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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.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Nolcha Fashion Week: Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

Our first fashion show from the Nolcha Shows showcased a mix of men’s, women’s and children’s ready-to-wear but we’re concentrating on the womenswear. Founded by Lujin Zhang, Zampano Lin, Yokiri Qin and Yanting Zhao in 2018, Unwonted is affordable limited high-end clothing. We had the pleasure of attending the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection, which was inspired by “Balance”.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Inspired by the “Balance” shown in the intimate relationship between materials and cut, including wool, velvet, organza leather, silk, and corduroy. Fabrics were deconstructed and resembled in different ways resulting in designs that could be dressed in various ways. Unwonted’s designs embody balanced aspects of yin and yang in (inspired by) Taoism. This philosophy believes balance leads to beauty in harmony while imbalance leads to destruction in chaos. With Unwonted, the designers strive to create harmonious designs using the philosophy of balance.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

The color palette for the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 collection boasted earth tones with splashes of bold color including chocolate, greys, bean, dusty rose, black, blue, white, purple, celadon, and emerald green. Fabrics used include wool, organza, tulle, velvet, and corduroy. Design details include asymmetrical silhouette, topstitching, embroidery, beading, patchwork, and pleating.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Apart from making their collection of affordable luxury, only 100 pieces are released per design. All of Unwonted’s pieces hold one-of-a-kind looks while embracing dresser’s unique personality and attitude. This allows a balance between the clothing and dresser themselves. Each with a unique number engraved to ensure quality and exclusivity.

UNWONTED Fall/Winter 2019 at Nolcha Shows

Some of our favorite pieces include a Dusty Rose dress in a double-layered yarn silhouette with sleeves with beaded patches; a Cave Pearl double layered tulle dress  with long sleeves; Dark Grey/Light Grey woolen jacket with contrasting light grey pockets and Dark Grey plaid close-fitting zippered pants; and a Blue/Silver/Grey short zippered velvet cardigan jacket with corduroy sleeves and asymmetrical patent leather pockets with plaid zippered pants with slanted pockets and silver embroidered pockets.

They usually say too many cooks spoil the broth but in the case of this multi-designer label, it only enhanced the collection. What are your thoughts on the looks from the Unwonted Fall-Winter 2019 Collection?

 

 

Photos by Paul Newland/fashionstock.com

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: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

NYFW THE SHOWS: Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

It’s rare that we’re left completely in love with an entire collection during the NYFW the Shows. We find that we normally love a few looks here and there but never a show’s entire collection. That was changed today with the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection. We not only loved every single look, but we also loved every single item that made its way down the runway. When you see this incredible collection, you’ll understand.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

If there is a women’s suiting heaven, it would begin with the looks from the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection. Little did we know how much of a fashion feast we were in for; a variety of very chic and fashionable suits that sated our appetites. Herald by fashion designer Wang Tao, one of China’s most celebrated and accomplished designers and appropriately hailed as “the Queen of the Suit”, it’s not really a surprise that every look was amazing. Rare you will find every single look at a fashion show completely wearable but this was the case with the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2019 collection.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

The collection, called “Eternity, is a celebration of “Eternal Beauty” from the women who inspire Wang Tao. It boasted and highlighted Wang Tao’s fine tailoring, chic silhouettes, and exceptional textiles. She showcased suits to fit every style personality and multiple eras. It’s quite difficult to choose a favorite but we audibly swooned at the 1940’s inspired gangster pantsuits. We were ready to welcome back the prohibition era and the effortless style of Lauren Bacall. Did we mention her ode to the old wild west? The chic doesn’t do enough justice to describe this spectacular collection.

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

Find out more about her inspiration from the designer herself.

“I am inspired by the magnificent women that have redefined the standards of beauty crossing age boundaries to defy fashion’s elusive beauty standards. I am equally inspired by our millennial customers who are adding their own fresh, sexy and colourful signature to classic corporate suits.” – Wang Tao

NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show NYFW: Taoray Wang Fall/Winter 2019 Show

We can honestly say this is one of our favorites (if not the favorite – we still have a few more shows to see) from this season. We look forward to seeing much more from Wang Tao and the Taoray Wang brand. What are your thoughts on this collection? Any favorite looks?

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Are you ready for a haute couture collection inspired by the stars in the heavens? We continue our Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with the Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 Collection. Aptly named “Orion”, the inspiration behind Ziad Nakad‘s collection, we are invited to pick the stars with him. The Lebanese designer chose the constellation Orion as a sublime detail that he wanted to embroider into his creations.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

According to Ziad Nakad, women should be adorned with stars in a declination of pastels. He truly captivated that this with his magical haute couture collection. It’s like he plucked stars from the skies and transformed them into extravagant pieces that would brighten any starless night with gleaming silver and shimmering gold. Just like a sky hunter, Ziad blends heavenly bodies motifs with star-shaped patterns and creates a constellation of dresses.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Just as the stars are sprinkled across the night sky, Ziad Nakad’s gorgeous haute couture gowns lit up the Pavillon Cambon runway. Gown after gown was a vision of timeless beauty and elegance, clearly dazzling all. The collection featured flowy silhouettes and extravagant cuts, a focus on stunning embroidery and stones, and a celebration of vintage, Victorian style.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The color palette was a romantic mix of pretty pastel colors, a pop of cobalt, champagne, silver, and black. His designs epitomize glamour, dramatic flair and timeless femininity. With his spring-summer 2019 haute couture collection, Ziad Nakad proves that one doesn’t have to look up to the heavens to see the stars.

Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Ziad Nakad SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

We are in love with Ziad’s aesthetic, and his ability to highlight the grace of a woman’s beauty and silhouette. Are you as enchanted as we are with this collection? What are your thoughts on the Ziad Nakad Spring Summer 2019 collection? For even more looks from his haute couture show, check out the photos below:

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Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Six months ago, we were introduced to an fell in love with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. So it should come with no surprise that our obsession continues to the next season. To emphasize the inspiration of the Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection, the designer channeled the sirens of the deep. Titled “Deep Harmony”, the mesmerizing haute couture collection was a highlight from the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

This collection represents all the richness of the sea floor, its intense colors, and all its unique and surprising beauty. With its play between shapes, lights, and movement, Armine Ohanyan transports you to an unreal world where the beauty of nature is preserved; one that comes together to create a skillful harmony. However, as nature is under threat by mankind, Armine Ohanyan draws attention to the causes of its destruction, such as climate change and other pollution on the ocean’s inhabitants.

Armine Ohanyan SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Armine spotlights this by using plastic waste as embroideries, which illustrates the alteration of the colors of the aquatic flora. The use of plastic wastes also shows how the designer denounces the current state of ecology. Models looked ever so much like sea nymphs as they floated down the runway in shades of moody blues, bronze, tan, lavender, violet, and steel grey. In keeping with the deep ocean inspiration, design details included netting, super long fringe, cutouts made to looks like seaweed, garments made to look like the ocean flora in perpetual underwater motion, and so on.

Several looks from the haute couture collection caught our attention. Some looks may bring thoughts of jellyfish, and others, the varied coral that lives on the ocean floor. The use of 3D printing, materials less common in textiles such, as silicone. Techniques like laser cutting reinforce Armine’s modern and even futuristic touches to her collection. Her Deep Harmony collection reveals her as the incarnation of the new generation in Haute-Couture.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Spring Summer 2019 Collection. Does it put you in mind of the deep blue seas?

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection

Bienvenue à Paris! Our journey through Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week continues with the edgy and striking Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection. This is the second couture collection for the French fashion designer, which celebrates a woman’s form and strength. The clothing itself is showcased as armor with peeks of skin showing her vulnerable side. Even warrior women have a soft side underneath their armor. Hence why the collection is titled “Under the Shell”.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

The Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection has the body on display showcasing women’s feelings, emotions, and souls. Clothing on the body can tell so many stories. They tell of a person’s life, hopes, and dreams. These clothes, like a carapace or an armor, hide the real ego but reveals the deepness of this warrior woman. With this collection, Adeline Ziliox celebrates the women who fight daily for their freedom, their rights, and their lives. The collection commemorates powerful women of the past and present who dazzle with grace, femininity, and fragility. This recurrent theme is an everlasting inspiration for Adeline Ziliox.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Featuring a mostly black color palette, the collection boasts structured shapes, volume, and oversize shoulders. You can say it’s perfect for the women who shoulder the pain and struggles of the world. The graphic design details accentuate the femininity of the female form. We love the sheer paneling, cutouts and nude illusions seen throughout the collection. The bold mixing of neoprene, chiffon, and satin captures various sides of a woman – tough, elegant and fluid.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

As you can clearly tell from the collection, Adeline Ziliox is passionate about motifs. She has always added this printed form into her work. With this collection, she had the opportunity to create stunning motifs with embroidery. Self-taught, she practices her motif creation in an intuitive, spontaneous and instinctive way.

Adeline Ziliox SS2019 at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

We love the message behind Adeline Ziliox’s haute couture collection and look forward to seeing much more from her. What are your thoughts on the Adeline Ziliox Spring Summer 2019 Collection? Which of her haute couture spring/summer 2019 looks are your favorites?

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?