November 21, 2014

The New Rules of Layering

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As the days get colder, our winter philosophy is all about throwing your favorite things on top of your other favorite things. How do you know if you’re wearing enough layers? If you’re warm enough to step outside, then you’re golden. If not, pile on more and get inventive. Take advantage of shapes, colors, and textures. Mix things up and change the order.

See what we came up with below >>

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Wearing: Chunky Crop Knit Top / Suede Buckle Skirt / Navy Button Down Jumpsuit (coming soon)

Jumpsuits provide minimal effort, so why not throw another outfit on top? Pair a chunky crop top and a wrap skirt over and you got an outfit within an outfit.

Double Layered Jacket

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Wearing: Oversized Blazer Jacket / Matte Clear Parka / Infinite Universe Tee (similar here) / Reality Studio Quilted Leggings

Take an oversized blazer and layer it on top of a jacket for a dual combo. Combining two different coats with contrasting colors and textures doubles the warmth and volume.

Color Combo

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Wearing: Objects Without Meaning ‘Fumo’ Blazer / Fifth Label ‘Safe and Sound’ Shirt / Kele Galanthus Dress

Layer a dress on top of a dress. Pair two contrasting colors (make sure that one color pops) and throw them over another. We thew a shirtdress over another dress and buttoned the top so that the dress underneath is still visible.

Pattern Play

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Metallic Floral Bomber / Ruffle Sleeve Grid Top / Sheer Midi Polka Dot Dress / Just Female ‘Any’ Pants

Pattern mixing is an interesting way to amplify an outfit. Here, we layered 3 different prints and kept things playful by mixing up textures.

Triple Knitting

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Wearing: Knit High Waist Skirt / Something Else Shaggy Mesh Sweater / Shida Tatsuya Woolen Cape Coat 

Mix and match textures and keep colors neutral. The neutral palette is a fresh way to balance out the darker tones of winter. Piling on the knits adds a lot more drama and warmth, of course.

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November 14, 2014

All In The Details

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In this week’s collection, we focus on different design elements. Pastel hues, oversized shapes, and subtle details are all things that cater to our winter needs >>

Lazy Oaf Blackintosh Parka

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Think BIG. The spotted sleeves on the jacket add a fun element to this oversized parka and it’s perfect for all the layering done underneath.

UNIF Strips Bomber Jacket

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The distressed strips on the sleeves give a destructed feel on the bomber jacket. Its oversize fit elevates the jacket so that it’s big on warmth.

Pastel Scuba Trench

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The pastel shade makes this trench an unexpected statement piece for winter.

Fil De Fer Cape

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The cape has a relaxed fit giving you extra room to move around. We love the shape of the sleeves and the lightness of the material, making it an easy piece to transition between seasons.

Shakuhachi ‘Work It’ Parka

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The suede details and netted fabric give the parka a cool, constructed feel. The color makes it wearable and the perfect everyday jacket.

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November 12, 2014

STREETSTYLE: Coat Check

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There’s no better topper for winter than a good cold-weather staple. It’s our outerwear that’s the most valuable arsenal in our closet and the piece that keeps us covered no matter what the weather brings. Stay warm and opt for marshmellow puffer jackets, sleek trench coats, and heavy-duty parkas. Below we rounded up our favorite street snaps of the week >>

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SHOP F/W ’14 OUTERWEAR

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November 7, 2014

Androgynous Style Icons

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There are many celebrities who have reinvented themselves in ways that have pushed boundaries beyond the norm. Whether it’s adopting a new persona in the realm of art, theater, or music- these style icons continue to manipulate the visualization of gender. Scroll through our list of favorite icons (past & present) >>

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Tilda Swinton- Tilda isn’t afraid to work a suit like a boss. And it’s clear that the statuesque model and actress has a penchant for architectural details and monochrome tailored suits.

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Boy George- Boy George’s outlandish style pioneered androgyny in the 80′s by dressing in eclectic hats, waist coats, and billowy tees. Wearing bright facial make-up, winged eyeliner, and crimped hair tied with ribbons and rags reflected his flamboyant persona.

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Iggy Pop- If there’s one person in Rock N’ Roll who can wear just about anything it’s Iggy Pop who once stated, I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” 

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Annie Lennox- Annie made an impression in the early 80′s by donning trouser suits and an orange buzz cut. The reason behind this Scottish-born singer’s hair do? “Appearance is just temporary and I wanted to be strong as a man.”

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David Bowie- Bowie was a master at transforming himself to a million personas throughout his musical career. His most famous being Ziggy Stardust in all his flame-haired, glittering glory.

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Prince- While he pushed musical boundaries during the 80′s, Prince expressed his style by mixing masculine with the feminine in an unprecedented way in brocade catsuits, frilly tops, cropped tees, bell bottoms, and fingerless gloves.

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Grace Jones- Grace was intimidating and fierce. Her razor sharp features and even sharper style was the epitome of menswear chic. She’s inspired the likes of Andy Warhol and designers all over and influenced the underground New York scene in the 70′s and 80′s.

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Katherine Hepburn- While feminine dressing was a more conservative way to emphasize a woman’s curves during the 30′s and 40′s, Katherine Hepburn’s sense of style was unconventional as she stuck with high-waisted slacks and button down shirts.

SHOP STRONG AND TAILORED

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November 5, 2014

“Menswear” // “Womenswear”

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This week’s collection features pieces that we traditionally call menswear. But, what exactly is menswear and what does this word mean? Is it purely to accentuate the physiological aspects of both sexes? And how does masculinity and femininity come into play? Why do we associate certain aesthetics to a gender?

Whether you call something menswear or womenswear,  it’s important to understand the reasons behind doing these things. Whether you are a man or woman, rock the three piece suit or floor length sequin dress and walk with swagger. Play, mix-up and challenge these associations because it’s fun, but do it intentionally. Know that the real strength is not in your convincing affiliation with being a man or a woman, masculine or feminine — whatever that means — but in your being.

 

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Pinstripe Tailored Jumpsuit —  The pinstripes and color are typically what would be associated with menswear because of its darker color and the rigidness of the vertical lines. The subtle tailoring of the jumpsuit is what makes it feminine. It’s the balanced aspects of these dualities that makes you feel sexy.

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Leather Moto Vest — The structure of the vest is great and we love how it’s not tailored to fit a certain body type. The silhouette is linear. You feel protected when you’re wearing this piece because of the weight and texture of the fabric– in this way you feel strong.

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Tuxedo Woven Overall Jumper — This is another piece that plays with the balance of menswear/womenswear. The high waist and cut of the pant elongates you in a really elegant way. The thinness of the shoulder straps gives this piece a delicate feeling.

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Felted Dark Wool Coat — The most gender neutral piece in the collection. The coat is boxy without being structured or synched. The length and mass of the coat is dramatic. It is only normalized by the color and stands out in a subtle way.

SHOP TAILORED AND STRONG

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October 30, 2014

Koshka Halloween

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Halloween is upon us and the Koshka team put together a few costume inspirations from Edward Scissorhands to Cruella De Ville.

See what we came up with below! >>

Suzy Bishop (Moonrise Kingdom)

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Patricia is wearing our Pink Collared Open Back Top / Pink Tux Flared Skirt / Cheap Monday Pony Oxford Flatforms

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Jed is wearing our Fil De Fer Bib Top / Faux Leather Overalls

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Teresa is wearing our Speckled Oversized Jacket / Pinstripe Jumpsuit (coming soon) / Just Female Houndstooth Coat (coming soon)

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Joanne is wearing our Black Rib Knit Crop Top / Daydream Nation Clown Floral Skirt

Happy Halloween!

October 24, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Ben Mendelewicz

We recently caught up with New York based comic-book artist Ben Mendelewicz whose psychedelic perspective blew our minds. We chatted with Ben about the inspirations behind his absurdly funky creative work, thoughts on commercial success, and of course, peanut butter sandwiches.

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Check Out Ben’s Collaborative Anthology “Square Dance at Palms Promenade”: http://desertisland.bigcartel.com/

See more of his work here:  http://skunktrunk.storenvy.com/

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