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Nanette Lepore & People Stylewatch Host a Fall Shopping Party

Italian-American designer Nanette Lepore had a few friends over to sip the uber-delicious Magnifico Giornato Lavender and Honey-infused champagne and shop her gorgeous, boudoir-inspired store for haute fall fashion looks. The pink painted floor of the spacious boutique was filled with fashionistas pouring through racks of luscious Lepore garments. Tailored skirt suits, patterned jeans, and studded, iridescent backpacks. Big T NYC was on hand with cups of green, black and white tea with the stripey paper straws as glam as the surroundings.

Guests got a chance to glean personal style advice from People StyleWatch fashion guru, Marisa Rubin (who wore Nanette’s stunning Trapeze Girl dress with raspberry pink pumps), and the designer herself was on hand to hobnob with shoppers. Merchandise was 20% off, and there was even a handbag raffle!

DJ Kalkutta spun sick beats and party-goers left with a goodie bag stuffed with a copy of People StyleWatch (Nina Dobrav is on the cover, and it’s chock full of style ideas!), Origins Gin-Zing moisturizer, Essie “Sweater Set” nail polish, Eos lipbalm, and a Big T NYC tea sample.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner


Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending the Nanette Lepore Shopping Party. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

New York Fashion Week Roundup: Nolcha Fashion Week & Diesel/Tumblr in Union Square

Nolcha Fashion Week

Nolcha Fashion Week had tables of brands looking to hook up with social media savvy bloggers. Homanz had cute clear plastic purses stuffed with their ss2014 catalog, Grand had tiny tubes of lash growing mascara, and Biovea had…vitamins. Haircare giant Rusk had full sized samples of products like W8less, a 12-in-1 miracle treatment. Magnifico Giornato flavored champagne and Ron Rico rum were on hand to sate the unholy thirst brought on by fashion shows and the long days running to and fro trying to cover them all.

As show attendees tottered out, loaded with free stuff and cocktails? Subway, the sandwich franchise, handed out laptop bags with insulated sandwich pockets.

Diesel/Tumblr in Union Square



One lounge was completely open to the public. Actually, there was no way to keep them out! Not much of a surprise since NYC is known for its life-sized, oversized and interactive, curated art installations. Diesel (helmed by creative director Nicola Formichetti) teamed up with social media giant tumblr to create an open air space that was like a Chuck E. Cheese ball pit gone high-concept.

You were invited to lay around on strategically placed throw pillows in Union Square Park surrounded by these giant balls. Organizers handed out printed programs, with photos of all the “art” displayed on the spheres.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner


Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for enjoying these Fashion Week Lounges. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

New York Fashion Week Lounge Roundup: Birchbox Local, techStyle at Bumble and bumble & Gansevoort Hotel

NYFW Lounges: Birchbox Local, techStyle at Bumble and bumble, and Gansevoort Hotel

New York Fashion Week is not just about the fashions walking down the runways, in between the continuous fashion shows, editors and VIP guests get to enjoy some relaxation time between shows (some have enjoyed it in lieu of shows). Dashing from show to show can certainly take a toll on the body and this has birthed lounges that cater to the special needs of the social media tethered. A place to refuel, recharge and learn about products.

Birchbox Local

Birchbox created a racing striped haven across from Milk Studios that offers the comforts of free candy (a lot of candy!), makeup retouching, blowouts, manicures, complimentary products samples, neatly wrapped up in their signature brown box, and a place to recharge your gadgets.

If you didn’t get a bag anywhere else, you could get a Cynthia Rowley-designed tote at Birchbox, loaded with things like Origins Modern FRiction and bags of Swedish Fish. Free wi-fi and comfy couches created a place to network and update your twitter feed and blog.

techStyle at Bumble and bumble





techSstyle Lounge, held in the cavernous Bumble and bumble space, was a showcase for new brands like Just Soles (online high end shoe society, where you can rent, buy, or just stare) to pitch to the uninitiated. New sample supplier, Pinch Me gave away Clear shampoo and conditioner, Bullet pocket acne aid, and a full sized bottle of OPI nailpolish all in a cute blue box. There was even a chocolate bar from Mount Sequoia Granola! Local restaurant, the V Spot provided vegan empanadas.

Gansevoort Hotel




The Gansevoort Hotel offered thir rooftop to the weary fashionistas who needed a place to rest and partake of complimentary coffee and pastries. Spectacular views and free wi-fi compensated for the lack of samples or candy.

more Lounge coverage coming soon…..

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner


Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for enjoying these Fashion Week Lounges. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

S.I.L.K Spring 2014 Presentation

Smart women know that the secret to great style is being able to take any garment and make it look new and fresh. S.I.L.K creates the type of timeless clothing that gives you unlimited options for effortless styling options. Creative Director Michelle Lee says that the collection was inspired by gardens, and that florals will be the brand’s signature. The wearability factor is upped by the use of natural fibers. About 80% of the collection is made from silk, or silk blended with linen or cotton.

There were four color stories: white/grey/yellow floral with tan background, a coffee/navy/ citron honeycomb pattern, black/white/silver, and all american red white and blue (nautical and tricolor plaid prints, tweed). Stripes were translated in navy/citron long-sleeved tees, as well as sequinned tops in back/white and red/blue combinations.

An advantage of the collection is the way it lends itself to the mix and match trend. You can pair the black and white sequinned dress with a red/white/blue tweed jacket, or throw a navy/citron striped pullover with the slim floral trousers.

For more restrained sensibilities, the sheer, sleeveless black silk blouse works well with the silver foil skirt, layered under the white embroidered dress or tucked into the white embroidered skirt with the silver foil trench. At these price points, $200-$600, you can stock up on several pieces to play with.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending and covering the S.I.L.K Spring 2014 Presentation. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

Nolcha Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections

Featuring Designers: Leka, Lum by Lama Taher, Mariana Valentina, Nina Athanasiou, and Studio 6th Sense.

Nolcha Fashion Week was created to celebrate new designers and give them a showcase to dazzle the fashion industry. Bloggers, journalists, photographers, and stylist flocked to Pier 59 Studios to check out what these up-and-coming designers had to present.

LEKA

The 7:30 show focused on eveningwear. Designer Leka’s show featured some fantasy elements (wide hoop skirts, lingerie-inspired gowns, Lacroix style poufs), but also included a few wearable hits that would fly off the racks. I particularly loved a red and black colorblocked dress that floated around the body, cascading down from a red halter. It’s a wonderful dress for dancing and flirting. Another standout was a dress that reminded me of the film ‘Black Swan’, with ruffles and feathers combining to create a sweet little confection for anyone with the poise (and the legs) to carry it off.

LUM BY LAMA TAHARE

Lum by Lama Tahare’s Spring 2014 collection reminded me of the 40s, especially the dresses with sheer capes attached at the shoulders. The collection was very old Hollywood. The more I looked at the collection, the more it reminded me of my Barbie doll collection- a young girl’s perception of grown-up clothes. Several of her looks would work great as prom dresses.

MARIANA VALENTINA

Mariana Valentina also looked back to a bygone era, but tweaked her retro gowns with suggestive knotting and draping. The satin fabric flowed with the body, elegantly moving with every step the models took. Her elegant silver t-shirt paired with flowing wide-legged white trousers was an easy win. The entire look had the right amount of casual glamour.

NINA ATHANASIOU

Nina Athanasiou had a lot going on. Menswear, metallics, pattern, silks… It was an interesting show, but a little too eclectic. I couldn’t get a firm handle on her vision, but there were some pieces that stood out. The pistachio blouse paired with gold jeans was a nice statement – very 5th Avenue meets Soho. Athanasiou also showed a great belted, beige dress and gorgeous capelet with various neutral tones, it was a real knockout piece. She also featured longer dresses of super lightweight fabric that seemed to have more shock value than anything. Those pieces are great for photo-shoots and music videos, but not necessarily an everyday wear.

STUDIO 6TH SENSE

Studio 6th Sense had the most cohesive show at Nolcha. His choice of a delft blue and white floral waterprint was perfect and right in every way. It just worked. I most loved his jumpsuit with a deep v-neck which he paired with a perfectly cut, blue-trimmed, peach blazer – the silhouette was stunning and the entire look sizzled. It was resort chic, it was Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, it was everything!

He did offer a few dresses with a bodycon silhouettes, but they loosely grazed the body instead of perfectly conforming to it. However, I could see that working if the dress is tailored to the customer. The drawn outlines on the dress  echoes the idea of a corset and garter belt, very sexy but in a humorous way. I also adored the white blouse with perfect bow and billowing sleeves atop a long, flaring skirt. This outfit reminded me of old back and white movies, with clothes by Adrian or Edith Head. The fact that he cut pockets the skirt endeared it to me even more. Definitely a designer to watch and invest in.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner


Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending and covering the Nolcha Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collection Shows this season. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

Heidi Gardner Spring 2014 Waterland Collection

Heidi Gardner’s Waterland Collection is an homage to the creatures of the sea. You could say it’s like a fashion Sharknado…minus the bad. The presentation consisted of jewelry hung on the fingers and thumbs of plaster hand forms, while models in flesh-toned garments stood on pedestals flashing jewelry at the ogling crowd.

A gold ring shaped like a sea horse wound its way around a plaster thumb, both whimsical and sensual – the type of ring you would turn around on your finger in endless play, all day long. A long silver chain, adorned with tiny teeth, was a nice counterpoint to a delicate silk blouse, and perfect with a jacket and bare skin. I particularly adored the sea cucumber pendant and the octopus necklace (shown in the last photo below)

With the live models, an up close and personal inspection of the pieces was necessary. One model wore a gold stingray bracelet with a ring that looked like a sea urchin adorned with a pearl, both pieces prickly with sculpted spiny protuberances. I envision the stingray cuff paired with a sleeveless jumpsuit and combat boots. It’s an elegant piece that you could build a contrastingly rough look around.

A male model wore the toothy chain wrapped around his wrist and a silver sharktooth rings on every finger. While four rings may be too much, a simple black sheath and one sharply dangerous ring can speak volumes. This collection is the visual equivalent of Bjork’s ‘Medulla’ album, clever riffs on a watery inspiration.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending and covering the Heidi Gardner Spring 2014 Waterland Collection this season. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

Skingraft Spring 2014 Collection

Spring and Summer in California seems to be a time for edgy leather. Granted, the leather is played off by the softest, most lightweight and flowy silk chiffon, but it seems that Skingraft will make sure that you have the perfect moto jacket, skirt, and leather dress to take you into the warmer months.

The collection boasts razor sharp lines and edgy tailoring which left me thinking about the movie, Blade Runner… both for its retro and futuristic aspects. The Replicant, Rachel, would be perfectly at home wearing looks from this collection. I love the idea of the black leather body-con dress worn with ankle strap spectator pumps and a rolled, “Andrews Sisters-esque” hairstyle. Tres chaud!

The corresponding menswear designs were ruggedly individualistic, a slickly rock and roll slouch. As with other designers (the Prada Birkenstock anyone?), Skingraft used the humble shower sandal as inspiration for their footwear – think Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. The fabrications say your clothes cost tons, but your attitude is totally, “Bro, I’m chill”.

Hot trends from this collection included the combination of black and yellow, blue/black/white tribal print for men and women. Check out the link to show’s finale video here – http://fashionzombie1.tumblr.com/post/60927491800/skingraft-at-pier-59-studios-guestblogging-for

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman for attending and covering the Skingraft Spring 2014 Collection this season. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.

CHROMAT Spring 2014 Collection

For her Spring 2014 Collection, designer Becca McCharen transcended the idea that fashion has to be passive or pretty. Influenced by her architectural studies, McCharen’s designs are sure to make her the designer of choice for extroverts like Nicki Minaj, Madonna or edgy, new recording artist, Grimes. Her aggressive design aesthetic reminds me of the edgy looks from Gaultier’s Fifth Element wardrobe mixed with Herve Leger. There’s the idea of antebellum hoop skirts and corsetry, but without the constrictions that left women fainting and weak.

Models marched down a steel stairway to stand on low platforms that allowed the crowd to study the looks up close. Straps were etched out of bodysuits, criss-crossing the back or abdomen with geometric precision. Cropped tops with sheer mesh sleeves read sexy in a tough and athletic way. The MATHLETES Collection is “inspired by competitive mathematics” and brings to mind the idea of smart and very aggressive girls going out to battle.

One headpiece directly referenced a football helmet, with its square grid surrounding the head, toughening the models gaze. Shoes consisted of  sandals that referenced sneakers, and huge platforms with lug soles.

The makeup, by Frances Hathaway for Mac and @JUMP Management, looked like sentence diagrams, more like facial equations than marks of beauty. The Hair, by Chuck Amos, who used Oribe Haircare and T3, was clean, simple and sleek. Ponytails for long-haired models, and a slickback for short-haired girls. The overall look was tomboyish and no-nonsense, because this girl is too busy to do anything elaborate.

Post and Photos by Faith Bowman
Edited by Glasgow Skinner

Thank you to NY Fashion and Trends Examiner, Faith Bowman, for attending and covering the CHROMAT Spring 2014 Collection this season. Please check out her work here – http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-new-york/faith-bowman.