New York Fashion Week Adventuring

As per usual at New York Fashion Week, I hit the ground running! Here are some of the looks I got to see and take in for Spring/Summer 2015.

Nina Athanasiou

Tucked away in a hidden location in Chelsea, Manhattan, Nina Athanasiou held her S/S 2015 show on the 8th floor of a spacious loft overlooking the cityscape. Guests chatted amongst themselves about the round-about set-up of the runway and the projector set-up for the launch of her newest fashion video. Athansiou’s line consisted of pieces nostalgic of the 1950’s with an edgy, alternative twist.

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Ricardo Seco

Going to a menswear presentation isn’t the easiest thing for a short girl like myself– everyone is about foot taller. I lucked out and hit the jackpot when after the show I happened to be standing right where the models got off their pedestals (actually) and left the show promptly to begin round 2 for the next round of guests. Seco, with his new womenswear line, had a full house attend at the World Trade Center venue.

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Seco incorporated the beading and warm multi‐colored details of the indigenous community into his classic, sophisticated style for men and women. He harmonized the collaboration by integrating simple pieces and classic silhouettes and added the fruit colored essentials in accessories such as handmade sunglasses, and his custom New Balance sneakers for men and women.

GEORGINE

My top pick this fashion week was hands down GEORGINE. The designer took 1970’s glamour to the next level with the bathing suit inspired eveningwear of Saint Tropez.  The collection consisted of luxurious golds, rich creams, shimmering metallics and fresh mint. Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design. I’d buy everything in the collection: OBSESSED. Join the obsession and check out her Spring/Summer 2015 line.  Perfect for a walk down not only the boardwalk, but fifth avenue gallivanting. You’re welcome.

Karolyn Pho

At Pier 59 Studios this fashion week, Karolyn Pho presented her 5th season, and 2nd runway show. Her line’s story followed a traveling woman with abstract views and perceptions. A masculine, utilitarian-esque womenswear line with a soft pastel palette and splashes of sequins here and there walked down the runway.

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“Dualism” Glamour at Son Jung Wan’s S/S 2015 Show

Not a season goes by without Son Jung Wan amazing her audience with the gorgeous, feminine looks making their way down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Her Spring/Summer 2015 looks consist of mixed and matched contrasting elements, or otherwise her own interpretation of yin and yang. Soft silhouettes are mixed with hard edge details or rough fabric textures to set the stage of her “dualism” themed show. All of the looks were beautiful and a wardrobe built for the sophisticated woman. It was exciting at the end of the show to see models wear show-stopping multi-colored sequin pieces down the runway with such ease and glamour. I’ll take one of each, please!

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Naturally Sheer at Katie Gallagher’s Spring/Summer Preview

Katie Gallagher presented her “Fantasm” themed Spring/Summer 2015 collection on Friday afternoon at the gorgeous Highline Hotel. Models took it to the runway to kick-start the show, and lined up in the center of the vast ballroom to be photographed by a crowd of all types of fashionistas after they walked. In a row, the women wore extremely sheer tops, flared skirts, peter-pan collar blouses and cheekily cut bodysuits. It was eerie walking by the models with tulle wrapped around their heads– it felt like Halloween all too soon. Similar to her previous seasons, Gallagher presented a neutral collection of blacks, white, and peach tones. What do you think of Gallagher’s Spring/Summer collection?

Alax W. Diamond Takes Fashion to the Top at NYFW

To kick-start my fashion week I had the opportunity to see Alax W. Diamond’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection on the rooftop of Spice Market in Union Square. Guests mixed and mingled in the open space while taking in fashion, style and gorgeous skyscraper views. Much like the delicious macaroons set out for the audience to have a bite, the collection itself was intertwined with vibrant, happy colors and strong, powerful feminine structures. Set out to dress his audience with strength and confidence, this new New York based designer did just that, with the models overlooking the buildings in ensembles dressed to take on the city one fabulous Diamond outfit at a time.

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Rooftop Views and Handbags Galore

Atop the Hotel Americano rooftop on Tuesday was the launch of the LeSportsac handbag collaboration with luxury jewelry designer Erickson Beamon. In stores this fall, the designer’s collection is composed of ballet shoe pink clutches with diamond-like stitching details, jeweled ring zipper closures, and gemstone prints enlarged to create a pixelated effect that all tie into Erickson’s
passion for jewelry design. All shapes and sizes of bags (including handy garment bags) were well thought out and created for the woman on the go.

Erickson Beamon started out in the 80’s at a runway show, stringing a few crystals onto suede for an earring piece. Next thing she knew, her chandelier earring was featured in Vogue. From that moment on she has had a following that consists of an extensive list of celebrity clients such as Drew Barrymore, Daphne Guinness, Julia Stiles just to name a few, and has additionally partnered with numerous fashion houses like Zac Posen, Anna Sui, and Marc Jacobs.

This year marks LeSportsac’s 40th anniversary in which they chose to partner with American designers to create special collections that represent their all-American aesthetic as an iconic handbag company. After viewing the precisely placed details and intricate designs this line has, I cannot wait to see what is next on the brand’s collaboration list.

 

DIY or Die! Arrives at Milk Studios

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Thursday night a hip crowd of gallery spectators mixed and mingled amongst each other at the private preview party for the DIY or Die! exhibit that opens today at Milk Studios. The place was packed with a large assortment of characters– hipsters, Wall Street, fashionistas (some I’ve bumped into at Fashion Week), and skaters alike filled the room. Many stepped up their fashion A-game for the gallery opening night. Each person was interested in the punk to reggae vibe that the DIY or Die! exhibit was celebrating; the thumping DJ beats + open bar didn’t hurt either.

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The exhibition was a collection of record covers, fanzines, and posters that stand as a true testimony to the punk rock culture of “making it work” (thanks, Tim Gunn!), even if money is sparse. Bands would get friends and family to help put together their album covers. The blank canvas of a record sleeve had endless opportunities to be personalized and gave an opportunity to share their own individual voice to fans and the public. The show had pieces ranging from the late 1960’s when the punk scene exploded in New York’s gritty downtown, to present day art, curated by Johan Kugelberg, founder of Boo Hooray. It is a great show and was a unique, very New York experience! Click through the slideshow to see the party pics for yourself.

Pop in and check out DIY or DIE! HANDMADE ZINES, RECORD COVERS AND POSTERS FROM PUNK TO REGGAE on display at Milk Gallery from July 17 through August 10. After you go, stop by The Tippler for a sweet libation– it’s right across the street!

Trickponi Pop-Up Shop Hits the Bowery

Last night I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the Trickponi pop-up shop at the Open Gallery. Trickponi, a highly acclaimed fashion boutique that pops up in the Middle East seasonally, is launching its first-ever highly anticipated retail experience in the United States.

Today marks the opening day to shoppers for their goodies displayed at the Bowery in NYC. Founded by Sara Al-Ajroush, Trickponi  is showcasing Middle Eastern designers, such as Noura Al Shaik, LaSuna, Arwa Jewlery, and more, and New York based designers, such as Katie Gallagher, DEGEN among others, for a mix of fashion influences from across the globe. This East meets West experience is both eclectic and beautiful. The curated pieces of the event are perfectly on point, as it mixes whimsical designs, pretty prints, in addition to modern sleek cuts. There’s a little something for every woman in this quaint little venue.

My partner in crime, a.k.a. my roommate, joined me to discover the gems hidden around the store while we jammed out to the DJ’s music and sipped on champagne. Take a look through the pictures to see the treasures we discovered. Better yet, pop-in to the pop-up shop this week before it closes! Trickponi is open starting today (go now!) through April 27th at 355a Bowery (between 3rd and 4th street), NYC.

For a great meal afterwards, stop by Gemma at the Bowery Hotel which is right next door– the prosciutto pizza and tiramisu are to die for!

The Party at Libertine

Creative Director Johnson Hartig loves to throw a party.

Whimsy, color, and enthusiasm hit the runway full force at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week when Libertine put on the show.  Bright bold coats with loud patterns and patches adorned each model as they strut by the audience.

Hailing a cab? Shake a leg with these bright leggings and neon stilettos.

Patchwork embellished garments scream Boy Scout meets alternative music.

The decked out red cape? Little Red Riding Hood all grown up, and she moved to New York City.

If this were a love story, the alternative Boy Scout & Little Red Riding Hood duo would meet and fall for each other on the 6 Train.

Detectives from London at SAUNDER

Upon arrival to the SAUNDER fashion show, it was clear this was going to be interesting. A detective-like character sat at a desk in the middle of the runway—smoking cigarettes, shuffling through papers, looking at rolls of film, kicked his feet back to rest on the desk, etc.—making no acknowledgement of the people taking photos around him. It all tied together once the models started the actual show.

SAUNDER held her Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show at the gorgeous Highline Hotel during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Inspired by the 1980’s miniseries on BBC, “The Singing Detective,” the designer incorporated an overlap of film noir style with a 1980’s London aesthetic. Both the color palette and geometric details reference this decade. Some of the cardigans and cigarette details give a nod to legendary designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. The line was unique and fresh, with a vintage twist. Loved it!

Swarovski and Paris at Alon Livne

When it comes to fashion presentations during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the new venue, The Hub at the Hudson Hotel, you never know what to expect. It is much less predictable than a traditional runway show. Will the models be walking around, standing, putting on a performance?  I entered the room and encountered a bedazzled room inspired by international royalty in the film, “The Sheik.”

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Alon Livne has worked his way up from European luxury brand designing, to become one of the most prestigious young fashion designers in Israel with his eponymous fashion brand. The line consisted of intricate hand-embroidered pieces, loose flowing silk garments, and Swarovski crystal headpieces. Some of the pieces were pretty bazaar, but red-carpet worthy for clients of his like Beyonce and Lady Gaga. At one point during the presentation Paris Hilton arrived and snapped photos with her friend, the designer himself.  What are your thoughts on the headpieces?