Wherein P stands for Philadelphia.
Despite the uniform blanket of snow that covered the city, the scene of Philadelphia Fashion Week's could not have been described as anything but diverse. I've experienced many fashion weeks (New York, Paris, Milan, London) vicariously through Style.com, but Philadelphia was completely new to me. If I had to place it along the spectrum, I would say that Philadelphia falls somewhere between the neutral restraint of New York and the flashy exuberance of London - perhaps a nod to the city's proximity to the former and its own R&B culture.
Highlights of the ready-to-wear shows included the collection by Ian Alexander, whose looks were inspired by the organic world. Alexander's garments featured painted on motifs in sheer watercolor, a departure from the digital prints that we've been seen on runways for the past several seasons. His brushstrokes were playfully evocative, and his color palette bold, emphasizing the vividness of nature. His use of sheer, silhouette-skimming fabrics celebrated the human form in its natural glory. Designer (and former Project Runway contestant) Ken Laurence was yet another standout, with lacy looks set to the Fifty Shades soundtrack that exuded dark romance. His elegant capes and lace masks made an autumnal look fit for a lady.
Overall, the City of Brotherly Love shows vast fashion potential, but also much room to grow. A few designers were overzealous in their embellishment, using fur, sequins, strong silhouettes and lace (sometimes in one look) in a way that could have been more nuanced. Despite this, such a young fashion scene can be an incubator for standout creatives such as Alexander and Laurence to flourish.
PHILLY FASHION WEEK
Throwback to winter break when I had adequate sleep and enough free time to lounge around in cozy coats.
I've been having a love affair with long duster coats that add elegance and flair to my outfit yet save my legs from hypothermia. Returning to Philadelphia after a debaucherous break in tropical Hong Kong, I was greeted by below freezing weather and frost dusting the pavement. It was an icy shock for my body, which had been bikini-clad and lounging beside a pool 24-hours prior. Investing in full-length, woolen coats has been the only thing preventing me from resorting to down puffer jackets and turning into the female version of the Michelin man - not the most flattering look.
Currently, I'm enamored with this long belted coat from COS, which flatters and lengthens the body without sacrificing structure. For something a little more casual, this oversized wrap coat from ASOS allows greater movement (and swings beautifully as you walk). If you're on a budget like me and looking for a classic black coat that will match with everything, this duster coat from Monki will do the job.
Hoping for a brief and painless winter, and for spring break to come sooner.
UNIQLO INÈS DE LA FRESSANGE SWEATER
ALL SAINTS PIERCED BOOTS
PHOTOS BY NICK CHAN
It's been a long semester at the University of Pennsylvania, with more midterms and all-nighters occurring rather than blogging. However, my return to Hong Kong for winter break marks the end of my fashion dry spell. It really is nice to be back from the land of Hunter rain boots, Lululemon yoga pants and Montcler down jackets.
All winter festivities require some form of dressing up, and for Christmas I've chosen to embrace Hong Kong's glorious 70 degree warmth with a slip dress. Paired with a leather jacket and red lipstick, it's the perfect equilibrium of seductive, coquettish and tough. A considerably more stylish alternative to your average Santa's little helper outfit.
Merry Christmas to you all from Girl Gone Vogue!
ASOS LEATHER JACKET
FORVER 21 LACE SLIP DRESS
PHOTOS BY NICK CHAN