Paris Fashion Week

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu SS2020 RTW Collection

The ready-to-wear collections are on full display during Paris Fashion Week. It’s been non-stop fashion loveliness sauntering down the runways. One of these collections is the cat’s meow. Designer Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection is literally inspired by her cats. For her spring/summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection, the silhouette is the key between her collection and the female body. It gives the audience the sensation of representing a confident and independent woman, as is her the brand’s identity. By combining luxurious soft fabric with a touch of transparency, the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection brings out the natural beauty of modern femininity, a certain softness, grace, and an ambitious and inspirational female figure.

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Recognizing the emotional impact that the right colors can have in design work, the color palette of the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection was enriched by the intensity of rainbow senses; leading to a more balanced and vibrant feeling. The embroidery technique and hand drew prints connected directly to the personal aspect of the collection, her cats. She ensures ruffles are prevalent everywhere in this collection, communicating a romantic attitude that highlighted each look.

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Every piece from the Alianna Liu SS2020 collection is designed particularly to stand out from the crowd. The shapes of the pieces are perfect for striking a look that people will notice and appreciate. Each detail celebrates the collection’s feminine sophistication; elevating them to the status of luxury fashion. This is a belief from the Paris-based, Chinese designer herself.

Alianna Liu’s collections are produced in France, paying attention to little details. At Alianna Liu, they believe sophistication is worth fighting for. Since 2018, Alianna has committed herself wholeheartedly to her brand; a brand for independent women, a brand all about empowerment through personal style.

This is the perfect collection for you fashionable cat ladies out there. What do you think of Alianna Liu’s SS2020 collection?

Curve New York Trade Show

Check Out the Hottest Trends In Lingerie from CURVE New York

The 6th annual Curve New York event is one of the largest lingerie shows in the country.

“This show was one of the most well attended with buyers from 25 countries and 47 US states!” Exclaimed Raphael Camp, the CEO of Eurovet Americas who served as the producer for the event. “We received positive feedback that brands made impactful business relationships and secured substantial orders. All exhibiting brands, buyers, sponsors, and press partners made this season truly memorable.”

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More than 250 different apparel brands were involved in the intimate apparel industry event. Some of the top names who made an appearance at CURVE New York include Eberjey, Chantelle, and Komar. From fitting workshops to panels discussing inclusivity, this event did more than just showcase the newest and brightest from lingerie companies; it set the top trends we can expect to see throughout the next year.

When 99.7% of people agree that a healthy smile is socially important, it makes a pretty convincing statement about the timelessness of an important physical feature. However, like the rest of our bodies change, so do the fashion trends we see rise and fall in the clothing that we adorn.

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No one is so in-tune with current trends as Camp.

“We are seeing the rise of hybrid brands — the lines between innerwear and outerwear are being blurred. Lingerie and Swimwear items are being crafted in new materials that artfully transition from the boudoir or pool to the nightclub or music festival.”

Without further ado, here are some of the industry trend favorites from Curve New York this year:

Bondage-Inspired Looks


Who says bondage isn’t fashion?

Bordelle, DTSM, Mila Krasna, and Elissa Poppy beg to differ. The fashion brands stunned audiences with bondage-inspired lingerie that fans couldn’t get enough of. Complete with strappy, skin-tight details and more than a few leather features, these leading lingerie brands served equal measures of fashion and fierceness at the trade show.

Retro Vibes


Dita Von Teese led the pack but their looks were closely followed by stunning selections from Lise Charmel, Parfait, Maison Close, and Noblesse Oblige. From ruffles to lace to classic silhouettes, onlookers were stunned with the unique creations at the show.

Body Positivity


Body positivity is a train that cannot be stopped. A special space was carved out to ensure that these body-positive brands were given the attention they deserve. Curvy Kate was a fan favorite, along with Gossard, Parfait, and Panache.

Paired with the special “Inclusiveness and Intimate Apparel Panel” hosted by Kimmay Caldwell, activism was at the forefront of the event this year.

Elegant Comfort

Maison Close, Leonisa, Janira, Chantelle, CosaBella, Maison Dejaby, Le Mystere, and Felina were just some of the brands hoping to blend comfort with luxury. After all, lingerie is known for its uncomfortable structure. Just like a glass partition can be framed or frameless, however, industry leaders are constantly finding new ways to add structure and comfort in lingerie.

90’s + Bodysuit Trends


Camp was right when he noted the prevalence of dextrous fashion; now, more than ever, we want clothing that does double-duty. From nights in the bedrooms to nights on the town, top brands were showcasing 90’s-inspired bodysuits that can be worn just about anywhere. This actually isn’t far off from Eurovet’s prediction back in November of last year, including their fan-favorite: innerwear as outerwear. Top leaders in this field include Monique Moran, Aubade, Blubella, and Undress Code. Speaking of which…

Innerwear as Outerwear

Larissa Kate, Else, Undress Code, Natori, Ipek Kramer, V.O. She, and Rya Collection took the bodysuit trend to the next level. Striking a delicate balance between sexy and conservative these brands are every Instagram girl’s dream.

Animal Print


Timeless and edgy, this print isn’t going anywhere. Gossard, Hanky Panky, and Commando are just a few names that stood out from the crowd this year.

Tattoo Embroidery

Who wouldn’t want to invest in an edgy, tattooed look? Up to 45 million Americans already have at least one tattoo — why not put them on your clothing, too? From delicate tough girl to no-holds-bar badass, Myla London and Monique Moran were loud and proud at Curve NY.

Underwire Unlined

Hello, comfort. Where have you been? Ignore pokes and prods with the help of Simone Perele, Lise Charmel, Journelle, Empreinte, and Natori.

Sustainable by Surprise

Sustainability is more important than ever. When you’re looking to help your body — and the planet — invest in brands like Lise Charmel, Clo Intimo, Elissa Poppy (sustainable European Latex made from Rubber), Kala, and MilaKrasna.

Curve’s influential trade show was so successful that critics are still singing their praises a month later. The event has gotten a particular notice on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. This isn’t surprising given that 78% of Americans use social media in one form or another. New brands were also able to weigh in on the affair, like Siella Montreal, who was “super pleased with the outcome” of the trade show.

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Are you on-trend this year? The next time you want to fill your closet with the best in fashion, rely on these top Curve New York designers as your guide.

Admire These 13 Prestigious 2019 AGTA Spectrum Award Winners

When it comes to gauging the world’s finest gems and diamond jewelry, no group does it better than the American Gem Trade Association. And no awards celebrated this more than the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards. Since it began back in 1981, the association now consists of more than 1,200 members and it only continues to grow.

No event is so esteemed as the AGTA’s annual Spectrum Awards. Held on August 3 and 4 this year, the panel of judges contained some of the most-known names in the jewelry and gemstone business; John Carter, Paula Crevoshay, Myriam Galli, Brett Kosnar, and Naomi Sarna.

Best of all? This event contained one of the highest volumes of first-time winners in the award’s history.

When we see the entries coming into our office and those submitted during our New York City drop-off program, there’s always a lot of internal speculation about how the judges will respond to each piece,” notes AGTA’s chief executive officer Douglas K. Hucker. “After all of these years, one thing is certain, and that is that there is no way we can anticipate the dynamics that will develop within the panel, nor the pieces they will ultimately select after hours of contemplation and discourse.”

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While looks such as the Solitaire style have presented the archetypal singular diamond set on an elegant band since 1886, the creative opulence of modern jewelry is as breathtaking as it is daring. The winners of the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards have certainly not failed to dazzle. Let’s take a gaze — albeit brief — at this year’s 13 victors:

Bridal Jewelry: Bella Campbell

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From the Campbellian Collection, Campbell wowed the judges with an ornate, 18Kwhite gold bracelet. Adored with rainbow moonstones, blue sapphires, and diamonds, this show-stopping piece will make every bride feel elegant as they walk down the aisle.

Business/Day Wear: Ricardo Basta

 

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Ricardo Basta’s “Karma Chameleon” ring was the perfect blend of style and practicality for the judges this year. The 18K yellow gold ring sports a barrel facet top Tourmaline you can’t help but notice. The ring also features sapphires, tsavorite and spessartite garnets, and rubies with a chameleon design on the side.

Classical: Jeffrey Bilgore

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For timeless styles that appeal to just about everyone, no one did it better than Jeffrey Bilgore. He stunned the judges with a gorgeous platinum bracelet featuring Russian demantoid garnets. The piece was topped off with a dusting of diamonds and smaller Russian demantoid garnets for a traditional look.

Evening Wear: Tanja Schuetz

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Tanja Schuetz’s peacock-inspired white gold necklace featured a stunning boulder opal in the center of feathers made from blue sapphires, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets. The striking use of color was enough to catch the eye of every judge in the room at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

Men’s wear: David White

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White’s 18K white gold butterfly-shaped cufflinks earned him the top spot in the menswear category. Featuring sapphires, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets, these colorful creations were the best way for men to show off their style. , whether you’re grabbing a bite at your favorite restaurant with a coworker or hitting a red carpet event, these cufflinks work for a number of events and occasions.

Best Use of Color: David White

David White’s gorgeous butterfly cufflinks were also the winner of this category.

Fashion Forward Winner: Adam Neeley

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Neeley’s gorgeous 14K white gold earrings were the picture of elegance as they dangled before the judged. Consisting of a delicate balance of tourmaline and tsavorite garnets, the diamonds were the cherry on top of these ornate earrings.

Cutting Edge Award in Carving: Meg Berry

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The carving category is open to any jewelry carver who transforms a natural gem into a piece of art. First place was granted to Meg Berry for her “Himalaya Rose.” Made from carved rubellite Tourmaline, the delicate pink gem looked picture-perfect.

Cutting Edge Award in Objects of Art: Logan Cutshall

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Of course, jewelers are used to mixing materials. When it comes to Cutshall, his beautiful sea-inspired pendant featured rough aquamarine accented with opals, emeralds, heliodor, rubies, spinels, sapphires, andalusite, and, of course, more aquamarine. The pendant showcased an ornate golden ship and octopus on top, truly feeding into the piece’s name: “Treasure Hunt.”

Best Use of Platinum and Color: Roland Krainz

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Krainz cuff bracelet was adorned with a gorgeous butterfly studded with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds.

Best Use of Pearls: Chris Faber

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Faber’s delicate white gold cufflinks were the perfect accent for his 12-15mm pearls from the South Sea. Circled in rubies and black diamonds, these cuff links were the ultimate balance of modern and traditional. These cufflinks also won 3rd place in the Men’s Wear category.

Innovating Faceting: Mark Gronlund

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Gronlund’s specialty-cut aquamarine stole the show. With multiple faces jutting toward the inside of the gemstone, “Beyond” went beyond the judges’ expectations.

Best of Show: David Nassi

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David Nassi achieved the Best of Show Award at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards, thanks to his beautiful, 30.19 ct. 100% Tanzanian red spinel. The gem was a cushion-cut to show off the remarkable facets of the piece.

Just like 82% of women feel more confident from wearing makeup, the perfect jewelry can make or break an outfit. There’s no doubt that jewelry innovation will continue to evolve with each passing year. For now, we’ll just have to wait until next year’s Spectrum Awards to get the “cutting edge” jewelry so many of us crave.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

Charmed, I’m Sure: Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

When it comes to fashion, nothing beats a classic. Whether it’s clothing or accessories, a classic piece will absolutely serve you well. We had the pleasure of getting to know a classic jewelry brand that captured our hearts. With a legacy that honors the lost tradition of America’s native and artful history, Don Lucas Jewelry is authentic wearable works of beauty. We had the pleasure of previewing the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection featuring handmade and crafted charms.

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The Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 collection has a wide selection of sterling silver, fine silver, and various metal jewelry. The handmade and handcrafted jewelry features several gems and potent semi-precious stones, including Turquoise, Coral, Gaspeite, Onyx and lots more from all over the world. The art of handcrafting these exquisite pieces was first introduced to him by Native Americans in Arizona. The brand continues to produce these unique jewelry pieces in the same tradition. Some of our favorite pieces include the multi-strand beaded necklace with the multicolored stone pendant, white buffalo earrings, infinity cuff, and summer fans earrings.

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The main highlight of the evening was the multitude of Don Lucas Charms and how they could be added to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. We couldn’t wait to jump right in and create our own jewelry piece.

Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection

We had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Lucas family, who are very much involved in the creative process of this Southwest jewelry brand. Attendees had the pleasure of creating their own pieces and personalizing them.

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While we opted out of the engraving (our charm choices were too small), we went all bronze. We settled on a bronze necklace with a bronze little luna charm with a mountain charm on either side. Take a look at our classic beauty below:

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We look forward to wearing our necklace, especially when the charms have so much history and have so much positivity in their meanings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Don Lucas Jewelry SS 2019 Collection and of course our necklace.

Hahn Merriman Holiday 2019 Collection Presentation

Although the holiday season and holiday fashion may be far from your minds, we want to highlight a collection that has us looking toward the future, the Hahn Merriman Holiday 2019 Collection. The former style blogger turned fashion designer presented a stunning collection that celebrates her lifelong love affair with fashion. Hahn’s first holiday collection was inspired by elegant abstract influences, featuring modern, soft and bold details.

The adventurous collection, which was a mix of structured pieces, layering looks, a small variety of textures, and abstract details, featured a black, white, and grey color palette. The collection’s elegant edginess was what stood out for us. The exaggerated collars, structured draping, voluminous pieces, and modern sensibility were the stars in the crisp white looks.

The grey and black looks featured more everyday wear details. It’s quite easy to find pieces from this ready-to-wear collection to marry into your wardrobe as they pair well with many classic pieces. We love Hahn’s juxtaposition of fabrics, her tonal color palette, and her general design aesthetic. Sheer fabrications and layering pieces are prominent throughout the collection.

With her Holiday 2019 collection, Hanh Merriman isn’t recycling old style ideas, she’s inventing new ones. She founded her eponymous collection in the Spring of 2018 as a fashion and lifestyle brand that’s committed to supporting luxury manufacturing in the United States. She describes her women’s ready-to-wear’s aesthetic as “The perfect pairing of pop and restraint.”

Every season, Hanh Merriman adds the essence of her personal style and sensibility into her designs, so they can breathe accessibility and ease; expressing herself artistically through her designs. Although this is our first experience with Hanh Merriman, we hope her Holiday 2019 collection isn’t our last.

We’d love to hear what you think of the looks from the Hahn Merriman Holiday 2019 Collection? Do you have any favorite looks from the collection?

Style Doesn’t Stop: Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection

Although the spring season hasn’t been the amazing weather experience we’ve been wanting, we know it will get better. We’re a bit late on highlighting this collection but we have lots of time left to wear these amazing pieces. As stated, style doesn’t stop, for anything, including bad weather. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite pieces from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection.

There’s so much to love about the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Every item is effortlessly chic and flattering, with pieces that are essential to your wardrobe. This season’s collection brings wonderful textures, wardrobe staples, statement basics that coordinate very well with each other and what’s already in your closet.

If you looking for everyday style, foundation pieces, or stylishly comfortable clothing, you will find those in the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. The majority of the collection boasts neutral colors. Expect lots of black and white, light sage, pale blues, soft pinks, and greys with pops of colors like red here and there. There are several pieces we have our eye on. The white On Board Denim Jacket is the perfect Spring topper; you’ll love the fluffy texture of the sleeveless Clip it Up Shift Dress and the coordinating long-sleeved Clip it Up Blouse with split sleeves with ties; the lightweight Plush Party Cardigan (available in white and black) that’s perfect for the office.

We also love the multitasking Dusk Dress Jacket, a modern shape that can be a topper or belted to be worn as a dress. Speaking of dresses, we must note the feminine silhouettes in the collection, available in both woven and knitwear options. The fashion options from Nic+Zoe are perfect for those who want to stay away from the overly structured style in both their work and personal lives.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the looks from the Nic+Zoe Spring 2019 Collection. Do you have any favorite looks from this season’s collection?

ACID NYC Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Nolcha Fashion Week: Acid NYC Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

For our second Nolcha Show, we attended the Acid NYC Fall-Winter 2019 Collection runway show. The label, co-founded by Evelyn Luna and Scott Chester, presented a men’s and women’s collection, called “Architectura”. The collection was inspired by the beauty and structure of urban architecture, with prints and fabric choices that are a nod to modern metal, glass facades, and neoclassical buildings. We are going to concentrate on the women’s ready-to-wear looks but we will be highlighting one men’s look – you’ll see why.

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We must admit, we think this collection absolutely honors the chicness, fashion edge, skyline, and “no effs given” attitude that is New York. The prints and fabric choices from the Acid NYC Fall-Winter 2019 Collection were a study of modern metal and glass facades and neoclassical buildings with carved cornices of chiseled marble and cast cement. They analyze various building methods, how they reflect and emit light, and highlight the transformation that takes place from day to evening. There a lot to love from this collection. Their silhouettes are superb, the colors are striking, and the details and embellishments distinct. We also die for their accessories – turn your attention to those must-have bags.

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The collection used a mix of richly colored fabrics that reflect and react to light; like shimmering lame, silk charmeuse, stamped patent leather, and metallic lace. For contrast matte textures of organza, wool double knit, brocade, velvet, and heavy wool felt were used. Speaking of heavy wool felt, Acid NYC brought a bit of the avant-garde to their ready-to-wear collection with their oversized jackets.

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For this season’s event, the Nolcha Shows partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the second time. This season they grant the wishes of two young girls who shared a dream of being fashion models in NYC.  Together, they received a life-changing, behind-the-scenes experience at NYFW which included backstage hair and makeup treatment, being styled and dressed by this season’s designers including ACID NYC, sitting front row at the shows, and enjoying a personal photo shoot with a professional fashion photographer.

The Acid NYC collection is designed and made in New York. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Acid NYC Fall-Winter 2019 Collection.

 

Photos by Paul Newland/fashionstock.com

Christopher Lowman Fall/Winter 19 NYFW Presentation

NYFW THE SHOWS: Christopher Lowman Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

I had the pleasure of attending the Christopher Lowman Fall-Winter 2019 collection this year at Mdrn Dsgn, a lifestyle-focused interior design firm and retail space in the Flatiron District.

In this clever collaboration, Lowman’s theme, “Intelligent Life” is a well-developed branch from Mdrn Design’s Intelligent Living Collection – a luxury-focused furniture collection offering modern, transformable multi-function furnishings for the city dweller.

Christopher Lowman Fall/Winter 19 NYFW Presentation

Over 20 fresh-faced models, both men and women dressed in sporty statement pieces were placed throughout the retail space in an arresting, live mannequin spectacle. Softly tailored sports jackets and shirts are combined with athletic performance pieces within each look. Lowman ties together these contrasts with human comfort; a cozy, and comfy touch:  Tall white cotton socks and cashmere house slippers. The skin was fresh, and super glowy – thanks to skincare by Immunocologie and makeup from Aveda. The effect was a look into the Christopher Lowman customer at home after a busy of traveling.

NYFW has often occurred in two phases: Men’s Fashion Week then an explosion of women’s fashion collections. This separation slowly begins to blur as time marches on. More women are inclined to wear items that many fashion brands would call “the boyfriend” maybe for its edge,  maybe for its ease. Simultaneously, silhouettes for men have also slimmed down considerably in the last decade, resulting in easy, sporty clothing for any gender that is easily interchangeable between the traditional binary genders.

For intents and purposes, Christopher Lowman designs primarily under the Menswear category; but we found that many of his pieces transitional and wearable for women!

The collection aligned both the design aesthetic of Christopher Lowman and Intelligent Living’s Creative Director Warren Kay. This collaboration further uncovers similar sensibilities between both brands. Both lead by making forward-thinking statements with high–end materials, quality design, focusing on quality and craftsmanship. Warren Kay, a self-proclaimed futurist, and Lowman both tapping into the youthful spirit of their customer. Both design firms focus on raising the luxury standard in lifestyle design without forgetting comfort is king.

The Christopher Lowman collection is produced in New York City. Christopher began his career interning with Pyer Moss, working closely with the design team, eventually venturing out on his own. He has established celebrity clientele:  Chris Brown, Jake Miller, Aidan Alexander, Jr. Smith and others.