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NYFW: Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2014

Tadashi Shoji Board

  • Who’s the Designer: Tadashi Shoji
  • What’s the Inspiration:  “For the past couple of years, I’ve been moving west to east.  Now, I’m going from Africa to Europe,” said Tadashi Shoji of the geographical direction of his fall/winter 2014 collection.  The particular focus was Moorish architecture, which Shoji conveyed through expert fabric cutting and embroidery.
  • Why it’s relevant: Key trends that hit the fall runways were the color palette red, lace and capes.  Shoji hit each key element magnificently and one look in particular of a white floor length lace gown with the most opulent red and black floor length cape defined what we all should be wearing for fall 2014.
  • Where to wear it: Shoji’s entire fall collection will be worn to a gala, movie premiere, award show red carpet or heck to fabulous tea luncheon.  Shoji’s skillful ability to manipulate and transform fabrics enables his creations to transcend any event so throw caution to the wind and just wear it anywhere.

 

 

NYFW: Richard Chai Love Fall/Winter 2014

Richard Chai Love Board

  • Who’s the Designer: Richard Chai Love
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Texture.  Texture in a sense of the tactile effect on clothes.  What made Chai’s take on texture compelling was that he put some focus on its visual impact—for example, the way fuzzy mohair or Miyake-esque pleats could blur a print.
  • Why it’s relevant: Textured fabrications such as fur, leather, fringe, brocades, etc.  dominated the runways.  While these fabrications are nothing new to the fall/winter season it’s the new approach that these textures are are being utilized that is important.
  • Where to wear it: This collection was jam packed with great pieces for mixing and matching for a downtown cool look for the office if you work in a new start up or perfect for drinks at the hottest lounge in town.

 

NYFW: Son Jung Wan Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Son Jung Wan

  • Who’s the Designer: Son Jung Wan 
  • What’s the Inspiration: Wan drew inspiration from Morocco and the romantic, picturesque sun-drenched Sahara Desert. 
  • Why it’s relevant: The neutral and subdued color palette with a focus on chalky whites with pops of color coupled with the strong silhouettes of asymmetric hemlines made this a stand out collection.   P.S. Dapper fellows, you should get all white-wasted for Spring.
  • Where to wear it: Spring time vacation to a beachy resort? Or taking a Mediterranean cruise?  These pieces should be in your luggage especially the all white jumper for the ladies and the all white suit for the fellas.

 

NYFW: Noon by Noor Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Noon by Noor

  • Who’s the Designer: Noon by Noor (Shaikha Noor and Shaikha Haya)
  • What’s the Inspiration: The design duo were inspired by The Tree of Life, a 400 year old natural wonder in their home country, Bahrain.  The Tree of Life inspired the designers to look at the natural beauty in the world, thus incorporating floral and leaf prints into their collection, translating into elegant, beautiful pieces enhanced with lace panels, floral appliques and ornate embellishments.
  • Why it’s relevant: Silhouettes are key for Spring 2014 and Noor & Haya provide everything from voluminous jackets, leggy culottes, pencil skirts to flattering crop tops.
  • Where to wear it: Brunchin’ in style with the ladies, Garden afternoon tea or if you are attending a Spring wedding this is your go-to collection!

 

NYFW: Reem Acra Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Reem Acra

  • Who’s the Designer:  Reem Acra 
  • What’s the Inspiration: The glitz, glamour, and energy of the international nightlife.  Think disco dancing in Rio de Janiero or partying in Morocco.
  • Why it’s relevant: Brilliant pattern mixing, subtle cut-outs and stunning sheer overlays were just a few of the highlighted trends that Acra reinforced here in her collection that I’ve been seeing littered all over the runways.  Also naturally of course was a stunning all white liquid deep v-neck lame dress that was just screaming to be worn on the red carpet by one of Acra’s A-list clientele (i.e. Halle Berry to be specific).
  • Where to wear it: Special night out on the town or THE red carpet event of the year?  You should be wearing one these stunning evening dresses or ball gowns!

 

 

NYFW: Ruffian Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Ruffian

  • Who’s the Designer: Ruffian (Brian Wolk and Claude Morais)
  • What’s the Inspiration: “Ingénue,” as the collection is called, “focuses on the freshness and vulnerability of youth”.  The pair drew inspriation from Françoise Sagan’s novel ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ and the Jean Seberg movie about a young girl and her womanizing father. 
  • Why it’s relevant: This past spring season we seen an emergence of the print-tastic trend take a turn into an all-over print pant suit, short suit, etc.  Ruffian provides an chic and refreshingly youthful take on this trend for Spring by pairing their more subdued all-over print pant suits in a monochromatic palette that is popped by soft pastels.  Another big trend on the Spring runways that were echoed by this dynamic duo is the power of the mini (skirt that is).  So add this to the long list of body parts to tone and get into shape.
  • Where to wear it: For all of my working girls who are fashion risk takers this is your collection.  The youthful update is a perfect spring transition from the heavy and dark colors of fall.

 

 

NYFW: BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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*Photo Credit: Style.com

  • Who’s the Designer: BCBG Max Azria (Lubov & Max Azria)
  • What’s the Inspiration: Focusing on traditional silhouettes such as the classic men’s shirt and deconstructing this silhouette and reconstructing the silhouette while focusing on tailored techniques.
  • Why it’s relevant: Menswear has become a very prominent and prevalent influence these last few seasons.  Here menswear influences are given a feminine touch through crop tops shapes, cut-outs and floral accents.
  • Where to wear it: Everywhere! The pieces are so versatile that you could channel a “casual chic” vibe at the office to “downtown cool” for happy hour drinks with your cohorts.

 

 

NYFW: Desigual Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

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*Photo Credit: Desigual

Starting with this season and going forward I decided to establish a more streamlined approach to my fashion week recaps.  I’ll be giving you all a more direct highlight of each show that I attended at New York Fashion Week by answering the 4 W’s: Who, What, Where and most importantly Why.

  • Who’s the Designer: Desigual
  • What’s the Inspiration: Mediterranean Sunshine that embody the designer’s motto of  “La Vida es Chula, or Life is Cool”
  • Why it’s relevant: While prints have been a major trend these last few seasons it’s proving to becoming a staple but now elevated with print layering (i.e. graphics placed on top of a printed ground), monochromatic prints and placement prints.
  • Where to wear it: You will not go wrong wearing pieces from this collection on holiday to Miami or a girls trip to Las Vegas.

 

 

Fashion month has officially arrived!

I 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 2014 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.

As I’m prepping for New York Fashion Week I can’t help but draw some creative inspiration from the fashion industry’s most stimulating and diverse resource: street style.  Two of my favorite street style photographers that are NYFW staples and just so happen to be fellow Chicago bloggers are Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style and Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome.

Impeccable taste and a signature style are hard to capture in one photo but they do it flawlessly.  So what better way to get ready for the upcoming whirlwind of beautiful fashions to come then with a look back at some of the stunning inspirations that happened.  I’ve rounded up my Top 10 snaps from NYFW’s Fall/Winter 2014 and they are from these two incredible lenses.

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

Photo Credit: Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

 

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style

Photo Credit: Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style