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
Le Défilé – L’Oreal Paris – Group Final – Photo Credit: Saskia Lawaks

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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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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New York Fashion Week Friday Roundup

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On Friday, September 6th, SON JUNG WAN, CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS, and BEVZA presented their Spring Summer 2020 runway collection at Spring Studios in New York City.

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SON JUAN WAN’S retro meets glamour runway collection featured both womenswear and menswear with a vibrant color palette bringing spring to life on the runway. Vibrant colors such as neon mint, electric blue, yellow, and rose gold dominated the runway with layered iridescent fabrics, and embroidered dresses.

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Baton Rouge–born, Brooklyn-based designer Christopher John Rogers presented his first-ever runway collection for New York Fashion Week.  The collection was a colorful and playful take on classic silhouettes.

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Ukrainian womenswear designer, founder, and ideologist of BEVZA,  Svitlana Bevza, presented her collection for her namesake label with her signature clean simple silhouettes.  BEVZA, who normally explores the idea of white colors’ superiority, which is the most essential element of the label, provided a collection with a neutral palette.

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Tadashi Shoji Owned the Runway with his New York Fashion Week Collection

Depending on what New York  Fashion Week calendar you’re using, yesterday might have been the 2nd day of New York Fashion Week or the 1st official day of New York Fashion Week, but there is one thing that’s clear, fashion designer Tadashi Shoji owned the runway with his New York Fashion Week collection.

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Japanese-American fashion designer Tadashi Shoji presented his Spring Summer 2020 collection yesterday during New York Fashion Week at Gallery I at Spring Studios on September 05, 2019 in New York. The collection catered to the inner princess in all of us, regardless of your shape or your dress size.  However, inclusivity is nothing new for the designer, making every woman feel beautiful has always been a priority for the Shoji. The Spring Summer 2020 collection was the happily ever after we all needed in a whimsical fairytale with Tadashi Shoji as the fairy godfather.

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The collection dominated the runway with a color palette that included black, white, silver, and vibrant hues. Bold patterns, tulle, sheer fabrics, romantic lace, and fluid silhouettes also made an appearance, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats with his modern twist on traditional elements.  The romance in the collection was heightened with Shoji’s ode to Japan which was clearly his inspiration for his collection.

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Known for his evening wear,  bridal collection, and his red-carpet fashion, Shoji has built quite the fan base that includes former First Lady Michelle Obama, Octavia Spencer, Kate Hudson, Paris Jackson, Demi Lovato, Miranda Kerr, Lea Michele, Sofia Richie, Kaley Cuoco, and Anna Kendrick.  Launching his namesake label in 1982, the brand is carried in over 700 major department and specialty stores worldwide, with signature boutiques in the United States, China, and the Middle East, where the brand is actively expanding its presence.

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Tmall Opened NYFW: The Shows with a Lineup Showcasing China’s Design Talent

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Tmall, China’s premier B2C platform for brands and retailers, in partnership with New York Fashion Week (NYFW): The Shows, provided a prominent platform for Chinese designers to showcase their collections at Spring Studios in New York City yesterday as part of “Tmall China Cool during New York Fashion Week.  The “Tmall China Cool” showcase took place on Wednesday, September 4th, the first day of NYFW: The Shows, featuring a slate of Chinese designers including Peacebird, THREEGUN, RiZhuo as well as emerging designers SONGTA and i-am-chen.

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Peacebird returned to NYFW with a men’s and women’s collection that was young, hip and vibrant. While THREEGUN incorporated science and technology with fashion and presented a collection inspired by the union between classic silhouettes and modern fabrics providing a futuristic vibe to the collection.

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Both SONGTA and i-am-chen, two young, emerging designers, presented a collective runway show. Song Ta conceived each piece of its collection as artwork,  while Zhi Chen, the founder of i-am-chen, was inspired by photographer Kourtney Roy.  Contemporary women’s wear label, RiZhuo, designed by Zhang Lujian, portrayed the brand’s peaceful values towards life through simple and meticulous craftsmanship and loose, structured shapes.

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Last September, Tmall hosted a pop-up market within Opening Ceremony’s New York store to showcase popular Chinese brands that are riding the “China Cool” trend, ranging from the traditional medicine maker Yunnan Baiyao to the revived century-old beauty brand Shanghai Vive.  This September, Tmall will host a pop-up exhibition featuring cross-over collaborations that are riding the “China Cool” trend. Featured brand collaborations will include Chinese confectionary company, Hsu Fu Chi and clothing brand Tyakasha, Chinese snack brand Qinqin and fashion brand Mukzin, Dove Chocolate and Hefang jewelry, and home furniture brand Ziinlife and Chow Tai Seng jewelry.

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Cheetos to Unveil Fan-Inspired Versions of the #CheetosFlaminHaute Creations at Runway Show + Style Bar Experience in New York

 

Cheetos is one of the many brands that make up Frito-Lay North America and this New York Fashion season Cheetos will surprise and delight fans in New York with the brand’s first-ever runway show and style bar.  Cheetos fans in New York City are also invited to make an appointment to get a one-of-a-kind Cheetos look on Friday, September 6 or Saturday, September 7, at The House of Flamin’ Haute Style Bar.   Fans can get their paws and fur fully “Cheetos-fied” through salon services such as Cheetah Tail Braids, Fiery Flamin’ Hot Eyes, Chester’s Ombre Kiss and Caught Snacking Nails. 

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Inspired by consumers’ love of Cheetos and their own interpretations of the Cheetos look the brand will debut high-fashion-yet-playful looks with clothes, hair, makeup and nail styling that takes ‘looking like a snack’ to a whole new level.  The runway show will feature 21 fun and playful looks inspired by fans on social media and curated by famed fashion influencers and stylists @luanna, @Hungry Hipsters, @thenavarose, and @stylistjbolin as well as one signature look designed by renowned costume designer Ami Goodheart.

“We are continually in awe of how Cheetos fans share their love for the brand and express it in their own way, whether that’s creating original recipes with Cheetos or donning Cheetos-inspired hair, nail or makeup looks,” said Brandi Ray, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “We are so excited to continue to celebrate our fans and their creativity, and in turn, invite them to get the ultimate Cheetos Flamin’ Haute look.” 

Thanks to Cheetos, which is putting its orange-dusted fingerprints all over the fashion and beauty world, one of the hottest weeks in fashion is about to get Flamin’ Hot. Cheetos will also surprise fans who share their #CheetosFlaminHaute looks using the hashtags #CheetosFlaminHaute and #MyCheetosLook on social media with reservations to The House of Flamin’ Haute Style Bar. Visit CheetosFlaminHaute.com to make a reservation. 

 

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