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!
Designers Noor Al Khalifa and Haya Al Khalifa
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.
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.
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….
I have just two words for the Spring/Summer 2015 collections of Trina Turk and Mr Turk:
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.
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?!
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.
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!
Chain mail, metallic leather, bling for days. These were gowns for the strongest of women, leaders, ladies ready for battle deep into the night. All at the hand of Carmen Marc Valvo, a master of the flowing evening dress. His AW14 styles were transformative.
After the show a very happy CMV gushed to his crowd of admirers and fans, which included the lovely Vanessa Williams. Strong women, indeed.
Perhaps it was Desigual’s imperative for AW14 that when La Vida Es Chula (when life is cool), love is always in the air. Maybe it was the colorful styles, with quirky, contemporary prints and patterns, that were totally wearable. It could’ve been the Gaudi-esque energy that exuded from the collection. Whatever it was, I always seem to fall in love with the clothes from this Barcelona-based house.
Alex Wek dancing down the catwalk at Desigual pretty much summed up the season. Fun and filled with mixes of happy patterns, beginning with the black and white that kicked off the show, ending with a riot of color and metallics, the collection moved in step to the beat of a Barcelona heart. Loved watching Alex prance down the runway, then, at end of show, offer up a big gold heart of gratitude from the designers.
Finally! Clothing at Duckie Brown this season that I can actually wear – and all without having to resort to searching for their exquisitely and precisely tailored men’s wear in small sizes. Yes, the Duckie has two faces for Autumn/Winter 2014. Hellooooo, ladies!
But the men’s wear shone as ever before – standing strong on the Duckies’ voluminous cuts, classic silhouettes, cheeky layering, and, this season, their bright and happy colors.
Gotta love a collection that puts on two happy faces.
Designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver take their place in the sun as they walk the runway at their show’s finale.
The designers backstage with Joe Jonas
Designer Nicholas K scored with a muted paletted of mixed media messages for both men and women that seemed destined for the coolest of hip, stylish people. Plus, these were some of the most amazing shoes I’ve seen yet.
Layers of military-esque lusciousness
- Apocalyptic fabness
Layers, mixed media
Great guy gear
Love the functional wearability
Layered guy gear
Those shoes! Talk about lace-up espadrilles!
Check out the finale here: Nicholas K FW2013 Finale