NYFW — Stunning Visions Come to Life!

This next batch of Fashion Week designers all had clear visions with concepts, and whether it was from cultural ties or the like, these ideas sprung to life!

Fashion Shenzhen

Various Chinese designers made their debut at Fashion Shenzhen’s S/S 2016 show. This year’s designers, Kavon, Haiping Xie, and Deng Hao, showed off their delicate and intricate collections, every artist in some way incorporating Chinese culture into their new works.


Kavon, recognized as the first-ever Chinese designer to successfully use “colour art”, combines 3D cutting with vibrant colors to create thoughtful pieces of different shapes and sizes. With elaborate designs and statement patterns, hues of reds, yellows, blues, and whites were present in the majority of her dresses.


In China, the designer, Deng Hao, has been nicknamed the “Chinese knitting queen”. As seen today, it is clear why she was bestowed such a name. Every piece by Deng Hao is unique and custom-made. Her collection consisted of a multitude of beautifully knit day dresses, blouses, and gaucho pants. In addition to the art of knitting, Deng Hao has also mastered the act embellishing her pieces with gems and floral patterns. Her collection debuted a variety of dresses and gowns with intricate designs and embellishments showered in layers of fabric with gems and rhinestones adorning the seams. She utilized colors of spring, popping to life her outfits with pastels of pinks, greens, blues, and whites.




Every piece by Haiping Xie strongly incorporated Chinese heritage and culture. Black and white dresses with cutting-edge drapery in combination with sheer linen head-pieces flooded her runway show. She turned simple gowns into edgy and playful works of art. Gold, red, royal blue, and black were debuted on many of the pieces promoting a sense of Asian royalty. Collages of Chinese tradition adorned many of the dresses as well making them come to life in a story-like manner. She used sheer and silky, lightweight materials and asymmetrical hems to express the intricacy and art of her designs.


Lie Sangbong

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Lie Sangbong is an innovative Korean designer. For spring, he created a light and airy collection, playing with geometric patchwork on a group of all-white looks. Lie also offered a series in blue that incorporated graphic linear patterns, stained-glass motifs and Korean lettering that was the lyrics to one of his country’s popular songs.

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The collection included relaxed and loose cropped trousers as well as skirts and dresses with origami folds.

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I really enjoyed these pieces, such intricacies and the pop of color in that of cobalt blue was brilliant!

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Casa de Moda by Jessica Lynn


As people began filling the open space of the Prince George Gallery, a crack in the wall appeared and models began filing out. The social atmosphere was buzzing with the combination of conversation among guests, which included one of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney. 13 models stood against a metal plated wall while the audience moved closer to get a better look.


The Casa de Moda collection stayed true to its metropolitan image. “I’m from L.A. and I was inspired by my city,” designer Jessica Lynn said. “Last summer I was sitting on the beach and we [saw] a string of beautiful sunsets with pink and blue…in the sky, and I was like, ‘Alright, that’s going to be my next collection,’” Lynn said.

The pastel blue and pink of the sunsets that she mentioned were accents in her collection against a primarily black, white, and gray color scheme. Architectural details like asymmetrical slit skirts, ruffle hems, and half-moon shaped chest cutouts gave the minimalist looks dimension.



Meagan Ollari

AMCONYC is a platform that brings together emerging millennial designers, allowing them to share their creations with top fashion insiders and influencers across the country. This year, AMCONYC featured Meagan Ollari, and other new designers together to send their latest looks down the catwalk in seven fashionable shows.


The models in Meagan Ollari’s “Bollywood Babydoll” Spring/Summer 2016 collection sauntered down the runway in bold prints inspired by Ollari’s recent travels to India. Bright colors and eccentric motifs played a leading role in her collection. Ollari created her line with innovation and wearability in mind, saying “I aim to be fresh, feminine, and sassy yet practical with my work and feel as though my best asset as a designer is the connection I have with my customers.” Feminine silhouettes brought the collection full circle with dresses perfect for sightseeing, outdoor brunches, and summer parties.


2015 Met Gala — Best Dressed

Some went literal. Others went understated. And some just went their own merry route! That is the Met Gala, “aka Met Ball” for you though! This year’s theme was all about Chinese fashion and inspirations. The exhibit was entitled “China: Through the Looking Glass”. So who went thematic and nailed it, and who just looked too amazing I couldn’t help but include them on my Best Dressed list? Find out below!

Kate Hudson

1430795839_kate-hudson-560_640Gold was a hot color of the night, clearly color being not only a trend of the evening, but attempts to tie in with the overall theme. I believe when bold and antique looking as this custom, suntan-hued, stretch tulle Michael Kors dress with an open back and hand-embroidered paillettes, the theme was understated, but it was present. Simply put, Kate looked radiant! She carried an Edie Parker ivory and gold clutch and donned a Lorraine Schwartz headpiece.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Another in gold, but Rosie went sensual, daring, and sexy in this molten Atelier Versace dress with an up-to-there slit and various cutouts.


Coordinating perfectly were her Christian Louboutin Benedetta nude sandal heels.


And she continued to accessorize well with Anita Ko earrings and rings.


Keri Russell


Not enough words to explain how PHENOMENAL this plunging, high-slitted Altuzarra dress is. It’s covered in emerald feathers. And I love all of the colors and textures, very captivating. With her bold look, she coordinated with black strappy Altuzarra sandals, Ana Khouri earrings and a Solange Azagury-Partridge ring.


Jennifer Lopez


This is a gown that looks great from any angle! It’s scaly creature on a flame-licked Versace dress, teamed with a Swarovski clutch and baubles by Sutra, Ivy, Harry Kotlar, and Jack Vartanian.


The whole look is highly intriguing and completely eye-catching!


Bee Shaffer


I’m head over heels for this fully eccentric and eclectic Alexander McQueen custom burgundy embroidered gown. The details are just all so stunning, the floral embroidery, the gorgeous train — I’m in love!

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Amal Alamuddin

Amal I don’t think is a die-hard red carpet fan, but she certainly did well for herself here. This red-hot, ruffled, multi-media John Galliano dress for Maison Margiela was a great choice for her. The bodice has an exquisite fit and the overall look is daring, but not over-the-top.

Katie Holmes


Ahhh, isn’t this gown so dreamy! It’s a vision, this navy blue speckled Zac Posen dress with dreamy cloud-shaped embellishments along the hemline.


Katie is too a vision, especially with elegant accessories in that of diamond Chopard jewelry and a luxe Roger Vivier clutch.

And no worries on the new hair alert, as this is just a wig styled by DJ Quintero, using products from Alterna, the haircare company Holmes co-owns.


Selena Gomez


Selena looks stunning in this custom, silk crepe, Vera Wang creation, complete with a V-neck bra top, a plunging open back, and Chinese tassel accents.

And no way can you overlook this mesmerizing floral updo, created by Jake Bailey and  Renato Campora for Moroccanoil.



Joan Smalls

My one, totally sexy, daring piece, has to be Joan in this semi-sheer purple lace dress with cutouts and a sheer skirt, which further complimented with Chopard diamonds. This color is so eye-catching, a great choice, and really what a dress — Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli.

Her beauty look is just as great, a mix of Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Magenta and Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire, from Estee Lauder.


Wendi Murdoch


Co-chair to the event, Wendi is right in the A+ game/lane, with this navy blue Oscar de la Renta fitted gown with gold embellishments adorned throughout the look. For her accessories, she went with a tassled Kotur clutch and Cindy Chao jewelry.

Dianna Agron


This is such a wearable work of art, this ethereal white Tory Burch, one-shoulder, silk chiffon dress that boasted three cranes embroidered on its skirt. Dianna accessorized with a white Tory Burch clutch and emerald Fred Leighton baubles.

Adriana Lima


Lots of special touches are in this deep burgundy Marc Jacobs dress, with a falling starburst design as just one of the highlights. I too love sheer bodice/neckline.

There are some fantastic accessories to compliment this look, ruby red Chopard jewelry and a black Judith Leiber clutch. This bold hair, blunt bangs and luscious waves, is courtesy of Anthony Cristiano Salon, And her sulty makeup is all thanks to Maybelline NY, Morgane Martini, cat eye and ruby red lip.



Lizzy Caplan

This is probably one of my more obviously thematic looks, but nonetheless a must have on my Best Dressed list. This adoring blush-hued, asymmetrical Donna Karan Atelier dress, embellished with gold beading and embroidery is perfection.

She complimented this look well with gold tassel-style earrings by Jack Vartanian, a ruby Carla Amorim ring, and a pearlescent Edie Parker clutch.

Helen Mirren
Helen is a red carpet pro, always such a standout and she doesn’t disappoint in this red lace Dolce & Gabbana dress. She is workin’ this look!
Miranda Kerr
Miranda is proving you don’t have to go all out, full on gowns, to rock the red carpet. I love that she went short, simple, and sweet with this printed Louis Vuitton sheath dress. Dig her accessory choices as well, LV clutch, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and black Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
And for her lovely beauty look, Lisa Storey for makeup & David Keough for hair.
Caroline Trentini
This is a smashing look, sculpted and sensational — a sheer black Versace number.
Kudos to this phenomenal glam squad — Lisa Houghton for makeup, David Colvin for hair, as well as Esther Langham.
Eddie Redmayne & Hannah Bagshawe
And my one dynamic duo pair, both in Valentino, such a lovely couple, but the looks here, well worthy of best dressed nods. Hannah looks so sophisticated, very classy.

Taoray Wang Goes for Round 2!


Taoray Wang is back at Lincoln Center, MBFW, for the 2nd time presenting during NYFW. She has a successful line in China, Broadcast:bo, but it’s great to see her continue to make an expansion into the states!

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Taoray Wang for F/W was all about chic, feminine RTW — some great pieces for modern women at work and burgeoning fashionistas alike. For the collection, she used a neutral color palette of grey, black, creme, navy, olive and burgundy to create a collection full of texture, structure, and silhouettes. Over-sized fur trim parkas were thrown over body con dresses, long coats were donned over long dresses. Structured wide legged crop pants had matching crop jackets with over-sized lapels, and boyfriend-esque motorcycle jackets were paired with skinny pants.

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Wang played with shapes and silhouettes in textured materials ranging from polyurethane coatings to natural wools. The lineup started off with a polished and refined hand: a gray plaid slim coat worn over a tailored yet feminine pantsuit. Wang continued with an array of great knits in chic neutrals, including sexy dresses and cozy turtlenecks, as well as terrific oversize coats and a minimal approach to evening wear. I’m a huge fan of polka dots though so those pieces were certainly some of my faves here!

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There were a lot of standout pieces here. I appreciated and was impressed by the versatility here. She made great use of a wide range of materials, really giving her type of woman lots of options. Again, I adored the polka dot pieces. The leather looks were also top notch. I love practicality in a collection, alongside of a spectacular runway show. And this is exactly what Taoray Wang delivered for the F/W 15 season.

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Celebs & special guests in attendance — Kate Nash, DJ Helena, Alexandra Mandelkorn, Ndey Buri, Jessica Minh Anh, Andrew Werner, J. Alexander.

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