Academy of Art Spring 2014 Collections

Once again, the Academy of Art Institute brings the talent of its student designers to the fashionable masses during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For Spring 2014, the ninth season of the Academy of Art show, ten designers (four womenswear, four menswear with one womenswear collaboration and one menswear collaboration). One detail I kept noticing about the looks of these talented student designers was volume. Several of the designer collection featured voluminous looks for both men and women. Let’s get to the collections starting with my favorites first:

GWEN SHIHYAO LAI – Her stunning spring 2014 collection was inspired by the paintings of Filipino artist, Thaddeus Ochoa Pagaduan and featured cotton, silk, and ikat fabrics which featured pleating reminiscent of the artist’s use of tree bark and bleaching which represents the sunlight and fire from nature.

SHANSHAN BAI & WINBO SHIAU – A beautiful collaboration from these Fashion and Knitwear Designers. While Shanshan was inspired by the natural curling lines of floral panels, Winbo added a dynamic twist of street-chic style. The collection features a blend of silk gazar, wool and linen yarn.

NIKA TANG – showcasing a stunning collection that were inspired by the stone carvings of realism artist Kris Kuksi, architectural designs of Mario Botta and the sculptures of Korean artist Byoungho Kim, this collection focuses on volume, movement and texture. The garments take on a half dome and large ruffled silhouette of a sunfish with the macrame details reflecting the textures of caviar eggs.

VICKEN DERDERIAN – The first thing that caught my eye when Vicken’s first look hit the runway was fabrication – his voluminous and structured collection were featured in bold prints reminiscent of stunning jacquard and  upholstery. No surprise that he has a background in Furniture Fabrication Design, Architectural Design and Fine Artistry. His collection explores the connection between fashion and architecture.

DIDVIK KUANG – Imagine if Richard Gere’s American Gigolo character wore loungewear for the entire movie, Didvik Kuang’s collection is what his attire might look like. The collection’s fabrications include linen, blended wool, nylon and suede.

MARINE RONGRONG WEI – Inspired by the vintage clothing during the Great Depression, Marine combines different fabrics and textures to create her collection. Her collection also features varied fabrics weights and oversized silhouettes popular during that era.

LESLIE DILLOWAY – With inspiration coming from ethnic Turkish prints and textures infused with the 1990’s popular grunge fashion, Leslie Dilloway created a collection for a fictional Turkish cab driver in London in the late 80’s to early 90’s who she deemed mysterious and carefree. The collection features a casual, sporty theme thanks to the continuous use of drawstrings.

RYAN MORAR & MELISSA AVALOS – The second collaboration, Menswear Designer Ryan and Textile Designer Melissa create a standout casual collection. Ryan and Melissa’s collection is inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s “Combines” mixed media artwork in both design element and textile. Ryan also counts the sounds of 1980’s Sonic Youth and Beat Happenings albums as inspiration. His garments feature deconstructed elements that create new shapes and raw, free form aesthetic.

Academy of Art continues to give us designers that offer a fresh and modern look at fashion. This season’s show has been one of my favorites from the school. Check out the looks in motion in the models finale walk below:

Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show

What better way to gain real insight into the fashionable moms than asking a fashionable mom herself? Gina Pomponio, of MommyPosh attended Strut: The fashionable Mom Show, presented by The Moms and SWW Creative, for and gives us entry into the fashion show that celebrated fabulous moms.

 As a mom, I want to be fashionable and sexy and not look and feel like road-kill just because I have a kid, but the line between looking sexy and like you film for TubeV or another adult site can sometimes become blurred. So when I was invited to attend the Strut: the Fashionable Mom Show at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I felt right at home. Talk show host and mom of one, Wendy Williams hosted this “moms on a mission” runway show and graced the crowd with her “edgy-educated” talk.

Other women in the fashion show included actress Lisa Rinna, editor Karen Klopp, Melanie Fascitelli of luxury closet brands CLOS-ETTE and CLOS-ETTE Too, FinoFile Founder & Editor-in-Chief Filipa Fino, United States Marine and mother of four GySgt Stephanie Borges, and XO Group Inc. Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Carley Roney.

Rent the Runway, the online destination for designer dress and accessory rentals, styled Strut, and many of the show’s looks can be rented on A percentage of Rent the Runway’s proceeds from the looks will go to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

About the author: Gina Pomponio is the Founding Editor of Mommy Posh, a mom blog about getting-and-staying fabulous during motherhood. Gina lives in New York City with her toddler son and husband. As a stay at home mom, Gina continues to indulge in her favorite pastimes, with weekly manis and pedis, teaching Zumba classes, being an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot, and most importantly spending time with her family. For up to date beauty and fashion tips, follow her on Twitter: @Mommyposh.

MBFW – Norisol Ferrari Spring 2013 Collection Sketch

For her Spring 2013 Collection, Norisol Ferrari looks to the past, specifically the bodies of women’s of the past. “Think the curves of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Rita Moreno”, says Ferrari, “all strong confident women who command attention, desire and respect.” Does this mean we get to see shapely models walking down the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway for at least one show this season? As someone who rocks curves herself, I surely hope so. I’m intrigued by the prospect.

Norisol will present her bold collection on the fifth day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

Elettra Wiedemann Dishes on Goodness Pop-up Restaurant

You may have remembered me writing about Elettra Wiedemann, daughter of Isabella Rossellini, and her wonderful Goodness Pop-Up Restaurant featuring Chefs Mario Batali, Leo Forneas, Alain Allegretti and Julian Medina. You can get reacquainted here – Enjoy the GOODNESS Pop-Up Restaurant, February 11th-14th. Between the craziness of Fashion Week, I actually got the chance to visit the Goodness Lounge by Renaissance Hotels which was held at the Museum of Arts and Design

As you can see above, guests, myself included, got the opportunity to relax; we were treated to massages (something I absolutely needed), makeup touch-ups by Lancome and manis. We also revitalize ourselves with a variety of teas from Kusmi Tea, VitaCoco Coconut Water as well as a few cocktails made with Ty Ku Sake and Kanon Organic Vodka. I also had the opportunity to speak with the lovely Elettra to find out more about her wonderful organization, take a look below:

Farah Angsana Fall 2012 Collection

For her Fall 2012 Collection, designer Farah Angsana was inspired by the well-traveled woman, like herself, who have gone to Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, etc. The collection featured exquisite classic silhouettes in gowns, cocktail dresses and elegant separates treated with Angsana’s couture techniques; the vividly colored looks (featured in hues of blue, violet, red, kelly green, curry, and tangerine) were embellished with sequins, lace, sheer paneling, swarovski crystals, and embroidery.

Beautiful gowns fluttered down the runway in silk georgette, silk satin chiffon, tulle, etc, captivating the audience. Farah Angsana continues to stun with her bold silhouettes, intricate detailing and vibrant color palette.

Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2012 Collection

What inspired Joanna Mastroianni’s Fall 2012 collection, none other than fashion icon, Iris Apfel, who was also in attendance at the designer’s show. The collection follows Mastroianni’s muse on a journey from New York to Paris an on to Asia, taking the audience on an adventure from sophistication, dazzling elegance, captivating style and undaunted flair

Featuring looks in a striking color palette that included gilded colors – burnished gold, bronze, copper and pewter, each ensemble provided numerous gifts for the eyes. The highlights of the collection were the details. Breathtaking ornate touches were seen in ostentatious necklines and magnificently elaborate evening gloves which were faceted, feathered, beaded and bejeweled.

The sweetest moment was when Joanna Mastroianni walked out at the finale, grabbed Iris Apfel from her front row seat and walked with her muse off the runway to a standing ovation

Unfortunately, while celebrating an icon, another passed away; Socialite Zelda Kaplan, probably the most loved fashionista (next to Apfel), died suddenly just as the show began. She will be missed.

Walter Fall 2012 Collection Presentation

For Fall 2012 Walter has created a wearable collection that will easily take you from morning to night. The collection features a unique combination of fabrics and textures with retro influences, rich deeper tones, masculine looks with a modern feminine edge, cocoon shaped jackets, oversized boyfriend vests, daytime bombers and tailored menswear coats.

There are combinations of leather, faux fur, tweed worn over narrow shift dresses and skinny stretch leather pants; the collection featured unique fabric combinations and treatments, with some looks embossed with crocodile leather and fur.

This season’s signature prints are inspired by colors and shapes; lace and soft chunky knits adds a touch of femininity with ease to masculine and tailored outerwear