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Our Best Dressed of the Week

ZOE KRAVITZ

Wearing: Christian Dior Couture at the Emmy awards this week, Zoe Kravitz glided onto the red carpet like a rainbow dream. Her gown took over 200 hours to create, which looks straight out of our favorite fantasy land. Winning her a place for best dressed of the week.

KIRSTEN DUNST

Wearing: Rodarte, its one thing to show up in flowers on the runway, but Kirsten Dunst took us to a flower wonderland and wore them on the red carpet to the Hollywood Premier of her film Woodshock. She looked flawless with devine baby breathe wrapped around her floral gown. She earned a spot on our best dressed of the week.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN

Wearing: Calvin Klein, at a young age of 13 Millie Bobby Brown is a legit style princess. Her prima ballerina outfit at the Emmy’s looked like it was taken preciously from your childhood jewelry box and enlarged into the perfect dress. Millie absolutely earned a place in our best dressed this week.

MARGOT ROBBIE

Wearing: Brock Collection, at the London, England Premiere of her upcoming film Goodbye, Chris topher Robin. Margot Robbie wore a sweet frock in vintage floral print that rivals your grandmothers linens for some serious style.

RIHANNA

Wearing: Molly Goddard, Rene Caovilla Sandals, for the third week in a row Rihanna has been showing us what her style is really about, the Emmy’s, and her appearance at Harvey Nichols. This time we are impressed to see her on-trend lavender babydoll dress paired with heels that snake up her calves like magic.

ADWOA ABOAH

Wearing: We can’t help but continuously praise model Adwoa Aboah for her electric style. Only she could successfully wear a orange zebra fur coat, shoulder-grazing statement earrings, and glittery disco-ball eyeshadow.

ANGELA BASSETT

Wearing: Romona Keveza, Angela Bassett attending in 2017 Creative Art Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. The actress grazed us with her fiery presence. Her dresses asymmetrical neckline contrasted by a blunt bob is a killer combo, winning her best dressed of the week.

EMMA STONE

Wearing: Tom Ford, we always strive to match our accessories to our clothes, but Emma Stone’s chained straps make that task a no-brainer. She wore a white-and-gold dress with great gold accessories to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her upcoming film, Battle of the Sexes.

LILY ALDRIDGE

Wearing: Carolina Herrera, Lily Aldridge gave her simple LBD a touch of casual elegance with a statement belt at the Oscar de la Renta runway show. A vintage-inspired fabric belt is now at the top of our autumn shopping list.

SOLANGE KNOWLES

Wearing: Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Solange Knowles debuted her platinum braids at the Maryam Nassir Zadeh show this week, but its her twisted top we’re eyeing. Worn with wide-led trousers and funky sunglasses, it’s a crop top you can wear during the unpredictable weather between fall and summer.

The Most Diverse Runway In History

Plus-size and transgender models on the runway has so far been limited to a model or two per show. That’s not to denigrate those models and designers who promote body positivity; rather, it only confirms that, despite the progress made, there’s still room for improvement. We know improvement is on the way, however we were pleasantly surprised when we sat down for NY Fashion Week to see this improvement first hand.

At swim and activewear brand Chromat, the clothes tell a story as much as the models who wear them. We wanted you guys to take the opening look at the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 runway on Friday night: a blue-black cropped bathing suit top replete with trendy underboob, a Lara Croft Tomb Raider-esque harness, and G-string. It would have been show-defining on its own, but designer Becca McCharen-Tran didn’t cast a straight-size cisgender (non-transsexual) woman, as is the norm in fashion, to open her show. She cast transgender model and activist Leyna Bloom.Plus-size models may be underrepresented relative to the plus-size market, but so too are trans models. Last season, trans models represented 0.17 percent of all model castings, with only 12 appearances, according to the Fashion Spot’s runway-diversity report, making transgender people the least-represented group in fashion.

For Spring 2017, transgender models constituted 0.11 percent of all runway castings in other words, 10 appearances. That’s a slight increase from the Fall 2016 season, which saw eight transgender model castings in total and double the prior season, which saw five. Eight of the 10 sightings took place in New York and four of those occurred at Chromat, where designer Becca McCharen-Tran enlisted Carmen Carrera, Leyna Bloom, Maya Monès and Aurel Haize Odogbo to showcase her architectural pieces (and, in so doing, make the case against tokenism). Ines Rau represented at Hood By Air, known ally of the transgender community. That same day, designer Rio Uribe featured Monès, Torraine Futurum and Farideh Arbanian in his club kid-geared Spring 2017 presentation. “I imagined a man borrowing his girlfriend’s lingerie or wives borrowing their husbands’ shirts and vice versa, with all of it standing for what Gypsy Sport is about: mixing genders, mixing roles, mixing identities,” Uribe told WWD.

Across the pond, Greta La Medica walked for Fausto Puglisi; she was the only transgender model hired in the city for the entire week. Ditto for Lea Tisci, who represented the transgender community in Paris at her namesake’s latest Givenchy showing.

Also making an appearance on the Chromat runway: Jordyn Woods, a Wilhelmina-signed plus-size model popping up all over New York Fashion Week, first made famous for being Kylie Jenner’s best friend (the audience burst into applause when she appeared); older models, thicker and thinner; and racially representative women with natural hair and natural bodies. Stateside, the body-positive movement is gaining unprecedented momentum. The fact that New York’s Spring 2017 runways featured the most plus-size model appearances in recent history is, in a way, a quantification of this progress. Refreshingly, plus models graced high fashion runways and names other than Ashley Graham appeared on programs. Christian Siriano cast five of the top curvy models — Marquita Pring, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Precious Lee, Sabina Karlsson and Georgia Pratt — in his Capri-inspired presentation. Pring took a turn down Tome’s runway. Tracy Reese featured curvy model and activist Desseaux along with curvy non-models, like Kristi Henderson. Karlsson, Denise Bidot, Diana Veras, Iskra Lawrence and Victoria Gomez strolled Chromat’s ever-diverse catwalk.

That said, body diversity continues to lag far behind racial diversity. Of the 2,973 model appearances in New York, plus-size models accounted for 16 spots, which translates to a lowly 0.54 percent. Widen your scope to all of Fashion Month and that number shrinks to 0.18 percent. (Nowhere in Europe did a plus-size model grace the runway.)

Season for season, it seems the only constant is that curvy models account for less than 1 percent of the runway. For Fall 2016, there were but six (albeit less concentrated) plus-size castings. The prior season (Spring 2016) saw 14 plus-size model appearances — all of which came out of Addition Elle and Chromat in New York.

As for the clothes: There were metallic and denim, structural bodices, and reworked corsets suspiciously similar to Instagram-beloved Orseund Iris corsets. Oh, and there were anti-chafe thigh bands, both on the runway and included in guests’ gift bags. And so by the show’s end, Chromat inspired cheers and applause and praise from an exuberant audience; if only it could inspire that within fashion, with a capital F.

What were your thoughts about diversity in the Spring 2017 New York Fashion Runway?

Let us here you in the comments below.

Xx, B

Highlights From NYFW

You know how much we love fashion, and not too mention how much we LOVE NYFW. This year has been amazing so far, so many great new looks from so many great designers. We also are so excited to see all of the social media bloggers, vloggers, and style watchers out at the show and loving their street style! The runway looked absolutely flawless with super models like Kendal Jenner. So though we have so much to share, we had to start with some highlights of some absoultely fabulous designers and their offerings on the runway this year!

RALPH LAUREN

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Ralph Lauren and his luxurious take on the American West. Ralph Lauren’s New York Fashion Week collection included fringed jackets, embroidered western-style shirts, southwestern ponchos, macrame and cowboy hats. He presented his collection in a runway show on the street outside his store, then invited guests inside to buy what they’d just seen. Lauren not only gave a show, but showed us his great marketing skills of his brand and got watchers excited about buying pieces from his line. “Today I am proud to share with you, for the first time ever, my new women’s collection right off the runway and into your lives,” the venerable designer wrote in a statement. “You are changing the way you live and the way you want to shop, and we are changing with you and for you.” The block of Madison Avenue fronting his store was closed off for the glamorous event, held in a temporary glass structure that resembled a greenhouse.

The show literally stopped traffic. “I have always been inspired by the rugged beauty and romance of the American West,” Lauren wrote. “The September Collection is imbued with that spirit, but reinterpreted in a modern glamorous way for the woman whose style is both personal and luxurious.” The show began with items in black, tan, white and brown. It was only toward the end that bright color suddenly popped up with shimmery, slinky dresses in purple, deep pink, red, yellow and bright blue. The real Ralph Lauren color palette we all love so much. At the end, the artist himself, Lauren came out in washed-out jeans, and a work shirt. He came out for his customary wave to the crowd, stopping to make a happy gesture that resembled a flamenco move. Then he retreated into his store, where champagne and caviar and the new clothing, of course awaited the invited guests.

MARCHESA, CHAPMAN & CRAIG

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Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig at Marchesa say they have no trouble thinking of ideas for each new season. “Georgina will call me in the morning and say, ‘I’ve had a dream, I’ve had a thought, we’re gonna do this,'” Craig said in a backstage interview. “The ideas just flow.” Added Chapman: “At the end of the day we have our DNA in the clothes, that we’re very true to, and we enjoy it and we laugh.” For their spring collection, the designers and red-carpet regulars focused on what they called the journey of a day, from sunrise to twilight to darkness. Don’t you just love that description? On the runway, light pinks were for sunrise and yielded to silvery blues and silvers, perhaps for dew. There was gold, to evoke sunlit wheat fields. There was black, too, of course, for the deep night. There were florals galore, some fringe as in a tiered fringe column gown in blue tulle and of course lots of lavish embroidery. Chapman and Craig established their brand more than a decade ago, but say they still haven’t tired of working together. Which we think is true destiny of design partners in crime. “In fact on Saturday night we had a girlie sleepover,” Craig said. “We did,” agreed Chapman. “We sent the kids and husbands away, since we had to work. We had some wine and a good giggle.”

MICHAEL KORS

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Michael Kors put Rufus Wainwright on his runway to belt Judy Garland tunes as models walked in bringing florals and looks in classic navy and white. Kors said in an interview he was thinking about that old chestnut, “‘She’s a real dame,'” a la Barbara Stanwyck and Katharine Hepburn back in the ’40s and Kim Basinger in the ’80s.”These women were sly and feminine but they were definitely in control,” Kors said. He delivered that attitude in sharp tailoring of shoulders and cinched waists, mixed with things like a wide-belted trench coat with an asymmetrical hem, pleated palazzo pants and shoulder-to-wrist rows of ruffles on the sleeves of one collared, see-through button-down blouse. “Something that catches the breeze,” Kors said. Kors, bending to the “see now, buy now” trend, made some looks immediately available, but most of the collection he called timeless, the “opposite of fast fashion.” As we all know, Kors has struggled with critics of his fast fashion designs and couture designs. So this year he made sure everyone knew the difference! That was true of navy blue coats, day dresses and sparkly black evening wear. It might not be true of little bra top and romper sets in browns, or oversized sleeves flopping over hands.

Stay tuned for more updates on NYFW, and we hope your having as much fun at the show as we are!

Xx, B

The Best from Jacobs NYFW

To end New York Fashion Week, Jacobs took over the Ziegfeld Theater sidewalks included and put on a show stopping spectacle worthy of the days when the Ziegfeld was a hot ticket in the town during the 1930’s and 1940’s. If the red carpet and line up of real-life fans and step-and-repeat, by which models had to walk before entering the theater and stage-runway, were any hint, this was going to be big. The clothes were signature Jacobs. Messy, beautiful, punk, ladylike, shiny, grungy, grandpa, and glamorous all in one. A veritable soupcon of ideas pulled together.

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There were tons of red-white-and blues done in jazzy sequins dresses cut with the seam peaked-shoulder, nipped waist silhouette from Hollywood’s golden age, or a sweet tomboy sailor pant worth with lace-up boots from the turn of the last century. But then he spun his time machine to the glamrock 70’s, with platform boots holding up a hungover-looking girl in red hot shiny leather pants a bow blouse and a varsity jacket with patches including the playboy bunny. Elsewhere, Old Glory herself was redone was a shiny leather jacket over a perforated leather skirt and red cowboy boots, Hello Texas! Each look was a visual treat, like unwrapping a gift and finding a surprise. Crochet lace dresses with outrageous feather details and debutante-pretty gauze gowns covered in flowers looked beautifully oddball. But more fun was the face of a model blown up and screaming -in fear? delight? Lets say both- that he printed over an opera cape (worn over a denim dress printed with tickets), a trim day suit and the skirt of Bette Davis -worthy looking.

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Jacob’s is a student of history and fashion. Like the ringleaders he referenced in the shiny embroidered jackets he showed on the runway, he knows how to entertain- while still delivery some solid clothing. He loves humor and irreverence, and is really good at poking fun at fashion and celebrity… perhaps because he knows a thing or two about both. So yes, the night is pretty awesome- especially when the models were broadcast on a giant screen.

 

Xx, B

 

 

 

4 Designers Demanding the Runway

As fashion week is coming to a close, we have seen some amazing designs from well-known designers. We also have seen some amazing collections from some not so well-known designers, which is why we wanted to share with you four designers to watch out for! These up and coming designers are climbing to the top of the industry ever so quickly and are doing it with style. Take a look at these extraordinary collections from some awesome designers.

MARCO DE VINCENZO

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In addition to running his own label, which shows during Fashion week in Milan, de Vincenzo assists with accessories for Fendi, a job he says has deepened his love affair with leather and fur. One of the handful of young designers out of Italy to gain serious traction in the past few years, he is also among the country’s biggest rising stars. Vincenzo’s elegant minimalism is opulent fabrics and easy-to-wear neutrals. His current inspiration is Marble, particularly from his hometown, Rome. Stone is often a theme in da Vincenzo’s collections; his Spring 2012 line was influenced by the Ionic columns of ancient Olympia.

MSGM

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Massimo Giorgetti is known for his exuberant prints and youthful, on-trend look. He channels his varied interests into the design process, creating clothes born of a mash-up of contemporary art and indie music considering he used be a DJ. MSGM is a patriotic endeavor as well: Giorgetti’s line is based in the designer’s native Italy-Milan, to be precise and its all Italian-made. MSGM’s aesthetic consists of kaleidoscopic florals and of-the-moment styling such as spontaneous orange furs!

LUBLU KIRA PLASTININA

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You may recognize this name as the Russian beauty designed for her own label from the time she was fourteen until she turned her attention to the more grown-up Lublu Kira Plastinina. The brand has been around since 2008, but it only recently became a crossover hit in the States, attracting fashionable fans like Taylor Tomasi Hill. Plastinina’s aesthetic is girly with wild prints, knee-length dresses and skirts. Her current inspiration is late 60’s and early 70’s; bright colors for fall like orange and corals.

ROSIE ASSOULIN

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She’s done internships at Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin, Adam Lippes, and Brian Reyes. Now after launching a namesake line for Resort 2014, Assoulin is going to need some interns of her own; The New York designer’s collection was one of the most buzzed-about outings of the season. Assoulin’s aesthetic resembles clean lines and architectural silhouettes; clever plays on volume; modern and ladylike. Her current inspiration is 1940’s and 50’s frocks; traditional dress of Moroccan and Kazakh men.

 

Paris Fashion Week Fav

Although, I must say some of the designers on the runway this year displayed absolutely amazing pieces… Saint Laurent was the Paris Fashion Week Fav!

SAINT LAURENT

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The lights went on and the stage went up, and Hedi Slimane put on yet another raucous, rocking collection, titled “Pretty Boy.” It was pure punk, edgy,  and we can’t wait for the Hedi haters and lovers to battle over this one. The runway was classic to what Paris Fashion Week is all about, Glamour and the Pretty Boy theme complimented this classic catwalk perfectly. He’s been accused of a lot of “Same-y” styles season to season, but this season none of these accusations would stand a chance. The clothes and the vibes change. Slimane just likes it skinny, short, and a little dirty whether its 80’s kids, 70’s disco, or this seasons edgy punk. Saint Laurent is well-known and respected for its thorough characteristics in black and also a point of reference for many other designers. Slimane should be applauding himself for this seasons “Pretty Boy” Punk Collection.

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Slimane’s girl’s displayed a personality of party and were dressed to kill in fit-flare party dresses that ran the from polka-dotted numbers with tulle underskirts for an extra bounce to skintight animal prinkt minis barely hiding under furs in electric hues. The girls fishnets were torn and eye make up caked on to complete the ready-to-go party girl vibe.

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But, these were not even our favorite styles of the collection. Yep, it gets better! For fall there were pretty girls dressed as boys in sinfully skinny cropped pants, white shirts, suspenders and slim ties- so good. To keep the pretty with the boy, Slimane added a hot fiery red lip. The double-breasted pea coats, done in leather and wool made the absolute perfect finish to this edgy pretty boy. These were mixed in with the party crew to balance sass with swag.

Slimane also showed us that he likes it rough, with zippers that unzip across a breast or way up the thigh. Clean up the makeup and men the tights and you’ve got some seriously sexy crafted clothes that sizzle with femme appeal, pretty boy or not. This is a context element. Take all of the attitude and naughty styling away and a leopard cape is opera-worthy, a stapless gown with chiffon peaks sticking straight is red carpet ready, and a binding leather mini unzipping itself to reveal contrasting fabrics beneath looks ready for a chic, exclusive after party.

The context is Slimane displayed was so simple, but if you analyze the styles and take away certain aspects the theme was crafted intelligently and intentionally. The “Pretty Boy” punk theme knocked Saint Laurent right out of the park. It was without a doubt one of our Paris Favs!

 

Our Fav’s from Marc Jacobs NYFW

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For showing the audience what a Fashion Show is truly about, the inspiring Marc Jacobs stood out with his plush pink shag carpet that took up the entire runway. If this pop of pink wasn’t enough for an entrance, Jacobs also had Beats by Dre Headphones plugged into the seats. As each model walked down the runway, each guest heard random everyday sounds as well as the models walking on different textures, with a thoroughly explanation of what was going on during the catwalks. The clothes were noted for their fun and theatrical styles with louche military. A complete opposite of the 50 & 60’s pink shag to make a perfect balance on the runway.

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Marc Jacobs also displayed some amazing color palettes at this year’s NYFW. Jacobs showed diversity from dove gray, nudes, camel tones, rich blues, and dark forest military greens. He showed over 50 ways to wear a field jacket though a number of different combinations such as: swing dresses, cinched satin minis, ball-beaded shirt dresses, day-time party dresses, pajama pants, tank dresses, and evening columns with peek-a-boo slits as well as cropped tops with long, silk skirts.

Not to mention just how AMAZING these field jackets actual looked. The jackets were designed in extra extra large proportions and with silk pockets. Jacobs carried the silk pocket inspiration to cute little sleeveless mini-dresses worn with cross-body bags, and magenta backpacks in silk nylon.

Marc Jacobs displayed modern, feminine utility, and while the stage and the models ‘ spare, homogenous beauty look. Every model had black, shaggy, and edgy bobs as well as ZERO make up! These beauty look’s suggest something severe, the clothes were very wearable. And that’s a pretty great way to end the New York season.

What was your favorite designer from NYFW?

Xx, B

 

NYFW with Sarah Owen

NYFW ALERT: From getting street style papped to sharing a cab with Karlie Kloss (sort of), Youth Editor Sarah Owen shares her experience of the Spring/Summer 2016 shows!

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Here’s what she had to say!

Fashion week in September always beats the February season – think slushy snow and Arctic temperatures versus summer heat and open-air venues – so I was naturally excited for the arrival of the spring/summer 2016 shows.

Weather aside, it was a relief knowing NYFW was venturing downtown and saying adieu to the Lincoln Center, which everyone from designers to editors had begun to disdain. Between attending shows, live-tweeting, trending collection images, juggling social media and guest-blogging for Collective Hub, this season delivered some memorable moments (and tips!). And here they are…

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DKNY x Public School: One of my top shows, perhaps because I gave in to some of the buzz (ICYMI: Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell were recently appointed as the new creative directors). And it all made sense. The show felt very New York, but not so much DKNY. The guys elevated the line, bringing both downtown and uptown elements, and reworked them into a loosely tailored collection of deconstructed power suiting and school uniforms #success.

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Subway vs Taxis: Don’t let those heels fool you. To those sitting at home clicking through street style slideshows it may look like taxis are the only way to go. In reality, the vast number of backed-up black SVU’s waiting outside a show may just mean you’ll be late to your next. Many a time I’ve sat across from top models (think Julia Nobis and Hanne Gabe Odiele) on the subway, because they definitely can’t be late for their call time, and they’re real people too.

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Refinery29’s #29Rooms: I attended the press preview (thank god I did – apparently there were two hour queues when it opened over the weekend). The team at R29 really knocked this one out of the park and it was probably the best way to start NYFW. An immersive 29-room funhouse intended to be a social gift to viewers who come visit and participate in spaces created by artists such as Petra Collins and Shantell Martin. My favourite was probably Print All Over Me’s aMaze room, featuring a labyrinth of bold patterned rooms that I fittingly dubbed 29Shrooms.

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Frame Denim: I’m a sucker for American classics and this season’s presentation was exactly that – wearable, digestible, and polished. The team gifted all editors with a pair of Frame denim jeans, which is smart thinking given the success of the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker they gave out to editors a few seasons ago. Side note: after the show, I ended up jumping in the taxi Karlie Kloss was getting out of and my colleague began laughing after I sat in a pile of her sweat. I get it! The girl’s running around, it’s hot as can be, and those leather (probably pleather) seats aren’t so bare leg friendly.

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Art Happenings: I make the most of the shows being held over on the west side to pop into a few of my favourite galleries in Chelsea, because #Instagram and #ArtLover. I was lucky enough to catch Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural recreation at Gagosian Gallery right before dashing to the Tibi show.

Xx, B