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NYFW Borough Jumping – Alexander Wang to Show in Brooklyn

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Posted on January 15, 2014 by

New York Fashion Week is fast-approaching and the designers continue to scatter. The latest designer to switch locations is Alexander Wang and he didn’t just decide to choose another location in Manhattan, he chose another borough. Wang gave his 5 p.m. spot to Joseph Altuzarra and decided to cross the East River to Brooklyn to present his fall collection at the Duggal Greenhouse located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s not a big deal… it’s just another borough that’s slightly more difficult to get to. Muah-ha-ha.

A Look from Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2014

A Look from Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2014

Wang’s not the only designer switching it up. Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors haven’t turned their backs on Manhattan, but they have decided to show at Spring Studios in TriBeCa versus The Theatre at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Vera Wang is taking her collection to the Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea.

The Fall/Winter 2014 collections seem to have brought on the urge to try something new in 2014 for many designers. Whether it’s the costs, the overwhelming (and random) attendance at Lincoln Center, or just the desire to mix things up, designers seem to be growing weary of the fashion week madness. We see no issue with scattering shows across New York City, but we are interested to see if the tactic will ease the current situation.

See you in Brooklyn!

via WWD

MBFW: Day 1 Re-Cap

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Posted on September 6, 2012 by

It’s today, today! The day that marks the push to get Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week rolling! We’ve been checking in to YouTube’s Live From the Runway channel and re-watching the shows all morning over here in LA, feeling excitement all around. Bright and early, the digitally broadcast day began with Burning Man chic from Nicholas K, followed up by a show from BCBG that trickled down the runway like a dark romantic novel. Then we had some sporty spice from mister Richard Chai and lastly (at least for us online), the impeccable elegance of Tadashi Shoji. Below, we’ll walk you through four fabulous Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collections, accompanied by pictures courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily and Nordstrom.

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Nicholas K

This brother and sister team started the day out nicely, showing a solid collection true to their functional, yet sophisticated form. The mens and womenswear pieces followed a very neutral and muted colorway, with dessert camels and tans swaying along with periwinkles, celeries, and rusts. The fabric was light, the flow was paramount, and the layering was essential. We are still seeing lots of sheer, lightweight fabrics and color blocked pieces in this line for Spring 2013.

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BCBG Max Azria

The fan and critic favorite of the day seemed to come from the Bon Chic, Bon Genre crew headed by Max Azria. This show was a dream for those who love romance with an edge. Color-speaking, the palette was largely based off of one basic base – black or white…then paired with a blush, peach, periwinkle or lavender. Stealing the show, however, was BCBG’s use of texture. Each outfit was detailed with leather bondage casing and lace paneling that instantly added appeal. Aesthetically speaking, this entire collection was very linear, making the body less curvy, more slinky like they were wearing an updated version of boudoir lingerie. And while the silhouettes and prints remained very feminine, the model’s tousled hair and day old eyeliner with a swipe of rouge really balanced on the brim of rock and roll.

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Richard Chai

Although in his profile picture on the MBFW website, Richard Chai can be seen donning a Nirvana tee…do not be fooled into thinking his collection reflects anything grunge. Quite to the contrary, Chai sent down a parade of sport and prep-school style today in his Spring Ready-To-Wear show. We continued to see that ever present periwinkle, then introducing a refreshing avocado. The colorway dropped off in the latter half of his show, getting into navy, charcoal and taupe areas…using color blocking and paneling to create dimension. For both menswear and womens, the feel was very Pleasantville meets futuristic, using iridescent fabrics and matrix-esque sequins and prints on classic button down shirts and A-line skirts. He kept things fresh and playful with floral bralettes, rib cage cut-outs, and shorts as bottoms in a suit pair.

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Tadashi Shoji

Hold up…were we just watching a red carpet barrage or was that Tadashi Shoji’s Spring RTW collection? We swear any one of Shoji’s beauties (dresses, that is) will be waltzing down to receive awards on the likes of any famed actress or musician very soon. Each gown was a masterpiece, carefully crafted to grant it’s wearer poise and divinity, but with the utmost of confidence. We saw a different color on nearly every dress, from deep coral, watery cobalt, and springtime lilac to rich ivories and basic blacks. Lace stole most of the show’s attention, but in many different shapes and forms. There were collared shifts, off the shoulder sleeves, Grecian strapping, and tulle wrapping to make a whirlwind of ethereal fancy throughout.

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JBCStyle – NYFW Top Pick – Day 8

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Posted on February 16, 2012 by

The final day of New York Fashion Week came with some unfortunate news as the previous night we heard of the passing of fashion icon and socialite, Zelda Kaplan.  Her unique style and grace will be missed.

She told The Post in 2010, “I wish more people would have [clothes] made for them. But so many Americans want to look like everybody else . . . I hate to wear what everybody else is wearing . . . I don’t think people should be happy to be a clone.”

As in all aspects of life, the show must go on.  Especially in the world of fashion.  We decided to feature the Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 RTW Collection today as our favorite pick.  The collection shows his legendary range so well, it’s capable of standing alone.

For starters, the boyish looks that kicked off the show set to the soundtrack of Downtown Abbey offered an updated, Ralph Lauren touch to what could have been a dated look.  Animal prints, fur collars, spot-on tailoring, pops of color and mixed-prints co-mingled to create well-suited pairings.

 

    

 

To continue the the suiting theme, silk-velvet combinations were shown in black as well as red and deep violet jewel tones.  Top hats, black gloves and canes served as accessories.  A bold touch of fuchsia towards the end of the show added some spark in the form of two gowns, shown in strapless and one-shouldered designs.

         

Towards the end, gold shimmered with black as an anchor.  This portion of the show had a modern appeal though inspiration seemed to stem from the twenties through the usage of beading and embroidery in flapper and column dresses.

        

 

And there it is, New York Fashion Week in a series of highlights from the beginning to the end.  Until next season New York, we’re off to London!

 

NYFW | Timo Weiland RTW Fall 2012

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Posted on February 13, 2012 by

 

Hailing from Seattle, I know a thing or two about grunge.  Walking out into a day long drizzle ahead, your options tend to be limited and your mood…less than bright.  Grunge comes out of a literal darkness, a boredom, a freedom, and a carelessness.  Timo Weiland took these attitudes into great consideration for their latest line, with grunge being the obvious undertone.  However, they took out the boredom and carelessness and replaced it with invention and effortless style.

Both contributing designers, Timo and Alan Eckstein, grew up in artistic environments…and both know the urban lifestyle, while still respecting an agrestic energy and aesthetic.  Their love for travel and history is apparent in their Ready to Wear line for Fall 2012, which displays Timo Weiland’s intrinsic synchronicity between fabric texture, color and draping.  We love the above design, a skirt that almost appears to be a flannel tied round her waist…but made much more interesting as a skirt.  The over-sized sweater and fur color are a brilliant play on balance.  Also shown amidst the lady’s looks, were some very timeless mens designs…including this sharp leather sleeved, plaid version of a baseball jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timo’s evolution of the maxi length was a favorite…layering opposite textures and prints, splicing them, and revealing another.  Creating elevation difference really added intrigue to a nearly overdone hemline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although one could have read their menswear as ‘safe’…there was a more subtle leap noticed in their color and textile pairing, than the actual designs themselves.  Showing off a man’s ability to wear floral and magenta in all the right ways was brave and wonderfully executed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These last three were my favored picks…so enthralled with the rich, jewel-toned velvets and the cuts.  Having a cut-away back on an elegant dress is a great way to showcase one of the most attractive areas on the female.  And the ‘mullet’ style hem on this plum sleeveless shirt is a perfect way to show off an awesome pair of high-waisted anythings.  The middle look is something I’m excited to try…laying tights, socks, and two skirts together??  It looks chic and so, so warm.

 

 

JBCStyle – NYFW Top Picks – Day 5

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Posted on February 13, 2012 by

As the days of New York Fashion Week go by, the shows continue to electrify and it’s becoming a tough task to choose just three to highlight.  We finally narrowed it down to these fabulous designers:

Zac Posen – Zac Posen’s Fall 2012 RTW Collection was inspired by Japan with the use of jewel tones of red and blue and the addition of kimono sleeves and obi sashes.  Our favorite looks came later in the show; and as awards season continues, we immediately pictured these looks on the red carpet.  Curve-hugging gowns from knee-length to floor-sweeping in an array of hues to compliment different skin tones.  Don’t forget the shimmer.  Top left, this strapless piece in pale, shimmering gold with its tight waist and bustier bodice wins “best dressed” today.  Congratulations Mr. Posen, would you like to say a few words?

              

Custo Barcelona – The brothers Dalmau, Custo and David, are inspired by their world travels and compelled to consistently create collections that embody their vision in a mash-up form that loosely aims to come together on the runway.  We enjoyed the mixed-print meets fusion of textures, patchwork knits and synthetic fibers vibe.  For the daring, we say get in touch with your inner hobo and channel some Euro-style.  Mix it up!  For the more subtle, yet stylish girl, this collection works just as well if you choose to separate the pieces and tone them down with some solid colors.

         

Catherine Malandrino – Man-killing cat-woman?  Yes, the 1942 horror flick, La Féline, featuring a temptress by day, man-killer by night cat-woman inspired the Fall 2012 Black Label Collection.  The femme-fatale theme was laid out in designs with the use of stretch vinyl, embossed-crocodile leather, laser-cut leather, sheer mesh fabrics and bustier dresses.  Our top picks below are sexy, borderline suggestive and perfect for a night out on the prowl.  Me-Ow!!

        

JBCStyle – NYFW Top Picks – Day 4

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Posted on February 12, 2012 by

1. Tribune Standard – Perhaps one of the more pleasantly surprising favorites of the day…Tawfik Mounayer’s collection was a ‘soaring’ success.  Now, maybe I’m a bit biased because I’m obsessed with texture myself…but Tribune Standard has texture down to a science for Fall 2012.  We’ve got everything from laces to leather, with really fun (and probably very tactile) feathery tops and knit hats.  The whole show had a feel of a flock of birds in the dead of winter…with layers like plumage and a strong, graceful presence.  Not to mention, that sky high bun pulled so taught atop each model’s crown.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Edun –  This designer knows how to layer a woman sexy.  We saw thick knit sweaters in ultramarine, pleated skirts and warm winter coats of plaid, leather accents galore, all matched with slinky zebra and abstract print dresses and base layers.  But what really won me was Edun’s intelligent use of pockets…in the skirts, sleeveless jackets, dresses…everything!  Oh, praise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Diane von Furstenberg- DVF may be telepathic.  Recently when I’ve been frantically getting ready for an event, I’ve had need for some classic inspiration.  So my intrigue was tapped when, in her show notes, DVF even stated that her Fall RTW collection was about being ‘glamorous at a moment’s notice’ and having ‘a heightened awareness of the promise of places she has not yet been.’  Each look portrayed this woman who knows everything in her closet, and how to pair them at the drop of a hat…but with a different twist each time.  The color mixing was smart, the sparkle…just enough, and that hand print-puzzle dress was ever so chic.  Really, the collection in it’s entirety was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW: BCBG Max Azria RTW Fall 2012

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Posted on February 9, 2012 by

Painting by: Piet Mondrian

BCBGMAXAZRIA was one of the first shows to kick off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.  Models gracing the runway looked like Bauhaus paintings marching in a gallery…there was colorblocking galore and a bold, yet painterly feel to each of the pieces.  I couldn’t help but compare the looks to something Margot Tenenbaum would have worn.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum: The Royal Tenenbaums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as texture and style, BCBG mixed some masculine with some feminine form. We saw straight line dresses, trenches and jumpsuits paired with furs and leather. Hair was kept sleek and parted to the side.

One tweet during the show referenced a late 1970′s discount clothing commercial entitled The Other Korvettes; and I can’t say I disagree.  The ebony and ivory with the melange of colors, ranging from highlighter yellow to royal blue to that tangerine we love so dearly, mixed with 70′s pant suit neutrals all proved a proper tribute to the seven elements of art.

Click through to see some of our favorite looks:

“Mercedes-Benz Presents” Title Awarded to Naeem Khan

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Posted on February 2, 2012 by

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) is fast approaching and the luxury car company has named Naeem Khan this year’s “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer.

Naeem Khan, known for designing luxurious gowns and separates, has a fan base that includes Beyoncé, Florence Welch, First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Lea Michelle.  Khan’s creations are all embroidered by hand and cut to create a silhouette that can only be mastered by a designer who has been trained to drape and cut in the most innovative ways that exist.

Khan launched his collection, Naeem Khan, in 2003 and has grown from selling in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to selling in more than 100 specialty stores worldwide.  In 2008, he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Naeem Khan states-

“As a lifetime Mercedes-Benz owner, the honor of being chosen as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designer has a very special meaning to me.  I am thrilled to receive this accolade from a brand that shares the same passion for innovative design and quality craftsmanship that I do.”

To kick off this season’s shows, Khan will make a special appearance at the Fashion’s Night In event on Feb. 9. As part of the program, Mercedes-Benz is featuring a display in the lobby of the Lincoln Center during fashion week showcasing pieces from the Naeem Khan collection alongside the 2012 ML63 AMG SUV.  Khan’s runway show is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2PM in the theatre.

Some looks from the Naeem Khan Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection:

          

Mercedes-Benz chooses a designer every Fashion Week in New York and Miami to collaborate on a project to compliment the brand’s automobiles of the season.  The designer is chosen based on unique style, innovation and the quality of materials used in regards to their collections.  The final criteria is the designer must have been successful over the past seven years in all three of the previously mentioned areas.

In the past, the prestigious title has been rewarded to Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, and Badgley Mischka to name a few.  More recent designers rewarded include: Derek Lam-Spring 2012, LUXE by Lisa Vogel- Swim 2012, Hervé Léger by Max Azria-Fall 2011, and Carolina Herrera-Spring 2011.

 

 

METRO Taps Karl Lagerfeld as Guest Editor in Chief

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Posted on January 23, 2012 by

On February 7, Karl Lagerfeld will act as Guest Editor in Chief for Metro.  Set to run in 100 cities in 22 countries, the special issue will kick off Metro’s coverage of fashion week.

Metro, a free daily newspaper, has a daily readership of more than 17 million people globally.  Keep an eye out for The World According to Karl: Lagerfeld for Metro.

February is also when the Karl Lagerfeld website is set to go live featuring the Karl collection.  An exclusive pre-launch will be available Jan 25 at net-a-porter.com and karllagerfeld.com.