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NYFW: J. MENDEL SS/15

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NEW YORK, NY September 13, 2014

J. Mendel produced a vibrant collection during New York Fashion Week, full of visual thrills that were a bit of a surprise from the designer. Mendel collaborated with artist Enoc Perez for his spring/summer 2015 line to recreate the artist’s paintings of architectural structures through fashion. Colors and prints were a solid representation of Perez, so one can imagine it was only natural for these two minds to intercept.

Prints of large multi-windowed buildings are used throughout the collection on both evening and ready-to-wear. The color palette is a vivid array of energetic hues from orange red to bright turquoise, shimmery silver to dark black. Perez has often incorporated collage into his works of art and Mendel follows suit by dissecting solids and prints into strips, then piecing them back together in a mix to create abstract dresses and miniskirts. We love what he did with a strapless leather jumpsuit in support of this theme. For eveningwear, Mendel shifts his intentions towards more streamlined silhouettes, invoking lean architectural lines and columns.

 

NYFW: MONIQUE LHUILLIER SS/15

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One single word played over and over in our minds as each look floated down the garden-like runway at Monique Lhuillier’s show: lovely. Every single confection is undoubtedly so. The designer was inspired by the first few moments of sunrise, when the pinkish-golden light starts to saturate the world it touches. She took us there. Lhuillier brought her dreamscapes to life for her spring/summer 2015, and we are so happy she did.

As if borrowed directly from the palette of a Degas, pastel shades in a sunrise sky and metallic reflections in hues of soft pink, sky blue, lavender, mint, and pale yellow are primary. Silhouettes are full of volume and delicate design accents with layered organza peplums, structured full skirts, and exaggerated sleeves create visual indulgence. The designer includes a few notable modern elements to this collection with noir coated mesh, laminated lace, and shimmering embroidery. Gowns have an ease about them while still remaining fresh, with intricate details, and hemlines that weren’t favorable to one particular length.

Every look was as lovely as its predecessor, but there is one gown that we are still dreaming about: The iridescent rose lame’ strapless tea length dress with full skirt. Talk about swoon-worthy. It’s everything we love about the 80s but oh, so much more chic.

 

NYFW: LIBERTINE SS/15

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Johnson Hartig, the creative force behind the house of Libertine, is known as the party boy of Fashion Week, so it’s no surprise that a ticket into his runway show is a hot commodity. The co-ed group of models got glammed up with big hair and were pampered with manicures featuring the craziest nail art. Somehow, with their poofy locks and finger flair, they managed to fit into their bizarre digs, which included oversized coats, bell-bottoms, and peplum mini dresses.

Everywhere you looked there was something magical. It was a hodgepodge of images from The Clash, to an assortment of colorful furry balls, rose patches, devil faces, and skulls.

Hartig directed his models to carry their phones with them during the finale. “I want you guys taking selfies!” The models excitedly screeched at the thought of this uncustomary procedure.

Sure enough, at the finale, after they had worked the runway, each model paraded down the maze-like strip, with their Halloween bling, fringe frocks, and, of course, their phones.

 

 

 

Mary Katrantzou Accessories 2015

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Mary Katrantzou, known for her dizzying digital patterns and intense textiles, turned to more historical printmaking for her Resort 2015collection: letters. The accessories line follows suit, presenting a lively, yet bold array of the signature MVK bag and minaudières.

The MVK bag, returning from previous seasons, appears in colorful, yet wearable palettes. Pink comes up in various tones, as it is paired with metallic blue, lemon, amber, and black.

New to the brand is a series of minaudières that spell M-A-R-Y. Shaped in an art deco font, the bags combine marble, wood, python, and tortoise shell with shades of grey, black, blue, and green. In future seasons, more letters will be added completing the alphabet.

 

The Highest Paid Models Of 2014

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NEW YORK, NY August 26, 2014

It’s not the most unexpected list, but Forbes has released the names of the world’s highest-paid models of 2014, and Gisele Bundchen tops the list by miles. Mrs. Brady comes in at number one with an estimated $47 million (before taxes and fees) in the past 12 months. Others on the list include Doutzen Kroes, who pulled in $8 million for her work with Victoria’s Secret, H&M, and her L’Oreal contract. Adriana Limaalso took home $8 million as the brand ambassador for Desigual and her return as the face of Maybelline, 11 years after first signing with them. Kate Moss makes her regular appearance on the list with $7 million in the bank, and Kate Upton, Liu Wen, and Miranda Kerr took home $7 million apiece as qwll, while Alessandra Ambrosio and Hilary Rhoda are “slumming” it with $5 million in the bank these days. Others in the millionaires club include the usual suspects, such as Natalia Vodianova, Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Anja Rubik, Cara Delevingne, Candice Swanepoel, Joan Smalls, Erin Wasson, Erin Heatherton, Lindsey Wixson, and Daria Werbowy.

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