New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 Pt. 1

Just got home from a fashion centric week in New York City! One thing I noticed this season is that many brands are doing an exposé after their runways, having models all line up to showcase the collections, which I thought was a fun and interactive way for customers and fashion lovers to catch more than just a passing glimpse of the upcoming season. If people want to keep moving onto the next show, they can, but if you want to get up close and personal, that you may. The vehicle of New York Fashion Week seems to be tossing out some new ways to make fashion week fresh again and less of a never-ending parade of clothes. I do love that parade though, even if it might be a bit overwhelming at first glance.


First up was Narciso Rodriguez no nonsense, lack of excess collection. I loved the mix of neutrals, eye catching monochrome broken up by pattern and the occasional bright color.


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The Row had similar concepts to Narciso Rodriguez in it’s minimal composure. Classic looks with delicate textures and materials were a new spin on our favorite basics. The sleeveless cream dress with matching turtleneck and boots seemed like the coziest, trendiest way to dress for a cold winter day! I liked that the arm hole extends to the waist for a looser effect that’s roomy for thicker layers.


Noon by Noor’s Women’s wear was inspired by the designing duos home, Bahrain. The Arabic script on the sweater quotes “to the moon and back” and the collection had effortless shapes in vivid colors.  I liked the varied sleeve shapes. There were flouncy cuffed bishop and peasant sleeves to trendy off the shoulder cuts that were all tasteful and fun.


Pamella Roland always has a decadence about it that brings a smile to my face. In its highest moment of fashionability, wearability isn’t lost in the message and I think that brings a whole other level of ingenue to this runway.


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Loved the shimmery material prominent through Jill Stuart. She said the message of her collection is, “Individuality and women expressing themselves through art.” There was charm and luxury that looked as good as it (hopefully) felt.


Victoria Beckham’s nonchalant collection stayed true to its minimal roots though it carried a little extra flair with accent colors. The dark shades of tan, orange and olive will be so moody for the fall and the elongated shapes were perfectly proportioned to the  sleeve length, material choices and roomy jackets and sweaters. As multi layer attire continues to be a strong element of fashion today, and featured through this season, Victoria Beckham proves she’s one of the trendiest designers out there.


Alexander Wang held his show in the old Conde Nast offices. Full of classic shapes at fresh, although short, lengths and logo decorated athleisure, the elusive styles were powerful. They were workwear inspired, though I doubt anyone could wear most these ensembles in an office. They were still attractive pieces, the stilettos and tight shapes are perfect for a party. Mixing a couple pieces could create more appropriate daytime attire.


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Obviously always well constructed, Christian Soriano celebrated ten years in fashion. Attended by a diverse group of fans including Meg Ryan, Cardi B, Laverne Cox and Whoopi Goldberg, a dramatic show followed. Voluminous gowns, giant sleeves, red fur coats, and plenty of sparkle and shine glided down the runway. The embellishments were not overly harsh, though some gowns were obviously red carpet only. It was a celebration after all, so flamboyancy was to be expected.


The polished and bright styles from Claudia Li were so great to see. Largely a collection with warm tones, mostly in pinks and orange, the mature, assertive styles were boastful, especially in patterns against white canvas backgrounds. Li herself said, “the collections are growing with me, I see that now.”


Alejandra Alonso Rojas says she builds on past collections. Because they are inspired so much by her family there is an emotional quality and timelessness to the styles that draws you in. I like that this brand celebrates tradition and classical style inspired by people who came before us that too often seems lost entirely on the new generation.


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The dreamiest palette was from Brandon Maxwell. From lilac to hot pink and pale gold to white sequined tops, the vivacious collection had my attention from start to finish. While there was plenty of his signature evening attire, there was plenty of style for day. The best part was how different pieces would work well with other pieces in the collection. There were 38 looks, but it could have easily been doubled mixing, matching and layering.


Stayed tuned for full length videos and New York Fashion Week Part 2 coming soon!


Paris Haute Couture Spring 2018

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Spring Haute Couture in Paris has already concluded with fashion month right around the corner. I definitely expected outrageous this season. However, I thought there were more hits than misses, with powerful presence and no nonsense, in a way only couture could approach. While couture is considered elite and maybe even old fashioned, often begging an answer to the question of ‘who would wear that?’ these collections threw away the notions that couture is stuffy and pretentious. It is indeed unique and as opposed to the past, couture is now more readily available to the public. The designers of today have embraced the traditional feel of the ateliers of days gone past while making today’s lines more modern, not just for wonderful evening wear but great daywear as well.


Zuhair Murad was inspired by Native American culture that many found controversial. I thought the collection was tasteful, intricate beadwork in almost every look was toned down by monochromatic shades carrying a reverence about them. The cactus print was an astute distinction and slouchy boots paired with elegant ball gowns was a refreshing runway look as teepee inspired silhouettes carried intriguing shape. Maybe the feathers in the model’s hair was a bit too far, but I thought the collection walked the delicate line of fashion and insensitive tactfully.


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A sugary sweet, glamorous dream world was at every turn at Ralph & Russo. Drawing on inspirations from a trip to Asia, chic embroidered silk gowns were nothing short of excellent. Creamy colored gowns had skirts with every kind of detail: fringed and feathered, tiered and peplum, slits of every length. There were a few more vibrantly colored designs that could have been omitted for overall aesthetic, but the quality and charm wasn’t lost because of their presence.


Chanel shared its classic tweed in majority of looks through the collection. I found it to largely be a snooze fest, largely playing with Victorian era concepts in pretty pastels, but it just didn’t get my blood pumping. The most interesting concept was the short black veil each model wore that fell from a small floral arrangement at the top of her head. I guess with couture being such a free concept, I expected something more inspired, less cliché Chanel.

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The title of Armani Prive was “The Sky and All It’s Nuances”. It was like you could follow the phases of the sun through a day. Early morning light inspired the shimmering lavender shades that glided across the canvas of material. Deeper pops of coral and that last dusty pink light swirled together to perfectly capture a sunset. Deep navy material presented the evening sky. As light color transitioned to dark then back to light, its was like a journey of the sun by fashion. This collection was masterfully constructed and artfully crafted in couture shapes and mesmerizing style.


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I wasn’t a huge fan of the cutout eyewear featured throughout the runway, but I was pleased that on many outfits from Christian Dior had more draping of sheer material over an opaque layer for volume and construction rather than the absence of material.


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An homage to 1920s Paris, beading and sparkles in the softest shade glittered through Elie Saab’s couture. Because most of the dresses carried the sheer trend torch with them, I wasn’t overly thrilled, but Saab’s designs always carry plenty of charisma and ooze high fashion. This season included glitzy art deco patterns in dreamy colors, glitzy and adorned with feathers, even wrapped up and tied with a bow.


Elegant, graceful and structured, Givenchy’s first couture show in eight years was not a disappointment. Sharp tailoring, long hemlines, tiered skirts and miniature capes glided down the runway, each saying “notice me!” in an extremely satisfying and sophisticated manner.


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The color combinations that started off Valentino were not only beautiful, but seemed plausible to wear (sans hats of course). The color faded into neutral shades still fresh and undeniably spring.


A bright palette with outlandish but pleasant accents dominated the runway of Viktor & Rolf. It was dramatic attractive couture, everything was made from technical duchesse satin, which is a strong, lustrous material. It’s small amount of elastane makes it bend and stretch well along the curves of the body while maintaining good shape. Its also wrinkle resistant, making it ideal for bridal and evening wear. The design duo, known for using recycled materials, took their interest in conscious design in a different direction this year by rethinking the possibilities of fabrics. I loved the playful mix of color and pattern.

Stay tuned for full length videos of the Haute Couture runways.

Photos courtesy of Vogue

A Brief History of 9 Trends We Love Today

Fashion trends come and go, and we owe fashion history some serious credibility. It seemed overnight, these styles went from cringeworthy to cool, while in actuality some had been around for centuries. Though some trends might deserve to stay in the past, check out some of the must have looks that everyone wants today that were as popular once upon a time.


Chokers have actually been around for thousands of years, worn by ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Mesopotamians. They were generally made of gold and thought to be protective. They have taken on different meanings over time, worn by the Upper Class during the Enlightenment, and a status for ballerinas in the 19th century, chokers reached peak popularity in the 1920s. The style was revived again in the 90s, in chain velvet and tattoo designs. In the early 2000s they were banished from the fashion scene, but with 90s style resurgence today, it was only a matter of time before chokers became one of the quickest revived trends fashion has seen in awhile. The newest way to wear them is packing on as many as possible, in a variety of styles. With Pearls, lace, velvet, pendants and more…the more the merrier!

Crop Tops

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Thanks to 90’s movies hits like Clueless and pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, crop tops golden age was the nineties. However, they’ve been around longer than that. Midriff baring garments were popular in warmer climate regions of the East, like India. The traditional sari is typically worn with a short top underneath called a choli. This style dates back hundreds of years, and is still paired with saris today. It took several decades to catch on in Western cultures, but during World War 2, material had to be rationed and apparel designers seized the opportunity to create a stylish solution- chopping off the bottom half of a shirt. In the early 2000s they were quickly thrown aside. But now they are the latest fashion craze. They are a fun way to show off your style today and modestly show off some skin.

Bomber Jackets

In World War I, airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit, so pilots had to wear something that would keep them warm. The U.S. Army established the Aviation Clothing Board in September 1917, distributing heavy-duty leather flight jackets; with high wraparound collars, zipper closures with wind flaps, snug cuffs and waists, and some fringed and lined with fur. In World War 2, the sheepskin flying jacket. They became popular with the public through the 90s as a fashion statement. In the fall of 2016, well known models were seen in this outwear, sparking demand once again for this versatile jacket in updated colors, silhouettes and patterns. No matter a person’s gender, age or class, this jacket can be worn by anyone and look great. This style also influenced the letterman jacket, or varsity jacket, traditionally worn by high school and college students in the United States to represent their school and team pride; as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics, academics or activities.


In textiles, fishnet is hosiery with an open, diamond-shaped knit; it is most often used as a material for stockings. Popular in the 1920s with flappers as hemlines began to rise and the 60s as the idea of overthrowing proper women’s clothing, by the 90s they were a full fledge, mainstream idea. The mesh material appeared on runways as tops, dresses and gloves. The trend went to punk, goth culture before it died down, but is once again considered a major accessory item. Great for layering and adding texture to an outfit, I’m not sure why they’ve ever been considered absurd.

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Mom Jeans

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Mom Jeans are generally loose fitting and high waist in a light blue color. Designer denim had its genesis in the 1970s, but throughout the ’80s the style shifted toward a tapered leg with a loose top, a “tight-roll” or “peg leg” style. By the early nineties, people were over the tight leg and into a looser fit on the bottom, resulting in a baggy pair of jeans. Eventually low rise jeans took over in the 2000s, then skinny jeans in the last ten years, but according to and article from Live About, Topshop reintroduced the market to “mom jeans” a few years ago and now they are a fashion must. Style lovers rock their denim with chunky platform heels or a pair of booties. Thanks, mom, we’ll keep taking our fashion cues from you!

Pajama/satin dresses

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One of the first garments to transcend sex, being worn by both men and women, were pajamas. The pajamas were first introduced in Britain in the 17th century from India, and by the 20th century were popular lounge attire. Coco Chanel, one of the biggest influences in modern fashion, was often photographed in pajamas, accessorized with her signature pearls and effortless elegance. The slinky attire has reappeared in recent runways as a canvas for many designers to express their creativity and for costumers to comment on the state of society and their position within it.

Experimenting with this trend is best, choose silk or satin material to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed. Playing with proportions is also a good idea to add more interest to your outfit. A distinct pajama shirt paired with skinny jeans and heels or a belted robe with a co-ord keep the attire current and sophisticated.


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Overalls were originally a protective working garment for men. They became a style choice for children before becoming popular women’s style in the 1960s. They are now considered a high fashion garment, going for as much a $1000 for sale. While they can be styled numerous ways, layered with shirts or sweaters underneath or over, accessorized with scarves and hats and worn with a plethora of different shoes, I’d preferred they stayed in my childhood. I find their counterpart, the denim dress (that was also popular in the 90s) as a chicer, mature alternative.


(Photos courtesy of Refinery29 & Instyle)

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Fanny Packs date back to 15th century France, where they were called chatelaine. This small strap around bag debuted in the United States around 1980, and quickly became a pop culture joke through the 90s. While they never really went away, these tiny practical bags have found themselves made up in many styles and patterns and their functionality has made them all the rage today.

(Styles left to right from Ana Sui, Manish Arora & Rachel Comey)


One of fashions more notorious and controversial items, sweatpants have a crazy history with fashion. First introduced in 1920 by Emile Camuset of Le Coq Sportive. Comfortable, flexible and worn worldwide as tracksuits, joggers, trackies, these pants are worn for comfort and utility. After a fitness craze in the 1980s, sweatpants came in different materials and styles through the 90s, being largely associated with gyms, hip hop and pop music culture. Returning to their merely functional nature, they reached a lull in fashion, but popularity grew again in 2010 as the demand for fashionable workout gear that was also flattering lead to the rise of yoga pants. Often seen as egregious, they came with extensive dress code regulations in schools, offices and public places. Many think this demand has lead to the current trend of athleisure. Athletic wear incorporated into people’s everyday use is a trend expected to continue growing in the next few years. As you enjoy this trend, remember that some materials, dyes and chemicals used to make it water, grease and stain resistant, can have negative consequences on the environment, so be selective in your choice!

While these style have ducked in and out of the fashion scene, the coolest thing about fashion is you can wear anything you want, whenever you want. Which styles found their way back into your closets? (Or possibly never left?)

Highlights From Tokyo Fashion Week


Tokyo Fashion Week was held October 16-20. Tokyo is a strong fashion scene, almost as popular for the endless inspiration of street style, let alone all the runways have to offer. The perfectionist level of layers is not just an art, but a showcase of the city’s traditions and acute sense of trend. Sharing spring and summer collections was only the beginning. Exhibitions were also held after runways in addition to other events regarding fashion, either by invitation or to General Audience, which I thought was a great way to share brands and continue stimulating customers to fresh picks in fashion. Check out some of my favorite highlights.


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Akiko Aoki’s collection had deconstructed, multiple layered outfits; some in a monotone scheme, some with pops of color. There were corseted floral dresses, rope fringe details, careful deconstruction, lace, ruching and sheer that wasn’t over the top. I thought it was very on trend; with purposely unrefined style that has become so popular in fashion all over the world.



Neon shades and bright contrasting colors from Meiking captured my attention. This was such a lively collection that is perfect for warm spring day and long summer nights.


In weaving, the basic purpose of the loom is to hold warped threads. In knitting, the basic structure contains multiple loops of yarn. Looming and looping are fundamentals in knitting textiles. LoomLoop is a brand focusing on materials, adding value through integrating those intricate techniques. The brand also uses Canton silk, a traditional fabric that requires a high degree of craftsmanship, in its collection extensively. Its was another colorful line with detailed silhouettes I considered great.

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The colorful kids line Bananachips was a cute presentation that deserved a shoutout.


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Using traditional kimono techniques, the concepts at Fortuna are tradition, fashion and craftsmanship. The collection was contemporary, no nonsense and dapper. I thought the most fashion forward item was the hooded peacoat, what do you think? The brand is also supported and chosen for Cool Japan Marketing Project, a project that promotes the nation’s creativity-based industries at home and overseas.


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Established in 2014 after working for Alexander McQueen, the Eliza Winkler brand was born. While intense in its few wild creations, overall I found this runway moody and inspiring. Where it lost me at what I call the big bird gown, there were sharper and sleeker designs with just that right amount of edge that I really love in my own style. I will definitely keep my eye on this brand. I am unsure of how many countries its sold in, but maybe a trip to Japan will do the trick!



Paradox Tokyo (above) and Muze were both sloppy, grunge collections that I couldn’t even find an individual item I liked. I didn’t understand the concept or purpose to these presentations. Maybe if I had an idea of what the designers were going for I would have a different point of view, but it was left to my own interpretation and my conclusion is that they were disappointing.


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Fashion Hong Kong, Harrison Wong & Heaven Please were some standout brands. Heaven Please had lightly deconstructed shape while Harrison Wong went for futuristic minimalism. These collections brought fresh, contemporary style to the runways of Tokyo Fashion Week.


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Viviano Sue was an ultra feminine, dreamy collection. In a pastel color palette came a nod to sport in delicate floral patterns and silk as well as sharper contrast pieces that still held to the bohemian style of it counterparts in ruffles, cutout sleeves and looser shape.


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The 70s inspired runway at Keisukey Yoshida was a fun change of pace to see from the shows. The attire was still streamlined and cool, with banded dresses, lace accessorized bell bottoms and a cutout jacket.

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You might have already seen this because its the the worst trend fashion has ever seen, but these are the “Thong Jeans.” These…pants, for lack of a better term, serve next to no purpose and lack in modesty. They are not trendy or even the slightest bit fashionable. Trust me when I say you don’t want to see the back of these.

photos courtesy of Tokyo Fashion Week Online and Fox

A Models Health: Are We Doing Enough?

runwayFrench Fashion houses announced they will not be using size zero models on their runways and photo shoots. Due to accusations of encouraging eating disorders in the fashion industry, the country has banned unhealthy models working in fashion and are hoping this ban will encourage other houses to follow. They have also put a stop of girls younger than 16 in work where they would represent adults. Among them are Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Gucci.

This news came just before New York Fashion Week started, and companies had to move quickly to enforce the new approach to Paris Fashion Week specifically. Allegedly Paris has been the biggest offenders in the unhealthy overly thin model debate, making this decision ever so important. Paris based magazines are also legally obligated to note when a photo of a model has been edited. There is a $45,000 fine otherwise. So how are size zero models being filtered out? Models are required to provide a doctor’s certificate that says their Body Mass Index (BMI) is healthy enough for them to work.

We’ve discussed before that BMI is not the most accurate or healthy way to state someone is in good health.


When discussing what is the appropriate BMI, who is going to regulate this new measuring stick for a models “health”? Who is going to determine the correct amount of “Mass” a model should or shouldn’t have? As each model is of different heights and builds, aren’t we heading down a slippery slope when we try to put all of the models under the same umbrella?

As in sports, they have found that a vast majority of the athletes would have been classified as obese under the current scale and a quick visual of someone such as LeBron James would render that classification comical at best and grossly incorrect at worst. I do agree that there should be precautions taken to insure the models health and well being.

Again to note the professional athlete analogy, there is constant talk of not overworking these finely trained athletes. They are often sat and their playing time is monitored to ensure that their bodies are not overtaxed. In the case of models, should this consist of a combination of regular physical examinations and testing of blood pressure and all of the pertinent levels such as heart rate and cholesterol levels with a modified BMI scale? Should there be modifications and limits on the amount of days or assignments that a model can work a month?

If these types of safeguards were put in place then maybe it would help with the safety and health for the models and would help prevent tragedies such as the 14 year old Russian model who died in China recently. I am not sure if it would have helped her or prevented her death, but there should be a panel of experts convened to examine these factors and to assure that the models do not get lumped into an unsafe scale that categorizes them as too thin or too heavy when in fact that may or may not be the case. While using BMI is a broad guideline for the Parisian fashion industry to use for scale, its a good start to promoting healthy body and image.

Information courtesy Yahoo Lifestyle, Size 0 models are now banned from several major fashion shows, Lauren Sharkey, September 6 2017

The DailyBeast, RUNWAY TO HELL The Mystery of What Killed a 14-Year-Old Russian Model in Shanghai, Brendon Hong, November 1 2017

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pt. 3

There are always unforgettable fashion moments at Paris Fashion Week. After a whirlwind month there is a plethora of fashion to love, hate or style just right. I know I have been inspired by many different brands that will keep me preoccupied until the next season, maybe even longer than that! Check out the final piece of my Paris review and of fashion month.

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I really just adored the materials and trendsetting silhouettes from Sonia Rykiel. There wasn’t anything obnoxious or haphazard, just a fresh pick of graceful, fun and beautiful styles so seasonally perfect I could cry tears of joy.

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The boxy shapes at Givenchy had a pragmatism to them. The lean silhouette was captivating and sheer material was used accurately and most importantly, appropriately. I didn’t cringe when I saw it because it was used to enhance an outfits statement rather the make a gaudy one.

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Balenciaga had a heavy mix of patterns that really wasn’t to my style, but there was a lot of attitude that I appreciated. I enjoyed the lengths of the sweaters, cardigans, dresses and skirts and thought those pieces were paired well together..

Valentino had two parts to the collection- A Haute Mess and The Chicest Gowns I’ve Ever Seen. See below.

Valentino Part 1: the Haute Mess. Weird materials and oddly draped dresses left me confused in addition to  having little purpose in the collection.

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But maybe it was just a tactic to keep its audience’s attention, because it quickly turned into the chic dress collection with beautiful color palette, day wear to evening, each one had my jaw dropping to the floor. There was so much charm and edge that was very sophisticated.

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It was a pretty pink nightmare at Alexander Mcqueen. Combining Victorian ruffles with Fifties shapes complete with creepy hair out of a horror movie. Its like the old china dolls in my grandma’s attic that I wasn’t allowed to play with came alive. Everything, from the organza dresses and denim skirts was just wrong.

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Windbreakers and neon colors gave a nod to the eighties at Isabel Marant. Complete with parachute pants and joggers, but there was a modern touch that made the styles feel new and not dated. The florals were fresh and metallic colors gave an edge to an otherwise dull idea. But mixing the old with the new can be cool like so; I might just have to raid mom’s closet this holiday.

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Chanel’s runway felt like children playing dress up…and there was in fact a child on the runway. From plastic material hats gloves and coats to wool fringe shorts to an accented dress that looked like my first bike’s handle streamers, it was pretentious and unnecessary. A lot of the shapes were good and there was plenty of classic Chanel tweed sets to go around. The “extra” put into the runway was not needed and cheapened the experience. I’m particularly disappointed at some of the unctuous reviews I read about this collection. Sure it’s nice. It’s Chanel, its supposed to be nice. I don’t need groundbreaking every season, but I expect a level of sophistication that I either completely missed or I just don’t know fashion.

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The constructed and occasionally flamboyant motif from Louis Vuitton was refreshing. Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière said, “I thought anachronism was interesting. How today can we incorporate pieces considered as costume into an everyday wardrobe?” I thought it was a fun concept giving simple looks a classy edge, while formal, dressier pieces had an ease about them. I liked the reminder to experiment and that fashion is what we want it to be.

photos courtesy of WWD

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pt.2

As we begin the second part into our adventure of Paris Fashion Week, I am struck by the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. As is often the fact when you visit incredible museums such as the Louvre, you see works of art that just take your breath away, and occasionally you see the piece that leaves you scratching your head wondering what the artist was trying for. The following designers had some of both. There were wonderful pieces and some that just left me scratching my head. Take a look and see if you agree. Here are more hits and misses from Paris Fashion Week.


My question of Ann Demeulemeester’s runway is how, where and why would I wear such ill constructed flimsy clothing. Just looking at these photos gives me a headache, thinking about trying to get dressed with all those ties and loops.


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Sequins, fringe and studs were all the rage at Balmain. I liked that many of the ensembles were glam daywear as opposed to strictly evening or even cocktail, though they could pass with Olivier Rousteing’s sophisticated tact. Most of the line was a black and white combination that retained its sharpness very well; probably because of all the trim and embellishments.


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Each x Other was inspired by Americana this season, I did like the bright reds, whites and blues, but I could have done without the costume-y finish of the show.


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The transitional pieces at Vanessa Seward were just simply cool. The main colors were muted, but there were styles in brighter warm shades, accented by gold or black pieces. I loved that even longer sleeves and hemlines seemed light, like you could easily add layers if you wanted to wear these pieces year round, even though they were designed with printemps (French for spring) in mind.


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I enjoyed the traditional and modest Chinese influence runway by Uma Wang. The different textures in material was very interesting. The mix of layers and tomboy colors against vivid, idyllic cinched velvet dresses with delicate flower patterns really created an striking contrast. Fancy, cozy or even brawny, whatever mood strikes, something spoke to that.


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Issey Miyake was inspired by Iceland, and the collection was stunning. Bold colors, graphic imagery of countryside, tessellation like patterns and perfect configuration of layers made for a structured and awe inspiring collection.


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The demure shape and playful colors from Lutz Huelle caught my eye. The German designer wanted the material to be weather resistant, which gave the already sensible runway a pragmatic edge. I liked the idea that the clothes are meant to be worn, and just because they have to be worn doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The minimal, high mobility designs were accented by dramatic colors and excellently placed cutouts, lace, buttons and drawstring.


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Every dress at Alexis Mabille was fancy but not overly frou frou. I thought the floral garlands the models wore in their hair were so crisp and feminine. I particularly liked them set against the darker navy colored outfits. Titled Paris Blossoms, the flouncing and laces and pleats whisked me away to a beautiful spring day.


Johnny Johansson of Acne said he admires fashion outsiders, “I see us sort of moon circling  around the fashion scene…They don’t really care about fashion the way I do and I like that energy of how they pull things together.” The boxy shapes were high fashion, but not so high fashion that you might never see someone wearing it. There was just something so low key and comfy about this collection, the fringe hem of a dress, a drawstring bag, the simplistic layers that didn’t have to be just so. It was a fun collection that I found encouraging.


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Elie Saab drew inspiration from the rainforest and the colors were mesmerizing. The python print and tropical leaf pattern were really excellent touches against bright blues, yellows and pinks. And of course there was signature sequins, delicate lace and beautiful silks in the intricately designed gowns only Elie can do. The whole collection carried a touch of playfulness and plenty of finesse.


I didn’t really understand or get a concept at Altuzarra. This didn’t really even feel like a spring collection. The pieces all had a heaviness to them, more like it was meant to be a fall collection. Its not that there was anything in particular wrong, there was plenty of nice enough attire, maybe not my style. That could be why it feels like nothing more than more clothes at fashion week.

Paris Fashion Week Part three will be posted shortly!

photos courtesy of WWD