Bibhu Mohapatra Spring-Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week Collection Debut Celebrates American Beauty 

“To know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light. What the light reveals is danger, and what it demands is faith.”  Inspired by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s book, “Nothing Personal,” designer Bibhu Mohapatra created his Spring-Summer 2020 collection.

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However,  I should mention that “Nothing Personal” was not just a book, or any ordinary project, but a major collaboration that began in 1963 during a time of civil crisis by former high school friends.   The collaboration between author James Baldwin and photographer Richard Avedon explored the individuality and identity of Americans.  Bibhu Mohapatra Spring Summer 2020 collection celebrates the American beauty and its diverse identity of strength, courage, and originality.

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Known for his elegant designs and the love of vibrant colors, luxurious fabrics, and crafts from his native land, Orissa, India, Bibhu Mohapatra consistently raises the bar each fashion season with his collections.  His unique twist on the classic and traditional has won the hearts of celebrities, making him one of the top choices for red carpet looks.

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Bibhu Mohapatra Spring-Summer 2020 collection was revealed during a runway presentation during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios. The cast of models for his New York Fashion Week presentation further reinforced his commit to diversity, strength, courage, and originality.  Sheer fabrics, tulles, and lace emerged out of the darkness revealing light, transparency, and a sense of freedom.  While the vibrant colors of the collection revealed courage, strength, and the need for individuality without compromise. The juxtapose of the opposing elements in the collection is what makes this season’s collection probably one of my favorites.  You could be whoever you want to be at any time of the day without compromising style, grace, and glamour, and still be sexy, beautiful, and powerful.

 

 

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The Third Edition of Le Defile L’Oréal Paris takes place at the Historic Monnaie de Paris During Paris Fashion Week

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After the inaugural Champs Elysées extravaganza, followed by the river Seine’s floating runway, L’Oréal Paris, official Paris Fashion Week partner, hosted its 2019 runway spectacular at France’s most historic institution, the Monnaie de Paris, on day 5 of Paris Fashion Week with a 40-musician orchestra.

Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris is the brand’s once-a-year celebration of beauty, fashion, and Parisian excellence.  In its trailblazing drive to make fashion’s beauty for all, L’Oréal Paris has become known for its world-headlining public shows, staged in the heart of the city during Paris Fashion Week.

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Brand ambassadors Camila Cabello and Amber Heard made their first-ever appearances at Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris. In a celebration of motherhood, Eva Longoria walked the runway carrying her baby son, Santiago, in the grand finale.  Proving beauty has no age, Helen Mirren and Andie McDowell made their return to the Paris runway while the lineup also saw star turns from Marie Bochet, Liya Kebede, Aja Naomi King, Doutzen Kroes, Soo Joo Park, Luma Grothe, Duckie Thot, and Aishwarya Rai.

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For the 3rd consecutive year, Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris celebrated Paris Fashion Week on an impressive global scale with 13 partner designers showcasing current looks, a cast of 32 international spokespeople, and broadcasting in more than 40 countries.  The brand’s partners for the 2019 Défile were: AMI, Atlein, Balmain, Cédric Charlier, Dries Van Noten, Elie Saab, Etudes, Giambattista Valli, Karl Lagerfeld, Koché, Nicolas Lecourt Mansion, Olivier Theyskens, rokh.  In-house global makeup legend Val Garland and her teams of 29 artists created the various looks celebrating inclusive beauty.  While Global hair magician Stephane Lancien and his team of 34 artists crafted the hairstyles.

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By uniting an exceptional group of actresses, singers, athletes, and models from in and outside the fashion world to walk the runway, L’Oréal Paris showcased the diversity of the new L’Oréal Paris beauty season, celebrating women of all origins and ages.

 

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Le Défilé – L’Oreal Paris Photo Credit: Giovanni Giannoni
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Splendor Meets Retro With Color: Son Jung Wan’s New York Fashion Week SS2020 Collection

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It was a pleasant New York Saturday, the perfect New York day that postcards are made of.  The energy in the air was one that the main characters of “Sex And The City” would have approved of.  As the character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) stated, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as Fashion Week.”   The Son Jung Wan’s Spring Summer 2020 collection highlighted the glamour of vintage wear in a modern twist with the splendor of color.  The color palette evoked the feeling of renewal, a feeling that is often associated with Spring after surviving the harshness of winter.

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Born and raised in South Korea, Son Jung Wan, majored in Industrial Craft at Sookmyung Women’s University.  After graduating, she attended design school at International Mode in Seoul.  In 1993 Son Jung Wan earned the “Golden Needle Award” from the Korea Fashion Editor Association and in 2005, was named “Designer of the Year” by Seoul Metropolitan.

Known for her playful twist with mixes of colors, fabrics, and silhouettes, Son Jung Wan’s SS2020 collection featured embroidered dresses full of different layers of iridescent fabrics, a rose gold gown entwined with floral print, an array of electric blue gowns, and a neon mint dress, all screaming the splendor of new beginnings while taking the men and women in the room on a vibrant retro journey.

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Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] Emerging Designer Farida Temraz Presented Her Runway Collection During New York Fashion Week

With a fully packed, standing room only, six designers showcased their collection during one sitting during New York Fashion Week.  Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers [CAAFD] unveiled six emerging designers, showcasing their Spring/Summer 2020 collections from different corners of the world.  Fashion professionals and celebrities among the audience waited patiently as each brand took their turn to grace the runway.  Egyptian designer Farida Temraz opened the show with her couture brand ‘Temraza’.

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The 24 piece collection consisted of evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and bridal couture.  Pastel, electric blue, and stunning white dominated the runway collection color palette, while floral elements added an elegant touch.  Temraza’s bridal gowns provided a wonderful contrast between the modern and the traditional.  Her trumpet gown with a halter illusion neckline with off-shoulder sleeves, as well as,  a ball gown with ruffled sleeves completed with a veil will both have any bride ready to make a statement.

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Voussoir Launches at the Royal Opera House During London Fashion Week

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During London Fashion Week, Voussoir presented a collection featuring over 30 pieces designed by four Independent designers handpicked by the British fashion disruptor that has been offering independent designers groundbreaking opportunities to market their designs on a global stage since 2009.  Voussoir is a new fashion house offering timeless ready-to-order pieces by independent designers developed by Oxford Fashion Studio. There were five capsule collections created by K-Ourage, Vanessa Gounden, Leonie Mergen, Vingt Quatre, and Harriet Eccleston, that completely shook up the catwalk and the face of fashion.

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Swedish label, K-Ourage,  focused on classic clean lines and neutral tones of black, white and beige with interesting details such as harnessed straps and chic athleisure-inspired pieces.

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South African designer, Vanessa Gounden,  featured dreamy watercolor-inspired prints in luxurious silks and satins in her collection. Red carpet-worthy suiting separates were perfectly tailored taking you from day into night.

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German label Leonie Mergen showcased both women’s and menswear. Swoon-worthy jackets included details like contrast pockets, piping, and faux fur-trimmed collars.

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The designers behind Vingt Quatre created the fourth capsule with wearable separates and dreamy coats and jackets.

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UK designer Harriet Eccleston focused on relaxed fit separates with color blocking in grays, burgundies, and teals.

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Voussoir is the perfect alternative for chic pieces that will stand the test of time and support design talent globally. The collection will launch next month and will be available on the Voussoir website.  You can follow the evolution of the brand and stay tuned for the official launch of the entire collection in October on Instagram @Voussoir_.

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HAMON, Haus Zuk, Maria Pia Cornejo, and AC HOUSE New York Fashion Week Collection Roundup

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As part of my Monday New York Fashion Week roundup, two heads were definitely better than one,  and Natasha A. Waterman was there with me front and center to join in on the fun and explore all things New York Fashion Week.  On Monday, September 9th, HAMON, Haus Zuk, Maria Pia Cornejo, and AC HOUSE presented their Spring Summer 2020 runway collection at Spring Studios in New York City. The presentation was part of the 2nd New York Fashion Week presentation for the Global Fashion Collective.

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Designer Kumiko Iwano’s collection, ‘Square’, for the Japanese brand HAMON, featured a colorful palette of vibrant red, fuschia, turquoise, pink, yellow, and neutral earth tone colors.  The shade spectrum added to the sense of expression and freedom to manipulate one’s clothes, design and fashion.

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HAUS ZUK

Designer Peter Zuk, for his Vancouver based brand Haus Zuk, pulled inspiration for his collection from his days in the cosplay community and his love for the video game culture to create fantasy-inspired garments for his Graduate collection ‘OVERDOSE’. Haus Zuk stole the show during New York Fashion Week with a high energy, colorful, and playful runway presentation successfully drawing on the LGBT community and queer nightlife which had guests leaping to their feet lost in the intoxication of what the world needs more of…love.

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MARIA PIA CORNEJO

Chilean based designer Maria Pia Cornejo fascination with futurism and finding inspiration through art and architecture can be seen in dynamic pairings of color and shape in her collection.   Gold metallic fabrics amongst hues of monochrome, electric blue, and vermilion red dominated the collection.

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Independent designer Lily Liu, of the Chinese brand AC·HOUSE, drew inspiration from the famous mythical Chinese bird, ‘Luan Phoenix’, for her latest collection.   The New York Fashion Week collection ‘Rock Dreamer’ explored the dark and edgy side of Rock and Roll while using lace and embroidery contrasted against Italian silk.

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alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Spring Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week Presentation

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alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows women to express their personal style and during New York Fashion Week at the Roots Studio designer Stacey Bendet brought a modern bohemian field of dreams to life in a series of nine transportive sets.  Once guests arrived inside the venue, they were presented with alice + olivia’s first vignette- “Field of Dreams.”  Volkswagen further enhanced the dream-like vision with the iconic Beetle Final Edition, wrapped in the alice + olivia hero print for Spring 2020. Guests were able to partake in the model set experience with pictures inside and around the VW Beetle.

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet: Spring 2020 Fashion PresentationThe Spring Summer 2020 collection introduced an exclusive collaboration between alice + olivia designer Everard Best, (EV BRAVADO) the designer behind Murder Bravado and Who Decides War menswear labels.  Best is a rising fashion star known for his singular style of hand-embroidered, dyed and distressed denim. Best described the union between the two brands as, “When Kanye West appeared on Katy Perry’s track E.T.,”  Best has collaborated in the past with the likes of Virgil Abloh, Heron Preston, and Mr. Porter, and saw the collaboration with Bendet as “an opportunity to work with one of the foremost American womenswear designers in the industry.”  The looks will sell with the collection in alice + olivia stores and retailers worldwide next Spring.

BFA_29199_3838084.jpgAcross the alice + olivia Spring Summer 2020 collection were voluminous sleeves, trouser legs, and skirts, echoing a classic sportswear and couture vibe. While color blocking was highlighted with dramatic and bold new shapes in this collection. There was also a dose of flower power with square neck cuts and tea-length skirts with paisley fabric. The combinations highlighted silhouettes and elevated constructions which balanced dramatic volume with day-to-day favorites.
1173431803.jpgThe official spirit of NYFW: The Shows, Glenlivet, was clearly present for the occasion. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious taste of Glenlivet infused ice cream while waiting in line outside the venue. Once guests arrived inside the venue guests were greeted with models perched on a sprawling field of lavender hills with Glenlivet bottles interwoven into this colorful aromatic fantasy bringing alice + olivia’s first vignette- “Field of Dreams” to life.BFA_29199_3838013.jpgalice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at the brand’s free-standing boutiques located in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, East Hampton, Greenwich, Houston, Malibu, Manhasset, Miami, Orange County, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Southampton, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Doha, Taipei, Macau, Chengdu, Bangkok, and at aliceandolivia.com. alice + olivia is also available at over 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and Galeries Lafayette.  BFA_29199_3838109.jpg

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