciousness pretty much go hand in hand. My feminist awakening was the first step, and it’s led me to question things like why Shia LaBeouf’s rape allegations aren’t being taken seriously. It’s gotten so little press. I also had a little scroll through the #CrimingWhileWhite and #Alivewhileblack hashtags on twitter yesterday, and the posts that I was reading on there completely made me rethink some of the ingrained racial opinions that my older Chinese relatives have expressed to me while I was growing up. This is definitely something that is more difficult to put into coherent words, but the point is to be aware, stay informed, and question things. Think. Use your brain. Try to make the world a better place, yadah yadah.

Taking Issue With Chanel

*I wrote this a while ago… it’s just taken me this long to post it.

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My initial reaction to Cara Delevingne leading the protest down Boulevard Chanel last week was so enthusiastic that I both instagrammed it and made it my cover photo on Facebook. “Yes!” I thought, “It’s cool to care about stuff, ‘cause Karl Lagerfeld said so!” Then I left it, so I could begin to process what this meant for the future of fashion.

I only really started to think about what Lagerfeld’s intentions for the show were after reading Susie Lau’s insightful post about her thoughts of the show. That’s my problem – in the midst of excitement, I tend to forget to let things process before forming an opinion. I mean, I doubted that Karl truly cared about feminism, and with signs like “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too” and “Women’s Rights Are More Than Alright” I wondered if he even understood feminism, but more attention towards a positive cause is ultimately a good thing, right? Even if it was for the sake of a trend?

These were two especially good arguments from Susie’s social media followers that she mentioned in her blogpost:
MelissaKateColeman: “Feminism is a flat concept if we don’t use it to discuss current gender issues. In fact it distorts the conversation. This is not starting the conversation on feminism. It’s a conversation what a luxury fashion brand can and cannot do in good conscience. Just to be clear, if he’d really addressed issues I would have respected it regardless of his questionable past. Sadly, he was just paying lip service.”

PowItsKim: “Awareness isn’t really a valid argument? If there is no follow-up, there is such a great chance of doing more harm than good ultimately. So he brought up, well, bombarded us with feminism, what are we now to do with that information? Who is leading this dialogue? The same skinny white women who are privileged by the system of fashion?”

The latter was the reasoning that I used to back up my reasons for thinking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a giant load of bullcrap, so I’m not sure why the thought didn’t occur to me when I first saw the Chanel show. But now that I’ve given it some time and I’ve had time to form a fully-informed opinion, I’ve decided that although this season’s clothes were exquisite and Karl Lagerfeld is a great designer, it’s not okay to appropriate anyone’s culture or trivialize a serious issue (be it feminism or Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests) for the sake of social media and trends. What do the kids say nowadays? Do it for the Vine?

Well, Karl, don’t do it for the Vine.

Feeling Powerless as a 20 Year Old Climate Activist

I keep referring to this past summer as the “summer of change”, the “summer I got through my existential crisis”, etc. It’s been 3 months since I’ve left New York and come back into the real world, but I still can’t shut up about it. I keep using the same words over and over again to describe my summer, because it’s easier that way than to try to explain to my hyper-academic classmates why I didn’t try to pursue an internship at Boeing. I knew that I talked about it a lot, but it was only after talking to my mother last night that I realized that it had impacted me so much more than I had previously thought. Through interacting with people like Rachel Kibbe from the ethical e-commerce site Helpsy, Carlen Altman, and making friends at Daniel Pinchbeck’s Center for Planetary Culture, I was invigorated with a sense of passion and fervor for making change that I’d never felt before. It absolutely helped me get out of my funk, and made me put my petty personal issues in perspective.

Right now I’m reading Naomi Klein’s new book on capitalism and climate, This Changes Everything, in an attempt to try to better understand the struggle of moving towards a more sustainable society. The difference between this and other books is that it’s a book that explains the position of the left, and uses climate change more as a lens than a focus. Klein uses climate change as a lens to analyze why capitalism will be result in the downfall of our society. It is not a viewpoint that I understand or agree with completely, but I think that by reading this I will learn how to put myself in a position in which I will be able to help pioneer change in an effective form.

The disheartening part of this is that I don’t know how, and if I can make other people care. If the topic of environment comes up in conversation with friends then I try not to be too preachy about it, and often poke fun at myself as the resident treehugger, but this, along with posting Grist articles (probably too often) on Facebook that people don’t read don’t do anything. There is also the fact that I feel pressured to take any engineering job/internship that pays well because it will “build my career”, and people tell me that I should try to “chase my dreams” later on. But when it comes to something as big and abstract as the climate, time is of the essence and the movement needs all the help that it can get. The annoying part is that there’s no silver bullet and nobody has pre-mapped my dream career path.

WDAS: Volume 1

Over this past summer I think I’ve had a bit of a feminist awakening, something that began when I went to Lady Part Justice’s teach-in at The Deep End Club in May. A few months later, I’ve become so much more aware of women in the public eye who are being amazing and kicking ass, so here’s volume one of what I’m going to call Women Doing Awesome Shit, or WDAS for short.

Taylor Swift

1989 is the only album I’ve been listening to for the past few days, and it’ll probably stay that way for the next month. Or maybe the next two months. I’m a converted Taylor Swift fan, and I’m not ashamed to admit it – girl can make really, really great pop music. I have quite a few favorites on there, but Blank Space might be the winner. I would link the track, but her record label has been really good in keeping all of that off the internet, so check out that and the rest of the album on iTunes.

I also love the fact that she’s focusing on herself, readjusted her stance on feminism after she learned more about it, and has formed an impenetrable girl gang that anyone would die to be a part of. She also speaks fluent Tumblr and makes excellent sartorial choices.

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Greta Gerwig

I watched Frances Ha a while ago at the recommendation of a friend, and Lola Versus last night because it seemed like the best option out of all my google/Netflix searches: “movies that are like Girls”, “New York movies”, “best new york movies”, “movies like Tiny Furniture”… you get the gist. Frances Ha is a beautiful and realistic portrayal of female friendships, and at the time that I watched it, it reminded me so much of one of my friendships it was scary. That’s what being eternally single does to you – your life revolves around your friendships and when somebody gets a boyfriend it gets annoying and lonely. Lola Versus was a good one too – kind of like a less glamorous, more grown up version of what I imagine T-Swift’s transition from serial dating to becoming a single, independent woman was like. Lola Versus also takes the win of weirdest sex scene ever portrayed on the big screen, I think. Keep in mind that I’ve watched both volumes of Nymphomaniac (which is another great movie). You’ve been warned, but I thoroughly enjoyed both of those movies.

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Leighton Meester

This one seems a little bit out of the blue, mostly because I haven’t really been paying attention to the Gossip Girl gang for a while now. But I saw Of Mice and Men when I was in New York over the summer, which was an amazing experience in of itself, but then Leighton went ahead and penned an amazing piece on her experience playing Curley’s Wife from a feminist perspective. It was an angle that didn’t occur to me immediately after watching the play, and reading the article definitely made me gain respect for her. A few months ago she also covered Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, which is only my favorite song of ALL TIME, with her friend Dana Williams, and dropped a new album called Heartstrings a couple of days ago. In the words of one Sadie Saxton, you’re welcome.

Being A Chinese-American Woman in Western Society

I was at the nearby Westfield yesterday when it happened again. Some idiotic mall salesman with an Eastern European accent attempts to get my attention with a “Ni hao! Ni hao!” At the moment I was trying to get to Topshop, so I just asked him where it was, as he tried to ask me where I was from.

I’m speaking English better than you, in an American accent. Wouldn’t that clue you in? Of course, I knew what he was actually asking. What country of the Far East/exotic Orient do your people hail from? My frustration with this question can be expressed through the videos below:

I also showed one of my ethnically Chinese/Korean mixed friends a post yesterday that communicates the same kind of frustrations, and this was her response (and if you’re reading this, L, I hope it’s ok that I shared!):

I legit got into a fight with the guys at my regular bagel place. All of them are Indian, Pakistani or from Bangladesh and one night they asked me where I’m from. I said “California”. This is always my answer. They asked again and I answered with the same thing. People always think I’m kidding around, and most have the gall to say “oh you know what I mean”. Normally I don’t give in. I just say “I’m American. My parents are American. We all have American passports and we all pay American taxes”. Anyway, they were creeps who wouldn’t give me my bagel that I paid for until I told them, so I eventually gave in and told them. Sleazes told me “oh yeah, mixed people are always the most attractive”. I almost threw my bagel at all of them/barfed on their store floor.

But that’s when I have time and am feeling pissed off. Normally I just say America and put on my best if-you-don’t-get-the-hell-away-from-me-I-will-snap face. If you don’t want to deal with that shit, then just say “America” or “Washington” or wherever and walk away/turn away to signal the end of a discussion.

Sorry for the rant. It’s just that this has happened so much in the past two years that a lot of frustration has built up. Way to use my ethnicity to completely dehumanize and objectify me and mask it as simple curiosity. Ugh.

The only reason why I don’t punch every guy (because women rarely ask) this happens with is because I know most don’t even know they’re being racist (and creepy and gross and need to put their dicks away). So instead, I show my annoyance and let them know it’s not okay without any cursing.

She majors in psychology, so expressed that in a far more concise way than I ever could. It is disgusting to me for the reason that my friend mentioned, and also because this happens to Asian-American women far more than it does to the men. When a white person tells you they’re from South Africa you don’t then follow up with, “But where are you really from?” If I tell you I’m from Seattle, I’m from Seattle. The only difference is that the Chinese didn’t colonize the US like the Europeans did with South Africa.

Thoughts From My First Day in London

There’s so much going through my head and although I wanted to take after a good friend of mine (she knows who she is) and live tweet my thoughts & life, I thought that maybe a scattered blogpost would be better. Probably not. Oh well.

I land at around 11:15 am local time… Yay London! I hope I get through the border and don’t have to fly back home because I was an idiot and applied for the wrong visa. (Long story…)

After about a half hour of waiting in line, I pass the border crossing thing… Phew, thank God. I was severely worried for a second there.

Erm, now what?

Right, luggage. I notice that both my bags are on the verge of giving out because I overstuff them so much every time. I also notice that Heathrow doesn’t charge for trolleys. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS? I pass on the offer though, ’cause I’m strong and I can manage, thank you very much.

The new task at hand is now to get from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. I have no idea where anything is. Hi, American here! Can a smart/witty Brit come help a homie out?

No witty Brit approaches. After walking around in circles for a while, I figure out that I have to go through a series of underground tunnels.

About a 2 minute walk into the first underground tunnel, I realize that my bags are really fucking heavy. Dammit, Rachel. Me and my stupid pride.

I also notice that the underground tunnels are really stuffy. The walk comes out to be about a a good 15 minutes, but I took a break about every 3 minutes so it took me significantly longer. Nobody else is sweating. At this point my glasses also keep sliding down my face so I take them off. I am now sweaty and slightly blind.

I finally get to Terminal 3 and locate the Queen Mary welcoming team. At this point I am very disheveled, but hope that I look dewy and only slightly sweaty. I mean, just last week DKNY and Alexander Wang were embracing sweaty chic, right? I’m sure I wasn’t what they had in mind, but it’s okay, I trick myself into thinking I don’t look completely disgusting.

After a bit of traffic and idiot drivers and me wondering why we were on the wrong side of the street, the driver gives us a mini tour of Central London. He makes a bunch of distasteful jokes about us girls marrying rich and making our future husbands take us to Harrods. I let it slide. He also asks us if we prefer WIlliam or Harry. Is Harry Styles an option? I know he’s not technically royal, but… We pass by the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and a bunch of other places. I refrain from taking blurry bus pics until I can see these places up close.

We finally reach campus, and the student village is really nice. I’m excited! Since then I’ve made a few new acquaintances with the other kids in my flat. My lack of sleep on the plane last night is also starting to get to me. After arriving at school I made some pit stops at Sainsbury’s and Nando’s. Tomorrow will probably be the mall to see if there’s any other stuff I need stocking up on, and I’ll probably hit up some local markets to figure out the food sitch soon too.

London looks promising!

The Roundup: NYFW SS15

Trend-wise, matching sets are here to stay, normcore isn’t going anywhere, and fringe is making a strong comeback. Also: layers, layers, layers.

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Clogs and flatform slippers at Coach. Also, that faux fur coat looks awfully comfy.

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Layered skirts from Rosie Assoulin, DKNY, and Zimmerman.

Now onto the more interesting stuff.

I really like Peter Som’s beauty look with the orange on the inner corner, but Nanette Lepore’s eye makeup really stopped me in my (virtual) tracks. I was probably browsing through The Man Repeller, The Coveteur, or catching up on Al Jazeera, but all of a sudden my first priority became getting a closer glimpse of this model’s face. I saved you the trouble of digging. Here it is.

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Top knot, white graphic liner, mine-but-better lips? Yes, yes, and yes.

With that out of the way, let’s return to the clothes. For me, as a not very seasoned fashion enthusiast, it was really cool to learn more about designers who weren’t doing the same old number as everybody else. The line that epitomized this for me was Chromat, who touts celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Beyonce, and Madonna as fans. What attracted me to this line is that it not only looks like something that a woman with very healthy self-image would wear, but it also reminded me of what Little Mix wore in their video for Salute. The cutouts and structure of these pieces have just the right balance of outer space vibes meets kink.

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Chromat SS15 on the runway; Little Mix Salute music video outfits in the middle

Speaking of experimental, the lines from the rave/festival-kid-inspired MBMJ and Jeremy Scott lines blew my mind. I’ll admit that I’d grown a bit weary of Miley’s incessant Instagram posts of her “dirty hippie” crafts, but it was cool to see how her pieces complemented Jeremy Scott’s 70’s mushroom trip of a line. Over at MBMJ, Luella Bartley & Katie Hillier infused the perfect amount of rage-against-the-establishment spirit into the clothing.

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Jeremy Scott and Marc By Marc Jacobs Shows

Following the rave children we have the rock n’ rollers, presented by Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs. Tommy also carefully casted his group of models to go along with the theme of the show:

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Georgia May Jagger opened Tommy’s show; Marc Jacobs models rocked grungy looks comprised of Joey Ramone haircuts and military silhouettes

File these under: Cool Prints

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Bibhu Mohapatra’s optical illusion dress. Although I was also a fan of Carolina Herrera’s finale shattered floral dresses, here the flow of the fabric complements the print so well, and is completely mesmerizing. This seems more novel.

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Jonathan Simkhai’s shattered glass dresses and skirts went beyond the look that you get with a Sally Hansen “Special Effects” nail polish.

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Mara Hoffman said that she wanted to move away from the prints that she is so well known for, even though she couldn’t resist throwing in a few with a cool marijuana leaf print. She wanted to focus more on the overall aesthetic of the line and the MH girl. Well, she nailed it. Like Mohapatra, the image on the fabric perfectly complements its relaxed silhouette. 

Then onto comfortable, relaxed, menswear-inspired clothing, my favorite. As a self-proclaimed tomboy, these are just a few outfits I would like to have in my dream closet:

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Rag & Bone, Public School, Peter Som, Richard Chai Love, Organic by John Patrick, Adam Selman.

And although I will be the first to say that I abhor bodycon, I quite liked Alexander Wang’s (whose H&M collab is coming soon!) sneaker-inspired take.

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And lastly, at the risk of sounding like a total basic, this is everything.

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All in all, I’d say that this NYFW had a good mix of interesting looks and designers stepping outside of their usual constraints. One aspect of that is that more and more designers are beginning to move away from Lincoln Center. We also saw designers trying different ways of showcasing clothing: Gareth Pugh’s dance performance, the Opening Ceremony skit directed by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill, Ralph Lauren’s Polo for Women 4D show (even though that technically wasn’t a runway thing), and more. I love when people break the norms! We need more of this. I just hope one day I’m fortunate enough to see these shows in person!

All images via Style.com, unless otherwise specified.