Song of the Season S/S 14 – My Runway Soundtrack Prediction

Admit it – even if you are one of the editors or bloggers or other professionals who claim to be at a fashion show for “work” – lots of times you’re actually just sitting there rocking out to the amazing runway music! I mean you’re probably pretty exhausted anyway…and you can look at the show photos later to verify the details of the clothes that just whizzed by…but the spectacle…the lights…the chills down the spine…the MUSIC…these are the things that hit you in the moment. A great fashion show is like a slightly-understated-and-somewhat-arty-though-still-big-budgeted Broadway musical – only with really tall actresses and an exceptionally talented costume designer. And the music! Nothing is more important to a fashion show than the music – nothing else can lift a mediocre show or kill the vibe on a great show quite like the music – not the casting, not the set design, not the lighting design, not the clothes themselves.

Pre-streetstyle I used to soundtrack fashion shows for a living…and as the season approaches, I still slip into this mode where I’m somewhat subconsciously keeping an ear out for great new tracks. While there are many ways of approaching things when working on show music (familiar tracks? unusual cover versions of familiar tracks? retro/1920s-1990s period music? unreleased/exclusive tracks? remixes? live band playing?), one approach that often works well is this – predicting which brand new artist/which brand new track is going to really blow up in the coming months AFTER the show. Such that everything about the show seems to be looking ahead to the coming season…predicting the future…showing the way forward. “Oh and while you’re at it, could you make sure that it’s just a really amazing tune? That it has the right tempo for the girls to walk to? With some on-point lyrics and chills-down-the-spine atmosphere? Plus it should probably be a remix – something that’s a bit hard to find and wasn’t pulled straight off the album. And please make sure that it’s either unreleased or was only released in the week or two preceding the show. Thanks!” It can be hard to tick all the boxes…but in my estimation, “Royals” (The Weeknd Remix) by Lorde does just that. It’s my choice for “most ubiquitous track of the global S/S 14 collections”. It’s a great track – enjoy it now before you’re sick of it. xx Mr. Newton

On Greene Street – Soho

Gilt-free shopping with Mr. Newton!

Hi everyone – I’m super excited to announce a new monthly street style photo series and sale that I’m collaborating on with Gilt Groupe! The first sale starts today at noon EDT and you can access it by clicking here. Each month I’ll be capturing photos of a different trend – worn by real girls, spotted on the street – with corresponding designer pieces offered for sale at up to 60% off retail! This month is all about one of my favorite trends of the moment – black-and-white. Remember, each sale lasts only 36 hours and you’ll need a Gilt membership to make purchases. I hope you guys like it! xo

(PS – there’s a brand-new interview with me today on Gilt’s “StyleFile” blog too! hehe)

At the Full Moon Festival – Governors Island

At Rippers – Rockaway Beach

At Rippers – on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach on the 4th of July. (Speaking of Rippers…you know they made perhaps the coolest, most insane, most amazing, quite-possibly-NSFW official promo video/commercial that any business has ever made, right??)

Dani + Alanna – Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Stylish siblings Dani and Alanna recently peaced out on La-La Land and ended up in the West Village. I ran into them on the street in Fort Greene…

Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem

On the street in Brooklyn – summer 2013.

Chignon Nouveau

Spotted on the street in Paris – March twenty thirteen – the cool French girl hairstyle of the moment is a soft, loose bun piled directly on top of the head. I spied boho babes rocking this look all over town – from the Buttes-Chaumont to the Champs-Élysées. This look has its roots (hehe) in a top-of-head chignon…but what you’re going for here is more hipster than haute, more backstage-with-the-band than “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”. Forget formality – the key is to make it as soft and loose as possible. If it takes you more than 3 mins. you’re probably doing it wrong. Parisiennes are known for making magic with nothing more than a great pair of jeans, a top, a biker jacket, and a single tube of lipstick. The way they do this is…uhh…I don’t know how they do this – and you don’t either. But I do know that if your hair is of sufficient length, you can start to get your fake French on with this hairstyle – sexy nerd glasses optional.

This Is Paris

Mr. Newton at Paris Fashion Week – March 2013. xx