Greek goddesses graced the runway at Zang Toi‘s spring summer 2016 collection in a vision of ocean blues and greens inspired by Santorini. The mostly white palette was adorned with intricately hand-beaded detailing and couture pieces, accessorized with bold statement necklaces. The line spoke nothing but elegance; a jet-setter’s dream closet fully equipped with long flowing capes and sculpted separates. Toi ended the show with a literal show-stopping glamorous Santorini bride with a crown of white lilies. It was elegant, lovely, and so Zang Toi. The audience was thrilled and stood to applaud the designer when he went for his own walk down the runway.
New York Fashion Week kicked off with a bang at the Rootstein Mannequin launch party of The Blonds’ most iconic celebrity ensembles. The Blonds are known best for dressing starlets in gem-encrusted bodysuits, crystal corsets, and mini-dresses lavishly embellished with stars, chains, spikes, and sequins. You can catch celebrities like Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus donning the brand at red carpet events.
The sky is the limit for this designer—as long as fun and rock and roll are incorporated in the extravagant details. At the event, each corner had mannequins scattered in various poses. Some of them looked so lifelike it was a bit eerie! The fashion crowd that attended arrived dressing every bit chic and sipped on “The Blondini” cocktails all night surrounded by the mannequins.
Forget diamonds—shoes are a girl’s best friend. Isa Tapia held a presentation of her phenomenal shoe line this afternoon in an intimate setting in the quarters of the Empire Hotel. My fabulous fashion stylist friend, Liz Teich, and I were in shoe heaven. Tapia has created a line for every occasion—whether you need a classic pump, to a statement piece, it’s all there. The shoes are crafted beautifully to such full extent of detail. Absolute perfection. Take a peek at her line and let me know what you think! Shoes will be in stores starting in August.
BlacMéra put on a beautiful show at Pier 59 for New York Fashion Week. The couture brand put together a spring line that embodies the designer’s aesthetics of bringing femininity and romanticism together with an old world’s beauty and charm. The line is built for the modern, strong woman of the world. What better place to present a line like this than in the Big Apple? A city that is full of beautiful, powerful women. On the side, champagne glasses bubbled with edible hibiscus flower drinks, and the Spice and Tease stand enabled guests to dip bread in all assorted spices. It made for great conversations and atmosphere.
The glamorous jewel tones glittered down the runway as soon as the show started. Models strut, one by one, down to the end of the aisle and back to their multi-level stools to stand on. After each posed and were in place on stools—applause broke out and guests mingled to get closer views. An exciting element to the garments was eel leather. I had no idea that this was possible—but with a closer examination, it looked luxe and perfectly detailed with Yuliana Candra’s designer touch.
After seeing her Spring 2014 collection, I am looking forward to see what she’ll create in the future!
What look is your favorite?
For more BlacMéra, check out her website http://www.blacmera.com/
A Foot in the Fashion Industry: Manolo Blahnik on Lifestyle and Inspirations
“Young man, do things. Do accessories. Do shoes,” the legendary Diana Vreeland advised a young Manolo Blahnik in 1971.
Such advice couldn’t have been greater to a creative artist like Manolo Blahnik. He had been going through a more confused time in his life, unsure of what creative direction to move in—and this advice sealed the deal. Anxiously, he moved forward and pursued the shoe-design field and created an entire fashion empire that did not exist before—adding couturier techniques and detail to ready-to-wear, high fashion footwear. Let’s take a peek into the artist’s views and muses.
How did Blahnik become a shoe designer? “It was one of those accidents of life. I could just as well have been a milliner or fashion designer,” he said. Diana Vreeland encouraged him to work on his footwear designs and to make it a reality—which in turn, created a new shoe empire that had never existed before he hit the scene. She told him to dump the costume design path, and to “concentrate on the funny little things on the feet.” And so he did just that.
Techniques behind designing shoes: “I’m not an intellectual,” he confesses, “but I am a voracious observer of people’s movements and attitudes in the past and now. I’m very curious and I belong to that group of people who use what they observe and let it come out through what they do.” Blahnik loves the past, reminiscent and idiosyncratic English style—which is why he claims London as his home base.
His fabulous clientele: “I design for confident women who know what they want.” When creating each individual shoe, Blahnik creates an imaginary scenario of what type of woman would wear the particular shoe. Whether it be a society woman in France that attends charity balls, or a woman that hosts dinner parties for her family on her back porch—he has each scenario dreamed up for the potential buyer.
Fashion mentor: “My aunt acted as a daily fashion mentor. I was so impressed by the way she carried herself.” She taught him how to hold himself as a sophisticated individual, and the ideals of elegance.
Favorite museum: Prado in Madrid
Energy source: Spoons full of sugar, literally. On a mere 4-5 hours of sleep a night on average, Blahnik is not much for food. He’ll open up a bag of sugar and get the energy needed to design such sweet, delicious shoe creations.
Practicality versus whimsicality: “Once in a while I try to design a shoe with an eye to practicality rather than beauty. It is always a failure. Then I do a whimsy, follow my instinct, and make a slipper of silk scraps and crocodile scales—and it sells.”
View of New York City: “I’m always happy in New York because I’m a medieval person and it is a totally medieval city. People live in towers and they come down to fight—for food, for carriages, to sell their wares.”
Well, isn’t that the truth?
New York, New York—What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than by viewing lovely, carefully designed clothes over mimosas? That is precisely what I did. I walked into the Trump International Hotel Tower to view none other than the celebrated couturier Abraham Pelham’s first ever ready-to-wear collection. Pelham’s home-base is in Paris, but lucky for me, I got an exclusive preview of the collection while he was in town for New York Fashion Week.
At the presentation I was graciously greeted and led into a beautiful showroom. The designer himself was there to show his newest creations. What struck me the most about the line was the incredible, luxe fabrics and the precise workmanship involved. Each piece is impeccably designed and made sure of that it is absolutely perfect. Each stripe, button detail, and pocket strategically placed. When the model wearing the red jacket put her hands in the pockets it was a surprise because they’re so carefully placed; it isn’t apparent until they’re used.
The bows, fabricated buttons, and cuts are a few of the key details that create an extra feminine look in Pelham’s prêt-a-porter line. The pieces are chic and classic. Because of the silhouettes (see the skirts!) the line stayed young and fresh, while still maintaining the sophistication level. Despite the beautiful craftsmanship, I thought the pants weren’t the most notable pieces of the line. I appreciated the feminine tops and coats over anything else in the collection. The bandage-skirts however were for sale at Express when I worked there 3 years ago– maybe it wasn’t necessary for a couturier’s RTW line?
When asked why he decided to design a prêt-a-porter line in addition to his couture, he explained that his clients have been asking him to do this for the past 7 years. Everyone has their hands on Chanel for daytime, but his pieces haven’t been available for daytime looks. Finally, 2013 has rolled around and this year he has decided to produce it. His clients will be very pleased to show the looks off to their friends at the next event.