First of all, let me apologize for nearly two months of no blog updates. I will explain that on the next blog post. For now, I want to express my admiration to Cheay Rochelle’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, aptly titled Victorian Nobility. The clean lines and tapestry print cleanly brings out the vintage romance feel in the garments’ modern structures.
With Victorian Nobility, Ms. Rochelle wants to take us on a journey along the modern Victorian road, where New York meets Britain. The outfits are feminine and romantic, but not overly girly. Instead, they are sharp and possess the right amount of edginess inside the romantic realm. I am thoroughly impressed. Even though I heard about this collection from Divine Influence PR early this month, I just had to feature this collection on my blog. I don’t care if it’s late. If you haven’t known about this collection, I hope you love them like I do.
The winter blizzard cannot stop the Academy of Art talents from showing on the runway last month. The Academy of Art Fall 2013 at NYFW presentation is modern, chic, and sophisticated (as well as a bit wild, which is a good thing). The students’ work once again proves that there is no excuse to underestimate their capabilities compared to their professional peers just because they are ”student” designers.
Thank you Academy of Art for sharing the video; the collections shown for New York Fashion Week can be viewed on the video below:
It’s quite impressive that ØDD storefront at Manhattan’s Lower East Side materializes less than a year after ØDD online store was launched in 2011. The avant-garde fashion destination at 164 Ludlow started with menswear-only destination and is equipped with pieces from the likes of Gareth Pugh, Raf Simons, and Thierry Mugler. Now, starting from February 11, ØDD’s first namesake collection join the store offerings and this time, women can join in on the fun.
The February 11 presentation of ØDD Fall/Winter 2013, titled “People Have Weapons” consists of (mostly) black-and-white androgynous pieces with geometric shapes, architectural lines, and slim silhouettes. Even though each pieces were assigned for men or women, I can definitely see either gender wearing most garments. It’s less about the gender wearing them and more about the mood they convey across, and I definitely enjoy the poetry flowing from each wearable arts cloaking themselves as clothes. Co-designers Judson Harmon and Jordan Klein explore “the mind’s psychological arsenal” to create a collection that’s both introspective and progressive that “speaks to those dark, often undiscovered, corridors’ of the human persona”.
The ØDD Fall/Winter 2013 was presented with a live video distortion of guests as they enter by Jason Akira Somma and live music by Chrissy Lancaster. Clicking on the pictures below (click on the picture once to bring up the whole album) will show not only my favorite looks from the collection, but also the uber stylish audience that attended the event.
Making her New York Fashion Week debut, Canadian designer Heather Lawton showcases her Fall/Winter 2013 collection on February 7 at Studio 450 (450 West 31st Street). The so-called “dark horse” of her Parsons class first debuted her collection at 2011 Toronto Fashion Week.
The theme for Heather Lawton Fall/Winter 2013 sound so dramatic on paper: a collection conceived “with a dark and bewitching tale” of a “glamorous woman pushed into the carnivorous clutches of winter’s barren landscape”. Oh my, poor woman. However, it is hard to feel that somber fairy tale mood when looking at the pieces.
“Childlike fun” is the mood I feel when I’m viewing Ivana Helsinki Fall / Winter 2013 collection for New York Fashion Week. The Finnish fashion brand designed by Paola Suhonen offers clean lines of dresses and coats splashed with colorfully elegant patterns and prints. Ivana Helsinki’s runway show was held on February 7 at Studio 450 (450 West 31st Street).
The “Rotterdam” title is inspired from the Rotterdam pinup girls in the 1960s, vibrantly enjoying life and drinking whiskey at dimly lit, dusty bars while winter freezes outside. The red, blue, and yellow pops in Ms. Suhonen’s signature prints of circular geometric patterns, which are clearly front and center in the feminine and romantic silhouettes.
It was early February when I got an email from PLITZS Fashion Marketing PR team. It was a delightful invitation for PLITZS New York City Fashion Week Designer Showcase at the Warwick Hotel. The showcase featured 36 emerging designers on a two-day February 10 – 11, 2012. After a few email exchanges, we were ready to go there and cover the event (it’s been a while since we last came to NYC to cover the LES Runway show), but some urgent matters prevented us from actually taking the flight to NYC :(
Nevertheless, from the 36 designers that were showcased in the PLITZS NYC Fashion Week 2012, I narrowed down my favorites (after reading about their background and their past work) to 7 designers. Of course, with all the Fall Fashion Week frenzy in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, I couldn’t help but developing a specific preference of what styles I gravitate towards for the next fall season. I then asked for PLITZS’ permission to post my review (despite my absence) and send me the pictures of the designers’ work during the fashion show. And finally last week, PLITZS was really gracious on giving me the organized pictures (Tishema, you’re simply the best!) of the designers.
Remember back in July when I wasn’t quite sure if I can make it to LES Runway? Well, last weekend, my trip to NYC came true! Marc Maleh was very kind to invite us (my photographer Christian and I) to attend any one show in September, and I chose this Saturday, September 10 fashion show featuring Rachel Rose and Lumete Eyewear.
First off, forget the tent and drama. LES Runway is held at Grand Opening, 139 Norfolk Street, in a space that’s approximately 15′ x 24′. Small, unpretentious space which has a wooden runway jutting out in angle to the small street in front of it. Beside the space is an apartment building; residents and passer-bys weaved their way through the crowd that began to gather around in front of the open space by 6:45 pm (for the 7:00 pm show).
Cheryl (left) and Marc were busy putting everything in order, the models were finishing up their practice walk and confirming their marks, and the three photographers present (Chris included) were testing and refining their camera settings. As family, friends, and guests began to increase in number (there were about 20 guests total), Cheryl, Marc, and the crew interacted casually with the visitors. The atmosphere was focused but casual; there’s a fashion show showcasing Rachel Rose’s silk garments and Lumete sunglasses (which were solid, I must say), but the vibe never was too serious.