Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

The story of the Dubbel Duffel’s revival is truly a modern day fashion fairy tale; but instead, the lucky young girl happens to be a man, China Young, and the fairy godmother is the über chic Huberto Leon, co-founder of Opening Ceremony and creative director of Kenzo. The saga goes as follows… On one fine summer day in 2011 China was doing some innocent thrift store shopping in the magical land of Brooklyn, New York, when he stumbled upon gold in the form of a 1976 nylon duffel bag (another detail that I can’t recall being in any Disney classics).

“What is this?” he thought, “I must investigate”.

To China’s surprise this sturdy nylon satchel was not just one bag, but two! Eager about his find, China purchased the mysterious piece of luggage and took it over the bridge and through the woods, but instead of heading to grandmothers house, he ended up at Opening Ceremony, where young New Yorkers go to find salvation.

As a man trained in the craft of luggage, China used to work for LeSportSac, he knew his new investment was a special one. Huberto, a longtime friend of China’s and nurturer of everything retro, was enthusiastic about reviving an old classic. With some research, China found that just a few years after its inception, Dubbel Duffel had been cast away by its evil stepsisters and left abandoned to fend for itself. Lucky, help was on the way for the lifeless product. China and Huberto worked together to restore the brand and make it practical by today’s standards.

The magical men worked with factories and pattern makers alike to reengineer the forgotten bag. The resulting fabric is an indestructible twill nylon blend that comes in four colors: purple, red, navy and black. The bag’s multipurpose make allows for it to expand to double its capacity. The two sizes available in the premier collection are medium and large, serving as the solution to unisex travel. The medium style converts from a duffel into both a backpack and a messenger bag, while the large morphs effortlessly from a standard duffel to a large messenger.

The Dubbel Duffel is the epitome of a modern classic. Since its resurrection that bag’s first season was picked up exclusively by Opening Ceremony and a full line is set to launch next fall… And they all lived happily ever after in their new homes.

Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

Dubbel Duffel’s are sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony stores and online.
Click here to buy one, NOW, and show all your friends. They’ll think its magic or something!

Dubbel Duffel tutorial by China Young…

Small Dubbel Duffel to backpack…

Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

Large Duffel

Dubbel Duffel x Opening Ceremony

The look at Jill Stuart was hair of my dreams. Odile Gilbert and her team constructed the perfect compliment to the effortlessly chic clothes shown on the runway. To achieve this relaxed, undone feeling with the hair, they used Kérastase’s Mousse Substantive, Fiber Architect and Double Force Hairspray. The Mousse can be used on both dry and wet hair and is a great way to take away frizz and give texture. The Fiber Architect heals and seals hair giving a natural shine while protecting it from damage done by heat. The double Force Hairspray is incredibly light and long lasting. This look is even easy to achieve yourself thanks to these three essential Kérastase products. I couldn’t help it after seeing how perfect the models looked and I ended up leaving the show looking like a Jill Stuart girl compliments of Kérastase.

Cindy Sherman

Tuesday evening marked the VIP opening of Cindy Sherman at MoMA. It was such fun to celebrate with Cindy on such an important night in her already momentous career. Clothing plays a increasingly crucial role in Cindy’s constructing of new personas. It is easy to see through Cindy’s work how fashion and art are so interconnected. She utilizes the former while it is apparent the fashion industry takes cues from her, as well. Having already done collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and Chanel it is exciting to think about who will come next. Check out some of the prints exhibited at the MoMA and which designers most likely feed off Cindy for inspiration.

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Cindy Sherman runs at the MoMA February 26th -June 11th.

As my million tweets last week may have hinted, I did some backstage coverage of a few Fall 2012 shows for Kérastase Paris. The first of three was SUNO at Milk studios on February 10th. It was great to meet the Kérastase team especially the queen of hair, Odile Gilbert. Odile, who has been with Kérastase for two years, works closely with designers to complete the look each season for their runway shows. She takes the spirit of the collection and translates it to hair through a process that begins almost two weeks before a show. The final style is usually decided upon two days prior to the runway. This season at SUNO Kérastase helped to create a fresh, innocent and sophisticated look. Stay tuned to see footage as well from Jill Stuart and Thakoon…

Polyvore Live

Photo courtesy of Anna Webber

Among the many shows and events that NYFW brings Polyvore Live was a major highlight of the past week. Being one of 25 fashion bloggers chosen to walk in the first ever Polyvore Live fashion show was incredibly exciting. Both Polyvore and COVERGIRL sponsored the event that brought fashion and social media lovers to the show and their computers to view the live streaming catwalk. I wore a red cocktail dress by Vengsarkar Budhu that was perfect for the Valentines Day-eve event. A big thank you again to Polyvore and COVERGIRL for bringing fashion and social media to a forefront through an ever-growing network of bloggers. I can’t wait to see what the next Polyvore Live show brings…

Polyvore Live

Polyvore Live

Polyvore Live

Polyvore Live

Polyvore Live

Click here to view the runway video and more pictures from the show.

Polyvore Live

Eric Fischl Portraits

Last night marked the opening of Eric Fischl’s Portraits exhibition at Mary Boone’s Gallery. It is the first time Boone has dedicated both her Midtown and Chelsea Gallery spaces to one artist. The opening party was at the 24th street location with a reception following at the Boom Boom room. Eric’s portraits are truly breathtaking. He does it for me with art what Nicolas Ghesquière does season after season with fashion. Both are so innovative with color and technique to the point where it is hard to understand why others even bother. In my ultimate fantasy world I would be in the background of Eric’s painting entitled The Gang (pictured below) wearing a SS12 Balenciaga mega-brim hat. One can only dream…

Eric Fischl Portraits

BALENCIAGA SS12

With Eric.

Eric Fischl Portraits

(Wearing a blouse and the most amazing leather motorcycle pants by The Row. Coat and booties both by Azzedine Alaia)

Anh Duong

Eric Fischl Portraits

Christy Ferer

Eric Fischl Portraits

Eric Fischl Portraits

I am a bit of a loser in the presence of artists and turn into the paparazzi type. It is hard to help myself from clicking away if I see Andres Serrano and Chuck Close talking or when I catch Cindy Sherman prepping for a bike ride.

Eric Fischl Portraits

Eric Fischl Portraits

Eric’s work will be on display at both Mary Boone Gallery spaces until March 17th.
Chelsea: 541 West 24th Street
Midtown: 745 Fifth Avenue

Eric Fischl Portraits

CB AW12

Tomorrow marks the official start of New York fashion week and fashion month soon after. My premiere show of the season, Chadwick Bell, will appropriately be my first ever at Lincoln Center and his first time showing there. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of such a momentous moment in Chadwick’s career. At his Fall 12 collection preview last week I was thrilled to see so many amazing jackets, sweaters and dresses alike in the perfect shades of burgundy, deep turquoise and emerald green. There is nothing I love more to accompany my black wardrobe than a few rich, jewel-tone staples and lots of texture for Fall. Not to mention, his inspiration board was pretty rad. It is hard to go wrong with a collection that sites Rothko and old pictures of Anjelica Huston as inspiration. Maybe Chadwick will even throw together a red suit worthy enough for Chas Tenenbaum.

CB AW12

I am so excited to announce that I will be walking alongside fellow bloggers in the first ever Polyvore Live fashion show on February 13th. Polyvore Live is the product of Polyvore and COVERGIRL’s initiative to help emerging designers be seen and heard. The runway show is invite only but will be streaming live on Polyvore the evening of the 13th. I had my first fitting this past weekend and was blown away by what the four participating FIT alumni have designed for the show. The line that I will be walking in, Gavaskar, is a play on classic and sexy with a color pallet of primarily red. Designer Ven, who graduated form FIT in 2006 with top honors as Designer of the Year, says his collection speaks to his idea of beauty. Take a look at my two Polyvore-inspired collages below for a sneak peak at what is to come next Monday. Can’t wait to share if my look will be more old hollywood and have Mark Tansy red with envy, or if I will be stealing Jeff Koons’ heart and bathing in roses.

Gavascar Classic Red

Gavaskar Sexy Red