Mad Hatter

Ever since Pharrell’s hat became a household name, I’ve been on the hunt to find something like it.  A fan of both his music and style, this is one trend that I just had to imitate.  After looking all over the internet for something similar, my cart (and head) still remained empty.  However, while out and about in Williamsburg recently, I struck gold at a nearby boutique.  I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and plan to rock this look all season long.

Hat: Pork Pie Hatters, Sunglasses: Ziari (Vintage), Shirt: Raf Simons for Fred Perry, Shorts: Lanvin, Sandals: Kris Van Assche

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Spring Flurry

Spring has finally sprung in New York City and I couldn’t be happier.  Here in Williamsburg where I reside, the streets and parks have turned into a flurry of white flowers, blooming from tree-to-tree.  In keeping with my environment, I’m excited to be sporting a spring favorite-white-on-white.  Turning in my bold black looks for something a little softer sounds like a great idea.

Jacket: Banana Republic, T-Shirt: Saint Laurent, Denim: Earnest Sewn, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Sneakers: Adidas

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Pictures courtesy of Briana Elledge

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8th Annual Indepdendent Handbag Designer Awards

With less than a week away, the preliminary judging panel will be meeting here in New York this coming Sunday to determine finalists for the 8th Annual IHDA (Independent Handbag Designer Awards).  I’m happy to report that I will be on the panel this year, yet again.  I can not wait to see what designers have in-store for us. Along with discovering new names, what tends to really excite me are those who create beautifully crafted bags that bring originality to the market.  If you haven’t entered, there’s still time to apply.  Curious to see which bags standout?  Follow the #HandbagAwards, myself and the others via Instagram & Twitter to stay up-to-date.

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Denim Days

I’ve always been a fan of denim and lately I seem to be digging it a lot.  Working in a creative field allows for the dress code to be a bit more relaxed.  Whether I’m in a rush or not feeling my best, I tend to count on the most comfortable denim in my wardrobe to get me through the day.  Among my go-to slacks and shirts, I’m looking forward to rocking my favorite denim jackets this season.  A blast from the past, the runways were full of them replacing the basic blazer.

Fedora: Scala, T-Shirt: Designs by Kya, Jacket: Rag & Bone, Pants: Raf Simons for Fred Perry, Brogues: Dsquared, Envelope Clutch: 3L (Custom), Glasses: Tom Ford, Watch: Valentino, Bracelet: Tai

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Block Party

I happened to be in the West Village for some meetings last Thursday and forget how beautiful this part of the city is.  Lucky to have had some down time in-between, I walked around with photographer friend Jocelyn Voo to snap some photos of my look.  Speaking of my outfit, I have to give a #mylatestobsession shout out to Banana Republic.  The peacoat and shirt I’m wearing are from their Spring 2014 collection. For me, these two particular pieces really stood out as must-haves for the season. If you’re interested in purchasing, I suggest you run to the nearest BR store as I believe the coat is pretty much sold out everywhere.  Good luck & happy spring-let the awakening begin!

Coat & Shirt: Banana Republic, Denim: Earnest Sewn, Envelope: 3L (custom), Shoes: Grenson, Sunglasses: Ziari (vintage)

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Behind-the-scenes: Rinat Brodach S/S 2014

With spring just day’s away, I thought I would start to warm things up with a behind-the-scenes look into a recent shoot we shot here in New York for designer Rinat Brodach’s S/S 14 campaign.

Video Provided by John Mastriano

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Strap On

With the F/W season almost through, I’m very much looking forward to a bit of change and less layers in my daily routine.  In the meantime, I’ve been trying to keep warm on the streets of New York with some of my favorite outerwear.  I haven’t been able to live without a topcoat.  For a professional like myself, it’s a great go-to piece to throw on over any look that might need structure.  Those who feel a bit basic in this style coat, strap on a fun colored or textured belt you might already have in your wardrobe to add some shape.

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Seven Minutes in Heaven: Rinat Brodach

Born in Israel, Rinat Brodach came to America with one thing in mind, to become a successful fashion designer.  A dream of hers since her earliest memories, she is hoping to continue the family business with the recent launch of her very first ready-to-wear women’s collection.  Currently living in New York City, she’s partnered with CTMA to help bring awareness to her line.  I am very excited to be working Rinat and can’t wait to share with you all what we have been creating in the studio.  In the meantime, learn more about this talented artist in a recent Q & A-Seven Minutes in Heaven.
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Colin T. McDonald Agency: What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?

Rinat Brodach: Ever since I was young, my mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes. I don’t think many kids grow up with the chance to have their own opinion to what they wear each day. I have always been artistic with a love for clothes and as I grew, the clothes I wore depicted the stages in my life.

I knew I also wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Being a fashion designer has been a lifelong dream of mine. Fashion has been a part of my life and culture. My passion for fashion started back in Czechoslovakia, where my great grandfather was a famous tailor in his village before WWII erupted. Growing up, I would constantly go shopping with my mother where I was exposed to draping techniques and menswear. Becoming a fashion designer makes me feel like I am continuing my family’s legacy.

CTMA: Who are your favorite designers (living or dead) and why?

RB: I have great admiration for the following fashion designers; Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. I admire each of them for their various draping techniques whether the techniques are soft, hard, feminine, masculine, etc.

My appreciation for both Lee Alexander McQueen and John Galliano started when I was very young, 12 or 13 years of age. Both of them have amazing draping skills and yet each is to their own. My love for Albez Elbaz and Rick Owens came as I got older; there is something so raw yet so magical about how they create clothes.

CTMA: What is one project you’ve worked on that’s changed your view on fashion?

RB: My thesis collection, which I made my senior year in college, is the one project that changed my views on fashion. That collection, taught me so much about myself. Rob Curry and Simon Ungless were two of my mentors who were both amazing in letting me discover who I was and am today. Through this particular experience, I learnt to embrace who I am.

CTMA: Tell me about your S/S 2014 Collection.

RB: My S/S 2014 Collection is straight from my heart, as it is filled with raw emotions.  I was inspired by the dilemma of exposing and protecting the heart. I call it, How to Expose the Heart. Every day, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I learnt that the heart is exposed to passion, happiness, sadness, and vulnerability.

I executed this concept in my designs by using boning. I used it to enhance the ribcage area to act as protection to the heart. It is my intentions to show the various situations that the heart has to endure. It is my hopes to convey that art does not always make sense, because art comes from the heart.

CTMA: Three words that describe the Rinat Brodach woman?

RB: Strong, Sexy, and Independent.

CTMA: Where do you see your line a year from now?

RB: In a year’s time, I want to see my clothes at Barney’s, L’Eclaireur (Paris), and at selective boutiques in major cities around the globe.

CTMA: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?

RB: My advice would be to never stop believing in your dreams. As my father would say, it is all about the journey. I know I have a long journey still ahead of me, but I will never stop believing in myself ###

Photo Credit: Vincent Parker

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