Introducing SlashCode: The Brand That Geekdom Needs

On my never-ending quest to find examples of designers bridging the gap between the geek and the chic, imagine my delight when the mountain came to Muhammad. That mountain is SlashCode a new premium brand after my own heart. model_SlashCode_02

Here's the story from cofounder Linda:

"SlashCode was created by my partner Kevin and myself because we are Geek ourselves. We LOVE manga, comics, video games, sci-fi, sci-fantasy, RPG, cosplay … But apart from the beloved T-shirt with the huge super hero logo, we couldn’t find a geek and chic fashion alternative The kind we could wear anytime, anywhere : at work, for a romantic diner, for a corporate event …

So we created SlashCode. Our designs are inspired by Geek Culture icons : the ones we grew up with and some more recent ones. Our scarves are made of the finest fabrics and we pay attention to all the details : designs. packaging, printing … "

Attention indeed! UPDATE: When you look at each scarf, have a look at some of the incredible details close-up!) These scarves are gorgeous and are available in 3 sizes with 3-4 models exclusive to each size, all in a light cotton blend.

The Rebel One (60 X 60 cm). Bandana sized scarf, perfect for the bikers to ride in style

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The Square One (100 X 100 cm ) Elegant and chic, easy to adapt to your styles

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The Long One (180 X 90 cm ). Ideal to envelop yourself in your favorite universe.

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THE ARC: A tribute to Iron Man

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Why do we need SlashCode? Because this brand isn't just about making geek chic. In fact, the term is so overused that it's  come to describe a too wide range of product--much of which isn't very chic at all. (I'm keeping it real, people). Instead SC is about elevating geek to something more. Never mind making geek chic. This is about taking our beloved culture and fandoms and interpreting them with a level of elegance and sophistication via a product that is both versatile and affordable. I'm not wearing a t-shirt to the opera. EVER. (And FYI, you shouldn't either) But I would wrap one of these around me.

The scarves are available to pre-order via the brand's indiegogo campaign : I highly recommend you go ahead and get one of each.

The delivery is scheduled for January 2015 and meanwhile the buying experience will include videos and news. That means that you, the customer will literally see the birth of your scarf.

Oh and just in time for the holidays, if you're strapped for cash and feeling lucky, you'll have an opportunity to make one yours via this blog. That's right people, I'm giving a SlashCode scarf away!  Enter to win now: SO EXCITE!

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NOTE: Go and show your support for the brand on their site. If they don't get the funding they need, these scarves won't happen, so support geeky affordable luxury and fund SlashCode today!

McQ Alexander McQueen X Manga

Forward to Fall

Fall is just around the corner, you guys. We've yet to hit a 100 degree day in NYC, but while we're out and about getting a golden glow, the fall collections are starting to arrive in stores.  Here's the first of a few favorites in this mini series to get you excited for the approaching season. 

Not since Paradise Kisshave I witnessed a fusion of luxury fashion and manga that sent my heart soaring, and indulged my every fashion obsessed geek girl's dream. The only other book to ever do that was Sina Grace's Not My Bag. Which was in fact largely a comic book ode  to Alexander McQueen (so obviously a favorite of mine) and, note to self: It's high time I review that for you here!  In the meantime...

I want to kiss Sarah Burton on the lips for this inspired collection. For whatever reason (I'm dying to know what). Burton had the genius idea to tap manga artist Yoshiyasu Tamura (Fudegami) to illustrate custom McQueen manga pages. A print that depicts last season's "Angry Bunny" as a samurai, and features prominently throughout the collection. Indeed, it dominates jackets, sweaters, jeans...my heart.... It's young (denim, leather, oversized sweaters...oh yeah, and manga!) It's playful, while still carrying the luxe tailored pieces you expect from the label. It reads like a loveletter to Tokyo from London, and... it is the stuff of my fantasies.

Photos via Style.com

There's a tee that's already sold out at Bergdorf's but is still available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus. I'll be stalking the Bergdorf Goodman halls for an opportunity to try on a piece. Will I bring one home with me? If it rains money from the sky, sure. But anything for a taste of luxury and to go from reading of manga fashion, to wearing it.

Gallery photos via Vogue.it

Harrods Disney Princess Holiday Windows

HARRODS’ DISNEY PRINCESS HOLIDAY WINDOWS REVEALED!

With fireworks, fanfaire, and Cinderella and her fairy godmother arriving by carriage, the unveiling of Harrods’ incredible holiday windows was quite the spectacle. One that makes a lowly boutique store visual merchandiser (with a teeny, tiny budget) like myself, marvel, take notes, draw inspiration, and….breathe a  huge sigh. Oh high-end department store visual merchandising job, how I covet thee.

Now if only I had a fairy godmother….

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(source: Vogue.co.uk)

If you want to see the gowns in action, and view the original designer sketches, check them all out here!)

Once Upon A Dream : Harrods' Designer Disney Princesses

They’re here, they’re here! We’re witnessing a MAJOR Fashion + Geekery moment, thanks to Harrods. DISNEY geekery that is, and fashion of the highest caliber. When Harrods announced at the begining of the year that they had asked 10 top designers, including Oscar De La Renta (fave!), Elie Saab, Marchesa and Versace, to create custom gowns inspired by Disney princesses, I was over the moon. The announcement came complete with a teaser sketch of Valentino's couture interpretation of Belle's infamous yellow ball gown.

Now, with the windows to be unveiled on November 1st, not only does Harrods give us a look at ALL the sketches (scroll down), but some of the princesses, from Pocahontas to Tiana, to Ariel… are brought to life in this teaser. Can you instantly recognize all of them?

BELLE FROM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BY VALENTINO A fantasy-like dress in silk chiffon with a sheer hooded cape and layers of exquisite pleats, is accessorised with bespoke signature studded flats and a silver flower bag.

AURORA FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY BY ELIE SAAB Encapsulating the natural grace and innocence of Aurora, this beautiful gown in pale pink is embellished with scattered exquisite beading.

ARIEL FROM THE LITTLE MERMAID BY MARCHESA A chic and elegant deep blue silk evening gown has been beautifully crafted to combine luxurious draped fabrics, which perfectly embody modern feminine style - capturing Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea spirit.

SNOW WHITE BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA 'Someday your prince will come…' This silk gown is divine with intricate embroidery across the bodice and a floor-sweeping cape in signature red.

RAPUNZEL FROM TANGLED BY JENNY PACKHAM A magical dress in pale grey adorned with incredible beading that should never be locked away.

POCAHONTAS BY ROBERTO CAVALLI Featuring soft, golden and natural earthy colours, this gown incorporates prints evocative of dream catchers with pearl detailing. The lightness of a feather and the wings of a butterfly, it is perfect for a princess in love with freedom.

JASMINE FROM ALADDIN BY ESCADA An exotic fuchsia silk chiffon gown encompasses the fiery beauty of Jasmine, complete with an extravagant golden flower belt.

MULAN BY MISSONI A land of silk and jade has inspired this oriental kimono-style dazzling creation, that features bold turquoise shades and red detailing.

TIANA FROM THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG BY RALPH & RUSSO A dream come true, this mint evening gown with a sweetheart neckline and mesh overlay, features scattered crystals that cascade into a layered tulle skirt.

CINDERELLA BY VERSACE
You shall go to the ball’, in a stunning contemporary interpretation complete with golden layers, a tiara, a bold statement-necklace and of course, glass slippers – emblazoned with the iconic Versace medusa motif.

November 1st can’t come soon enough. Now, how do I win myself  a trip to London?!

IS MY GEEK SHOWING? SWEATERS FOR THE CON AND BEYOND

 
OCTOBER: Cool, crisp autumn air. Pumpkin Spice lattes. The culmination of Fashion Week season…. and New York Comic Con.

Yup, October’s pretty epic. And if you’re like me, you’re really looking forward to layering. (I have quite the extensive cardigan collection)

Now then, New York Comic Con Pro Pass acquired (booya!), it’s time for outfit assembly.

What I’m about to say, some of you wont like to hear: I’m not a fan of wearing costumes. Now before you go swinging mighty Thor’s hammer my way, hear me out. The short answer: I prefer not to invest so much time and energy and cash into replicating something only to wear it a few (very specific) times. The long answer I’m saving for another post.

Now then, would it be a con without cosplay? No. Festive, costumed attendees MAKE the con. It wouldn’t be as much fun without.That being said, my approach to geeking it up? I say, invest in special pieces you will get a lot of use out of. Awesome, transitional pieces that will take you from work, to the con, to dinner. Like these. Trust me on this. Here are some great ways to keep warm, look cool (YES!) and still let your geek show, at the con and beyond!