Anne Klein Makes a Statement For Our Times at New York Fashion Week

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.

Designer Deborah Sawaf Debuts Her “Thalé Blanc Statements” Collection Virtually During New York Fashion Week

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.

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VFILES RUNWAY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPOP TOOK OVER THE BARCLAYS CENTER DURING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

As 2019 slowly comes to an end,  the heavy hitters of this season of New York Fashion Week reinforced that New York Fashion Week doesn’t just belong to buyers, press, and media, it also belongs to the people.  VFILES, an experience-based social networking platform, and Depop, a marketplace app, made New York Fashion Week not only about the designers but made it a social event of the fashion season for all to enjoy.

VFILES Runway in partnership with Depop took over the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a community-sourced extravaganza designed to showcase a global group of emerging creators.  Although this is not the first time VFILES has sponsored a group show, it is the first time VFILES has joined forces with Depop. The event was held on the arena floor of Barclays Center and tickets to the sold-out event were available to the general public. It is the 11th time VFILES has sponsored a group show, but the first time it is joining forces with Depop.  The SS20 collections by the winning designers were joined on the runway by musical guests: Rico Nasty, Brooke Candy, Erika Jayne, YG and more.

VFILES shop also launched on Depop with a limited-edition merchandise capsule, featuring vintage pieces sourced from Depop, adorned with VFILES logos as well as t-shirts designed by the runway winners DI DU OFFICIAL, WESLEY HARRIOT, NICO VERHAEGEN, and PIERRE-LOUIS AUVRAY

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Di Du is a Chinese born and Antwerp based designer and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Her SS20 collection focuses on the power of femininity and takes inspiration from both contemporary art and underground culture. Materiality is contrasted in this season which hard futuristic materials, like metal and sleek 3D printed accessories working together with supple elements like pastel silk chiffon, feathers, and lightweight leather.

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Ricky Harriott is a London based womenswear designer that launched his own line Wesley Harriott, in 2016. His SS20 collection tells a narrative of women who dominate and defy social and stereotypical boundaries. The collection includes sleek modern silhouettes that juxtapose clean modernity with pleats, tucks and impression lines, all done to emphasize strength and movement.

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Pierre Louis Auvray is a London based designer and recent graduate from Central Saint Martins. His SS20 collection is a study of the point where clothing and technology collide. The lines between synthetic and natural are blurred by the choice to mix natural materials such as wool knits with discarded plastic and electronic parts. The upcycled objects and clothes play with the ideas of nostalgia and sustainability.

 NICO VERHAGEN

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Nico Verhaegen is an Antwerp based designer and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. His SS20 collection takes inspiration from decay and rebirth and examines the frail state of big cities, combining urban motifs like cracked paint, mold and rust with clean elements. His work includes sustainable and raw materials such as CO2 neutral linen, recycled nylons, reclaimed fabrics and exposed selvedge detailing.

Mark Badgley and James Mischka Debut Badgley Mischka’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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Badgley Mischka’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide has no-fail items that are guaranteed to put smiles on all your hard-to-buy-for friends and family’s faces. Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.  Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful items for everyone on your Christmas list from under $50 to $595 MSRP.  The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

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When ordering, use code HOLIDAY30 for a 30% off discount sitewide. (Some exclusions may apply. This offer is valid until midnight PST Cyber Monday.)

While you’re making out that Christmas list why not relive Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s Spring 2020 New York Fashion Week Collection. The runway show took place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Spring Studios in New York City on the final afternoon of New York Fashion Week.

Happy Holidays!

 

Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah Presented Their Spring Summer 2020 Runway Collection During New York Fashion Week

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. “

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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

 

 

Alexander Wang “Collection 1” 2020 Runway Show

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

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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