Fashion Week Journeys — Innovative Presentations & a 1st-Time Showing

It’s a great day for fashion week when you get to experience innovative and dynamic showings. And yes, even being a part of a talented designer’s 1st presentation for NYFW. Let’s start by looking at a seasoned presenter first, Son Jung Wan.

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In her latest collection for Spring/Summer 2015, Son Jung Wan presented at Lincoln Center, during MBFW. Her runway presentation was a creation of perfect harmony, reminiscent of the Yin and Yang found in nature. The collection was filled with rich, vivid colors inspired by nature and it’s natural elements. Models were adorned in shades of blue, green, and berry, accented only with an occasional gilded line or patch of sheer fabric for embellishment. There were a few looks in off-white and creams, made of chiffon & soft linen. There was also some very much needed pops of pizazz, seen in sequins & total iridescence.

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The collection was entitled “Dualism”, demonstrating contrasting elements to create balance. Son Jung Wan paid such close attention to the details of these varying looks — a jewel-encrusted back zipper or lines of gold fabric cutting thru sheer mesh. Thus, looks were very dynamic from all angles!


Special guests in attendance — Dan Murphy, model Brian Shimansky, actress Kelly Rutherford, Kate & Alex Lundqvist, Kelly & Thadeus Ann Bensimon, Michelle Falk, and model Garrett Neff.



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Amir Taghi unleashed a world of chiffon and satin for his S/S 2015 collection during NYFW, runway presentation held at Helen Mills Event Space. The collection had a very cool look, chic, and easygoing, all by making use of light pastels, lilacs, baby blues and ivory. The clothing itself was simple yet sophisticated, minimalism at it’s best!

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“I was trying to portray someone who is really fierce and not afraid to show who they are,” Taghi said in an interview for Washington Square News. Taghi found inspiration in strong female figures such as Bianca Jagger. “[Jagger] was not afraid to wear tuxedos,” Taghi said. “She was very very confident in what she wore and didn’t care about what people thought.”

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This was Taghi’s first showing during NY fashion week and this was a job well done! There was a lot of versatility in this collection, so many varying silhouettes and styles to offer — separates, cocktail dresses, and more formal pieces. This was a show from head to toe, the looks to the accessories (cool shades) to sleek hair (slicked back high ponytails), & to clean, fresh make-up beauty looks.

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Alon Livné captivated the audience at The Hudson Hotel during MBFW with his well-defined edge for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As the show began, Ariana & the Rose took the stage with live pulsing music that matched the energy Livné constructed in his architecturally and aquatically inspired collection. And it was clear, his traditional aesthetic of being sculptural was still present and very clear in intent.


Optic colors in black and white leather were quite featured in this presentation. Also seen were sizzling sequins, spiraling shapes, and significant cutouts. There was a great deal of silhouettes present — in floor-length gowns, cocktail dresses, and jumpsuits.



Katya Leonovich chose to be quite innovative for her S/S 2015 collection with the use of 3D printing. Her designs came down the runway with an architectural structure yet subtle ease, courtesy only of this new-age fabric. The only way to describe this collection is classics in a futuristic world!


A vast majority of the pieces seemed to be as if optical illusions were coming down the runway. The line’s summer nature came thru very clear in grey metallics, chic & sexy. The allure & appeal was all futuristic, but never turning into tastelessness.


Son Jung Wan Presents “Re-composition”


Son Jung Wan, for Fall/Winter 2014, presented several looks for which I would clearly label as walking works of art. Her specific inspiration for the collection was from abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko. Rothko worked with expressions of various emotions in his artwork thru his wide use of color. And color is certainly not lacking with SJW!

38                                               tumblr_mzm2xhWfTY1qcg3zwo1_1280You see a lot of blues (royal), cold & darker, like the Arctic Ocean.

h-623_w-3660h-6653_w-360There is also luxe golds, rich & full of history, admiration, & desire.

h-6423_w-360h-6243_w-360Mid-tone gray is also utilized, also giving/providing a sense of luxury with the collection.

h-623_w-3620h-623_w-3860And finally, ivory, set to convey expressions of tradition & grace.

h-6233_w-360h-6253_w-360Alongside a vast use of color, there was also utilization of a wide range of fabrics. Many looks incorporated a mixed use of materials. For example, colorful furs accompanied alongside metallic details. A signifier in many of Rothko’s works was the blurred color boundaries and that is presented in SJW’s collection by way of unfinished edges. This collection is all about modernity, but in a new way.

h-623_w-3630h-623_w-3670In a Rothko work, on his canvas, emotions spanned from joy to sadness. Son Jung Wan “wants to paint her collection with colors of emotions as Rothko did.” You can’t deny the artistic quality in all of the looks, whether it’s the fabrication on fur or shimmer of a metallic detail. Imagination and creativity flourish throughout this collection.

h-623_w-3604h-623_w-3601Here are a few other faves of mine from this collection that caught my eye. The mixed use of fur throughout, the versatility with the separates, the color schemes when paired together all are just STUNNING!


h-6223_w-360h-6213_w-360A few special guests were in attendance for this fabulous show — from Real Housewives of NY, Kelly Bensimon; (Kelly is wearing a Son Jung Wan Day Dress & Fur Coat); from new talk show “The Real”, Adrienne Bailon; (Adrienne is wearing a Son Jung Wan beige winter coat); from Gossip Girl, Kelly Rutherford; & from Radio Disney, Jake Whetter.

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