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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?

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

NYFW THE SHOWS: Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

How appropriate that Valentine’s Day is mere days away and we’re reviewing an NYFW collection named “Romance Returns”. The Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection was inspired by the “romantic mood of retro art and culture. With this collection, Son celebrates her love of luxurious fabrics, softness and femininity, and unconventional use of color, silhouettes, and textures. All of which are key elements in this season’s collection.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

The Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection featured mixed faux fur, bold prints, sequins, velvet, ruffles, and embroideries in the bold colors to create a romantic mood full of playfulness. The color palette boasted a combination of bold, dark, and pastel hues. Bold, striking colors included Orange Pepper, Placid Blue, Sulphur, and Spring Crocus; light pastel colors included Harbor Gray and Potpourri; the addition of dark colors such as Adobe, Windsor Wine, and Peacock created a uniqueness to the visual feast that was the collection.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

For fall/winter Son Jung Wan fully embraces the idea of romance, with an emphasis on softness and a futuristic touch. A lot of emphases was placed on the mixing and matching of different fabrications and colors. The idea was to illustrate and perfectly capture the retro feel, which of course, the collection does.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

For Son Jung Wan, the fabrics alone weren’t the only important factor. Placement and juxtaposition of the different fabrics to create unique pieces was a driving force the looks. Fabrications used in the collection include faux fur, checkered prints, flower prints, embroidered fabric, sequins, and velvet.

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Son Jung Wan Fall/Winter 2019 Show

We applaud Son Jung Wan for bringing romance back to fashion and her use of exaggerated silhouettes and bold colors. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the inspiring Son Jung Wan Fall-Winter 2019 collection. What do you think of her bold color palette or her mixing and matching of materials? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

 

 

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Fashion Photography: Spring-Summer 2018 Women's Fashion

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?

 

Fashion Photography: Spring-Summer 2018 Women's Fashion

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?

True Religion Releases Two Fall’17 Collections: WHOA & The Great Revolt

For the cooler seasons, fashion denim power brand, True Religion, known for their quality and innovative fits, washes, unique design details and distinctive stitch, released not one, but two Fall/Winter 2017 collections. Well, one is a full collection, and the other, a very large capsule collection; but at 30-pieces, it seems full to us. We had a the opportunity to preview the True Religion WHOA Fall 2017 earlier this year, while The Great Revolt Fall/Winter 2017 capsule collection was recently announced. Check them both out below:

True Religion WHOA

To emphasize on-trend and cool, the stylish collection, which was on display by seated and standing models, the looks fit seamlessly into the eclectic and fashionable style of the attendees. The collection featured a variety of denim fits, silhouettes, washes, and embellishments, including patches, distressed and ripped details. Bomber jackets are seen through the collection for both men and women ranging from classic colors and details, lightweight fabrications, to some a bit more ostentatious. One of our favorites was a bomber jacket with a padded quilt exterior, decorated with gunmetal stud detailing. The fall/winter seasons wouldn’t be fun with out a few leather options. Stylish fall-worthy leather pieces from True Religion also included bomber jackets, as well as hoodies, and joggers.

True Religion THE GREAT REVOLT

To call The Great Revolt a capsule collection is a bit misleading, the 30-piece unisex collection balances a refined street aesthetic with militaristic uniformity. Armed with a lineup of limited edition looks, including an over-sized parka, reversible Sherpa jacket, and a wide leg cargo pant, the collection uses tactical design elements, such as muted color palettes, exaggerated pocket details, and raw edge hems to deliver a modern spin on conventional utilitarian style.  Unlike the regular collections, there will be no replenishment. Once the pieces sell out from the True Religion website, they are gone for good. Prices for the Great revolt collection range from $89.00 – $499.00 and is available now on www.truereligion.com.