“All of Everything”- Todd Oldham

Designer Todd Oldham burst onto the New York fashion landscape in 1989 and blazed a spirited trail throughout the next decade with his scrupulously constructed garments, featuring extravagant embellishments and raucous color combinations. This weekend I finally got the chance to visit the RISD Museum in Providence, RI where Oldham’s All of Everything exhibit is on display featuring his exuberant style and playful aesthetic of his runway opus of the 1990’s.

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“We were always throwing curve balls,” Oldham recalls. “I felt I had something to say and it was meaningful and had duality and juxtaposition.”

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BUTTONS!

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Drawn from the Todd Oldham Studio archives, All of Everything features more than 65 full ensembles – from Oldham’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted feats of craftsmanship to his Pantone non-repeating print designs. Oldham’s intensive design process is further revealed through his original artwork (shown above) while projections of runway video footage illustrate the full creative endeavor of his fashion shows. These shows were among the first to feature Africa-American and ingenue talents such as Cindy Crawford, Christy Burlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Tyra Banks.

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Fun Fact: The first dress pictured (below) is from Oldham’s Spring 1998 collection based on a taxi driver’s turban that was coming undone. The patterns are a hybrid of ancient Japanese embroidery patterns and preppy hair ribbons. Many of the pearls and beads nestled in the thread work are hundreds of years old.

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My two personal favorites from the exhibit were this colorful beaded set, and the dress below paired with bangles made to look like everyday items, such as combs.

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I highly recommend a trip to see Todd Oldham’s exhibit before it’s gone, and seeing how it’s being featured until September 11, 2016 you have NO excuses! Also, head over to my Instagram for a close up video of the featured yellow dress!

 

XO, Victoria

Part III: Graffiti Alley

The team ended the photoshoot in a spot I quickly fell in love with… the Graffiti Alley. Staying true to its name, the alley located off of Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge was covered in colorful street art.

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Again, photographer J.Tyler worked her magic, and used the afternoon light to create some stunning silhouette and black and white images.

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Completing the set was a long stemmed sunflower from Central Florist, which added a pop of color to my black romper and the splash of summer I craved for all winter.

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Flowers/Plants: @centralsquareflorist | www.centralsquareflorist.com

Makeup Artist:@sydneytess_ | sydneytess@gmail.com

Photography: @dakotalenoxphoto | www.dakotalenoxphoto.com

 

Until the next adventure…

XO, Victoria

Part II: We Love Street Art

Continuing our adventure in Cambridge we roamed the street searching for our next location, and instead of finding one, photographer J.Tyler continued to shoot.

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It was one of the first beautiful spring days. Local artists flooded the streets, decorating the  exterior walls of the buildings.

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My favorite part about visiting a city is walking around and getting a feel of the life that transpires around the hustle and bustle.

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Sometimes you just need to stop and smell the roses… literally.

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Flowers/Plants: @centralsquareflorist | www.centralsquareflorist.com

Makeup Artist:@sydneytess_ | sydneytess@gmail.com

Interior Location: @cafelunacentral | www.cafeluna-centralsq.com

Photography: @dakotalenoxphoto | www.dakotalenoxphoto.com

 

XO, Victoria

Part I: Cappuccinos and Succulents

For those of you who have been wondering where I’ve been, BIG THINGS have been happening in my life. This past week I’ve finally said goodbye to my college years and received my B.A. in Public Relations and Studio Art (another post to come)!

So when Boston Photographer J. Tyler emailed me to collaborate on a photoshoot with Cafe Luna and Central Square Florist I jumped at the idea! It was nice to take a break from my hectic life (5 classes, 2 jobs, and an internship…I don’t know how I did it) and just enjoy working with like minded people to create beautiful images. I also brought my friend Sydney along for some company and to do my makeup.

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We started at Cafe Luna located on 403 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. The front of the cafe was open to the street, sunshine streaming in, and the flowers placed in front of me were mesmerizing.

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The cappuccino was delicious! 

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While J.Tyler snapped away, one of the  Cafe Luna workers brought over a colorful salad from their menu to complete the table.

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Have I told you about my obsession with succulents? 

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Flowers/Plants: @centralsquareflorist | www.centralsquareflorist.com

Makeup Artist:@sydneytess_ | sydneytess@gmail.com

Interior Location: @cafelunacentral | www.cafeluna-centralsq.com

Photography: @dakotalenoxphoto | www.dakotalenoxphoto.com

Don’t worry… there is more to come!

XO, Victoria

 

 

BTS with Photographer J. Tyler

Last Thursday I got the chance to travel to Cambridge, MA (right outside of Boston)  with my friend Sydney Tess and work with photographer Jackie Tyler, Cafe Luna, and Central Square Florist!

Although I don’t have those pictures to show you yet, I have some BTS pictures from the shoot that were TOO good not to share with you!

Lets just I was in heaven. 

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We also made some friends along the way…

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….One of which invited us up to the roof!

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I also got to carry around this beautiful bouquet from Central Square Florist!

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More pictures to come!

XO, Victoria

 

Night 2: Season 12 of StyleWeek

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Starting Wednesday night was designer Bianca Jones Pearson of Clothes Horse Clothing! Bianca made her StyleWeek debut during Season 11, and was back for more! I first met Bianca in the press pit 3 seasons ago (?) and was immediately drawn to her bohemian chic style. Her business has grown like wildfire since, and her newest collection just shows how far she has come!

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My must have piece(s) from this collection: Faux Pink Fur Coat & Printed Jumper 1of139(77of139)

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The next two designers were new to the StyleWeek roster this season. TANGOELLA by Ella Tang was filled with looks that showcased the texture and details of each fabric. My favorite look is the middle one right below. I could see myself wearing this outfit (boots and choker included). I also really loved the styling… who doesn’t love a high pony?

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The bottom of this red dress can be removed to create a short, cocktail dress, capable of turning heads and stopping hearts! 1of166(123of166)

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Closing Wednesday night was designer Aiste Zitnikaite with her line DEVINTO. Aiste’s story is fascinating. Born in Lithuania, she immigrated to Canada at the age of 12. While working in Montreal she realized apparel companies were outsourcing product oversees and losing the connection to the hands on approach to production. Ever since Aiste has been on a mission to build back the personal connection with clothes, and do away with “disposable” fashion.

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Aiste’s collection took the usual staple pieces in your wardrobe and gave them a twist….

Must have from the collection: This dress paired with textured tights! 1of161(26of161)

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Wednesday night I also got the pleasure to meet Refinery29 writer Liz Black. Besides writing for Refinery29 she has her own blog called P.S. It’s Fashion.

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Liz also showed me her badass “pussy” pouch (the gold bag in the picture). I finally got to introduce myself to the designer, Rachel Feinberg of DAMNsel, on Thursday!

 

Check back for a recap of the third night!

XO, Victoria

 

*All runway pictures are courtesy of Myke Yeager, the rest are my own

** My faux fur vest is from Zara 

Opening Night Season 12 StyleWeek

Opening night of StyleWeek was nothing short of amazing! It will take me a few days to catch up on photo editing, the press, and sleep (nothing short of a miracle this next week), but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Running on caffeine and adrenaline is what we PR chicks (and gents) and fashion bloggers do!

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Opening the runway shows was Evolue Apparel by Susan Zemaitis. I finally got to meet Susan before the show, and she was nothing but sweet, bouncing around backstage, laughing with JJP ready to open the night! Susan made the transition to a StyleWeek veteran designer this season, and her collection showed it! While her designs were still structured, she was more playful with fabric including print, and perforated leather. You can enjoy 40% her newest collection during the rest of the week, so head over to her website ASAP!

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The second designer, Jeffrey Dickerson was also new to the Styleweek roster last season. It is amazing to see these designers grow more confident and show their personality on the runway. Lover of all things Lady Gaga, Jeffrey played with sparkles and zippers in unexpected places. I also know of a certain someone in the press pit who wanted one of your dresses for prom…!

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The third designer to show on opening night was Elan Rose presented by The Martini Factory. Elan was the first new designer to show during Season 12, and the crowd was amazed as the line of modest wear came down the runway. It was a nice reminder that a woman can be beautiful and sexy and doesn’t necessarily have to show skin. The headpieces were also stunning.

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Closing opening night of Season 12 was returning designer Susan Troy. After taking a hiatus Susan was back and seemed to be more excited than ever. She even handed out high-fives to the crowd as her models made their final walk! Her collection featured blues, greens, and neutrals, while spicing things up with wide band necklaces and belts that tied in the back. Can I get one of those necklaces please?

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*All runway pictures are courtesy of Myke Yeager, all BOH pictures watermarked were taken by Cat Laine. The rest are my own.

 

And we can’t forget about the outfit pictures….

My bag is Kent Stetson, and boots from a vintage shop in SOHO!

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I’ll have the second night up soon!

XO, Victoria