High Fashion is a passion of mine. I cannot tell you what I had for dinner last night, but I can tell you what collection your Gucci handbag was from.
It is actually a great party game, but I digress…
It is not completely unusual, although a definite sore spot when mentioned to my spouse, that I sometimes buy clothing and accessories because I am enchanted by the creativity of the design and have no intent to wear or use the item. I have bought fashion pieces because of the art with the thought in mind, “If I wear it — great, but if not, I can look at it and admire it.” I have spent countless hours reading about Fashion History, as one would Art History, with the same intentions; to learn about the creative process that was the result of the conditions of the culture at the time. The world around us, and the way we live dictates what we wear and how we present ourselves more than we often take the time to realize. Let’s face it, the changes in American History over the 20th and 21st century have been tremendous, and at times tumultuous, and in response, Americans have gone casual. Big time.
Our culture has shifted. The Census Bureau will tell you we have more dual working parents than ever before. Our lives are rushed, fast paced and unpredictable.
We need to be outfitted in clothing that is ready to move with us. “Day to Night is now blasé and has been replaced with “Day-to-Day parts 2, 3, 4a and 4b, followed by night.” It is no wonder that clothes that are easy to wash, easy to dry and easy to wear are on the radar. But I still want the comfortable clothes to look cute.
And be fashion forward.
I have had my fair share of purchase “fails” where on that mannequin, the grommet hoodie looks adorable but on me, in execution, looks like I rolled out of bed in my husband’s sweatshirt. He does not love grommets on his clothes, but you get my point. I found the answer to fashion and function, and now, want to share it with you — Lauren Moshi
“It begins with original hand drawn art, & ends on ultra soft premium fabrics”
A sleepless night that resulted in a late night visit to “revolve . com”, as they often do, led me to admire some tee shirts with screened images of lips on them. One shirt in particular, charcoal gray, with a silver zipper strategically placed between the black top and bottom lip made me gasp out loud with shopping happiness.
The shirt was sold out…..
I pre-ordered this shirt for when it came back in stock; without trying it on, without knowing about the designer, and without any knowledge of what I was ordering, because I was so taken with the edgy graphic on such a simple style. It was, after all, a tee shirt.
Then, my obsession began with the brand Lauren Moshi.
A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Lauren teamed up with her brother Michael to screen-print her drawings onto clothing in 2006. In 2011 Lauren Moshi launched a three month pop up shop on Robertson Boulevard, which showcased her clothing and art work.
A successful debut resulted in the opening of Lauren Moshi Flagship Store on the same road in Los Angeles in 2012. In 2013 Lauren Moshi was featured in Beyonce’s Blow music video wearing the Frankie Wonder Woman Baseball Tee from her collection. That same year, Moshi debuted at Art Basel with fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni. The duo created an exclusive design for the exhibit with limited edition clothing styles that were met with rave reviews. In June 2017, the duo opened a second Moshi boutique in Malibu.
Her original artwork featured on a limited quantity of tees, hoodies, tanks and accessories that are made in Los Angeles on the softest fabric that I have ever worn.
You can find her original designs on the likes of Hollywood’s A-List including Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid.
The brand has also founded a brother line, basics label Michael Lauren. The brother line is meant to be paired with the sister line, of course, and includes essential tanks, tees, hoodies, pants, dresses, skirts, and a variety of accessories.
Lauren Moshi Apparel
The Croft Zipper Mouth ($79)
This is the shirt that started the obsession for me. It is my MOST favorite item in my closet. I wear it with skirts, jeans, pants, of any textile.
The Edda Foil Scribble Star ($99)
LOVE the scribble star! On trend subtlety with a sophistication that keeps me wearing it for more casual outings.
Bess Star Eyed Skull ($99)
I love this shirt and my son loves that his Mom has a shirt with a skull on it; so that makes me “Cool Mom.”
Gia Love Hate Hearts ($129)
I wear these constantly. Every single time that I have them on — I get compliments. I have black sweatpants on and get compliments? It feels like an alternate universe that I love being a part of!
Jess Foil Scribble Stars ($136)
Same scenario as above, only try these cropped with a heel. I kid you not, they look fierce with a black stiletto.
Tee Shirt Dress
The Aurora Crystal Lightning ($143)
Boxy Tee Shirt Dresses? Bye Bye!
This is everything and the lightning bold is subtle-so cute.
Blix Silver Metallic Stars Cashmere Hat ($149)
Color Teddy Greeting Card ($7.15)
It says “Love and Hugs”
If that was not enough check out Lauren Moshi Kids! What kid does not want comfy fabric with cool graphics!
Lauren Moshi Art
Artwork is available for sale and images range from skulls to Bugs Bunny to Chandeliers. The subjects, putting it mildly, vary, yet somehow, the images speak visually. I find the pieces whether worn or clothes or hung in your home to be statement pieces with just the right amount of edge and avante garde.
My person Favorites are the Canvas Hollywood Art and the Canvas Be Happy Lips Art (both $360)
Visit this talent A.S.A.P. and bring some Moshi into your life!
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.