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

 

 

Rexy In The City: Coach To Debut As First Luxury Fashion Brand In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

On Thursday, November 28 at 9 a.m., the time-honored phrase “Let’s Have a Parade” will ring from the starting line as the march of fantasy takes to the streets of New York City during the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  This year the event will bring together two iconic American brands with a shared New York legacy via a new float set to debut in the annual holiday spectacle.

Coach, a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories will be the first-ever luxury fashion house to participate in the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by Coach’s mascot, the beloved dinosaur Rexy, the house’s glittering float will feature a carnival-style reimagining of New York City. Titled “Rexy in the City,” the float will boldly kick-off the holiday season with the house’s unique spirit of optimism, playfulness, and inclusivity.

In addition to Coach’s float debut in the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the partnership will also include an exclusive Rexy-themed collection featuring leather goods, footwear, t-shirts and accessories, launching November 15 at select Macy’s stores nationwide and macys.com. Rexy has appeared in Coach collections and on the runway since 2015 when Coach creative director Stuart Vevers unleashed her to the world. Her glittering float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be her biggest, boldest appearance to date.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold, the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones).

For spectators in New York or those traveling to the city to see it live, the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m., kicking off from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and then march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

The 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks-off the holiday season on Thursday, November 28 at 9 a.m. ET. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“As an iconic American brand, we are proud for Coach to be the first luxury fashion house to have a float in the 93-year history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Joshua Schulman, chief executive officer and brand president of Coach. “We can think of no better way to kick-off the holiday season than to participate in this great American tradition. This project not only underscores our important partnership with Macy’s, but also speaks to the future of the traditional wholesale business model, evolving from distribution into meaningful brand storytelling.”

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. 

 

Disclaimer: A version of this article appears on The World News Network

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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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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