Style Fashion Week New York:
Malan Breton’s Exotic Men + Women

Crafting beautiful exotic luxury clothing, this Taiwanese-born U.S. designer pulled out all the stops during Style Fashion Week in his New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 collection for men and women at a sizzling runway presentation at Cipriani Manhattan last week.Malan Breton

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Offering both structured tailored looks and sporty athleisure, Malan sent out Continue reading

Men’s Style Day 1: New York Men’s Day

The quick spots shining on the models switching out atop small box platforms for the Krammer & Stoudt show during Monday afternoon’s New York Men’s Day session were disturbingly and frustratingly fast. After speaking to co-designer Mike Rubin, who said his wife, co-designer Courtenay Nearburg, wanted it that way and that snappers would get the picture if they were good enough photographers, I was still in the dark.

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It took me until after leaving the show to “get the picture.” The teasing, almost strobing effect of the spotlights highlighted (or obscured) the fact that all the Continue reading

NYFW Watch: The Spring Summer 2018 Trends

Autumn may be striking the seasonal clock this Friday, but you, dear reader, can be ahead of the curve on all the upcoming trends for Spring/Summer 2018, after the wrap of New York Fashion Week this past Thursday.

In front of The Standard, photographing You-Know-Who

Yes, that’s Fashion Whirled in front of The Standard after the Sandy Liang show, photographing You-Know-Who (shhhh, I mean stalking the wild Man Repeller, Leandra Medine)

How adorable is The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine

Just how flippin’ adorable is she, anyway?!!!!

Women’s fashion will be pretty and ultra feminine, with an athletic sportiness thrown in for good measure, and sheer to shiny designer manifestations key. Fanny packs made an unlikely return. But anything with sparkle plenty was fair game.

Check out highlights of some of the designer shows I attended: Continue reading

NYFW SS17: Desigual

Desigual is always one of my favorite shows during NYFW. Exuberant. Happy-making. Uplifting. And delightfully designed.

This season was no different. All about the “Global Traveller,” the show certainly transported those in the audience. Magical embroideries, prints, embellishments and crocheted textures.

Book my flight. I’m ready.

Photos courtesy of Bjorn Nasett, The Fashion Farmboy,


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Photos by Bjorn Nasett

Photos by Bjorn Nasett

It May Be NYFW, But Don’t Forget About Menswear!

Bjorn Nasett, my fashion buddy (and general all-around great guy; you NEED to know him, too!) shared my menswear trend wrap up ideas with his Amazing Goodwill readers recently. As NYFW swings into full force this weekend, here’s a little wrap-up rewind of menswear love to balance out the women’s runway offerings!

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NYFW AW15: Stephen F and The Oak Room’s Last Photo Shoot

There’s a new kid in town for menswear. Metaphorically speaking, that is. Stephen F isn’t really  new, but he does seem to be taking New York by storm right now in a fresh, new manner. And as he should be. Suffice it to say, I have fallen for this handsomely talented man and his elegant work.

Swedish designer Stephen Ferber, creative director behind Stephen-F menswear collection, sharing a smile backstage pre-presentation at The Oak Room.

Swedish designer Stephen Ferber, creative director behind Stephen F menswear collection, sharing a smile backstage prior to his presentation at The Oak Room.

I first experienced Stephen F at last season’s New York Men’s Day, all tailored loveliness and sleek leather bomber jackets; however, the clothes were altered to fit female models and you couldn’t tell how they might suit a real guy. Fast-forward to this week’s show at The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel — and all questions to that end were answered.

Creative Director/designer Stephen Ferber’s AW15 “Lili Collection,” serendipitously presented during a six-week window of availability before The Oak Room closes to undergo renovations  (his PR genius Paula Rosado called it “The Last Photo Shoot at The Oak Room”), is a beautiful creative homage to Ferber’s maternal grandmother, who survived Auschwitz.

With models maneuvering in front of three white seamless stations amid a stylish group of editors and buyers, the clothes spoke for themselves. Brand ambassador, model and business partner Alex Lundqvist, seen below with Stephen, is the perfect face of the brand, which focuses on clothing crafted in the same Italian factories that assemble Zegna and Corneliani, as well as on sportswear that is elegant, suave and effortless. I was extremely impressed with the accessories, too, which included deerskin or fur portfolio/ hand warmers. Stephen F’s clothes, dark, luxe, all sharp cuts and trim tailoring, represent wearable luxury today’s modern guy will be drawn to acquire.

Speaking of buying, I spied Saks Fifth Avenue’s VP/Fashion Director Eric Jennings perusing the montages of models, making me hopeful that Saks will start carrying some of the Stephen F menswear. Stephen F’s creative results are too good not to be available in the States. Note that there should be news about a flagship shop opening here soon in NYC. Both Stephen and Alex mentioned they were waiting for paperwork to be finalized, possibly as early as yesterday.

Stay tuned for updates here, guys, regarding Stephen F’s availability for next winter. I know you’re going to want to snap up this designer’s elegant clothing the minute you touch it, let alone wear it around a fitting room.


Designer/Creative Director Stephen-F flanked by business partner/model Alex Lundqvist and models.

Stephen with business partner Alex Lundqvist, who makes for a great brand ambassador of the collection

Stephen with business partner Alex Lundqvist, also the brand ambassador of the collection, seen here wearing a green velvet db tuxedo over a cashmere turtleneck.

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I couldn't resist, I remember working with model Alex Lundqvist back in my DNR days. Such a handsome, lovely man, heis now business partners with Stephen Ferber for the Stephen-F collection.

I couldn’t resist – I remember working with model Alex Lundqvist back in my DNR days. Such a handsome, lovely man, the business partner still has the sweetest personality. 

Rubin & Chapelle AW15:
Freezing for Fashion

Yes, that’s a partially frozen Hudson River below, the view west past the models at the Rubin & Chapelle Autumn/Winter 2015 presentation from the Top of the Standard near the High Line last Friday. That also was the tundra-like landscape off which the wind whipped, chilling to the bone the journalists, bloggers and photographers invited to cover that show, many of whom were made to wait outside for over half an hour in the wildly windy “feels like” temps of that day. Some of those fashionably-attired previously-mentioned were dressed wearing no socks but cool (no pun intended) pumps, short dresses, no hats or scarves — and had to huddle together en masse for warmth before making it upstairs. We never found out the reason for the 10th Avenue fashion freeze out.

Rubin & Chapelle AW15But, anyway, once we made it inside and up to the venue with the stunning views, we warmed to not only the indoor temperatures, but also to the adorable, wearable clothes. Worked up by partners in design Sonja Rubin and Kip Chapelle who collaborated with designer Johanna Michel, prints referenced traditional Scottish motifs, but rescaled and distorted digitally for versions of tartan and argyle. Hence, the Wellies-styled footwear by Sperry Top-Sider paired with many of the outfits. Outstanding favorites, and those that should be super popular come next fall/winter, were the circle skirts in graphic black and white or grey, an equestrian-themed dolman blouse and the graphic printed long dresses. Personally, I loved the bit of distressed edges on armholes; I’m always one for a raw uneven finish, as long as I can layer under it.

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Saunder AW15: A Resounding Royal Oui

I hate to be a cry baby, but this was one of the worst venues to maneuver around in the name of “viewing fashion.” Perhaps I was upset because I lost my favorite black wool knit hat there while trying to do just that. Maybe it was because I almost fell into one of the models standing on her raised pedestal after someone with a backpack swung around to take said model’s picture. Or chalk it up to having to squeeze through non-existing holes in fashionistas six abreast to get from the first group of models to the end of the fashion gauntlet. Whenever it was, the narrow little presentation path at Ed’s Chowder House at The Empire Hotel was clearly entirely too narrow to encourage great fashion feedback.

But, ah, there’s the rub. I actually fell in love with much of designer Emily Saunders’ Saunder AW2015 collection. Her creative refashioning of clothing based around the cutting off of wife Catherine of Aragon by Henry the Eighth (or was that her head?!) was inspired by London stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She stuck with the metaphor on many levels, from makeup to fingertips.

Saunders gave a quirky nod to tweeds, tartans, Tudor tailoring and punk. But it was the nails that were to die for, as was the jewelry. Accessories designer Megan Isaacs, in a fourth collaboration with Saunder that she called Modern Tudor, put forth an heirloom box’s worth of jewelry meant for a queen. And the nails? Nail artist Patricia Yankee crafted each one into tiny jewelry on the end of each finger.

This is fashion you don’t need to lose your head over — it’s easy to understand and will be great to wear next winter. Have a look; we’ve already parted the crowds for you.

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Desigual and Christian Lacroix’s Cultural Mashup AW15

Exotic blanket sweaters is cropping up as one of my favorite trends for Autumn/Winter 2015. Some of the best, including the best pom pom’d berets, printed puffer jacket amid the Oriental carpet motif sweaters, walked the runway at Desigual, where wildly intense colors and patterns helped the happy down the runway for AW15. The collection’s “living canvas,” as stated in the run-of-show notes, was inspired by a global mashup of “the artist’s atelier.” And the artist’s studio in question here would be that of Christian Lacroix’s. Mixing the lush, the exotic, the multicolored and the lavishly textured, Desigual spun out a cultural exchange from inspiration to production. Mix the moments.

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Duckie Brown AW15: Tomorrow is Not Just Another Day

Serene, sophisticated, clean…with the prettiest palette this side of Lincoln Center. And, as tends to be the case, one of my favorite menswear collections. There’s always so much creativity, but such that is honed to perfection by unusual cut, impeccable tailoring and ultimate wearability.

Tearing down the walls of backstage and creating a transparency that merged into the front row, designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver put their hopes and dreams for a new “tomorrow,” as their show invite stated, front and center at their West Village venue at Industria. It was one part voyeurism (were you, too, thinking 50 Shades of Brown?!) and one part fashion art performance.

Pinks and clarets in silk charmeuse served as open wrapped cardigans. Floaty white chiffon turtlenecks were tucked into pleated trousers that flowed languid and loose. Collarless overcoats came out in grey flannels and buffalo checks. These were the obvious makings of a grown-up collection worthy of the self-possessed mature man.

Bring it, Duckie. We are ready for tomorrow.


And the walls came down…prior to the presentation


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