NYFW the Shows: Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection

After an outstanding debut last February, the now fashion week-seasoned Christian Cowan presented another spectacular collection during the fall/winter 2018 NYFW shows. To describe the collection as lively and vivid would be an understatement. The Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection was a welcome burst of fresh, colorful air during the season that usually celebrates muted and earth tones. The collection was exuberant, a bit rascallion, and delightfully exhilarating.

For the Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection, he continued debut collection’s goal of bringing joy and thrilling glamour back to the runway. His show reminded us of the old days of Fashion Week; the days when it was called 7th on Sixth; the days of yesteryear when fashion week was held in Bryant Park before it went all about business and less about the fascinating fashions. Christian Cowan brought all those amazing moments back to the runway and we were ecstatic to experience and relive those days during his collection show.

The Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear collection featured vibrant colors, glittering embellishments, and effortless sex appeal which conveyed an uplifting message during the energy draining and trying times we’re currently living in. This season’s show was also the perfect time to highlight Christian Cowan’s very important collaborations – a dazzling shoe collaboration with Stuart Weitzman and a party-favor inspired accessories collection made in collaboration with CHRISHABANA Jewelry.

Highlights from the Christian Cowan for Stuart Weitzman footwear collaboration included Swarovski crystal-encrusted thigh-high boots, crystal large check booties, chic sandals with a wide ankle strap similar to a wide waist belt, and classic styles like skinny ankle strap sandals and patent leather ankle booties.

As previously stated, the Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear collection was a much-needed breath of fresh air, color, and fun. We look forward to next season to see what else the exciting fashion designer has to offer. We’d love to hear what you think about the collection. Share your opinion in the comments.

NYFW the Shows: Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear

What better time than Black History Month and New York Fashion Week to highlight an African American designer that’s quickly becoming a household name. He already has some A++ celebrity fans and has caught the eye of major retailers, and fashion publications. If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Romeo Hunte, get ready to have his name permanently etched into your memory bank. For this season, Romeo Hunte featured a very striking assortment of outerwear.  The Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection boasted shearlings, fox furs, mixed fur with patchwork, PVC, and reversible raincoats, and cropped jackets. Feast your eyes on all the melanin magic below:

With this Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection, we see a revised and an amped array of his existing signature outerwear styles being reinvented with bold details. Created for the powerful woman on the go, this collection features classic outerwear with transformable details and exquisite furs trimmings; shawls fashioned with textured materials, raincoats that are reversible and trimmed with fox fur, and sleek styles inspired by the combination of Aspen chic and luxe streetwear. This made for a stunning collection loaded with modern classic shapes that are luxurious, transitional and complimentary to any pieces in your closet.

We personally love any outerwear that has a dramatic flair, so of course, we adore almost all of the pieces from the collection. We want all the shearlings, that stunningly vivid yellow fur jacket, the super chic camel trench coast with fur poms, the transparent PVC and fur jacket, and the beguiling camel fur with a detachable bottom (swoon).

Romeo Hunte New York is a definitive luxury women’s streetwear brand. It’s a perfect balance of feminine and masculine silhouettes with intricate and surprising design details. We can’t wait to see more from this powerful and impeccable luxury outerwear brand. Popular pieces from the line include their signature buffalo check shawl, which is transformed in PVC and wool materials, is representative of the core elements of the Romeo Hunte brand.

What are your thoughts on the looks from the Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection? Any favorite coats you’d love to see in your closet?

Style Fashion Week: Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear

Give the people what they want, and they will love you forever. This is why Malan Breton, the “internet’s favorite fashion designer”, continues to win fans and followers no matter where he goes. This season was another year of non-stop, visually stunning looks from the famed Taiwanese designer. The Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection will incite the worst case of closet envy you can imagine. Here’s why:

Every look of the has an element of excitement, even the subtler looks. This season, the Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection is inspired by the destruction of old status quo and the new beginnings that follow. Aptly named “Alpha” – the first, the beginning, Malan Breton envisioned his fall-winter 2018 collection as a new hope, new beginnings, and rebirth. This inspiration is especially succinct as we are in celebration of the lunar new year, the year of the dog. Despite the dark hues of the collection, the Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection is presented as a collection of ethereal light.

This seasons collection was highlighted with a multimedia, art film which was presented during the fashion show.  The Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection featured powerful details, soft silk chiffons, embroidered silks, cashmere, wool, and tweeds, drawing strong inspiration from turn of the century British tailoring, Taiwanese construction, and silhouettes that are bold, and colorful. The color palette featured mostly black, with a mix of red, coral, various metallics, and navy.

Finding favorite pieces in the Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection is not a difficult task. The first five looks displayed above quickly won us over with it’s sharply tailored pieces (that hint of sparkle you see in what looks like stars in the night sky are metallic embroidered clusters). We love the high point shoulder details, the bold use of sequins, and color (the man does a great red garment) in this collection.

For a talent known for his signature detailing, ethereal gowns, and simple shift dresses in incomparable fabrics, we couldn’t imagine anything less than the spectacular display Malan Breton presented for his fall-winter collection.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the Malan Breton Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection. Have an opinion? Share it in the comments.

Malan Breton FW2018 Runway photos by David Berman

 

NYFW the Shows: Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear

It’s no surprise that women who crave sophistication, comfort, and glamour flock to the fashion collections of Pamella Roland. Mrs. Roland has continuously been a go-to for elegant, modern womenswear. Her Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection is no different. For this NYFW season, the Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection is inspired by the royal jewels, history, and architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague.

Prague boasts spellbinding architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era, all of which remain intact. Through embroidery, Pamella Roland incorporates ornate metallic threadwork, sequins, crystal appliques, pearls, and a variety of feathers into luxe cashmere, fil coupes, and jacquards to translate baroque-era motifs and represent the royal Prague interior in fabric form.

The main focus of the Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection color palette is jewel tones in ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald. Highlighting these deep, rich tones are metallic gold and gunmetal elements to create an authentic experience of the extraordinary and precious masterpieces that are the Bohemian crown jewels. The Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection also incorporates Pamella Roland’s signature sleek looks (with a bit more extravagance), dramatic feminine silhouettes using tulle, and creatic fabric manipulation.

Some of our favorite looks from the Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection include the sapphire and silver baroque motif cloqué off-the-shoulder top and pant, the emerald stretch crepe cocktail dress with pearl embroidered bodice and fringe hem, the black floor length lurex cape coat over black stretch-crepe strapless bustier jumpsuit with oversized crystal embroidery, the black lurex crepe coat with silver, ruby, and amethyst ombre sequin cocktail dress, the very striking hematite metallic embroidered baroque motif fringe gown (easily our ultimate favorite), the amethyst ombre sequin and ostrich feather kimono caped gown (our second favorite piece), and the gold threadwork embroidered gown with flounce tiered baroque motif cloqué skirt.

As we stated at the beginning, women who crave sophistication, comfort, and glamour flock to Pamella Roland, and her fall-winter 2018 womenswear collection clearly shows why. What are your thoughts on the Pamella Roland Fall Winter 2018 womenswear collection?

Spring Forward: TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection

Ladies, are you ready for an influx of more international luxury? Today we present a luxury Chinese Designer showcasing her beautiful women’s collection in the U.S for the first time. The first day of the spring season is a mere six weeks away and we cannot wait, especially when we get to look forward to the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection from luxury Chinese Designer and chief creative director Emerald Chen.

Emerald Chen’s TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection is one of five Chinese designers showcasing their luxury lines for the first time in the U.S via the Bandladies Showroom. Each luxury line is designed by strong, female entrepreneurs, all hoping to bring a surge of influence and empowerment into the fashion industry with their emergence into American Markets. Emerald Chen is definitely bringing her mastery of fashion with her design aesthetic.

The TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection doesn’t only pay attention to the external of the urban women, but also their inner side. The TTT woman upholds the mission of letting each independent woman find the balance of inside and outside creating fashion behaviors and urban humane landscape. We love the effortless and classic styling, clean lines, and subtle but noted details of this sophisticated collection. Another aspect we love about the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection, is the look of perpetual movement each piece has. Complimenting the female body, it’s natural movement and curves, thanks to the collection’s slight sculptural elements.

The color palette of the collection is a feminine range of dusty rose, off-white, and black which perfectly captures the duality of women – demure and brazen. We look forward to seeing more women’s fashion from Emerald Chen and what more she can bring to the American luxury market.

What are your thoughts on the TTT Spring-Summer 2018 Collection? Are you hoping to see more of her effortless and sophisticated women’swear designs?

 

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Rani Zakhem SS2018 Collection

Like art and volcanoes, fashion can be explosive, fiery, and intense. The same can be said about Lebanese Designer Rani Zakhem Spring Summer 2018 Collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Like an erupting volcano, his phenomenal haute couture collection was filled with fury, fervor, and effervescence! For his first Paris haute couture fashion show, Rani Zakhem celebrates life and joy in incandescent metaphors. Fire is the essential element of this sumptuous yet relaxed collection, dedicated to a volcanic woman. Get to know the beautiful women’s fashion collection below.

As devouring as ethereal, the sacred element comes in pyrotechnic explosions and cascades of gold, drawn by embroideries of arachnoid crystals of lava on the black of a sheath whose draped top splits into a deep “V” neckline.
Some creations seem to be sculpted in the light, like the pearl-beige silk dress, where red, orange and gold gems glow with a myriad of sequins that bring precious reflections back to the surface. The image of an erupting volcano is spun to the neck, columned and entirely gilded, a recurring element of the collection and keystone of an architecture that favors ease, movement and, the dancing flames that seem to devour the fabric barely touch the floor.


Reminiscent of a party in Vienna where the designer returned bedazzled, Klimt’s Kiss, itself cast in gold in a powder dust of stars, infuses into the collection a resolutely modernist visual vocabulary, translated into sequins of geometric forms. Geometry that also brings us into the disco spirit of the 1970s with many references to Halston, especially in a loose single shouldered fluid dress with a golden Mao collar, in a fanned out degradé rainbow, gold to red through yellow and bright orange. Gold, again, subtle and powdery, sculpts a feuille d’or chiffon dress, knotted in a wrap around bustier dropping into a deep backline, a tribute to Mireille Darc elegantly quoting Guy Laroche.

Clearly, the theme of fire sometimes extinguished leaving precious streaks of diamonds on silky nights; sometimes fluid, sizzling cascades of molten metal on a short dress with a dripping panel, and sometimes gently iridescent with warm colors is only a pretext chosen by Rani Zakhem to salute the masters who nourished his vocation.
A scarfed collared, vertiginously split yellow chiffon, plissé Soleil dress with mouton sleeves, is a joyful smile addressed to Jean-Louis Scherrer. Another, short black silk satin, real Moujik tunic adorned at the bottom with pleated yellow faille embellished with a large bow of the same fabric is a nod to Yves Saint Laurent. A third composed of a densely embroidered golden top with narrow three-quarter sleeves and a long black pleated skirt is a reverence to Balmain. The heart skips a beat when the liquid gold drape of a silk jersey habillé evening sheath appears, ending with a large bow of black silk satin on the shoulder, a tribute of the designer to Madame Grès.


A delicate apotheosis of this fashion show, shaped in flowing lava and blazing fires, is the wedding dress, long and tight, in delicate whitish lace, emphasizes by its precious simplicity the minimalist bias of a collection with budding emotions.

What are your thoughts on Rani Zakhem‘s Paris Haute Couture collection?

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Maria Aristidou SS2018 Collection

If your eyes haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the incredible onslaught of visual fashion candy, it is Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week! Stunning Spring/Summer 2018 collections, varying from understated to the theatrical, are gliding down the Paris runways as we speak. Today we’re highlighting one such fabulous show. This Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show highlight, the Maria Aristidou SS2018 Collection, welcomes you to the Secret Gardens of Alexander.

For her Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show, Maria Aristidou, a specialist in couture knitwear, created a fantasy colorful world for spring-summer daywear-eveningwear for women that romance, positive energy, and freedom are the safety keys to happiness. A playground of flower patterns with silk viscose and metallic yarns where elaborate embroideries decorate the luxurious knit fabrics creations for the women today. Her SS2018 Haute Couture collection boasts carefree curves and sleek cuts with unexpected details, and accessories that complete the beauty of this womenswear secret garden story.

Maria Aristidou’s collection gets you ready for utopia, a fantasy land that euphoria is the only feeling of existence! A land with never-ending gardens of delicate Japanese flowers, that the human eye cannot grasp in one look!!! A land with human smiles that never will be forgotten and always watching over us. One of them, close to my heart is Alexander Boulais! My agent in Paris! The person that with his instinct believed in my work. A gentle human soul, a nobleman that was always calm, soft-spoken with a genuine smile and loved his garden! May you be the wind and the light that crosses your Secret Gardens and always be a shining star upon us!

What are your thoughts on Maria Aristidou‘s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show? What’s your favorite thing about haute couture? Share your thoughts in our comment section below.

By Judy Zhang Luxury Ready-to-Wear Spring 2018 Collection

It’s almost time for NYFW the Shows’ Fall/Winter 2018 collection previews and while we’re filled with anticipation, we’re so ready for this year’s Spring/Summer fashions. You see next month is when many Spring 2018 fashion begins to hit retailers. It’s the time when we can finally shop for all the stunning looks we saw last NYFW and fashion previews we attended a full season ago. We begin this round of Spring/Summer 2018 highlights with a fabulous bang, specifically the stunning collection, By Judy Zhang. Boasting chic everyday looks, elegant workwear, and luxury beyond compare, the Spring 2018 By Judy Zhang collection features unique creativity in both the materials used and functionality.

We had the wonderful pleasure of getting to know the By Judy Zhang collection at the Bandladies showroom in NYC. Inspired by a desire to create beautifully constructed clothes, By Judy Zhang prides itself on using the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. This collection gifts us with three design series – Sweet Punk and Profession Rock Series, Elegant Queen Series, and Extreme Luxury Series. It features figure-skimming little black dresses and black lace, which has deep roots in Sicily and tells a story of passion and love for one’s roots. The fusion of Sicilian heritage and Italian craftsmanship makes these items instantly recognizable. The collection is so beautiful, it’s virtually impossible to select less than ten favorites. We love the 3D appliques on the chic denim pieces and white shirts, the bejeweled PVC jackets, the handpainted artwork, and streamlined lace pieces. How can you not love everything!

Designer Judy Zhang is a speculative fashion rebel. Her soft external and independent heart, have been gently shown in her exquisite clothing and their details. Within the conception of fashion, Judy Zhang has always shown her “new woman’s philosophy”. Her rebellious and beautiful haute couture/ready-to-wear brand is intended to create a “category” that breaks the definition of traditional women’s clothing and merges the idea of traditional clothing into the “consciousness”.

Judy believes that Fashion design is the most direct way for women to show themselves, and she has created a lot of commanding heights in design and business areas in the last 20 years.

Is the By Judy Zhang Spring 2018 collection putting you in a spring state of mind? What are your thoughts on her collection?