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Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

So many things inspire our personal fashion style; whether it’s our environment, hobbies, and interests, family, or the world in general. For the Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 collection, the inspiration is a cherished loved one, a very stylish grandmother. The inspiration behind the Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 collection is her grandmother, who was a very stylish woman. Karnit was very inspired by images of her grandmother in the ’30s and combined those images with a wild west style. The result perfectly sums up the current chaotic events shows the excitement of what’s new, just like it was back then.

Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Her collections are always a mix. She tries to keep some elements that are loved and recognizable, adding to that new fabrics and colors. Her use of jacquards is exclusive and always tells a story made even more special by her research into the period style or element that interests her.

Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

“I believe what we are going through at the moment, are changes which would have happened anyway, even without covid. I keep walking the path I’ve started with, and for which I’ve left the fashion industry of big brands: Small quantities, responsible production, and partners, season-less pieces. I am a woman and I come from a line of very strong women. My grandmother was an incredible person as well as my mother, both very strong and creative. I also have two 2 sisters, 2 daughters, and friends. I’m always sensitive to their feed-backs comments and needs. It’s the contemporary femininity.” Karnit says.

Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 collection features all wearable pieces that will complement what you already have in your closet. We love the luxury Italian denim skirt with the Date tree embroidery; the hybrid 70’s/80’s-inspired Poly Blouse in eyelash viscose jacquard; the Bridge top with lightweight eyelash sleeves, a very cool take on the T-shirt; the flared Lea shirt dress in white and chambray accents.

Women's Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

All the fabrics from the Karnit Aharoni France Spring/Summer 2021 collection are 100% natural and eco-responsible from Italy or France. She goes further to eco-responsible production from France and Portugal. It’s responsibly luxury at its best.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

The first day of Spring is less than a week ago and we’re more than excited for the fashions of the new season. There are lots of trends to love. Neutrals are the new black for spring and summer; bold red is also a key color for the season; classics are, and will always, remain a hit but so will more Avant-garde details and silhouettes. One Spring/Summer 2021 collection completely embracing bolder shapes and silhouettes is the Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

For Spring/Summer 2021, Thalé Blanc designer, Deborah Sawaf, asks us to allow her to close her eyes and dream. You may be asking… “What does her dream look like?” In her fashion film, she directed for the season, we get inside the whimsical, beautiful, at times whacky world that, until this film is seen, only exists in the mind of the designer!

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

Thalé Blanc has shown on the couture schedule since its debut, (a nod to the designer’s early professional pedigree). The collection is draped on models as they frolic about their home doing chores, enjoying lunch, and doing pool work, all clad in the gloriously luxurious clothing of the season.

The beauty of the film lay in the small details that are not immediately recognizable at a quick glance, much like the details found in the garments that have become the hallmark of the Thalé Blanc collection in only its second season since launch. Sawaf’s work has an immediate impact for certain, but, like the film, there are layers to their essence. Layers of inspiration, layers of needlework, and layers of possibilities of how to wear them. The result is a collection that is rich in story and inspiration. We love the standout details, like strong shoulders, puff sleeves, cutouts, and so much more.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

As you can see, every piece in the collection is a statement piece; her collection is definitely not for the fashion faint of heart. Our favorite pieces are the range of edgy, cold-shoulder sweatshirts in the collection, adding feminity with a twist to everyone’s favorite comfort attire. We need one or all of them in our closet.

The most interesting (and multitasking look) from the Thalé Blanc SS2021 collection is a dress that features voluminous, slit sleeves, and a strong shoulder, that transforms from a mini to a maxi thanks to layers and gathers of tulle.

Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Thalê Blanc Spring/Summer 2021 collection also features her full range of handbags and jewelry, the perfect compliments to the womenswear looks.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Although we took a slight break to highlight some Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day gift ideas and delicious cocktails, it’s time to get back to fashion; back to the gorgeous shows and looks from the Paris spring/summer 2021 couture collections. Looking outside our windows at the mounds of snow, we are more than looking forward to yielding to the beauty of the warmer seasons. Today we highlight one of our favorite fashion houses and its gorgeous spring flowers-inspired couture looks. The flowers of rebirth and renewal bloom in the tropical garden of the La Métamorphose SS2021 collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 CollectionParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection features light, airy, delicate dresses in which silk, chiffon, and embroidered tulles, mingling with hand-cut petals that embellish the shoulders of the evening gowns. The color palette is exactly what you’d expect to find in a spring/summer garden. We’re mesmerized with pastel blue, nude pink, powder violet, and bursts of fuchsia and royal blue, a symbol of rebirth. Titled Fleurs de Ville (“Flowers of the City”), you can clearly see what makes the collection assuredly joyful and romantic.

LA METAMORPHOSE Paris Haute Couture Fashion WeekParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

We’re not overstating when we say we’ve looked at the 21-look haute couture collection at least four times. As we previously said, we needed to indulge in the stunning beauty of the warmer seasons to keep the cold depressing mood of the winter season at bay. The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection more than fulfilled that need.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection was made from fabrics only made in France. Designers Ewa and Margaret once again underline their attachment to France and to French fashion know-how. The final touch of the collection truly captures the awakening or the blooming of flowers. The striking flower organza wedding dress, worn in two versions, first, as a closed flower; and second, the flower opens up, thanks to a silk belt, to transform into a magnificent long, hi-low tiered dress.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The wedding dress required 100 hours of modeling and 4 weeks of assembly; petal by petal in order to give the result of a blooming flower. Each petal is glazed and strass embroidered in order to give the illusion of a white rose wet by morning dew. The shoes created especially for the collection by Ginissima use the fabrics and colors of the collection.

We continue to be in awe of these talented sisters and their exquisite design aesthetic.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Hello and welcome back to our continuous coverage of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Our next stop on this fabulous ride is the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection. This will be our first season previewing this Greek designer but we’re excited to get to know his vision and aesthetic. His collection, Blue Velvet, features every look in the woven tufted fabric; which just so happens to be the designer’s favorite material, soft and sensual but also mysterious, like his country of origin Greece.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

The Spiros Stefanoudakis woman is a Dorothy Vallens of modern times. For those not familiar, she was a character made famous by Isabella Rossellini in the 1986 film, Blue Velvet. She was a femme fatale, who although very sensuous, possessed a delicate nature.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Unlike typical spring/summer collections which typically feature a light color palette, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features dark jewel tones. The colors combine with the exuberance of summer; it features royal blue and flashy pink for the day, deep green and black for the long summer nights.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

A graphic, chic and sensual collection, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features vertiginous slits and pleats executed to perfection to highlight the feminine curves; lace inserts and strategically placed cutouts; body-skimming silhouettes that highlight but do not constrict the woman’s figure.

Founding his fashion house in 2012, without studying in the field of fashion, Spiros Stefanoudakis debuted a small collection during the “Fashion Week” of Athens. He continued to showcase eventually winning one of the top awards in March 2013 with much success to follow. He dressed several celebrities and his creations were featured on several television shows. In 2015, he launched his Atelier and his haute couture collection, offering his creativity in both women’s and men’s fashion.

We look forward to seeing more from Spiros Stefanoudakis and hope you are too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on his Blue Velvet collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

As the save the dates for the Paris haute couture shows went out, we found ourselves looking forward to one designer’s collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The last collection we highlighted left us completely enamored and wanting more. We were excited to see what breathtaking beauty was to be released onto the world by Ziad Nakad, and we are not disappointed. The astounding Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection, Birds of Love, brings to mind where we would be if the pandemic didn’t happen; the luxurious, carefree existence we basically took for granted. For us, it also took us to the time period of Shonda Rhimes’s spectacular Bridgerton series. Couldn’t you see the various Ladies, Duchesses, Countesses, and Queen Charlotte in these gorgeous gowns? Keep scrolling to see the entire spectacular collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

The Birds of Paradise of Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad landed at the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte for a collection full of colors and symbols. The collection lavishes in flying away from Beirut, bruised by recent events, longing for escape, for dreams, for travel. Ziad wanted this collection sexy and slightly frivolous, in order to regain the carefree life of yesterday; life before stay-at-home orders, the lingering permanence of forever wearing athleisurewear, and cabin fever. His astonishing dresses are majestic, transparent, and airy. We love his use of Ostrich feathers mingling with silk and lace. If one must fly away and enjoy the freedom of luxurious escape, why not do it in ostentatious fabrics.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

We enjoy that Ziad Nakad’s collections celebrate timeless beauty, sophistication, style, and elegance. We’re more than happy to escape with him and forget the tumultuous time we endured in 2020. We highly recommend taking the time to yield to the beauty of his collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

All pieces are entirely hand-embroidered in the designer’s atelier; one of the positives of the lockdown is the time it is and has given. For example, Ziad Nakad’s spectacular wedding gown required 3 months of work; or in this case, 3 months of escape.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad Wedding Dress

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

For artists, their creations are their loves. This can develop into the artist falling in love with his creation. Take for instance Pygmalion or its subsequent remakes, My Fair Lady, Mannequin, Pretty Woman, She’s All That, and so on. I’ll even throw in Rupert Burns and Galatea’s relationship in Bicentennial Man (you can’t tell us he wasn’t in love with his creation – he even named her Galatea!). They highlight how an artist can fall in love with their creations. That is the inspiration for the Farhad Re SS2021 Collection showcased during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Farhad Re’s SS2021 collection, aptly named Galatea after the sculpture Pygmalion created and fell in love with, features an array of stark white looks on a muse with skin as white as milk, just like the sculpture Galatea. Surrounded by marble sculptures and the messiness of an artist’s studio, the Farhad Re SS2021 Collection celebrated the art of carvings with his sculptural and architectural silhouettes. The presentation was truly like Pygmalion’s (in this case Farhad’s) Galatea’s sculptures came to life and were exploring his studio.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

For days and nights, in full lockdown, Farhad Re cut triple organzas of silk in a virginal whiteness. The contours appear delicately, and Pygmalion/Farhad applied himself to carving a light, sculptural, architectural silhouette. No less than 500 meters of organza were used to create the 15 dresses in this collection. Behind the opacity of the material looms the grace of the woman (his Galatea) as seen by Farhad Re.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

The purity of renewal, of freedom, of letting go – after all these months of lockdown is also found in the perfectly mastered and hand-shaped geometric shapes that form each dress. An invitation to dreamlike escape, but also to transform the lines of the silhouette like the long chiseled coat, enveloping, comforting, in which we all want to snuggle up in and escape.

Attached to the very essence of this collection is freedom through Farhad’s personal history. His mother, of Persian origin, fled her country to regain the freedom to think and dress as she sees fit. Farhad revisits the myth of pygmalion by giving wings to his Galatea to make her discover the world. It’s a tribute and real desire to share this need for the absolute; this quest for the sublime; this inclination to shape in the loved one a soul mate.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection Presentation

It’s long been said that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding grow out of tragedy. That is certainly the case with the tragic Australian bushfires. Reading about this tragedy has allowed us to get to know more about Australia as a whole and it’s people. For example, did you know there is a group of Indigenous Australian women who form the Firesticks Alliance? This group’s aim is to protect, conserve, and enhance the cultural and natural values of Australia and it’s people through cultural fire and land management practices. This female-led Alliance, and an ode to the rebirth of Australia, is the inspiration behind the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The New York-based knitwear brand continues to challenge the conventional knitwear industry with their whimsical designs and architectural dimension. Photographed on Awabakal land (home to Aboriginal Australians descended from the Awabakal tribe indigenous to the coastal area of New South Wales), the collection forces you to rethink what knitwear would be.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

For the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, new designer Zoe Champion’s first collection, she recreated some of the label’s signature silhouettes. These include their asymmetric and wave dresses, as well as their wide-leg pants. These silhouettes join new pieces and elements such as a capsule of handbags and hats made from their innovative knitwear techniques and materials.

PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Prevalent throughout the collection is an engineered flame print in various sizes representing the fire spirit. Naturally, the collection’s color palette includes flame orange, as well as Pantone Spring/Summer 2021 trend colors – Burnt Coral, Marigold, and Cerulean. Mixed in are classic hues like navy, and earth tones. Bold details include laces woven throughout pieces and tiered gatherings on dresses, sweaters, and skirts.

We love it when designers use their voices to bring attention to important issues. We look forward to seeing what Zoe Champion does during her tenure at PH5. What are your thoughts on the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection and the inspiration behind it?

 

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Now that we’ve shared the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2021, it is time to see how designers are showcasing the color trends with their collection. Our NYFW coverage begins with the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. We previously highlighted this African-American owned label’s “Black is Beautiful” T-Shirt which declares the statement in 12 languages. Today we highlight their women’s ready-to-wear collection.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Negris LeBrum staged a runway show where were models easily socially distanced. With each look hitting the runway only after the previous model left the space, Creative Director Travis Hamilton, brought forth a collection both flattering and effortless. His “Good Trouble” Collection was inspired by John Lewis and the poignant quote he made on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The conflict of unbalanced injustice can be seen throughout the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tracksuits sitting alongside dressy career options; cocktail dresses walking alongside feather-light chiffon printed sundresses speak to the contradictions that exist in this country. Wholly modern silhouettes are balanced with throwback pieces that seem plucked from the glory days of New York sportswear. We loved how he incorporated the bold colors of the ’80s & ’90s. We see bold Tomato Red paired with an eyecatching floral bearing Pantone’s sunny Illuminating, a pale Amethyst Orchid, and French Blue (reminiscent of the ’80’s Electric Blue). These colors add vibrancy to the collection, which is then tamed with classic white and Black (remember… “Noir est Joli”!), and an almost neutral Leopard that ties in the Spring/Summer 2021 core classic colors. The overall result is a mirror of society as a whole.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection boldly states “we are a nation and world of contrasts”; and that should be celebrated, not demonized.

“In so many ways, the news cycle came to Negris LeBrum this year, not the other way around,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director of Negris LeBrum. “Little did I know that my inspiration would find its way into the national news in such a major way! I set out to create a beautiful collection and pay homage to an iconic hero of mine and instead, Negris LeBrum became a fashionable version of the national headlines!”

What are your thoughts on the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection?