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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Yuna Yang

NYFW S/S 2015: YUNA YANG

At first glance, Yang’s designs look particularly feminine, but look twice, and you’ll see that it’s so much more than that: there’s something modern, artistic, strong and even empowering in them that makes it not just another “pretty” womenswear collection but an exceptional one at that. In congruence with the theme, her spring offering has proven to be “dreamy” indeed, which was emphasized with a use of variety of sometimes contrasting materials such as taffeta, silk and denim magically weaved into pieces that are romantic and classic provided by the positive energy of the post-World War II era and the exhilarating cultural phenomena of the 40′s such as the swing dance and women’s liberation movement. While she had us sit on the edge of our seats anticipating for the next look every time a model walked out, there was a constant that could be felt throughout the show: freedom. Yang may have worked around a rather often visited theme, but what really made it a unique, fresh collection is the “freedom” she allowed herself to explore and embrace which was another element of inspiration behind the offering.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Hervé Léger

NYFW S/S 2015: Herve Ledger

The question is, just how far we can go with the bandage dresses.. Kudos to the design team at Max Azria for their relentless attempts and success at creating seemingly endless collections of body-con dresses season after season, which this time around received a bit of “power” with inspiration coming all the way from Japan. It’s one thing to be a strong woman, but to look this sexy being one is not the easiest feat. If you were guessing “Geisha” the moment Japan was mentioned, you were right, albeit partially. Hervé Léger’s spring collection is a reinterpretation of Japan’s female warriors called onna-begeisha; what she would have been if she were to come home after a long day at a battlefield- or, on her “off days” having a brunch somewhere hip, let’s say Downtown LA. This alone should explain the Kimono reference that’s rather obvious, though this woman isn’t only a fighter but is confident about her body and sensuality- so much so that she rocks skin-tight clothes that are considered the toughest to pull off- that which pretty much reveal every curve and not-so-curvy parts of the body. What seems to matter the most however, is embracing and enjoying being a woman no matter what, one who is strong not because of her social position or wealth but simply because of who she is. On that note, this is a collection that is both empowering and creative, and that’s enough to leave us anticipating the next collection for sure.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: BETSEY JOHNSON

NYFW S/S 2015: Betsey Johnson

Now, it’s not often that I must question a model’s gender… or age, for that matter- not that it’s a bad thing, it just means there was that much more to see and experience at the show. If anything, designers are free to do whatever they want, as fashion week is indeed their time to shine and to entertain.

Betsey Johnson is undoubtedly an expert at that, and this season, it’s all about her matrimonial fantasies, from A to Z. As her bridal collection takes off, the designer seems to be really enjoying experimenting what unique elements she can add to the rather consistently tranquil category, smartly utilizing her signature over-the-top take on femininity. After all, who says wedding dresses must be white? Are purity and innocence even applicable anymore? That is, unless you consider Queen Victoria your fashion role model.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: LACOSTE

NYFW S/S 2015: LACOSTE

Lacoste is going on a cruise this spring on a luxury yacht that is both adventurous and experimental but decidedly luxurious and playful. Over the years he’s been at the French fashion house, Felipe Oliveira Baptista has become an expert at creating apparel that embraces core values of what makes Lacoste what it is today: style, comfort and performance. Beginning at the very root of its history, nautical heritage takes an urban approach with mix-and-match of contrasting details, patterns and shapes with structured cuts and asymmetrical constructions this season. Pulled from its expansive archives, windbreakers and polo shirts are just a few of the signature pieces that embody the technical nature of the challenging sport. Abstract patterns accompanied by the brand’s iconic blue, white, red and yellow on sporty materials such as nylon and mesh are complemented by refined utility which is reinterpreted and highlighted with nautical-inspired coordinates with adjustable straps and belts.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Vivienne Tam

NYFW S/S 2015: Vivienne Tam

It’s always fascinating to meet a person with a different background (which would basically be just about everyone), especially one exposed to multiple cultures from a young age. Not only is there a lot to learn, but they tend to bring a fresh perspective to otherwise everyday things.

New York based, China-born and Hong Kong trained fashion designer, Vivienne Tam, has been offering Eastern-inspired clothing with a modern edge since a launch of her eponymous brand in 1994. Her “Forbidden City” inspired spring/summer ’15 collection is no exception; in abundance were rich, saturated colors and exotic patterns reminiscent of artworks preserved at the World Heritage Site. Particularly compelling were nature-inspired embroidery work combined with a sporty vibe as seen in techno power mesh dresses with exotic imagery such as flower and landscape embroidery, or laser cut appliqué which were all too realistic and convincing with a spoonful of hipster cool. Perhaps what makes this collection extraordinary is that it’s where traditionalism and modernism, and nature and future coexist oh-so-harmoniously. There’s geometry, femininity, technology; and the way they complement each other is in all likelihood not much different from how her Chinese and HK upbringing and the time in New York have helped shape her as a prominent fashion designer, and an urbanite who doesn’t only embrace but celebrates her roots time after time.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Rebecca Minkoff

NYFW S/S 2015: Rebecca Minkoff

What makes Rebecca Minkoff’s S/S ’15 collection especially intriguing isn’t just this hat that looks like it’s melting or the occasional appearance of fringe, but the fact that it was inspired by one of the greatest fashion photographers, Deborah Turbeville.

NYFW S/S 2015: Rebecca Minkoff

For those unfamiliar, Turbeville is one who transformed the fashion photography industry. What was merely pictures of people in stylish clothes were turned into art with new perspectives, angles, and other artistic techniques that were normally not used in photography. She appreciated the natural process of aging and destruction of images however small or large they were; she also let the subjects be themselves instead of focusing on clothes themselves, which is what made her work more fine art than commercial. Result was an entirely new world of fashion photography which has had a huge influence ever since her debut in the 70′s. Turbeville’s work has soul, and for that, it’s more than photography. It’s an intimate moment drawn from interactions between humans and clothes captured at the highest point.

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Turbeville’s unique approach to subjects is reinterpreted in this collection through feminine, breezy dresses in soft pastels complemented with romantic silhouettes.

NYFW S/S 2015: Rebecca Minkoff

Among the sea of eye catching accessories which were a crucial part of the collection, indisputable standout was the hat, which we can all appreciate as women who seek both style and functionality. Because after all, who doesn’t want freedom from sunblock?

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And this pale pastel blue (or call it lavender) is so handsome looking next to that bright red. A must-try combination for the coming season.

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This, I need. Anything in mint is coverable for spring but a one-shoulder-anything is looking mighty trendy at the moment.

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Jumpsuit is cooler (literally, too) with built-in A/C.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: OUDIFU

NYFW S/S 2015: OUDIFU

Unfortunately, only info I have on this brand is that it’s a Shanghai-based ready-to-wear luxury brand that is considered one of China’s leading brands despite designer Li having never been to fashion school. As for its debut collection at New York Fashion Week, inspiration came from an ancient Chinese belief that man is an integral part of nature.

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It all sounds good. And it’s fine even if it doesn’t, as long as the collection is great, because after all, what counts in a fashion show is the result itself.

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Which I’m not sure was the case here, sadly. This was one of the most memorable shows this season, as being one of the most frustrating and bland. Sorry, I say it like it is, and I can’t help it.

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I’m open to discovering new designers and support global expansions of Asian brands, but only when the stuff is good, obviously. and when I say ‘good’, I’m not referring to the material or tailoring skill but it should at least look like the designer put in effort and should have some artistic value: Does it offer something new? Does it provide inspiration? Does it make you want to pay money for it?

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Otherwise, what is the point of traveling all the way to NY and shelling out tens of thousands bucks? Well, maybe that’s a choice, but why invite people? Thanks, but no thanks.

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Please. Somebody bring me my Ray-bans because I just can’t handle that top. It’s the ugliest top I’ve seen including the ones hanging on the sale rack at Forever21 for $3. Plus, her belly. They could’ve at least put it on someone with a nicer abs.

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Yeah, he definitely didn’t go to fashion school (that which he’s proud of, oddly.). I didn’t either, and that’s why I don’t design. Well, at least I tried and got accepted, I just chose not to go. Maybe I should start designing. Hmm

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I understand patches are in but these jeans.. are probably a better fit for Chinese market. Sorry.

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Built-in A/C. So trendy.

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Am I the only one that thought these prints were female ghosts with long hair? What is that Japanese horror movie with this crazy pale woman hanging on the ceiling or a TV or something? OMG. but apparently, these are just elephant noses. Hew.

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Just trying really hard keep my eyes open. That’s all.

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So this is it. The only thing I remember from this show: the elephants! but with eyes!

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Because, you know, we just can’t get enough of elephants.

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Yeah, give it to me!

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So tell me, how is she supposed to eat with her arm tied like that?

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But I just want to open that zipper all the way down… jk. bad joke.

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Elephants are so awesome they are now on bags too.

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I should totally try that with my maxi dress. Such an effortlessly ugly way to wear it.

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I have a really huge problem with this top. Someone please tell me, is it a mermaid, an elephant, geisha, or some kind of Yoga goddess that I’m supposed to be familiar with? Or is it a fish? I’m so disturbed.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: BCBG MAX AZRIA

NYFW S/S 2015: BCBGMAXAZRIA

Ever wonder where the creative folks get their inspirations from? More often than not, they will say that it can be everywhere, anything and everything- and designer Lubov Azria has helped add a lot more credibility to such idea by revealing that her spring collection was born in none other than a carpet store; that fateful moment when she laid her eyes on a stack of artisanal rugs. It is important to note that however, that it wasn’t the typical qualities of basic rugs that we normally think of, but the exceptional artistic values of special type of rugs that go through an over-dying process called Color Reform that got her creative juices flowing. While the embossed belts and the use of quilted fabric were reminiscent of Taekwondo uniforms or Kimono of sort, ones that really stood out in the end were the simple pieces such as the culotte overall (or a jumpsuit, whichever suits better), or the finale pieces in which romantic fluidity met rigidity of the embossed/quilted belts tied asymmetrically to give the looks a sense of empowerment and strength that is, quintessentially, BCBG Max Azria.

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