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

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

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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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?

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.

Son Jung Wan Brings Cool Metallics for Fall

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Photo by Rodin Banica

Metallic lips, fabulous furs, and pastel metallics marched around the maze set-up in the Pavilion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Son Jung Wan’s collection had arrived at the Lincoln Center at last. I always look forward to Wan’s collection each fashion week—it brings fresh looks and always remains feminine and beautiful. This one was even more beautiful than her last collection, which is saying a lot! The runway was set-up for models to walk in and out of rows of the audience which gave more people the opportunity to see the fine details Wan put into her collection. I loved the furs and the puzzle-piece work of the dresses. The star-studded audience consisted of “Lily Van der Woodsen,” Kelly Rutherford from Gossip Girl and Adrienne Bailon, star from Cheetah Girls. The entire show was stunning.

Above photos all by Rodin Banica

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Photos by Blaire Brown

I ran into my Chic Galleria friend, Brittany Leung, at the show. Our camera-shy selves decided to take photos with the SJW background– how cute is Brittany in her blue hat?!

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Shoe Heaven in the Empire Hotel

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.

Stylistas Continue to Leave their Mark

It’s Saturday and the fashionistas are all out flaunting it in front of the Lincoln Center tents. Effortless, thrown together styles? Probably not, but they each bring a piece of their own individuality to the table that makes New York City such a fantastic fashion hub. They look fabulous, we know it, so why not share their looks? Here are some that I bumped into today.