Maximalism and going political was on full display at Libertine as Johnson Hartig sent out a vibrant and tactile fall collection filled with great, always dynamic outerwear.
He used embroidery and crystal embellishments aplenty — from kitschy cigarette butts to surrealist patterns — on everything from women’s coats and dresses to men’s sweatshirts.
The riot of pattern and color culminated with the designer sending out a protest line of models holding signs making political statements — from “Joint the Revolution” to ” Bernie 4 Eva.”
For Laurel Dewitt’s F/W 2016 collection, she continued to push the envelope into the stratosphere. Self taught in the field of metal manipulation, Laurel weaves a variety of textures, fabrics and color to create visually stunning wearable art. This season, she introduced new materials including denim, leather, and knits. When incorporated with her traditional chain dresses and chain webbing garments, the results are beyond breathtaking and beautiful.
Supple, butter-soft leather and denim, which she painstakingly distresses by hand, are intertwined with metal chains, dangles, and baubles that both enthrall and captivate.The Goddess Biker vibe that she has created this season is not softened by layers of taffata or velvet. But rather, it is achieved by constructing hundred of appliqued metal flowers. Hand-cut, hand-molded, and hand-inked roses are created from sheets of metal adding vibrant color and elegance to these stunning creations.
Credits — Women’s shoes by Mahna Mahna NYC; Men’s Shoes by Timberland; Handbags from Blackbird Dillinger; Jeans by Edwin Jeans, E.N.D. Jeans; Hosiery from Nude Barre; Fabric from Diana Fabrics; Leather from Dragana of Fargo Lami Leathers; Masks by Designs by DTM; Production — Sire Leo Lamar-Becker; Creative Direction — LSC Styling for 4Season Style Management; Stylist — Cappie Pondexter for 4Season Style Management; Front of House — Pervis Ross PR; Event Production — Vlad Francois & Yvette Rollins for YJR Productions; Nails/Jewelry — Tracylee, sponsored by Swarovski; Makeup — Kelly Thompson for Kryolan; Hair — Brian Hawkins, sponsored by Kevin Murphy; Desserts — BCakeNY; Music — DJ Runna; Photography — Around Digital Media;
Additional Thanks to — Bello’s NYC; Perfect365; Major Models; APM Models; Hello Models; Pergola NYC
The collection is inspired by a timeless cultural dreamland that is a mélange of influences from different cultures spanning the Chinese Western frontier to Central Asia and the Caucuses, along the new economic and cultural trade route comprising the modern day ‘Silk Road’. Drawing upon indigenous cultures from Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, all the way to Turkey and Russia, this culture-bridging approach makes for a harmonious mosaic that is the main theme of the collection. Vivienne Tam’s collection features patterns and patchwork derived from traditional talismans – from protective amulets expressing a mother’s love symbolized by triangles but contemporized on techno-mesh, to caroqs with evil eye patchwork made from recycled fabric, to embroidered dowry suzanis and even a nod to American quilts.
The collection embodies a contemporary contextualization of traditional shapes that are characteristic of various cultures, expressed in relaxed silhouettes, jacquard rendered capes, robe-like coats, leather-trimmed coats, long tunics over striped oversized trousers, gaucho pants and dropped shoulders. The palette is a rich, earth toned one featuring deep burgundies, siennas, reds and greens, as well as deep blacks and burnished pewter and bronze metallics.
Credits: Footwear — Joy & Peace runway collaboration
Runa Ray — Subtle Teachings of Origami
We are constantly evolving and transforming into what we would like to be. Evolution is thus a natural process. It is fascinating by the way a plain piece of paper can be folded and unfolded until it becomes its purpose. We are born blank canvases onto which we decide to write the chapters of our life. We continue to fold and unfold till we either complete ourselves or remain a mystery. The similar principle lies in the art of making clothes. Using Origami and its techniques to create clothing, the process is very similar to what we do with our lives, I have either completed the product following all the steps diligently, made a start using basic folds, or completely arrested the development halfway through all the stages of folding.
Come Evolve with Runa Ray for F/W 16.
The collection is made using unprocessed silk, Silk Jute and a raw mix of cotton and silk yarn. All the fabrics are handloom woven.
SHOW CREDITS: Styling & Set Design by Kaylee Boyer, Casting by Julia Samersova, Hair by Jorge Luis using PRIVE PRODUCTS, Makeup by Michelle Webb with AOFM Pro Team, Nails by Rose Velez-Miggins/Doorbella, Production & PR by EB Consults