Femininity and Glamour at RAOUL F/W 2014

RAOUL presented a beautiful, feminine ready-to-wear line at the off-site location Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse this morning to kick-start my fashion week events. The models stood on the stage that curved around the room, some chatting to each other while the press mingled and took their photos. My favorite looks were the vintage-esque ensembles—the prints mixed with powder blue tones and marigold. Each look was feminine, but had a modern twist.  LOVE IT.  In addition, RAOUL launched a new accessories and shoe (!!!) line. What do you think of the looks? Which is your favorite?

Katie Gallagher’s Funeral Flowers Prevail

Upon arrival at The Raven on that hot, September day of New York Fashion Week—guests spiraled up the staircase into a packed room full of press and fans alike. Each lined up to get the best photos possible of the new spring summer 2014 Katie Gallagher collection, while others bee-lined to the bar to cool off with a vodka lemonade—both excellent choices.

Models stood against the backdrop of a blank white wall—staggered positioning based on height alone. The minimalist, yet edgy line was inspired by the song “Blume” [lyric: For you I am a Chrysanthemum/Supervova, Urgent Star/  For you, I’ll be a dandelion, a thousand flowerettes in the sky, or just a drop in the ocean} and funeral flowers. The line titled ‘Bloom’ for spring/summer examines our tendency to conceal unpleasant ordeals with beautiful objects.  I had to wonder if they had to draw sticks or not, as some models got the short end of the deal and had to bite onto a rose for the entire presentation.

Take a look at the happy models [note: sarcasm] and let me know what you think of the presentation. I found her inspirations to be interesting and unique, and her line clearly stayed true to the theme.

Check out www.katiegallagher.com – I recommend watching the videos of her previous lines, too– entertaining!

Step into the Ring at Zimmermann’s “Ringmaster” Fashion Show

Elegance, classicism, femininity with a rural touch are just a few ways to describe the Zimmerman collection. High end ready to wear with sophisticated draping is what the two Australian designers are best known for—and Nicky & Simone Zimmermann proved it to be true at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

With a very complex show of juxtaposition between fabrics and the different shapes, this season Zimmermann went with a theme called “The Ringmaster,” in which the proportions “defied gravity” with buoyant, coated fabrications floating like puffs of air around the body. Holding true to the theme, soft silhouettes flowed with each step—but sharp asymmetrical cuts and plunging necklines kept the line modern and fresh. Color is injected as though looking at old photographs; dreamy, feminine hues softening a bold base of black and white.

I fell in love with this collection, and not just because of the romanticism it portrayed. The colors, the styling, the movement of the fabrics, the creative structures: all create a gorgeous fashion line that I want to be seen in. Congratulations to the designers for a wonderful spring/summer show!

For more of Zimmermann, check out www.Zimmermannwear.com

Introducing Abraham Pelham’s Pret-a-Porter Line Fall 2013

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New York, New York—What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than by viewing lovely, carefully designed clothes over mimosas? That is precisely what I did.  I walked into the Trump International Hotel Tower to view none other than the celebrated couturier Abraham Pelham’s first ever ready-to-wear collection.  Pelham’s home-base is in Paris, but lucky for me, I got an exclusive preview of the collection while he was in town for New York Fashion Week.

At the presentation I was graciously greeted and led into a beautiful showroom. The designer himself was there to show his newest creations. What struck me the most about the line was the incredible, luxe fabrics and the precise workmanship involved. Each piece is impeccably designed and made sure of that it is absolutely perfect. Each stripe, button detail, and pocket strategically placed. When the model wearing the red jacket put her hands in the pockets it was a surprise because they’re so carefully placed; it isn’t apparent until they’re used.

The bows, fabricated buttons, and cuts are a few of the key details that create an extra feminine look in Pelham’s prêt-a-porter line. The pieces are chic and classic. Because of the silhouettes (see the skirts!) the line stayed young and fresh, while still maintaining the sophistication level.  Despite the beautiful craftsmanship, I thought the pants weren’t the most notable pieces of the line. I appreciated the feminine tops and coats over anything else in the collection.  The bandage-skirts however were for sale at Express when I worked there 3 years ago– maybe it wasn’t necessary for a couturier’s RTW line?

When asked why he decided to design a prêt-a-porter line in addition to his couture, he explained that his clients have been asking him to do this for the past 7 years. Everyone has their hands on Chanel for daytime, but his pieces haven’t been available for daytime looks. Finally, 2013 has rolled around and this year he has decided to produce it. His clients will be very pleased to show the looks off to their friends at the next event.