iiJin Mixes and Matches Pops, Prints, and the Audience’s Praise

Photos by Blaire Brown

My last show for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week ended with iiJin at the Lincoln Center’s Pavilion– and did I luck out on the best seat for photos or what! Right in front of the entrance of the show, models quickly turned the corner into the bright lights in cool, laid back looks that hold a sense of ease, but are each intricately thought out. Red plaids, sporty varsity jackets with iiJin styled patches, bold bombers and peacoats paired with funky sneakers all presented themselves down the runway one by one. For both men and women, the designs were on point to iiJin’s cartoony-artistic point of view. Fun + fashion? Iijin has got it for fall winter this year.

Off to the Pier! Katty Xiomara’s Flirty Fall Winter 2015

A trail of fashion-goers crossed the West Side Highway to make their way to Pier 59 for a sneak peek into Katty Xiomara’s fall/ winter collection. The large space was packed to the brim with guests at the edge of their benches waiting for the drama of the lights turning off and right back on when the first look hits the runway. The show consisted of a more spring-time vibe; full of bright prints, whites, short dresses and short shorts. Sprinkled throughout the collection were a few darker shaded looks of hoodies and the occasional coat, paired with adorable tomboy-boots and heels. The designer is clearly a girl’s girl– the femininity shown broke up a lot of the dark monotony that many designers brought this season. It was a sunshine-meets-sophisticated lunch meeting kind of show.

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Photos by Blaire Brown

Masculine Meets Feminine at Parchoonmoo FW15

If you are a neutral kind of woman, Demi Park has you covered in blacks, whites and sprinkled with a “gritty-dust” designs of grey, ivory and cream for the Parkchoonmoo collection this fall. Oversized coating, floor length maxis intertwined with alpaca wools, texture-blocking with fur and mohair. The designer opted for masculine shapes with subtle feminine detailing peek-a-booing through layers of garments that composed the looks together. I liked the interesting coat necklines- high with sharp angles to bring in the warmth this fall/winter is sure to deliver in New York.

All About the Elegance at David Tlale FW15

Tousled hair held high in buns floated down the runway just like the gowns and elegant looks David Tlale brought to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. A highly structured line of sharply tailored blazers, pencil skirts and pants skimmed by alongside perfectly draped, flowing gowns. Tlale see this fall/winter as being elegant and chic amidst a sea of designers going more for 90’s grunge. If you ask me, I much prefer the elegance route.

Photos by Blaire Brown

RanFan Brings Bright Furs and Oversized-Coats

The next show on my list was RanFan– an uplifting collection of feminine looks inspired by an array of spices and delicacies at a night market in Chiang Mai. I can only imagine this marketplace being gorgeous and full of eccentricities, as this is exactly what her collection spoke. Architectural elements of reconstructed wool, fur and fabrics were  blended in with methodically laser-cut silk detailed pieces and models were bundled up in giant, over-sized coats. The bright colors of the collection made the audience forget just how cold it was that day for a few moments– it was refreshing.

Fur and Shimmering Looks Dazzle at Son Jung Wan Show

Up and early on Saturday morning, I scurried to catch the Son Jung Wan show after a few hours at Marie Claire with the fashion closet team. I would expect nothing but cheery, feminine looks from Son Jung Wan, and that is exactly what she delivered to the runway. Bright fuschia cashmere coats and fur trims with dashes here and there among the looks. Inspired by the romantic MGM films of the 1950’s and the fashion photography of Gordon Parks, the designer brought on the glamour with a touch of elegance–beautiful!

Berenik Paints the Town White-Haired at NYFW

Veronika Brusa waved and beamed modestly when the models stood strongly in a triangle formation at the end of her runway show presentation for the Berenik collection. Far west in the city, Berenik showed at The Designers Loft in Chelsea on probably one of the coldest weekends this year.  Her designs showed aesthetically strong visions of simplicity with contemporary twists which stands as the Swiss brand’s overall foundation. Berenik’s fall/winter season is composed of 95 looks that can all be mixed and matched in various ways. Real whites, opulent golds, deep blacks, and dark greens were sourced and inspired by moments of the designer’s life and world travels. Take a peek closer at the photos and you’ll notice all the models hair is painted– yes, painted– white.

Photos by Blaire Brown