Fashion

What I am living for #6 by Mike Tyle

WEAR:

Black. The weather in Brussels this summer has been raining, cold and depressing plus I have been mourning my youth now that I turned 30.

SHOP:

For my big 3-0 I received a gift card to Dries van Noten and am over the top excited to go to town! Aside from that umm it's about to be July. I have my sale list ready!

DESIGN:

Ikea. I know. But seriously. They are stepping up their game over there in Sweden. Snatching those H&M wig's and turning it into home décor realness: Katie Eary (Hello, brain!), Walter van Beirendonck (I seriously need this Tiger rug STAT) and overly freaking out about the new HAY and Tom Dixon collections. What kind of dream team collabs…

SEE:

The latest Gucci F/W16 campaign. No more words necessary.

Presenting a video from the Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign. Wandering from tea houses to pachinko parlors with carefree abandon, the Gucci kids collide with the chaotic lights and sounds of Tokyo. The psychedelic scenography is echoed in the energy and decoration in Alessandro Michele's collection.

LISTEN:

Anohni 'Hopelessness' is still on repeat.

COLOR:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy.  The stark marigold catwalk agains the deep blues of the lake are breathtaking ans more than just Intsagram worthy.

Simon Doonan: Getting It Right by Mike Tyle

The ever funny Simon Doonan once accurately depicted the 3 categories most women fall into when fashion comes in play:

The Gypsy, The Socialite & The Existentialist.

Ever since reading this years ago I have been waiting for a follow up Menswear version. Finally courtesy of Slate. The time has arrived!

Here is my breakdown of the 4 archetypal male tribes:

The Perverse Prepster

"The Perverse Prepster can best be described as Ralph-Lauren-hits-the-psych-ward."

It's like the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of Wallstreet. Classic. Preppy. Professional with a quirky twist.

Go to brands: Thom Browne mixed with Supreme meets Raf Simons & Bellrose.

THE ARTY NINJA

"Every generation seems to throw up a black-clad outsider cult: rockers, bikers, and punks. And now we have ours."

My current fave look at the moment. Quite diverse: It can easily be athleisure as it can be Kanye meets dystopian future as it can be Japanese avant-garde.

Go to brands: Rick Ownes, Givenchy, Public School.

The Dedicated Follower of Satin

"Incorporates a compelling mixture of hippie-dippie, glam rock, and rockabilly."

Not for the faint at heart. But it is growing on me with every re-invention. I love a satin bomber and I have been known to wear suede fringe...

Go to brands: Saint LaurentGucciDries van Noten

The Statham

"Shaved head? CrossFit body? Wall-to-wall tattoos? Dirty, slouchy denims?"

Rough, manly man, mid-life crisis driven. "Heritage" driven denim, "Authentic" pre-worn leather jackets... keywords this man goes the worker look but is all facade. The wearer is both the man who wants a motorcycle to a man-bun raw organic vegan beehive trader. Looks dirty but is scared of dirt.

Go to brands: BelstaffJohn Varvatos, Denim & Supply

 

The Schlub

Naturally the majority of men fall into this category.

In general men DGAF. 

Despite working in fashion and talking every fucking day about changing the way men dress. How the younger man cares much more about being fashionable (which is true), the opposite is also just as true. 

They want to be comfy. The want navy/black/grey. They want cargo's.

They wear socks and sandals... not ironically. The mix prints and patterns... not ironically. They wear full on denim... not ironically.

Go to brands: Walmart, Kohl's but most important: wear for a full 12 year cycle before returning for 2nd pair of boot-cut.

What I am living for #5 by Mike Tyle

Gucci. What more do I need to say?

Each season is getting better and this years Cruise campaign still has me hooked!

I need to BE an awkward skinny dancing queen in a villa.

In other news, as of last night, I now look like this:

My Spring/Summer theme this year will be 70's porn. So expect lot's of short shorts and mesh. 

Both of which I already own lots of.

Tom Ford S/S16 by Mike Tyle

Tom Ford can be tricky. I love his dapper 60's looks, especially menswear, but when he goes into later decades it can be a red flag. 

However eschewing the normal catwalk this season Ford teamed up with Nick Night and Lady Gaga for an awesome music video showing off the collection in motion. Gaga looks great, the clothes look fun the awkward model dancing is great and the love the song.

Enjoy!

Prada Archive by Mike Tyle

Prada, my love.

The newly revamped Prada website now including "A Future Archive" comes with a ton of great features allowing the fan to view all collections, ads & videos from past seasons.

Including one of my favorite videos of all time:

"Thunder Perfect Mind" Daria Werbowy reading from the Gnostic Manuscript to a jazz soundtrack and filmed in Berlin. Le sigh.

What's not to love?!

In honor of the big release I've posted below some of my favorite Prada campaigns.

It's really interesting to see how the red line follows through the clothes while still evolving. Distinctly Prada even when the themes are ever changing.

My only issue with the website is that for the most part there are only 2 images from the ads for each season instead of all of the photos for each collection! Hopefully some day it will be in it's entirety.

Prada Resort 15 by Mike Tyle

Happy Halloween! My gift to you is the new Prada campaign which dropped today.

Stunning and creepy.

As always Prada has won me over again!

With all Prada campaigns you never know how they merchandise will be reflected in the advertisements (especially the always enjoyable and arty look books) and this season was no different. The black and white brings out the contrast stitching but as opposed to using color the juxtaposition is stark yet also subtle.

Alexander Wang X H&M by Mike Tyle

The collaboration of the season. It's been talked about for months and finally the moment is here!

Well not THE moment... everyone will have to wait until Nov. 6th to line up and buy the goods. But until then we've had sneak peaks and leaked looks. This past week the whole collection was unveiled and now the runway show which occurred last night shows it in all it's Wang-ness.

As one could only expect from Wang it is a collection full of militant fashionable sporty looks: second skin, neoprene and mesh all mixed with leather and bonded details. Of course the WANG logo incorporated throughout. Good news is while T and H&m probably already shared factories now we can get the looks at a more affordable price.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collaboration:

Things I am loving this week #3 by Mike Tyle

GermanWings Blind Booking: The most awesome thing ever. As I am in a transition period I have had some extra time off and what better way to use it than traveling. With the GermanWings deal it cost only 60euro and a sense of adventure! I have already used it twice and am planning a third trip next week.

The catch is you don't know where you will be heading until after you pay! Next thing you know you will be packing to head to Venice or many of Europe's other wonderful cities.

T. magazine Model-moprh: Basically I love any sort of before and after. In this instance it is rough to glam of models at fashion week. Goes to show how much some make-up and hair styling can do! 

Magdelena Stark: I am constantly drawing inspiration from my friends and am lucky to include Magda as one of them! In the spring she updated her already awesome portfolio/website. Check it out!

(side note- not a fan of the packaging but meh.)

Opium pour Hommes by YSL: Ok I know if you scroll down you can see that I just went on a cologne shopping spree but.... I was at Breuninger this pas week and the perfume lady sprayed me and... I died. It's warm, woody and spicy. Basically this is my new fall/winter scent.

It's Gemma, bitch! by Mike Tyle

Gemma Ward opening & Lara Stone closing. Only Prada could make this happen and it did.

Sasha in the middle would have been a welcome surprise but I have to say I literally almost fell out of my chair when I saw Gemma walk out. It's been since fucking 2008! I don't blame her for leaving and being hesitant to coming back but I welcome her presence and look forward to more.

September Vogue 2014 by Mike Tyle

Drum roll.... the most coveted cover of all has arrived!

Naturally everyone has a take on it. Of course first and foremost everyone was wondering which celebrity it would be! Therefore seeing models take it over for the first time in a while was a nice surprise.

I asked a friend who has no clue about fashion to give me their thoughts:
Diversity! Not only on the front cover but you hit all the marks: you got your black girl(s) possibly questionably half an Indian (the PS/lighting is throwing me off), token Asian, and all the vanilla in-between.
They are in some springy fresh fun clean happy all-American going to prom looks... wait is this supposed to be a May cover?

Now for my lowdown... welcome to PS heaven or hell. Depending on your view. I want to see the receipts for some of these phantom limbs
Really? Aside from the top 3 most well known fronting the issue these are your picks? Where are Binx and Anna Ewers or... Jourdan cozying up with her BFF Cara for that matter.
I don't know what they did to Fei Fei but for a fresh face they made her look rough, that Kors frumptastic dress is giving me droopy boob realness.
Great job at making Edie Campbell look unrecognizable. Also what is with that ice-skating dress?
Apparently Imaan couldn't make it because girl looks like she was shopped in as an after thought.
Nothing against full-figured ladies but Andreea isn't so why did they crop her to look like that? Actually how did she even get brought into this line up? 

Zipper post by Mike Tyle

Zippers, I know right. Fascinating.

I am sure this is not something many people notice or care about but can I just say how annoying it is to buy an expensive item and see YKK written on the pull? Nothing against YKK but as a brand if you aren't going to have your name on the trims then at least have nothing.

I won't name names but I am side-eyeing...

Top Resort '15 review by Mike Tyle

Can we first talk about how many lookbooks Bo Don got this season... was not expecting it but get that money girl!

Before I get on to my (possibly tipsy) Twitter style reviews of the shows... Here you can see all the looks that I liked the most.

Now... onto some shade/no shade.

3.1 Philip Lim: Sixities theme. Safe. Nice colorways. Those pants in look 23... questionable.

Acne: Oversize and quirky. check and check. Both things Acne knows how to do best. Wasn't feeling the bamboo closures.

Akris: Distracting Greek(?) street background. A lot of chic yet German looking casual wear.

Alexander McQueen: Look #3 gave me SS15 menswear vibes, which is a nice pairing. Seemed more McQ to me in that it was pretty wearable for a normal McQueen look book. I'm not a big flower fan near the end... but loving all of the outerwear made up for it!

Alexander Wang: Look #1 was a lot of look to start off with. I do like the idea of incorporating workwear elements which Wang is always keen to do. Wasn't my fave from him but he's busy.

Altuzarra: As always anything Joseph Altuzarra does I am a fan of. The man knows how to make an A-line skirt and baggy blouse work. His corporate chic meets boho-gypsy designs get me every time.

BCBG Max Azria: Anytime there is a windblown look happening it gets a pass... in this case the whole collection was done on a beach. Naturally I had a lot of favorites... call me a basic mall bitch if you will.

Balenciaga: Still working the colorblind look. Luckily there are some sharp silhouettes to match. Wang had me until the asymmetrical hems came out. But again... he's busy between H&M, T and sharing the fabrics with his eponymous line.

Balmain: Binx does Dynasty with a dash of Kim K. Bebe will be all over this.

Bottega Veneta: Doing what a Resort collection was created to do... sell. I really enjoyed the batik direction the 2nd half went into.

Burberry Prorsum: I always look forward to the Burberry look books! They are well photographed and the clothes tell a story. As always everything was nice but I felt the story being told was, well, nothing new.  I mean, ugh, dip-dye? Still going strong I see. The fabrics and looks seemed just like remixes to familiar styles... trench-update aside.

Calvin Klein Collection: I love me some CK collection. That first coat on Ewers was EVERYTHING. Always innovative fabrics and thankfully finally back in a modern clean streamlined silhouette. I am still having nightmares about Pre-Fall 14...

Carven: Sporty yet girly with innovative fabric mix come to me! Gone is the dirndl-esque girl of yesteryear, far from a hater here, but a new more confident woman has emerged. I could have done without the logo but it was still more tastefully done than Wang SS14.

Chanel: I want to say it was bait racist... but I am sure the middle east will eat this collection up and Chanel will have made their quarter profit on the first day it hits stores.

Christopher Kane: I am on the fence. I think a lot can be done with the styles as separates... I really liked all the stories told and while all different went well together. I would personally nix the cheap looking flower pins/buttons. But Kane always needs a little something quirky to show off.

DKNY: I get it. Baseball caps are a look. But 27 of them?

Derek Lam: It worked for Philip Lim. It seems the 60's are an inspiration all around. Keep at it because it works well.

DVF: I can't. Wendy Williams can wear it well but I didn't find anything new here.

Diesel Black Gold: Saint Laurent meets Sandro.

DSquared2: Fierce. Leave it to the twins to bring to life another campy theme. As always 60 & 70's were prevalent and as always I wanted more.

Erdem: The things you can do with lace, flowers and ruffles. In this case it wasn't the usual Erdem affair but one breaking away from the frilly older women and into a more trend-driven playful girl. Gave me F13 Erdem vibes and I am happy to see a revival.

Fendi: Mesh, pop graphics and of course a bit of fur. Binx rocked these Eurocentric looks and the Logo splashed across the items surprisingly added to the fun.

Gucci: following a 60's Mod inspired F14 comes a resort of the same ilk. The only issue I find is in the fact that many looks could also have come out of a J.Crew catalog.

Herve Leger: Pure Sex. Balmain meets Versace and a high-end better manufactured Bebe was born.

Hugo Boss: I am obsessed with Jason Wu's take on the Hugo Boss woman. Clean, chic, modern still very Hugo Boss but with a twist. I look forward to seeing what the next seasons will provide.

Jason Wu: Neutral palette and clean looks. It was feeling a bit in the direction of Boss wich is a good thing in this case.

Jil Sander: I don't know a time when I haven't found something to love about a Jil Sander collection (the same goes for the Navy line) this case it was no different, bell shapes and monochrome colors. Looks like the new Head of Design is a better fit than expected.

Jonathan Saunders: More of this please. Great individual pieces in color block and interesting prints. Basically what one should expect from a Jonathan Saunders collection. Gold, beige, sliver, bright blues... stripes and lamé fabrics gave the 70's feel Saunders is known for.

Josh Groot: Not yet a household name and came a bit out of left fieId but the clean simple modern lines, black and while minimalism got to me.... basically I was LOVING everything.

Kenzo: Was having some F09/S13 LV feelings. Maybe not so much the bunny and mod themes but never the less some of the fabrics and silhouettes went there. As always I expect Leon & Lim to know the direction they want to take us in and know it well. This season was just as bright and graphic as ever. Yet again cementing their way as fan faves.

Lanvin: Nice Lanvin fodder. But I'm mostly here for Jamie Bochert. Throw in some thin scarves in place of heavy jewelry Lanvin is known for and you have Lanvin collection as expected full of high end fabrics and silhouettes to match. 

Louis Vuitton: F14 rehash with more embellishments and spring colors. Enjoyed the innovative fabrics.

MSGM: Keep doing what you are doing. It's working. Graphic, girly yet modern. 

Margiela: Simple- I. Want. Everything.

Marc Jacobs: Mess. Next. 

Marc by Marc: Better than the main line. Also prob more sellable than Bartley & Hilliers first soldier themed (yet v. cool) showing.

Marni: This and very season of Marni need much more publicity. For such a storied fashion house which a specific aesthetic it seriously grows and gets better every fucking season. WORK!!!

Mary Katrantzou: YES. I am so glad she isn't a one trick pony. I am always ALWAYS wondering what she will pull next. She knows what works and how to push it in the next direction. As far as Resort goes this could easily have been a full FW/SS styled collection. 

Miu Miu: Daphnie from Scooby Doo want's her clothes back. If it is one thing that Miu Miu knows how to do it's bringing 60's back every season and making it just as new and cool as always.

Mugler: David Korma for Mugler just makes sense.

Nina Ricci: The only difference between any Nina Ricci collection is basically that since S10 it hasn't been designed by Theyskens. Otherwise just as French and feminine as always.

No. 21: Yet another diffusion line getting it better than the main brand. This seasons No. 21 brought the Italian flair and newness I always expect from them. Wish I could see every girl wearing these clothes.

Peter Pilotto: As always there is A LOT happening. The photos are jarring but as all Pilotto designs look wonderful in real life.

Prabal Gurung: Bold color blocking and graphic paint strokes, but not in the vain of Celine. Always a fan just next time no Lurex please.

Preen: I really don't know which line to review since they are both separate but equal in my eyes. Both showed sport directions with bold colors and fabric mix with the Preen stipe in place. Biggest qualm for me was the cheap looking denim print. Never again. I beg of the two of you.

Proenza Schouler: Bam! Proenza graphics and sharp silhouettes one expects; while theres nothing new  it's all perfect.

Public School; More and more the design duo's line is being talked about and this collection of evolved basics explains why.

Rag & Bone: Effortlessly cool. From the background to the styles themselves. Basically this is how casual should be done. Point blank chic.

Roksanda Ilincic: Work those color block statements! A very impressive collection this season. Zglad to see Roksanda growing into a well-rounded yet distinct look.

Stella McCartney: Fun & serious. 2 things the Stella customer looks for. I personally liked the first 10 looks (strong silhouettes) and the last 10 looks (full on bold stripes and paisley).

Suno: wasn't feeling it these season.

Thakoon: What can I say I always find Thakoon enjoyable but I also think it's always at risk of becoming a Zara collection that costs more and has better fabrics.

The Row: I don't want to say they are taking notes from Margiela but the fabrics the design aesthetic and the silhouette are putting the Twins at the same level.

Thom Browne: Crazy show is crazy. The aftermath that will actually make it to stores will be crave-worthy. Who knew prep and florals could work. I mean it's overloaded to the max but it's Thom Browne. Somehow the end product always makes sense.

Tory Burch: The things this woman could make me like... In general I am not a fan but when I see the look books and catwalk shows every season it make me understand why she is banking so much. Think Anthro and Banana Republic had a baby.

Valentino: Unlike when Chanel does 90 looks for a resort collection I am ALWAYS excited to go through Valentino's creations. I could have done without the butterfly cammo they are still trying to make happen but everything else was perfection. What other brand can meld the medieval looks they churn out every seasons with 60's style mod dresses?! I especially loved the crazy block graphics and of course the leather laser cut lace. Which is saying a lot since not many people besides Prada F08 can make me feel that way about lace.

Vionnet: Dragonfly print was a cool idea.

LFW by Mike Tyle

I love London Fashion Week. A great refreshing way to start to a month celebrating a growing men's

What better a place then a city known for pushing boundaries in fashion and trying something new. In menswear I find it especially important to try and create something that, albeit sometimes a difficult sell, really helps to usher in a new direction for the coming seasons and allowing for male style to really break out.

As a menswear designer I am constantly looking for new inspiration both for design as well as to cultivate my own look.

Follow my Pinterest board to see what I am loving so far: Menswear SS15

Istanbul by Mike Tyle

Hey, hey! While a lot has been happening the past month or so. I thought I'd fill you in on the highlights. Not that a week long flu left me with a lot to wright about... but the past week had me back in action and work had me shipped off to Turkey for a couple of days.

It sounds more glamorous than it actually was as I spent most the time between sitting in traffic and sitting in a suppliers office MAKING FASHION HAPPEN! It's a hard business but someone has to do it. I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to get out of the office and working with the supplier and their factories. It really makes you feel connected to the product and creative as opposed to typing info into PDM all day.

While I am sad I didn't get to see more of the city itself I am lucky to be going back in a couple months for a week long vacation which I am sure to see a whole other side of the city!

One of the joys, aside from the nicest people and great food, was the hotel. We stayed at the new chic Le Meridien, which was spectacular (and huge). My room overlooked the bridge between Europe and Asia... not much more is needed to be said. The shower alone was worth it making up for the long car rides, damn you traffic!

Morning view from my hotel room.

My coworker amongst the new seasons fabrics which took us hours to sort through.

Shirts ready to be sewn!

Ready for bed after a long day.

Pre-Fall 14 part 4 by Mike Tyle

With this 3rd & 4th installments I again found it really difficult when choosing one of my fave looks to show (ehm Valentino...). Nevertheless there were some great Pre-Fall collections and I am excited to see how they will do in stores as well as give direction to the comming FW14 season.

Lanvin- Classic Lanvin.

Louis Vuitton- Well done considering it was made between creative directors coming and going. But there were times I felt like I was looking at 2 very different collections. The first half was very LV/artsy the 2nd half was commercial as could be. While it may have been a jarring change in scenery and style the LV women was still obvious and the fabrics and cuts proved it.

Marni- It's hard for me not to like a Marni collection. This season was no different. I loved just about every look. There isn't much to say in terms of direction. Compared to SS14 this was more in a usual Marni fashion which was not broing in the least. Still playing with oversize silhouette, great furs and wool and lovely shoes. It had a bit or a MiuMiu feeling in several looks which I a not complaining about in the least. All in all print and fabric direction were what I except them to be... great!

Margiela- It's Margiela. You never know what to expect but as always I was excited to see what the team would come up with this time reinventing everyday wardrobe pieces into something so different yet so right. A subdued palette of grey, navy and black mixed with menswear styles. Oversize was the theme this season and it worked perfectly in terms of big cardigans, men's shirts with large sleeves, folded over men's pants moving into draped shift dresses and fur. Really you can't go wrong.

Matthew Williamson- Femine and bright colors, what more can one ask for from a Matthew Williamson pre-fall collection.

MaxMara- I got major Derek Lam vibes from this collection. Very clean and modern yet something about it was tired. Maybe because it skewed a bit old? the colors? One thing for sure, like Lam, wide-leg floods are not helping anyone.

No. 21- I find No.21 to be superior to big brother Alessandro Dell’Acqua. The right amount of wear-ability but still a little something that makes the customer know that the garment is special. This season I felt though that the over-all effect was a bit too close to a high end J.Crew. Maybe it was the military colors and sequence.

Nina Ricci- Work! As always the Ricci girl is ambiguous for being both girly and flirty yet sexy and seducing. this collection was no different. Keep that money coming!

Preen- I usually love Preen. Prints, colors, silhouette always on point. While there were several looks that I really liked and I also enjoyed the deep blueish pruple and pumpkin orange colors I found the bird theme could have been done in a much less gimmicky way. Also the writing on the jackets was not cute.

Pucci- I picture the Pucci girl skiing... Pucci girls don't ski but they do go to the Alps. That is where I picture this girl suited up and printed out. Bright fuschia, teal and ethnic prints to really stand out from the snow.

Ralph Lauren- Pure American Ralph. This is one of the best collections I have seen from RL in a long time, while the Ralph Lauren girl always stays true to clean sophisticated American sportswear. This time around there were no gimmicks or obvious themes aside form unpretentiously pretentious Upper-West Side women. Clean cashmere, jersey, silk, fur in tones of grey and beige shows that you don't need much to make something perfect. Classic.

Roberto Cavalli- Exactly what one would expect from a Cavalli line. Full of metallic, beading, embroidery and most importantly animal print! Italian in every way but as quick as this could look cheap I somehow always love it. I know I don't understand it either...

Roksanda IIincic- Very grown-up compared to other collection. I don't mean to say that the prior seasons were juvenile I just feel that the collection has the clear direction I have been searching for. This season the mix of bonded wool and the felt with scultpural silhouettes in bold colors was it.

Roland Mouret- I found the photography and model designer distracting. I get the idea was to show how everyday glamorous the collection could be but sadly I was too distracted by the lighting and surroundings to notice the garments which is a pity as Mouret is known for a great clean cut and red carpet ready looks. Good thing award season is upon us and I can see the dresses soon.

The Row- Modern, classic, conventional and yet so different from anything we are seeing. The Olsens have really brought forth another great collection of everyday basics but with luxury fabrics that eschew constantly changing themes instead showing whole other thought process to the way these pieces are worn. So constrained and meticulous yet easy.

Sonia Rykiel- The clothes looked comfy but I don't know if it was the angles or the model but she looked short and frumpy in a couple shots. I really liked how the print dresses ran off at the bottom though. Really shows design in the details which is always important.

Stella McCartney- Just when you think polka dots are done.... If there is one thing the Stella girl can do it is to make a masculine style feminine and sexy. Mixing dots, herringbone and line drawn people with boxy cuts brought together the line. The shoes, as always, were perfect.

Thom Browne- A new type of camouflage and the idea of men's preppy striped ties were the direction of this season over at Browne. Naturally the color palette wasn't without the typical red, white and blue which were put to use on the zany, yet satirically challenging pieces. One thing about Thome brown is, even if it isn't your style, the work that goes into his clothes are unprecedented in the American market. Full of detail and interesting fabrics. I am always intrigued as to what he will come up with next. Pre-Fall was a bit less theatrical and more wearable than his usual runway shows but none-the-less full of really great tweed, fur, jacquard and chunky knit pieces.

Valentino- Love. Ok, get the first thing out of the way... that many look is not Pre-Fall friendly or necessary. However when you have such a strong design lead and look it is hard not to make great ideas come to life. Unlike with D&G while it may be reoccurring it is also evolving and in a direction that keeps me excited to see what will come next. Capes and animal motifs, muted tones of moss green, grown and black with a dash of feathers in the right places. The geometric mink patterned coat? I died.

Pre-Fall 14 part 3 by Mike Tyle

Soon enough will be time to work on Menswear FW14 and Couture S14!

As always check out my fave picks in Pinterest and leave me a comment on your thoughts on the collections as well!

Acne- Not many clothiers can recreate classic pieces in such quirky cool ways. leave it to the Swedish to do just that. This time featuring large proportions, shearling, neoprene, leather and silk. Hard to go wrong with that combination even better is the colorways full of watery teal, deep brown and creamy beige.

Alberta Ferretti-  A nautical theme with rich colors and textures. Lot's of flashes of bold hues mixed with deep neutrals... Much like the ocean. Beautiful luxury fabrics such as silk and fur embellished with gold wire embroideries for a naval effect. There was something different to this collection then what I have seen in the past from Ferretti and I like the direction it is going in.

Alexander McQueen- I was quite excited to see a designer play with tailors tack! I mean we see it often in the form of Margiela but in a whole different context. While the McQueen of Sarah Burton is no A.McQ to say the least I do think the more commercial direction she is leading the house in isn't a bad thing and the imagination has not been lost. Morphing of the menswear to more feminine evening wear starting with wool jackets and ending in rose embroidered taffeta dresses was the correct juxtaposition to keep the world of McQueen as we once knew it.

Armani- As much as I want to like Armani I just am not a fan. I will say this time wasn't a snooze-fest. Regardless I always bow at the fab. advertisements each season so Giorgio you still win. I was impressed with the fabrics used and the silhouettes while I find the designs always skew to a more 80's boxy influence I somehow got it this time. The color story was also on point. Some of the styling however caused me to side-eye what is happening over there in Milan.

Balenciaga- A strong collection for Wang full of technical fabrics and black & white. Both of which are becoming more and more synonymous as the typical Balenciaga x A.Wang mash-up. Not that I am complaining, it really seems to work well, creating interest and added value. You can also tell he hits those archives hard which can also be a good thing because with Balenciaga there is a long history of great work at the house which should be used and reinterpreted. Playing on volume and fabric mix has me hoping that the FW14 will be just as dramatic.

Balmain- I really liked it. Which is more or less a surprise as I have come to expect Balmain to bring Dynasty every season. Ok that was still there but mixed with safari which is something I always love. The colors were clean and just right. Khaki, hunter, navy with animal print thrown in... The fabrics were what one would expect for the highest price points imaginable. Lot's of leather, angora, metal embellished pieces. I hope this direction continues and am sure the customer base will grow as this incorporates a woman that isn't into clothes that are pure 80's sex.

Carven- I am always a Carven supporter. I love that the girl looks are growing up with the woman who wears them while still keeping the school girl charm. This season the collar really got my attention. Not only was it big but had just the right curve... Ok I am letting my designer brain get to me. Aside from that the berry tones and clean tartan checks used in mix with the bomber jackets, fisherman knits and twine closures added to the Carven look. I wasn't such a fan of the bib look that showed up in #22 but all in all the season was another winner for me.

Chloé- Pleasantly surprised. I understand Hannah MacGibbon hasn't been at the helm for a while but I am still always thankful that we have moved past those frumpy beige days. I really liked this season a lot better than last which was a bit too gypsy/handkerchief hem heavy for me. 

Christopher Kane- Bold colors, full skirts, fur, python print... it all worked really nicely. The collection had a classic approach but with nontraditional pieces that added something new to the mix, namely the wide curved straps that held it together or the chunky zippers. Then came the molecular science side of Kane which we have had glimpses of in the past and what seemed to have worked well. This time around I wasn't feeling it and with Men's FW14 carrying the theme further. I hope I won't get to sick of seeing the 3-D imagery as I am sure it will be heavily used in editorials the next few months.

Creatures of the Wind- Nice. Compared to past CotW collections it seemed more toned down but at the same time still quirky. A bit mod with a hint of hippie. Something perfect for an Anthro/Free People gal with even more dinero to spend on leather, silk and cashmere.

Dior- Wow, where has this been for all the other Dior by Raf shows... Finally the flowers are at a minimum, the Belgian look is showing up (where else would you see a New Look made out of a a MA jacket?) The fur coats with a shock of electric blue really drew my attention. I think the use of Dior in a new way this season really made me take notice and hope that this direction continues. The subtle use of the Dior look mixed with new ideas such as the take on leopard print, the he metallic checks or how the silk pieces meshed against tweed looks or the leather jacket.

Derek Lam- I loved the fabrics used chunky fur, mohair, velvet, bonded jersey, origami cuts.. but the cropped bell bottoms on the other hand... all in all it really goes to show the use of quality fabrics always deliver quite an impact and makes the price point justifiable.

Fausto Puglisi- Still with those damn rounded circle skirts... Loud, graphic and very Italian. Block contrast primary colors gave it a mod edge which I can always appreciate.

Fendi- Graphic, color blocked and furry as per usual. Karl Lagerfeld... Shade, no shade but if no one knew that you designed both Chanel and Fendi no body would believe it. As always I love Fendi and this season was no different. A nod to menswear this pre-fall with many modern layering pieces

Giambattista Valli- Brocade, fur, florals and leopard. Sounds familiar. While I found the direction for the pictures to mimc past lookbooks it didn't bother me. The camera angles gave movement to the garments as well as more interesting views of the styles.

Givenchy- Tribal meets tech. Modern with Bauhaus and Klee/Klimt influences yet full of fur, still with African influence and sequence reminiscent of SS14.

J.W. Anderson- Seemed a bit more wearable than previous seasons and def. more than the menswear. I appreciate the ascetic that Anderson tries with his clothing but at the same time it is obvious he is heavily influenced by Rei. The colors this season reminded me of Celine SS14 women's which was a hit so werk! 

Jonathan Saunders- Really impressed. I mean I am always impressed by Saunders but something about this collection drew me in. Very wearable and casual but with the right fabrics to make it still dressy. A definite menswear feel in a great color range of olive, salmon, black, white, ruby...

Pre-Fall 14 part 2 by Mike Tyle

See below post for the first half and as always I'd love to know what you thought of the looks this season.

J.Mendel- She looks warm but the use of fur isn't taking over. I especially love the chevron fur! Anything ox blood will get my pick and while some of the lace pieces weren't doing it for me the dramatic to the floor dresses are begging to be used all over the red carpet. Can't wait to see who will wear what!

Jason Wu- Cozy and sexy. Two things that do not usually happen at the same time. While there are many dressed up looks they all look easy to wear and effortlessly chic. Maybe it was the cuts or the colors but something was making me think Rodarte, as in what they should be doing... not what they have been doing

Michael Kors- Very clean, back to basics American sportswear approach. Although this is Michael Kors schtick he can do it like none other and reinvents the everyday women's closet every season. This time was no different only I wasn't feeling the 80's bow bibs

Missoni- Great collection! I loved the direction the collection was going in (look 26 aside...) very 60's/70's with cuts and colors I also enjoyed the Dada font has made an extension from the SS14 collectio

Mulberry- a bit blah, I wanted to like it but I don't know if it was the tied blouses or the drab colors but it was giving me a depressing conservative 80's vibe. Maybe it was the terrible backdrop ( Tory Burch and Mulberry must have done their pictures together). Maybe a design director is needed after all..

Prabal Gurung- There is a LOT going on here... from Betty Drapper tops to Saved by the bell colored knits. Oh and let's not forget the latex shoes.

Proenza Schouler- Not much to say except keep up the good work. Again they are doing what they do best. Making interesting clothes in nice fabric

Rag & Bone- Dying when I found out the starting point for the collection was basically 90's chavs. I think it actually translated well. The black was also surprisingly refreshing.

Reed Krakoff- Several Lang elements which isn't surprising in a Krakoff collection. I wasn't a fan of the neon pink pieces, they just look jarring and too technical in comparison to the other colors and the look of the designs. I liked the 40's element of the rouging on several pieces

Thakoon- Zara is going to have a field day with this.

Theory- We've seen massive pilgrim belts the past couple seasons and finally I like it.

Tory Burch- background was killing me, very early 90's elementary school photo... stark contrast to the minimalist prints she was showcasing. Bauhaus and Tory Burch are not names that would normally belong in a sentence together but it is interesting to see her take on it.

Vera Wang- Vera is feeling black and Marni-esque this season I see. Cocoon shapes, boiled wool, fur leather and tweed all worked well for a chic fall feeling. The heavily beaded and sequence pieces were also quite nice and brought life to the otherwise clean looks. I also enjoyed the flower print that was used. Several looks left the model looking like she was playing dress-up though. The flowers on the shoes were distractin

Versace- A very young collection. A mix of bubble gum preppy school girl and rock & roll. While it was missing the usual baroque approach I still found it to read as very Versace.

Zac Posen- It's almost too bad that Zac Posen was born when he was and not 50 years earlier. The pieces he shows every year are something else but they are more like a costume than anything. I am sure there are numerous women who would die to wear his clothes but where to and when? He states several looks are for the MET which is apt but also would only work for the MET

Zero + Marina Cornejo- What I'd expect from Marina Corneja clean simple yet interesting and modern pieces. Monochrome colors and Japanese cuts.

Pre-Fall 14 part 1 by Mike Tyle

While it was hard to just pick one accompanying image of my favorite look for each designer (and believe me if wasn't easy!) take a look at my pinterest for more in-depth picks.

Let me know what your opinion on the collections were as well, i'd love to hear it!

3.1 Philip Lim- Love. Anything metallic can do no wrong in my book. I thought the concept of young girls in Berlin was perfect and I can totally see it! Very cool wearable clothes with a twist, gave the looks more of an elevated feeling form something you can buy just anywhere. Perfect for the boutiques of Mitte & Prenzlauer Berg. The pops of metallic were set off well amongst the more somber tones.

Akris- Bonnie & Clyde. This is a theme that comes up every couple years and is reinterpreted, this time around Akris take on the famously infamous Bonnie is really spot on yet well adjusted to the woman of today. Incorporating colors and cuts of yesteryear with luxury fabrics of today's standards. The beret's though... I get it's "Bonnie" but every look? I am sure she took her's off sometimes too.

Alexander Wang- Decomposing as theme. Leave it to Wang to get me excited about clothing that is already falling apart. But first can we talk about the riding shoes? Love! Was giving me F/W 09 Prada waders vibes... I thought the paler was on point and as always his use of technical mixed with high-end fabrics always leaves me wanting more

Altuzarra- A lot of cute easy basics in warm fall colors. Snuggly fitted blazers and lot's of high slits on pencil skirts. I liked the throw-back plaids and wide stripes.

Band of Outsiders- Really liked the plaid choices and directions. Not sure how I feel about the pants fastening at the bottom. All in all a seemingly young collection. Happy to see a jumpsuit or two in there as well

BCBG Max Azria- A very different direction or at least very different looking from what I excepted to see. As much as I get and like the BCBG girl we are used to this was a pleasant surprise. The layering and bias cut styles were still there but the fabrics and colors were much heavier looking and the over al effect was a much more modern feel.

Bottega Veneta- As obsessed as I was last season this time around was no different. I really enjoyed the graphic black and white pieces at the beginning and while the splashes of color brought life to the garments I believe that the entire line could have been built out of black and white and done just as fantastically well.

Burberry Prorsum- I always love the pre-Fall and Resort look books from Burberry. immaculately styled, great pieces and colors. It seems a nice mix of high & low presenting graphics T's with jacquard pants and skirts. Leather and fur trimmed coats with paisley print floor length dresses. This time there while there were several complete looks I loved there were also some things I was questioning. The lace pieces for example... you know which I am talking about.

Calvin Klein- I just did not like this collection which is very unlike me because usually C.K. collection is perfection of modernity. I like the soft and cozy idea but the basic melange and clogs were not cute. Also the huge seasonal button was a bit awkward. I liked the blood red look at the end and the last metallic piece was very nice. I wish both of those looks were more expounded upon.

Chanel- It's like Ralf Lauren and Isabela Marant had a love child... but you know when 2 really good looking people have a baby and it cancels each other out and they make a hideous child. This is it. Usually I hate that Chanel has 95 styles but in this case it helped because I was able to find about 10 good looks in between. And by that I mean realistically maybe 20 water downed looks could be worn and everything else was just no.

Diane von Furstenberg- Poppy commercial prints DVF is known for. I am sure buyers are having a field day.

Donna Karan- I think I have a problem with berets. They are heinous. Aside fomr that it was a collection full of easy pieces: the shirt, the skirt. the belt. You can't go wrong there

DKNY- black and white transition into baby blue and peach. Not such a fan of the blunt graphics but liked the mix of sportswear and minimal design.

Erdem- Brocade, glitter and lace. All things Erdem. The intrersting thing about Erdem is he can easily be placed in the same realm as OdlR or Herrera in that he makes clothes that older women love but at the same time young girls look just as nice in them. That is a fine line not many people can balance. Unlike his counterparts I enjoy the freshness Erdem brings every season while sticking to what he knows.

Gucci- A bit Burberry meets 70's feeling. Gucci shows how high-end meets street wear while it looked VERY casual the fabrics used were money! Shift dresses and jeans... something I wasn't expecting but somehow also perfect.

Helmut Lang- Black, white and modern all over.

Travels and such by Mike Tyle

Basically what all of Dresden looks like.

I'm well over do for an update as to what I've been up to the past couple of months aside from catwalk reviews (pre-fall is under way)!

if I haven't been working overtime finishing the Fall collections before the holiday break and Chinese New Year begins then I have been traveling.

I try and make sure I still keep my sanity by getting away when I can. The past 2 months I have done some long weekend trips "close to home" visiting Dresden, Prague (so beautiful, it was like a dream!), Luxembourg, Brussels and most recently spending the weekend in Zurich (more about that in my next post!).

Prague from above.

Horses in Prague are styling!

Dusk over Prague

Luxembourg gardens

Entering Brussels

Brussels by night.

In other news... I've also becoming increasingly obsessed with interior design. As one can see on my Pinterest... While I haven't done much with my place since I moved in, I have gotten some great ideas in the works!

As always when one fashion week ends another is just around the corner and I am already on to Pre-Fall 14 reviews. I am trying to think of a new way to post them which is a bit more interactive and less... like the list that it looks like.

Oh, and my parents & sister are coming to visit on Saturday for 10 days!!

Me in a Fred Perry shirt.

P.S.- I got a mohawk.