On Tuesday September 8th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show of Portuguese designer Katty Xiomara at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. The award-wining designer presented a collection that features asymmetrical cuts, geometrical patters, and an overall organic aesthetic. Some of the garments had a tomboy look with attached white collars and pieces that resemble an over-sized man’s suit shirt. Simultaneously, Ximara created pieces that allow a woman to feel exceptionally feminine with thigh-high cuts, v-shaped necklines, and a midriff bearing top.
The show ended with the unveiling of the OtterBox® Dress, a collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox® and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones.
“Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done,” said Xiomara in a recent press release. “Alpha Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”
Check out some of the photos from the event below.
On September 9th, I attended the Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show of Kati Stern Venexiana, known as the go-to fashion house for rock-n-roll haute couture. As the last show of Saturday night, the presentation did not disappoint. Fifty-seven gorgeous evening gowns graced the runway, captivating the audience with a show of freely flowing fabrics and intricate crystal detailing. The collection itself is a unique juxtaposition – gowns featuring billowing chiffon and taffeta contrasted greatly with bold metallic and pieces featuring open-backs and deep, plunging necklines.
Prints were scarce, but crystals were in abundance with this collection, so these gowns are not for the woman who doesn’t want to be a glittering showstopper.
Although, black was prominent, the color scheme nicely incorporated soft, feminine pastels with a pallet of yellow, aqua, turquoise, yellow, mint green, pink and lilac.
Launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at high-end retailers around the world including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”
Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”
Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish
On Friday, February 14th I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week featureing designers Nonye Lumm Couture, Wesley Petermann and Marisol Henriquez.
Set to the pulsating beats of African music Nonye Lumm Couture was first up with a vivid display of gorgeous evening gowns, billowing dresses and tailored suits. The edgy androgynous creations of swiss designer Wesley Petermann was up next. Highlights included a show-stopping fur dress creation, and a flamboyant Lady-Gaga-esqe metal top with spikes. Lastly, Marisol Henriquez presented her with “Retro Texturas” Collection featuring rich and varied textures, oversized bows and translucent bodices.
On Monday, February 10th I attended the A/W 2014 Presentation of London fashion designer Misha Vaidya at New York’s Lali Lali Gallery. Vaida’s clothing line By Misha, which launched in 2011, always unveils a collection with a unique story and theme. This season’s collection titled “Eloquence,” debuted against a simplistic romantic backdrop of hanging lights in a dimly lit room. Featuring deep colors such as navy, burgundy, mustard and olive-green, the collection includes expertly tailored cropped jackets, flowy dresses, pencil skirts and several lace pieces. Check out some of the photos below to see some of the garments that were on display.
On October 9th the 3rd Annual United Colors (UCOF) was held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. Event Honorary Chair Fern Mallis presented legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award against a colorfully lit backdrop that spelled out the night’s theme in oversized letters: FAITH. HOPE. FASHION. Additionally, the event honored Sade Solomon, UCOF’s top student, with the Achiever of the Year award. Solomon presented her first collection featuring bold geometric cuts and a feminine tomboy aesthetic to the packed room of attendees.
In addition to Solomon, seven international designers showcased their collections: David Tlale, Marc Bouwer, Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman, Ron n’ Ron, Sukeina Kosibah, and Carmen Marc Valvo.
Founded in 2010, United Colors of Fashion is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides a free fashion education and mentorship program to under-resourced youth in New York City. The organization also offers financial assistance, food, and clothing to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle-cell anemia and paralysis. Proceeds from the gala’s ticket sales will go towards the cost of running a year’s worth of the orginzation’s programs.
Check out photos from the event below.
London fashion week is one of the biggest fashion events in the fashion calendar and is considered to be one of the big four international catwalk influencers. What happens in London influences the world. With over 5,000 visitors, 60 catwalk shows in the official schedule, another 45 shows off schedule and over 30 on schedule presentations and designer showrooms showcasing over 120 ready to wear and accessories designers and over £100m orders placed during the week London still remains a must-attend week. The media coverage alone rivals that of a major sporting or current event. London crams a lot into a very short space of time and it’s very easy to get information overload. So here is a selection of key trends and designers you need to know about.
Rumours are swirling that JW Anderson will join the lucrative stable of LVMH, whether he chooses to join them remains to be seen. However this year he chose to remain bohemian and went ‘Avant-bland’ as he called it with dresses which were inspired by the mundane such as Vileda supermops and take away boxes. Not that Anderson is the first designer to take inspiration from the every day with Celine using prints inspired by laundrette bags last year.
Pastels are no longer reserved for the older woman with pale pinks, greens and yellows splashed across the catwalks this year. The feed back for Preen and Emilia Wickstead was unanimous so expect to see Kristen Stewart and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing these shades next season.
To dress up next season you’ll need to dress down with Antonio Berardi teaming smart skirts with sweatshirts. The days of lounging around in jeans and a blouse are over and don’t think the skirt can be slouchy either with sharp pleats or asymmetric hem to balance out the look. Think Mad Men meets university student.
Say it with flowers as petal prints and flowers are taking over from slogans. To look the part you’ll need peonies, lilies and buttercups emblazoned across your chest. They may not look it but flowers according to designers like Christopher Bailey and Christopher Kane are all about fragility and sexuality, using flower blooms as metaphors for a female body part. The House of Holland took this one step further with dresses decorated with rose tattoos.
Now you see me
Transparent and nearly see through are set to be all the rage next year with Burberry showcasing a semi sheer lace pencil skirt. The singer Paloma Faith was spotted in the audience already rocking this trend with her bronze see through latex skirt giving on lookers a good glimpse of her Burberry underwear. Preem decided cellophane was the perfect see through material for their collection, while Erdem went with layered organza for theirs.
This Is Not Just Pink, This Is M&S Pink
Like pastels, pink is back in vogue thanks to M& S with it becoming the must have shade of the season and was seen making its appearance on supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne for Burberry and causing Richard Nicoll to go one step further and accessorize the furniture for his show.
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On September 11th, I attended the 7:30pm runway show of Nolcha Fashion Week. The night’s show was jammed pack with an audience eager to see the creations from up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina, Leka, Lum, Studio 6th Sense and Nina Athanasiou. The designers did not disappoint. Mariana Valentina’s line on women’s eveningwear kicked off the show with freely flowing silk gowns. Next up, were breathtaking dresses by Léka, which featured crinolines and stylistic components inspired by her architectural and landscape design background.
One of my favorites of the night were the gowns of LUM by Lama Taher, which were adorned with sparkling embellishments and black lace embroidery on various tulle and chiffon creations.
Designer Stephen Goudeau of Studio 6th Sense presented his collection “Religious Paradise” which has bright colors of blue and yellow with patters inspired by his love of drawing and sketching.
Finally, Nina Athanasiou collection for both men and women started off with a rocker vibe so I was surprised when feminine silhouettes began emerging….so was the crowd. One model walked down the runway wearing a short cocktail dress, and within seconds transformed it into a long evening gown before our very eyes. Everyone was left in awe.
On Wednesday, September 11th, Brandon Sun presented his Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. According to Red Door Spas’ National Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist Zahir Ziani, since the garments in the collection were bold and geometric, the hair was kept soft and sophisticated. Long hair was parted down the center, then swept back into a low side bun. Stray pieces were allowed to fall naturally, creating a very casual look.
Drawing inspiration from the fur used in Brandon Sun’s collection, Adeline Sarino, National Training Director of Nails for Red Door Spa created a surprising ombre nail look using shades of cool light/dove grey with a matte finish.
The makeup look was created Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and focused on brows, while leaving lashes mascara-free. Lips were kept soft and natural using various shades of red to compliment the collection.
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On Saturday, September 7th, Atlanta-based Fro Fashion Week closed out their four-day takeover with a GOTHIX themed fashion show, featuring the fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. One of the designers featured was Antoinette Middleton of I AM Designs, who creates fashionable clothes for curvy women. Sassy pieces were showcased on the runway including garments adorned with chains and waist-clinching belts. Check out some of the fabulous fashions from the designer below.