Last Friday was Gallery Night in Milwaukee, so my husband and I dressed up to take in a couple of local art shows. I especially liked Claire Stigliani’s work at the Dean Jensen Gallery. Her pieces feel fresh and whimsical, with amusing nods to fashion, fairy tales and pop culture.
Afterward we attended the final Gallery Night fashion show for Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence Timothy Westbrook. His creativity and use of unconventional materials to make fabulous wearable art continues to amaze me. When we first saw his work during Fashion Night Out, only a handful of people were gathered for his runway show. This time, the show had to be moved into a hotel ballroom to accommodate several hundred attendees. See, Milwaukee does care about fashion! Before he leaves town, I need to give him a call–I have a tragic Zac Posen for Target tuxedo jacket in my closet that needs a Timothy makeover!
I’ve been sick lately with a nasty cold, so I haven’t felt up to posting on here. But I need to share my recent closet addition! My trip to Chicago the day after the Margiela for H&M launch was not in vain. Most of the collection was actually still available — it appeared to me that the only things that sold out were the candy wrapper clutch and the duvet coat, and maybe some shoes. I tried on most of the items that interested me. I gave up after 20 minutes of trying to arrange the horizontal dress properly. I was tempted by the mirrored leggings, but they aren’t my style. And I had those fantastic brown leather boots in my hand but I couldn’t justify the $400 price tag.
I decided to behave myself and only buy one piece. It came down to a choice between the darted sweater and the hitched up dress. It really wasn’t a tough decision. I love the dress. It’s sexy, avant-garde and AMAZING. I can’t wait to wear it. Holiday party, maybe?
Today I read rumors that the next H&M collaboration might be with Givenchy. Um, can I get in line now?
I am lucky, for once, to live in Wisconsin, because we have a Kohl’s practically on every corner. I plan to check out the Narciso Rodriguez collection, but I probably will not buy anything right away. At first glance, I like the sexy dresses and the patterned tuxedo pants but I’ll have to check out the fabrics. And I want to see if I can take advantage of a good sale or use coupons. Kohl’s frequently offers fantastic deals, even on special lines like Simply Vera Vera Wang. I’m really not worried about the collection selling out around here.
I was planning to bypass the Margiela line, because as usual the only location carrying it anywhere near me will be the Chicago/Michigan Avenue store. And it comes out on a Thursday. However, this was before I saw it. Now I’m obsessed. Even my husband is obsessed. From what I can tell so far, the clothes look freaking amazing, very similar to their current fall collection, AND they are practical! Um, hello, it gets really cold in Milwaukee. I might need that giant comforter coat! I haven’t mapped out my strategy yet, but I definitely want a few of these pieces for my trip to Paris.
By contrast, I felt a little bit disappointed in the Target/Neiman Marcus line. My heart broke a little when I realized the Marchesa and Jason Wu dresses are only for little girls. Well, I don’t have any children, so maybe I can get an Oscar de la Renta collar or water bowl for my fashionable kitty Leinie instead. And I think it would also be fun to snag the Tory Burch lunch box so I can brown bag it much more stylishly. Also worth considering are the Prabal Gurung cape, the Brian Atwood gloves, the Judith Leiber compact mirror and the Lela Rose cocktail dress. I’m sad that Altuzarra didn’t make any clothes for this, but the bar set looks really nice.
Forget Black Friday – I already have a lot of planning to do! What are you hoping to snag?
I know, I know…I’m supposed to be saving my shopping money for Paris…sigh. I have to confess, I already fell off the wagon. I didn’t even make it a week. Apparently I have no willpower. But it really wasn’t my fault! I went down to Chicago on Monday with my husband, so he could get fitted for a made-t0-measure Gieves & Hawkes suit. Honestly, just talking about British tailoring and looking through books full of fabric swatches made me swoon. My defenses were down.
After his appointment, we stopped in at H&M on Michigan Avenue. This is the only H&M in the Midwest that features their special designer collaborations. I’ve always figured these collections sell out immediately, so I have never even tried to get anything (a friend of mine waited in line for hours to shop the Versace for H&M collection). But, I thought, the Marni for H&M collection just came out last week. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll find something. Surprisingly, a lot of pieces were still available. I tried on and rejected several of the printed dresses. But then, jackpot! There was one silk colorblock dress in a size 4. It’s a classic style with bright, bold colors and a bow in the back. I couldn’t resist. As you can see, Frieda Pinto looked amazing in it at the collection launch party. And to top it off, I even found a pair of silver Versace for H&M shoes on sale for $20 (original price $129!) I’m still celebrating, and I can’t wait to wear my new dress.