Tadashi Shoji NYFW Review

It is that time of the year when most of our favorite designers present their ready to wear collections (prêt-à-porter), at fashion week shows around the globe, highlighting the fashion to be sold in the next season. So I am here with my review of one of my favorite designer’s collection, Tadashi Shoji.

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One To Watch – A Chat With Emerging Designer: Satu Maaranen

Last Tuesday, I attended the Première Vision NY and Indigo NY (textile and print design shows), for Fall-Winter 14/15. I This was the first time the two shows have been combined into one big event. I had a great time checking out the predicted print and textile trends for next year.

Right before I left the shows, I noticed a “featured display” corner of fashion and photography work that was so unique and creative. It ended up belonging to the winning designer of this year’s Hyères International Festival of Fashion & Photography  competition, which partners with Première Vision. The designer was Satu Maaranen, who hails all the way from Helsinki! I was glad chat with her a little about her design aesthetics and the competition.

Designer Satu Maartanen

Designer Satu Maaranen

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It’s A Greek Thing – Bold Prints & Bright Color: From The Streets Of Crete To The Catwalks In Athens

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Last month I spent ten glorious days in Crete. The largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, Crete is well known, largely for its reputation as a popular holiday destination, though having visited the island myself I feel it is also the most under-appreciated. Yes the climate is everything a sun-seeking tourist could hope for (38 degrees and getting hotter) and the beaches are stunning, the Greek salads are mouth watering and the locals are always smiling, but Crete has so much more to offer.

So much more in the form of silk, jersey, cotton, lace and crepe. Bright colors and bold prints served up in a delicious cocktail of delicate floaty fabrics. Strolling around Heraklion, in Crete, I saw such a vivacious mix of bright colors and patterns that I instantly fell in love with the Greek style.

Effortless, cool and sexy; the epitome of Greek fashion and style. Image courtesy of www.chicofyou.com

Effortless, cool and sexy; the epitome of Greek fashion and style.
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Fashionistas Flock to Paris for Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013

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Paris. Often revered as the most fashionable city on the planet, the fashion capital of the world. So when it comes to Haute Couture, where else would fashion’s design elite congregate to showcase their most precious and expensive collections? Fresh from the throes of yet another fashion week- Haute Couture fall/winter 2013 to be precise- it is time to sit back and explore the new trends that have emerged.

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Image courtesy of www.fashionone.com

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Givenchy Menswear S/S 2014 Review & Meggings

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Recently, Riccardo Tisci presented the men’s Givenchy S/S 2014 collection in Paris. There was something that stood out too me when the models started to walk the runway and many others saw it as well just as you probably have. Yes, the men are wearing leggings or “meggings” as some would call them. Continue Reading

It’s Time For A Cruise With Fashion’s Resort Collections For 2014

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It’s that special time of year again, when our minds drift into the fantastical yet hectic land of fashion. Silhouettes, prints and patterns, trends in, trends out, sumptuous silks and rich taffetas in a whole rainbow of colors to choose from; these are the thoughts that deluge us daily. This can only mean one thing: we are caught in the throes of yet another fashion week. This time, it is the resort collections that have got our heads in a fashion spin.

Over the last few weeks we have seen our favorite luxury fashion labels, from Paris to New York to London, release their resort collections for 2014. And what a spectacle it has been! Come November, and even sooner knowing the high-street, there will be plenty of fresh stylish bounty for us to get our manicured hands on. Expect to see lots of tribal print, particularly on kaftans and maxi-dresses, super luxe over-sized silk t-shirts, and tailored trousers cut above the ankle. Key colors will include the classic bright white and jet black monochrome duo, tropical yellow and lagoon blue with playful accents of purple and orange.

Max Mara showcase bold colors and relaxed silhouettes in their resort collection for 2014. Image courtesy of www.blogs.glam.com

Max Mara showcase bold colors and relaxed silhouettes in their resort collection for 2014.
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Dungarees Are Making A Fashion Comeback

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Ok, so they may not have a reputation as the most flattering of garments, or the most fashionable for that matter, but guess what, dungarees are back in style. I hear you cry, “Hopefully for one season only!”. Well, not so, as it appears this summer’s most unexpected micro-trend is fast becoming the season’s major fashion trend.

3.1 Phillip Lim  incuded dungaress in their spring/summer 2013 collection. Image courtesy of www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

3.1 Philip Lim incuded dungaress in their spring/summer 2013 collection. Image courtesy of www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

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Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution Screening Event Review

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You may remember the post that I wrote about “Versailles ’73”, after I saw a short  clip of the documentary streaming when I attended the Stephen Burrows “When Fashion Danced” exhibit at the mcny.org. It still baffles me that I had never heard of this historic “runway showdown” which took place only 40+ years ago. Well, I was even more surprised a couple of weeks ago to receive an invitation to attend a screening event to view the film! So, you can imagine my excitement to RSVP (ASAP..lol!).

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) panel - Mikki Taylor, Pat Clevland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash and Deborah Riley Draper.

(L) Almost showtime, taking my seat. (R) Discussion Panel – Mikki Taylor, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chin, Charlene Dash, and Deborah Riley Draper.

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How Punk Went From Street Fashion to High Fashion

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On May 9th, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened its doors for its latest fashion exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture. Curated by the Met’s Andrew Bolton- with a helping hand from Givenchy’s own maestro of punk, Riccardo Tisci- the exhibition explores the intriguing journey of punk from its subcultural rebellious and anti-social roots to being an integrated part of our fashion industry.

Punk is also an integrated part of New York and London’s fashion heritage. While we Brits feel we have a deep affiliation with punk, after all it is a movement that was undeniably born in London’s King’s Road, the truth is that punk actually originated in New York with bands such as Richard Hell and the Voidoids and the Ramones. Malcolm McLaren, the man who taught Vivienne Westwood everything she knows about punk (well, almost), even credited his infamous look for The Sex Pistols to Richard Hell.

Richard Hell, one of the original New York punk rockers, in his signature look: ripped t-shirt and spiked hair. Image courtesy of www.patrishka.wordpress.com

Richard Hell, one of the original New York punk rockers, in his signature look: ripped t-shirt and spiked hair. Image courtesy of www.patrishka.wordpress.com

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Happy New York Fashion Week!!

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The week that the concrete jungle shuts down to only exist in the world of fashion is finally here!! Wish you could have a front row seat while the action is happening? News is that many designers are streaming their shows live.. How great is that?!

Stay up to date with the daily schedules here.

What are you looking forward to seeing? and From who?… As a person who appreciates the bold, the unique, the colorful.. This “Fashion Notable” by Designer Tracy Reese (showing on Feb. 10th) truly speaks to me.. Do you agree?