Runa Ray Showed New York City That Sustainability Can Be Beautiful During New York Fashion Week

Not just a fashion designer, but a designer that uses her fashion to make a statement, Runa Ray showed New York City that sustainability can be beautiful with her Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week. “Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said Runa Ray.

Runa Ray was Born of Indian heritage and did her schooling in Bangalore, a city in the south of India.  After completing her studies at the Fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (India) and receiving the Best Design award for her final collection, Runa Ray moved to Paris to pursue her masters in Garment engineering under the Paris Chamber of Commerce at the Ecole Superieure des Industries du Vetements.

During her time in Paris she learned the fine art of Haute Couture while working with some of the most notable designers in Amsterdam and France, like John Galliano and the House of Dior, and decided to fuse it with her knowledge of ready to wear.

Her Spring Summer 2018 runway collection, named Imagine, opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail.  The collection displayed a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses, jumpsuits, to separates, and menswear.

Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress scripted with Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality made quite an impression with the audienceNotable attendees included wrestler Tami Roman of Basketball Wives, WWE star Danielle Moinet, actress Maria Cotto, Diandra Barnwell of So Cosmo, and Az Marie from Empire.

Runa Ray founded MOJO Design Studios with its manufacturing based in India in 2012. Soon to follow were retail expansions of Mojo a RTW line in Southeast Asia with its head office based in Singapore and Mojo Designs International with its office in London for Europe.

Catherine Njoo presented her New York Fashion Week Collection during NYFW FIRST STAGE : Indonesian Diversity

Native to the Indonesian island of Bali, characterized by intricate finger movements, expressive gestures, facial expressions, and impressive complicated footwork,  Legong, enacts traditional stories through a refined dance.

Finding inspiration from this dance, Indonesian Fashion Designer Catherine Njoo, presented her New York Fashion Week collection  Legong  during NYFW: First Stage. Catherine Njoo’s namesake label was established in 2013, the label is a couture and ready to wear fashion label based in Indonesia. Her collections combined traditional Indonesian fabrics with modern style.

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NYFW: First Stage is the newest fashion platform for  international designers to showcase their designs during New York Fashion Week. The shows ran from September 7 to 11 at The Gallery at the Dream Downtown hotel.


Spring has sprung during New York Fashion with Leanne Marshall Spring 2018 Collection

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The melancholy sense of the transient beauty of  the colors of spring is what fashion designer Leanne Marshall brought to life on the runway  yesterday in New York City during New York Fashion Week.

The vibrant colors  brought an ethereal feel to the runway, while the darker colors gave a sense of excitement of transitioning.   Adding an edgy feel to the collection,  bold patterns, ruffles, and asymmetrical shapes also dominated the runway. Almost like a slow metamorphosis, the collection gave a sense of rebirth when soft delicate silks and vibrant colors like yellow, teal, orange, fuchsia, and pink, emerged out of the darkness of the darker hues in a goddess like fashion.

Marshall is no stranger when it comes to creating timeless sophisticated gowns with a strong sense of femininity. She was the winner of season 5 of the reality show Project Runway and just like on the show Project Runway, Marshall is now keeping us all on the edge of our seats during New York Fashion Week, begging for more.


New York Fashion Week went to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang’s Spring 2018 fashion show

A #wangfest party bus, a remote street in Brooklyn, screaming fans, celebrity sightings, and surveillance cameras. Sounds like a scene from a movie, but these were the sights and sounds leading up to Fashion Designer Alexander Wang taking over Brooklyn for New York Fashion Week.

The street was transformed into Wang’s private runway outside under the night sky of New York.  Some where between a typical New Year’s Eve night and a regular Saturday nigh out in New York City, the 32 piece collection, like the show, made a statement that we were all here to party.

And with a sexy cool girl vibe, if sexy ever left, Wang definitely brought it back by combining various textures and pieces to give more of a disheveled sexy look. While  the little black dress, leather pants, and the over-size sweater paired with fish net stockings, gave us the signature party looks we all know and love.  Some models wore New Year’s Eve style crowns that read Party Animal and Wangover, which completed the party look and vibe of the entire collection.


Manaola Yap and Hawaii takes over Manhattan during New York Fashion Week

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After founding his own company two years ago, Manaola Yap just completed his first history making runway show. Hawaiian Fashion Designer Manaola Yap showcased an entire exclusive runway collection during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in collaboration of Oxford Fashion Studio in New York City, making this a first for a native of Hawaii.

Dominated by the commanding presence of black, the allure of luxurious gold, and bold prints, the collection brought the indigenous culture of Hawaii to life for a global audience with a high energy presentation of luxury.

The presentation included traditional Kakua Pa’u (a dressing ceremony) and other traditional Hawaiian protocol.  Through self-discovery and drawing from the inspiration of nature and the knowledge his mother bestowed upon him, Yap is a self-taught fashion designer.  Born in the majestic Kohala region on the northwest side of Hawaii island, Yap learned the technique and art of costume creation and styling from his mother.

Although Yap is the first native from Hawaii to showcase an entire collection during New York Fashion Week he is not the first native of Hawaii to appear at New York Fashion Week.  Ari South and Kini Zamora both presented pieces as part of the reality TV show Project Runway.

Desigual UNexpected SS18 Show: New York Fashion Week

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Every once in a while you come across a runway show during New York Fashion Week that is so electrifying, creative, and unforgettable that words can’t possible do it justice.

Desigual UNexpected SS18 Show directed by Jean-Paul Goude and choreograph by Ryan Heffington with music by Sam Spiegel is such a show.


Tom Ford: New York Fashion Week S/S18

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The 7th of September  might be the date on the official New York Fashion Week Calendar  for the start of New York Fashion Week, but Tom Ford had other plans.  Wednesday night Tom Fords reminded the world that he still owns the New York Fashion Week runway by transforming the Park Avenue Armory into the who’s who of celebrities.

Ford officially kicked off New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 with his Spring/Summer 2018 women’s collection runway show.  The event also marked his return to the New York City runway.  Fords debuted a collection reminiscent of the 80s with bold colors, blazer jackets, pointed toe shoes, and  mini dresses.  The weather might have been rainy and gloomy last night in New York City but Ford managed to bring out all the stars.

View the full fashion show below: