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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?

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Shows Hottest Shades for Spring/Summer 2021

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Shows Hottest Shades for S/S 2021

Every year the fashion and design industry eagerly awaits the announcement of what colors are the trendiest. These trends are both a reflection of the current state of fashion as well as a guidepost for what will make designers and brands successful in the coming months. These reflections and guideposts come from the Pantone Color Institute, which is regarded as the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries.

Officially known as the Pantone® Fashion Color Trend Report Spring/Summer 2021 edition for New York Fashion Week, the report includes the top ten standout colors and five core classics that the experts expect to see in upcoming collections.

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Shows Hottest Shades for Spring/Summer 2021

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According to the experts from the Pantone Color Institute, the colors for Spring/Summer 2021 represent a range of hues that transcends seasons and encourages more freedom of choice. This year’s color trends are supposed to be flexible enough and inventive enough to adapt to society’s newer, more fragmented lifestyle. The experts wanted colors that are based in nature but that could work year-round. As the world is moving at a slightly slower pace, the colors for Spring/Summer 2021 have both a level of relaxation and comfort as well as energetic sparks that uplift your mood.

While this color trend report was specifically released for New York Fashion Week, all types of design sectors take their cues from the report. Interior design trends often follow the color trends from Pantone reports, influencing the 1.57 billion gallons of paint that are sold in the United States every year. The color choices for furniture, decor, and home siding can also seek guidance from these reports, making their significance reach farther than just what’s walking down the runway.

So without further ado, here are the 10 standout shades for the Spring/Summer 2021 New York Fashion Week:

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Shows Hottest Shades for Spring/Summer 2021

  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean: This blue shade evokes the color of the sky on a cloudless day.
  • PANTONE 14-1050 Marigold: Based in a comforting golden orange, the marigold is infused with yellow to bring warmth to the palette.
  • PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating: This is a brighter yellow that conveys the optimism and joyfulness of a sunny day.
  • PANTONE 18-1248 Rust: A departure from a standard spring palette, this is an earth-inspired brown that is more closely related to autumn leaves.
  • PANTONE 13-0117 Green Ash: A soothing green that will make you feel calm and cool.
  • PANTONE 18-4140 French Blue: This blue feels like a spring day in Paris that inspires creativity and joy.
  • PANTONE 16-5938 Mint: As the name implies, this color brings a minty freshness to the palette to uplift the spirits.
  • PANTONE 18-2043 Raspberry Sorbet: Venturing into the reds and pinks, this raspberry sorbet adds a tantalizing tartness.
  • PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid: This purple shade is reminiscent of spring florals and is unique amongst the rest of the report.
  • PANTONE 16-1529 Burnt Coral: Another springtime classic, this pinky shade brings liveliness and conviviality to the palette.

As mentioned before, the report also includes five core classics for Spring/Summer 2021. These shades go beyond the seasons, giving more freedom of choice and flexibility:

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Shows Hottest Shades for Spring/Summer 2021

  • PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray: A hue necessary for any time of year, this reliable gray encourages composure in the face of uncertainty.
  • PANTONE 19-4016 Inkwell: This blackened blue is deep and intense, giving the palette a solid ground to stand upon.
  • PANTONE 14-1127 Desert Mist: On the lighter end of the spectrum, this shade is reminiscent of powdery sands.
  • PANTONE 11-0110 Buttercream: A classic for any time of year, this off-white hue is easy and effortless.
  • PANTONE 16-0632 Willow: Just like the tree, this shade of green provides both protection and performance.

All together, these hues make up a color report that can inspire people as well as give them a sense of assurance and stability. These colors can lend a creative spark to fashion designers or encourage a homeowner to throw out old paint cans, which only last three to five years in proper storage, and find the same comfort in trendy yet familiar shades. This color report will even serve as a color reference throughout the Spring/Summer 2021 season for fashion retailers, reporters, and enthusiasts.

The colors in this report were all chosen from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, which is the most widely recognized and used system of color standards for textile, fashion, interior, and home design. Whether you’re doing a little maintenance on a home built within the last five to 10 years or you’re revitalizing the interior of a 20-year old home, the Pantone Color Trend Report is the go-to guide. Now that you know the report, all that’s left to do is get in touch with your marigolds and ceruleans so that you stay ahead of the trends.

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!

 

Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

Negris Lebrum “Black is” Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

.Although it may not seem that way to some, Black skin is indeed beautiful. It must be celebrated, honored, and revered every day. What better than a Black fashion label to help do just that! We’re happy to highlight Negris Lebrum, a Houston based fashion brand born from an inspirational love story that began during the 1940s, between a young beautiful French Creole woman and a handsome Black man whose love was forbidden by societal standards. The inspired collection is named for this muse, Ms. Negris Lebrum.

What started out as a small collection of 12 screen-printed t-shirts 11 yrs ago, has grown into a high-end fashion house; no surprise since Fashion Designer Travis Hamilton was inspired by this chic French woman. But today we’re highlighting Mr. Hamilton’s revisit of one of his very first t-shirts paying homage to Ms. Negris Lebrum, the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. The French phrase translates to “Black is beautiful”, very apt in light of the current Black plight and struggle.

Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

While she was light enough to pass, Negris Lebrum chose to live her life as a proud Black woman. She fell in love with and married a darker-skinned man; in doing so, she was ostracized and forced out of her community for marrying him instead of passing for white. Hence the creation of the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. In light of the recent movements, Mr. Hamilton went back in his archive and updated this “vintage” t-shirt with 12 languages instead of the original 5.  His “LE NOIR EST JOLI” message is now beautifully translated into English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Ibo, German, and Japanese; making it a global tee.

“I originally made these t-shirts as a tribute to this intriguing woman’s incredible story. Today, in the environment in which we are currently living, the messages of pride in one’s self from years ago communicate a loud message of the importance of inclusion,” says Travis Hamilton. “This message of inclusion & pride in one’s self & seeing others through nonexclusionary eyes is every bit as powerful today as it was back in ‘the day’.”

We see the world come together in support of Black lives. We see multiple countries condemn police brutality towards Black people. This shows the unified message on the Negris Lebrum “Black is Beautiful” tee is one that the world would proudly wear.

The newly released 12 language version of the t-shirt is available for $55.00 on the www.negrislebrum.com in Women’s and Men’s sizes. The super-soft, 100% combed cotton tees are available in black or charcoal gray.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

As the saying goes, classics never go out of style; so you can never go wrong with the classic looks from the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection which debuted during Paris Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear shows have been a wonderful escape from the pandemic turmoil. Staying at home has finally given us the chance to revisit the shows we missed, like Slovak brand, Nehera. Every piece from this collection will be a much-welcomed addition in complimenting your wardrobe.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

When you hear someone say ready-to-wear, Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is what they mean. Ever look will easily walk right off the runway and into the typical life of any woman. The artisanal fashion label, known for their elegant and timeless designs, their collection featured dresses, coats, knitwear, blouses and bottoms that will live long in wardrobe rotation.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

The main focus of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is comfort, classic silhouettes that you’ll own forever, and a color palette that will seamlessly take you from season to season. We love the never-ending parade of beiges, blacks, blues, greys, whites, browns, as well as the pops of bold colors thrown in.

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These complementary colors are found in natural fibers, such as silks, cotton, wools, leathers; and in synthetics like plastic, viscose, nylon, and jersey. Along with local craftsmen, every fiber is carefully reviewed to match the most rigorous sustainability benchmark. The Nehera culture champions spontaneity, vitality, and sustainability, while the creations feel grounded and unassuming.

We were entranced by the first look, an oversized wool coat, we’d love to greet the Fall New York weather in worn over a beige and brown tartan wool jumpsuit. Our love continued on with several other pieces, including a patchwork shearling coat worn over an ivory jacket and dress; an oversized soft grey wool coat; chunky knitwear, and cool prints.

A completely wearable collection from start to finish. Since we’ve declared our love of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection, we’d love to hear what you think. Any favorite looks or pieces from this wonderful collection? We’d love to see your comments.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Thanks to the global pandemic, we’ve had some difficulty following a calendar. Something I’m sure you all are experiencing. For instance, it seems we’ve missed the Paris FW 2020 RTW collections. Thankfully we can fix this by highlighting some of Paris Fashion Week’s collections, like the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection. You may remember we highlighted her SS2020 RTW Collection last September. For this season, she is trying some new things, let’s get acquainted.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

The inspiration behind the Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection is not at all what you’d expect but maybe looking at the photos will give you a hint. Alianna’s collection was inspired by Tetris, a game every 80’s kid knows very well. It is one of the most iconic and best-selling games ever! Like most adults, Alianna played Tetris as a child and was inspired by the graphics of the addictive puzzle game. You may notice some of her looks feature the “Tetriminos” symbol and some of her prints are inspired by the blocks; checks and stripes also play a big part in this collection.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Alianna Liu FW 2020 Collection

Along with channeling her childhood, Alianna also changed from her usual classic aesthetic and opted for a more modern looking terms of volume. A quick comparison to her last collection and you’ll notice the change. Her collection of more voluminous jackets, capes, dresses, pants, and skirts graced the runway in a mix of cotton, leather, wool, and a few synthetic fabrics. Her color palette included classic fall colors such as black, beige, brown, bronze, green, and blue, as well as some bolder hues, such as gold, silver, purple, red, and pink.

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We’d loved to see what Alianna Liu’s following up to this collection will be. With our current situation, we look forward to whatever bit of joy inspires her SS 2021 RTW collection. Now you fellow Tetris fans, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this collection. Feel free to leave your comments below.

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Quarantine, but make it fashion.

Although that might have been a phrase uttered in ironic social media posts, the reality is that the fashion industry has experienced major disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, fashion is ever-evolving — and often as a result of social and global change — so it makes sense that some brands are able to roll with the punches and address emerging consumer demands. Let’s take a look at some of the ways the fashion industry has been impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Pandemic Panache: How COVID-19 is Changing the Fashion Industry

Fashion Industry Outlook

Around 50% of small businesses survive for five years or more — and independent designers and even small-but-well-known brands are having a tough time due to COVID-19. While brands owned by luxury conglomerates are weathering the storm just fine (and some have even seen revenue increases since the onset of the pandemic), even high-end independent brands like Tiffany and Co., Mulberry, and Salvatore Ferragamo have endured massive layoffs and multi-million dollar losses. Not surprisingly, most consumers aren’t in a position to drop a ton of cash on a brand name bag or an expensive necklace right now.

It’s also important to note that the global supply chain for brands has seen major upsets, especially when it comes to fast fashion. Brands aren’t able to deliver low-cost products quickly, as their suppliers have often been cut off due to the virus. As a result, many stores (like Zara) have shut location doors permanently and others (like H and M) have offered massive mid-season sales to make up for the loss in revenue. Even Anna Wintour of Vogue has hinted that the pandemic could spell the end of the road for fast fashion.

Fashionable Face Masks

Still, creativity continues to thrive — and necessity is the mother of invention, as is evidenced by the many designers who have switched gears from couture dresses to face coverings. From Eva Franco and Alice + Olivia to independent Etsy shops, brands have been making — and selling out — face masks for months. Even major corporations like Disney and sports organizations have gotten into the game. Now that the CDC agrees that mask-wearing is essential for all persons over the age of two, consumers are eager to get their hands on reusable fabric masks that can protect them in public spaces. Despite the fact that 93% of kids have seen a doctor within the last year, both children and adults want to do what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. That means there’s a major market for face coverings. And while no one is making a substantial income from these masks (as the unwritten rule is to cover only the cost of materials and minimal labor), it’s a way for brands to stay in the public eye, keep employees busy, and provide a much-needed product to the masses.

Work-From-Home Style

In-person fashion shows, like so many events, have gone digital. The combination of travel restrictions and social distancing requirements makes strutting down the catwalk or sitting in the front row next to impossible. And while some people are looking for a bit of escapism, many others just want to be comfortable.

Around 60% of millennials say that improved technology will make the need for face-to-face conversations obsolete — and we’ve seen that put to the test throughout the pandemic. Although it may have been surprising to some, the fact is that business meetings and social get-togethers can take place to great effect via video chat.

As a result, much of the workforce is being productive from their living rooms. While they might be inclined to wear a nice shirt or blouse on top, many of these employees are wearing sweatpants or loungewear on the bottom. And those who have been laid off and have nowhere to go are also opting for ultimate comfort. Sales of pajamas increased by 143% in April, while purchases of pants, bras, and jackets dropped by percentage points in the double digits. And although Crocs saw some major sales thanks to the pandemic and many athletic footwear companies have seen some successes, overall shoe sales were down in Q1 of 2020.

That said, these trends might reverse as states start to reopen. When China finally reopened, one Hermes store had its biggest sales day in history because consumers were so eager to get back to other shopping habits. Still, some are saying that transitioning from comfy clothes to restrictive workwear might not be easy, particularly because weight gain has proven common during the quarantine. Online secondhand clothing sales, especially those on platforms like Poshmark and Mercari, have been fruitful throughout the pandemic — but once retailers and thrift stores start to reopen, it’s possible that those sales might start to dip.

But what might happen over the next couple of months is still a bit of an unknown, especially as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in areas that have already reopened. We might well have to brace for a second wave, which could cause us to revert to our pandemic habits — but brands might be better prepared for that possibility now that they can more accurately predict consumer behavior.