The Fitting Room Chronicles: In Search of the Missing Rabbit Dress

I’m a big thrifter, but who doesn’t love a visit to H&M for some stylish bargains?

While on a recent visit, I found a dress that was unique to me because it wasn’t a style that I would normally go for.

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It was a dark flouncy, flare dress with a rabbit print that was being sold for $29.95. I loved it. This was the perfect way to welcome the fall season and it would complement a seriously moody berry lipstick.

Sadly, I didn’t take the dress with me because the sleeves were rather snug on me. That’s what I get for lifting weights. And of course with my luck, the store didn’t have a bigger size.

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Sure, my wallet was content staying fat, but there was something about that piece. How perfect it would have been to wear it for a crisp autumn day and give my usual corselet belts a break? My tummy definitely wouldn’t have minded that.

I tried researching this dress online and, to my surprise, I couldn’t find anything. I even called H&M and no such luck. I felt like I was about to jump down a rabbit hole just to find, well, a bunny dress.

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Has anyone seen this dress or has more info? If so, I would love to hear about it.

I’ll get that rabbit if it’s the last thing I do!

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The Silver Factory Dress for New York Fashion Week

Summer may be somewhat over thanks to Labor Day weekend, (actually, the first day of fall is Wednesday, September 23rd), but the next thing to think about? New York Fashion Week.

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Photo by Alexcia Foster

New York Fashion Week is from September 10th-17th and everyone will be attending the numerous stylish shows happening to showcase the finest upcoming couture.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

One thing a lot of people love to do is strut around Lincoln Center so they can be seen and photographed for fashion magazines and sites throughout the globe. Normally, I’m on deadline to do the same, but for one season, I decided to give it a shot.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

My vintage dress is label-less, but it has a lacy black top with an aluminum skirt. It reminded me of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory.

Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory. Photo from Blog.BlantonMuseum.org.
Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory. Photo from Blog.BlantonMuseum.org.

According to Lomography.com: “Between 1962 and 1984, Andy Warhol had three different locations for his studio: the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street in Midtown Manhattan, the sixth floor of the Decker Building at 33 Union Square West, and 22 East 33rd Street.” It was where the pop artist had his artwork produced, made films, and hung out with his “superstars.”

Edie Sedgwick at the Silver Factory.
Edie Sedgwick at the Silver Factory.

The site adds: “The original Factory was called by its frequent visitors as the Silver Factory for its tin foil wrappings, silver paint, and also the silver balloons Warhol brought in and left floating around the ceiling. It was decorated by Warhol’s friend, Billy Name, whose apartment was decorated the same way. The Pop artist liked how it was done and asked his friend to do the same for his studio.”

Andy Warhol and his silver "clouds."
Andy Warhol and his silver “clouds.”

The glorious sunshine made this dress seriously sparkle, causing many photographers to snap my photo.

Photo by Alexcia Foster.
Photo by Alexcia Foster.

I couldn’t find this exact dress online, but since the pleated skirt is really the star of this show, I recommend the following: Sunray Pleat Skirt from Topshop for $45, Pleated Metallic Skirt from Bloomingdale’s for $140, a Gunmetal Sequined Maxi Skirt by Venus for $64, or the Metallic Pleated Skirt by AmeriMark for $39.99.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

How will you celebrate New York Fashion Week this season?

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

There are so many things I could say about the legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat, but no words could fully capture this magnificent radiant child that left us far too soon.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat

This Brooklyn-born artist successfully united the posh art world with the grittiness, no-nonsense approach of graffiti, sprinkling it with powerful poetic proses, touching upon his daily existence. Jean-Michel, who was of Puerto Rican and Haitian descent, was a popular ladies man and even dated an up-and-coming artist named Madonna. You might have heard of her.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna

But Jean-Michel also had to battle discrimination and was very frustrated for being treated differently due to his background and skin color. Tragically, he died at infamous 27 from a drug overdose.

Photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum
Photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum

His legacy thrives on and has garnered a growing fan base. Just ask Jay-Z, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, and Nas, just to name a few.

Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum.
Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum.

I’ve never had the honor of meeting Basquiat, but I have encountered several of his peers over the years, including filmmaker Tamra Davis, who made an amazing film about his life. I highly recommend it.

Artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me.
Artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me.

I’ve been to many exhibitions dedicated to Basquiat over the years, so when the Brooklyn Museum announced they were hosting their very own, titled “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” you know I was going.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's membership to the Brooklyn Museum from his childhood. Photo taken by me.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s membership to the Brooklyn Museum from his childhood. Photo taken by me.

According to the Brooklyn Museum: “The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.”

A page from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks. Photo taken by me.
A page from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks. Photo taken by me.

For this breezy day, I wore this gorgeous coral vintage-inspired dress by UK-based designer Coco Fennell.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Personally, I would buy everything by this stylish lady as her pieces are super comfortable, downright beautiful, and a hit for any occasion. Her pieces have even been worn by UK It-Girls, like Rita Ora and Daisy Lowe, just to name a few.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

My favorite part of this piece is its tulip-print middle panel, featuring a tie back. It cinches your waist like a corset, but fits like a dream.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I pared my outfit with usual cat-eye sunglasses, gold jewelry, and “Fire and Ice” lipstick by Revlon.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Love this dress as much as I do? Coco is still offering it in her online shop, but not for long!

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I would like to think that Basquiat would have approved of my style for this day.

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