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The Asian-American Bar Association of New York with Gurjot New York

On October 2, Gurjot New York and the Asian-American Bar Association of New York teamed up to give a presentation on Quality, Fit and Balance, and show off the Gurjot New York Collection in a fashion presentation! Check out images from the event below.

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Gurjot New York Launches the Radiant Collection!

On September 10 Gurjot New York launched the Radiant Collection, featuring our classic silhouettes in brilliant colors to add a pop to your wardrobe! Real women models brought the collection to life in special Gurjot New York fashion show. Check out the images from the show below and stay tuned for the Radiant Collection to become available online!

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Your Best Fall Fashion Tip: Layering

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Fall has finally arrived and we are so excited in the GNY Showroom — the coats, the colors, the Italian wools! It is definitely one of the most fun seasons to be able to experiment with style while still staying chic and elegant at the office.  Today I want to share my favorite Fall office style secret: layering.  Learning how to stylishly layer is important because the temperature varies so much in the coming months that you always want to be comfortable and appropriately dressed for the weather.  Imagine the wardrobe nightmare it would be to show up to a work lunch in a warm weather dress when the temperature decides to drop fifteen degrees in the afternoon.   Shivering is not chic.  Here are a few tips to pulling off the perfect layered outfit:

Layer with light fabrics 

The lighter your fabrics, the more you can layer while still getting the same amount of warmth and protection from your work attire.  Plus, you’ll be able to adjust the amount of clothing you have to fall’s temperamental temperatures.  Try a camisole under a silk blouse, then add on a light jacket and a scarf.  If it is extra chilly, wear a light cardigan under your jacket, or a fun fall cape over it.  Lighter fabric layering also adds style and interest to your look without adding any extra bulk.

Build a collection of foundational pieces that work together 

Layering is more fun when you have an arsenal of pieces to work with.  Treat it like you’re putting together a puzzle — all the pieces are different, but together they come together to make a beautiful unit.  A good way to start building a layering foundation is by finding your favorite color or fabric family.  Like neutrals? Then try to get quality separates in different but complementary shades of nudes, browns, blacks, greys, blues, whites, and soft colors.  Into colors? Try a range of bright colors that are all in the same family, so that mixing and matching comes easily!

Don’t be afraid to be bold 

The best part about layering is that it is non committal.  Thought you liked that cardigan over that blouse this morning, but then you see yourself in the windows at work and decide you hate it? No problem. Just take it off! Since you have other layers to work with, your outfit still looks elegant and put together.  This isn’t like July where you are only wearing a simple sheath dress.  So be bold — try out that new printed scarf or those dazzling earrings. Fall is the time for setting a new fashion footprint.

What’s your favorite Fall fashion style tip? 

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Marissa Mayer’s Head Turning VOGUE Photo

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Photo by Mikael Jansson/VOGUE Magazine

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been plastered all over the blogosphere for her glammed up photos in the September 2014 issue of VOGUE Magazine.  Young, beautiful, and smart as a whip, Mayer has caused major change in the way that women in executive roles are portrayed in today’s business world.  The 3,000 word profile paints her as a modern, multitasking woman, and most of all, someone who is genuinely, incredibly passionate about her work.

Lounging upside down in a lounge chair, the leggy blonde shows off her physique in a blue Michael Kors dress, YSL pumps, a bold berry stained lip, and an iPad with an ultra-editorial styled photo of her face. Bloggers worldwide have been commenting on the image, with mixed reactions.  Some women think that Mayer is showing women that they can be powerful and successful and still be beautiful, while others think she is taking the women’s movement backwards by her provocative pose and appearance as a sex symbol. Mayer has been famously known for banning Yahoo employees from working from home, so I do find it slightly ironic that she looks like she is posing her own backyard. But, overall I think she looks beautiful and is flaunting a very fit figure.  Mayer has proven she is ready to play in the big leagues through her tech acumen and innovative ideas, and in a male dominated world, she is an icon for young professional women everywhere.  Being successful does not mean that she needs to be a buttoned up, unattractive woman.

I understand why there is controversy around her pose, and I believe Mayer herself should comment on why she chose it. You see, it was her choice to convey her image in that manner–I’m completely fine with women leveraging or tapping into their sexual energy if it is out of their own free will, and they are clear about the impact of the message they are sending, just as Gloria Steinem commented recently at a talk at the 92nd Street Y.  As Vogue has shown us over the years there are many ways for a woman to look sophisticated and sexy.

My question is: why did Mayer have to be upside down? To me it’s that aspect of the pose that puts it a bit over the edge. Could she not have chosen a sexy and sophisticated standing up position? Clearly she is a woman who pushes boundaries, but I’d be curious to hear her comments on what she expected the impact of that pose to be. What are your thoughts?

Check out the full profile on VOGUE.com and let us know what you think about Mayer’s business style.

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The History of the Suit: The Post-War “Bold Look”

While Christian Dior’s “New Look” was changing the face of fashion for women, men’s suiting was having it’s own shifts in style and fit. Just like with Dior’s designs, men’s tailors were enjoying the boom of the post-war era, and fabric restrictions had been almost completely eliminated. Tailors were able to use more fabric more freely, and a more cheerful and flamboyant look was favored by returning soldiers after World War II.

Difference between peak and notch lapels

Left: Notch Lapel; Right: Peak Lapel

The “Bold Look” was the men’s version of Dior’s “New Look.” It was the dominant style in men’s suiting in 1947 and 1948, but had been developing before then and even took some cues from the controversial Zoot Suit. Soldiers coming back from the war wanted to escape their confining uniforms and the nipped waist of pre-war suits and opted for a looser fitting jacket and pants. The shoulders were broad, the lapels were longer and the buttons were lower, creating a deeper “V” shape down the front. Most jackets were double-breasted in this style with peaked lapels, which became the norm thereafter; most single-breasted jackets sported notched lapels. The colors were also brighter and the wool more patterned: suits came in pinstripe, herringbone, and plaid.

Examples of the Bold Look

While previous iterations of suits often just affected the silhouette of the jacket and pants, the other elements of the suit were altered with the coming of the Bold Look. Shirts now sported a “Command Collar” which was thicker and specifically designed to hold Windsor ties. The stitching on the collar, cuff and front buttonhole pleat on the shirts was more pronounced, and instead of being only 1/8” from the edge, was ½” from the edge, making it a decoration accent. Shirts were also now available in a variety of colors, and the Bold Look was often accompanied with a pastel shirt.

Other accessories also shifted with the Bold Look. Since they had been abandoned during wartime rationing, vests were no longer required to be worn with suits. Ties were brightly colored with large and outlandish patterns. Thick stripes in popping colors like orange and green were the most popular, but ties also featured large polka dots or distinct plaids. Socks had thicker ribs and argyle patterning to stand out when men sat down. Other accessories, such as tie clips and cuff links also got bigger and bolder, often made of thick gold slabs, a predecessor to today’s “bling.”

To many living in the late 1940s, the Bold Look was a garish distortion of the classic suit, with its bright colors, excessive patterning, and oversized silhouette. However, the Bold Look was also a step towards better self-expression through menswear. Women’s fashion was already at the point where there were so many options that women had no problem picking and choosing to create their own style. Men’s clothing had been much more standardized until this point, and the options in color, pattern, and texture that the Bold Look allowed for gave men more freedom in their clothing options as well. The Bold Look also coincided with a trend towards more casual clothing, as in the late 1940s, it was no longer unusual to see a man on the street in a casual style of shirt, without a jacket. The Bold Look, as well as this greater acceptance of casual dressing not only gave men many more options in their dressing, but shifted the understanding of male fashion as something not just utilitarian, but expressive, even artistic.

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