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Taoray Wang – NYFW September 2014
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Saunder – NYFW September 2014
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Erin Fetherston – NYFW September 2014
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My FIRST NYFW Experience in a Nutshell…
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Francesca Liberatore – NYFW September 2014
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Fashion Shenzhen – NYFW September 2014
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Fashion Houston Finale: Bling, Menswear, Ocean Blues and Visions of Marfa

Taoray Wang – NYFW September 2014

International designer Taoray Wang‘s (Wang Tao) Spring 2015 collection was her official launch for her namesake brand. She chose to showcase her brand during New York Fashion Week because she felt that the American fashion market was of utmost importance to China. She is known for merging European and Asian cultures and influences throughout her designs, resulting in unique and elegant looks with global appeal. She is currently one of China’s more established and successful designs to date. You can also find her on the board of Shanghai Ribo Fashion Group.

This season’s high-end luxury collection emphasizes the style and power of women from all walks of life. Wang was also inspired by the movie Black Swan‘s soft artistic message and the art of ballet. “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,” the designer explained.

I thought her collection offered strong yet classic pieces in crisp hues of radiant white, black, bright citrus, blush pink and navy blue. Voluminous sleeves, sheer, an “eagle” print, feathered skirts and dresses and refined suiting were trending on her runway presentation. Her use of her Black Swan inspiration was clearly evident in terms of the feathered fringe skirts, tuxedo jacket and dresses; as well as the structured soft jagged edging of some of the bust lines. Taoray’s debut collection was an overall refreshing and sophisticated breath of fresh air for the modern woman in crazy busy world.

Saunder – NYFW September 2014

Emily Saunders launched her namesake brand- Saunder in 2011 with the mission of creating quality garments and keeping her love of New York City in mind. Everything in regards to her design and manufacturing is kept in NYC’s Garment District.

Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by “In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly. This song was produced in 1968, which is considered to be the beginning of the heavy metal era. Emily explores this concept by imagining a “Rock n’ Roll Garden of Eden” and loaded it with vibrant colors, prescription pills, deconstructed snake prints, a chic mixture of textures and polished silver metallic booties with clear heels; not to mention with intense beehives that were styled on the models. The collection also took a tongue-in-cheek nod to Neely O’Hara, the stylish yet troubled actress portrayed in Valley of the Dolls. The collection takes on a 1960s twist with modern edge. She also infused a striking mod collection of accessories and jewelry, with help from Megan Isaacs for the jewelry collection. Megan gave us a fresh presentation of her bold statement jewelry, also inspired by the song.

Though I would’ve liked to have seen something other than the pills taking center stage as an influence, it was still a great collection with girly silhouettes, statement-worthy accessories and a beautiful color palette.

Erin Fetherston – NYFW September 2014

Erin Fetherston was another NYFW favorite that I was honored to have attended. Fetherston is no stranger to learning and expanding her knowledge, as she graduated from UC Berkeley and went on to study abroad at Parsons Paris. In 2005, she showcased her eponymous feminine and whimsical label during the Paris Haute Couture shows. She moved to New York City in 2007 and has become a staple designer in showing her ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week.

Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection was titled- “Moonlight and Roses,” infusing her signature feminine charm with the spirit of la dolce vita; as well as equal parts Grimaldi glamour and California cool. The collection takes us on a journey through flower fields and blossoming roses through Fetherston’s use of whimsical florals in a delightful mix of laces, jacquards, printed neoprene and flowy printed organza. We even saw glimpses of swanky tops and clutches with the slogan- Charmed, I’m Sure, which is based on the short film- Charmed, I’m Sure. The film takes a witty nod to mid-century finishing schools, with the designer teaching ‘model students’ the arts of style, charm and social graces. These sloganed pieces blended in nicely with the theme and Fetherston’s overall aesthetic. I admired her entire collection, but most importantly, her use of dainty crop tops that were paired with wispy statement skirts. Every garment was carefully thought out and tailored, especially the shorts and pants, for a casual stroll under the moonlight.

My FIRST NYFW Experience in a Nutshell…

Gosh… in a way, I’m still reveling in the fact that September 2014 was the month and year I was able to attend THE New York Fashion Week. I want to thank Fashion Mingle (I literally can’t thank them enough) for allowing me to join the team to cover the intense week of everything fashion. It was a dream come true!

The boy and I drove…yes I said DROVE…from Houston to NYC, stopping at different cities along the way. We stayed at Yotel in Hell’s Kitchen, which was fairly close, but still a brief cab or subway ride to Lincoln Center. In between shows, we played tourist and WALKED EVERYWHERE (like 20 blocks from a show to our hotel) and my entire body ended up being in pain for the first few days; but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t feeling pretty amazing by the end of our NYC stay.

So, basically everything that you hear about Lincoln Center and NYFW is true. Just standing outside by the fountain and walking to the tents was a rush; as well as seeing the editors, celebrities (like the Hiltons) and bloggers in their designer threads and the swarms of street style photographers was an experience in itself. I met THE Grace Coddington, who was just as humble and lovely as can be. I had also wanted to see Bill Cunningham…and did…and that was BEYOND disappointing. I thought he would be the kind man that was portrayed in his documentary, but alas, he was quite the opposite. Anyway, once inside the tents, you get your ticket scanned, which determines where your seating assignment is. Then you can either mingle at some of the pop-ups or hang out in the media lounge, until time to line up to get into the shows. When we were able to get into the salons for the shows, it was literally like being herded in there like cattle and everyone was in a rush of sorts. I did have the chance to stay in the media pit for most of the shows… it was THE pit of all media pits…but nevertheless, I was able to conform myself into small yet decent spots and managed to get relatively good photos (I was even laying on the floor and sitting on concrete in CHANEL…but that’s how much I love blogging…) Like ALL fashion industry events, the shows ended up starting late, but you know what… I didn’t mind…I was just so entralled in the whole experience of just being there.

Would I do it all over again? HELL YES, I would! However, NYFW will longer be held at Lincoln Center after the F/W 2015 shows in February. So we shall see as to what the plan will be. I know I’m beyond curious.

Francesca Liberatore – NYFW September 2014

Italian designer Francesca Liberatore graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London and has since worked from prominent design houses and participated in important initiatives. The “enfant prodige” (young prodigy) recently won the DHL Worldwide Exported Award, which allowed her to showcase her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week. This was also her American debut, as well as an introduction to her menswear collection.

Spring/Summer 2015 was inspired by the image of a bird in a polluted surrounding. Francesca wanted to take an image of a bird with a lot of plastic in its stomach and can no longer grab fish from the sea; and put a positive twist on that reflection. We see silhouette influences of retro 1970s mixed with elements of the Far West. The womenswear seems to be more baggy and layered, while still maintaining femininity with soft color palettes; while the menswear looks to be more tailored with darker hues. The designer also included her backpack and handbag collection, as well as powerful legwear. Sticking to her concept of nature, Francesca created the collection using more natural fabrics, such as: leather, suede, silk and cotton. For the menswear, I loved the use of shirt with a wing-tip collar, a plain white button-front top with ruffle detail and a suit jacket with ruffle detail on the sleeves. The womenswear had very unique shapes with edgy detailing (and styling)…not to mention a killer black jacket with pleated ruffle on the sleeves.

Fashion Shenzhen – NYFW September 2014

Fashion Shenzhen first made its debut in New York in 2013, gaining worldwide recognition for the Chinese designers debuting their collections. The Fashion Shenzhen platform was derived from China’s southern city- Shenzhen, which is said to also lead the country in terms of the fashion industry. The city is currently home to over 800 brands, 2,500 clothing companies and 30,000 employees. The three designers that exhibited their collections during NYFW were just a taste of the talent coming from Shenzhen and its surrounding regions.

Ellassay was the first brand to present looks down the Spring/Summer 2015 runway. The design team drew inspiration from Martha Graham, the ‘Mother of Modern Dance’ and titled the collection- “The Graceful Artist.” The collection was meant to emphasize not only dance, but also strength, movement and balance. The collection opened with dresses, tops and skirts in black and white grid print in knit and jaquards. It then transitioned to more softer dresses, tunics and corresponding cigarette pants in warm champagne-hued jacquards. The collection concluded with striking electric blue and semi-transparent dresses.

Ren Xin launched her upscale brand- Lizzy in 1997. The brand has since been a go-to for Chinese consumers. Ren’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection was titled, “Links to the Deep Blue Sea,” featuring stunning ‘Old Hollywood’ meets ‘pageantry’ evening gowns in frothy, luxurious fabrics and embellished in Swarovski crystals and elaborate beading. My favorite piece was the jaw-dropping chiffon mermaid dress with crystals and layered blue tail.

Haiping Xie’s “Asian Zen” presentation was visually intense and my personal favorite. The silk gowns amazed in pops of royal blue, pearly white and flaming orange. He focused not only on digital dragon and cloud prints, but dramatic sculptured bustles and shimmery overlays as well.

Overall, the Fashion Shenzhen designers brought their ‘A-game,’ showing the latest trends in ready-to-wear and evening wear through the eyes of Asian culture and influences.

Fashion Houston Finale: Bling, Menswear, Ocean Blues and Visions of Marfa

Lebanese designer- Rami Salamoun introduced his collection of luxurious couture evening wear for men and women. Gowns were heavy in beading and sparkle, as were the detailing in the mens suits and tuxedos. The gorgeous gowns basically wore the models, in the fact that there were lines that curved and hugged the body in the right places, while tastefully showing just the right amount of skin. The finale was a man wearing what seemed to be traditional Middle Eastern garb, with the highlight being the large cape, bearing the Lebanese flag, which sparkled under the spotlights.

Miami-based menswear designer Fabrice Tardieu launched his namesake brand in 2013. He is known for blending classic street style with couture structuring. He gathers much of his inspiration through the street style culture of Wynwood Arts District in Miami. That Wynwood flair showed in his Spring/Summer 2015 collection, through the form of floral printed blazers, textured leather jackets, Ben Franklin screen-printed tees and red and black track pants with tapered legs. Thanks to Tardieu, men have a fresh outlet for letting their creative styling juices flow.

Local Houston designer- Amir Taghi joined us once again for the final night of FH5. This time, we had a chance to peek into two collections- one that was available for immediate buying and the other that was available for pre-order for Spring. For Fall, Amir looked to Iran’s past and present. “The past is known for intricate patterns and designs, but the present is known for the dictatorship ruling the country at this point in time. My job was to show the struggle of the ancient and the modern,” he explained. However, for Spring, he was inspired by Bianca Jagger and Carine Roitfeld- two powerful women were are fierce, bold and empowered. Overall, the collections were minimal in shape, yet compelling when it came to a small detail. I must say that I enjoyed the Fall collection a tad better, as I was a fan of the pop of red against a nude, print or light pink. I loved the draped bow in the back of a strapless nude dress. It was somewhat awkward…yet….somehow, it just WORKED. Then there were two more looks, an exaggerated off-the-shoulder light pink top paired with a red pencil skirt, a printed top with red maxi skirt that were my favorites as well. So simple…and yet dramatically good. The Spring collection was lovely, with a pastel palette and wearable separates. I appreciated the cigarette pants and halter tops with quirky embellished collars. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is currently available for pre-order here.

New York City luxury ready-to-wear and jewelry designer- Valentina Kova presented her Spring 2015 collection- “Aequorea,” which was mainly inspired by her love of the sea, scuba diving and surfing. The color palette was rich with a mix of dark and pastel hues, hinting at the marvelous colors of the sea and the kaleidoscopic creatures that reside in it. The looks were breezy and could take one from a day at the beach to a night on the town. Valentina is also known for intertwining masculine with feminine, which was evident in the finely tailored jackets and trench coats. The fluidity of the chiffon and silk blouses and slip-like dresses were inspired by jellyfish. She also sent out a bodysuit tucked under a flowy silk trench coat that resembled a scuba suit. I feel that Valentina captured the essence of the sea beautifully through fashion.

Last but certainly not least, Houston designer David Peck‘s impeccable collection took to the runway. This Fall/Winter Resort season, he was inspired by a road trip to his hometown of Santa Fe, NM last Fall. He also went to Roswell, Taos and Marfa. He designed prints that were inspired by those cities, as well as the colors and textures that reside in the area. There was one notable print he used, a picture of a vintage trailer parked in a desert landscape; he explained to me that he took that print from a photograph he took while at the El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa. The collection featured his signature easy separates, finely-tuned career wear, stunning cocktail and eveningwear and lastly- the debut of his faux-fur vest collection. David additionally added statement accessories, such as handwoven clutches, belts and jewelry- all bearing resemblance to the Southwest. Just when you thought the presentation was over, there was one surprise after another. There was one segment when the models marched down the runway in two versions of David’s faux fur vests. Just when you thought, ‘oh this can’t get any better…’ well my friend, it does. The light dimmed and we were mesmerized by dancers from the Houston Ballet. The finale of the show had models mixed with the dancers, who were sporting exotic masquerade masks. Congrats to another successful collection David! I want one of everything in my closet… please… and thank you!

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