Fashion Week Journeys — Always So Much to See!

Being out on the daily for fashion week, there is really just sooooooo much to see. The result is for sure a jam-packed filled day of fashion, which is of course not a bad thing! It’s great to see a vast array of design talent. Here are a few examples of some designers I ran across on my fashion week journey that run the gamut of exotic appeal to extreme design to truly inspired pieces!

454990694.jpg_325_0_1668.28358209_3000          LIBERTINE

Libertine’s S/S 2015 collection for MBFW bore an image of the witty and famously acerbic socialite Pat Buckley. “I was so obsessed with Pat in the ’80s that I made scrapbooks of her!” gushed L.A.-based designer Johnson Hartig. “I had thousands of inspirations,” said Hartig, exaggerating only slightly. “Like, I saw these ravers at a music festival with a bunch of bead necklaces. I immediately decided I had to have that, too.” So he did, as well as hippie-girl patchwork, randomly placed decals, comic-book prints, decorated Wayfarers, and little clutches doused in silver glitter. Meanwhile, the Libertine MO—mixing newly produced items with reworked, BeDazzled vintage pieces—remains the same.


The show started with delicate chiffons and vibrant furs that soon gave way to explosive allover embellishments, crazy candy colors, and what looked like bold designed collage artwork. This was a full on, to the extreme presentation, full of zeal, drama, and passion — looks for both men and women!



There was a lot going on in this collection, but so much that was truly stunning and eye-catching. The spattered tights were a must-have. All of the looks would no doubt make you the center of attention and make you vibrant and full of life!



The bold, daring beauty look was provided by CND Cosmetics. Special guests included — Teen Vogue style & features director Andrew Bevin, Nick Cannon, TV personality Kaitlin Monte, journalist & TV personality Tom Murro, stylist James Aguiar, photographer Andrew Werner, Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, and co-founder of CND Jan Arnold.



454967076.jpg_325_0_1668.28358209_3000  FRANCESCA LIBERATORE

As one of four winners of the DHL Exported contest, Italian designer Francesca Liberatore was granted the opportunity to introduce her collection at New York Fashion Week. Her spring lineup, which was mostly women’s apparel, but also some menswear, had a very specific point of inspiration: a bird in polluted surroundings that becomes transformed by the litter it encounters.


Taking a break from spring florals, Liberatore chose to enchant viewers with a focus on understated, refreshing bird prints that were inspired by Asian design. Her collection featured sheer-backed blouses with effortless volume, as well as flowing silk bird prints that combined with long, clean graphic button-downs.


Beauty look was courtesy of Patricia Yankee nail color, Tresemme hair by Matthew Curtis, & make-up by Vincent Longo. Special guests included Canadian actress Serinda Swan, teen actress Lilla Crawford, Canadian model Andi Muise, actress Eku Edewor, actress Cassie Scerbo, blogger Nicole Effendy, blogger for Excessories Expert Elizabeth Savetsky, designer Nicole Miller, & Bill Heaney.



454960604.jpg_327_0_1670.28358209_3000            TAORAY WANG

International designer, Taoray Wang launched her first namesake collection for Spring 2015 in New York City at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the global crossroads where fashion meets business and lifestyle. Taoray merges Asian culture with European influences, resulting in unique, elegant designs with global appeal.


This collection emphasizes the style and power of successful women in all walks of life. It pairs that with a soft artistic message inspired by the movie Black Swan and ballet of the same name. The designer explains, “I respect and appreciate how difficult it is for busy women to excel in today’s fast-paced environment. My clean, simple and elegant designs express the innate sense of sophistication one notices with powerful women such as my muse Natalie Portman.”


Clean nails for a natural beauty look was provided by China Glaze. Special guests in attendance were Marri Bucci, Nellie Park, and actress Dong Jie.



In efforts to show Angolan fashion to the world, style visionary and fashion show producer Dinelia Da Silva of Dinelia Productions and Events (Luanda, Angola) has partnered with StyleWise International (NYC), to carefully curate a selection of designers to implode the New York City fashion week scene. The Angola International Fashion Show, also known as AIFS, is a fashion experience established to push the boundaries of creativity, while nurturing the connections and profitable relationships between designers, models, buyers and stylists.

On September 8th, AIFS will platform eight (8) designer collections exclusively for the spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week season. All runways shows will take place at the illustrious Helen Mills Event Space in Chelsea. Here are a few of the designers who showcased!

images                LISETE POTE

Pote, an Angola native, presented her renowned collection as dressed by international dignitaries, celebrities and socialites.



ALLEX KANGALA known for impeccably tailored menswear.


FEELO’JE designed by Janay Reymond (Anguilla, Caribbean), is the youngest designer among the ranks. At a mere 17 years old the designer presented a swimwear collection inspired by world travel, family and deeply-rooted culture.


Lucrecia Moreira, one of Angola’s top designers, creates “modern style” with roots in tradition.


PRAS This Week — 2 Worlds Collide

And just what are those 2 worlds? Duh! — Fashion & Commerce. So this week each designer had to create a RTW look, which would be sold to benefit a charity — Save the Garment Center. The look would be sold as part of the Milly Spring/Summer 2014 collection. This was a true test for the designers, to create a stunning design that would would encompass their own design aesthetic, but to also work within Milly’s collection’s theme, Urban Tribal. But also, the design needed to be commercially feasible, so made for under a budget of $400.

milly_dresses Examples of Milly Dresses

The designers were off to sketch for their 2 day challenge. No mood trip this week because the designers would work with Milly’s custom made fabrics. Michelle Smith, Milly designer, was there to meet and greet. She made sure to remind the designers about keeping within the price/cost structure. She also provided a bit more details for designing in that the look needed to be for the Milly customer — feminine but with edge. Before any fabrics could be cut though, the President & CEO of Milly, Andrew Oshrin, had to 1st approve each design.

Elena was all about these Milly fabrics, NEON!! During her consultation, the major adjustment was keeping the white leather to smaller portions. Korto also felt she best fit the Milly aesthetic in working with the tribal aspect. Her consultation was probably the most drastic — she chose the most expensive materials so she had to shorten her look from a maxi to above the knee! Seth Aaron’s consultation focused on an expensive zipper, but he agreed to edit it down. And finally, there was Chris, whose consultation seemed to go the most smoothly, but clearly that didn’t work so well for him this week!

pras03-ep9-episode24The designers were off to work! Korto felt some early struggles since she was only working with a small amount of her expensive fabrics. We saw an early Elena freakout as well because she ripped her leather while working on a sleeve. It was then time for the 2nd work-day and this week, Zanna time also included Michelle.

Seth Aaron’s visit probably went the best. Elena had started work on a possible 2nd dress because of her leather rip, but that concept was quickly struck down. Michelle was unsure if with Korto’s look, if the 2 very bold prints were really working well together. Chris had gone from a dress to trying to make separates work. Michelle’s concern was this would be over-budget because you are working with 2 samples, 2 zippers, etc. So how did each designer fare then on the runway?

pras03-ep9-episode27This week was so odd because we had all 3 of the regular judges (yes! Georgina was finally back!), plus 3 guest judges. The three guest judges were the lovely Kristin Chenoweth, the comedic Nick Cannon, and Milly designer Michelle Smith. Could 6 minds really come together? Duh — NO! I don’t think any were completely on the same page. But ultimately, for this week, the winning look had to be the one that Michelle most wanted as part of her collection. I think from the critiques that it was most clear she loved Seth Aaron’s look, making him the winner this week.


I agree! I think this look best fit with the Milly aesthetic. I do wish between the 4 designs, there was a bit more color or enjoyment with a fun print, but Seth’s look did at least have a small pop of color. I also thought with this look that I could see Seth’s aesthetic in it as well. It’s clear that since his original PR win, he has learned the business side of fashion. Job well done! Seth will be in the finals!


The look is available for purchase now, $398!

The next finalist is Elena. I don’t think this look was horrible, but I didn’t think it would have worked well with the Milly vibe. I was also very upset that we heard all during the 1st part of the episode about Elena’s love of neon, but she didn’t really showcase that with this stark white look. And no, I don’t count working with neon when you can unzip the garment to see it! But she is a clear judges’ fave this season so it came as no surprise that she made the finals.


This left us with Korto and Chris. But before the judges could make a final decision they had them do one more challenge. The judges couldn’t decide who to send home with the Milly creations. The judges loved the back of Korto’s dress, but the front left them disappointed. I agree. I wish that she had just made the dress out of the belted and back portion and then belt it with maybe a solid black or bright color. But the back was gorgeous. The judges liked Chris’ look, but Georgina said something strange about not knowing who Chris was as a designer? That is kind of odd since you brought him back as an All-star and also, Georgina has been absent most of the season. Maybe if she had been there she would know more! The bodice area also had some fit issues so that worked against him as well. This left these two to battle it out with a final challenge.


pras03-ep9-episode6 pras03-ep9-episode9The final challenge was to select 3 looks from previous challenges and remix them to create 1 new outfit. This new outfit had to be a dramatic new look. The sucky part was they only had 1 hour! Only Alyssa, Georgina and Isaac would make the elimination decision this time around. And so Korto & Chris were off to work, while Seth and Elena were cooped up in the waiting room, going stir crazy!


Korto’s new look consisted of the following — the pants from the menswear challenge to make her skirt; the back of her jacket from the punk challenge; and the neoprene & details from the insect look challenge. She created a structured vest with a pencil skirt. The skirt had a zipper going down the front. My major issue with this look is that it didn’t read Korto. I also thought it was kind of boring, nothing special. But I knew deep down the judges would not send her home so I’m not sure why they went thru this extra hassle this week. The judges didn’t even discuss the decision, they just wrote a name down. So all in all, just a very odd way to send Chris out this week!


Chris’ look consisted of the tulle from his eveningwear look, to make his fitted & tethered skirt; the belt & clutch from the Bonnie & Clyde challenge; and the top portion of this look was from the black fabric used from his punk challenge look. The look was not perfect, but he only had 1 hour! But it definitely read as a Christopher Palu design. I was sad to see him go, but we are finally at the last episode now, the finals! So who will win PRAS season 3? I know who I think the judges will pick, but I want to see if it’s at least well-deserved!