Posts tagged #NYFW

Maven Style: NYFW Noteworthy

The rate at which the fashion complex switches gears and surges ahead to create cohesive collections for the next season on deck is dizzying. Spring/summer and fall/winter have been joined by resort/cruise and pre-fall. Combine this with shows in four fashion capitals - Paris, London, New York, and Milan plus the requisite concepting, manufacturing, creative elements, marketing, and get the picture. It's a little busy. We applaud fashion designers who can keep up with these high intensity cycles and manage to produce self-possessed collections. New York Fashion Week is halfway through and these are a few of the highlight moments happening now and looking ahead.

Alexander Wang broke ranks and moved his show to the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. A collection showcasing leather collar dickeys and suited pullovers, his finale featured models on a conveyer belt donning heat activated ensembles. Positioned in front of metal vents, the clothing did like a mood body suit and shifted from black, blue, yellow and purple. In keeping with the rule of three's, it looks like fuschia and shearling will be recurring elements come autumn. However, fuschia is a great way to segway into spring so I recommend getting ahead of the curve and adding a pop of lip or a mani. Diane Von Furstenberg established her fashion house in the 70's with the iconic wrap dress. Millions of purchases and 40 years later, the house of DVF celebrated a confetti-filled runway and also has an exhibit at the LACMA. Finally, runway meets the streets with Shayne Oliver's Hood by Air presentation, kicking off with voguing. Not Conde Nast per se, but with HBA's presence, fashion week may be making room again for the street wear that once was the ear to the ground that so inspired designers.

Photos: Imaxtree, Indigital, Daily Beast, Julieta Cervantes, CC 

Maven Style & Palette: NY Fashion Week's Finale

As all good things must come to an end, the last day of #NYFW displayed their interpretations for what Spring 2014 holds. Ralph Lauren's collection was whites, plays on white & black patterns (checks, plaid, florals, stripes, diagonal Greek squares, etc.), signature Ralph blacks, and lots of solid bolds & neons. It was a delineated collection between boarding school-inspired looks and diaphanous dresses. Known for their immaculately embellished gowns, Marchesa's collection imagined a deconstructed midsummer's-night-dream theme set in an edgy 1930's bedroom. The pieces took on lace, draped pearls, textured fabrics, painted on tattoos, and lingerie-inspired dresses.

Marc Jacobs' #NYFW finale was as if each of his influences for the season played bumper cars and then became one giant transformer. Apocalyptic-beach meets Gothic was the setting for the assembly line of blonde flaxen bobs, Victorian adornments on oversized jackets, summer bottoms, and the beautifully made gowns (favorite top right). NY Fashion Week came. It saw. It sauntered. Now across the pond, London Fashion Week hits next. Oy!

Photo Credits: Style Bistro, Style, Fashion Gone RogueMarc Jacobs

Palette: NY Fashion Week - Spring 2014

Kaufman Franco (left), self-described being "about a new sensuality: a collision of contrasts and a balance of refinement and rebellion," this is a house to track with. The detail and richness of this simple trench is understated but when looked at and felt closer, represents their mix of sophistication, function, and edge. Philanthropic, artistic, entrepreneurial, and all woman, Donna Karan's (right) career is best characterized by her own words, "That I'm a woman makes me want to nurture others, fulfill needs and solve problems. At the same time, the artist within me strives for beauty, both sensually and visually. So design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable."

Prints, bold colors, expert tailoring, and luxurious fabrics, all layered and cut to mix textures, accentuate silhouettes, and create bold, beautiful statements. These are a few of the eye-catching pieces from Days 3-7 of #NYFW.  Joanna Mastroianni (left) is an American designer with a European-influenced eye and strives to create couture and ready-to-wear all at the same time using modern sensibility, feminine tailoring, and imaginative design. Bibhu Mohapatra (center) hails from both Utah State University and the house of Halston. Known for his deft tailoring, sumptuous gowns, and elaborate looks, he is a favorite of many women including First Lady, Michelle Obama. Fashion Shenzhen (right), sponsored by the Shenzhen government, featured 15 local designers and showcased the design strength and potential of this Chinese city - home to 3,000 garment companies.

Michael Kors (left), the seminal Americana designer, brought a sexy, sporty, elegant collection to the runway. FIT, Céline, Project Runway, 400 stores in 89 countries - Kors' talent and longevity are proven since '81. Zac Posen (center) showcased a commanding collection of incredibly constructed and feminine pieces. The ability of his gowns to exude imagination and identity contribute to his growing atelier located in Tribeca. Carolina Herrera (right), esteemed for her class, modernity, and excellence in design and tailoring, is fashion's "First Lady." Photo credits Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.