Nolcha Fashion Week F/W 2016

Nolcha Shows During New York Fashion Week Women's Fall/Winter 2016 Presented By Neogrid - Cute Like Mad

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Indie Designers showcased their Fall/Winter 2016 collections at the Nolcha Shows during NYFW, at Artbeam, featuring 11 runway shows.

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The day kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show at 11am spotlighting emerging brands including Vitruvius, Cute Like Mad, Planet Zero Motorsports, Fine Art of Fashion, and Minan Wong.

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Both Cute Like Mad and Minan Wong are sustainable brands that are manufactured in NYC and the U.S. respectively. Cute Like Mad’s vision is all about creating unique styles that empower the wearer with confidence. The brand’s signature style is relaxed luxury with an injection of rock ‘n’ roll — tough as nails and yet refined.

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With Minan Wong, here is what she has to say about her Vision — “When I decided to make my own collection, I brought my personal journey into the details. When I design, I get a surge of energy. I love clothing that exudes a vibrant, youthful aura and can support the strength of a woman. The crisp touch of a brand new dress. The exhilarating breath you take before meeting your dream client. The strut that begins when you catch a reflection of yourself in the window, rocking that jacket. This is MINAN WONG.”

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Vitruvius and Fine Art of Fashion showcased various works by fashion design students from Vancouver and Stevenson University in Maryland—giving them a platform to jump-start their careers. Vitruvius’ collection collection is named ‘I am Astronaut’, inspired by the news of the discovery of an earth-like planet. The students have used their imaginations to create garments inspired by aliens, planets, moons, and gravity.

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With Fine Art of Fashion, the students designed their looks based on a variety of inspirations. The juniors were assigned a theme, Fine Art of Fashion, and each student chose an artist or art movement as a rich source of inspiration for their collection. Student, Benish Masih was inspired by the Qajar Art Movement, Erin Boggs used Street Art as inspiration, Venus Khosravani drew her inspiration from Michaelangelo, Sarantos Papavasilakis was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, Tatsiana Toustik by Andy Warhol, and Tearsa Thomas’ inspiration came from Magical Realism.

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The seniors each designed a five-piece collection based on their inspiration of choice. Amber Lloyd was inspired by the contorted shapes of the deciduous forest in the winter,Sherese Mclean designed a Japanese inspired collection, Janic’e Sethman was inspired by the emotion of growth and development, and Jasmine Ward’s inspiration came from spring time in Paris.

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PlanetZero Motorsports, whom I recall from last Nolcha fashion season, was back this go-round, showcasing their vision, which is to blend high fashion with motorcycle apparel and to bend the line between safety and Haute Couture.  The mission of PZM is to assure that everyone who participates in motorsports, consistently wear the apparel needed to for maximum protection.

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The 1pm solo show featured Chinese brand Soufflesong, designed by Fan Shumin and inspired by traditional Chinese Lolita fashion, mixing victorian styles with medieval times. Made up of three collections named Neverland, Girls’ Dream of Hana and Roses Valley, the brands vision is to create high-end fashion which represents vintage and Regal styles of Lolita Fashion.

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The Neverland Collection stands for Gothic Lolita and traditional Chinese Lolita style. Made up of a dark nature and melancholy style with totems of crossbones, roses, thorns, angels, demons and more the Neverland collection contains a rock and roll influence. The Neverland collection is a fierce new style that is completely different from other Lolita collections. The Neverland collection successfully combines the foundational outfits of traditional Chinese Lolita style with Cheongsams.

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The Girls’ dream of Hana collection is inspired by Sweet Lolita and Country Lolita. The Girls’ dream of Hana designs are pink, pastel blue, with light and soft color to augmented effect of aesthetics. The printings on bustles are fresh flowers and horticulture sceneries. Girls’ dream of Hana vision is to create Victorian styled fashion, Baroco style, and Rococo style. Girl’s Dream of Hana also presents more mature design concepts that use flowers as a main theme in heavy but soft colors combined with slender patterns.

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Roses Valley vision is to create a high-end collection that represents vintage and royal styles of Lolita Fashion. This collection is affordable luxury derived from the dresses of French palaces, with inspiration derived from the Medieval Century of Europe, showing brilliant colors, mysterious, and religious belief in stories created on bustles. By stamping palace stories on the bustles and changing the leg-of mutton sleeves into puff sleeves, Roses Valley retrenches the intricacy of palace dresses into compendious Lolita dresses.

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The 3pm solo show featured newcomer Rohitava Banerjee, a 19 year old New Yorker making his NYFW debut.  His work reflects his eternal love for history, drawing parallels between the past and today’s contemporary world.  The first collection wa sinspired by Greece: both it’s mythical past and the tumultuous economic times of the present.

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The main runway show at 6pm, spotlighting three ready-to-wear brands: Intrepid byAO’C, Acid NYC, and All Comes From Nothing.  Intrepid by AO’C, designed by Aerin O’Connell, presented a hybrid of minimalism and luxury womenswear.

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Acid NYC, made by husband & wife superhero design team Evelyn Luna and Scott Chester, introduced pieces using Thermaltech—a steel mesh inserted into their garments that absorbs heat to warm the body.

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All Comes From Nothing, founded in 2014 by Eva Yiwei Xu, debuted an art-inspired contemporary collection.

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The evening closed with a solo show by Di Yusupoff, a collection by Eastern European born Sabina Yusupova, who is now based in Brooklyn and designs contemporary ready-to-wear and formal gowns.

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Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included presenting sponsor Neogrid, along with Citi Bank, Ecru New York, DXV by American Standard, Thermaltech, Don Q Rum and Regulus.

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NYFW — Some Stunners

Naeem Khan

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The F/W 16 collection for Naeem Khan was full of Khaneurisms, but certainly took a new elevated, extremely elegant direction. What was so important in this change — great use of color and prints. I also think use of mixed media played an important role.

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I really enjoyed seeing a collection full of some great, classic eveningwear and cocktail attire, but no show would be complete without some stunning showstoppers as well. This collection was certainly not lacking in shimmer & shine! I wouldn’t be surprised if with future red carpets of 2016 or even early 2017 that we could see some of these looks!

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Georgine

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The Georgine F/W 16 collection was an eclectic mix, blended uptown allure meets nerd chic. Fur coats, statement eyewear and more made significant appearances in this collection. Ultrafeminine dresses were worked in rich devore velvets. Designer Georgine Ratelband did a superb job here.

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I thought this collection was very dynamic; it had a lot to offer. There was this striking balance between soft and hard. There was a fun, flirty, girly element, then a chic, fashionista vibe, but finally, a hard-core, darker, high fashion vision. There were definitely some standout looks here!

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Credits — Production, Press, & Casting – MAO PR; Makeup — Gordon Espinet with MAC; Hair — Design by Moroccanoil Global Ambassador Antonio Corral Calero; Music — Laurent Vacher; Fur — Jonevon Furs; Shoes — Palter DeLiso & Lori Silverman; Nails — Patricia Yankee for Patricia Nail Lacquers; Jewelry — Spallanzani; Sunglasses — Moscot

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Adrienne Landau

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For the first time since the inception of her renowned career, Adrienne Landau will introduce a unisex accessories line as well as creating both a men’s and women’s ready to wear line to go with her signature fur collection. The F/W 16 collection is also a departure from the expected with Landau citing inspiration from the diverse New York City urban culture and how she sees people wearing her luxury collection in real life.

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Adrienne Landau started her career in the arts as a painter in New York City. For her namesake fur collection, she is known for her glamorous ease, use of color, and the juxtaposition of materials.

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The Adrienne Landau collection is carried in the world’s most exclusive boutiques and department stores, and continuously worn by celebrities and featured in the top fashion publications. Known for versatile pieces that seamlessly transition from day to evening, Adrienne Landau has become the go-to designer for the world’s most fashionable and influential women such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Palermo, Lady Gaga, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Madonna and more.

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Credits: Photography — Andres Hofweber Photography; PR — Mao PR

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Xuly Bet

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The Fall/Winter 2016 collection for Xuly Bet was not only momentous artistically, but historically, as it was the first all-black fashion show in all of NYFW history. Inspired by designer Lamine Badian Kouyaté’s West African roots, each piece was a new, mosaic-like mixing of culture and fashion.

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It was clear within the first few ensembles that the fearless and effortless clash of pattern and fabric we saw with Lamine’s previous collections resurfaced as a key feature of this recent collection. Highly unique, each outfit had a strong voice emblazoned with neon, punctuated by striking high heels.

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Every ensemble was tied together with statement tights. The tights were made of a disco-pant shiny material and ranged from a glittery emerald with black swirls and a bright pink zebra print to metallic silver.

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The striking hue of each outfit was the central theme throughout the collection. The collection offered variety, ranging from extravagant carmine fur vests paired with rich gold jumpsuits, to casual oversized sports jersey jackets.

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Xuly Bet Fashion Show, Ready To Wear Collection Fall Winter 2016 in New York

 

NYFW — Faves & The New

Libertine

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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.

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Libertine RTW Fall 2016

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.

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Libertine RTW Fall 2016

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.”

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Libertine RTW Fall 2016

Laurel DeWitt

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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.

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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.

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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

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Additional Thanks to — Bello’s NYC; Perfect365; Major Models; APM Models; Hello Models; Pergola NYC

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Vivienne Tam

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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.

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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.

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Credits: Footwear — Joy & Peace runway collaboration

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Runa Ray — Subtle Teachings of Origami

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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.

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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

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NYFW — A Little Couture, A Little RTW

Leanne Marshall

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Typical to Leanne Marshall fashion, her couture F/W 16 runway show was unveiled in a color palette story — black to mixtures of bronze & tan, mix of maroon and buttercream yellow, and lastly with silver & grey.

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Other Leanne signatures at play were each breathtaking look being ethereal, crafted with sheer effects and flowing, draped fabrics.

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The Aveda team was back in action for the beauty regime — Janell Geason for makeup & Jon Reyman for hair.

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Tome

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It’s all about confidence, boldness and strength,” said Ramon Martin backstage at the Tome runway show. The designer and his colleague, Ryan Lobo, were inspired by the independence and power of feminist artists Barbara Kruger and Mona Hatoum for their fall collection. Oversize, sometimes exaggerated, silhouettes gave a strong attitude to key looks of the collection.

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Tome RTW Fall 2016

The duo introduced a romantic touch via the ruffles, which was used to embellish a range of pieces. In keeping with the label’s sustainable approach, up-cycled denim was reworked for patchwork pants and skirts with a cool, vintage-like look, while shirts from the brand’s old stocks were revamped and incorporated in the lineup.

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Tome RTW Fall 2016

Pedram & Rosenthal Tee

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iFashion Network and CAAFD put together a joint sponsored show  part of the series of the I’MPOSSIBLE Challenge. The February 14th show drew in a fairly large crowd resulting in standing room only. The room was comprised of international press, models, domestic editors, photographers, VIP’s and fans. The two featured designers at this show: Pedram Karimi and Rosenthal Tee, left the crowd fascinated and awed by their independent unique collections.

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The show was closed by the sophisticated feminine designs of Rosenthal Tee. Her pieces were a fantastic contrast to Pedram’s, featuring bright colors and sparkling materials. Where Pedram’s designs were futuristic, Rosenthal’s designs were classic, but with a modern twist.

Rosenthal Tee, based out of the Philippines, takes immense pride in perfectly melding the contours of landscapes, the threads of culture, and the patterns of architecture from vibrant Manila and bustling London, two locations extremely important to her. Rosenthal is known for her luxury ready­to­wear in the Philippines, where it is a bestseller, and also for her works that have adorned countless Filipino celebrities. Her style is a mix of youthful creativity combined with a top of the line fashion education earned in the London campus of Istituto Marangoni, where she earned her Masters Fashion Design Womenswear with distinction

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And of course then opening the show, Pedram Karimi is based out of Montreal, and showcases an entirely unique style, creating his own brand of genderless clothing. He is known for focusing on structural forms and progressive silhouettes in luxury fabrications, something most people have never seen before. Gritty, sentimental, physical and sophisticated are words often associated with Pedram and his works. He gained his insight into the fashion world at the London College of Fashion, before moving to Canada and attending the International LaSalle College. His gritty and physical designs were stark in their colors; black, whites and greys were virtually all that were on display.

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iFashion Network is an online portal for everything new and groundbreaking in fashion. It is a global fashion hub, providing articles on designers, events, menswear, women’s wear, shopping, trends, and all the behind the scenes info you could ever want, delivered by unique personalities who know the fashion world inside and out. iFashion Network also boasts several industry leading original fashion-focused internet television shows.

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CAAFD stands for the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers. CAAFD is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of backing designers who aspire to do business in the United States. CAAFD educates, promotes and empowers aspiring designers and fashion professionals in gaining a foothold in the fashion business, giving them every opportunity to become the renowned designer they yearn to be.

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NYFW — Some Fierce Outerwear

Lie Sangbong

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Lie Sang Bong is one of Korea’s preeminent fashion designers, a master craftsman and artist who is internationally recognized for his architectural collections that celebrate and enhance the body. Since founding his eponymous brand, LIE SANGBONG, in 1985 Mr. Lie continues to blend traditional influences and innovative techniques, allowing his work to resonate with audiences around the world.

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“One good thing about being a fashion designer is that you can live in different ages, combine even oppositional ideas and techniques to create something that is both contemporary and useful, ” says Mr. Lie. Believing that fashion is where art and industry converge, he combines diverse influences including: Korean poetry, calligraphy and architecture, Cubism, Bauhaus design, 1930’s Film Noir heroines, and the natural world. Garment construction is approached from an architectural perspective; silhouettes are built out from Bauhaus-influenced geometric shapes. Mr. Lie also produces unique ‘tech’ fabrics for each of his collections. Intricate techniques, like laser cutting, embroidery and digital printing, are applied to natural fabrics, used alone and in combination with one another.

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LIE SANGBONG continues to receive critical acclaim and has been featured in publications including: Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Telegraph, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Mr. Lie has dressed notable women such as Korea’s First Lady, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, Kelly Rowland, and Juliette Binoche. An influential artistic and cultural figure in Korea, he currently acts as the president of CFDK (Council of Fashion Designers of KOREA) and a cultural Ambassador for the City of Seoul.

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Michele Helene

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Easy meets sexy and goes global. That’s the concept behind Michelle Helene, a new brand about to become every woman’s favorite line. The designer’s sculptural, yet classic pieces tell a tale of finding your inner self, while exploring the world at large. It’s not about wearing a costume; it’s about realizing who you are. “I find inspiration all around me on a daily basis, including everything from nature, art, museums, music and traveling to friends and family,” Michelle says. “My inspiration is never rooted in one thing. For each collection, I look at everything around me and take it in and use it to create either fabric, color story, or design.” Though she does love New York and the rush the city provides.

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Launched in Fall 2014, Michelle Helene focuses on an organic design process, eschewing the usual mood board in favor of weaving fabrics in Taos with her brother, Alex. From there, the form of the collection takes place. Michelle, who studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and worked with various contemporary brands before launching her own line, it’s important to have a personal connection with her clothes and fabrics. “I take special care in sourcing my fabrics each season. I often use organic cottons, some of which feature yarns that have been hand-dyed by women in South Africa, a Buddhist nun from Taos, and some of the recycled jersey yarn was made from jersey waste from the mills.” That careful touch is apparent in the bespoke collection, which is full of stunningly beautiful silhouettes, well-crafted folds, and pieces that any woman around the world can wear, whether it’s a dress, trousers, a cape or blouse. “The fit is really important, for a lot of different bodies. I have a certain clientele, and I want to make everyone satisfied, to have that personal connection.”

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But the end goal of course is to make sure you love the clothes as much as Michelle does. “Wearability is always important, you can’t feel sexy or confident if you don’t feel like yourself. I believe this goes back to making pieces that my customer sees as an extension of themselves, I want them to feel unique but natural all at the same time.”

Set Design — Jason Peters; Styling — Marcell Rocha; Casting — Anna Lev; Hair — Jorge Luis of PRIVE; Makeup — Regan Rabanal for MAC; Nails — Rose Velez – Miggins of Doorbella; Production & PR — EB Consults

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Babyghost

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Qiaoran Huang and Joshua Hupper launched Babyghost five years ago and have since developed a distinct following. For fall, the duo took their best-selling items from seasons past and reworked them. “We deconstructed and reconstructed pieces,” said Hupper.

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The designers, who were inspired by an Asian technique of filling in cracked porcelain with gold filigree, felt the reworked looks were even more beautiful than the originals. Hupper, pointing to one coat, noted, “We cut the lining and made the lining the outer and the outer shell the inside of the coat.”

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The outerwear was certainly show-stopping. But underneath those pieces, were equally as impressive layers and separates. So all in all, some great RTW too.

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Nineteenth Amendment Event at Macys Herald Square

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Nineteenth Amendment was created on the idea that fashion is a choice and that the garment production process for manufacturers in the US needed a makeover. And, just like its namesake, Nineteenth Amendment believes everyone has a right to choose how to make the system – and their closets – a better place.

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So for NYFW, they brought 6 of their designers to showcase their latest looks. But this was not just for show! This NYFW event was also a shoppable one as each of these stunning looks were up for grabs.

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NYFW — An International Perspective

All Photography by Shanise Gibson

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Jarret, presented by Ji-yeon Lee, maintained the sleek, chic finish, but also embraced a more eclectic and eccentric aesthetic.

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From the vibrant colors to the imaginative prints, I was blown away.

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I love a collection that offers true variety, from colors to silhouettes.

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Yohanix

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Yohan Kim Brand was first established in London in 2009. The Korea-born designer, Yohan Kim, graduated from London College of Fashion in 2007. And is now debuting at NYFW. Here is a brief bio on the designer and brand —

He used to work as the designer for both Michiko Koshino women’s wear and haute couture line as early as a BA student. Not long after his graduation, Yohan Kim moved to Paris and started to work for Balmain Paris, specializing in leather wear, and later opened his own design studio in Beijing.

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There is always a dark sense of humor attached to Yohan’s work, playful yet stylish. He is also aiming at exploring the ‘luxuriousness’ thru his own way. Therefore, unexpected combination of textiles has been widely applied to this collection — textured leather, cashmere wool, gold embroidery, beading, printing has been all mixed in and merged with each other in harmony. His signature combines heavy details and strong structure emphasizing a special sense of sensuality and power.

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The brand focuses on playing with slash, layers and geometry shapes to create garments that are original and creative. Yohan has always been experimental with his work. He invents the new studding and beading way of his own style. All these unique details definitely creates an extraordinary visual excitement. He shows his respect to his work by making 100% effort on each garment. It is visually reflected through this collection by using luxurious fabrics, innovative shapes and creative (also time consuming) details. Yohan Kim will always keep pushing the boundaries to make the brand youthful, fresh and absolutely timeless.

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FASHION HONG KONG

Hidy NG

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DSC_0184Hidy N.G. presents some stunning RTW for A/W 16. The brand officially launched back in 2003 in NYC. The design is characterized by avant-garde silhouettes adorned with intricate details and feminine lacing technique using delicate embellishments and dentelle.

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There are some truly stand-out, eye-catching pieces in this collection, specifically the look above and below. The sheer top is gorgeous, as well as the golden embellished one below.

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Loom Loop — Polly Ho

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This is one collection where the super fun, showmanship headpieces were also just as great as the looks. Well okay, not just as great, but it definitely enhanced the overall show quality.

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The various prints adorned on various looks provided pops of fresh color and a youthful spirit.

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However, I also appreciated the less vibrant pieces just as much, namely the black and/or white pieces as seen above and below. Regardless of the tone, you could see the designer’s vision and stamp.

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Harrison Wong

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Harrison Wong, founder of Harrison Wong Ltd, made his fashion debut by winning both the Hong Kong Young Designer’s Contest and the Grand Prix Contest in Japan. He then earned a Masters degree with distinction from the London College of Fashion. For a number of years before launching his own retail fashion business, Wong broadened his credentials by designing women’s and men’s seasonal collections for international runways in New York, Milan, Shanghai, Taipei, Sydney and Hong Kong. In addition, as Design Director for a number of fashion houses in Hong Kong and China, Wong has build up substantial creative expertise at the corporate level in these dynamic markets. Now, Harrison Wong has entered a new chapter in his career by opening his first menswear retail shop at PMQ, Hong Kong’s exciting new arts and design hub in Central.

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The Harrison Wong brand offers contemporary apparel and accessories for urban males. The fashions have an edgy, aggressive design underpinned with understated elegance. Clients will typically be fashion aware with a good eye for design and who tend to incorporate art and tasteful design into their daily life. The apparel and accessories will be of the highest quality yet affordable at the same time demonstrating that fine design and taste are not necessarily determined by the price tag.

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NYFW — Ladies & Kids

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Entitled Warmth, For A/W 16, Demi Park sought inspiration in Korean traditional garb. The collection is an homage to the designer’s mother, whom she would only see for important holidays as she was growing up. Then dressed in more traditional Korean attire, such as the banbok, a popular Korean dress, her mother exuded warmth and strength at the same time.

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So for A/W 16, Demi translated her joy of these rare moments into a very rich collection that pays tribute to tradition, as well as family and togetherness, which is expressed in the warmth of the color palette and the precious materials.

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Park’s interpretation of the traditional, typically colorful motives in Korean attire sees a rather saturated appropriation here, playing with nuances of grey, gold, burgundy, camel, and eggplant, that compliment the black and white themes she is so well known for.

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Makeup — Colleen Rune; Styling — Sarah Ellison; Hair — Kien Hoang for Oribe; Casting — Barbara Pfister Casting; Music — Ben Brunnemer; Production — Omen PR; Front of House/PR — Nouveau & Omen PR

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Isossy Children/London

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Designer Amanda Rabor presented Isossy’s A/W 16 collection at the Affinia Hotel for New York Fashion Week.

The brand offers children style and fashion reflecting a truly global culture as it enters into its 10th season. “In times of change and diverse living, fashion can reflect diverse cultures for up and coming generations to own, to claim and to wear in everyday life. It’s for the new global citizens of the world” says founder Amanda Rabor

Isossy Children offers bold, quirky, vibrant and global collections for kids. Amanda’s vision is creating a global fashion brand for children that will inspire the confidence, creativity and self belief of children growing up and living in diverse, global cultures.

Photography by Shanise Gibson

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This is for sure some chic, highly fashionable childrenswear — my first time seeing the brand. Needless to say, I was vastly impressed, and it was more than an overhaul of the cuteness factor. The pieces were trendy, right on level with what’s hot today!

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Nika Tang

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While not a gigantic collection, Nika Tang still managed to deliver a huge, resounding impact. The outwear was phenomenal to view, but was all astoundingly well-made. The color palette offered a lot in terms of basic pieces, as well as some more unique options.

If I’m not mistaken, this was Nika’s NYFW debut, my first time seeing the designer’s pieces, and overall, I think Tang did well for herself. I look forward to seeing what she has in store next season.

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Casa de Moda by Jessica Lynn

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I thought Jessica did a great job last season with her chic, super trendy presentation, and this recent showing has certainly led to consistency from the brand, Casa de Moda.

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I enjoyed the color palette, specifically the ice blue/serenity, which is actually one of the 2016 Pantone Color’s of the Year. I also was intrigued by the variety of silhouettes, all very fashionista-worthy and chic.

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Ohlin/d

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For fall, Öhlin/D creative director Jacob Park portrayed the evolution of a woman’s style — from sweet and girly to more mature and urban.

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To deliver a more grown-up look, Park darkened the color palette — which ranged from sorbet tones to shades of black and brown — and kept the silhouette more graphic.

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ÖHLIN/D is a contemporary women’s Ready-To-Wear brand founded in September 2013. The ÖHLIN/D woman approaches everything with a clear mind.  She never thinks too hard about what she wants to wear and loves effortless, cool, and lasting fashion. She is inherently stylish.

 

 

NYFW — Classic Faves

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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JAY GODFREY

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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!

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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

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MATHIEU MIRANO

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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.

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“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.

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Pretty much every piece had a regal, luxe quality to it. I really enjoyed the use of color!

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NICHOLAS K — “ARCOSANTI”

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“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.

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“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

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HAIR — Giannandrea Marongiu for Macadamia Professional; WOODEN HAIR STICKS — Rick McCoy; MAKEUP — Sarah Lucero for Stila Cosmetics; NAILS — Elle Gerstein for Dermelect; PR — Agentry PR

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And So It Begins….NYFW

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Rubin Singer’s fall / winter 2016 collection began with an exploration of his intentions as a designer. Staying true to his core image of architectural femininity, Singer delves into new categories, new shapes, and new fabrics for the new season. Unique in his approach to designing, Singer starts with an inspiration, such as the mathematical formulation “Homomorphism” (that any given formula ends up in the same place no matter how many times you change it), which is the hallmark for the fall / winter 2016 season, and then moves to fabrics – textures & colors – and from there the shape and pattern of his creations are revealed.

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I have a hard time peeling my eyes away from these stunningly superb looks. There is variety, whether from the silhouette to the fabric. Many of these looks are very much red carpet worthy and I hope to see some of these again soon.

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PR — Agentry PR; HAIR — Jon Reyman for Aveda; MAKEUP — Janell Geason for Aveda; CASTING — Julius Poole; JEWELRY — Jacob & Co.

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JILL HABER

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A breath of fresh air from the sea of apparel was being able to the Jill Haber presentation — handbags & clutches galore!

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SACHIN & BABI

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It’s not easy separating oneself from the pack in the contemporary market, but Babi and Sachin Ahluwalia, creators of the label Sachin & Babi Noir, have been able to hit full stride with their strong focus on evening and special occasion dresses and separates. For fall, the duo presented a charming lineup with plenty of Spanish flare — all done in a romantic yet modern way.

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After a recent visit to the Getty house in Los Angeles, Sachin Ahluwalia was so inspired by the colors and textures in the archives that he wanted to reinterpret it all for the label’s young customer. These looks are insta-faves for not only myself, but any other young, modern fashionista.

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These looks were just so imaginative. I loved the use of color, as well as the many floral prints. There was such a regal, luxe quality about these looks and I feel as if I want to own every single piece.

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CLAUDIA LI

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FOR FALL/WINTER 2016, CLAUDIA WANTED TO EXPRESS SELF-PRESERVATION: THE IDEA OF PRESERVING ONESELF AFTER AN EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DESTRUCTION. THE COLLECTION EMBRACES THE PERIOD RIGHT AFTER. THE PROCESS OF RECOVERING AND THE PAST SEEMINGLY BECOMING AN ILLUSION IS SHOWN THROUGH WRAPPED SILHOUETTES, ORIGAMI KNOTS, PANELS AND LAYERS OF FABRICS.

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NOVELTY YARNS, CASHMERE WOOLS AND LAYERED SHEER FABRICS ENHANCE THE COLLECTION. DENIM CONTINUES TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN KNOTTING DETAILS, YARN SLEEVED JACKETS AND BANDEAU TOPS.

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CASTING — Andrew Weir, PRODUCTION — Shades of Grey; MAKEUP — Miyako Okamoto for Shiseido; HAIR — Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken; NAILS — Lisa Logan for Red Carpet Manicure; VIDEO — Andrew Swartz; MUSIC — Javier Peral; PHOTOGRAPHY — Monica Feudi; SPECIAL THANKS TO — Launch Collective, Commando, Artbeam

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VIVI ACADEMY — VIVI MOYER

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This is a great collection, very amazing presentation. The attention to detail, namely the beauty look, was spot on!

 

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A pure treat for me last NYFW season was attending the Epson Digital Couture Presentation, and so of course this season, I was looking forward to seeing even more stunning, unique, highly creative vibrant prints!

LENERD BY FELIPPE — Colombia

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Great use of color here, so rich and it stands out!!

OSSIRA BY AGOSTINE ORLANDI & LUDMILA OSIKOVSKY — from Argentina

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There is such a relaxed, stylish vibe here and I love the color palette.

CRISTINA RUALES — Brooklyn, NY

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The prints here are gorgeous. I love this slate dress. It was a fave of mine from this presentation.

TIGRESSE — from Brasil

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Tigresse knows how to work with colors and prints, and does it well!

SANTIKA BY DANNY SANTIAGO — from Miami, FL

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This is some stunning RTW — got such a jet-setting, vacay vibe.

CHLOE TRUJILLO — from Los Angeles

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This printed purple dress on the right is definitely a work of art, but very much a fashionable work of art.

MATIAS HERNAN — from Chile

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Those boots!!! Werk!!

FABRIZZIO — from Costa Rica

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Menswear fashion week was last week, so it was great to see a few designs for the gents here.

KALEIDOSCOPIC — from Mexico

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It’s definitely cold here in NYC, not swimsuit season, but there is no harm in thinking ahead, right!!

PIONEER — from Peru

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Love seeing RTW, but also some great light-weight outerwear.

GUSTAVO BY GM

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Even more great menswear — love it!!