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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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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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.

Blurred Lines: Helen Anthony Presents Its First Official Gender-Neutral New York Fashion Week Collection

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Designer Naeem Anthony started creating his own designs to fill a void, in turn, he created a style bible for those who shared his taste in style and design.  His designs filled the absence of designs that align with his own taste and eclectic style in the fashion world.

Anthony created his own fashion label and named his label after the women who inspired him the most, his grandmother, Helen Anthony.  After the success and overwhelming response of their two Menswear collections at Milan Fashion Week, the high-end luxury British brand, Helen Anthony, returned to the runway in New York City and presented a New York Fashion Week collection that blurred the lines between Menswear and Womenswear.

A work of art in itself, the highly texturized fabrics made an eye-catching statement of luxury. A kaleidoscope of bold patterns also dominated the runway, nearly present in every single piece. Exquisitely tailored coats and suits were the highlight of the show, demonstrating its perfect fit for both men and women. The collection was full of interesting juxtapositions, the deconstruction and reconstruction element to some of the pieces gave the collection a futuristic vibe, while others pieces seemed almost inspired by the 18th century with a bohemian flair.

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New York Fashion Week went to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang’s Spring 2018 fashion show


A #wangfest party bus, a remote street in Brooklyn, screaming fans, celebrity sightings, and surveillance cameras. Sounds like a scene from a movie, but these were the sights and sounds leading up to Fashion Designer Alexander Wang taking over Brooklyn for New York Fashion Week.

The street was transformed into Wang’s private runway outside under the night sky of New York.  Some where between a typical New Year’s Eve night and a regular Saturday nigh out in New York City, the 32 piece collection, like the show, made a statement that we were all here to party.

And with a sexy cool girl vibe, if sexy ever left, Wang definitely brought it back by combining various textures and pieces to give more of a disheveled sexy look. While  the little black dress, leather pants, and the over-size sweater paired with fish net stockings, gave us the signature party looks we all know and love.  Some models wore New Year’s Eve style crowns that read Party Animal and Wangover, which completed the party look and vibe of the entire collection.

 

Tom Ford: New York Fashion Week S/S18

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The 7th of September  might be the date on the official New York Fashion Week Calendar  for the start of New York Fashion Week, but Tom Ford had other plans.  Wednesday night Tom Fords reminded the world that he still owns the New York Fashion Week runway by transforming the Park Avenue Armory into the who’s who of celebrities.

Ford officially kicked off New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 with his Spring/Summer 2018 women’s collection runway show.  The event also marked his return to the New York City runway.  Fords debuted a collection reminiscent of the 80s with bold colors, blazer jackets, pointed toe shoes, and  mini dresses.  The weather might have been rainy and gloomy last night in New York City but Ford managed to bring out all the stars.

View the full fashion show below:

Raun Larose: New York Fashion Week (Men’s) S/S18

 

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Designer Raun LaRose credits his mother for his aspirations in becoming a designer. LaRose grew up watching his seamstress mother design high-end womenswear. Later, LaRose would take what he learned from his mother regarding fashion, fabrics, and designing and eventually enroll in FIT where he studied menswear. However, before enrolling in FIT, LaRose spent one year in the Art Institute of NYC studying womenswear.

Sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), La Rose debuted his first menswear collection during the Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Yesterday, Larose’s Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week: Men’s collection entitled “System Down” continued to define his avarde garde designs. LaRose known for his futuristic designs brought back much of what we loved such as the wide leg pants, but also adding new elements by redefining silhouettes, adding prints, and tech fabrics.