Spring Fling

What do you wear to a springtime matinee?  Simple!

The reason I picked this outfit is because it was a mix of cold and warm. I am wearing a velour jacket in the slate grey to keep me warm and a purple plaid short sleeve shirt in case it heats up. My tie is gold and cornflower blue checker-stripe and it creates some great light for the outfit. 

Not everybody dresses this nice but I am the Tobster and I live to dress fancy. 

Come to Comedor

Comedor is a new and upcoming restaurant in Newton Centre, and is a hip neighborhood hangout. It combines Chilean and American food, and is served tapas style, which is one of my favorite styles of food. Tapas style is excellent because it lets you try many more things than when you have to order one big dish.096-1024x683

The restaurant is owned by two of the chefs, a married couple names Jakob and Fernanda. I think it is interesting that Fernanda says that she is an avid yoga practitioner on their website, and that this makes her stay calm in the kitchen. The whole staff is talented and friendly, including Jeff, who recommended both of my favorite dishes: the Lamb Cazuela, which was slowly stewed and served with root vegetables and cilantro, and the Tempura Fried Brownie, which practically explains itself.

I always enjoy when I go to a restaurant and can see how they make things. Comedor has an open-kitchen concept, so you get to see everything and watch them cook. And, you can watch Fernanda stay calm with her yoga skills.

I highly recommend this restaurant to you.

A Different Kind of Beauty Sleep

ETC Sleeping Beauty 03webThe last time I went to Cincinnati to see my grandparents, I saw a musical. It was Sleeping Beauty, but in a different format than you would normally expect. It had the original fairytale, but also lots of comedy and many kinds of music and dancing, like ballet, jazz, rock, pop, and classical. They put on the show with a limited number of actors but made it look like they had a bustling cast; during intermission, a lot of the characters had to change and add and take away parts of their costume. For example, the person who played the king also played a thorn bush!

I am particularly interested in fashion design and costuming, as you know. One thing I liked was that the fairies had lights in their costumes that they could engage with small movements of their hands. I am going to be the sun god in a showcase at my school and I wish I had that feature.

The Week of Wonders (which is More Than a Week)

10614135_10152818556997265_795315760400786170_nDuring Boston Fashion Week, I was invited to a bunch of shows by Jay Calderin, the founder of Boston Fashion Week himself!  He was incredibly kind and introduced me to everyone and saved me seats in the front row.  He also gave me two of his books, and inscribed them.  These books, The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book and Fashion Design Essentials, show budding designers everything they need to know to become a designer.  I can’t wait to memorize them.

Though my BFW experience started with DeScience more than a week ago, the shows I attended with Jay were: the Launch, Ministry of Supply, Luke Aaron, Carla Fernandez. And, today I am going to Teen Talk.

Pretty much all the fashion shows were different in a cool kind of way.  Some of the shows were gallery style, while others were runway shows.  One of the shows, Ministry of Supply, wasn’t even a show at all, but an explanatory tour around their super cool store. And others, like Carla Fernandez, were in interesting places and featured after parties like the one at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s garden.

Inspired by Beauty

10672382_10153194916797802_1689299058240384174_nCarla Fernandez was a fashion show that had beautifully flowing clothing, with intricate Latin American patterns that were inspired by the Spanish tiles inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As an artist in residence, she not only took her inspiration from the museum but had her show hosted in the new entertainment space as well.  If you have time go check out the tiles and see the mermaids and lions for yourself.  But, go twice: once in the day to see all the natural light flow and examine the collections, and once at night to see how beautiful it is when lit up.  I couldn’t stop saying, “This is so beautiful!” as I walked through her whole house.

Carla’s fashions stood out to me because of the beautiful draping.  You have to really understand fabric and cutting and sewing and how it all lays to get that right.  I haven’t yet tried it, but I know from what Jay Calderin has told me, it’s not that simple.

Luke Aaron (or The Person Whose Job I Want to Have One Day)

10653566_748635115209078_8050437037147690274_nLuke Aaron, a special occasion designer, had a gallery style fashion show at the Union Club in Boston. I have some opinion on gallery style shows, and there are some pros and cons. The pro is that you get to look at the fashions for a longer amount of time, but the con is that there is not as much movement to the materials as you would see when the models walk.

Luke’s dresses are the kind that you would wear as a guest to a fancy wedding, but you’d still like a magical princess.  My favorite dress t-collar chevron paneled dress with a full skirt, made out of storm grey sea cliff silk jacquard with platinum silk/wool body, fully lined in silk. 10369567_10153188042992802_7450451168223694700_nJacquard, for those of you whom don’t know (and I didn’t know until I looked it up) is a fabric with an intricate patten woven into it, as opposed to printed on top of it.

While at the show, I met Candice Wu (who I wrote about after Boston Fashion Week 2012) and Janet Wu, a fabulously smart and stylist, who by the way is a local news reporter for WHDH-7 and is Toby-sized without her awesome shoes, and Luke Aaron himself, and took a picture with all them on the Wu Phone. (Pronounced Wuuuuu Phone!)10717939_10154695178785534_1106780353_n

Ministry of Supply

10616109_10153188032572802_5752361919378963335_nOne of the most interesting Boston Fashion Week shows wasn’t even a show at all, but a tour of the Ministry of Supply store.  Gihan Amarasiriwardena, the CEO of Ministry of Supply, gave me a tour some pretty comfy socks.

He showed me several things that set his clothing apart.  From button down shirts with small, laser-cut holes under the arms for ventilation, to less formal shirts which get warm or cool depending on the weather, it was clear that they understand more than just fashion.

The coolest thing Gihan showed me were the water resistant pants, which allowed you to pour some water and just float it around on top of the pants, and it would roll right off and the pants would not be wet at all.  He showed me an experiment that they had set up in their shop, which explained how the pants work: it was a pump where you could pump air into a piece of fabric while there was water coming from the top, and showed how water resistant fabric could still be breathable.

10710655_10153188032577802_7923884414897460594_nBut the socks took it to a whole new level.  These socks were made from coffee beans! Ministry of Supply takes thread and ground up coffee beans (soaked to remove the coffee flavor) and melts them together, resulting in socks that are not not only comfortable but odorless.  The comfort pads in the socks and the javafresh technology make your feet feel like they are walking on stink-free air.

Formal clothes can be hot and uncomfortable, but through technology, Ministry of Supply is making them comfy and breathable. Sadly, they only thing from the store that fits me are the socks the Gihan gave me, but I bet my dad will be back (for grown up clothes and socks of his own).