NYFW Recap: Mason Sylvester Spring/Summer 2015

I’ve been blogging about indie designer Mason Sylvester for years (see my thoughts here, herehere and here). Even though he’s strictly a menswear designer (. . . and every season I hope he’ll change his mind and add womenswear to his lineup), you simply can’t deny great craftsmanship, an impeccable taste level and the attention to detail.

Photo: Screengrab from masonsylvester.com

Photo: Screengrab from masonsylvester.com

The first Mason Sylvester presentation I attended in 2010 featured accessories such as silk bowties and women’s scarves embellished with Swarovski (yes, Swarovski!) crystals. In 2011, I sat front row as he showed for the first time at New York Fashion Week debuting his spring/summer 2012 collection to rave reviews. By early-2012 he’d really stepped up his design aesthetic, presenting a grown-up fall/winter collection that mixed texture and prints (think: brocade, faux fur, denim and velvet). For spring/summer 2013, the look was “strongly soft” blending a muted color palette with rich, bold texture.

So it comes as no surprise that his spring/summer 2015 Urban Resort collection, which debuted during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week last Friday, was nothing short of amazing. Sylvester says that his “. . . goal was to create resort-inspired pieces with the practicality of an urban lifestyle.” Inspired by city skyline silhouettes, he once again mixed prints and textures “to emulate the excitement of city living while emcompassing the effortless ease and taste of the vacation and resort experience.” What you get is a carefully thought out line of sophisticated menswear separates that can be mixed-and-matched a variety of ways — and even the boys need to have options!

Click the images below to see all 12 looks from the Mason Sylvester spring/summer 2015 Urban Resort collection:

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

8 NYFW S/S 2015 Looks You’ll Love

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is in full swing in New York and all I can think about now is the spring/summer 2015 season — and all the chic wears to come in about six months. Since I wasn’t able to attend in-person, I spent way more time than I’d like to admit yesterday scouring sites like Style.com, Vogue.com and HarpersBazaar.com to see what some of my favorite designers have cooked up.

Next year’s warm weather season will be jam-packed with uber feminine looks in flowy, lightweight fabrics with a pale color palette and body skimming silhouette. These are the eight ready-to-wear looks from the spring/summer 2015 collections that I think are absolutely swoon-worthy — and translatable to real life (click on the images for designer details):

 From top left: Altuzarra, Public School NY, Alexander Wang, Christian Siriano, Nonoo, Diane von Furstenberg, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Tibi

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

Fab Finds Under $100: Statement Necklace

I love, love, loveeeeeee accessories. An oversized pair of chandelier earrings or a bold statement necklace can take an otherwise forgettable outfit up 10  notches with practically no effort. This Roundabout Statement Necklace from Kate Spade’s Saturday line is one of those pieces that you just have to have.

TRY THIS ON: The chunky multicolored resin beads scream summertime and beg to be paired with a fabulous maxi dress and some ankle strap flat sandals.

Roundabout Statement Necklace, $60, saturday.com

Roundabout Statement Necklace, $60, saturday.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

Fab Finds Under $100: Ankle Strap Flat Sandals

Thank goodness flats are back in a major way this season. From Jil Sander to Givenchy to 3.1 Phillip Lim, lace-up oxfords, pointy loafers and strappy flat sandals made the rounds at the spring/summer 2014  fashion shows.

I have become obsessed with ankle strap flat sandals and picked up a couple pairs that were on super sale recently (I know, I know . . . spending freeze . . . but I promise they were less than $30 each). So, obviously when I spotted these Vualah Ankle Strap Flat Sandals over at NineWest.com, they immediately got bookmarked (and I’m officially stalking them in hopes that they’ll go on super sale soon, too).

TRY THIS: I can envision wearing these chic sandals with a pair of tailored shorts — in a fun color like orange — and an oversized white button-down blouse tied at the waist with a layered gold statement necklace. Talk about a weekend uniform!

Vualah Ankle Strap Sandals, $69, ninewest.com

Vualah Ankle Strap Sandals, $69, ninewest.com

 

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

Luxe Life vs. Real Life: Brush Stroke Print

One of my favorite things about spring and summer fashion is the prints. I’m a print girl — the bigger the bolder the better. So one of my favorite collections for the warm weather season came from none other than Celine. Those classic silhouettes, the mix of neutral and bright colors and sophisticated prints with a touch of whimsy.

Their brush stroke print appeared on a some body-hugging tanks, a couple of t-shirt dresses and a show-stopping yellow and blue shawl collar jacket — and I absolutely love it. It evokes a pop art vibe without being too kitschy.

Luxe Life vs. Real Life: Brush Stroke Print

Photo of Celine model: Style.com

While making the rounds virtually to my favorite online shops this weekend, I found this Printed Top over at Zara.com. The print is nearly identical to Celine’s, but at $70 you won’t have to toss a coin on whether you’ll pay a bill this month or go shopping.. The top is cropped, which makes it perfect for pairing with a high-waisted pencil skirt or trouser pants.

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor