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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.

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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.

NYFW the Resort Shows: Pamella Roland RE18 Collection Presentation

It’s been said that while you’re out looking everywhere else for beauty, it’s usually right in your own backyard. In this case of inspiration for the Pamella Roland RE18 Collection, this sentiment is vastly true. You see, the acclaimed fashion designer found her inspiration for her 2018 Resort collection right in her own backyard – her backyard garden to be precise. Inspired by the variety of colors and textures of her garden, Pamella Roland presented a stunning collection of evening wear that included gowns, jumpsuits, separates, and cocktail dresses. The Collection presentation was held at luxury Italian Jeweller, BVLGARI.

Like her colorful garden, the Pamella Roland RE18 Collection featured a varied palette of geranium, violet, yellow, pale pink, metallics, black, white, and pretty floral prints. Several looks from the collection featured such embellishments as nude illusion, sequins, fringe, beading, and in some pieces, a combination of all these embellishments. Highlights from the collection included 3-D floral appliqués and multi-layered ruffles.

Our favorite look from the Pamella Roland RE18 Collection? The showstopping dark grey chiffon gown which featured tightly layered ombre ruffles that belled out into a voluminous skirt. The showstopper also boasted Rosettes and Roland’s sheer stripe paneling. We had the pleasure of getting an up-close and personal view of the spectacular gown in all its glory, which you can see in the photo and video below:

Isn’t this gown a dream? You can see why we couldn’t help but fall in love with this beauty. And speaking of beauty, another highlight of the evening was the attendance of Vanessa L. Williams, who is killing it as the HBIC on VH1’s Daytime Divas. Here she is below with Pamella Roland.

What are your thoughts on the Pamella Roland RE18 Collection Presentation? Which of these gorgeous looks were your favorites? We can’t wait to see what Pamella Roland delivers during NYFW the Shows in September.

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

NYFW: Marie + Annette Spring 2017 Collection Presentation

We love being introduced to new designers and collections, especially when we think they’ll be making an impact in the fashion industry. We discovered two of these fashion designers during NYFW, who happen to be sisters, actually twins. Sisters Christina and Krystal Phillips are the chic duo behind Marie + Annette, a contemporary, sophisticated, yet sexy collection of women’s fashion. We fell in love with their Marie + Annette Spring 2017 Collection titled the Urban Tea Party.

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The Marie + Annette Spring 2017 Collection is a modern interpretation of classic tea party attire where old-world fashion collides with contemporary silhouettes, feminine details sprinkled with urban influences. The collection mixed strong sensuality and uber femininity in  a fusion of vintage and modern silhouettes. The almost all pastel collection boasted girlish ruffles, black, and white lace, other sheer fabrications. This contemporary line was a favorite NYFW presentation of ours. We absolutely loved the set design, styling, and staging, especially in the photo below. The gorgeous all lace look in the middle is a fabulous pantsuit that took our breath away, it exudes strength and chic style effortlessly.

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No matter your fashion style, you’ll love how these twin fashionistas bring together a collection which celebrates their two distinct fashion personalities. Looking at the collection, it’s quite easy to see why celebrities are draping themselves in these ultra-feminine looks. Celebrity fans include Keke Palmer, Adrienne Bailon, and Singer Fantasia.

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Are you loving the looks you’ve seen? What do you think of this NYC-based dynamic duo? We are so ready for this chic tea party.  Want to now more about get to know more about the Marie + Annette Spring 2017 Collection Presentation, and these design sisters, visit www.marieannettenyc.com.

 

Eveningwear with an Edge: Michael DePaulo Collection

The best kind of show to attend during NYFW is a presentation. while runway shows are exciting, with fashion presentations, you get up close and personal with the looks to enjoy a greater and closer view of all the details, something that’s difficult to capture as models are zipping by you. One of the presentations we had the pleasure of attending was for Michael DePaulo’s Spring 2016 Collection, a designer whose’s Fall/Winter 2015 Collection we’ve previously highlighted.

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His red carpet-ready, designer gown collection was one of the rotation of New York City fashion designers who showcased their looks at the Caravan Stylist Studio in partnership with Save The Garment Center. His collection boasts sophisticated silhouettes with edgy details that have graced the red carpets of The Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys and Tony Awards.

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His dramatic and architectural gowns were breathtaking to see in person. Favorite pieces include the gorgeous black and white strapless ballgown, the stunning white jacket with black sequin embellishments below which as you can see, looks very much like the black and white gown. We also adore the dramatic shoulder embellishment on the above red gown, and of course, the beautiful, black  Kimono gown. We see why his looks have appeared on several red carpet, and we’re sure to see more.

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De Paulo’s designs are sold at high-fashion retailers around the world, including Saks Fifth Avenue, and he recently launched an exclusive bridal collection with Kleinfeld Bridal.

LOS ANGELES EVENT: Haber Presentation at TENOVERSIX

Los Angeles is at it again, while we’re sloshing around in the sloppy snow/rain hybrid, they’re enjoying 70 degree weather and enjoying more fun champagne-filled event (forgive me I’m just freezing and so over winter). LA-based design house, Haber by Heather Goldberg is debuting their first collection with a celebration filled with live music and champagne.

So you lucky few who live in LA and read this blog…go…enjoy…make me jealous. Just have a glass for me. Details are above and below:

HABER PRESENTATION @ TENOVERSIX 
DATE & TIME: March 14 (Thursday) – 7:30PM-9:30PM 
LOCATION: TENOVERSIX | 8425 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 

Saunder Spring 2013 Presentation

Inspired by Viking Bay in Broadstairs, a coastal town on the Isle of Thanet (in East Kent, England) known as the “Jewel in Thanet’s crown”, Emily Saunder’s Saunder Spring 2013 Collection had her audience revisit memories of her childhood family trips to the famed locale.

The collection featured young, flirty looks that takes the wearer from day to night with was lots of chiffon and satin; bold colors like turquoise, neon green, and neon coral were seen along antique gold lame (which seemed to have a green tint according to your vantage point), sherbet hues and a few prints. Some of my favorite looks are highlighted below

Nautica Fall 2012 Collection – Mission to Please

Nautica is on a mission. A mission to charm the same hearts that Sir Lauren charmed many years ago by making Polo into a certifiable household name. What David Chu started years ago as a delving into his love for fun & classic American sportswear, Chris Cox is now cultivating into a brand that takes the same honed aesthetic of American sportswear translated for a generation of men with less rules and greater diversified life encounters.

What strikes me as key about many designers with a keen foresight for greatness is their reliance on continuity. Continuity is key to establishing a lasting impression and follows a basic framework that can be tweaked here and there for modernity. However, it’s that continuity through construction, advertising images, quality and fit that leave a commanding presence on the minds of the consumers which they can recognize season after season while still moving along with a brand’s growth.

The in-store presence of Nautica is vast. That is the key to understanding Nautica’s approach.  They reach a lot of men throughout the nation with an aesthetic that is essentially and classically American. With this in mind, the brand doesn’t really need to reinvent the wheel every time at bat. What it needs to do and what it does well is connect that continual presence of triumphant sportswear with the essence of an American man’s way of life. This is why the brand’s past advertising images and the selection of the models for the Fall/Winter 2012 presentation all convey strong boy next door, quarterback, active American male personas that live in our minds and subtly make men seek out these kinds of clothes in their shopping escapades.

The collection Nautica presented during fashion week was littered with a welcomed and growing continuation of what the brand bumped up for Spring 2012. Color! Vibrant color is something designers usually relegate to spring to kind of imitate the foliage and sunlight while keeping their fall winter accessories more “springily/summerly” inspired. However, while sticking to its sportswear strengths, Nautica suggested that a broader consensus of men should create their own rules and pay homage to the brighter, warmer seasons in the grayer colder months of the year. Still this is also a business which exists to make a profit, so it still caters to those men who are slower to adapt to change by offering their classic staples of cable knit sweaters, wash & wear shirtings, loden coats, puffer vests and pea coats in classic American navies, varsity blues, collegiate greys and New England whites. My favorite pieces of the collection were the elegantly tailored heavier weighted wool blazers with a bit more shaping. Also of note were the modern shoes that took inspiration from menswear lore in herringbones and flannels in mute tones that leave the canvas crystal clear for the poppier tones of some of the outerwear.

Another good thing to note about Nautica is that since it does have a nationwide retail presence, intermediate deliveries will be peppered with color all throughout the season. This in turn sinks it deeper into the psyche of the male consumer that color is welcomed and OK anytime time of the year.