Rootstein Mannequins Presents The Blonds: A Retrospective

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.

iiJin Mixes and Matches Pops, Prints, and the Audience’s Praise

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.

Off to the Pier! Katty Xiomara’s Flirty Fall Winter 2015

A trail of fashion-goers crossed the West Side Highway to make their way to Pier 59 for a sneak peek into Katty Xiomara’s fall/ winter collection. The large space was packed to the brim with guests at the edge of their benches waiting for the drama of the lights turning off and right back on when the first look hits the runway. The show consisted of a more spring-time vibe; full of bright prints, whites, short dresses and short shorts. Sprinkled throughout the collection were a few darker shaded looks of hoodies and the occasional coat, paired with adorable tomboy-boots and heels. The designer is clearly a girl’s girl– the femininity shown broke up a lot of the dark monotony that many designers brought this season. It was a sunshine-meets-sophisticated lunch meeting kind of show.

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Photos by Blaire Brown

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

Fur and Shimmering Looks Dazzle at Son Jung Wan Show

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!

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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