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Christopher Lowman Fall/Winter 19 NYFW Presentation

NYFW THE SHOWS: Christopher Lowman Fall-Winter 2019 Collection

I had the pleasure of attending the Christopher Lowman Fall-Winter 2019 collection this year at Mdrn Dsgn, a lifestyle-focused interior design firm and retail space in the Flatiron District.

In this clever collaboration, Lowman’s theme, “Intelligent Life” is a well-developed branch from Mdrn Design’s Intelligent Living Collection – a luxury-focused furniture collection offering modern, transformable multi-function furnishings for the city dweller.

Christopher Lowman Fall/Winter 19 NYFW Presentation

Over 20 fresh-faced models, both men and women dressed in sporty statement pieces were placed throughout the retail space in an arresting, live mannequin spectacle. Softly tailored sports jackets and shirts are combined with athletic performance pieces within each look. Lowman ties together these contrasts with human comfort; a cozy, and comfy touch:  Tall white cotton socks and cashmere house slippers. The skin was fresh, and super glowy – thanks to skincare by Immunocologie and makeup from Aveda. The effect was a look into the Christopher Lowman customer at home after a busy of traveling.

NYFW has often occurred in two phases: Men’s Fashion Week then an explosion of women’s fashion collections. This separation slowly begins to blur as time marches on. More women are inclined to wear items that many fashion brands would call “the boyfriend” maybe for its edge,  maybe for its ease. Simultaneously, silhouettes for men have also slimmed down considerably in the last decade, resulting in easy, sporty clothing for any gender that is easily interchangeable between the traditional binary genders.

For intents and purposes, Christopher Lowman designs primarily under the Menswear category; but we found that many of his pieces transitional and wearable for women!

The collection aligned both the design aesthetic of Christopher Lowman and Intelligent Living’s Creative Director Warren Kay. This collaboration further uncovers similar sensibilities between both brands. Both lead by making forward-thinking statements with high–end materials, quality design, focusing on quality and craftsmanship. Warren Kay, a self-proclaimed futurist, and Lowman both tapping into the youthful spirit of their customer. Both design firms focus on raising the luxury standard in lifestyle design without forgetting comfort is king.

The Christopher Lowman collection is produced in New York City. Christopher began his career interning with Pyer Moss, working closely with the design team, eventually venturing out on his own. He has established celebrity clientele:  Chris Brown, Jake Miller, Aidan Alexander, Jr. Smith and others.

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?

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.

Backstage Beauty: Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show

Fashion Week shows are not just about the fashion trends walking down the runway, we also anxiously await to see what makeup and hair trends will take center stage next season as well. This season, we journeyed with the Glamsquad beauty team as they did makeup, hair, and nails for a select few runway shows. First up was Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show where Kelli J. Bartlett created the fresh-faced beauty looks, Giovanni Vaccaro celebrated easy hairstyles, and Christina Quercia has nails looking super elegant in a barely-there hue.

GET THE LOOK: MAKEUP

For the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 makeup, the team prepped the skin with a refreshing spray and Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum, followed by hydrating the lips with a nourishing lip balm. To add brightness, apply Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer concentrating the product under the eyes and on the center of the face. Next, neutralize the eyelid with the concealer by applying lightly with your finger. Add structure to the face by applying a cool-toned contour from the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in the hollow of the brow bone and cheekbone. Curl the lashes and create definition by bumping L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in the base without pulling through to the ends. Create a perfect ruby-stained lip by using a mixture of crushed plum and red velvet in the Bobbi Brown Lip Palette. Mix the lip colors on your hand, and then press on to the lip with your fingers for a natural look. Highlight the cheekbone with a glossy translucent highlight followed by applying Kevin Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow Blush to seal the look.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Natural Texture

Apply Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam to the roots of the hair and blowout towards the face using your hands
Next, spray Kerastase VIP Volume in Powder throughout the hair from mid-shaft to ends in order to create an airy, lived-in texture. Create a natural look by tucking some hair behind the ear with a few pieces left out around the face.
Finish with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray and Ouai Hair Oil if needed on the ends.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Braids

Create a strong center part all the way from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. Apply Ouai Hair Oil combined with French Girl Sea Spray from roots to ends. Brush the hair flat and tuck behind the ears on both sides securing with an elastic. Pull a 1-inch thick piece of hair out of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Create a three-strand braid on both sides, secure with an elastic and spray with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray.

GET THE LOOK: NAILS (not pictured)

File the nails into a natural round shape with soft edges. Next, hydrate the cuticle with oil followed by a quick hand massage using Essie ‘Many Many Mani’ lotion to soften. Apply one coat of Essie Base Coat, ‘First Base‘,  followed by two coats of Essie ‘Brides To Be’. Finish the look with Essie Topcoat, ‘Good To Go’ and quick dry drops.

What are your thoughts on the beauty looks from the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show?

Fashion Photography: Fall-Winter 2018 Fashion for Women

NYFW the Shows: Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection

After an outstanding debut last February, the now fashion week-seasoned Christian Cowan presented another spectacular collection during the fall/winter 2018 NYFW shows. To describe the collection as lively and vivid would be an understatement. The Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection was a welcome burst of fresh, colorful air during the season that usually celebrates muted and earth tones. The collection was exuberant, a bit rascallion, and delightfully exhilarating.

For the Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear Collection, he continued debut collection’s goal of bringing joy and thrilling glamour back to the runway. His show reminded us of the old days of Fashion Week; the days when it was called 7th on Sixth; the days of yesteryear when fashion week was held in Bryant Park before it went all about business and less about the fascinating fashions. Christian Cowan brought all those amazing moments back to the runway and we were ecstatic to experience and relive those days during his collection show.

The Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear collection featured vibrant colors, glittering embellishments, and effortless sex appeal which conveyed an uplifting message during the energy draining and trying times we’re currently living in. This season’s show was also the perfect time to highlight Christian Cowan’s very important collaborations – a dazzling shoe collaboration with Stuart Weitzman and a party-favor inspired accessories collection made in collaboration with CHRISHABANA Jewelry.

Highlights from the Christian Cowan for Stuart Weitzman footwear collaboration included Swarovski crystal-encrusted thigh-high boots, crystal large check booties, chic sandals with a wide ankle strap similar to a wide waist belt, and classic styles like skinny ankle strap sandals and patent leather ankle booties.

As previously stated, the Christian Cowan FW18 Womenswear collection was a much-needed breath of fresh air, color, and fun. We look forward to next season to see what else the exciting fashion designer has to offer. We’d love to hear what you think about the collection. Share your opinion in the comments.

Fashion Photography: Fall-Winter 2018 Fashion for Women

NYFW the Shows: Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear

What better time than Black History Month and New York Fashion Week to highlight an African American designer that’s quickly becoming a household name. He already has some A++ celebrity fans and has caught the eye of major retailers, and fashion publications. If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Romeo Hunte, get ready to have his name permanently etched into your memory bank. For this season, Romeo Hunte featured a very striking assortment of outerwear.  The Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection boasted shearlings, fox furs, mixed fur with patchwork, PVC, and reversible raincoats, and cropped jackets. Feast your eyes on all the melanin magic below:

With this Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection, we see a revised and an amped array of his existing signature outerwear styles being reinvented with bold details. Created for the powerful woman on the go, this collection features classic outerwear with transformable details and exquisite furs trimmings; shawls fashioned with textured materials, raincoats that are reversible and trimmed with fox fur, and sleek styles inspired by the combination of Aspen chic and luxe streetwear. This made for a stunning collection loaded with modern classic shapes that are luxurious, transitional and complimentary to any pieces in your closet.

We personally love any outerwear that has a dramatic flair, so of course, we adore almost all of the pieces from the collection. We want all the shearlings, that stunningly vivid yellow fur jacket, the super chic camel trench coast with fur poms, the transparent PVC and fur jacket, and the beguiling camel fur with a detachable bottom (swoon).

Romeo Hunte New York is a definitive luxury women’s streetwear brand. It’s a perfect balance of feminine and masculine silhouettes with intricate and surprising design details. We can’t wait to see more from this powerful and impeccable luxury outerwear brand. Popular pieces from the line include their signature buffalo check shawl, which is transformed in PVC and wool materials, is representative of the core elements of the Romeo Hunte brand.

What are your thoughts on the looks from the Romeo Hunte New York Fall Winter 2018 Womenswear collection? Any favorite coats you’d love to see in your closet?