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.


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.


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


NYFW the Shows: The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections

As we’ve stated numerous times, we’re always on the lookout for the future of fashion. The next generation of fashion designers whose designs captivate you into wanting to know everything about them. We were introduced to several of these talented designers at the NYFW showing of the The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections. Nine womenswear designers from various Art Institutes locations showcased their collections during fashion week. These nine student designers included Adrian Escoto, Bianca Zidik, Melody Hernandez, Julissa Arrington, Devon Pezzano, Mimmy Begazo, Rene Mejia, Esther Ashiru, and Maria D’Ocon. Let’s get to know their stunning looks from The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections show.

Adrian Escoto


A student at the NYC At Institute, the fashion capital native showcased a collection based on the rugged past of the NYC streets fused with the modern chicness of the future. The six look assortment exudes a unique, edgy, and playful “devil may care” vibe. Denim patchwork in combinations of blues, blue, gray, and whites, etc gave eye-catching detail to this casual chic collection.

Bianca Zidik


The fun and colorful past and fashion legend Betsey Johnson inspired this fashion-forward collection from Chicago fashion student Bianca Zidik. Her bold and pink-heavy collection are based upon her fashion philosophies: fun, funky, and free spirited, and we adore it. We love her used of using circles as patchwork and of course her bold choice of colors.

Melody Hernandez


Oil is not the only hidden treasure in Texas. Dallas student Melody Hernandez premiered a stunningly chic collection that would make any fashion-loving socialite swoon. Her collection featured innovation textile juxtaposition and we love how she utilized sporty materials and made them into a collection of sophisticated silhouettes.

Julissa Arrington


We love the slightly off-white collection from San Francisco student Julissa Arrington. Many of the pieces took us back to 1996 when singing group TLC rocked innovative all-white looks for the Grammys. We love the elongated suspenders and various strap details, hardware details, and the combination of linen, silk, and gauze. Julissa’s collection is drawn upon a time, a place and unconventional beauty. Each piece was contrived with an unbridled imagination evolving into a dramatic story and unfolding into a detailed minimalistic silhouette.

Devon Pezzano


Philly native Devon Pezzano wowed us with her use of the striking color of red, and bubble shapes. her collection had a wonderful fluidity to it, a great feat for the mostly neoprene collection….mesh neoprene to be precise. Our favorite was the Red neoprene 3/4 sleeve dress with pockets. Such an impactful silhouette and definitely an attention getter.

Mimmy Begazo


Miami student designer Mimmy Begazo’s collection, named “Destination Beyond” is as avant-garde as it is plausible. Inspired by the thought of having to block harmful waves from our electronic devices from entering our bodies, Mimmy has created this collection of innovative fashions we may very well be wearing  one day. The looks offer a contrasting use of cowhide hair foiled in silver (an ode to natural primitive body shielding) combined with the advancement of fabrics and technology we have today. Innovative but easy to wear, “Destination beyond” is meant to showcase how fashion can adapt and merge with our needs for the future.

Rene Mejia


The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale student Rene Mejia presented a collection featuring a continuous flow of elegance, clean lines, classic elements and silhouettes, and sophistication and grace that represent beauty and his extreme dedication of his artistic eye. The white and gray collection of gowns (and one swoon worthy pantsuit) in satin and tulle celebrated simple refinement.

Esther Ashiru


Taking our breath away was the bewitching collection from The Art Institute of Vancouver student, Esther Ashiru. Years of experimenting with styles, fabrics, colors and textures, topped with a skillful eye helped create the stunning “Paris Bound” collection seen above. In this collection (our absolute favorite), Esther gifts us with an accolade of enchanting looks sashaying down the runway in fine cascading fabrics with detailed lace and silk organza that create an ensemble of illustrious couture gowns with a glamorous red carpet appeal.

Maria D’Ocon


Last, but certainly not least is the collection from other Miami student, Maria D’Ocon. No doubt heavily influenced by her time at Barcelona bridal house Pronovias, her “Destination” collection was inspired by the architectural influence of Spain’s cosmopolitan cities along with the beauty of the rugged Spanish countryside, all of which were sewn together using refined couture techniques. We expect modern and fashion-forward brides-to-be will be flocking to Maria very soon.

These are the collections from The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections? What do you think of these wonderful womenswear designers? Are there any favorite looks or designers you’d like to see more from? Share your thoughts about The Art Institutes Spring 2017 Collections in the comments.




NYFW the Shows: Nicholas K Spring 2017 Collection

Forget survival of the fittest, it was survival of the most fashionable at the Nicholas K Spring 2017 Show during NYFW the Shows. Inspired by the Middle East desert-based 2015 movie Theeb, the Nicholas K Spring 2017 Collection captivated its audience with a collection and color palette that perfectly captured the stunning cinematography of the adventurous film.

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The collection, titled “Wadi Rum”, so named for the valley that cuts into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan and  the route of the movie’s characters, pays tribute to the untouched and steadfast location, also known as The Valley of the Moon.*Some of you may recognize this famed location in other movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Prometheus, and most recently, The Martian. The valley’s sustainability is the source of inspiration and design for the brother-sister design duo behind the chic women’s fashion label. The Nicholas K Spring 2017 Collection boasts artisan woven fabrics, organic cotton, vegetable-dyed leather, and alpaca construct layered pieces that shape and manipulate the proportions of varied silhouettes.

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Varied shades of nudes, with a pop of silver here and there, permeated the Nicholas K Spring 2017 Collection. Everything from the dusty color palette to the oversized desert hats, and Military-inspired, tactical waist packs, added to the adventurous allure of the stunning collection. With the way the heat and humidity have been treating us, the looks from the Nicholas K Spring 2017 Collection would be worn quite comfortably in today’s scorching temperatures (hello see now, buy now fashionistas). We loved every single piece and it’s no question, the items will fly off store hangers as soon as they are placed on the racks. Bravo to brother and sister team, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz, the collection is gorgeous and we can’t help but wonder if somewhere, Kanye West is thinking “so that’s how you do fashion”. Hungry for more? See the models walk the show’s finale in the video below:

Love the collection as much as we do? Tell us your thoughts? What are your favorite looks?




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