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It’s no secret that Jil Sander is one of my favorite designers. Now that I look back on the +J collections that were designed for Uniqlo, I ask myself “Why didn’t I buy more pieces from those collections?” The cuts were perfectly fit, the fabrics were for the most part, of good quality and the colors were almost always neutral. Well I had my chance to buy a few more pieces of the collection yesterday. Uniqlo brought back the best-selling items from the six seasons of the +J collaboration. I loaded up on white shirts, at only $50 each and picked up a pair of navy wool blend trousers for $60. These pieces together epitomize “uniform dressing” and I couldn’t be happier going into the cooler months with these amazing staples. Read more about what was at the Soho store in my Racked report.

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Project de. September Design

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As I explore new neutrals for Fall, my focus is set on light earth tones of clay, sand and stone. Structured fluidity defines my September design for Project de. Made of double-faced felted wool, the soft pleats reconfigure the human form. An ideal transitional top that can be worn alone or layered over turtlenecks and button up shirts come January. I intend on making more pieces in this fabric so stay tuned! Christina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmitten Christina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmitten Christina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmittenChristina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmitten Christina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmitten Christina-DeSmet-design-new-york-project-de.-september-design-desmitten

Worn with Isabel Marant pour H&M leather pants // Céline sling backs // Céline sunglasses

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September Design Inspiration

I spent the better part of last week trying to make a dress to wear to a wedding, but it never came together. The wedding came and went, while the dress hung in limbo in my studio. I realized that the dress will stay unfinished because my heart wasn’t in it. The entire time I worked on the dress, all I could think about were the yards of double-faced boiled wool that sat under my table. I bought it in the dead of summer and didn’t think about it again until a chill hit the air.

Needless to say, my September design inspiration come from the fabric itself… Structured, but soft to the touch. Heavy in weight, but light in color. The images below captured my mood for light Fall neutrals which I pulled from different instagram accounts that I follow: @charliemay // @camillasverdrupthygeson // @gagosiangallery.september--design-inspiration-@charliemay-@camillasverdrupthygeson-@gagosiangallery.-desmitten

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Best of Backstage Spring 2015

I enjoy looking at the backstage / behind the scenes photos more than the actual runway shows. You get a closeup of the details and accessories that aren’t always so clear on the runway. In my opinion, the best of backstage comes from CR Fashion Book and Self Service Magazine. Here are my favorites from three of my favorite Spring 2015 collections…

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Loewe by Jonathan Anderson Spring 2015

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Chloé Spring 2015

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Christophe Lemaire Spring 2015

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October List

October is the official start to Fall, and this is what’s on my mind this month…

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To Wear // In an effort to avoid pulling out the cold weather coats just yet, I’ll be rocking the knotted sweater tied around my neck. But not in the preppy, country club way… more like the Christophe Lemaire, effortlessly cool kind of way. This look works best when you keep it neutral and tonal… done and done.

To Do // Earlier this week I shared my first White Shirt DIY, and this month I continue the crusade to change up the most basic staple. Stay tuned to see what designer (and what overwhelming trend from the Spring 2015 runways) inspired this month’s White Shirt DIY.

To Prep // Halloween is all about transformation, but there is no need to buy a costume. This month I’ll be sharing costume ideas that you can find right in your closet. Don’t expect anything too scary, I usually err on the side of stylish, pulling inspiration from style icons and pop culture… For example, a Chanel protester from the Spring 2015 runway show would make a great costume… (image via @fashionspirit)

To Drink // Who doesn’t love a little bubbly? From October 3-13, the first annual Tour de Champagne will be held in the Meatpacking district. Throughout the 10 days, local businesses will host events and activities based around Champagne, while the restaurants will offer a curated selection of tasting menus. Visit their site to start planning your champagne filled week!

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