When you are on the go with fashion week, any given day, chances are, you will see it all — menswear, sexy spring options for women, and even full on design competitions. Another great aspect about fashion week is getting to know designer brands even better, such as with taking a look at what Meden had to offer for S/S 2015!!
Meden presented a very elegant and sexy presentation — sexy slits, form fitting pieces, and short skirts. The designs encompassed fine art as well as mechanical art, which showed the contrast of the two elements, being sensual/alluring, while also maintaining elegance. The brand presented several dresses with floating panels, to illustrate what it would be like walking through the park on a nice sunny day in May. There was also leather, different rays of blues, and metallics.
Moving on to another dynamic womenswear designer, who too presented a strong showing for S/S 2015, also exuding powerful femininity, dressing for the confident, sexy woman — MESKITA.
This collection was influenced by the Empire of Egypt, a mixture of chiffon’s, silks, whimsical pleats, and neoprene hit the runway. The prints exhibit fertility of the Nile blossoms and the deep shades of the Sahara Desert. Each garment exemplified power and strength with a delightful touch of femininity.
Options for women are always great to take in, but it’s nice to see what’s also out there for men. I mean come on, nice looking male models in suits and bold designer clothing — YES, I’m a fan!
Perry Ellis — Taking cues from the Big Apple’s structured grid system and with a healthy dose of sharp suiting, the collection mixed white-collar workwear with athletic sports gear in a juxtaposition that reflected the changing focus of American menswear from dressed-up stiffness to a more relaxed, casual direction.
The Supima Design Competition was also another big item on the agenda for my day’s outing. This year’s host, none other than super top model Coco Rocha. The judges — BryanBoy, prominent fashion stylist Isabel Dupre, casting agent Natalie Joos, Fashion Market and Accessories Director at W magazine Karla Martinez de Salas, blogger Phil Oh, fashion consultant Roopal Patel, RTW designer Marcia Patmos, style/beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, Fashion Stylist at Japanese and Chinese Vogue Anya Ziourova, and Tom & Lorenzo.
Competition partners — Brooks Brothers, AG, Uniqlo, Aveda, MAC, Corso Como, Carlo Bonomi, Tumbling Colors, & Nice Dyeing.
Designers & Their Institutions —
KENT STATE — ANASTASIA IAFRATE — WINNER
Intrigued by couture eveningwear, Iafrate infuses the love for her home country of Russia into her SDC capsule collection. The collection, entitled “White Nights of St. Petersburg,” is an homage to the beauty of the city and the unique arctic circle twilight that is such a phenomenon there.
Beginning by working on her Barbie dolls as a child, Ma is now known for her exquisite knitwear. Ou’s collection explores deeply the status of mental disturbance and the infinite progression of emotional recovery. Starting from free-formed yarns, pin-tucks, pleats, and flares were manipulated base on the nature of the Supima cotton fabrics. She likes to think about silhouettes based upon the performance of the swatches she initially received.
Known for her womenswear and denim, Hoang’s SDC capsule collection is inspired by transformation. The collection creates something unique and unexpected out of cotton.
Specializing in women’s ready to wear in both knit and wovens, her SDC capsule collection revolves around decaying flowers. Ms. Moon is using laser cutting to portray a different and modern interpretation of a traditional flower. She enjoys the strong Supima fiber, especially as it applies to her laser cutting technique.
Known for couture eveningwear, Bi is creating a romance themed capsule collection for the contest. Bi loves the elegance and texture of Supima and what it adds to her designs.
Known for his precise illustrations, Lee’s SDC capsule collection capitalizes on a unique representation of abstract floral prints. He has worked hard to make certain that the personality of the Supima fabric fits the designs he creates from it.