Main Bocher’s Mark on American Fashion

By Phineas Upham

Main Rosseau Bocher opened a boutique on 12 Avenue George V in Paris in November of 1929. At the time, Bocher wanted to design elegant fashions for expensive tastes. He decided to combine his name, as a nod to fellow designers like Louiseboulanger, when he opened his fashion house “Mainbocher”.

He was lead designer for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. It’s said that he named the color “Wallis Blue” after her. He also designed the wedding dress for the marriage of Simpson and Edward VIII, which was historically one of the most historic dresses ever made. That wedding dress came to define the modern wedding dress, and is currently catalogued in the Metropolitan Museum collection.

In 1940, Mainbocher came to New York and relocated next to Tiffany’s on 57th St. By then, Mainbocher had developed an international following so his fashion was well accepted in New York at the time. At the time, Mainbocher had become embroiled in controversy for pushing the corset on women. It highlighted the female form in a manner never done before.

The Warner Brothers Corset Company, however, didn’t seem to mind the controversy. They moved quickly to try and mass produce the line. Mainbocher also designed uniforms for women in the Navy during the Second World War. In 1947, when the New York Dress Institute revealed its “Best Dressed” list, eight of the top ten were clients of Mainbocher.

Mainbocher is immortalized in New York’s legendary garment district. He was awarded a bronze plaque, but passed in 1976.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

The History of Harper’s Bazaar

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Harper’s Bazaar is, today, one of the most recognized names in the world of fashion. The magazine has built itself up as a resource for women who seek out the best in high fashion and culture. It describes modern fashion trends in both casual and couture wear, and it’s become an icon in the fashion realm because of its timely reporting and all-star photography.

The magazine was first published in 1867, with editor Mary Louise booth curating the weekly fashion magazine to debut the latest in fashion trends from Paris and Germany. Back then, as now, fashion trends were headed by European designers well versed in the art of appearances.

Booth worked with other fashion editors Carmel Snow, Carrie Donovan, Diana Vreeland, Liz Tilberis, Alexey Brodovich and Brana Wolf to display the latest in fashion trends through stunning photography and vivid illustrations.

The Bazaar has always, since its inception, been aimed at women in the upper and middle classes of society. Its original publication was in newspaper format, which was printed on a weekly basis. That changed in 1901, when Harper’s became closer to the monthly fashion publication we know today.

Harper’s Bazaar is not a magazine aimed strictly at fashion, or at least it doesn’t limit itself to fashion alone. In fact, during the early 1900s, the magazine began highlighting jackets, tailored dresses and suits that better represented the growing feminist movement that helped pass the 19th amendment and gain women the right to vote.


Samuel Phineas Uphamis an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Samual Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Diana Vreeland’s Fashion

By Phineas Upham

Although Diana Vreeland was born in Paris, France and spent much of her adult life in England, she would eventually find herself in New York City. There, she would become one of the most influential magazine editors in the world of fashion, working for both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue before the time of her death.

Vreeland took fashion extremely seriously, once remarking that the bikini was the most important thing to happen since the atom bomb.

She was hired by Harper’s somewhat on accident. She had moved to New York with her husband, and the two were finding the city extremely expensive. Carmel Snow, Harper’s editor at the time, noticed her taste in fashion around the city and asked her to come join the magazine. She began her work with a column she called “Why Don’t You?”, which contained various pieces of fashion advice that people ought to do.

Vreeland was so poignant with her advice that she consulted several times for Jackie Kennedy, even giving her advice on what to wear for inauguration day.

Rumors abound that she was passed over for promotion at Harper’s so she found herself working at Vogue beginning in 1962. Until 1971, she served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Her philosophy was that magazines ought to give people a point of view, because they don’t really have one. Vreeland was eventually fired from Vogue, but she quickly became a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Vreeland died of a heart attack in 1989, at the age of 86.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

F/W 15/16 Stylewatch: Balmain

While it can be difficult to find out how to bring fashion from the runway to your office hallway, the FW 15/16 line by Balmain is rich with inspiration for modern women of all walks of life. Unlike past lines which have shown a bit more skin, this season has designer jackets for women that give broader coverage without feeling chaste. Lace accents keep everything from becoming too closed off, and shimmering fabrics balance rich lowlights with spectacular highlights evocative of mosaic art up close.

Color Theory

With Balmain this season we see a broad range of 70’s-evocative colors, from saturated violets and purples to deep sea greens and bold marigolds. These colors can be styled in many directions and pair well with every skin tone. Marigold and violet in particular can serve as the jumping off point for accessories, make-up, and nail polish. For the Balmain look, use plain black and white for neutrals; if you’re seeking a different kind of 70’s, use camel and tan for your neutrals to warm things up. Modern jackets for women get a boost with this look, coming in banana yellow and caramel, in addition to black and white.

Legwork

For pants you will want to consider culottes for a mature look, or dark denim for a harder edge. High-waisted flares are coming back into style as well and they can be styled to be appropriate for a full day of work and drinks afterward. If you’re more interested in skirts, suede skirts in camel or dark tan perfectly complement 70’s colors and can be paired with thick black tights during winter or patterned and textured tights year-round.

Coordination

If you want to play with some of the pants and top combinations shown off by Balmain this year, pair a button-less womens blazer (made of a soft fabric or suede in a seasonal color or plain black) with a thick inorganic or mixed-texture belt. The triangular space created by your jacket above the belt introduces a geometric element that can be employed a wide variety of ways. Try wearing a classic turtleneck, an unusual textured textile like cotton lace, or take the opportunity to innovate upon the Balmain book and wear a pendant or other heavy necklace instead.
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Classic vs. Modern Blazers

Written by Jacket Society

Everyone has at least one blazer. This clothing item never goes out of style but the shape might be subject to some changes. The blazer in itself is considered an androgynous piece as it can be both feminine and masculine. Designer jackets for women also contributes to dressing up and outfit but it can also dress it down. For instance, throwing a blazer on a dress or pants and top will make you look more sophisticated. If you are wearing something a bit too revealing, wearing a blazer would make you look classy and sexy at the same time.

Classic vs. Modern

Blazers for women obviously come in different colors, shapes and material and each one send a unique message and conveys a particular look. The two most basic shape that you will find everywhere would be the modern fitted blazer and the classic conservative one.

The classic blazer is recommended for women of a certain age or in particularly business or professional situations. This kind of blazer does not accentuate the waistline. It is similar to the type of blazer that women such as Hillary Clinton would wear. Mature women look more sophisticated with the classic blazer as this is more suited for their age.

The modern blazer is worn more fitted and its collar consists of slim short revers. This is perfect for younger women. However, even women over 50 would look more to their advantage with clothes that are fitted at the waistline.

 

Jacket Society is a small line of modern jackets for women that can be worn with jeans, dresses or pants.

Getting Polished for New York Fashion Week

Written by Kaki West

The web is bursting with reviews and images from New York Fashion Week, one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. I had a great time this year, as always. I was especially excited about my dear friend’s runway show, a talented designer named Michael Costello. His show was just perfect, unveiling a collection of some of the most beautiful and elegant gowns I’ve seen. The Kaki West images below are of me at his Spring 2015 runway show, seated right next to my best friend and makeup guru Tay Rivera.

Kaki West is an international cover model and host. Visit her blog to learn more and see the latest Kaki West pics.

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Designer Shops in Paris

Article written by Fresh Boutique

In recent times, many vacations have been shifting in purpose, from seeing all the famous torist attractions and historical landmarks, to a more capitalistic purpose such as shopping. There is nothing wrong with that as people have been becoming more money smart given the increase in the price of almost everything we need to buy. It is a fact of life today that some things are just cheaper abroad or that there are just some things that are only found in certain countries.

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This is why maybe half of the vacations we plan and take are vacations to places that are great places to shop for things like electronics and clothing. One great vacation that combines both shopping and sightseeing are France vacations. Travel to France to find the best buys when it comes to designer clothing. With many fashion designers based in one of the top fashion capital in the continent, you will be sure to find the latest and hottest outfits.

Travel to France and find the the best designers based in several cities but the most in Paris. Paris is home to several shopping districts, but if you are looking for the crème de la crème in designer fashion you need to book a flight then hop in a cab so you can visit Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honore. You can find all the great a famous brands like Versace, Hermes, and the line of the late great Yves Saint Laurent.