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American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The newly monikered American Collections Calendar Fall/Winter 2021 collections have begun. We begin our fashion week journey with an old favorite, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection; you may remember we covered their “Black is” Tees and their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Today, we highlight “The Homecoming Collection”, inspired by design director Travis Hamilton’s trip home to the Louisiana Bayou.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

For Fall Winter 2021, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection show was orchestrated in Hamilton’s current hometown of Houston, Texas. The seamless show’s location, a public park, gave it an impromptu feel. It highlighted the foundation of the collection, the days before Covid-19 when we were free to roam and safely find our way back home.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The collection was inspired by the story Travis and the Negris LeBrum collection has been telling for the last two decades. He saw this occasion as a wonderful opportunity to present his collection in his own backyard of Houston, Texas.  Staged in the ‘Gus S. & Lindall F. Wortham Park’, just off the grounds of the Houston Medical Center, the impromptu runway show took less than 90 minutes. It was a welcomed surprise to several bystanders, who like the rest of us are probably quite Covid-weary, and who marveled at the inadvertent score of “front row” seats to a NYFW runway show in the streets of Houston.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

“I wanted to bring a piece of NY Fashion Week to the South this season, as I may not get the opportunity to show outside of NYC again for some time. I really feel these times are right for my brand in so many ways. I have always worked in what I refer to as a ‘conservative sexy’ aesthetic, allowing the woman who wears my collection to define the final feeling of the ensemble,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director Negris LeBrum.  “The heart & soul of the Negris LeBrum brand is & will always be Louisiana, but my studio & current home are in Houston, so bringing the two together for Fall Winter 2021 is like a fashionable homecoming for me.”

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Grounded in Black and White for the last several seasons, the color palette for Fall/Winter 2021 continues to build upon this foundation with other colors like Deep Maroon, Old Gold, and Burnished Silver being seen in the tweeds and supporting separates. Surface details on the textiles can be seen in the knits where several cutting-edge treatments lend dimensional details to the pieces that may not be immediately visible; when these details are discovered and experienced, it gives the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection a sense of story and depth.

The one thing that stood out to us about this collection was its wearability. The pandemic has been especially hard on the workforce over many industries. As each model graced the park’s concrete runway, we couldn’t help envision the women we pass en route to work. The women we all barely take notice of as we commute to our jobs in crowded cities. We may notice them wearing a blouse, jacket, or shoes that we loved and glazed over the person. With this collection, Travis Hamilton has made us realize how much we miss seeing, and being a part of the crowd of smartly and fashionably dressed women going to and from work. With these wardrobe complementing pieces, we can all effortlessly move right back into work mode with stylish ease.

 

 

 

All Photos courtesy of Bob Levey/Getty Images for Negris LeBrum
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Hello and welcome back to our continuous coverage of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Our next stop on this fabulous ride is the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection. This will be our first season previewing this Greek designer but we’re excited to get to know his vision and aesthetic. His collection, Blue Velvet, features every look in the woven tufted fabric; which just so happens to be the designer’s favorite material, soft and sensual but also mysterious, like his country of origin Greece.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

The Spiros Stefanoudakis woman is a Dorothy Vallens of modern times. For those not familiar, she was a character made famous by Isabella Rossellini in the 1986 film, Blue Velvet. She was a femme fatale, who although very sensuous, possessed a delicate nature.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Unlike typical spring/summer collections which typically feature a light color palette, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features dark jewel tones. The colors combine with the exuberance of summer; it features royal blue and flashy pink for the day, deep green and black for the long summer nights.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

A graphic, chic and sensual collection, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features vertiginous slits and pleats executed to perfection to highlight the feminine curves; lace inserts and strategically placed cutouts; body-skimming silhouettes that highlight but do not constrict the woman’s figure.

Founding his fashion house in 2012, without studying in the field of fashion, Spiros Stefanoudakis debuted a small collection during the “Fashion Week” of Athens. He continued to showcase eventually winning one of the top awards in March 2013 with much success to follow. He dressed several celebrities and his creations were featured on several television shows. In 2015, he launched his Atelier and his haute couture collection, offering his creativity in both women’s and men’s fashion.

We look forward to seeing more from Spiros Stefanoudakis and hope you are too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on his Blue Velvet collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

As the save the dates for the Paris haute couture shows went out, we found ourselves looking forward to one designer’s collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The last collection we highlighted left us completely enamored and wanting more. We were excited to see what breathtaking beauty was to be released onto the world by Ziad Nakad, and we are not disappointed. The astounding Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection, Birds of Love, brings to mind where we would be if the pandemic didn’t happen; the luxurious, carefree existence we basically took for granted. For us, it also took us to the time period of Shonda Rhimes’s spectacular Bridgerton series. Couldn’t you see the various Ladies, Duchesses, Countesses, and Queen Charlotte in these gorgeous gowns? Keep scrolling to see the entire spectacular collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

The Birds of Paradise of Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad landed at the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte for a collection full of colors and symbols. The collection lavishes in flying away from Beirut, bruised by recent events, longing for escape, for dreams, for travel. Ziad wanted this collection sexy and slightly frivolous, in order to regain the carefree life of yesterday; life before stay-at-home orders, the lingering permanence of forever wearing athleisurewear, and cabin fever. His astonishing dresses are majestic, transparent, and airy. We love his use of Ostrich feathers mingling with silk and lace. If one must fly away and enjoy the freedom of luxurious escape, why not do it in ostentatious fabrics.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

We enjoy that Ziad Nakad’s collections celebrate timeless beauty, sophistication, style, and elegance. We’re more than happy to escape with him and forget the tumultuous time we endured in 2020. We highly recommend taking the time to yield to the beauty of his collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

All pieces are entirely hand-embroidered in the designer’s atelier; one of the positives of the lockdown is the time it is and has given. For example, Ziad Nakad’s spectacular wedding gown required 3 months of work; or in this case, 3 months of escape.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad Wedding Dress

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Now that we’ve shared the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2021, it is time to see how designers are showcasing the color trends with their collection. Our NYFW coverage begins with the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. We previously highlighted this African-American owned label’s “Black is Beautiful” T-Shirt which declares the statement in 12 languages. Today we highlight their women’s ready-to-wear collection.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Negris LeBrum staged a runway show where were models easily socially distanced. With each look hitting the runway only after the previous model left the space, Creative Director Travis Hamilton, brought forth a collection both flattering and effortless. His “Good Trouble” Collection was inspired by John Lewis and the poignant quote he made on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The conflict of unbalanced injustice can be seen throughout the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tracksuits sitting alongside dressy career options; cocktail dresses walking alongside feather-light chiffon printed sundresses speak to the contradictions that exist in this country. Wholly modern silhouettes are balanced with throwback pieces that seem plucked from the glory days of New York sportswear. We loved how he incorporated the bold colors of the ’80s & ’90s. We see bold Tomato Red paired with an eyecatching floral bearing Pantone’s sunny Illuminating, a pale Amethyst Orchid, and French Blue (reminiscent of the ’80’s Electric Blue). These colors add vibrancy to the collection, which is then tamed with classic white and Black (remember… “Noir est Joli”!), and an almost neutral Leopard that ties in the Spring/Summer 2021 core classic colors. The overall result is a mirror of society as a whole.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection boldly states “we are a nation and world of contrasts”; and that should be celebrated, not demonized.

“In so many ways, the news cycle came to Negris LeBrum this year, not the other way around,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director of Negris LeBrum. “Little did I know that my inspiration would find its way into the national news in such a major way! I set out to create a beautiful collection and pay homage to an iconic hero of mine and instead, Negris LeBrum became a fashionable version of the national headlines!”

What are your thoughts on the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection?

HAute Couture Fashion Week FALL-WINTER 2018-2019

Haute Couture Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Once again the City of Light was once again shining as legions of exquisite fashions captured the attention of the world. It is Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. We begin our enchantment with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, and intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew, and roots are the elements and inspiration that beget this entrancing haute couture fashion week collection. Each shape of this women’s fashion collection represents one of these elements. At the same time a climate evolution where each season brings its unique beauty and a gentle and mysterious atmosphere.

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The collection’s inspiration is described as “Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, haute couture designer Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creative process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colors and materials. Her creations are futuristic and modern, with a wide beauty touch.”

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For us, this stunning Haute Couture Fashion Week collection evoked the many elements that describe women in general – beautiful, fluid, bold, and surprising. We were immediately drawn to the vibrant colors, multilayered textures, and arresting aesthetic. Everything seems to be in constant movement – never stagnant. Again, a perfect description of being a woman.

Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Armine Ohanyan’s amazing work is new to us but we look forward to seeing more from this head-turning haute couture designer. Her collection took our breath away.

Are you following the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows? What are your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection?

 

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS PRODUCTIONS

Spring Love: Adrianna Papell Spring 2017 Collection

It’s finally spring and we are in love. In love with a what, not a who. We’re in love with the stunning spring fashions currently (and finally) available for purchase. We’re completely enamored with the Adrianna Papell Spring 2017 Collection, which is bursting with modern elegance. Expect feminine details like fluttery sleeves, jeweled necklines, bare shoulders, gorgeous floral prints, intricate embroidery, delicate lace, vibrant colors, and sleek tailored silhouettes that glide over the body. The Adrianna Papell Spring 2017 Collection delivers everything you love about the warmer season in fashion form in the only way they know how……..perfectly chic, of course.

Whether you drape yourself in the spring collection’s day or work dresses, the chic separates, or the to-die-for jumpsuits (we promise you’ll swoon over the crisp white flutter one shoulder jumpsuit), Adrianna Papell has your day stunningly planned out. Favorite looks from the collection include the aforementioned jumpsuit, and fluttery-sleeved dresses, the chic white sheath with the sheer lace neckline and sleeves, and all the bold florals in the collection.

Of course, Adrianna Papell is most known for their stunning eveningwear, and for good reason. Whether you’re off to a party, the opera, red carpet, or an evening of pure elegance, the beautiful evening dresses from the Adrianna Papell Spring 2017 Collection is sure to stun, and have you looking stunning.

Why not veil yourself in sparkly sequins, intricate beading, or voluminous tulle decorated in the most eye-catching and glamorous designs. No matter if you prefer strapless, delicate spaghetti straps, short sleeves, or halters, with the attention to detail that Adrianna Papell shows on every each of these gorgeous gowns, you’re sure to turn heads. There was so much to love from the eveningwear collection, it’s quite difficult to select a few favorites. If every single item were in our closet, we’d be extremely happy fashion lovers. What we’ve shown above is merely a tip of the iceberg of available looks for you to enjoy, so if you’re looking to add some lovely attention-getting pieces this season, get better acquainted with the Adrianna Papell Spring 2017 Collection.

Speaking of eveningwear, it’s officially prom season, check out these stunning Adrianna Papell prom dresses by clicking our prom story – mylifeonandofftheguestlist.com/2017/04/10/adrianna-papell-prom-dresses.

NYFW: Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

It seems our childhood favorites are continuing to make some wonderful modern day moves. We recently highlighted the Care Bears collaboration with Sprinkles Cupcakes, now we bring you news on what’s happening in the magical world of Equestria. As we eagerly await the new animated My Little Pony movie, we can bind our time with the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, which made it debut during NYFW the Shows.

The Canadian designer teamed up with Hasbro for a sartorial interpretation of My Little Pony as a high fashion streetwear collection, using New York and its many unique style personalities as its backdrop. Showing looks for both men and women, the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony collection is all bold prints and colors while reinforcing positive body image, creativity, and unapologetic individuality.

Using bright hues, contrasting patterns, and visual imagery in classic, wearable silhouettes, the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony show presentation is one to remember. The fresh and timeless wardrobe staples of Hayley Elsaesser’s eponymous collection allow customers to stand out in a crowd and express themselves through her clothing. Hayley’s designs are a tongue-in-cheek rebellion against the status quo. Whether you are street-style obsessed or a runway fashion maven, this fashion brand is inclusive to all shapes, sizes and walks of life. Favorite looks from the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony show presentation include the Rainbow Dash A-Line Dress, the pink and black sun and moon overalls, and the heart locket-printed dress (featured directly above).

Hayley tapped cosmetic powerhouse MAC Cosmetics as an official show sponsor, with glam directed by acclaimed Key Makeup Artist, Melissa Gibson. The presentation’s unique nails were fashioned by Gracie J of The Editorial Nail, and the presentation’s newsworthy coifs created by Lead Hair Stylist Mischa G. and the Bumble and bumble team. The mix of dark and pastel-hued footwear were provided by Timberland. For more information on the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, visit www.hayleyelsaesser.com.

 

Photos provided by Suite PR & Showroom

Fall Style Evolution: Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection

We’re less than three weeks away from the changing of the season. Seasonal flavors and fashions have already started hitting stores, including some of our favorites. We’re highlighting the stunning looks from the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection, the contemporary sportswear brand we were introduced to last year from fashion designer Gene Kagan. The fall looks were as elegant and sophisticated as we expected. The collection features the brand’s signature relaxed and interchangeable key pieces, boasting textured materials, layering, sheer overlays, and asymmetrical lines. You’ll also love the abundance of silk chiffon, satin, and soft jersey present in this collection.

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We’re excited about several of the tops and outerwear from the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection. Looks we’re really excited for include the very cool Luster Jacquard Moto Jacket featuring a textured stripe burnout, the Quilted Double Face Jersey Cardigan (which is made for layering), the Double Face Linen Cardigan, and the Luster Ponte Belted Short Sleeve Cardigan (we love its chic robe structure), which are all featured above.

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Other styles of tops we’re excited for from the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection include a simple, long sleeve cowl neck top featuring the cold shoulder trend. As you know the cold shoulder trend was a huge hit for the spring/summer season and it’s continuing right on to the fall season. And since we’re sure the fall season will be off to a very warm start, the Sleeveless top options from the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection are the perfect transition items to wear during that time.

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For those who prefer dresses for the fall season. We’re loving the above two dresses from the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection. We love the cascading layers and mixed fabrication of the Cowl Neck Dress, and the simplicity and the subtle graphics of the Double Layer Silk Chiffon Tank Dress. Either of these wardrobe staples will ease you into the fall season flawlessly.

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Last but not least are the uber-feminine color and silhouettes from the collection. Like us, you will love the softness and movement of the above Vintage Dobby Travel Pants, and the billowy Tie-Front Double Layer Pants (we’re huge fans of this sage color). Both bottoms pair very well with several of Lola and Sophie’s silk tops, and we especially love them with the above Silk Chiffon Overlay Tank, and One Shoulder Overlay Top.

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As you will note, Lola and Sophie’s pieces are wardrobe staples that made for layering. We love Designer Gene Kagan’s classic silhouettes and colors, and so will you. Ladies, can you see yourself rocking the fashionable pieces from this contemporary sportswear brand? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Lola and Sophie Fall 2016 Collection.