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The Feather Jacket

The one where I bought some chicken feathers and I had this denim jacket. Trying to get some use out of that time in art school that I’m still in debt for.

About to be hyped up.

I won a contest and got $100 to go shopping, I saw a plain, Old Navy denim jacket and I got so happy because I had a bunch of paint in colors that I never use ,plus some gold glitter that I got at Micheal’s. With Labor Day coming I was thinking that I wanted something that expressed that part of my culture (my family is from Guyana) without me having to wear anything that caused my bottom half to be exposed to all the world.

Prudish Yankee. I know. I don’t whine up and I can’t twerk. My soul is now bare.

I saw some feathers at the fabric store and the wheels started turning and I was like Eureka! or Irie…or whatever and even though I have no experience putting feathers on anything I knew my moment had come. It was time.

The fields of color are inspired by one of my favorite painters, Mark Rothko. It’s funny what the eye and heart will respond to. I went to a school where I was outnumbered and learned about artists who didn’t share my gender or race, but there you go. I love Rothko’s glowing, living fiends of dreamy saturated color. The idea of the color itself being the art, to force you to just contemplate the meaning and feel of a shade or hue is very powerful to me. This jacket needed gradations of tropical, vibrant shades that blend into each other like a layered frozen cocktail.

Once the paint was dry I added two rows of feathers for the win. Like the feathers on beautiful mas costumes worn by goddesses from places like Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, etc. Gold glitter is dusted across the shoulders and feathers like highlighter on brown skin. It’s the whole West Indian Day Parade and Carnival and Cropover in one upcycled jacket. I thought about adding rhinestones or big fake jewels but I liked it this way. Business in the front, bacchanal in the back.

White guy art meets black female immigrant culture. It’s so fetch.

Shop the blog:

Handpainted denim jacket with feathers, size XL

Hand painted rainbow jacket with feathers. Lightwash, classic construction. 100% cotton. Front is plain, with distress area. Back is painted from shoulders to waistband. Shoulders are painted. A double row of feathers runs across the back, dusted with gold glitter. Basically a birthday party in jacket form. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 22 inches from armpit to armpit. 23.5 inch long sleeves. *Free shipping *Only ships in the US.

$250.00

Crystal ear cuff

Giant crystal ear cuff. Big rectangular faceted crystals outline the curve of the ear, with an underline of tiny crystals running underneath. Cuff has a clip for the top of the ear to hold it on. *Free shipping. *Ships only in the US.

$30.00

Topshop jeweled faux leather minidress, size 4

80s style strapless black faux leather minidress with sweetheart neckline. Large acrylic jewels are set into the surface like a glittering net. The back is plain. Buttery soft leather like polyester, fully lined. Top is boned to provide support and a perfect fit. Pleats at the waist. Zips up the back. Brand new with tags, never worn. 25 inches from bust to hem. 12.5 inches across the waist. 17 across the hips. 18 inches across the hem, so leg opening is 36" circumference. *Free shipping. *Ships only in the US.

$65.00

Steve Madden spiked stilletos, size 10

Steve Madden party heels. Matte black velvety spike heeled covered with metal points. Cutout on the sides. Worn once for a photo shoots, soles are lightly scuffed. Shoes are true to size. Heels are 4.5 inches high. *Free shipping *Ships in the US only

$56.00

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The LAST NYFW Review: Mongol, Lupe Gajardo, and a last look at MBFW at Lincoln Center (sniff…)

This is it, the last of my NYFW recaps. I wanted to include every show that I was invited to, even the ones I missed. Because obviously, one blogger staying in bed does not stop anyone from walking the runway.

Mongol by Bayarma Bayarkhuu:
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I actually thought that this was a presentation and figured I’d have lots of time to mosey on down to Lincoln center. Um, no. It was a bigass show and everyone I know was there and got little felt purses as parting gifts. So I felt stupid.

These were my four favorite looks from the show. The designer was born in Mongolia and is using the windswept steppes as the inspiration for her sprawling collection. I loved the use of color. The rich, ribbed furs in violet and flame red are gorgeously done. The outfit in photo 1 is so perfectly 90s with  long shearling lined velvet coat and the yellow sunglasses, I’m in awe. The caped black jumpsuit with the figure sculpting white half-moon shapes on the sides is a showstopper.

After looking at all the photos, I think that they could have edited better, but when it’s your first show it’s hard to cut pieces that you treasure, so I get it. You can see all of the looks here, and watch the video below.

Lupe Gajardo:

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I was actually looking forward to this one, but just couldn’t force myself to go out in the frigid cold and darkness. I love fashion, but c’mon. I missed a great show though- as you can see from these photos. I love the sweater in photo 1 with the bright smear of yellow around the face. The wheat colored knit ponchi is pretty good, it would look great thrown over a stiff collared white shirt, and I love the see through knit sheath dress.

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These leather clutches with a simple contrasting strap and the designer’s name is wonderful. No crazy hardware, just simplicity. Gajardo also showed a knack for reinventing denim with her patchwork pieces. The shearling lined denim jacket with leather trim is an easy update that looks effortlessly stylish. She also convincingly wove feathers into pieces without coming off costume-y. Good job!

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Check out the rest of the collection here and check out runway video below:

MBFW is over- all hail MBFW:

So NYFW got evicted from Lincoln Center and sponsors like MBFW pulled out like, ‘we through’.  That’s ok. Sometimes you have to get rejected and kicked out to get lean and mean. I mean- have you never seen a Rocky movie? NYFW is in the eye of the tiger and they’ll be back.

The better be, anyway. We all need places to go in September. Bust a move, New York Fashion Week!

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Bye, tents…it was fun.

Next up: Aveda storms the runways with Stella McCartney, Costello Tagliapietra and Haider Ackermann

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian