The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), is probably the most recognized and prestigious group of models, fashion designers, editors, photographers, and all around fashionistas. Everyone wants a CFDA Award, from Fashion Icon of the Year to Lifetime Achievement Award to Best New Upcoming Designer to just an invitation to the ceremony.
The current president is Diane von Furstenberg, and this year the awards are predicted to be one of the strongest years. It shows that despite hard times and the current economy people still love fashion. It’s something people connect with on every level and should be celebrated. This year the host is Seth Meyers, and it will be held at the LIncoln Center on June 4th.
Collars are a huge part of dress code at any prep school. Boys and girls are required to wear them, whether that means a button up, a polo, a military collar, peter pan collar, or turtle neck, something has to be framing your neck.
Now most kids submit to this demand but on occasion you get the fighter. Girls have tried scarves and claiming their dress-skirt combos are actually dresses to get out of wearing their collars, but there has been a new way to work with this rule. It’s not eliminating it, but rather, enhancing it. Girls have been making the collar on their shirt the center piece of their outfits. Studs, jewels, leather, lace, have all been coating the collars around campus. The girls on campus are using their creativity to create the guidelines set by Millbrook dress code into a unbelievably stylish statement
If you’re a girl at Millbrook you are more than aware of the finger tip rule, even if it seems like sometimes you aren’t…
Girls complain endlessly about this rule, “I have long arms!” “It’s just because of my backpack!” “Come on this pratically at my finger tips.” Trust me not only have I seen these phrases in action, but I’ve been guilty of the breaking the rule. Admittedly we all wear somethings that are just way too short, but it can be pretty hard to find cute shorts that are in dress code. However this spring there seems to be a new problem solver, it’s name: The Maxi Dress
The Maxi Dress has been showing up on campus this spring more than any other year. Girls in all the dorms are embracing the much longer length. It can be worn both to classes or to formal dinner, with heels or sandals, and it’s always passes the finger tip rule.
For those of you who don’t know, every spring The Metropolitan Museum opens a temporary fashion exhibition. The gallery is always kicked off with a huge event called the Metropolitan Gala (my biggest dream is to one day attend the Gala), and it’s absolutely fabolous. Last year the open was one of the biggest the Met has ever had, and for months afterward the exhibit, which was about Alexander McQueen and his tragic story, always had a 2 hour line or more (when I visited it was 4, and the last 3 days it was 15 hours). This year the opening is May 7th, and the exhibit is on iconic Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.
Many of Spring/Summer 2012 collections where inspired by the sea, some with pearls and pastels, others with sequined and lace covered sea creatures. The looks overall were unbelievably sexy in silhouette, and lavish in detail. This photo shoot captures some of the looks beautifully. I could help but post it, the clothes, accessories, and photographs themselves are striking.
Thinking about the sea I thought of E.E. Cummings when he wrote:
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
Saturday has lead this week into a murky, cloudy, and rainy time. Although it’s not the most ideal weather, it does bring out an interesting fashion norm here at Millbrook. Rain boots, in general, are extremely popular here, but Hunter Boots seem to be in their own category. Hunter Boots tend to make an outfit chic, instead of childish. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but for some reason they just look more polished than the rest. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to own Hunter Boots, my rain boots are polka-dot and $10 from Marshalls, but there is no denying Hunters are the “designer” of boots.
Friday was dedicated to our Presidential speeches, and although most people where completely focused on what each candidate had to say (or sing) or what jokes they were cracking, I found myself intrigued by what each person choose to wear. It’s a big day for each of candidates, and if everyone is going to be looking at them, you would imagine they put some thought it what they were going to wear…
Reagan, Dana, and Haley all channeled the masterful dynamic of beauty, grace, and power, comparable to our very own first lady, however, these girls are not here to stand beside their president but be the president.
Maddy Lyons was a little more focused on the costume aspect of hers, regardless of the change, Maddy still looked sharp with a relaxed edge in her dark skinnies and white button down.
Men of Millbrook (sorry for the lack of pictures):
Zach K-C went with the obvious choice of coat and tie, Nate a little less formal than Zach without a jacket, Baird Parent in his usual easy going (but still dress code appropriate) style, and of course Rob Austrian couldn’t help but show up in a Hawaiian shirt…
It’s finally getting warm on campus. The warm sunshine bursting on campus is triggering the popularity of shorts. Shorts are a great thing, they come in thousands of colors, patterns, lengths, and details, they are more convenient than dresses/skirts, and almost everyone looks good in shorts, well at least at Millbrook everyone looks good in shorts. I look forward to photographing the ever increasing shorts, especially in contrast to the maxi-dresses swarming the campus. Now if only i owned a pair of leather shorts…