Menswear with a Twist

Ciao, friends & fashionistas!

First of all, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season!

Second of all, let’s talk fashion and the process. Continue reading

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A Brooklyn Style Snapshot

Hello, Fashionistas!

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of falling in love-with Brooklyn! The borough’s artsy vibes mixed with wonderfully edgy fashion gave a new meaning to inspiration. –> Fun fact, did you know that the original meaning of ‘inspiration’ comes from the Latin, ‘inspirare’, literally, ‘to breathe into’, and figuratively, ‘inspire, excite’*? (Thank you, Professor Seiger!) Meaning, what if every breathe we took came infused with energy, life, spirit, colors, vibrancy? The catwalk would probably explode with excitement. I would probably explode with excitement. It would be worth it.

Back to Brooklyn! The Borough of Inspiration. I regret that I did not truly capture everything, but I invite you to browse some of the photos below. If you live in Brooklyn, you will probably wonder, where are the chic skinny black pants, loose but perfectly draped charcoal, white shirts, combat boots whose destiny is somehow both stealth seduction yet seamless, city street navigation? Not to mention the edgy couples who share each others’ skinny jeans and color boards, whitewashed jeans and fitted jackets, multi color patterns, hats hinting at a story, energy escaping the fabric, poise and color like a Mary Poppins meets Oscar de la Renta street painting, lights and smoke, endless cropped tops and basketed bicycles. I assure you, they exist! True Confession on the missing photos: I was too shy to ask enough people to take their photo.  I know!! The worst. I guarantee I stared at way too many people, hoping they would read my mind and strike a pose. It didn’t work. Sigh. Next time, I would ask 100 people.  Until then, hope you enjoy! 🙂

Thank you, Brooklyn, for keeping it 100! Until we meet again.

-xoxo Fashion Stoppe

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Brooklyn Vibes. Photo Cred: J P NYC

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Brooklyn Graffiti

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A trendster seen near Washington Square Park, Manhattan. Isn’t she beautiful?!

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Seen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Absolutely loved their street style! Also, they were the sweetest.

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Apparently, I love Brooklyn graffiti.

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Exploring in Brooklyn.

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Totoro, totoro! Fashionistas living that knitted life.

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with Love from Brooklyn! xoxo

Thank you for reading! Find what inspires you, and remember, you are fabulous!

Cheers darlings,

❤ Fashion Stoppe

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*Regarding ‘inspiration’: My college voice teacher, Professor Seiger, shared the meaning with me! Here is a link with the skinny on inspiration 🙂

Notes: First and last photo cred: J P NYC. Others are original.

Justin LeBlanc

This evening I had the pleasure of meeting fashion designer Justin LeBlanc at the “Justin, Dior, and I” lecture + screening in the Cary Theatre.

You may know LeBlanc from Project Runway Season 4 as a contestant, or Season 12 as a finalist. Maybe you recognize his innovative, mesmerizing fashion that uses unique materials and 3D printing. Perhaps you take classes from him at NC State’s College of Design! At the age of 29, LeBlanc is talent and creative movement on the rise-and fortunately for NC, he likes collaborating with local talent (Spoonflower of Durham, Matt Tomasulo’s Raleigh City Fabric, to name a few).

At this event, LeBlanc gave an informative session about the history of haute couture and House of Dior and shared a little about who he is as a designer and his experience in the fashion industry. Being born deaf, his worldview differs from the average person, creating a “new, altered perception of space and time” as well as heightening the creative vision we experience. Learning about the history of the House of Dior was simply fascinating in both the pre screening lecture and “Dior and I” showing (check out this trailer). LeBlanc’s down to earth, lighthearted nature paired with striking, innovative fashion makes him an easy icon to gravitate towards.

A few things you may not know about Justin LeBlanc:

The designer’s favorite thing about fashion is it’s a “form of self expression”. As a designer, it’s important that he stays true to himself and his vision; one of the biggest challenges in the industry is feeling pulled in different directions.

  • He is a big supporter of education-it can help you get to the next step of your journey. Never stop learning.
  • He lived in NYC for two summers and said that was enough.
  • He decided to switch to fashion two weeks before his graduation.
  • The first thing he sold was a tote bag from his website.

If you’d like to stay up to date with LeBlanc’s latest fashion moves, check him out here and on the gram.

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As always, until next time, Fashionistas!

-Fashion Stoppe