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MBFW AW15 Ricardo Seco:
Stepping Out the Real Way

Mexican designer Ricardo Seco has been doing such a wonderful job of making cool, wearable menswear since 2012 that every season I come away wishing my husband owned and wore at least one piece of his great artistically-crafted clothing.

But I’m on a different mission now after seeing his AW2015 collection and learning that this designer’s colorful collaborative work with New Balance isn’t selling anywhere here in the States. Okay, just do it, book my flight to Mexico City, stat! These brilliant beaded trainers are the perfect ticket for some hot sales here, if I do say so myself.

There was other beautifully beaded, or bead-inspired, work reminiscent of contemporary Mexican art. Seco said he wanted to bring Real to his collection this season, interpreting the traditions and innovations of Mexico for the rest of the world. Some of his graphic black and white patterns looked like stained glass mosaics reinvented without color. Some of those patterns ended up twisted into beaded detail work on the sleeves of pony skin and leather cropped jackets or on the flaps of backpacks or used overall for patterned punch on a hooded leather and wool coats, a pair of trim narrow trousers, even as a sport jacket with impeccable tailoring.

However, those shoes were truly the show stoppers. In black and white or in color. These are kicks that will take you stylin’ every step of the way, always in fashion and beyond. Ricardo Seco certainly is keeping it Real.

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MBFW Street Style AW15: Hat Head

Baby, it’s been cold out there at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Lincoln Center, no matter how many chicklettes have been sporting shorts under their coats (yes, seriously, it’s been a trend, I’ve seen the pix).

Mostly though, great hats — especially the wool felt fedora or floppy wide brim — have been the top trend in street style. But what is it about everyone glued to their smart phones?!

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Our lovely Fashion Whirled photographer Olga Viakhireva, out on assignment! Check out the beautiful jewelry she designs here.

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Ricardo Seco SS15: “Dreams” Come True

Ricardo Seco is dreaming big these days. The former menswear-only designer is now creating womenswear and showed both in his “Dreams” collection for Spring/Summer 2015 last night at 7 World Trade Center. Using that venue on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, plus his collaboration with the Wixárika tribe (a native Huichol Mexican community), Seco waxed positive about the next generation’s “future dreamers.”

Seco launched his menswear here three years ago, the only Mexican designer to participate in New York Fashion Week. This season, he incorporated an urban backdrop of black and white leather, neoprene, silk and cotton set against luxurious and ebullient hand-beaded embellishment in keeping with his Mexican heritage. The designer definitely has hit his stride, combining his signature rock and roll ambience with effortless sportswear dressing that proves a perfect fashion foil for the contemporary man or woman. Both were sophisticated, cool and very New York City, styled with handmade sunnies, custom-beaded New Balance trainers, handbags, even intricately surfaced, over-the-top skateboards. When asked after the show if the designer were taking up boarding as a way of getting around the city, Seco laughed, “Maybe next month!”

Creating his own dawn of a new existence, Seco raised the shades behind the models at the end of his runway presentation, showing off the 9/11 Memorial site below amid the southern tip of the city — perhaps as a testament to the Wixárika culture’s Eye of God, perhaps signifying waking from a perfect dream. Either way, what a beautiful and positive wake up a call.

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Photo courtesy of Cathering Schetting Salfino

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Noon By Noor SS15

For some reason, I felt very emotionally touched by the Noon by Noor show, almost to the point of tears at one point. Designers Noor Al Khalifa and Haya Al Khalifa, cousins and childhood friends, have come far with the sophistication level of their clothing, and for Spring/Summer 2015 the direction was coolness personified, chicness with a slight ladylike tweak. Using nature as their inspiration once again, the design duo turned out their own version of a lush springtime garden on the runway.

Perforated leathers crafted some of the best outerwear I’ve seen this season, while metallic leathers, interpreted as sculptural jackets, shift dresses or tees, were fresh, modern and of-the-moment. Taking inspiration from “beginnings, renewal and youth,” the designers blossomed forth with bold floral and botanical prints for floaty long skirts (another hot trend of the season), sporty harem pants and short day dresses. Metallic-flower-embellished netting was a wonderful overlay detail that gave sporty classiness to many styles, especially dresses. The best, however, were the sculptural evening gowns, notably the black and white versions, that had almost a Japanese feeling in their voluminous cut and elegant structure.

Brava, Noor and Haya!

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Designers Noor Al Khalifa and Haya Al Khalifa

Darkoh Does Brights, Whites and Slim Right for SS15

Menswear designer Joyce Darkoh does tailoring for young dudes in a very, very contemporary way.

This German-born designer, whose background is in creating in-between sizes for unusual body shapes, a ready-to-wear made-to-measure if you will, launched her Darkoh line just last year. This Monday during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, she led off her Spring/Summer 2015 collection with bright blue bespoke suits razor cut to the slimmest silhouette possible. She tempered that palette with pinks, popped in some silk tweeds, even a sweater or two,  then shot in white cotton satin with a contrasting peak or shawl lapel trimmed in blue denim for elegant yet youthful evening attire.

Grab it while you can, guys! Prices are quite affordable, at under $1000 for luxury worsted wools, silks and cottons from renowned Italian and English mills.

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MBFW Newcomer Taoray Wang Taps
Natalie Portman’s Black Swan As Muse for SS15

The successfully established Chinese women’s wear designer Taoray Wang debuted a globally-influenced eponymous collection inspired by muse Natalie Portman at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2015 this past Monday. The designer reprised the actor’s Black Swan ambience on her runway, presenting an architecturally-crafted, balletic design – replete with details like Black Swan-style “feathers” and origami-like pleating on many of her dresses. Her simple yet elegant designs are meant, she says, for all aspects of a powerful woman’s life.

Wang, who states in her press statement that she is a descendant of the Qing Dynasty, hails from a highly respected fashion background, starting at one of Japan’s top fashion designers, Junko Koshino, as first assistant designer before progressing to board member of the expansive Shanghai Ribo Fashion Group.

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Carmen Marc Valvo, Celebrating his Silver Anniversary this SS15

Happy Anniversary to Carmen Marc Valvo, who’s been treating us to exquisite evening gowns created like individual wearable artwork for 25 years now. And the collection he showed Friday for Spring/Summer 2015 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was no exception.

The designer sent out dress after dress designed with superb draping, sexy trompe l’oeil “cut-outs” achieved by ingeniously-placed nude netting, a stunning black and white combo used to elegant effect, plus the most magnificent of luxurious metallic shimmery and sheer chiffon silks available in a beauty-enhancing palette.

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To me, the gown above will always be the Silver Anniversary Edition! Even his menswear, including a shorts bedecked cream-colored tux and a sheer black evening shirt worn with a brocade-enhanced dinner jacket, was elegant and breath-taking. Lucky us, we got to visit back stage after the snow for a quick hello, candid model photos on the step-and-repeat and a look at the model board.

Love you, CMV! Happy 25th. Can’t wait for all the gorgeousness leading up to your Golden Anniversary….

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Just Another L.A. Day: Trina Turk, Mr Turk
and their Flower Market Buyout for SS15

I have just two words for the Spring/Summer 2015 collections of Trina Turk and Mr Turk:

EXTREME COLOR!

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Oh, yeah, and let’s add in selfies for everyone, as the models were told to keep their Smart Phones (branded brilliantly, of course, with Trina Turk phone covers) and document the presentation for Instagram. Double whammy of a PR Wham, Bam, Thank You, M’am! And, yep, that’s Trink Turk, below, capturing the moment after the walk-through with her designer hubby Jonathan Skow, surrounded by their fun-loving gang of girls and guys.

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The duo put forth a kaleidoscopic range (we are so loving that term for this season — cuz it fits) of hue and pattern influenced by a trip to the L.A. Flower Market. Based on the hothouse hues they presented, it looked as though they bought out the entire market that day! Each tableaux vignette focused on some aspect of a fun day in the sun, with female models blooming in Trina Turk’s trippy patterned maxi dresses, sweet short sets or poufy sundresses and guy models in Mr Turk’s tropical shorts, pop art swim trunks, super slim trousers and boldly printed tailored suits perfect for those schmoozing L.A. poolside parties. So, naturally, there was swimwear. Because what L.A. day isn’t complete without a quick jaunt to the beaches of Santa Monica or Venice?!

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Mark and Estel Rock the Runway for MBFW SS15

The vibe was definitely “Cali Style” on Friday, as Mark Tango and Estel Day of Mark and Estel embraced the insouciance of LA amid their new song “Malibu Anthem” for a Spring/Summer 2015 collection of all cotton that emulated leather, silk, wool and metal and is completely, 100% Made in the USA.

Jeans were hot and rockin’. The result was effortless, youthful and cool. And that was just the designers themselves! The actual clothes were slim-silhouetted for jeans, short for skirts, floaty and dropped-hemmed for rock-festival-perfect tops. The requisite designer bow at the end of the runway encompassed instead a live performance of their anthem, much to the delight of the normally jaded fashion crowd.

Real Housewife of NY Soja Morgan was front and center, with her Image Guru, Montgomery Frasier, close at hand when congratulating the duo backstage.

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Awww, thanks for the flowers, Desigual! S/S ’15 MBFW

Fun. Flamboyant. Happy-making. The Barcelona-based Desigual consistently delivers the goods and this season’s “Say something nice” collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on Thursday was no different, with fashion that set the tone for the Spring/Summer ’15 season.

Opening and closing the show with the sexy, smiling Adriana Lima, the designers (the house has collaborated with renowned international haute couturier Christian Lacroix since 2011) presented a love letter to their lady in a swath of bold, uncompromisingly wearable silhouettes — easy maxi and mini dresses, shorts and tees, jumpsuits, jackets and coats — embellished with sumptuous tropical floral prints, embroideries, crochets or lace, and in a kaleidoscopic burst of color. Like mini-explosions of happiness all over the place. Even black and white outfits were treated to a little tint of something. Floral headpieces, blossoming handbags and hot-hued strappy platform sandals only added to the hothouse flower ambience.

Thanks for the flowers, Desigual!

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