With spring weather in New York City teasing between mid-forties and mid-seventies, colorful and vivacious scarves are the perfect item to give that outfit a little pop.
Of recent in the Big Apple, on some days it’s wonderfully sunny and warm, and a few days later it’s damp and cool. In this state of affairs, New Yorkers are leery of putting away their drab and neutral colored cold-weather wear, and breaking out their vibrant spring wardrobe. As if to coax the coquettish spring weather to commit, the ladies of New York are using vestige-vestments of spring, like exciting and robust scarves, that add flourish and character to an otherwise dowdy outfit.
Wearing a blue polka-dot buttoned-down shirt, neatly tucked in at the waist, with bow tie and bowler hat, she was hard to miss. This was at the Afropunk Battle of the Bands in Brooklyn, NY, filled with the energy of teenagers just getting a taste parental freedom.
Aside from her confident demeanor, what really made her light the room was her feminine form in masculine attire. It was sexy. And she had the swag to match.
I just wish I wasn’t in such a rush to take the pictures…. I had a band waiting.
It was a frigid New York evening, and she was sipping on a cup of coffee while balancing a cigarette between her fingers. She wore a long fitted over-coat with tapered hem lines and a large collar. Her radiant sky-blue uniform, with a comfy looking and cute travel bag to match, was unmistakably that of a KLM flight attendant. Underneath her cold weather overcoat, she wore long pants and was making small talk with her colleagues while waiting for ground transportation to the airport.
She pointed out, cheerfully, that her uniform was designed by the Dutch fashion designer, Mart Visser. It’s remarkable that the designer commented at the release of the collection that “The great thing about my design is that it will contribute to the wearer’s sense of pride and pleasure.” Mission accomplished.
Mart Visser’s design philosophy while creating the uniform line was that aside from creating something that “reflected current trends in couture…the wearer should feel comfortable in my creation,” Form and function.
So guess what KLM did with the 90,000 lbs of old uniforms? They “upcycled” (not recycled) them to create these appealing travel bags and accessories.
Here are some pieces from Mart Visser’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection. He clearly places high value on the feminine form and is definitely a little cavalier.
There was a recent review on the venerable Style.com with the headline “Orange Emerges as the Color Trend of the Moment”. The review points out that the color orange in all its variations is a new and recurring theme in several 2014 Pre-Fall Collections.
Pastel outerwear was all the rage in 2013, but now Narciso Rodriguez, Joseph Altuzarra, and Gucci’s Frida Giannini have pumped things up with tailored coats in spicy shades.
This must be a case of the runway imitating the street, because on the contrary, in 2013 orange was all the rage on the streets of New York City. A quick look in our Street Qt blog posts, like this one titled “Blue and Orange…Mixing it Up”, shows the streets littered with orange, tangerine, peach, salmon, cherry, and all hues of this citrus color. It seems some of our favorite designers are a little late to the party.
Orange is an energetic color, so it helps to tone it down with black or blue. Blue and orange are well suited for one another, think of water and fire. Blue exudes stability and trust, balancing out the passionate and volatile orange. Like Yin and Yang they compliment each others attributes. Gucci pulls this off with the clean and fiery overcoat on the navy blue long pants.
But is the demure and grey fall/winter season the best time to be bedecked in the sunshine evoking orange?
A heat wave hit the east of coast of the U.S. this weekend in the heart of winter, and brought back memories of summer.
This past summer while walking past The Leo of The New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan, I came across this “Street Qt” gazing into the distance with a forlorn look.
Feet together, her pose was self-protective. She seemed to be trying to hold on to something slipping away, like cherished values or a vulnerable innocence.
Wearing a long maxi dress and an ethnically inspired necklace, her look was conservative. But in trying to hide her gleaming shoulders in the little black jacket, she portrayed her vulnerableness and betrayed the sentiments she was trying so hard to protect.
As a gentleman, who looked… well…, approached and took the seat next to her, it suddenly all seemed to fall into place.
I hope our “street Qt” remembers that love conquers all, and just take it a day at a time.