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American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The newly monikered American Collections Calendar Fall/Winter 2021 collections have begun. We begin our fashion week journey with an old favorite, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection; you may remember we covered their “Black is” Tees and their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Today, we highlight “The Homecoming Collection”, inspired by design director Travis Hamilton’s trip home to the Louisiana Bayou.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

For Fall Winter 2021, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection show was orchestrated in Hamilton’s current hometown of Houston, Texas. The seamless show’s location, a public park, gave it an impromptu feel. It highlighted the foundation of the collection, the days before Covid-19 when we were free to roam and safely find our way back home.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The collection was inspired by the story Travis and the Negris LeBrum collection has been telling for the last two decades. He saw this occasion as a wonderful opportunity to present his collection in his own backyard of Houston, Texas.  Staged in the ‘Gus S. & Lindall F. Wortham Park’, just off the grounds of the Houston Medical Center, the impromptu runway show took less than 90 minutes. It was a welcomed surprise to several bystanders, who like the rest of us are probably quite Covid-weary, and who marveled at the inadvertent score of “front row” seats to a NYFW runway show in the streets of Houston.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

“I wanted to bring a piece of NY Fashion Week to the South this season, as I may not get the opportunity to show outside of NYC again for some time. I really feel these times are right for my brand in so many ways. I have always worked in what I refer to as a ‘conservative sexy’ aesthetic, allowing the woman who wears my collection to define the final feeling of the ensemble,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director Negris LeBrum.  “The heart & soul of the Negris LeBrum brand is & will always be Louisiana, but my studio & current home are in Houston, so bringing the two together for Fall Winter 2021 is like a fashionable homecoming for me.”

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Grounded in Black and White for the last several seasons, the color palette for Fall/Winter 2021 continues to build upon this foundation with other colors like Deep Maroon, Old Gold, and Burnished Silver being seen in the tweeds and supporting separates. Surface details on the textiles can be seen in the knits where several cutting-edge treatments lend dimensional details to the pieces that may not be immediately visible; when these details are discovered and experienced, it gives the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection a sense of story and depth.

The one thing that stood out to us about this collection was its wearability. The pandemic has been especially hard on the workforce over many industries. As each model graced the park’s concrete runway, we couldn’t help envision the women we pass en route to work. The women we all barely take notice of as we commute to our jobs in crowded cities. We may notice them wearing a blouse, jacket, or shoes that we loved and glazed over the person. With this collection, Travis Hamilton has made us realize how much we miss seeing, and being a part of the crowd of smartly and fashionably dressed women going to and from work. With these wardrobe complementing pieces, we can all effortlessly move right back into work mode with stylish ease.

 

 

 

All Photos courtesy of Bob Levey/Getty Images for Negris LeBrum
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: 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.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Thanks to the pandemic, holiday parties are on the back burner. This means showing off your most festive holiday attire is limited to whoever you’re at home with, via Zoom family gatherings, and social media. But how do you stand out with a sea of others posing in their holiday finery “for the gram”? You slay in a standout Shinesty holiday outfit, of course. Or you can give the gift of these hottest holiday attire to loved ones who love to shine during the holiday season.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you’re having a family get-together, a holiday celebration for two, or enjoying the holidays solo, you can win the holidays with the hottest festive attire for whatever your Covid Christmas plans entail. In Shinesty holiday-themed apparel, you’ll win “best holiday look” every time. We’re not talking ugly Christmas sweaters (although, they do have those too), we’re talking sophisticated holiday fashion, with a festive edge. We’re talking matching suits, their infamous pajama overalls (Pajamaralls for short and possibly the greatest fashion invention EVER! – see below), pajamas, dresses and jumpsuits, and even underwear.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Santa’s not the only one that should get to enjoy looking good this Christmas. Wow everyone in a Shinesty Candy Cane Print Christmas Suit or Dress; a Leg Lamp Christmas Suit, Dress, or Jumpsuit from the infamous movie, A Christmas Story. Other Christmas prints include a Gingerbread Cookie, 50 Shades of Santa (an all-over Santa Claus print), Deck Yourselves (an all-over holly print), the classic red plaid, Christmas Tree Print, Knit Print (see below), and so much more.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you rock a full holiday-themed outfit (as shown above); Pajamaralls (which, btw, comes with a built-in beer opener); or pair a festive blazer with jeans as below, you’ll be the talk of your holiday get-together. Whether that get-together is in person or virtually.

Shinesty Women's Blazers

So while Covid-19 might put a damper on the holiday this year, it can’t stop the merriment. Show this pandemic that there is no half-assing your holiday celebrations this year by going full-on “Christmas fashion mode”. Let the joyous holiday fashions from Shinesty help you win the Christmas season. Shop these holiday fashion look at www.shinesty.com.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

People love the fall and for the more fashion-conscious of us, that loves stems out of the opportunity to break out our autumnal wardrobe. The temperatures have finally dropped enough to wear all of your cozy sweaters, sturdy boots, and sleek scarves. Now you can pair them to match your personal appearance, whether that includes signature hairstyle and makeup or tattoos and piercings, which 76% of survey respondents believe hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired but can seriously improve your style game. If you’re looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe to make your appearance exactly what you want it to be, try turning to bold African prints this year.

Specifically, try out the colorful African wax prints from Elisamama. Elisamama is a black-owned business that has a beautiful collection of prints for women and children. The pieces are made of high-quality materials and feature bright, eye-catching designs.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

When you buy from Elisamama, you’ll know that you’re supporting local artisans in Nigeria. All of the collections are sourced from and handmade by Nigerian artisans. This helps provide jobs and skills training for people in a part of the world that is too-widely struck by poverty. Ever since launching her business in 2018, Elisamama’s founder Fisayo Che knew that she wanted to help the people of Nigeria find a path out of poverty. By keeping to this business practice, Che has been able to honor her Nigerian roots with the bold colors of the collection while making a tangible difference in the country. Che is also a mother of three, giving her the necessary ability and knowledge to make clothes that kids will love.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The clothing at Elisamama is wide-ranging, with girls’ jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts as well as boys’ shirts. They even have a mommy and me collection with matching pieces. If you’re a single mother who is a parent to one of the children who spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent after a divorce, getting a matching mommy and me set could be a great way to celebrate your special bond. The collection is perfect for photo ops and would make for a great, unified picture for your holiday card this year.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The pieces in the collections at Elisamama are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re just lounging around the house or are attending a socially-distanced wedding. Even if you’re just jumping on a Zoom call to celebrate your loved ones getting married, the median age of which has risen to 27 for men and 26 for women, you and your family can throw on your bold prints from Elisamama to show your enthusiasm for the union. Whatever the purpose is, wearing Elisamama will ensure that you’re comfortable and content.

Check out Elisamama today to find your new favorite prints and to help provide local artisans in Nigeria with a pathway towards economic empowerment. Every purchase makes a difference and you’ll get one step closer to looking like the fall fashionista you are.

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?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High-Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

If there is one thing this pandemic has done, it has humbled all our bank accounts; and that’s putting it mildly. Many of us have been left with finding new ways to make money. Money we need to pay things like rent, bills, and shopping for groceries. It seems almost indecent to think about things like shopping for clothes but we’ve found that treating yourself helps to alleviate stress. For those who think treating yourself to a cute new outfit is completely out of your budget, we’ve got the answer – Anna-Kaci!

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

The high-quality fashion brand boasts just the affordable styles you’re looking for. Offering boho favorites, cozy everyday must-haves, and glam looks for a special occasion, Anna-Kaci will have you looking great for your Zoom meetings, virtual dates, and everything in between. Stylish looks at an affordable price? What more can you ask for?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

As we transition from summer to fall, there are lots of must-haves to procure from Anna-Kaci; the best part, they’re all exclusively available on Amazon. Don’t just take our word, check out their hundreds of 5-star Amazon reviews. Our favorite pieces are, of course, the ones who stand out. We adore the below Vintage Wash Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib in the Floral Print. Who says the classic overall have to be basic! They’re available in nine colors (traditional hues are available for those who prefer a more classic look) for only $39.99 – $45.99. We will definitely be rocking ours soon.

Vintage Wash Floral Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib

These classic denim overalls boast a medium weight, long/slim straight leg, and a washed and worn look. We subscribe to the belief that florals can be worn year-round. We love and think dark florals are perfect for the fall season. Another huge must-have for us are their sequin pieces.

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sequins, the answer is always yes. Whether you want to wear a little or a lot, nothing ups your style profile like some sparkle. For some night-out sequins or daytime sparkle, try the Confetti Sequin Balloon Long Sleeve Mock Neck Pullover Sweatshirt, $29.99 – we’re completely obsessed; the Shimmer Sequins Club Spaghetti Strap Camisole Vest Tank Top, $18.99 – $29.99, grab one or all of the available six colors; or the Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sexy Sequin Top Blouse, $24.99 – $29.99, available in eight lovely sparkling colors. There’s a great collection of sequin options to gush over. We guarantee you won’t de disappointed with the Anna-Kaci sequin offerings. If you’re looking forward to the oncoming sweater weather, Anna-Kaci has the fall styles you need as well.

Fall Sweater Styles

From cardigans to chunky pullovers, hooded sweaters, and on-trend outerwear, look no further than this affordable fashion brand to style you up. We love the layered look (a classic for fall), so their cardigans and dusters make ideal wardrobe additions. Go bold in sweaters with thin or thick stripes. Take a little of that homey feeling with you in a cozy hoodie or hooded dress. At these affordable prices, you just can’t go wrong.

We invite you to check out all of Anna-Kaci’s budget-friendly offerings. You will see how reasonably you too can treat yourself. We hope you fall in love with their wonderful pieces and share your favorites. Happy Shopping!