NYFW Recap: Pedram Karimi & Rosenthal Tee

On February 14th, iFashion Network and the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) came together to execute a joint sponsored fashion show part of the series of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge. The goal of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge is to provide a platform for emerging designers who have the potential to become the next big creative moguls in the industry.

Pedram Karimi kicked off the show with his genderless designs, which were featured of muted colors of black, whites and greys and futuristic composition.

Rosenthal Tee’s designs followed and were a stark contrast to Karimi’s, with bright colors and sparkling materials, and classic, sophisticated silhouettes.

Check out some of the photos from the show below.

 

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CND FOR THE BLONDS FALL/WINTER 2016 NAIL DESIGNS

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Nail leader CND created 22 astounding nail designs at The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 Show at MILK Studios in New York. The nail looks were inspired by 1950s Hollywood glamour but also took on the unusual twist of incorporating whimsical elements of Alice in Wonderland.

“CND’s Winter 2016 trend story evokes glitter glam, dazzling jewel tones and red carpet couture, and this was the perfect opportunity to tell that story with a trippy twist!” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold.

It took over 900 combined hours of production to create the stiletto-shaped nails which featured 3D embellishments and were hand-sculpted with RETENTION+™ Liquid & Powder and BRISA™ Gel, then adorned with SHELLAC™ Brand 14+ Day Nail Color, VINYLUX™ Weekly Polish and CND™ Additives.

The color palette includes shades of opalescent pinks, pearlescent brights and metallic blues, anchored in black patent and fishnet.

One model donned a vibrant bouquet laced with thorns, while another showcased “Eat me,” “Drink me” and “Lick me” cookies adhered with edible glue. Nails were ornamented with unconventional materials like ribbons, feathers, foils, sequins, metal, faux fur and smoke – even crystals and stones created entirely out of nail products.

For visuals, how-tos and behind-the-scenes coverage of CND’s Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016 designer collaborations and nail designs, please visit the CND Fashion Week Digital Headquarters.

Accessories Line Guarantees Exclusivity

Behind every great brand is a unique story, and the same holds true for Spanish brand UNOde50, a line of handcrafted accessories that was developed with the idea of creating just 50 units of each design. Today, the company holds true to this promise of exclusivity by releasing 50 limited edition pieces with each collection.

Each item has a unique and distinctive design, and also features a small padlock icon designed to symbolize the protection of the exclusivity of the number of pieces. Just as unique as the design, are the collection themes which include inspiration from earth and celestial elements.

One of my favorites is the Orbits & Lunar phases collection, which is inspired by the new beginnings and experiences that comes along with each new moon. The designs have been carefully combined with leather and are silver plated. Items in the collection have names such as “Space Crash” and “Out of Orbit.”

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Space crash

Another favorite is the Stars & Nebulas collection, which has a variety of gorgeous accessories to choose from, some of which include a stunning blue toned faceted prism Swarovski crystal. Fun names in the collection range from “All stars” to “Meteor shower.”

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Meteor shower

Other collections include “Air, Water & Sand,” “Animal Instinct” and “Gold Collection.”

UNOde50 can be found in over 40 countries with more than 100 stores around the world including Madrid, Rome, Milan, Berlin, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Moscow, Panama, Paris. To learn more, click here.

Photography on Nails: CND For Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.

The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.

“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”

The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.

The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.

“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”

Art Hearts Fashion Closes NYFW With a Bang

MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)
MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)

Last Thursday, I attended the Art Hearts Fashion show, which closed out Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with an amazing display of one-of-a-find pieces. Designer Mister Triple X kicked off the show with a sophisticated street wear line for men and women. Bold prints and subdued colors were characteristics of the collection, with the only major burst of color seen with fiery red pants worn by one of the male models.

Walter Mendez’s chic and elegant gowns took to the runway next, featuring dresses that were absolutely breathtaking. Soft greys transitioned smoothly to dark blues and bold velvet greens. Reality star and entrepreneur Lilly Ghalichi stunned the audience as she graced the runway, showing off one of the designer’s most elegant pieces in the collection.

House of Li Jon was by far my favorite, as the designs featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor, which glistened as it hugged the curves of each model’s frame.

Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield showcased fitted suiting and men’s bags as well as contemporary dresses for women.

Furs were abundant in Hallie Sara’s collection off luxury pieces reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes.

Finally, MTCostello’s immaculate collection of gowns were absolutely breathtaking. His showcase of designs proved to be a crowd pleaser, opening with a model wearing a reptilian face makeup and a solo male model who walked down the runway wearing nothing more than a golden robe and covering his manhood with his hands.

Check out some of the photos from the fashion show below.

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Nolcha Fashion Week Runway Recap

Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.

Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.

Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.

Katty Xiomara Fashion Week S/S 2015 Runway Show

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.

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