Every season there is a designated list of runway shows and/or presentations that I know I will attend. And here are just a few of my faves — Jay Godfrey, Nicholas K, and Mathieu Mirano. But first up, DESIGUAL!!
DESIGUAL Fall 2016 Pays Homage to the Ever-Evolving and Inspiring Urban Metropolis
DESIGUAL’s Fall 2016 collection reflected on the international metropolises where personal expression can be created and demonstrated through many diverse styles. Throughout history, cities have been a meeting place for people of different cultures to come to share and experience their own stories.
And just as I always expect, Desigual put on a show — true to fashion, to its inspiration. I’m always mesmerized at how put together each look is. No detail is left unnoticed. Desigual is a master at prints and color and continued to showcase those attributes.
The brand looks to the vibrancy of city life and all of its creative lifeblood for its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. The collection’s aesthetic is a metaphor for the 21st century, visualized as a textured collage, where technology, trends and a global culture now are one. The essence of DESIGUAL imparts that every day is an opportunity to express yourself and wear your attitude to face the world.
Fashion has become an ambassador, the visual clue to our collective conscious. And with this season’s collection DESIGUAL celebrates the women whose style makes the city streets so vibrant.
I look at this collection as a whole and immediately think — IT HAS IT ALL. You have the perfect colors for fall, burgundy, forest green, royal blue, and nude. You have varied silhouettes. You have RTW to evening. Godfrey always conveys impeccable taste and a stunning quality with his work. This collection is no different!
Styling & Casting by Lisa Nguyen, Hair by Jorge Luis / PRIVE, Makeup by Michelle Webb with AOFM Pro Team, Nails by Pattie Yankee, Music by Michael T, Set Design by Reclaim Design NYC, Production & PR by EB Consults. PHOTOS BY NEIL FRANCIS DAWSON
Mathieu Mirano’s poetic description of his inspiration was instantly visible in his shimmering, sensual evening collection for fall, shown on models sitting and standing on sand among, for a bit of humor, live tortoises. The designer’s travels to Egypt — specifically, the rainbow-hued sunsets and swirling desert winds — influenced his sculptural shapes as well as his palette: ombré stretch lame and an abundance of car wash-esque strips cut as skirts and even floor-skimming sleeves.
“I want my clothes to have a recognizable language,” said Mirano, whose signature elements include embroidered fringes and panels, mermaid silhouettes, liquid silks and stretch lame. What I enjoyed most about Mirano’s collection was its elevation. From previous seasons, I could tell that design, materials, just everything overall was on a whole new level for the designer.
Pretty much every piece had a regal, luxe quality to it. I really enjoyed the use of color!
NICHOLAS K — “ARCOSANTI”
“ARCOLOGY RECOGNIZES THE NECESSITY FOR RADICAL REORGANIZATION OF SPRAWLING URBAN LANDSCAPE INTO DENSE, INTEGRATED, THREE-DIMENSIONAL CITIES IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE COMPLEX ACTIVITIES THAT SUSTAIN HUMAN CULTURE.” – PAOLO SOLERI / ARCHITECT /VISIONARY FOUNDER ARCOSANTI
These quotes, these inspirations, daily guide and navigate the thought process behind Nicholas K and the ongoing traveler.
“ARCOSANTI’S MESSAGE IS THAT “LIFE IS IN THE THICK OF THINGS”. WE ARE NOT FUTURISTS. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO PREDICT THE FUTURE WITH THIS PROJECT; WE ARE TRYING TO DESIGN IT OUT OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE PRESENT. LET ME JUST CONFIDE WHAT WE DO KNOW: THE CURRENT GLOBAL TSUNAMI OF CONSUMPTION – OF OBJECTS, MATERIALS, ENERGY AND LAND – IS LEADING TO DISASTER, BOTH ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL. FOR THE WHOLE WORLD’S POPULATION – 7 BILLION PEOPLE – TO LIVE THE WAY 314 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE NOW, WOULD TAKE 5 EARTHS TO SUPPORT. THIS IS NO JOKE.” – JEFF STEIN / PRESIDENT COSANTI FOUNDATION