David Tupaz – NYFW September 2014

This year marks the first NYFW runway show for Filipino and celebrated red carpet designer- David Tupaz, and was hosted by the Philippine Consulate. David moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1998 and has since branched out to Las Vegas. He also single-handedly created the Las Vegas Fashion Designer’s Council, where he mentors local artists and designers so that they will benefit themselves and the community. His work has been seen on numerous red carpets and countless celebrities.

His Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, titled- “Las Vegas.” It was inspired by not only the city, but also the elegance of women. He went on to add that “when you look at all the old movies, the women were all beautiful. Have you ever seen a bad photo of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly? They were the epitome of elegance.” The collection seemed to have consisted of three stories- resort/beach, the office/Uptown and evening/cocktail. The resort/beach portion was comprised of black and white with a burst of lime green. Materials looked chic and easy, with some sheer (but could be easily layered). Oversize flouncy beach hats with flowers stole the show. The office/Uptown portion also had a black and white palette, but also with grey hues. The suits took on a 40s vibe with crisp tailoring and stylish fedoras. The evening/cocktail portion also emphasized black and white, with additional visions of kelly green and silver metallics. Fun headwear also caught my attention. I loved the kelly green dress with a 50s silhouette and the sleek jumpsuit. The show ended with David making his entrance with one of his models and thanking the audience.

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