Moana-London Pacific Fashion Collective

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London Pacific Fashion Collective will feature its TEASER fashion show and open DAY ONE of Fashions Finest off schedule show during London Fashion Week. This will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on the 20th February 2016 at 3.30pm.

The theme for this year’s collective is based on the story of Disney ‘Moana’. The collective will feature designs from Established and Emerging designers from the South Pacific mainly Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

Director and Founder of London Pacific Fashion, Ana Lavekau will showcase the teaser collection by some of the collectives established/emerging Designers.  Teaser designers include:

Missing Polynesia – Hawaii/Samoa

Dane Dagger – NZ/Cook Islands

Sina Cecilia – USA/Tonga

E’vana Couture – Australia/Samoa

Green Banana & Caviar – NZ/Tonga

Lilemirah – Fiji/UK

Reload Tribal – Fiji/UK

According to Lavekau, “Our entire teaser – collective designers have worked tirelessly hard to meet the required deadline of submitting their 3 designer pieces for our teaser show this season.  From Polynesian Couture designs to Ready To Wear and Tribal Swim Wear with a combination of ethnic fibre, colourful prints and  patterns from the South Pacific.”

After the teaser show in February, the ‘Moana’ London Pacific Fashion Collective will progress onto its main event which is a 2 day fashion show during London Fashion Week on the 16th & 17th of September.

More Established designers will be joining the collective later in September with representation from top Pacific fashion designers ‘Manaola’ from Hawaii and Shona Tawhiao; New Zealand Maori Master Weaver making Fashion come back to London.

London will be buzzing to the drums from the  South Pacific as we will take on the catwalk to showcase our Couture Designs, Art, Dances, Music and more importantly our Culture and Heritage. Designers will be arriving with their ‘Moana’ collection for children, men and women.

The finale ‘Moana’ collection will end in November with ‘Oceanic Voyage’ Fashion Workshop.

For more information on the collective contact Ana on email: Londonpacificfashion@gmail.com

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Native American Fashion Redefined

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Bethany Yellowtail
  • What’s the Inspiration:   Bethany Yellowtail draws deep motivation and inspiration from the ancestral roots of her Apsáalooke people.  Her rich Native American heritage has been given new life through her unique approach to re-telling their rich cultural stories through the element of textiles.  What’s even more unique is her genuine sincerity to ensure that the voices of her ancestors are authentically represented in her indigenous designs. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  Yellowtail holds a very important and powerful role in aiding to give a voice to a culture that has suffered years of countless cultural appropriation.  The fact that individuals believe that its appropriate to wear a warbonnet as the “key accessory” for Coachella or the Governor’s Ball speaks to how ingrained we are as a society in oppressive stereotypes.  It’s one thing to draw creative inspiration but it is quite another thing to misrepresent a sacred aspect of a culture and re-package it as ‘style’ or ‘fashion’.  As consumers it’s our duty to do our due diligence to ensure that the fashions that we purchase are not in support of degrading cultures.  Bethany Yellowtail explains this so poignantly: “An honoring of refined beauty, a celebration of culture, and a journey of self-exploration: these are the pillars that define the experience of storytelling through fashion”
  • Where to wear it:  EVERYWHERE.  In case you missed that, everywhere and everyday to everything.  Yellowtail’s rich designs come to life through her vibrant color palette and masterful use of prints that define the beauty of her cultural celebration. (shop b.YELLOWTAIL here)

 

Under Construction…Back in 2015!

Where to begin… First and foremost I owe you a majorly humongous apology.  I apologize for disappearing and going black on the site for the last two months and with no explanation or even a sign of life of when I would be back.  The move to Dallas, TX for work has been such a rewarding experience but has definitely had it’s fair share of bumps in the road.  Like 99% of the blogging world I have a “9 to 5” that consumes a large majority of my free time and with this new position, at a brand new company I’ve struggled a bit finding the right balance.  This beautiful space that I share will all of you here is one of my most treasured creations. While I wished I’d have reached this discovery much sooner than now, I’m just happy I’m finally in a great space to get back to being an active member of the CSM community.

In preparation for the new year I’m currently working on a few new exciting updates and a few changes to help make the CSM community a more fruitful experience.  I’m bursting at the seams with excitement but will hold it in until 2015.

So cheers to an amazing year but lets raise our flutes to many more runways that await us in the new year!  In the mean time get sneak peeks of what’s to come in 2015 for CSM by following me on IG, Twitter & FB xo

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Mary Katrantzou X ADIDAS

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  • Who’s the Designer:  UK fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Ensuring the continued relevance of high-end athleisure trend, Adidas Originals introduces one of the most heavily anticipated collaborations between the brand with printastic aficionado, Mary Katrantzou.
  • Why it’s relevant:  With recent collaborations with the likes of Wang for H&M, Jil Sander for Puma it’s no surprise that the original retailer who sparked the collaboration between street performance and high-end footwear to up the ante with their latest collection.  Katrantzou offers a wide array of creative outlet speaks both directly to the core of the brand as well as offers new opportunity for creative growth.
  • Where to wear it:   Collection officially launches on November 15th both in-store as well as online.  So else is going to be joining me for Friday night shopping party?  Until then, get a preview of the collection below!

Adidas X Mary Katrantzou Shoe Collection

September: Sapphire!

Happy Birthday to all of you Virgos & Libras born in the month of September!  September’s birthstone is the Sapphire gemstone.  It has been said that the Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.  So it’s definitely not a coincidence that your birthstone being the shade of blue is associated with heavenly blessings.  Must be why your such an angel right?  Umm, not! But hey, your secret is safe with me (well pinky swear I won’t tell the really juicy ones).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

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Top L to R: 360 Studs/ Mirror Bracelet/ Pin-up Fringe Necklace/ Arabian Nights Stud Earrings/ Wing Ear Cuff/ Spoke Drop Earrings

 

 

 

NYFW summed up with 5 key runway looks!

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Zana Bayne shows us how to shed some clothing and show some skin while maintaining your fashion sense: be a little naughty, a little nice and anything but boring.

Thom Browne BoardThom Browne shows us that fashion should be fun and hey why not really a little colorful at the same time too right? Celebrate spring blooms with a kaleidoscope of colors all in full bloom (sorry, no pun intended)!

Rodarte BoardThe Rodarte duo serve up hand-painted lace, tulle, netting, and embroidery so pile it on! This season, romantic dressing can mean mesmerizing-ly messy, too.

Proenza Schouler BoardOn the fringes? Not according to Proenza Schouler, so this spring stop traffic with this “stringy” statement.

Oscar de la Renta BoardOscar de la Renta answers the classic question, “Who needs a gown?”  A crop top and ladylike skirt in wedgwood blue buffalo check will do the trick.  It’s the new evening loo, elegance doesn’t any get easier than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW: Tia Cibani Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer:  The design genius behind this “voluminous” brand is Tia Cibani.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  In Cibani’s own words, “all-out ’70s,” channeling Bianca Jagger in Marrakech with a block-printed, light-as-air cotton dress bustled at the side to give it shape, and a fluffy, off-the-shoulder ruffled top worn with a pair of dark rose-printed satin trousers. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  While Cibani was thinking a lot about silhouette, color emerged as the season’s strongest suit. Dusty pinks, golds, and purples named after spices—turmeric, clove, cayenne, saffron—delivered the feeling of the era, especially when rendered in cupro-sateen or lamé. There were some utilitarian pieces that stood out as well, particularly a denim sleeveless coat dress, and a khaki chino skirt. Cibani likes to show lots of looks with lots of elements, which can cause confusion. But this time around, it all made sense.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! This collection is especially perfect for all of my working girls.  After all isn’t the Mary Jane Manolo Blahnik of our dreams approps office attire that takes us right into Happy Hour?

 

NYFW: Novis Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer: Jordana Warmflash is the creative genius behind the emerging powerhouse designer label, Novis.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Warmflash has an unbridled tendency towards utilizing color in a quirky and unconventional manner.  It’s no secret that she’s an art fanatic so it comes as no surprise that Tom Wesselelmann’s Pop Art paintings are the focal point inspiration for her spring/summer 2015 collection.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Key silhouettes that have been sprinkling the spring/summer 2015 runways this week were voluminous maxi skirts, lengthier culottes and statment making pullovers. 
  • Where to wear it:  Novis spring/summer 2015 is the perfect transitional collection to help make the change from winters’ brutual winds a little easier.  Afterall, doesn’t a fun Pop Art print or two put a smile on your face?

 

#NYFW: Are you ready?

NYFW PicI can hardly believe that we are officially in the month of September.  It’s always so bittersweet that while summer comes to an unfortunate end, it marks the the roll out to the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion week shows.  Fashion month gets its start in New York for the first week, then carries into London, next up is Milan and rounding out fashion month with a strong finish is Paris.

This season I’m continuing my hiatus from the tents and covering the beautiful whirlwind of fashions from the comfort of my couch and naturally while wearing my haute couture pajamas (okay, not official haute couture but does DIY count as couture?)

While covering the shows from my couch I was really surprised by how easy it would be to not only catch the fashion show presentations that I’d been invited too and bonus? I got seated on the front row (yes, technically the front row of my couch but that’s neither her nor there).  Join me in all of the fun and get your fashion month schedule ready using my handy resources below!

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: The Everyday Sneaker!

One of the key footwear silhouettes that are an absolute must for your fall wardrobe is the everyday sneaker.  Not only is it the key component of  fall’s perfect combo, it’s going to be your go-to for channeling an effortless Edgy, Comfy, Chic.

The only question you should be asking  yourself is, Splurge vs. Save?

Splurge vs. Save-Everyday SneakersL to R: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sneakers ($300.00) vs. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneakers ($50.00)