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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.