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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: 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.

NYFW S/S 2015: OUDIFU

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: Public School

NYFW S/S 2015: PUBLIC SCHOOL

The question is, have Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne figured out who the “Public School girl” is. Because from what I remember, they were still trying to find “her” last season- this is not to say that their past collections lacked identity- if anything, compared to the S/S ’15, there seems to have been a lot more “wow” factors back then, especially with the Resort collection. Besides the hats (appropriately named Garrison) that looked like an offspring between a Kippah and Sailor cap which, by the way, was the perfect complement to their signature menswear-inspired looks, there were some real stand-out pieces, including the ever-so-comfortable-looking wide pant suit worn underneath a spacious dress, complete with a double-layered blazer which gave it a streetwear vibe. Frequently spotted were sleeveless shirt dresses along with all things collarless ranging from coats, printed jackets to button-ups.

When expectations are high, there are much to be filled indeed. As a fan of refined streetwear, Public School’s high-fashion approach to menswear-inspired womenswear that embraces both utility and sartorial elegance was rather an obvious recipe for love at first sight. And with their Resort ’15, this relationship seemed to be solidifying; however, S/S is saying otherwise. While the brand remains fresh and cool, for some odd reason, there is a certain element that seems to be lacking, possibly “confidence” which is most likely rooted in uncertainty of sort- blame it on pressure. But then again, the PS brand is most definitely still in the process of being developed, and for that, the duo should be praised for their incessant curiosity and proclivity for challenges and artistic creativity.

NYFW S/S 2015: PUBLIC SCHOOLTriple layered like a boss: Knit tank over two sleeveless shirtdresses.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: DKNY

NYFW S/S 2015: DKNY

As Donna Karan’s sportier, more approachable sibling, DKNY has been dressing urbanites and the likes since 1989. With Karan’s intimate knowledge of her customer base, DKNY has successfully established itself as a representative and face of active young women of New York City. As part of the generation that grew up with the brand, there also was a time in my life when I identified myself with the label which was the epitome of the cool city girl that mostly consisted of black and denim as long as I remember. This new collection seems to have changed everything however, with bright colors and patterns aplenty complete with flatform sneakers and curled baby hair with occasional pops of braids. While the contrast almost comes as a shock, perhaps it’s only appropriate that a brand that pretty much has penetrated all aspects of our lives adopts to a changing environment, especially in an industry that constantly seeks something new and fresh. Regardless, DKNY remains as one of the top brands that continues to invent and reinvent the American casual and for that, New York, you may now breathe a sigh of relief.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: Jeremy Scott

NYFW S/S 2015: Jeremy ScottIf there is one person who seems to have fun regardless of what goes on around the world or what people say, it would have to be Jeremy Scott. Yes, his pieces are over the top at times and it does get pretty tough to imagine anyone else besides K-Pop stars or Miley rocking them but if there is one thing he’s done impeccably right, it is that he has successfully developed a brand and style that is immediately recognizable no matter what random theme he ends up with.

NYFW S/S 2015: Jeremy ScottThe Shrek references, clashing patterns, pastel florals, and furry, swirly things along with jewelry reminiscent of my three-year-old niece’s play room, for some strange but legitimate reason, took me back to the year 2000 when Rave was a huge part of my life. As much as I used to loathe the candy-colored beaded bracelets and the ridiculously bright outfits they used to wear, it was probably this image of “happiness” they projected that bothered me more than anything. I think it was because I considered it pretension at the time, you know, just another tactic to make friends. While my encounter with one has been too long to accurately describe the current state, it seems safe to assume that Jeremy Scott was somewhat, if not entirely, influenced by Candy Kids or Candy Ravers who hopelessly believe it is possible to bring peace to the world through free hugs and bracelets.

NYFW S/S 2015: Jeremy ScottWhile these pieces may not be everyone’s favorite, in some weird way, I’m finding myself becoming more and more intrigued… perhaps because after all, fashion should be fun. And this collection would be nothing without it.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015: DONNA KARAN NEW YORK

NYFW S/S 2015: Donna Karan New York

Always having to be in the spotlight, being a star often means carrying a heavy burden of being at your absolute best no matter the circumstances. Such is intensified when you are not just a celebrity but an icon, such that represents a certain group of people, or an entire city even. And one can be assured that Donna Karan, a native who was born, raised, and trained in New York City, knows a thing or two about the “concrete jungle,” one that never sleeps so that your dreams may come true. But having been an icon of the twentieth century fashion for twenty years comes with an expectation and pressure that is hard to measure up to; and this is where her aptitude is tested, not only as a designer but as a leader and an entrepreneur.

Ever since launching her own label in 1984, Donna Karan established itself as a symbol of successful career woman who appreciates understated luxury while portraying an image that which consists of strength, confidence, and ambition. A Donna Karan woman leads a dynamic life wearing many hats while embracing urban sophistication that is succinct yet glamorous. Her femininity may seem disguised in her authoritative aura but really, as much as she enjoys being in control over everything she does, deep inside resides inevitable femininity that is both sensual and graceful. Karan’s expertise in creating long and lean silhouettes was rather pronounced in the current collection, taking us back to the days of her reign when “the bodysuit” was born. Her signature black was used in caution this time (though for the same functional purpose which is to flatter the figure), appearing as a graffiti form or as a base to set the mood. Inspired by street art, stylish office wear goes on a bold adventure this season, with added excitement provided by wide belts and huge hats in rather quirky shapes.

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