5 New York Fashion Week Favorites

I haven’t had time to catch up with all the New York shows, but I’m doing my best to keep up. I’ve picked five collections I really, really love to feature on here, and I’ll be updating throughout fashion month. I’m excited to see what designers send down the runway, and I’m even more excited that some of the trends so far are so good! Here are a few favorites…

Milly

Milly was all about the sheer layers and patterns.Skirts and tops leave little to the imagination, and although some of the silhouettes and pieces have been done before, there’s a lot that feels new. This collection is sexy, revealing, artistic and elegant. It’s for a confident woman, but it will sure make her feel beautiful.

Assembly

Assembly is the clothing equivalent to the cool older sister of your best friend who you always wanted to be friends with. This collection is minimal in a cool, sort of grungy way. It’s easy, it’s simple, but it’s not boring. Whites on whites and blacks on blacks are perfect for spring especially in easy breezy silhouettes. Definitely a favorite.

 Rodarte

The Mulleavy  sisters sent out a collection of 70′s pirates and ethereal mermaids. This collection is incredible, and the intricate detailing in some of the gowns is amazing. Lace up boots and netted overlay were some noteworthy details, and jackets with oversized pockets and straps were a personal favorite. Can Rodarte do any wrong? I’m beginning to think the answer is no.

Thom Browne

Thom Browne sent look after look of eccentricity down the runway. Oversized hats that seemed more like sculptures were paired with suits and skirt sets in over the top prints. This collection isn’t for the faint of heart or for the timid, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Thom Browne’s latest is for the loud personality who knows how to make a statement in a put together sort of way.PS.. check out that clear raincoat!

Wendy Nichol

Easily my favorite collection thus far into fashion month, Wendy Nichol has crafted a collection that is western, gothic and romantic all in one. This collection has been taken the dark and Victorian themes we’ve been seeing for Fall and updated them for spring. Lace, silk, satin and the perfect all black and white color palette define this dreamy collection.

What are your favorites?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

 

A Little Fashion Alien

 

There’s something special about dressing in something that makes you feel a little bit different from your usual self. Fashion Week is in full swing and although Columbia doesn’t really constitute the sort of fashion playground that NYC does, I still decided to wear something a little different. I put my hair up in my alien mini buns and wore my favorite super structured skirt. I felt out of place in these pieces, like a fashion alien exploring a new and unfamiliar city. It was a good kind of different. Alex and I went to an old antique store and took some photos, and it was perfect, standing among the remains of forgotten objects that were probably important to someone at some point in the past.

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My favorite piece had to be the vintage phone booth we found. Standing in it made me feel like a Death Queen Barbie, ready to be shipped off to a foreign planet where I’d have an all black closet and the highest of high heels. It was fun playing a little with my sister, who no matter what, always puts a smile on my face.

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Top: Zara/ Skirt: Forever 21/ Shoes: Urban Outfitters.

All photos by Alexandra Herstik,@alexyael

What makes you feel like a fashion alien?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Melitta Baumeister CC: The Fashion Law

I’ve mentioned The Fashion Law on here before, but I don’t think I’ve announced that I’m writing a weekly column on emerging designers on TFL now! Check out my second post on Melitta Baumeister, who’s creating incredible designs out of silicon. Check it out HERE!

“Melitta Baumeister, who earned her MA in fashion from Parsons: The New School for Design last fall, is helping to jump-start a fashion revolution. The 27-year-old German-born, New York-based designer began climbing the ranks after sending her designs down the runway this past February as part of VFILES MADE FASHION show, which uses its online platform to allow designers to submit their work for a chance to show at New York Fashion Week. Since Baumeister’s NYFW premier, the designer’s sculptured and modern aesthetic has been quite the rage. Her use of unorthodox textiles helps to create her unique design style, which ranges from clean and sleek to oversized and structured. Baumesiter’s philosophical view of fashion helps to inform her designs and her design process, as well. Whether it was a “’real-fake’ black banana cast” that she utilizes to represent a certain moment in time and evolution, in this instance a rotting banana, Baumeister’s evolutionary approach to fashion and dressing help to tell her young, yet, evolving story on the runway and beyond (think: in a recent spread in Vogue Japan and in stores at Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, just to name a couple).”

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Photo via The Fashion Law

A Step In The Right Direction

Sometimes when you go 100 miles a minute it feels scary to slow down, even if it’s only for a second. It’s really easy to tie our worth into how much we’re doing or getting accomplished, and I know I’m guilty of feeling useless when I’m not being productive. Things are kicking into high gear again, and the idea of not doing anything seems absolutely impossible. I get overwhelmed and stressed and I forget to breathe. I rush. I walk fast, I talk fast, I don’t stay in one place for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to do what you love and do what you have to do, but  if you’re anything like me, it can become very easy to forget that it’s important to be here now.  Today, after  a weekend trip to Harry Potter World, a phone call with my mom, a planner filled with an overwhelming amount of things to do and deep breath, I took some photos with my sister. 10I let go a little bit. I took time to remind myself that yes, contrary to my own beliefs, I have enough time to do what I need to do and yes, I can do it with a smile on my face. It’s a new month and what better time to make a couple of new goals than now? I’m going to do my best to breathe more, read more and create more. i’m going to do my best to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY life. It’s important to look toward the future but it’s also important to enjoy what’s going on right now. Today, I am taking a step towards balance. 6Today called for a more casual outfit.

Shirt: American Threads/ Skirt: H&M/ Socks and Shoes: Urban Outfitters/ Purse: Zara/ Necklace: Topshop98754321Photos were all taken by my wonderful sister, Alexandra. @alexyael on Instagram.

What are you learning on this labor day?

Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Band of Outsiders Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Review

After Band of Outsiders announced that they wouldn’t be showing at NYFW because of their new store opening, I decided to reminiscence upon their Fall collection. I must have skipped over it because I didn’t recognize the looks but I immediately fell in love with them. Black, white, gray and camel dominated the collection, which was filled with knits that were the proper mix of fitted and slouchy and furs that were shown in new ways. Loose cashmere sweaters and skirts, along with pristine tartan in sets, skirts and coats, worked with the feminine graphic detailing which included peter pan collars prints, letters, and dots. Coats featured interesting details like fur collars, an oversize checker print, and a graphic toggle and pocket combo, which was drawn on. Elbow length gloves even made an appearance, this time in skin tight leather. Classic.

Nipped waits and fitted pencil style skirts manage to have a sort of 40′s vibe, but in classic Band of Outsiders style, each look has it’s own unexpected twist. Rules don’t seem to apply to BOO, who create look after look of lust-worthy power girl outfits that seem as cozy as they look good. Silky numbers were paired with fur and sheer stocking socks, floral “wrap dresses” were restructured and recreated and sweaters were slung low on the hips and tied in classic 90′s fashion. Round black sunnies and patent brogue finished off each and every look to perfection.

All photos via Style.com

HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD

I’ve been making vision boards, unintentionally or otherwise, since I was little. I always loved cutting up my magazines and making collages and it wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I understood how important that was. Vision boards are inspiration boards with a twist; they have an intention behind them. Think about it this way, instead of just having things that inspire you on your board, it’s things that you want on your board. Whether it’s a new watch or self love, cut up old magazines, books, newspapers and find things that speak to you. Create a collage of what you want and put it where you’ll see it everyday.

Mine turned out as more of inspiration boards, so I’m going to go add words and possibly some designs in the the white space. I have fashion/career vision boards and a men vision boards; aka dark and well dressed. Vision boards are a great way to see the law of attraction in motion. They help you make what you want into a reality… they also look beautiful.

I’ll have to figure out where to hang them up and post some more photos.

What are you putting on your vision boards?

Namaste,

Gabriela

Bridges

I think one of the things that scares me most is the idea of living a completely and utterly static life. I’ve talked about my relationship with change a lot on here already, and recently my relationship with what could be and what will be has changed even more. My parents will be moving from California back to San Diego around this time next year, and then my sister and I will be graduating.  Moving around a lot growing up was really difficult as it was happening, but 10 years later, I’m so thankful for the experience. I’ve grown to love the new, to love the promise that things will change. Even when things are different and scary, knowing that things will be different tomorrow holds a special kind of comfort.

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Namaste,

Gabriela

 

Diary of A Death Queen

I’ve written about what it means for me to be a Death Queen on here quite a bit, but I’ve never really gotten completely in depth with the philosophy behind it. I’m so excited to announce that my piece on what it means to be a Death Queen and how the Death Card inspires me is now up on one of my favorite blogs, The Numinous.

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I open up about how my spiritual style is influenced by the tarot card, about how death is the ultimate transformative energy worker and how my style is influenced by my spirituality. My sister took some amazing photos for this piece, some which didn’t end up on the site. Enjoy!

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What influences your spiritual style?

Namaste,

Gabriela

W I T C H

The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks.  Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”.  Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.

Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.

My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.

I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill

For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.

Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.

Namaste,

Gabriela

All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram 

 

Adventures

This past week has been a whirlwind of adventure. I got home from Florida and a few days later I made my way up to Asheville, North Carolina with one of my best friends. Florida was wonderful and the highlight was heading back to my home away from home, also known as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This time,we got to tour Diagon Alley and it was breathtaking. My family had a ridiculous amount of fun going to Hogsmeade, taking the Hogwarts Express and enjoying Hogwarts and everything Harry’s world had to offer. We went on July 31st, which happens to be Harry Potter and J.K Rowlings birthday. I wore mini buns in honor of Tonks, cause she would have been totally into it.

After getting back from Florida, I headed to Asheville a few days later with one of my best friends. We drove through the Blue Ridge Mountains, reminiscing about life and thinking about the future. The drive is absolutely breathtaking and it’s one of those things that will renew your spirit every time you take it. We got to Waynesville, where I drank the best hot coco I have ever had at Panacea (which I HIGHLY recommend).  After lunch we headed to Asheville. We spent the afternoon in Asheville, wandering around bookstores and little trinket shops, taking everything in and enjoying the beautiful little city. For dinner we went to The Local Taco where I had the best tacos of my life, and that means a lot considering the fact that I’m Mexican. The next morning we wandered around some more, relaxed and enjoyed our stay a little before heading back home in the late afternoon. Asheville is beautiful and filled with little hidden gardens and is covered with beautiful murals. It’s a very special city I can’t wait to go back and see.

What have you been up to this summer?

Namaste,

Gabriela