Remembering Margiela

Bonjour Paris! During my four days spent galavanting the streets of Paris, I visited numerous museums, monuments and other notable spots. However, my favorite spot was Palais Galliera, which is a fashion and fashion history museum. Currently, the exhibit consists of a tribute to the ever-creative Martin Margiela and his various clothing lines.

Margiela, a man of Belgian descent, attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and then worked as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant from 1984 to 1987. According to Palais Galliera’s information website, “Margiela’s conceptual approach challenged the fashion aesthetics of his time. His way of constructing a garment involved deconstructing it, exposing the inside, the lining, and the unfinished parts, and revealing the different stages of manufacture: pleats, shoulder pads, patterns, bastings and all. He pushed the scale of a garment to extremes, enlarging the proportions to 200% in his “Oversize Collection”, for example, or by adapting dolls’ clothes to the life-size human form in the “Barbie Collection”. He printed trompe-l’oeil photos of dresses, sweaters and coats and established a new form of “cloven” shoe inspired by traditional Japanese tabis, i.e. with the big toe separated from the others.”

Although I was familiar with Margiela’s clothing and aesthetic prior to my visit, I was amazed to see the clothing in-person and be able to analysis the minute details. Personally, I find it incredible that Margiela was able to design in such a unique, peculiar way and receive notability for that type of eccentricity. It seems as though attending a Margiela fashion show in Paris in the 1990’s and early 2000’s was not merely an event to display garments. Rather, it was an experience that married art, fashion, political occurrences, current events, human rights and forward-hiking ideas under one roof.

 

 

If you ever find yourself in Paris, be sure to make a stop at the Palais Galliera!

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Where In The World Am I?

Trendsetter turned globe-trotter! Are you wondering why I have been MIA these past few months? I promise I have a good reason!

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At the top of the Duomo in Florence, Italy. 

This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Europe. I had the opportunity to live, study and intern in Florence, Italy for six weeks in May and June. I was enrolled in a course— Fashion Retail Management— and was the Assistant Manager Intern at FLY, which is a creative learning lab a
nd student-run boutique affiliated with Florence University of the Arts. With a wide variety of merchandise, ranging from student-made pieces, garments hand-crafted by emerging designers, consigned items and a selection of high-end vintage, FLY draws in a wide customer base and is a quite a unique retail space in Florence.

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In the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Positano, Italy.

Whether it was styling garments with our target market in mind, re-merchandising the boutique, assisting in the buying process of the vintage selection, creating content for social media or trend forecasting for future merchandise, my role as Assistant Manager Intern was fast-paced and incredibly insightful. I gained valuable knowledge and honed relevant skills relating to managing a retail enterprise. In addition, I played an active role in planning an executing an in-store promotional event, Reinvention, which was held on June 19.

My time abroad not only provided me with the immersion and appreciation for a new culture, but also with a global perspective into the world of retailing.

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By the Eiffel Tower is Paris, France. 

In addition to the “work” I was doing in Florence, I certainly had time to “play,” too! My friends and I took numerous day trips and weekend trips to other cities in Italy, such as Cinque Terre, Chianti, Venice, San Gimignano, Pisa, Verona, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Also, on my way back to the states, I made a stop in Paris for four days. After that visit, I have convinced myself that I need to learn French and move to Paris after I graduate this May…but who knows how realistic this plan is!

Now that I’m, back in the states, look forward to more consistent posts and updates. I missed y’all!

Bustle on the BeltLine

Three-day weekends most certainly call for spontaneous adventures. On Saturday morning, three of my friends and I decided to spend the day in Atlanta. We walked around the city, sauntered down the BeltLine and found ourselves at Ponce City Market for some shopping and a bite to eat! Atlanta certainly is a city full of life in many forms. From the art that is displayed around the city, the musicians who play along the BeltLine and the fashion seen in local boutiques and on individual’s bodies, Atlanta brings its own type of flare.

In terms of my fashion for a day in the city, I opted for a casual yet on-trend ensemble. Pairing a basic white v-neck with black distressed jeans, allowed my accessories to shine. I layered on multiple necklaces, added a  statement belt and slipped on my newest favorite pair of shoes- Steve Madden’s ECENTRCQ sneakers. Additionally, I threw all my essentials for the day in my Pixie Mood Black and Grey ‘Rachel’ Tote and let the unique design speak volumes for my outfit.

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Stay cool, ATL.

Around ATL

With Labor Day having passed, it may be time to say goodbye to those beloved white jeans. While Labor Day honors all working individuals, it signifies more in the fashion world. Officially, we must begin to transition our closet full of shorts, sundress and tanks to more fall-esque clothing; such as, jeans, sweater and booties. Although it may be hard to pack away your favorite summer pieces, the transition to a new season is always refreshing way to spend the Labor Day weekend. How did you celebrate? Personally, I did some shopping around Atlanta.

 Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, Lenox Square and a few other venues became the main attractions to me and three of my closest friends last weekend. We shopped ’til we dropped and all returned back to UGA with a fuller duffle bag.

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If you have not already, head to your local boutiques or click on your favorite online retailers and begin to stock up for fall. Be on the look out for a post on fall 2016 trends!

Wedding Style: Something Blue

For my extended family, this past year has been filled with weddings! First, my cousin, then my aunt, followed by my sister (for whom I had the honor of being a bridesmaid) and most recently, another cousin. With all these joyous family events, it is important to always look fabulous while celebrating the newlyweds.

This past weekend, my cousin Mark married Ginny in Minneapolis, MN. Both the ceremony and reception were wonderful and the bride looked beautiful. As a guest, I chose to wear one of the seasons newest trends- a dress with a tea length lace overlay. Celebrities, such as Bella Thorne and Miranda Kerr, have been spotted wearing similar ensembles. The nude sheath coupled with a longer, lace overlay makes the piece seem more elegant, while still light and summery.

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Absolutely Fabulous Beige and Blue Midi Dress from Lulus, $69

Purchased from Lulus, this blue lace frock was beyond perfect for a cool, July 16 wedding. Paired with Vince Camuto Kamella Leather Strappy Open-Toed Sandals in tan (no longer available) and a nude envelope clutch (borrowed from my sister), the dress certainly was the focus of my outfit. In addition, I wore a simple monogram necklace, Sheila Fajl Everybody’s Favorite Hoops (on sale right now at Bijou Eliene), a gold cuff and two gold bangles on the other wrist. Once my shoes came off, the dress was perfect to dance away the night!

Shop the look with some of these similar dresses from Goodnight Macaroon,  Lulus, Asos, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom. Cheers to wedding season!

A Visit to the City That Never Sleeps

If you follow me on Instagram (@fashionista_mkd), you would be well aware that my mother and I spent a few days in NYC last week. On a whim, we hopped aboard an early train from DC to NYC and spent our days in the city shopping, trying new restaurants, seeing a broadway show…and more shopping! Take a closer look at our trip below.

Day One // Shopping in SoHo & A Trip to the Theatre District

Streets of SoHo

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Bloomingdales.

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Rebecca Minkoff.

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Alice & Oliva.

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Longchamp.

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Vince Camuto.

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Tory Burch.

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Nu New York– a small yet fabulous boutique in SoHo (on the border of Little Italy). With modest prices and unique clothing, I would highly recommend. I even purchased a few items from here!

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Tiffany’s.

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Ladurée.

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Neil Simon Theatre- We saw Gigi on Broadway and I would highly recommend it!

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Times Square

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Day Two // A Trip to Mood, Sight-Seeing & Shopping in Midtown & Lunch at the Plaza

Mood.

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(Yes! We did see Swatch, even though I didn’t get a picture!)

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Rockefeller Plaza.

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Bergdorf Goodman’s.

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Bryant Park.

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The Plaza.

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Macy’s.

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Until next time, NYC.

MKDesigns Goes To The Islands

With my love of fashion and knowledge of sewing, my friends often ask for my help in all their styling needs. This week, one of my fabulous friends- Kathryn- presented me with such a fashion task. A pair of her favorite pairs of palazzo pants, embellished with black and white elephants, had ripped. Instead of simply patching the hole, Kathryn and I decided that giving the pants a fresh new look was the better option.

With a few snips, a trip to the fabric store, and an hour at the sewing machine, I transformed the torn palazzo pants into a sassy beach coverup!  Now, Kathryn has the perfect beachwear as she relaxes in the Cayman Islands for spring break. I am proud to say that one of MKDesigns pieces have traveled internationally. Please scroll down to check out Kathryn modeling the fun and sassy coverup!

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The Best of 2014

Page 365 of 365. Weird enough, today is our 365th day this year, and 2014 sure did fly by! In order to properly ring in 2015 this evening, I intend to establish proper closure to 2014 with a list of my best moments. The Oxford English Dictionary defines best as “of the highest excellence; surpassing all others in quality.” Therefore, here are my own personal moments of “highest excellence” and my favorite things that “surpassed all others in quality.” Cheers to the end of 2014 and hello 2015!

The Fashionista’s Best Moments in 2014:

  • 17th Birthday: spent with great family members and even better friends; complete with my favorite meal and several surprises

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    © Molly Donahue, 2014

  • Junior Ring Ceremony: a memorable day, receiving my beautiful high school class ring

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    © Bridget Donahue, 2014

  • Fourth of July Weekend: family reunion with my mom’s side of the family, spent at the beach; complete with many laughs, a lot of sun, and a crab feast

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to Annecy, France: an amazing week with nine classmates, learning about the history of our high school and taking in the breathtaking scenery

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • First Day of Senior Year: hard to believe I’m a senior, but a great start to a fabulous school year

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to NYC: a marvelous day in the city to attend the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as President of Think Pink Society at my school

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  • Getting into College: the first acceptance was the most memorable and exciting, but all four letters have been equally amazing

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Kairos XVII: a remarkable four day retreat, spent with close friends and making even closer ones

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

The Best Moments in Fashion & Culture  in 2014 (according  to the Fashionista):

  • Best Trends in High Fashion:
    • Winter 2014: faux fur

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    • Spring 2014: full midi skirts

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    • Summer 2014: pastels

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    • Fall 2014: shearling

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      Tommy Hilfiger
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  • Best Fashion Shows:
    • RTW: Tory Burch Spring 2014 
    • Couture: Christian Dior Fall 2014 
  • Best Red Carpet Look: Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Emmy Awards

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  • Best Beauty Product: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in “La La”

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Hair Product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Nail Polish: OPI’s “Christmas Gone Plaid”

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Book: Tory Burch In Color by Tory Burch

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    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Songs:
    • Pop: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
    • Country: Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt
    • Hip Hop: Flawless by Beyonce

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  • Best TV Show: Project Runway (Season 13)

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  • Best Movies:
    • Drama: The Fault in Our Stars
    • Comedy: Neighbors 

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  • Best App: VSCOcam

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That’s the Fashionista’s two cents. May all you darlings have a fabulous NYE! Cheers to many more “best moments” in 2015! xo

A Day in the Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle, Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Empire City. Whatever you call it, there’s nothing quite like New York City. This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to NYC for more than just a little vacation.

As one of the Presidents of Think Pink Society, which promotes breast cancer awareness, I went to NYC with two friends and our teacher for the BCRF event. Each year the Breast Cancer Research Foundation holds a Symposium and Awards Luncheon in the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. As the only students their, my friends and I were happily overwhelmed to be surrounded by the nation’s most prestigious breast cancer researchers and several of NYC’s socialites who often advocate for the cause.

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We had the honor of listening to both Amy Robach and Barbara Walters speak at the Awards Luncheon. Also, we saw several other notable people: Hilary Rhoda, Leonard Lauder and Tory Burch.

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After leaving the event, with our fabulous (and heavy) goodie-bags in-tow, we embarked for an afternoon in New York. From shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and F.O.A. Schwartz to walking in Central Park, we had the traditional NYC day.

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See you soon…in the Concrete Jungle (hopefully!)

 

Bon Voyage

Bonjour! Having finally beat the jet lag, I’m back in action after a week in France. Traveling to eastern France for religious purposes, my friends and I toured several churches, chateaus, and towns. From eating hundreds croissants to shopping all day, my time in France was outstanding and eye opening.

Staying in Annecy, we spent most of out time in the beautiful town. In addition we took day trips to Tallories (to hike a mountain), Lyon, Allinges, Thorens, and even Geneva, Switzerland. The week flew by, and I am searching for my next opportunity to visit….hopefully Paris next time!

Annecy, France

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Lake Annecy

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Talloires, France

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Allinges, France

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Au revoir, mes amours!

xo