"I hope that when a woman sees another woman in our clothes, or comes to our fashion show and sees a woman on the runway in our clothes, she can look at that woman and say “Look at that model on the runway, I really want to be that woman and I can be that woman.” If I accomplish both of those then I think that I sort of won the game." -Adam Lippes
" I seek to work in a rigorous yet balanced fashion. Balance is the basis for my creativity—soft/tailored, sexy/strict, rich/pure. " - Alexandre Vauthier
In honor of American Football, I had to cover the super Dope Alexandre Vauthier collection!
No need for lots of accessories, the students did the job!
Inspired by sports, he turned an everyday football practice into a High Fashion Photo shoot! His look book was Filled with Sequins, Bold Colors, sophisticated styling, and Tailored looks!
What Is fun about Alexandre is even though he is a Couture based designer, he still put his couture twists on his silhouettes. (Like attaching the comberbun to the red slightly drop crotch tuxedo pants.)
Alexandre Vauthier is the definition of Sporty Chic!
“I’ve attempted to develop a relaxed street aesthetic through focus to texture, colors, and silhouette, and detailing derived from a mix of American and Korean componets." - Hye Gin Hamm
For once I don't have much to say, because her work speaks for itself.
Out of all the collections I've seen this season so far, I would wear this one first with no hesitation. Every piece is detailed and well thought out.
Designer Hye Gin Hamm is a Graduating student from Parsons, where she was awarded the opportunity to showcase her collection in a competition " Empowering Imagination "for the industry during fashion week. HAMM not only moved the judges but the audience with her use of 100% Cotton Denim for her entire Collection! Hye stone washed and bleached her collection herself to give it that ombre look. She is Sooooo Talented, LOVE this!
"Every day I feel like I have a moment where I’m like, I can’t do this. But I think that moment when you get a little scared is also the moment where you tried something different — the sign of a good place to be. And sometimes I almost try to get a little nervous about something because maybe you’re going to cross the line and make something really great." - Rachel Comey
First thing First! This is my all time favorite LookBook! The colors in the clothing pop so beautifully with the bare setting in the background.
Rachel Comey gave us a youthful 2015 Resort collection that hits the mark of Urban, Vintage with of course high fashion. Rachel wasn't afraid to make Powerful silhouettes that could be portrayed as too masculine and instead turned it into something so beautiful and effortless. She put all my favorite things together, Denim, Florals, unique Prints, and bright Colors.
Comey always stays true to herself which makes this line even more special!
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“The fashion industry is retarded. It doesn’t make sense. There is too much product out there and when you’re a wholesale business it’s really impossible to resolve. You can’t, because if you want to be in a store like Barney’s, you can’t just deliver twice a year. You can’t just have two runway shows.” -Scott Sternberg
Band Of Outsiders Spring 2014
WHEN IT COMES to fashion shows, Scott Sternberg is nothing but original!.
Okay so let me give you the details, they actually live streamed this collection from Hotel Chateau Marmont's Rm. 29. The show was prepped to depict the lifestyle of a touring musician. Folk musician Devendra Banhart was the model elected to not leave the room until all 20 outfits were tried on and modeled about.
If you know anything about K.J.(ME) you know there is nothing I love more than suburban Preppywear with a little bit of city boy chic!
Yes Yes Yes i was in Menswear Heaven!
“All of our designs—you can pull them over your head, you can wash them, and they can go in the dryer. It’s an effortless kind of styling.” - Jenna
I would never guess Ace & Jig started in 2010, viewing this well made Spring 2014 RTW collection. Designers Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson met September 10, 2001.
"Through the years, we worked together at different jobs and had a design team that moved with us. We got married around the same time, we were each other's bridesmaids, we had kids around the same time- it's kind of awesome," Cary says " We lived together for a while, and when we didn't live together, we lived two blocks from each other in East Village," Jenna adds. " Now we both live in Brooklyn."
There are two very special things about Ace & Jig. One being (Ace & Jig) are the initials of their first born children Alice an James. Two is the use of custom made cotton textiles to create comfortable, yet beautiful silhouettes, and patterns, like the checkered top for instance.
At first glance you would think these clothes could only be worn in a casual setting. BUT you would be wrong! ;) The way this line was constructed untailored or not, each individual piece can be styled up or down per occasion!
"The tees would say ‘HOOD.' They were something we'd rock around town, almost to be obnoxious. We'd be running around wearing heels with parts down the middle of our hair, but wearing these t-shirts that said ‘Hood,' just to mix it up. I'd sometimes get into altercations with people over [the shirts], but at least I knew there was power in something I made." -Shayne Oliver
This is NYFW Hood By Air Spring 2014 Collection. This is the best Collection i have seen in a very long time. Not only is it innovative and different but very trendsetting.
Hood By Air started in 2006 with just "HOOD"graphic t-shirts, and now is one of the most exciting street wear brands today. Designer Shayne Oliver did not give us the typical streetwear collection, with oversized sweaters and high-top sneakers. He gave us High Fashion.
The show was Titled “Gump” and during the show you could hear booms and clashes that sounded like scraping metals. There were plenty of logos, lots of zippers, button downs, and nylon ropes inspired by Asian parachutist uniforms that brought a dark edge to the collection.
Androgyny was an understatement. The ambiguity of models and pieces that were put together, like the skirts and shorts; brought an interesting no gender at all edge.
Shayne Oliver is a one of a kind designer. I'm very excited to see what he will come up with next!
"When I was in middle school, I liked punk rock, and I started to become interested in clothes because I wanted to wear the same clothes as my favorite singers. Therefore, the simple rule of "music=fashion" has not changed for me." -Takeshi Osumi
This is PHENOMENON 2013 Spring/Summer Tokyo ready to wear Collection.
Phenomenon was founded in 2004. What i love about Takeshi Osumi is, his collection is very unique to be a street wear brand. The concept of Phenomenon is Music. His clothes have an influence of hip-hop and urban life, but there is still beauty in every look.
In Spring/Summer 2013, Phenomenon gave us color blocking, clean lines, and smooth patterns. This collection is what K.J. stands for. (K.J. is me by the way) He made summer look fresh, clean and put together. Phenomenon has alittle for everybody; want some glamour in your look he has that. Want some edge with camouflage prints he has that to. I see why this brand is really popular among the Japanese boys because it is amazing!
"I do this job for only one reason: to see my collection on people," says Mattiussi.
Its crazy to think its only been two years since the French designer Alexandre Mattiussi started his Ami fashion line. Before Ami he was working for Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. Alexandre has taken over and is becoming known for his fun, elegant, and well tailored sportswear.
The backdrop of the Ami 2014 spring runway show was a recreation of a 1950 retro chic French airport.
Mattiussi took the slogan flying with style literally. In the fifties men and women dressed up to fly. When you walked into the airport you would see a mix of businessmen in suits, young men hustling through the terminal with shirts tied around their waists, and men with bright tropical printed shirts on their way to holiday vacation.
This show wasn't necessarily about creating a new outlook on fashion. It was about having an entire collection of classics. What i love the most is that every look is sophisticated yet comfortable and put together!
"If someone realizes the piece they are wearing is inspired by me then it only broadens my audience."
2014 Spring Menswear Collection
Leather in Summer? That is all i see this season. Growing up if i wanted to wear leather/Suede my mother would say it was unacceptable in spring/summer. Today it is very much accepted!
Alexander brought a fresh new edge to Spring/Summer. The way he cut and diced the leather and added it to every piece is exciting to me. Wang made leather look clean, light and free, which is very important for summer. Alexander Wang always stays true to its casual athletic edge, and i love love love him for it.
As you can see reading my blog, I have a Serious LOVE for prints in Spring/Summer! Antonio Marras took my love to a whole nother level!
This is Antonio Marras Pre-Season Milan Spring 2013 Resort Collection.
Marras inspiration was 1980's, he was looking at design group Memphis this season. Design Group Memphis is an Itiallian design and architecture group started by Ettore Scottass that designs Post Modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects. (Christian Dior used them as inspiration for there 2011-2012 Fall/Winter collection)
Antonio is such a fun designer. As the former Artistic Director for Kenzo he definitely knows how to use prints to make unique designs. His Pre-Season collection was no exception. From his personal line, this has to be my favorite collection! What i loved the most was the combination of sharp prints, light fabrics, Chunky Wedges, and splashes of color. Simply amazing .
"When Christopher Shannon was a kid going out to clubs in Liverpool and Manchester he always wanted to dress up and stand out. A cheap way of doing this was a little glitter spray so we took inspiration from Christopher's love of glitter and the super club scene and completely covered the model's heads in coloured glitter and finishing it off with our Fudge Glitter Blast hair spray,"
-John Vial Stylist and Fudge creative director.
Today Christopher Shannon showed his London 2014 Spring Collection!
As someone who loves and studies fashion i am very particular on what I wear. This is the first runway show I've viewed, and genuinely liked and wanted to wear every single piece. I'm all for Mixing Urban, Preppy and a little bit of the future together, and that's what he did.
My favorite piece is the Sneakers, they are made to look like Sandals with socks. The bold Color choices, Patterns, and adding Suede to spring made me very excited for the future of menswear!
I absolutely love everything about this collection!
These are my 6 Favorites from the Show including the Picture at the Top:
"I wanted my designs to express two distinct and opposing sides of women, the strong and independent side alongside the fragile and ephemeral side.” -Mug
G.V.G.V (GrapeVine, GrapeVine)
There is nothing i love more than Women in Menswear. Designer Mug helped my fantasy's come true. GrapeVine's Japan collection is feminine with an androgynous edge..
This is G.V.G.V's answer to high-end American sportswear. The inspiration for the Spring 2013 collection was retro happy go lucky Japan. It Reminds me of the 1950's beatnik style with a modern futuristic twist, with the pastel floral prints, high necklines, Striped shirts, over sized sweaters, pencil skirts and skinny pants.
The collections concept was Utopia Paradise & Entomology(The Scientific Study of Insects). Not insects from Japan, but from a Tropical rain forest. Manly It reflects the rhinoceros beetle. You know a runway show is successful when you leave with an image stuck in your head. Watching This show gave me an image of a garden through an insects eyes. We definitely see the "Insectopia" theme with the devil-horned hair, abstract patterns, iridescent fabrics, unzipped beetle winged leather jacket, and cool futuristic dragon fly sunglasses.
The platform creeper shoes, vibrant and bold colors made the collection inherently Tokyo style.
Feel free to take a look at my Favorite looks from the 41 piece Collection
Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'
One Thing I Love about Chris Benz is that nothing he designs is basic or ordinary. The way he uses colors, textures, and prints is amazing.
Benz was inspired by a zombie apocalypse and while the inspiration may not be clear Benz expressed . "I wanted it to be pretty in an off-putting way,"
Personally i think he achieved that Goal. The lean lines and unusual layering choices definitely made me fall in love!!
I am absolutely obsessed with Benz's Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Show. Feel free to scroll down and take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the 46 look collection.