NYFW S/S ’19: Taoray Wang

Power play. Taoray Wang worked with strong silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and a focused design direction. Asymmetry, pagoda shoulders, jewel tones, grommet belts, obi sashes and cinched boyfriend jackets were just some of the ’80s sensibility saturating this gorgeous collection.

At times exaggerated in silhouette, intensely sexy and driven, Taoray proved you can bank on her being a fashion force to be reckoned with these days.

NYFW S/S 2019: Trail of Tiers at Vivienne Hu

One of the more luscious collections I was able to attend, designer Vivienne Hu belies the banking-based business she turned her back on before turning her hand to crafting beautiful clothing that this season were the perfect foil for a midsummer’s eve garden party. 

Hers was a trail of tiers. Soft ruffles, flounces and fringes were set off by just the right mixes of metallic materials and patterns that might make one think of a little bit country by way of Gunne Sax, just a little bit kid in a candy store via the amazing cornucopia of color, texture and wild fabric juxtapositioning.

Enjoy a few of this Whirled’s faves!

NYFW S/S 2019 : Ozlana

Pretty. Strong. Soft. Flowy. Pagoda shouldered. Asymmetrical. Pastel. Brights. Long. Short. Spring 2019 New York Fashion Week seems to have it all, acting a little like the recent New York City weather. Wait a minute and it’ll change, as long as you can maneuver around the city in time to catch it on the runway!

Ozlana

The spring collection from Ozlana, an Australian design house, started out prettily enough. Pink fluffy clouds adorned the “sky” of a runway punctuated with faux fur bear rugs, dried flowers and patches of pink. Pastels, especially Millenial Blush, figured heavily in the first part of the show. 

But then came fur parkas. And I convinced myself that the ice cream-hued fur vests, parkas, pocketbooks and trim on polos were faux. Sadly, it was not.

I hate to get political in a fashion post, but this is more of a matter of, hey, this is spring, why do you even need ANYTHING to be fur-like and also, hey, there is so much great faux fur out there now, WHY would you need to create anything for spring out of real fur.

These days, I’d rather walk a fur piece (hello: doggie) than wear one.


New York Fashion Week: Women’s Spring/Summer ’19

Yes, fashion IS changing. Always.

Of course, that’s what one expects. That every season hemlines will shift and realign, silhouettes fatten up or slim down, hues brighten or lighten on the color palette, models morph from celebrity super star to all-inclusive age- and size-wise. That another new inspiration will direct the zeitgeist of design down a new path of enlightenment or illumination, grabbing design by the hand and walking it out on a ledge of next-level-ism.

Change this season is a little different. There’s a lot to look back at. Ralph Lauren fêted 50 years in the business with a show and black tie gala dinner at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain that included Oprah and Steven Spielberg, among other luminaries. Badgley Mischka celebrated 30 years with an intimate garden tea party/runway presentation. Escada flexed its 40 year old heritage, tapping into its 80s’ power woman reputation yesterday.

Photo: Jeffrey Banks

Creating just a little bit of stress and angst, most shows have scattered to the winds in New York City, presenting at venues hither and yon, with no centralized location to speak of. While some designers decamped for Brooklyn (Ulla Johnson, for one), others scheduled at the popular-this-season Pier 59 Studios at Chelsea Piers, Spring Studios and Industria Super Studio.  Angel Orensanz Foundation has been home base for Art Hearts Fashion runways, while the Manhattan Center set up for Style Week shows. Editors are running back and forth all over the city. At least, Uber and Yellow Taxis seem to be doing quite well this show week!

Kicking off last Wednesday, New York Fashion Week led with Tom Ford’s super sexy slay. The NYFW shows will reach a pivotal peak with Marc Jacobs tomorrow night, the evening of the 12th, with all shows wrapping Thursday. Fashion is fashion, though, and I think the coolest, most up-to-date trend is the forward-movement of technology. From vending machine purveyors peddling pocketbooks by Neely and Chloe, bracelets by Venessa Arizona or T-shirts by Rebecca Minkoff at Spring Studios lounge sponsored by Visa, the new Payment Technology Partner of the shows, to the ready-to-really-wear runway looks instantly shoppable at the “Fashion Delivered” show by Cotton Incorporated x Amazon Fashion’s at Angel Orensanz, the “see now/buy now”technological advances are the best new spring trends.

Check back for more Spring 2019 reportage from the runways, as always with “My Style, My Spin!” xokim

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

Malan Breton

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, www.fashionfarmboy.com

 

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Photos by Bjorn Nasett www.fashionfarmboy.com

Photos by Bjorn Nasett
www.fashionfarmboy.com

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!

http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/ask-the-experts/fashion-expert-bjorn-nasett/menswear-trend-watch

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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.

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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.