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.
Claudia Li presented a stunning collection at Art Beam studios this Wednesday. For Fall/Winter 2016, she wanted to express the idea of preserving oneself after an emotional and mental destruction; embracing the stage that comes after. This stage is shown through various layers, wrapped silhouettes, origami knots, and juxtaposed panels.
The most impressive looks have knotting details– with yarn-sleeved jackets draped to perfection. Her collection is the most innovative I’ve seen in a long time. Keep your eyes peeled for this Claudia Li– she’s new to the game but will be a household name soon.
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!
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.
The Arc at Moynihan Station (where NYFW’s The Shows were held this season) was packed to the brim with onlookers ready for the Desigual show. The retail giant adds an extra punch each season to their runway game to bring the audience back for more. Known for their vibrant hues and playful patterns, the brand continued to design with their nonchalant, easy-going woman at mind. A woman that plays many roles on a daily basis– a woman that gleams in the morning and glows in the evening with a unified, authentic and cosmopolitan flow. To me one of the most interesting parts of the show was the eccentric headpieces. Scarves wrapped into mohawk-esque style with feminine dresses and popping prints kept the audience wanting to see more– and more they did (even online!) when models passed around a selfie-stick held iPhone while filming the runway show to online viewers that couldn’t make it. It made for a fun, technology-forward event. Take a peek and watch this fun behind-the-scenes video of what I was able to attend!
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?!
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.
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.
Photos by Blaire Brown