Relive the moment when Donatella Versace transports the world to Versacepolis, a Utopian settlement created on a seabed, as she presents her Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.
More than 50 years later, Anne Klein’s famous words are still inspiring women. “Clothes won’t change the world. The women who wear them will.” Serving women around the world with classic American style, the iconic fashion brand Anne Klein was founded in 1968 and returned to New York Fashion Week last week presenting a timely and timeless video on CFDA’s Runway360 platform and simultaneously on IMG’s NYFW.com. The presentation highlighted the heritage of the Anne Klein brand, narrated by actor, activist, and humanitarian, Ilfenesh Hadera.
Anne Klein’s legacy of not only purposefully styling designs, but her trailblazing spirit and vision of empowerment are more relevant than ever. Her Granddaughter, Jesse Gre Rubinstein, who now serves as the brand’s Ambassador, opened the presentation to share her Grandmother’s enduring imprint. The See It Now, Buy It Now Collection is shown in the five-plus minute video introduced editors and consumers alike to a Fall 2020 capsule collection with bold prints and styles at accessible price points.
The Fall 2020 collection tells the story of the Modern Anne Klein Woman. The collection look book on the CFDA site is entirely shoppable and links directly to the new AnneKlein.com ecommerce website. Starting October 1st, AnneKlein.com will also highlight Anne Klein’s partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), in tribute to the brand’s late founder. Anne Klein unfortunately passed due to breast cancer in 1974. This collection is a celebration of her life, vision, and to power important science forward.
Bombay born, Italian and L.A. trained (FIDM) designer, Deborah Sawaf, has taken her pro-woman stance and has made a statement with her fine accessories company Thale Blanc and her ready-to-wear collection Thale Blanc Statement this week during New York Fashion Week. Known for her handbags, leather goods and jewelry, Deborah Sawaf has taken her company to new heights by adding ready-to-wear designer to her resume.
New York Fashion Week marked the designer’s first showing of her debut collection and the first time her sportswear collection has been presented to the press and media. The collection’s label “Statements” was inspired by Sawaf’s belief that “every woman is a statement by her very being & what better way to pay tribute to women than by having my collection be a part of my customers’ everyday personal statement.” Sawaf’s couturier touches which are synonymous with her Thalé Blanc handbag collection were evident throughout the collection of dresses, coats, tops, skirts, pants and vests.
Finding inspirations from the 1920’s to French Renaissance, and Baroque, as well as from exotic lands with rich histories of textile and ornamentation Thale Blanc brand now caters to every mood of a woman from head to toe while still allowing the Thale Blanc woman to feel empowered. Thoughtful detailing like quilted panels along with logo and verbiage printed taping provided sporty edginess that married flawlessly with higher end touches like the most luxurious fabrications in the market today and whimsical plays on proportion that are more commonly seen in the efforts of her avant garde European counterparts.
The collection also seized the moment to embrace the ‘see now buy now’ trend that has been gaining momentum of late. Almost the entire collection is available on-line at www.ThaleBlanc.com either available immediately or as a pre-order with only a 5 week wait from order to delivery. Sawaf’s decision to show in NYFW during the first ever all virtual show week, are clear indicators that there is a new life at Thalé Blanc and it emanates from the sketch pad of the creator herself.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessory collections, at Dior, enlisted Italian director Matteo Garrone to produce a short film titled “The Dior Myth,” to introduce her Fall-Winter 2020 haute couture collection this season.
The current economic climate has brought forth uncertainty for designers. With the halt in productions and dramatic declines in sales, Harlem’s Fashion Row decided to take action and assist designers of color through these unprecedented times.
On May 30, 2020, at 2:00 PM (est), Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) will launch a new non-profit, ICON 360, in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. In an effort to raise funds for designers of color, the influential arts and entertainment organization will host a ‘Virtual Fundraiser’ with special fashion industry guests, to celebrate and support designers who apply for the ICON 360 grant.
The nonprofit program would provide forgivable relief to designers of color who are pivoting their businesses during this pandemic and need funding to scale. The mission is to dedicate 100% of ticket sales to the new non-profit, ICON 360, providing a safety net for designers of today and the future.
The “Virtual Fundraiser” Event will be HFR’s first philanthropic endeavor and is supported by Nike, Gap Inc., Shea Moisture, and Diageo. The day will be filled with panel discussions such as:
International Impact in Fashion with guest panelist Tamu McPhearson and Karen Blanchard.
Teen VOGUE’s Editor in Chief, Lindsey Peoples Wagner will discuss Gen Z and Millennial Response to the COVID 19 Crisis.
Christopher John Rogers the winner of the Vogue CFDA Fashion Fund will be in conversation with celebrity stylists Wayman + Michah.
Playing to Win with Liliahn Majeed, Senior Vice President Diversity & Inclusion of the NBA
Kesha McLeod, celebrity stylists for top athletes such as Serena Williams will be in conversation with Rich Fresh who’s bespoke pieces are often seen on celebrities such as Lena Waithe.
Lastly, words of wisdom will be given by the esteemed designer, Tracy Reese.
Guests will also have an opportunity to view a fashion show with past HFR designers as well as new upcoming emerging designers and engage in exciting presentations. Guests can purchase tickets to this anticipated virtual event through the newly launched website www.hfricon360.com.
Designers can apply to receive a grant on June 15, 2020. The website to apply is www.harlemsfashionrow.com. Founded in 2007 by Brandice Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row has been championing and uplifting designers of color. The organization supports emerging talent and provides a platform for underrepresented African American and Latino designers.
This season Studio One Eighty Nine, the fashion brand co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson and luxury executive Abrima Erwiah, presented their Spring Summer 2020 womenswear and menswear collection during New York Fashion Week in New York City at Spring Studios. The collection, entitled Heritage, was inspired by traditional African patterns, symbols, and techniques interwoven into the cloth to communicate values, history, and message to future generations.
The brand was initially launched in February of 2013 and is the recipient of various awards including the Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice award from Upenn in 2015, the MOCADA Social Justice award in 2016, the Design Miami Visionary award in 2017, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award in 2018, and was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious CFDA Lexus Fashion Award for sustainability. Studio One Eighty Nine is made in Africa and produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. The brand currently operates a store in New York and Accra (Ghana), an e-commerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, and supports various community-led projects in Africa and in the USA Studio.
The New York Fashion Week runway show that took place on September 10, 2019, which included a cultural experience with live dance and musical performances that were inspired by the continent of Africa. The collection was a mix of vibrant hues and pastels with red, indigo, white, green, with pops of yellow and black dominating the color palette. The colors of the collection were reflective of the colors found in the American and Ghanaian flag as well as colors found in nature.
The Spring 2020 collection was designed with sustainability and building products meant to last in mind by the use of zero-waste materials, recycled materials, and patchworking. Patchworking was used as a way of communicating stories by patching different symbols and textiles together reminiscent of quilting. Another example, is the use of traditional West African Adinkra symbols stamped on Kente cloth. Each symbol, pattern and color tell distinct stories that highlight cultural values such as the power of collaboration or the power of women.
Among the 600 guests including media, buyers, celebrities and VIPs gathered at Spring Studios, guests seated front row included Fantasia, Naturi Naughton, Maggie Q, Young Paris, Opal Tometti, Bethann Hardison, Justine Skye, Joani Johnson, Quincy Brown, Shaun Ross, Laura Gomez, and Jeremy Carver just to name a few.
“We celebrate all of the characteristics that make us different and also all our similarities through mixing prints and patterns and by encouraging the uniqueness of all the people that wear the brand,” Erwiah says. “The brand should be a source of strength for customers and help them achieve their best selves, but in the end the clothes are meant as a backdrop to highlight the beauty of each individual. “
The collection will be available for purchase at studiooneeightynine.com, in Studio One Eighty Nine retail stores, and in select retail stores starting in February 2020.
To learn more visit studiooneeightynine.com
Relive the #Collection1 2020 runway show held at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Friday, May 31, 2019. Open to the public, the runway show marked the first that Rock Center has ever held
Relive Bibhu Mohapatra’s New York Fashion Week runway presentation.
When Vaishali S, the fashion brand brought to life by designer Vaishali Shadangule, made it’s debut during New York Fashion Week back in 2016 it was the beginning of building a bridge between India‘s century-old hand-weaving tradition and introducing it to the world. Vaishali S returned to the New York Fashion Week stage this season as a Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] selected designer with a solo show.
The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] is a non-profit organization founded through a collaborative effort by a few key pioneers in the fashion industry with the ambitious goal of promoting designers who aspire to expand their brand awareness and do business in the United States. Every fashion season, the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] handpicks some of the finest talents in the global fashion industry. On September 10, 2019, at 7 pm at Pier 59 Studios, CAAFD presented Vaishali S, showcasing the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.
“Handwoven textiles are in our DNA. Since the inception of Vaishali S in March 2011, the brand has stayed committed to the weaver. The vision of Vaishali S is focused on making natural and handmade apparel by working with over 700 weavers across India, among which 80% are female weavers.” Vaishali Confirms.
All the Valli girls and boys brought the beautiful pieces of the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection to life on a pink runway that featured a mix of models and personalities.
Kendall Jenner, Troye Sivan, Halima Aden, and Valli fans attended the Giambattista Valli x H&M fashion show that was set against the backdrop of one of Rome’s historical landmarks, Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, on October 24. The show ended in a spectacular grand finale parade led by Kendall in the now famous red dress featured by the model in the campaign. Guests included Sofia Carson, Alexa Demie, H.E.R, Cameron Monaghan, Chiara Ferragni, and Chris Lee, all dressed in looks from the new collection.
After the fashion show and cocktail party, guests moved down Via del Corso to the Grand Hotel Plaza, another Roman landmark of timeless splendor and elegance for the after-party hosted by DJ collective Circoloco, where Peggy Gou and Seth Troxler, as well as Clara3000, were playing. The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection, with womenswear, menswear, a first for Valli, and accessories, will be launched in select H&M stores worldwide, as well as on hm.com, November 7th, 2019.