Fashionably late? Not at Rubin Singer’s presentation. Fashion week is notorious for shows starting late, but when I walked into Singer’s presentation it was a packed space. The venue was filled with fashion-goers buzzing about the impressive looks that surrounded them on platforms. The designer focused on bringing new textures and shapes for the Fall/Winter season, while incorporating his love for architectural designs.
Worth the “double-tap” and regramming this week–twenty-four year old Vivi Moya debuted as a designer this Wednesday at NYFW with a generation selfie-inspired collection, “Your Brain on Likes.” Her brand, Vivi Academy, kickstarted my fashion week at Sixty Tenth in Meatpacking district. The stages were set with platforms scattered around the room, surrounded by tall glass windows. Models came out one by one to stand and show off their looks while guests strolled around to check out the details up close while a projector cast a video that showed Moya’s inspiration. The short film was of a girl taking lines of sequined-hearts like cocaine, with the idea of the Vivi Academy girl getting high from likes and the selfie-focused mentality. The inspiration trickled from the film onto the models’ make-up styling, in which models had hearts around their eyes. Scroll through the slideshow to see Moya’s creations. After meeting her charming personality and hearing her enthusiasm to design, this designer is going places!
New York City hadn’t seen a rainstorm quite like it had on Thursday in a while. It didn’t weary the guests that attended the Michel COMTE and MILK collaboration: A Collaboration 1996-2016, not one bit. After mixing and mingling with others at the event, it was hardly a blur of people. Instead, it was incredibly refreshing to see each person’s unique personality and style stand out—the perfect mix of individuals that were not going to let a few rain clouds take away their shine. Take a peek at the photos of the grand opening party—and be sure to stop by Milk to see the exhibit!
Michael Costello designed one of the most glamorous collections I had seen during the entire fashion week. The past Project Runway contestant sent flowing gowns, Hollywood-esque sequined pantsuits, other elegant red carpet worthy looks all floated down the runway at Pier 59. Each model entering the horse-shoe shaped catwalk was a “wow” piece—it was truly gorgeous!
Noon by Noor took the relaxation vibes of spring and channeled sporty, relaxed fits for their most iconic styles for SS16. The designers used fresh colors, punchy bold prints and luxurious details to their youthful line. Tropical leaf and flock prints created great graphic looks next to feather light fabrics, with an offset of standout pieces like the sheer gold stripe dress and lavender bubble blossom cape. Sporty met femininity on this runway– and it was received well by the adoring audience. A cute (and tasty!) touch were the “N” and flower shaped cookies given to the audience– yes, please!
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.
Southwestern styles beamed with pure sophistication in SoHo during New York Fashion Week. Jeffrey Dodd presented his spring/summer 2016 collection at his modern showroom. I was lucky enough to browse through a beautifully detailed line of textures, frayed fringe, minimalist sharp tailoring and stacked sequins– all inspired by kachina dolls he collected growing up. Using these characters as inspiration led Dodd into creating not only a unique line, but one of great variety while maintaining the perfect cohesive touch that can drive you to mix and match the perfect outfit from his line alone. Here are some photos of key pieces in the collection. How amazing is that brown coat?!
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.
Photos by Blaire Brown
A fusion of classical and futurist motifs filtered through technology adorned the walls of the Milk Gallery NYC last week at the private opening for Tim Richardson’s Spiritual Machine. Richardson’s images move far beyond the camera, exploring the figure and fashion through motion capture, scanning, and 3D imaging which became apparent each corner we turned throughout the show. The gallery is showing pieces that were editorial gems from magazines like Vogue Hommes Japan, V magazine, and Dazed and Confused– just to name a few. Julie and I mixed and mingled through the artsy crowd which was an exhibit and scene in itself. My favorite part about attending these events is the people watching: the clothing is amazing and such characters are so interesting to meet! Check out my photos to see our adventure unravel. The exhibit will be held at Milk Gallery until May 31st— grab some coffee at the Chelsea Market and go pop in and see the art in person before it’s gone!
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.