Saturday, February 02, 2019

In the Market Report by Marilyn Kirschner

"Super Bowled Over!"

The fall 2019 menswear and spring 2019 haute couture shows are behind us, and New York Fashion Week, which kicks off the fall/winter 2019 collections, begins on Monday. We are constantly being bombarded with so many images (and so much stuff) it’s easy to become jaded, if not completely numb. But it doesn’t mean that there are not some things that will invariably stand out. The following 14 items are an eclectic group priced from $40.50 to $7500, and from my point of view, they are all ‘Super’ in their own way.

4 Moncler Simone Rocha Elinor Down-Filled Hooded Jacket

4 Moncler Simone Rocha Elinor Down-Filled Coat
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As I am writing this, record breaking, bone chilling, subzero temperatures have dangerously plummeted across the country. Thankfully, there are toasty warm puffer coats and jackets to keep us warm. But none are as exceptional as Simone Rocha’s Elinor Down- Filled Hooded jacket, created in partnership with the latest Genius collaboration. Simone envisioned a “daring female mountaineer from the Victorian era, enveloped in a warm cloud of down and nylon laque” for this collection. Cut with balloon sleeves to a mid-length that falls just above the knee, it's embellished with bead and sequin flowers alongside the French house’s logo on the chest and has all the air of haute couture. The waist ties elegantly cinch the silhouette and control the volume, $2565. Just fabulous!  More info/purchase

 4 Moncler Simone Rocha Embellished Belted Glossed Shell- Down Jacket

4 Moncler Simone Rocha Embellished Belted Glossed-Shell Down Jacket

This belted Simone Rocha jacket, also from the last Moncler Genius collaboration, is made from glossy red shell filled with insulating down, and in keeping with Simone’s penchant for feminizing, it also features a patch outlined with beads and sequins. But really, it’s all about that fiery hue which is guaranteed to brighten up an all-black ensemble, $2070. More info/purchase

Off White For Riding Wellington Boots

Off-White “For Riding” Wellington Boots

Virgil Abloh’s round toe lace-up “For Riding” Wellington Boots are graphic, eye catching, and assuredly out of the ordinary. Made of sturdy rubber it features a thick rubber sole, and is accented with the brand’s signature red plastic tag. Regardless of the fact that this knee-high pair is printed along the side with white "FOR RIDING" lettering, they are also perfect for the rain, slush, or snow. The way I see it, if you’ve got to brave the elements, you might as well have fun and do it in style, $570. More info/purchase

KARA Pinch Lantern Bag

KARA Black Pinch Lantern Bag

KARA, designed by Sarah Law, is a line of high-quality, understated bags made for creative, urban women like Ms. Law. The bags are not only good looking but versatile and intended to be worn in many different ways. Their Pinch Lantern Bag, crafted from polished cowhide in a pinched lantern shape, features a silver-tone circular handle, silver-tone accents, and can actually be collapsed. Price $350. More info/purchase

 KARA Ring Fringe Gold Pouch

KARA Gold Fringe Pouch

Originally designed as part of their ‘identity’ series, the Kara Fringe Pouch made of gold foil calfskin leather, has one main compartment hidden underneath two layers of playful 16” fringe leather. It has a silver-tone ring handle, magnetic closures, and will fit all sizes of iPhones, $295. More info/purchase

Diane Von Furstenberg Jacki Skirt

Diane Von Furstenberg “Jacki” Sequin Skirt

Diane Von Furstenberg’s “Jacki” sequin skirt, $498, has alternating rows of black sequins and fringe, both of which never go out of style (particularly fringe, which was quite present during the recent couture collections). The holidays may be over, but who says the party has to be?  More info/purchase

Vans Mega Checker Slip- On

Vans Slip-On Mega Checker Black & White Skate Shoes

I am a huge fan of Vans unisex slip on skate shoes. This graphic black and white pair is guaranteed to make everything pop and will only set you back a mere $49.95. That’s a whole lotta style for the buck! More info/purchase

Proenza Schouler Over the Knee Slouch Boots

Proenza Schouler Over the Knee Slouch Boots

Made of soft black nappa leather, these Proenza Schouler boots feature a decorative silver anklet chain, a galvanized silver mid-heel, and a buckle which creates volume above the ankle resulting in an effect that is part boot, part trouser. Very cool! They were shown on the spring 2019 runway, and are available for pre-order, $1650.More info/purchase

Azzedine Alaia 1991 Hair Calf Leopard Bolero Jacket

1991 Azzedine Alaia Leopard Calf Fur Runway Jacket

Vintage Alaia pieces are always highly covetable and highly collectible, but even more so since the iconic designer’s passing at the age of 77 on November 18, 2017. This extremely rare leopard printed calf fur jacket with decorative black frog closure was seen on the runway for fall 1991. It is labeled a French size 40 although there is some flexibility due to the cut, $7500. More info/purchase

 Banana Republic Pink Glow Merino Crew-Neck Sweater

Banana Republic Neon Pink Glow Merino Crew-Neck Sweater

There is a reason some of the biggest stars on the planet (Rihanna, J Lo, Tracee Ellis Ross) have gravitated to gowns in shocking pink for their red carpet appearances. Is there any shade as feel- good or flattering for that matter? But just a touch is all you really need to do the trick. This classic Banana Republic merino crew-neck sweater is instantly transformed by its glow- in- the- dark pink hue, $40.50 reduced from $69.50.More info/purchase

 Comme des Garcons Cotton Broadcloth Bow Blouse.

Comme des Garcons White Cotton Broadcloth Bow Tie Shirt

When is a white cotton shirt not just a white cotton shirt? When Rei Kawakubo puts her romantic, artistic spin on it. From the runway collection, this version is cut from white cotton broadcloth, has bow ties in front, cut-out detailing, asymmetrical hem, and raw edges for a signature finish, $590. More info/purchase

Khaite Felice Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat

Khaite “Felice” Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat

Let’s face it, trench coats are almost a dime a dozen. But Khaite’s “Felice” double-breasted iteration stands out with its fuss free simplicity and military perfection. Cut from heavy-weight Italian cotton-gabardine, it is in keeping with the New York label’s clean-cut design aesthetic, $1416. More info/purchase

Theory Black Stretch Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Theory Black Stretch Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Is there anything more timeless or indispensable than a perfectly cut tuxedo jacket? What is great about this double breasted version from Theory is that it is made from black velvet with a touch of stretch, it has a black satin peaked lapel, slightly padded shoulders, and best of all, it’s been reduced 40% from $595 to $357. More info/purchase

Jacquemus Le Chapeau Bomba

Jacquemus “Le Chapeau Bomba”

Jacquemus has reinterpreted the classic straw sunhat with the label's dramatic “Chapeau Bomba”. Handcrafted in France it features a dramatic oversized silhouette thanks to its 12” curled brim and 22” circumference, $486. More info/purchase

Nothing promises the beach and warm weather quite like a straw hat and boy; don’t we all need that now. It is supersized and super and maybe it will have you Super Bowl-ed over too (wink wink)!

- Marilyn Kirschner

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