Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fashion Week: Zang Toi

What: romantic French Riviera reinterpreted in silk gazar and other sumptuous fabrics.

Take away: Zang Toi's SS13 collection evokes a heavy dose of romanticism that reminds us of a Grandeur world that exist in dreams. The Belle Époque influence shows throughout the collection, with clothes floating on the models bodies dreamily and almost haphazardly. Toi spares no details by using luxurious fabrics such as gazar, Loro Piana wool, French lace and hand loomed rayon. His evening gowns are almost couture like with heavy use of encrusted ice crystals as accents. Given his uptown, blue blooded clientele we don't expect anything less from this talented designer who has been designing for the Madison jet-set for at least a decade. If there's a modern princess she would've approved his interpretations.

What we love: ivory silk gazar oversized blouse with slim black pants tipped with French lace, the Loro Piana black strip wool pantsuits, and the light pink silk tafetta gingham sheath dress.

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Fashion Week: Erickson Beamon

What: Belle Époque with a devilish twist.

Take away: it's refreshing to see vintage slip dresses reinterpreted for the modern era, pairing with Erickson Beamon's signature statement necklaces. The look almost convey an eery sense of mysticism mixed with a dose of bohemia.

Photo credit: The Fashionable Matilda.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pantone Top 10 Women's Color for Spring 2013

The results are in! Color authority Pantone has just released its top 10 colors for women's spring 2013. Monaco Blue is the season's leading color for women and men, according to Pantone Color Institute's executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

According to the WWD, blue "speaks to the practicality that we're seeing in society." The top five spring colors - Monaco Blue, Dusk Blue, Emerald, Grayed Jade and Linen - are all colors that can be easily blended into consumer existing wardrobes. That said, pop-art colors such as Poppy Red, Nectarine are still here to stay for another season.

(Photo credit: Women's Wear Daily)

Fashion Week: Christopher Esber & Ellery

(Review coming soon.)

Photo credit: The Fashionable Matilda.

Fashion Week: Katya Leonovich

What: Mystic elegance. Grecian charmeuse and silk dresses with asymmetric hems.

Take away: if there's a fashion ghost we'd imagine she would dress in these clothes. Models almost float in the softness of printed charmeuse and silk numbers with tails flowing eerily behind with every step down the runway. The green printed silk numbers offer a dose of oriental influence. Cuts out and asymmetry play a dominant force in this collection. The use of organza added texture, as is the sparing use of leather in jackets and corsets.

What we love: the finale hand painted leather evening gowns are simply divine.

(Photo Credit: Zimbio)

Fashion Week: Cushnie et Ochs

What: Minimalistic dresses with cutouts.

Take away: When designers Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie opened the show with an array of white cut-out dresses we thought we would die in Heaven. Given our bias to white sheaths for summer, we were quite excited to see looks after looks of white that highlight the designers famous graphic sensibilities. Scalpel cut-outs offer the right dose of skin without being too overt. The use of clingy fabrics and slim cuts frame the body and accentuate the angles at the right places. This is a modern collection that's daring and not at all simple - despite the color theme which only comes in four colors (yes they have to depart from white eventually). The finale LBDs almost scream dominatrix, as if the clothes evoke a power that's subtle yet commanding at the same time.

What we love: The opening white cut-out sheath dress, the triangular LBD at the end of the show.

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Fashion Week: Parsons MFA

 What: Mishmash of young design talents worthy of rivaling St. Martin grads.

Take away: the graduation show of Parsons School of Design's Class of 2012 is a mishmash of aesthetics ranging from African tribal chic to Mondrian minimalism to futuristic separates channeling Balenciaga SS12. Silhouettes for the first 30 looks are long and flowing, with lots of play into asymmetric hemlines. Color blocking is also dominant in many of the looks. Prints are rare although one graduate opt for heavy use of brocades in slim fitted pantsuits and pencils. Volume is at play this season, which is refreshing to see after witnessing seasons of slim silhouettes that are unforgiving to the less than perfect figures.

What we love: the tribal caftans that opened the show, flowing chiffon maxi dresses with side-slits and intricate floral shoulder details, and the simple new pantsuits (actually is a tunic over pants) that reminded us of 90s Calvin Klein.

Note: Great to see mentors such as Donna Karen and Cecilia Dean (of Visionnaire) at the front row. It's important to scout and cultivate new talents!

(Photo credit: New York Times News Syndication Service)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra

What: Expert draping on watercolor-hued silk dresses.

Take away: Despite the familiarity and similar offerings season after season, Costello Tagliapietra yet again produced a stunning collection with expertly draped silk cocktail dresses and easy separates. This season we are attracted to the Brooklyn duo's air-dyed watercolor prints in fall hues that would transition easily between seasons. Dusty pink is mixed with gold and auburn, with a few maxi dresses that bring memories of Claude Monet's waterlilies. It is an elegant collection appropriate for the sophisticated clientele.

What we love: Everything. (Ok, the white/blue watercolor dress is our favorite. But really, all 31 looks were DIVINE.)

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Fashion Week: Rebecca Minkoff

What: Easy elegance - style worthy collection perfect for a summer vacation.

Take away: Summer is all about white, cotton and breezy fabrics. Minkoff certainly embraced this fact by opening the show in an all white cotton number (white jeans paired with a boxy jacket.) The clothes have a sense of ease and nonchalance, with a nod to American sportswear of the 60s and 70s. (Lauren Hutton would've approved.) Embroideries, floral prints and fringed hems added complexity to the collection. Yet in its most decorated form, the separates go together as if the wearer just throw on an incredibly put-together outfit without much thoughts. And who would blame this carefree attitude during the hot summer months?

What we love: the white cotton shirt jumpsuit, bralette mixed with pencil skirt with fringes.

Fashion Week: Leila Shams

(Review's not available for this show.)

Photo credit: The Fashionable Matilda.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria

What: Dominatrix in silk and chiffon dresses, with the occasional slip of lace mixed in with leather.

Take away: Obviously the success story of the bandage dress has taken over the entire BCBG collection - all 34 looks of it. This isn't new (we've seen seasons of BCBG's aesthetics channeling the higher-end sister brand Herve Leger). What is new is that the bondage (at least the cage) is now strapped onto flowing dresses and jumpsuits that juxtapose the tough/soft look. We'd like to see more originality in the collection other than the same silhouettes repeatedly - but to give designer Lubove Max Azria some credit - the fabrics sure looked nice.

What we love: The white bondage jumpsuit.

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