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Tadashi Shoji F/W15: A Sky Voyager

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New York, NY February 24, 2015

Tadashi Shoji brings ethereal silhouettes to his Fall 2015 collection this season. Gowns float across the runway in silk organza and hand cut tulle. It almost felt as if the models were soaring through time in pieces that you wanted to touch. Ivories, navy, grape and steel were among some of the color palette. Feathers of frayed-edge silk, faux fur and floor-length capes gave the collection a dreamy vibe.

Pay close attention to the detailed hand beading that appears throughout the line because it will blow you away. Each season Tadashi brings elegance to the table but this season he has outdone himself with true beauty. The pieces have a sense of weightlessness which have influenced metallic embroideries as well as semiopaque hues. Simply wonderful.

Shannon Yoachum

NYFW: Michael Costello F/W15-16

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New York, NY February 23, 2015

Michael Costello’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection speaks to the modern woman who is transformative, seductive and natural. Michael was very inspired by the idea of a woman attending events in Japan, Paris and London. His woman demands attention from one side of the world to the other tthrough her style and natural sensual fluidity. He has been inspired by Japanese minimalism, Parisian Sparkle and Londons layers. Autumn/Winter for Michael Costello is filled with new ideas that he is ready to show the industry.

Friends of the designer flocked to Lincoln Center in excited anticipation for the groundbreaking new collection. Guests included Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, Ty Hunter, Christina Milian, Lilly Ghalichi, Adrienne Bailon and many others in the entertainment industry.

NYFW: LIE SANGBONG A/W15-16

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New York, NY February 21, 2015

The LIE SANGBONG Fall/Winter 2015 collection, entitled “Oriental Ink,” is a study in modern elegance. Beginning with an examination of linear oriental ink paintings of peonies, Mr. Lie found inspiration in the juxtaposition of the clean lines of the drawings and the shape and vibrancy of the flower’s petals. A focus on suiting and outwear showcases the brand’s signature sophisticated constructions and multi-dimensional fabrications.

“I wanted to focus on subtlety and to explore the mixing and matching of classic autumnal fabrics in new and fresh ways,” said Mr. Lie.

The Fall/Winter collection features deceptively minimal, linear silhouettes that emphasize the waist. A color palate of camel, navy, burgundy and grey is punctuated with graphic red, black and white. Precisely tailored coats, jackets and skirts were created by combining curvilinear pleated seams, layered petal-shaped fabric panels and slits, complimenting the movement of the wearer. Offering utility, the majority of outerwear pieces include detachable knit or fur collars and are fully reversible.

Texture, too, adds interest, demonstrated best in exceptional cropped jackets and sleeveless vests in dyed Kalgan fur and curly Mongolian lamb. Stand-out evening coats are offered in specialty fabrics: a black and white jacquard with leather sleeves, a black lacquered basket weave wool with pony hair accents and a black and white gingham print shearling with an embroidered cherry blossom motif and sequin accents.

“I think women are looking toward minimalism and simplicity, but with playful, veiled contrasts to add uniqueness and individuality,” said Lie.

Graphic peony-inspired black and white prints are utilized in oversized and reduced formats, on a dress and coat.

To complement the collection, LIE SANGBONG has collaborated with Sun K. Kwak, a Korean-born, New York City-based artist. Kwak is well known for her signature three-dimensional “space drawings” constructed entirely of making tape. For the Fall/Winter 2015 runway show, Kwak is creating a site-specific drawing installation which will run across the venue walls and down the entire 86 ft. long runway. The work aims to rhythmically transform the space and challenge the viewers’’ sense of perception.

 

The LIE SANGBONG Fall-Winter 2015 collection will be available in August 2015 at retailers across the globe, including the brand’s recently opened US boutique located at 30 Gansevoort St in New York City.

 

W HOTELS WORLDWIDE PRESENTS W BEIJING CHANG’AN: ROCK THE EMPIRE GLOBAL TOUR

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New York, NY February 21, 2015

Global Happening to Celebrate the Newly Opened W Beijing – Chang’an Lands in New York City with Burlesque Performance Curated by Dita Von Teese, Cocktails and Chinese Culture

The newly opened W Beijing – Chang’an is about to land in New York City for an electrifying start to the Chinese New Year! 

W Beijing Chang’an: Rock the Empire Global Tour is a traveling installation featuring a larger than life birdcage that will play host to a dazzling, East-meets-West evening of cabaret curated by Dita Von Teese, cocktails and Chinese culture. At W Downtown, W Beijing: Rock the Empire will transform The Living Room Bar & Terrace into a bastion of Beijing glamour with an arsenal of gilded décor. Inspired by China’s multi-century love affair with bird keeping, an art form that has been passed down from the royal and noble to the everyday citizen, the Rock the Empire birdcage exudes the essence of W Beijing, artfully juxtaposing a Ming vase-shaped interior with glossy Chinese landscape patterns.

The installation will be open to the public from February 19 to Monday, February 23. In addition to W Downtown, W Beijing Chang’an: Rock the Empire Global Tour has stops in W London – Leicester Square, W San Francisco, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove and W Hong Kong. The tour will culminate with a grand finale at the premiere of W Beijing – Chang’an with a dazzling haute couture performance by Dita Von Teese.

*Dita von Teese wore a black evening gown by Meher & Riddhima with shoes by Christian Louboutin.

 

NYFW Debut: Esé Azénabor A/W 15-16

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New York, NY February 20, 2015

The Fall/Winter 2015 Esé Azénabor collection is an unapologetic artistic demonstration of luxury, culture and appreciation for the arts. The collection is inspired by the kingship of Henry VIII, and the affluent monarchs of that era, featuring embroidered Jacquard, rich dark tones and brocade fabrications. “The first time I saw the painting of Henry VIII, I was attracted to the gorgeous details of his garments,” says Azénabor. “We thought to create a collection inspired by his era in a modernized women’s luxury ready-to-wear and couture collection”.

The Esé Azénabor Collection is available for purchase at the designer’s atelier and online at www.eseazenabor.com.

 

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