Kal Rieman Means Business and Why You Should Too

BY ASSOCIATE STYLIST: BRANDON GIORDANO   Upon seeing racks of button-ups while visiting the Kal Rieman studio last week, I was ready to dislike her work.  Being someone who loves ease and femininity, I assumed that all of her classic menswear Read more

We Are Not Sold: Say NO To The Birkenstock Trend

By Dalestyle Stylist Adrian Causing I don't care. Phoebe Philo.  Kate Moss. Even Vogue.com cannot and will not convince me that this ugly shoe, intended for those with a foot condition or for a flower child of the 60's, is an Read more

Festival Style: So Wrong And So Right With The Help Of Our Friend Kate

 By Associate Stylist Brandon Giordano One thing our team feels strongly about is not pushing trends onto our clients.  With a number of music festivals worth attending this summer, we were reminded of some hilarious/ offensive trends from the past.  Don’t Read more

Kal Rieman Means Business and Why You Should Too

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BY ASSOCIATE STYLIST: BRANDON GIORDANO

Rieman Lookbook

Kal Rieman FW 2014 Lookbook

 

Upon seeing racks of button-ups while visiting the Kal Rieman studio last week, I was ready to dislike her work.  Being someone who loves ease and femininity, I assumed that all of her classic menswear inspired pieces that include the FiDi staple – the blue collared button-up – would look too stuffy for me.  Upon closer inspection, I noticed the fine amount of detail put into each garment: a dramatic box pleat on the back of a button-up, double collars, and leather piping and detailing.  Each garment was elevated – taking them from cookie cutter finance drone into something more thoughtful and elegant.

button-up with back pleat

Classic with back pleat detail

At the Studio

Adrian and Brandon checking out the studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rieman’s white-collar aesthetic is no surprise considering her history working in finance surrounded by suits, having first hand experience with a predominantly male dominated “Wolf of Wallstreet” side of business. There is a sense of power that can be projected in the way that we dress and Rieman really infuses that strength into each of her pieces.  The no frill or fuss of her garments turned out to be refreshing, and if worn simply, can be very effective in projecting a sense of style while still meaning business.

Kal Rieman Looks

Double Collared Button-up and Leather Vest

Even though she encourages layering through her look books, I think her clothes are most effective when paired down.  Every garment is unique and doesn’t need to get lost under a three-piece suit.  One of her finely tailored button-ups would look perfect alone or with one of her coveted reversible fencing vests.  Her swing coats are a perfect example of styling with ease and are executed perfectly in Italian wool with classic check patterns.  I also adore the leather tunics with ties on the side, or the classic vest suits, a la 70’s Saint Laurent, in men’s suiting materials.

Kal Rieman Lookbook

Easy swing coat and Vest Suit

As stylists, we’re constantly telling our clients that their first physical impression on someone is so important.  For Kal Rieman that impression is a “No B.S.” attitude, and that is just what we need in fashion.   Taking applications NOW!

We Are Not Sold: Say NO To The Birkenstock Trend

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By Dalestyle Stylist Adrian Causing

I don’t care.

Phoebe Philo.  Kate Moss. Even Vogue.com cannot and will not convince me that this ugly shoe, intended for those with a foot condition or for a flower child of the 60′s, is an acceptable form of everyday footwear, let alone this SS 14′s must have shoe!

Now I get it ladies, you are in pain.  A pain of a heel that doesn’t fit, or kills you after 2 hours of walking in it.  And yes, those flat, contoured, cork bottom feet trolls may take away that pain NOW, but it won’t take that pain away when you look at pictures of yourself 5 years from now. Trust me – don’t waste your money on this dwindling trend.  If you want comfortable shoes, here are 5 simple and comfortable options inspired by the Birkenstock that will last MUCH longer in your wardrobe:

1. The White Backless Birkenstock Sandal vs. Alexander Wang – Masha Double-Strap Slide Sandal

Versatile and interesting, the Alexander Wang Sandal can still get paired back to your favorite boyfriend jean and t shirt while still maintaining your sex appeal.

White Backless Birkenstock Sandal

White Backless Birkenstock Sandal

Alexander Wang - Masha Double-Strap Slide Sandal

Alexander Wang – Masha Double-Strap Slide Sandal

2. “Let’s Go Hiking” Buckled Birkenstock Sandal vs. Chloe Triple Buckle Leather Sandal

Seriously though, don’t they remind you of the sandals your mom / dad wore when they wanted to go to the park or “hiking” in the summer?  It also concerns me that those sandals were unisex.  Instead, fem it up with this thick heeled version from Chloe that you can still run around in without looking (or falling over) like a tree stump.

Buckled Sandal

Buckled Sandal

Chloe Triple Buckled Leather Sandal

Chloe Triple Buckled Leather Sandal

3. Pantent Leather Thong Sandal vs. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Colorblock Wedge Sandals

I’ve never actual liked thong sandals to begin with – they remind me too much of indoor flip flops you get at Duane Reade for $8.  I guess that ruined it for me because now I can’t see myself spending more than that on a thong sandal, even if it is Prada.  So let’s opt out and go for the chic wedge sandal instead.  Again, comfortable and secure with the ankle strap and you won’t look (or feel) stupid.

Patent Leather Color Block Thong Sandal

Patent Leather Color Block Thong Sandal

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Colorblock Wedge Sandal

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Colorblock Wedge Sandal

4. T Strap Leather Sandal vs. Cole Haan Luci Low-Heel Snake-Print Sandal, Ivory

Sneaky, sneaky… The t-strap design almost had me fooled that this Birkenstock could be sort of… cute?  But I’d rather go with a little bit of a heel a t-strap with a bit of print and fun.

T Strap Leather Sandal

T Strap Leather Sandal

Cole Haan Luci Low-Heel Snake-Print Sandal

Cole Haan Luci Low-Heel Snake-Print Sandal

5. All Black Classic Birkenstock Sandal vs Valentino Rockstud Low-Heel Cage Sandal

I admit.  I’m a sucker for a black pair of comfortable shoes and I could totally see how one could MAYBE wear them, but wouldn’t you rather be caught in a Rockstud Low Heel pair instead? I mean how many classic flats do you have in your closet? Plus these Valentino’s are super easy to walk in and make any outfit instantly edgy.

Classic All Black Leather

Classic All Black Leather

Valentino Rockstud Low-Heel Cage Sandal

Valentino Rockstud Low-Heel Cage Sandal

Festival Style: So Wrong And So Right With The Help Of Our Friend Kate

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 By Associate Stylist Brandon Giordano

One thing our team feels strongly about is not pushing trends onto our clients.  With a number of music festivals worth attending this summer, we were reminded of some hilarious/ offensive trends from the past.  Don’t get me wrong, I love self-expression, however it can result in some pretty outrageous looks, good and bad, worth discussing.  Here are some fun examples from the past, and a few suggestions from the lovely Kate Moss for staying rock-n-roll without being a total mess for this summers festivals.

Cultural Appropriation

Nothing makes you look more uneducated than blatantly ripping off another cultures look.  Yes that means bindi dots purchased at Claire’s as well as Native American headdresses like this one ( I hope she got lice).

Cultural Appropriation

You are not Native American.

Neo Hippies

 Your cheap synthetic headband with fake flowers hot glue gunned to it has nothing to do with flower power.  This isn’t Woodstock.  You drive a hummer and get toxic spray tans.

Floral headbands

Flower Power?

Beanies  

WHY!?  When looking through festival pictures I noticed this everywhere.  Is your hair really that bad?  And if so, can’t you wear something not made to keep your head warm during a blizzard?

summer beanies

Jay and Silent Bob?

Jean Thongs

Girl those are not jean shorts!  They used to be until you cut them into a thong that is giving me a view I’d love to forget.  And no they do not make your legs look longer!

thong jeans

Need I say more?

And now some tips from Kate (Moss that is…):

Dress for The Outdoors

I know crazy right?  Hunter boots totally became a thing after this Glastonbury Music festival in ’08.

Hunter Boots

Ultimate Festival Look

Short Shorts

Ok I know I hated on the thong short, but short shorts are a totally different thing.  And why not glam it up a bit with a sequined top.

Short shorts

Short but no butt cheek. Girls take note.

Vintage Men’s Hats

Ditch the beanie and find a great vintage men’s hat.  Paired with shorts and a tank it’s the ultimate cool girl look.

Hats

Ultimate Cool Girl

Low Slung Belt

I don’t mean the cheap studded belt you had from hot topic 10 years ago… I mean a substantial thick leather belt worn slung around the hips with a shirtdress or just a shirt a la Kate.

hip belts

The Hip Belt.

“Lets Kill Fashion!”: A Discussion on Fast Fashion

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 By Associate Stylist Brandon Giordano

Right to Left- Kate, Elisa, Julie, and Simon

From L-R: Moderator Kate Sekules (ReFashioner), Elisa Goodkind (StyleLikeU), Julie Gilhart (Barney’s New York), and Simon Collins (Parsons)

No, but really!  Last week a good friend, Kate Sekules, facilitated a panel discussion - “Let’s Kill Fashion!”at Neuehouse in Midtown.  Kill fashion? Of course, it wasn’t really about killing fashion.  With a panel comprised of Simon Collins (Parsons, Dean of Fashion), Julie Gilhart (Barney’s New York, buyer), and Elisa Goodkind (StyleLikeU), the night was more about how to change fashion consumption.

The main topic: fast fashion.  Much like fast food, is an industry that creates a mass product cheaply in ethically compromising conditions.  By now, I think that most people realize that their clothes from these mass retailers are made cheaply.  However, they continue to buy them because they are, in fact, cheap.  As personal stylists, we’ve seen many of our clients buying heaps of these items, only to discard them after a season of wear.  How do we end this waste?  The overall consensus of the panel was to shop smart!

The Audience at Neuehouse

The Audience at Neuehouse

As a rule of thumb – we tell our clients to buy classic items that will stand the test of time and fleeting trends. Invest in basics that will last season after season.  If you’re going to go for a statement piece, purchase one from a label that will be worth reselling.  Resale has become a huge part of our business and selling our clients’ clothing creates more money to put back into their closets.  Why buy four tank tops for $20 that will fall apart in one season, when you can buy one quality item for the same price that will last you for four seasons?  Just saying.

“Simply know where your items are coming from!” Julie Gilhart exclaimed.  Living in New York I’ve had the opportunity to meet the designers and business owners that I buy my clothes from. Supporting local dealers is beneficial for the economy and doesn’t it feel good to actually know the person you’re buying from?  And if you’re using your shallow wallet as an excuse, we say: Shop second hand.

Michael Calloway designer of VAMPS with Brandon

Michael Calloway designer of VAMPS with Brandon

Vintage stores are everywhere, holding amazing treasures with a story that makes them even more unique.  My favorite people in the city are vintage dealers.  They always have the best personal style, and every piece in their archive has a story.   Kate at reFashioner.com includes the history of every garment that she posts to sell.  Elisa at StyleLikeU.com has videos of all of her muses talking about their personal relationships with their clothing.  The only story that fast fashion clothing is going to tell will be of the sad sweatshop that it came from.

 

Unsafe garment factory in Bangladesh that killed 112 workers. photo: AM Ahad/AP

Unsafe garment factory in Bangladesh that killed 112 workers. photo: AM Ahad/AP

Easier said then done, I know, but just like America’s addiction to fast food, we need to sit back and think about our addiction to fast fashion. Shop responsibly.

I’d love to hear what you think in our comments below.

Our Obsession with Backpacks and How “The Row” Made Them CHIC Again

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 By Associate Stylist Brandon Giordano

2014 CFDA Award winners

2014 CFDA Award winners

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s line, the Row, is one of my favorites and has won two CFDA awards, 2012’s women wear designers of the year, as well as, this 2014’s accessory designers of the year.  They also just opened their first flagship store this past Thursday on Melrose in L.A. where one can find exclusive accessories and their timeless U.S. made ready to wear line. I feel this is the perfect time to look back on a trend they started in 2011 with a much talked about $39,000 alligator backpack, and how it changed the way we schlep.

The Row $39,000 alligator backpack

The Row $39,000 Alligator Backpack

I know the price tag is insane, however, the bag to much surprise sold out in a few months challenging the classic but seemingly tired, Hermes Birken bag.  What’s amazing about the backpack trend is that it’s actually very practical and can make life in the big apple easier.  Obviously, we know that not many people have $39,000 to drop on a handbag, so we thought we’d make a little shopping list of chic timeless pieces from our favorite designers, that cost less than a new car.

Elizabeth and James Drawstring Backpack

Elizabeth and James Drawstring Backpack

 From the sister’s less expensive line, Elizabeth and James, this draw-string backpack is all the way downtown fashion girl for $445.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Backpack

Marc by Marc Jacobs Backpack

Easy on the go backpack from Marc by Marc with great leather strap details, and lots of room for a laptop and other essentials at $298.

Coach classic

Coach classic

Super classic all leather Coach Bag, simple and timeless with sturdy leather that will last at $158.

3.1 Phillip Lim Backpack

3.1 Phillip Lim Backpack

3.1 Phillip Lim backpack for more of a downtown look but make it feminine by going for this blush tone at $626.

Rockland Bag

Rockland Bag

This Rockland backpack in Ivory can be versatile and styled a number of ways for $89.

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