Sweet Swag Suite

Thank you, GBK! I came away from NYFW and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week last Friday feeling beautiful, pampered and loved, thanks to GBK’s Style and Gift Lounge in the Empire Hotel. Look at me! I’m positively glowing in Catherine’s photo below!

Apres Hard Candy makeover and relaxation at the GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge at The Empire Hotel

Apres Hard Candy makeover and relaxation at the GBK Celebrity Gift Lounge at The Empire Hotel. Photo courtesy of Catherine Salfino.

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Brandon Sun AW13

Designer Brandon Sun with all the models from his presentation in The Box at Lincoln Center

Designer Brandon Sun with all the models from his presentation in The Box at Lincoln Center

Brandon Sun has never been one to shy away from fur in any of his creations. He cut his teeth designing within that medium for J. Mendel, and then worked in the fur division of Oscar de la Renta before stepping into the limelight, working on the relaunch of the Blackglama What Makes a Legend Most campaign featuring Janet Jackson. He kicked off his eponymous fur accessories collection in 2011 and then launched ready-to-wear one year ago. Today Sun was right in step with the rest of the big guns this season, almost all of whom worked major amounts of fur into their collections.

Collaborating again with BlackGlama, this time for a collection filled with modern elegance and a contemporary way of incorporating fur, Sun looked to the Gutai art movement for inspiration, telling FashionWhirled how his materials, like mink shaved so low it appeared to be plush velvet, layered upon each other and fit together “like pebbles washed upon each other in a stream.”

Model wearing mink peplum bodice, sleeves and skinny silk/wool trouser.

Model wearing mink peplum bodice, sleeves and mink/leather stole with skinny silk/wool trouser.

Citing the “mystical interior designs of Axel Vervoodt,” eastern Wabi Sabi randomness and a palette pulled from Vervoodt’s shots of mountain and forest before sunrise, Sun provoked with peplumed bodies, long lengths and layers upon layers. Hues of grays,  charcoals and blacks were accented with a touch of early navy or shimmering camel. Satin, crepe, flannel and silk/wool and wool/cashmere fabrics were tactile manifestations of the collection’s luxuriousness.

Brandon Sun AW13

The young and talented Sun, with work that is dark, wild and extravagantly modern, is poised to become a creative force to be reckoned with, for sure. We just hope that one day he will incorporate faux fur into his beautiful collections as well.

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Designer Brandon Sun

Designer Brandon Sun

A Fashionable Mind: Holly Adam on FashionWhirled’s Friday:5ive

The fashionable Holly Adam and I met through the men’s wear industry but cemented our fashion friendship through our travels in Europe, during the menswear Fashion Weeks held twice a year. She was the protogé of Kal Ruttenstein, the inimitable Fashion Director of Bloomingdale’s back in the day (I’ll never forget the jogging suits and silver trainers that he always wore in flight. ALWAYS.), and an icon whom I followed about blindly — when she would hold court in Rose’s down a little alleyway in Firenza, carousing us for drinks poolside at the Villa Cora or in Milan at the Duca or the Gallia lobbies. In Paris, we’d see her for dinner at Dave’s Chinese or bouncing around with our pal and colleague, John Fowler, at Le Crillon.   She has this deep, infectious laugh and lovely way of carrying herself, a beautiful blended head of grey, even back then, and a style of dressing to die for. I was smitten! Holly left Bloomie’s years ago and Continue reading