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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turbeville’s unique approach to subjects is reinterpreted in this collection through feminine, breezy dresses in soft pastels complemented with romantic silhouettes.
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?
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.
This, I need. Anything in mint is coverable for spring but a one-shoulder-anything is looking mighty trendy at the moment.
Jumpsuit is cooler (literally, too) with built-in A/C.
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.
A fixture on red carpet, Carmen Marc Valvo is an eveningwear extraordinaire and a lover of couture aesthetic. With over 24 years of dressing first-class clientele that consists of Beyonce, Kate Winslet, Eva Longoria, and Catherine Zeta-Jones under his belt, his recent ventures illustrate his drive and passion for working with the beauty of the female form is indeed unrelenting. Besides his specialty, cocktail dress and couture gown, his business has grown to include swimwear, eyewear, knitwear, and shoes through licensing partnerships. His designs can be found at high-end department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman.
Luis Antonio has established himself as a household name among Puerto Rican women with his modern take on romanticism illustrated with feminine elements such as ruffles, bows, and soft silhouettes. His New York Fashion Week debut, the collection was titled Maritime which consisted of graphic patterns and fluid dresses in a nautical mood. Especially interesting were pattern clashes and fitted pant-suits along with rope printed pieces.
Thought I’d share with my lovely readers some of my favorites from Tommy Ton’s usual awesome street shots from New York Fashion Week, along with a cute message of encouragement that a dear friend sent me the other day.
You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling… It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them&nb sp;sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners..
She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see…” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it.. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water..
“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?!
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
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