Fashion Week Journeys — Some Fun in the Sun!

Fashion week for S/S 2015 is almost already making me forget about the bitter cold winter that is ahead. There is a lot of bright color and fun looks in store for next year so I’m already counting down the days — LET’S GO!

454865522.jpg_0_1_3000_2001   CZAR BY CESAR GALINDO

Czar by Cesar Galindo is preparing us quite well for S/S 2015. The plan — to make us forget about a cold, dreary winter by showcasing a full of zeal, colorfully bright, sparkly celebratory collection for spring & summer. The pieces are vibrant and vivacious, and they have a distinct Latin & African underlying inspiration. As seen above, hairstyles were tightly pulled back in a braided ponytail, very simple, very chic!


This collection can simply be summed as FUN! You could don at a vast array of locales, a beach or pool party to a high profile Manhattan or Miami club. The pieces look luxe, very high quality. There are varied lengths ranking from knee-length to maxis. There is also variety in the silhouettes, crop tops, fitted looks, and comfy chic. Not in the mood for a dress, keep an eye out because there are plenty of separates to choose from as well!



Shimmering brilliantly, these dresses have a dynamic, nearly hypnotizing energy to them, with hundreds of fish-scale sequins dancing in the light, in conjunction with the movement of the wearer. Many looks are in bright optic solids, but there are also some stunning pattern prints, in mosaic, bohemian vibes.  The heels were also quite eye-catching, various colorings of snakeskin, open-toed heels & booties.


African art clearly defined the style behind the jewelry. A mix of statement gems and stones with thick necklaces come close to the neckline. Often incorporating a polished stone or even contemporary acetate, some looks forgo the jewelry all together, allowing for a completely carefree attitude. Certain looks that were simplistically minimal in nature, were definitely spiced up a bit with these statement-making jewelry pieces.


Clearly these looks are so bold, very dynamic. They are photographed well and look great from all angles. The looks are very inspiring and certainly encouraging to get us all thru a quick winter!


454980252.jpg_328_0_1671.28358209_3000    GEORGINE

Georgine’s S/S 2015 presentation began with thunder and darkness, but it was not soon thereafter that summery hues and airy fabrics took over the runway. Light music thumped in the background as Georgine’s audience was taken away on a beach vacation straight out of the 70s. The specific inspiration was the glamorous demimonde who descended onto Saint-Tropez during the summers of the 1970’s.

Wearable retro bathing suits were certainly featured, parading down the runway and off to the beach with towels, or to a cabana, draped in a glamorous silk and lace coverups. Speaking of towels, looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design. Women certainly love high fashion, that includes beachwear, more specifically beachwear sophistication. There’s a great deal to choose from here with sexy deep-V necklines, bold prints, and soft mint green looks.


Georgine Ratelband deviates from her usual dark color scheme for this collection, choosing instead to feature beach-y shimmery metallics and bright mints, oranges, and pinks. Luxurious gold was a major component of the collection, with standout looks including a gold silk trench perfect for a breezy summer day. The mint green was also a great tone utilized for this collection. The way it was mixed in with golds, nudes, rich creams, and in prints was refreshing; I loved the softer easier vibe with a pastel such as this or in taupe.


After showing off a sea of summery shades, the collection did revert back to Ratelband’s usual dark, structured image. Several stark ensembles completely in black, including a black silk organza lace dress with leather detailing, were impressive. A brand is nothing without staying true to it’s signature. It’s great to see current trends and modern updates, but I think it’s smart to mix in with what you know. And with black signature basics like the looks below, Georgine clearly knows structure and how to make their version of an LBD or black ensemble stand out.


The models’ hair was as relaxed as the majority of the collection, left down and wavy or covered by intricate turbans, floppy hats or flower hairpieces, all created by Ric Pipino for Melville Pipino Salon.


The makeup stayed fresh, with no heavy eye-makeup distracting from the effortless ensembles, created by Gordon Espinet with the MAC Pro Team.


Special guests included Kimiko Glenn star of OITNB, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of NYC, country singer/songwriter Stephanie Quayle, actress Edy Ganem of Lifetime’s Devious Maids, singer Katy Tiz, and actress Bianca Santos.


These looks are definitely for a similar type of clientele. And what I enjoyed most was that it takes that woman on a journey. It follows her on the go. The muses of this collection included paragons of style such as Bianca Jagger, Slim Keith, Gloria Guinness and Loulou de la Falaise. Also influenced by the photography of Slim Aarons and Helmut Newton, GEORGINE has crafted gorgeous bathing suit inspired evening wear, elegant beaded chiffon caftans, and trench coats worthy of a stroll down both the boardwalk and Fifth avenue alike. Georgine is providing for their clients looks to take them to a cocktail party, a beach or pool get-together, a Sunday brunch, an evening affair, and/or more!


These looks have a vintage feel, but certainly stand on their own and are quite unique. I see them as a breath of fresh air and I would be ready to take in a little sun proudly with any of these lovely looks!

Event PR — Mao PR




ART HEARTS FASHION presentations feature collections from the worlds freshest and artistically inspired designers in support of a great cause. Established in 2011 by designer and philanthropist Erik Rosete, ART HEARTS FASHION has grown to become a premiere platform for designers to showcase their collections in a contemporary runway setting.

Check out Jaslene Gonzalez, Cycle 8 ANTM winner workin’ the runway!

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This season ART HEARTS FASHION is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and will feature collections by:

  • Mister Triple X: The SS/15 “Pair-A-Dice” ColleXtion will feature bold tropical prints and monochromatic undertones in a Stepford Wives retro-future inspired presentation, continuing the journey of the Mister Triple X story told through fashion.


  • Control Sector: In an increasingly digital world, CYBER BULLY (SS/15) is the result of an interpretation of our physical experience being filtered through the electronic layers of reality.

Control Sector MBFW SS15 Cyber Bully Runway

  • Gregorio Sanchez: Will present a sophisticated and classy SS15 collection which features ethnic inspiration from Mexico, India and Bali.


  • Shrekahnth: Will present an SS/15 pret-a-porter collection featuring uniquely inpsired patterns and prints with an ethnic flare. Juliette’s inspiration is drawn from Aztec and Masai civilizations.


  • Hallie Sara: Hallie Sara’s iconic SS/15 collection is comprised of a sumptuous selection of luxurious materials — for which she is best known– intelligently crafted into sophisticated, sensual silhouettes that blur the lines between the timeless elite and cutting-edge hip.


  • Altaf Maaneshia: Will present a Garden inspired high-end fresh and contemporary SS15 collection roused by structured and fashion forward cuts.


  • MTCostello: The sophisticated line by Michael and Stephanie Costello will present will present SS/15 “Illuminati Collection” an exquisite and esoteric line inspired by ancient mysticism.


  • Furne Amato: Will present his SS/15 Evening In Space Collection which is inspired by a Space Odyssey.


From Edgy Street-wear to Couture Creations, guests will enjoy a journey of style told through fashion. Leghila’ handbags from Italy will be featured throughout the presentations showing that diversity and class can be carried throughout various genres all of which will be featured on LeJolie.


Special guests included Angela Simmons & Elizabeth Savetsky.







NYMD — Casual Spring/Summertime Looks for 2015

NY Menswear Day was back in action for 2015, presenting collections during 2 time slots on Sept. 3rd, encompassing 10 designer presentations. The event was sponsored by Cadillac and was held at Industria Superstudios. For menswear, NYMD had it all — suits, casual pieces, layering, prints, textures, outerwear, and more! Let’s take a look at 2 menswear brands who showcased tons of fun with that of casual looks for S/S 2015 — Original Penguin & Lucio Castro:


For Spring 2015, Original Penguin takes inspiration from the energetic and glamorous “Magic City” itself: late 1950’s Miami. As the heat begins to build, the collection moves poolside and emulates a tone of modern preppiness, mixing chambrays with vintage-floral prints. Let’s get to know — Original Penguin’s “Magic City” SS 15 collection —


Checkered reversible jacket; Palm-print collared shirt; Chambray linen shorts; navy leather bag; & “The Rave” white sneakers

For the guy who embraces a more refined style, there are also options of seersucker suits, keeping him sophisticated yet cool before retiring for an evening of casual rooftop games.

OPG Look 6

Chambray linen blazer; Floulard collared shirt; Slim fit trousers in bright white; “The Woods” sunglasses; & Denim dress shoes

The color palette — chromatic blues — Conversational jacket; Plaid shirt; Classic blue slim fit pants; & Canvas high tops. 1409843540126_original-penguin-spring-summer-2015-1VIBRANT GREENS, with a splash of aqua and soft pinks, all of which provides a contrast, reminiscent of the saturated colors of beachfront homes set against the soft pastel colors of Miami’s art-deco streets.


Island-printed collared shirt; Solid shorts in carmine rose; “The Brooklyn” sunglasses; grey watch; & “The Rave”, white sneaker

The looks were all well put together, lots of light layers, and perfect for a guy who needs a mix of streetwear casual looks, more laid back summertime fun pieces, and even those times calling for more upscale numbers, perhaps a spring wedding.


Additional presentation details —


Ocean Drive tee; Flamingo swim shorts; “The Randall” sunglasses; & Espy seersucker flip-flops

  • Casting — Trew Productions — Same for Lucio Castro (details below)
  • PR — Agentry PR — Same for Lucio Castro (details below)
  • House Photograpy — Keith Morrison
  • Models — Adam, Click, Ford, Fusion, IMG, NY Models, One, Request, Soul, & Wilhelmina.
  • Music — Original Penguin


Striped polo shirt; Floral swim shorts; & “The Rave”, white  sneaker

Additional Event Sponsors — Need, Black Velvet, hint Water, Peroni, & Svedka. Hint & Need are also the same for Lucio Castro (details below).

Moving on now, let’s learn about Lucio Castro for S/S 2015, “Soviet Summer” —

Summertime nostalgia and the romance of our youthful freedom is at the heart of the Lucio Castro Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Castro references both his own childhood, spent away from the sun and in the cinema in his hometown for Buenos Aires, as well as the iconography of “Soviet summers” in the stark, almost desolate beach towns of Odessa and Sopot in the 1970’s and 80’s.


Melange green Boris cardigan; Green reverse striped collared shirt; & Cream quilted knit shorts.

Found throughout the collection are nods to Castro’s past, further enriched by Castro’s passion for film and the character behind the clothes.


Green reversible Odessa Tuck striped crew shirt; Olive Mac with batik polka dots lining; & Olive Donnie pants.

The collection is infused with subtle coloring and hues — tans


Natural blue/yellow Sopot Chunky cardigan & Cream, white, striped textured shorts

Shades of Blues —


Blue Shibori shirt; Blue bucket V-neck swearter; & Blue quilted shorts

And greys!


Charcoal & blue linen/rayon suit, and Cream striped placket shirt.

These looks are quite daring, a perfect fit for the man who is not afraid to say “I love fashion”! Love the layering, great use of color & textures, and loads of fun with the prints.

Additional event details —


Reclaimed vintage “Pan Am” towel sweatshirt & Black “Donnie” shorts

Additional event sponsors — Trask and Johnston & Murphy.


Grey Harbor embroidered sweatshirt; Navy fine plaid shirt; & Blue quilted sweatpants.