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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
NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection Presentation

It’s long been said that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding grow out of tragedy. That is certainly the case with the tragic Australian bushfires. Reading about this tragedy has allowed us to get to know more about Australia as a whole and it’s people. For example, did you know there is a group of Indigenous Australian women who form the Firesticks Alliance? This group’s aim is to protect, conserve, and enhance the cultural and natural values of Australia and it’s people through cultural fire and land management practices. This female-led Alliance, and an ode to the rebirth of Australia, is the inspiration behind the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The New York-based knitwear brand continues to challenge the conventional knitwear industry with their whimsical designs and architectural dimension. Photographed on Awabakal land (home to Aboriginal Australians descended from the Awabakal tribe indigenous to the coastal area of New South Wales), the collection forces you to rethink what knitwear would be.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

For the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, new designer Zoe Champion’s first collection, she recreated some of the label’s signature silhouettes. These include their asymmetric and wave dresses, as well as their wide-leg pants. These silhouettes join new pieces and elements such as a capsule of handbags and hats made from their innovative knitwear techniques and materials.

PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Prevalent throughout the collection is an engineered flame print in various sizes representing the fire spirit. Naturally, the collection’s color palette includes flame orange, as well as Pantone Spring/Summer 2021 trend colors – Burnt Coral, Marigold, and Cerulean. Mixed in are classic hues like navy, and earth tones. Bold details include laces woven throughout pieces and tiered gatherings on dresses, sweaters, and skirts.

We love it when designers use their voices to bring attention to important issues. We look forward to seeing what Zoe Champion does during her tenure at PH5. What are your thoughts on the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection and the inspiration behind it?

 

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?

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?

'Next In Fashion' On Netflix

Tan France & Alexa Chung Host Competition Series ‘Next In Fashion’ On Netflix

With a finger constantly on the pulse of pop culture, production giant Netflix always seems to know precisely what the public wants. It’s seen overwhelming success with the lifestyle improvement shows like Queer Eye and Tidying Up and competition series like Nailed It. Now, Netflix is combining a bit of both into its newest series, Next In Fashion.

Personally, I love nothing more than getting together with my friends to watch a new TV series or movie using streaming platforms like Netflix. However, due to geographical restrictions, not all the things that we like to watch can be accessed. That being said, there are solutions out there that can remedy this issue. For example, one particular friend of mine likes to use websites like The Pirate Bay to download TV shows and movies so that she can watch them on her travels. Depending on whereabouts she is at the time, she sometimes has to use a proxy service to access The Pirate Bay website. You can learn more about avoiding geographical restrictions on online content by doing some research into Pirate Proxy servers.

Back to Next In Fashion now though and while the show doesn’t have a trailer quite yet, it does have two very well-known hosts. Tan France became a household name when he took his place as the fashion expert in Queer Eye‘s Fab Five. While the Fab Five’s Bobby Berk redesigns the homes of the show’s participants and Johnathan Van Ness transforms their hair, a feature that 68% of women are unhappy with, Tan zeros in on their closets.

'Next In Fashion' On Netflix

NEXT IN FASHION

He has since become known for his ability to guide their questionable wardrobes to a more stylish place while maintaining their unique identities and comforts. He is also slightly infamous for the shirt-tucking technique he recommends to nearly every guest on the series known as the French Tuck, in which just the front part of the shirt is tucked in the pants and the rest is loose around the hips.

To perhaps reel in his love of the French Tuck is Alexa Chung, the co-host of Next In Fashion. As a model, designer, and an OG it girl of the fashion world, Chung will be able to offer a different perspective than Tan. The show will also feature stylist and fashion editor Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen as recurring guest judges.

The premise of the competition series starts with a pool of 18 designers who will have to tackle a variety of design challenges. These designers are all already acquainted with the fashion industry in some way, either with experience dressing A-list celebrities or working with major brands. They’ll put their talents to the test as each of the show’s challenges will be centered on a different trend or style that has impacted how the world dresses.

Although about 62% of Americans say that they own more than 10 t-shirts in their wardrobe, contestants will have to go well-beyond their sartorial comfort zones to earn the high-stakes prize. The winner of the competition will be awarded $250,000 in prize money and the chance to debut their collection with Net-a-Porter, a luxury fashion retailer.

Next In Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool with Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton as executive producers and Adam Cooper as co-executive producer. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the series. No premiere date has been announced for the series yet, but as Netflix’s first fashion-focused series, Next In Fashion is sure to be streamed in households everywhere as soon as it’s available.

Remembering The Creative Influence Of Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld

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Days ago, the world lost fashion and design icon, Karl Lagerfeld. You’d be hard pressed not to know who he was, even if the world of haute couture is lost on you. As of 2017, there were more than 3.74 billion internet users in the world. Days following Karl Lagerfeld’s death, millions of those internet users who would’ve otherwise not know his name are learning about him. His presence, appearance, voice, and influence have rippled through the fashion world for decades. Now his death has left a void where once stood a Titan.

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In an extremely private battle with pancreatic cancer, the longtime creative director at Chanel passed away at age 85. His dazzling creative life changed the face and attitude of fashion as we know it and we’ll still — often unknowingly — be feeling the impact of his influential creative genius as it subtly flows down from luxury fashion houses to mass marketed apparel. While 75% of internet users never scroll past the first page of search results, they’ll be seeing hundreds of Lagerfeld memorials over the next few weeks. And it isn’t difficult to see why.

Starting Out With Karl

“When I was four, I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday,” Lagerfeld told Vogue.

From his earliest life, it was pretty clear that Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t like everybody else. At an early age, Karl went to Paris where he began his life-long journey in the fashion industry. From Balmain to Chloe to Fendi, Lagerfeld made his mark on some of the most famed fashion houses on earth through the 1950s and 1960s. Then, he found his throne as the creative director for Chanel.

“My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things,” he said in reference to founding designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

He proceeded to bring Chanel back to life after the fashion house had been long dormant. Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said that when Lagerfeld took the creative reigns, he told him to do whatever he wanted. Free creative reign. As it turns out, this would be one of the best decisions he could’ve made as Lagerfeld proceeded to revive and modernize the former glory of Chanel.

When you make a name for yourself that large, all eyes are on you. A fact which he relished, regardless of the reactions he received.

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Controversial Karl

Lagerfeld was, while widely revered, not without a swath of controversy surrounding him. His quick wit, sharp tongue, and flippant attitude toward his own manner of self-idolatry were certainly central to his character. With him front and center upon the throne of a world revolving around image, he was unabashed to make sure that people heard what he had to say on things. And where many famous people in the spotlight choose their words carefully, Lagerfeld believed the exact opposite.

“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation,” he said to Vogue.

Reflected in a comment he made about abandoning his German citizenship when German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to welcome a million migrants into Germany, whispers of xenophobia weren’t uncommon. Where the immigrants make up 13% of the U.S. population, Germany’s immigrant population is much lower, a fact that isn’t lost in the political sphere there. Also, a fact Lagerfeld felt the need to offer his opinions on.

From the political sphere to every and any aspect of the fashion world, Lagerfeld didn’t censor himself. Something that many didn’t like, others feared, and masses respected. Who fell into which category among those who had opinions about Karl didn’t matter. Why? He simply couldn’t be bothered.

Quotable Karl

Lagerfeld was never shy about speaking his mind. Widely regarded as one of the most quotable people in the history of fashion, his nuggets of sharp-tongued “wisdom” still permeate. He was notably quotable in the way he spoke of (and lived in) absolute luxury.

He had a little obsession with 18th-century French decor and design. This was, of course, reflected in his homes. In the United States, the average home sold brought in about $249,000 in 2017. For a man who did not abide such words as average, Lagerfeld’s homes included: a villa and two apartments in Monaco, a home in Rome, one in Melun, one in Paris, and a chateau in Brittany. All of which were decoratively modeled after the splendor of Versailles. Packed with luxury, Lagerfeld reportedly got tired of things in his homes and, in the year 2000, auctioned items off grabbing a total of $21.7 million. He shrugged this off stating the following:

“Anything dusty, dirty, musty — forget about it here. I like my eighteenth-century fresh.”

If it did not sparkle, he would not have it. This attitude spanned his whole existence and contributed to his outlook, as well as his personal look. He himself dressed the part in an unmistakably Karl fashion. Dark sunglasses, silver ponytail, fingerless gloves, and suits with incredibly high collars.

The entire fashion world is still paying tribute to his legacy and his seat at Chanel’s creative helm will be taken by the director of Chanel’s Fashion Creative Studio, Virginie Viard, reportedly Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator of over 30 years.

In a few words, there’s little left to say that Karl himself couldn’t have said better, so we’ll leave you with one of his particularly smile-worthy sentiments:

“I am very much down to Earth. Just not this Earth.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Lagerfeld.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

I’m lovin’ it: The McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

It seems McDonald’s is making moves, not just in the retail beverage aisle, but in fashion as well. In celebration of the Big Mac’s 50th birthday, the fast food giant teamed up with a remarkable South African Fashion Designer. Teaming up with Gert-­Johan Coetzee, the fast food brand and designer launched a playful streetwear collection which debuted at South African Fashion Week. Of course, the McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection isn’t the first time the Golden Arches has appeared in fashion. Back in 2014, Jeremy Scott incorporated a number of McDonald’s inspired garments in his first collection for Moschino.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

However, the Big Mac Collection marks the first time McDonald’s has officially authorized the use of its iconography in fashion. The streetwear collection includes sequinned T-shirts with the signature golden arches, sweatpants and cropped sweat tops, cute slogan T-­shirts, and a spectacular gold Tinsel jacket we’d kill for. It’s no surprise that this collection has received rave reviews for Coetzee…..just look at the stunning pieces!

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The acclaimed designer is already known for his stunning red carpet couture. His gowns have already been worn by celebrities such as Kelly Rowland and many others. Coetzee is the mentor on South Africa’s version of Project Runway and has always been active in doing good. He also has his own scholarship program for aspiring fashion designers, consequently and wonderfully impacting the future of fashion.

“Having the opportunity to play with the iconography of such a huge global brand with the end goal of doing good, is such an honour, and it is a bonus that it is helping put South African fashion on the map globally,” says Coetzee.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The Big Mac Collection collection also includes a kid’s version, aptly named the Big Mac Kids Collection. This mini-me collection allows parents and their kids to enjoy the twinning fashion trend. All the proceeds of the sale of the streetwear collection go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The McDonald’s Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection is only available in limited quantities on www.shopgert.com. For more information on fashion designer Gert-­Johan Coetzee, visit www.gertjohancoetzee.com.

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Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Rani Zakhem SS2018 Collection

Like art and volcanoes, fashion can be explosive, fiery, and intense. The same can be said about Lebanese Designer Rani Zakhem Spring Summer 2018 Collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Like an erupting volcano, his phenomenal haute couture collection was filled with fury, fervor, and effervescence! For his first Paris haute couture fashion show, Rani Zakhem celebrates life and joy in incandescent metaphors. Fire is the essential element of this sumptuous yet relaxed collection, dedicated to a volcanic woman. Get to know the beautiful women’s fashion collection below.

As devouring as ethereal, the sacred element comes in pyrotechnic explosions and cascades of gold, drawn by embroideries of arachnoid crystals of lava on the black of a sheath whose draped top splits into a deep “V” neckline.
Some creations seem to be sculpted in the light, like the pearl-beige silk dress, where red, orange and gold gems glow with a myriad of sequins that bring precious reflections back to the surface. The image of an erupting volcano is spun to the neck, columned and entirely gilded, a recurring element of the collection and keystone of an architecture that favors ease, movement and, the dancing flames that seem to devour the fabric barely touch the floor.


Reminiscent of a party in Vienna where the designer returned bedazzled, Klimt’s Kiss, itself cast in gold in a powder dust of stars, infuses into the collection a resolutely modernist visual vocabulary, translated into sequins of geometric forms. Geometry that also brings us into the disco spirit of the 1970s with many references to Halston, especially in a loose single shouldered fluid dress with a golden Mao collar, in a fanned out degradé rainbow, gold to red through yellow and bright orange. Gold, again, subtle and powdery, sculpts a feuille d’or chiffon dress, knotted in a wrap around bustier dropping into a deep backline, a tribute to Mireille Darc elegantly quoting Guy Laroche.

Clearly, the theme of fire sometimes extinguished leaving precious streaks of diamonds on silky nights; sometimes fluid, sizzling cascades of molten metal on a short dress with a dripping panel, and sometimes gently iridescent with warm colors is only a pretext chosen by Rani Zakhem to salute the masters who nourished his vocation.
A scarfed collared, vertiginously split yellow chiffon, plissé Soleil dress with mouton sleeves, is a joyful smile addressed to Jean-Louis Scherrer. Another, short black silk satin, real Moujik tunic adorned at the bottom with pleated yellow faille embellished with a large bow of the same fabric is a nod to Yves Saint Laurent. A third composed of a densely embroidered golden top with narrow three-quarter sleeves and a long black pleated skirt is a reverence to Balmain. The heart skips a beat when the liquid gold drape of a silk jersey habillé evening sheath appears, ending with a large bow of black silk satin on the shoulder, a tribute of the designer to Madame Grès.


A delicate apotheosis of this fashion show, shaped in flowing lava and blazing fires, is the wedding dress, long and tight, in delicate whitish lace, emphasizes by its precious simplicity the minimalist bias of a collection with budding emotions.

What are your thoughts on Rani Zakhem‘s Paris Haute Couture collection?