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HERMES SS/15 An Elegant And Relaxed Departure



Look-29Look-30New York, NY October 14, 2014

Mention Hermès and nods of respect and approval will be delivered across the board, from Park Avenue grannies to London beatniks. The label is notorious for only turning out the most classic, achingly covetable fashion items that truly appeal to a wide variety of masses. It’s no surprise that Christophe Lemaire debuted the most charmingly easy collection amidst his departure from the label that is nothing short of perfect.

For his spring/summer 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week, Lemaire sent one classic piece of luxury down the runway after another. Collarless paneled coats in creamy white were paired with pristinely pressed slim khaki trousers. Snakeskin textures decadently covered massive wrap dresses. That custom Hermès color, made famous by the label’s silk scarves, showed up on wrap coats worn with baggy eggshell colored pants, and easy straight dresses. Silhouettes were boxy and roomy while remaining feminine and free. Lines were playful and angular, lending an art deco appeal to the sturdy, simplistic collection. Overall we applaud Lemaire’s work. Talk about going out with a bang.




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Lagerfeld’s collection, which was as vast as his cast, was made up of “pieces everyone can play with.” Quintessential Chanel tweed was reincarnated to form baggy, boxy style suits and skirts in classic black-and-white to psychedelic splashes of color. Pollock inspired spots and drips of vibrant shades saturated longer skirt suits, cut in that classic Chanel shape. Trippy bright hues were found on capelets, blouses, and matching knee-high, flat-heeled boots. Signature tweeds also completed duster coats, vests, and well, practically everything that it is capable of consuming. We especially loved how Lagerfeld took this classic tweed pattern and inflated the format over sheer black fabric for a more formal and modern effect. There was a whopping 88 diverse looks in this collection and we are running out of steam just looking back at them all, but trust us—they will be visible for years to come, and that in itself, is another Chanel revolution.





MiuMiuSS15_31MiuMiuSS15_40New York, NY October 13, 2014

Miuccia Prada turned out quite the visual spectacle of smart and gorgeous garb for Paris Fashion Week. The designer drew much of her inspiration from the bratty and beautiful John Waters‘ character Dawn Davenport in Female Trouble, and the end result is most magical. Female rebellion was alive and well in Paris, taking on 60s forms in Sunday styles, perfect for showing up late to church and bee-lining it straight to confession.

The designer built this memorable collection around a favorite staple of hers—the housecoat—and reworked it in many fabulous forms for Miu Miu spring/summer 2015. Bucol couture fabric replaces everyday polyester on mid-length and shorter coat styles with colors ranging from creamy white to scarlet red, even plaid and suede—the list goes on. Paired perfectly with the housecoat and taking a pristine page out of Water’s 60’s era film are an array of pencil skirts in various lush fabrics, colors, prints, and textures capped off with a wide, clashingly brilliant belt. Tops are cropped and sleeveless—again, invoking that 60’s rebellion, but beyond pretty with delicate ruffles, dainty buttons, and various necklines. Miuccia finished each look with stylish bowling bags and little bowed mules. This collection is perfect for youngish, smart women that crave a little sin in their style and have a Masters in wardrobe maintenance.


HOUGHTON Spring/Summer 2015



hou_lb_ss15_020hou_lb_ss15_024New York, NY October 7, 2014

Houghton, the chic, edgy and luxurious designer Ready-To-Wear line designed by Malibu native Katharine Polk has already received much critical acclaim. Chosen by WWD as “New Designer to Watch” and selected by as “The Next Big Thing”, Houghton’s distinctive look merges the finest imported fabrics, precise tailoring and exquisite details with simple, timeless silhouettes.

Katharine brings her signature “easy chic” style to the line; the clothes are always wearable and comfortable. She cites Katharine Hepburn and Bianca Jagger as inspirations; strong women with timeless style and confidence. The esthetic extends to Houghton Bride which offers a whole new approach to bridal wear. Stylish, sexy, and timeless gowns, dresses and separates for the woman who seeks something fashionable, unique and non-traditional for her wedding day.

Houghton debuted at Lincoln Center in February, 2012 and in October, 2012 Houghton Bride followed. Houghton has been featured in Vogue internationally, WWD, Elle, The Daily Front Row, W Magazine, Harpers Bazaar,, Teen Vogue,, People, US, Le Monde, Town and Country, Glamour Brides, Brides and Los Angeles Confidential . Adele, Lilly Collins, Kerry Washington, Julianne Hough, Selena Gomez, Emily Deschanel, and Angelina Jolie are just a few of the celebrities who have discovered the collection.

Feminine men’s wear is the theme of Katharine’s Spring/Summer 15 collection of slip dresses, low-waisted cuffed trousers, culottes and oversized shirts all in the finest Swiss cottons, French laces and featherweight suitings.  Katharine’s tongue in cheek take on “walk of shame looks” was evident in pairings of Chantilly lace skirt with a long  baby blue  cotton shirt and a baggy plaid “boyfriend” trousers paired with a lace trimmed camisole. Gowns in pale blue organza embroidered in ivory, blue and black plaid and a pale grey with silver sequins round out the day to evening collection.

Houghton was accepted into Milk’s MADE program for emerging designers in 2012 and is a current participant.

Houghton is proud to produce both its collections in New York City. The company is committed to being made in America.

Issey Miyake SS/15




New York, Ny October 7, 2014

Perhaps it was the Paris backdrop, or the balloons dancing along with the organ played by musician Ei Wada, that had all of the models actually smiling as they progressed down the runway. Our bets, however, are on the roomy, light as air attire and the cushy flats that produced the extremely rare appearance of pearly whites on the catwalk. Issey Miyake set out to create a whimsical, happy atmosphere as easy-going and forward-thinking as his spring/summer 2015 collection.

Always an innovator for fabric-tech breakthroughs and new textile developments, Miyake uses 3D steam stretch advancements on fabrics to produce major symmetrical textures using steam. This technology also makes the entire ensemble feel significantly lightweight, almost non-existent, as if wearing a cloud. Boxy dresses and skirts with matching tops appear to be perfectly pleated in both small and large scales. This technique has also been given to large wraps and loose jackets, creating layers and volumes where there are none. Color palettes are as light as the clothes in biscuit, clean white, and pastels of blue, pink, and purple. We applaud a designer that pushes the envelope with technology and textiles while still turning out easy and wearable pieces that truly make sense, even when the process does not.


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