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

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!