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LFW: MARCHESA 10th Anniversary SS/15

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NEW YORK, NY September 23, 2014

Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig celebrated the label’s 10th anniversary with a wanderlust whirlwind collection, set within the boundaries of London’s Banqueting House at Whitehall—perhaps the grandest architectural gem in the history of English construction. Though these masterpiece garments were not wandering back into the time of the Palace of Whitehall (although some proportions may suggest neoclassical style), but rather, they paraded the runway with 1960s free love, self-expression and spirituality attitudes. Yes, Woodstock was an inspiration.

This spring/summer 2015 collection, like others before, demonstrated couturier tendencies with the utmost attention to craftsmanship. There were hand embellishments and embroideries, including hand-studded floral arrangements that graced the necklines and bodices of few looks. And this ephemerality was really the romantic pinnacle of the collection; that these living ornamentations will pass into nothingness (but will make for divine potpourri). The finale gowns reaffirmed the label’s projection of material opulence—done in silk and lace—and perfect for those front row attendees including Rita OraOlivia Palermo, and Jena Malone.

The Marchesa conception of “youth”’ which has become a popular fixation seen on the runways during New York Fashion Week, was re-imagined in a fairytale narrative that will undoubtedly reach to those young, impressionable festivalgoers. Should they only dream of frolicking the muddy plains, adorned in Marchesa.

 

NYFW: Art Hearts Fashion SS/15

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ended on a high note with the Art Hearts Fashion show at Lincoln Center. One of the largest and most popular events of fashion week, this season’s Art Hearts Fashion fell on the 13th anniversary of September 11th. Appropriately enough the openingin presentation by Erik Rosete’s Mister Triple X Street-wear line started with the star spangled banner leading into an exciting and edgy show featuring a special tribute to 9/11 with war veteran and model Alex Minsky walking down the runway. Other celebrities walking for Mister Triple X included Dancing with the Stars Anna Demidova and fitness models Travis Tardiff and Brock Yurich. Mister Triple X truly did roll the dice in his appropriately entitled collection “Pair-A-Dice” and his gamble paid off. Bringing the first amputee to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway not only showed his strong spirit and support of the disabled but also a strong support of our troops and war veterans on this special day. 

Control Sector followed opening with Albino model Shawn D. Ross and the evening continued in true spirit with lots of heart proving that beauty can take lots of shapes and forms. The crowd enjoyed the evening as could be seen by all the cheers and applause throughout the presentations. Following was a sleek and sophisticated collection by Hallie Sara, and a great mix of ethnic flair from designers Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, and Altaf Maaneshia.

 MT Costello proved to be a show-stopper with glitter-monsters and cameos from ANTM Winner Jaslene Gonzales and a cameo by Sha’s of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi. The finale of the night was a fabulous presentation from designer Furne Amato who’s dressed every celebrity including Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, and Nicki Minaj to name a few.

PHOTOS: Anthony Morrison & Ken Alcazar

 

NYFW: DAVID TLALE SS/15

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NEW YORK, NY September 17, 2014

The practice of making fashion academic can irritate, but somehow the wonderful genius of David Tlale was sublime in it’s education. His genius reveals itself in his ability to work with the familiar. Things you think you’ve seen before but do not know where. The collection was beautiful, wearable and interesting in equal measure.. Retaining the intellectual chic while furthering the look’s modernity and sophistication. Mr. Tlales’ collection served to broaden the fashion color palette in more ways then one! Bravo!

Photos: Greg Avenel for Dan Lecca

NYFW: Naeem Khan SS/15

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NEW YORK, NY  September 16, 2014

Khan’s color choices are never boring. Floor sweeping gowns in emerald green, 18k gold, scarlet red, dreamy ivory, and more, are delivered with many different variations from one-shoulder to strapless, cap sleeves and three-quarter. Dresses fit breezily while keeping the figure on full display behind silk organza, and layers of sheer mesh. Sharp, fitted blazers trimmed in silk lapels are paired with long evening wear, perfect for those ladies that balk at sleeves, opting for that editor’s style jacket look instead. Beadwork usually makes a memorable appearance in each Khan collection, and this one is no exception. The designer was inspired by the glamorous disco era of the late-70s/early-80s when he created his showstopping finale look–a crystal beaded white jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and matching little plume-feathered capelet. Talk about ending on a high note.

 

NYFW: Cynthia Rowley SS/15

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NEW YORK, NY September 16, 2014

Cynthia Rowley has always blurred the lines between active and ready-to-wear with her various collections, and this season she offers an impressive collocation once again. For her spring/summer 2015 collection, the designer focused on making fitness pretty, rather than making pretty sportswear.

What Rowley gives us with her RTW collection are lovely little frocks and separates built perfectly for the spring season. Roomy trapeze dresses are swingy and fun with white backdrops and thick black straps, featuring the look of a painted bloom and touches of gold. The 60s come alive with bell-bottomed trousers and matching long, bell-shaped tops. Flowing wrap skirts are paired with boxy blouses, and mini dresses are embroidered and sweetly pieced together in eye-popping shades of coral. For Rowley’s activewear line, black wide-legged pants feature side seam racing stripes in red and white, and carries over to boxy mini dresses in contrasting pale pink.

 

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