NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2019 Presentation

NYFW THE SHOWS: Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

Our first show of the NYFW season was quite the statement maker. In a time when we’re seeing the negative effects of fast fashion and fashion houses choosing to be more sustainable, designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are boldly “shopping their closets” – specifically their fabric closets. The duo behind Greta Constantine has decided to revisit past fabrications available in their coffers for their Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. This eco-friendly decision is a great step forward for any designer; of course, the fabrics were the last things on our minds as we were captivated by the bold looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

With this Fall-Winter 2019 Collection, Greta Constantine answered the question, “is it possible to be demure and provocative?” Of course, that answer is yes. Nary a sight of bare skin was shown except for the models’ faces. With volume, lots of layering, and a sense of chasteness, the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection proves that a woman isn’t boring just because she’s covered up.

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The collection boasted high collars, lots of sparkle (especially bodysuits, and turtlenecks), a mix of classic and bold hues, and of course volume. The volume we saw in oversized sleeves, shoulders, and pant legs, elongated sleeves, and lengths. We loved several looks from the Greta Constantine Fall-Winter 2019 Collection. Favorites included an oversize sequin tee, high-neck tulle jacket, puffy brocade jacket, and a dark grey wool dress layered over a yellow gold sequin turtleneck.

NYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 PresentationNYFW: Greta Constantine Fall/Wnter 2019 Presentation

The ready-to-wear womenswear collection has been around since 2006. Based and founded in Canada, the Greta Constantine collection is available in over 40-doors worldwide across 15-countries. You can find past collections at Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom, and online at Moda Operandi and Farfetch.

With this foray into more demure fashion, we have to ask? Are you ready to give up your bodycon fashion pieces for a more modest style? Will you welcome looks like those in this collection into your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your responses.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Are you ready for a haute couture collection inspired by the stars in the heavens? We continue our Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with the Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 Collection. Aptly named “Orion”, the inspiration behind Ziad Nakad‘s collection, we are invited to pick the stars with him. The Lebanese designer chose the constellation Orion as a sublime detail that he wanted to embroider into his creations.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

According to Ziad Nakad, women should be adorned with stars in a declination of pastels. He truly captivated that this with his magical haute couture collection. It’s like he plucked stars from the skies and transformed them into extravagant pieces that would brighten any starless night with gleaming silver and shimmering gold. Just like a sky hunter, Ziad blends heavenly bodies motifs with star-shaped patterns and creates a constellation of dresses.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Just as the stars are sprinkled across the night sky, Ziad Nakad’s gorgeous haute couture gowns lit up the Pavillon Cambon runway. Gown after gown was a vision of timeless beauty and elegance, clearly dazzling all. The collection featured flowy silhouettes and extravagant cuts, a focus on stunning embroidery and stones, and a celebration of vintage, Victorian style.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The color palette was a romantic mix of pretty pastel colors, a pop of cobalt, champagne, silver, and black. His designs epitomize glamour, dramatic flair and timeless femininity. With his spring-summer 2019 haute couture collection, Ziad Nakad proves that one doesn’t have to look up to the heavens to see the stars.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

We are in love with Ziad’s aesthetic, and his ability to highlight the grace of a woman’s beauty and silhouette. Are you as enchanted as we are with this collection? What are your thoughts on the Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 collection? For even more looks from his haute couture show, check out the photos below:

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Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Six months ago, we were introduced to an fell in love with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. So it should come with no surprise that our obsession continues to the next season. To emphasize the inspiration of the Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection, the designer channeled the sirens of the deep. Titled “Deep Harmony”, the mesmerizing haute couture collection was a highlight from the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

This collection represents all the richness of the sea floor, its intense colors, and all its unique and surprising beauty. With its play between shapes, lights, and movement, Armine Ohanyan transports you to an unreal world where the beauty of nature is preserved; one that comes together to create a skillful harmony. However, as nature is under threat by mankind, Armine Ohanyan draws attention to the causes of its destruction, such as climate change and other pollution on the ocean’s inhabitants.

Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Armine spotlights this by using plastic waste as embroideries, which illustrates the alteration of the colors of the aquatic flora. The use of plastic wastes also shows how the designer denounces the current state of ecology. Models looked ever so much like sea nymphs as they floated down the runway in shades of moody blues, bronze, tan, lavender, violet, and steel grey. In keeping with the deep ocean inspiration, design details included netting, super long fringe, cutouts made to looks like seaweed, garments made to look like the ocean flora in perpetual underwater motion, and so on.

Several looks from the haute couture collection caught our attention. Some looks may bring thoughts of jellyfish, and others, the varied coral that lives on the ocean floor. The use of 3D printing, materials less common in textiles such, as silicone. Techniques like laser cutting reinforce Armine’s modern and even futuristic touches to her collection. Her Deep Harmony collection reveals her as the incarnation of the new generation in Haute-Couture.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection. Does it put you in mind of the deep blue seas?

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Bienvenue à Paris! Our journey through Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week continues with the edgy and striking Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection. This is the second couture collection for the French fashion designer, which celebrates a woman’s form and strength. The clothing itself is showcased as armor with peeks of skin showing her vulnerable side. Even warrior women have a soft side underneath their armor. Hence why the collection is titled “Under the Shell”.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection has the body on display showcasing women’s feelings, emotions, and souls. Clothing on the body can tell so many stories. They tell of a person’s life, hopes, and dreams. These clothes, like a carapace or an armor, hide the real ego but reveals the deepness of this warrior woman. With this collection, Adeline Ziliox celebrates the women who fight daily for their freedom, their rights, and their lives. The collection commemorates powerful women of the past and present who dazzle with grace, femininity, and fragility. This recurrent theme is an everlasting inspiration for Adeline Ziliox.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Featuring a mostly black color palette, the collection boasts structured shapes, volume, and oversize shoulders. You can say it’s perfect for the women who shoulder the pain and struggles of the world. The graphic design details accentuate the femininity of the female form. We love the sheer paneling, cutouts and nude illusions seen throughout the collection. The bold mixing of neoprene, chiffon, and satin captures various sides of a woman – tough, elegant and fluid.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

As you can clearly tell from the collection, Adeline Ziliox is passionate about motifs. She has always added this printed form into her work. With this collection, she had the opportunity to create stunning motifs with embroidery. Self-taught, she practices her motif creation in an intuitive, spontaneous and instinctive way.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

We love the message behind Adeline Ziliox’s haute couture collection and look forward to seeing much more from her. What are your thoughts on the Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection? Which of her haute couture spring/summer 2019 looks are your favorites?

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection

We are back to sing the praises of haute couture designer, Maria Aristidou, during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. You may remember she captivated us with her Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Well, she has done it again with the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection. For this season, Maria Aristidou presented a knit couture collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Upon first glance, you will notice a recurring pattern throughout the collection.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The inspiration for the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 collection is a pattern that came from a single vintage arched door. She found this during a walk inside the old city walls of Nicosia. The inspiration for the simplicity of the door’s facade, together with the complexity of the engineering behind it, gave rise to a series of design trials that lead to this fine timeless pattern for the fabrics of the spring/summer 2019 collection.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

You don’t always know what ‘s hidden behind a closed door, yet even when you think you do, you always wonder if you are right. A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. We are humans and curiosity is, whether we like it or not, a human imperfection. And when that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild! So, open it. If you dare.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Titled “Symplexis”, the couture knit collection featured hand embroidered embellishments on a colorful palette of luxurious knit fabrics made by the designer. It captured the beauty and the essence of a woman. Unexpected cuts on timeless, classic designs with modern details are the signature of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2019 “Symplexis” collection. But knitwear is not Maria Aristidou’s first foray into knitwear. In 2015 she introduced her first A/W 2015 Knit Scarf Collection, a beginning of a new concept in her designs. The foray inspired her to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns.

Maria Aristidou SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou’s fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories. Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk, and velvet are ordered from Paris and Italy. Then, a series of patterns, first designed on paper, then on to a computer knit programmer. The only fabric that is actually bought, and not produced by the designer, is the lining needed for each garment.

What are your thoughts on the Maria Aristidou Spring Summer 2019 Collection? Which looks are your favorites?

La Métamorphose at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: La Métamorphose Spring Summer 2019 Collection

The La Métamorphose Spring Summer 2019 is literally ripe for the picking. Created by sisters, Ewa Gawkowską and Margaret Szczęsną Marek, the collection was presented during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Inspired by the French poem, La cueillette (it translates to Picking) by Guillaume Apollinaire, the “Eden Gardens” collection likens women to flowers. As you can probably gather, the poem is about flowers in a garden. Check out the first two paragraphs below.

An excerpt from La cueillette by Guillaume Apollinaire

We came to the flower garden for picking.
Beautiful, do you know how many flowers, tea-roses,
pale roses of love that crown your head,
fade each summer?

Their stems will bend to the rising wind.
Rose petals have fallen in the path.
O Beautiful, pick them since our dream flowers will
fade tomorrow!

La Métamorphose at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Like the flowers in the poem, the women who inspired this stunning collection celebrates the many sides of a woman – her beauty, strength, and delicate nature. Like a flower, she blooms and blossoms into a thing of beauty that grows stronger with time.

The Eden Gardens collection is associated with the spirituality of a woman. It is a story about her emotions, sensitivity, subtlety, how she perceives the world around her and the people around her. About the harmony between the material and the spiritual, about the appreciation of the good that it receives from others and the desire to share what is in the heart of the most beautiful. It is a story about the gardens of the female soul..

La Métamorphose at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The color palette is soft and elegant, with many looks presented in silk taffeta, wool, and French lace. Crisp white and soft grey gives way to champagne, pale peach, lilac, light violet, sunshine yellow and ends in white. Embellishments seen throughout the haute couture collection include flower petals, Swarovski crystals, hand-sewn beading, butterfly appliques, and feathers. Pastels emphasize the rosebuds who open, the whites for the purity and the light. The sharp shapes symbolize the determination.

La Métamorphose at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

We are loving La Métamorphose’s wonderful collection for this season’s haute couture shows. We look forward to seeing more from sisters, Ewa Gawkowską and Margaret Szczęsną Marek. What are your thoughts on the La Métamorphose Spring Summer 2019 Collection? Are you keeping up with the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows?

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Ana Luisa Jewelry: Everyday Luxury Without the High-End Markup

Is there anything better than getting the best for less? We love saving money but we know it’s only really worth it when what you’re saving on are exceptional pieces. This is the idea behind the Ana Luisa jewelry brand, who offers everyday luxury jewelry for women. Unlike most luxury jewelry brands, whose prices reflect costs to the wholesale distributor, sales agent, marketing and retail markup, Ana Luisa offers a direct-to-consumer approach. Their approach of in-house designers, responsible production practices, and an online selling method allows the luxury-loving woman to afford gorgeous, high-end jewelry without the high-end markup.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We couldn’t resist getting to know the Ana Luisa Jewelry and its beautiful jewelry options. Whether you’re looking for everyday essentials or statement pieces, this affordable luxury brand is what you’re looking for. Our introduction to Ana Luisa Jewelry began with three pieces: the Flower Stud Earrings in Iris Pink, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet in Pink, and the Mona Hoop Earrings.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

We were incredibly excited to receive our pieces and although we expected each item to be individually wrapped and placed in separate bags, we realize that it’s not a necessary need. The important thing is “how is the jewelry?” We will say Ana Luisa did not disappoint; let us tell you a bit about each piece first:

Flower Stud Earrings, $75.00 – a 14K Gold plated, delicate flower stud earrings with a natural pearl and an artistic enamel layer that is individually hand painted.

Tessa Friendship Bracelet, $59.00 – a 14k gold dipped friendship bracelet with a soft cotton ribbon braided with a delicate gold plated chain.

Mona Hoop Earrings, $69.00 – elegant, 14K gold-dipped studded hoop earrings with a textured ripple design.

Ana Luisa Everyday Luxury Jewelry

Out of the three pieces, the Flower Stud Earrings were our favorite (it was love at first sight). We generally go for more statement earrings but there’s something about these graceful beauties that just stands out to us. They have a nice weight to them, they don’t pinch or weigh your lobs down, and they’re wonderfully chic. The first item we actually wore was the Mona Hoop Earrings; we love the idea of studded hoop earrings, it’s a great fusion of the two design details and we think a stylish addition to the earring category. Lastly, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet is a lovely and sophisticated version of the iconic childhood bracelet. Unfortunately, we need to get an extender because chubby wrists are a thing but once we get it, we’ll be gleefully wearing the Tessa.

This was our intro to Ana Luisa Jewelry and we can’t wait to share other favorite pieces with you. Learn more about Ana Luisa on their blog.

sts blue Fall 2018 Collection: Cure Your Closet Woes w/ Jean Therapy

One of our favorite things about the cooler seasons is it’s the perfect time to wear denim jackets. And what’s better than a great denim jacket paired with some must-have jeans. For the fall season, it’s all about adding great denim pieces to your wardrobe and this fall’s denim trends are easy to pull off with the pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. This season, it pays to be a little denim obsessed.

From straight ankle-length jeans to high-rise jeans, a return of button fly jeans, and frayed hem skinny jeans are just a few of the hot denim styles seen in the sts blue Fall 2018 Collection. sts blue offers a variety of jeans and jean jackets in several washes. From the lightest Jenson (blue) and Lamont (black) washes to the darkest Ranlett (blue) and Black washes, and so much in between.

New standouts from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection we’re obsessed with include the Cara Vintage-inspired Slim Straight Ankle Jeans; the Emma Ankle Skinny with Cut Off Stepped Hem and a “give me what I want” side stripe (or go bright with a neon stripe); and the Ashley High Rise Slim Fit Skinny with Exposed Button fly.

When it comes to their denim jackets, we’re very much obsessed with the Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jackets. With very cool details such as color blocking, ruffles, and fraying, this iconic item is instantly modernized. Our favorite thing about sts blue’s denim jackets is the option for free custom embroidery to make it your own. We tried sts blue’s free custom embroidery on our Oversize Boyfriend Denim Jacket, which we got in Mandarin Wash. We are so in love with the result of our customization (we even decorated it with some pins we got at the Denim Days festival). Yes, you read that correctly, sts blue offers free custom embroidery on their denim jackets. That is an amazing gift idea, because who wouldn’t want something special and customized to their style! Check out our custom jacket below:

Every pair of jeans tells a story; what will your story be in these denim pieces from the sts blue Fall 2018 collection?