Through the Threads at Claudia Li

Claudia Li presented a stunning collection at Art Beam studios this Wednesday. For Fall/Winter 2016, she wanted to express the idea of preserving oneself after an emotional and mental destruction; embracing the stage that comes after. This stage is shown through various layers, wrapped silhouettes, origami knots, and juxtaposed panels.

The most impressive looks have knotting details– with yarn-sleeved jackets draped to perfection. Her collection is the most innovative I’ve seen in a long time. Keep your eyes peeled for this Claudia Li– she’s new to the game but will be a household name soon.

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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New Obsessions from NYFW

One of the greatest opportunities at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is discovering new designers. It’s like finding a hidden treasure and being able to share it with your friends. Such a win! This season I was lucky to be able to discover many new, talented designers and brands. Let me give you the rundown of some of my favorites.

Georgine

Photos by John Aquino, on WWD

Immediately after the show I wanted to buy literally EVERY piece in Georgine’s collection. It was stunning. Think old Hollywood glamour meets 2014. Leather dresses, leather leggings, and leather skirts. Yes, please! I am loving the leather trend.  It was sophisticated, sexy and seductive. The luxurious pieces, over-sized cashmere coats included, were perfectly tailored and flattering.

Meskita

Photos by Blaire Brown

Designer Alessandra Meskita brought the most innovative and forward-thinking show that I’ve been to in a long time. At first I was skeptical of her many looks that included neoprene. Neoprene is the material used on wetsuits, in case you’re not a textile major.  I was wrong. Look after look (42 looks, to be exact) came down the runway with a chic, glamorous appeal. Her coats were draped flawlessly; then the show transitioned into sophisticated cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, bomber jackets, and leather corsets. I loved this show because Meskita used new materials which gave her line a futuristic feel. I’d love to try one of the neoprene ensembles myself. She made it interesting and incredibly tasteful, which is not an easy task to accomplish. I can’t wait to see what else is in store with this designer!

Mathieu Mirano

Photos by Blaire Brown

Meowwww! It felt like Cat-Woman’s stylist was present at the show because look after look strut down the runway in sexy, seductive leather pieces. Motorcycle jackets paired with skirts, sleek dresses and trenches made their marks. The Parsons grad broke up the dark color palette with copper rose metallics and winter whites. Mirano has a true talent for being able to combine quality, tailored and detailed pieces with the perfect balance of soft femininity and hard structure. Beautiful.

Argentine Designers Premiere at the Tents

The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted 7 lucky finalists the opportunity of a lifetime: to show their lines at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The designers were each handpicked based on their creativity, career progress and ability to show and sell internationally. Viviana Uchitel, Tenaz, Agostina Bianchi, Mariana Dappiano, Fabian Zitta, Daniela Sartori, Marcelo Giacobbe all brought their Argentine flair to New York City which showcased Argentina’s great creativity and talent.

Watch the video to see each designer’s lines—which one is your favorite?