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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

 

 

 

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