Vaishali S Returned to the New York Fashion Week Stage as a Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) Selected Designer

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.

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“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” with Cynthia Rowley During New York Fashion Week

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As you may already know a Cynthia Rowley New York Fashion Week show is not just a show… it’s an experience.  You will never find a cast of models just simply walking up and down an ordinary runway, don’t get me wrong, we love that.  After making a splash during the last season of New York Fashion Week, Cynthia Rowley has returned this season with her signature fun-loving style that we all love.

So here are a few things you need to know about Cynthia Rowley Spring Summer 2020 New York Fashion Week debut that made this season’s presentation even more unforgettable than the last season.

Cynthia Rowley’s runway was a 200 feet washable rug created by Ruggable. The images on the rug were inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” (Cynthia Rowley acquired the rights from the estate)

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By having her runway show outdoors, Cynthia Rowley turned Tribeca’s Staple Street into a fun-filled adventurous playland piquing the curiosity of guests and even surrounding onlookers.

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The Spring Summer 2020 collection was also inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” bringing the book took life on the runway evoking an adventurous beachy vibe, with a hint of bohemian flair, and 70s-inspired silhouettes. Whimsical Dr. Seuss inspired looks also made an appearance adding to the adventurous vibes.

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 Just in case you missed the New York Fashion Week debut you still may have a chance to experience it yourself. Rowley plans to continue the adventure by traveling to various international cities to show her collection.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next season. 

 

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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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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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

 

One year ago,  singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, actress, and fashion designer, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty presented her first runway collection for her brand Savage X Fenty with a jungle-themed show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that opened with modern dancers, featured a star-studded runway, and presented an all-inclusive lingerie collection.  As a follow up to last year’s groundbreaking event, this year’s Savage X Fenty Show will return during New York Fashion Week in conjunction with NYFW: The Shows featuring a combination of models, actors, and dancers wearing the latest savage styles offering up a new type of sexy and creativity.

In partnership with TechStyle Fashion Group, the label has disrupted and redefined the marketplace with its accessible price point and extensive assortment. “We want to make people look good and feel good,” explains Rihanna, who approaches Savage X with the same mentality she does all her projects—to make something new and fresh that everyone can relate to and feel confident in. “We want you to feel sexy and have fun doing it.”

According to the official NYFW: The Shows calendar, New York Fashion Week begins September 4 and ends September 11.  However, Rihanna fans will have to wait a little bit longer for the unveiling of Rihanna’s fall/winter 2019 collection.  This season, Savage X Fenty Show will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide beginning Friday, September 20.  The Amazon Prime Video special will also feature an exclusive look behind the scenes at the making of the show.

Amazon Prime Video is a premium streaming service that offers customers a vast collection of digital videos.  In addition to access to movies and TV shows included with Prime, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: amazon.com/prime.

“I couldn’t be more excited that everyone will have full access to The Savage X Fenty Show this year! We are working on creating a bold, sexy, super energetic experience for our viewers,” said Rihanna.

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Prabal Gurung And The Glenlivet®Celebrate New 14 Year Old Expression With New York Fashion Week: The Shows

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As the official spirit sponsor of NYFW: The Shows, The Glenlivet 14 Year Old is giving a taste of the new liquid with a variety of interactive experiences throughout NYC aimed at educating, inspiring and delighting whisky enthusiasts and new drinkers alike during New York Fashion Week.

With the help of fashion designer Prabal Gurung and NYFW: The Shows, The Glenlivet 14 Year Old is bringing that same bold spirit to New York City and beyond with exclusive events, pop-ups and its custom co-designed Prabal Gurung x The Glenlivet flask & flask bag commemorating the launch of The Glenlivet 14 Year Old.

Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, fashion designer Prabal Gurung brings worldly influences to his designs. Gurung chooses to manufacture over 80% of his collection in New York City to uphold standards of quality while supporting the local community. The brand produces a majority of the remainder of the collections in Nepal, working closely with female artisans to highlight their craft and create employment opportunities.

Timed to the 10th anniversary of his NYFW debut, Gurung will unveil his latest collection on Sunday, September 8 at Spring Studios along with exclusive co-created pieces inspired by his partnership with The Glenlivet 14 Year Old, including a limited edition 14 Year Old Flask that will be gifted to select tastemakers within the fashion industry. After the show, select The Glenlivet x Prabal Gurung pieces will be available in limited quantities for both fashion and whisky fans alike.

The Glenlivet will also release behind-the-scenes content featuring the designer as he discusses his partnership with The Glenlivet, iconic runway designs and views breaking traditional conventions in the fashion realm to make it a more inclusive space for all.

During Sept. 5-11, The Glenlivet 14 Year Old will be popping up and dropping down throughout the city, including:

  • The Glenlivet Drop Shop – designed with the aesthetic of a sleek, mobile airstream, The Glenlivet Drop Shop will offer visitors the opportunity to sample The Glenlivet 14 Year Old, customize premium T-shirts and get a first look at items from the brand’s collaboration with Prabal Gurung.
  • Happy Hours at NYFW: The Shows – The Glenlivet 14 Year Old will be on display throughout the week at NYFW, featuring creative cocktails with unexpected ingredients.
  • SoHo Sip and Shop – in-store brand activations at luxury retailers will allow consumers to meet & experience the brand.
    • Saturday, Sept. 7:
      • NARS Prince Street, 124 Prince St., 1-6 p.m.
      • Theory SoHo, 47 Greene St., 12-6 p.m.
      • Theory Meatpacking, 40 Gansevoort St., 12-6 p.m.
      • Theory Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards (Level 1, Suite 128A), 12-6 p.m.
      • Versace Fifth Avenue, 647 5th Ave., 4-6 p.m.
      • Alice + Olivia SoHo, 98 Greene St., 1-6p.m.
    • Sunday, Sept. 8:
      • NARS Prince Street, 124 Prince St., 1-6 p.m.
      • Alice + Olivia SoHo, 98 Greene St., 1-4 p.m.
  • NYFW: The Talks – The Glenlivet will participate in the season’s NYFW: The Talks series at Spring Studios, presenting a curated conversation around fashion and inclusivity, ending with a toast of The Glenlivet 14 Year Old to a more diverse and inclusive NYFW.

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Chiara Boni presented her Fall/Winter 2019 collection for her label Chiara Boni La Petite Robe during New York Fashion Week (NYFW)

Italian designer Chiara Boni presented her Fall/Winter 2019 collection for her label Chiara Boni La Petite Robe during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) on Friday, February 8th. Updating her iconic signature stretch jersey fabric in order to guarantee impeccable fit and outstanding comfort, there was only one word that I could come up with to define the entire collection…sensual.


Balancing the military feel of dresses printed with flocked Austrian knots, golden brocades with a 3D effect showed the quintessentially feminine soul of the brand and metallic wallpaper-inspired patterns put the focus on its artsy side. New peplum designs punctuated frocks and skirts with a sculptural effect, which is also conveyed through the roomy silhouettes of architectural coats showing geometric floral patterns. Paying homage to the European tailoring tradition, classic suiting patterns, including herringbones and checks, added a masculine feel to jumpsuits with applied pockets, suits, and frocks, all combining a sartorial attitude with an urban, functional appeal.

The collection’s overall sense of sensuality, sophistication, and luxury was exalted by the color palette, which was focused on deep tones of black, rich red and blue hues, enlightened by sparkling and charming gold accents.