For the love of the crop (top)

It took me a little while to fall in love with the crop. It crept up on me slowly, starting with a few cutouts on the side at the waist, slowly transitioning into all-over cutouts, until all of a sudden outfits were ripped in half into two completely separate pieces. I was hesitant at first, but have recently come to re-embrace the midriff-bearing look I championed 10 years ago in college. And thus I was dreading the impending Spring Fashion Week because I was sure my late adoption of the trend would only lead to disappointment when I learned that fashion had changed its mind and had become too high brow for exposed tummies.

But alas, here I am—giggling with glee as I see crop after crop walk down the Spring runways. And while we are only half way through NYFW, below is a selection of my favorite cropped (or basically cropped) looks so far. Cheers to many more exposed belly buttons to come!

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From left: Monique Lhuillier, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone

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All white is totally a thing: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Lisa Perry, Alice and Olivia

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Mara Hoffman, Ohne Titel, Richard Chai Love, Cynthia Rowley

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Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vivienne Tam

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Live From New York, It’s Fashion Week!

What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.

So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.

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From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu

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From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne

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From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra

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From Left: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jill Stuart

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From Left: Kimberly Ovitz, Suno, Rebecca Minkoff

Grey Area x Helmut Lang

Grey Area, always a leader in the art-as-fashion-as-art category (as exemplified in this post, and this one), is back with a collaboration with global fashion brand Helmut Lang. The project has two components: a Grey Area for Helmut Lang capsule collection of goods soon to be sold on the Grey Area website, accompanied by sculptural installations by New York based artist Shelter Serra for Lang’s flagship stores.

The collection of “goods” will surely warrant a later post, but for now I will focus on the sculptures. Serra (as in Richard Serra, Shelter’s unle) created 17 custom sculptures for Helmut Lang retail locations by casting vintage car engines that have come to define the American car culture of the late 1960’s and 70s. The sculptures are aptly titled “Engine Blocks.”  For those who are familiar with Shelter’s practice, these sculptural pieces are aligned in his exploration of casting everyday objects in unique materials to replicate archetypes of our culture (You might recollect his Homeade Birkin Bag). You can view the installation November 2nd – January 7th, or be first in line at the launch during Artlog’s SoHo Art Crawl at the Mercer Street HL store.

“351 Ford” Engine Block

image via shopgreyarea.tumblr.com