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Balmain Spring Summer 2019 at Paris Fashion Week
Ancient Egypt was at the heart of Balmain’s show-stopping SS19 collection. Described as “Paris meets Egypt” by the impressive designer himself, Olivier Rousteing drew inspiration from the long standing historical ties Paris has with Egypt and the famous Egyptian monuments in Paris like the Obélisque on La Concorde covered in hieroglyphs and the Pyramid du Louvre.
The collection started and ended strong with all white ensembles modernised with metallics, striking black and white colour-combinations and infused with neutrals, denim blues and sugary sweet pastels in between. Setin a modern elegant spacious venue, Cara Delevingne opened the show lip singing to Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” and the dramatics did not stop there. The dazzling collection gave a nod to mummification with all white bandage bodysuits and dresses layered with distressed muslin.
It was pleating galore with origami skirts and dresses sporting fans of pleated fabric elaborately sculpted across the body, referencing pleated Ancient Egyptian clothing in a stylish extravagant way. It was sci-fi chic with garments sporting oversized sculptural cocoon shapes, metal corsets moulded to the body and futuristic cocktail dresses perfect for the year 3019. Structured shoulders and hooded pieces gave the garments a subtle 80s edge and sass that Grace Jones would approve of.
The Pyramid du Louvre appeared to be a huge inspiration with intricate 3D geometric embellishments adorning dresses and futuristic garments displaying layers of crystallized plexiglass panels resembling shattered glass. The fragmented looks and the level of intricacy made some of the pieces look computer generated.
Denim also dominated the catwalk. High waisted acid wash denim trousers and skirts were ripped, layered and distressed to perfection and adorned with chunky zips. Head to toe denim ensembles were embellished with jewels. Silkyutility cargo trousers added a tomboy edge and sporty looks had a feminine flair in pastels. Prints resembling cracked surfaces dominated both clothing and accessories and added a punk edge. Optical illusion geometric prints were also striking. Some Knitwear pieces were monochromatic covered with striking hieroglyph motifs while others had an edgy contemporary flair displaying rips and fraying.
Balmain’s signature glamour was there with high shine sequined blazers, metal mesh jackets and embellished tweed pieces all paired back with casual silhouettes. It was hi-lo styling at its best with Egyptian elegance. The accessories were truly out of this world with noteworthy knee-high chrome leather boots, clear plastic shoes, metallic sculptural belts cinching in the waist and abstract metallic statement earrings to match. Perspex clutches and chunky bracelets were also impressive and resembled works of art. All the models sported natural makeup with a dewy ethereal glow and sleek slicked back hair which complemented the highly ornate clothing to perfection.
Overall Balmain’s SS19 collection was a dazzling display of true craftsmanship and skill with high-lo contemporary styling met with hi-tech high shine elegance. For the modern-day Cleopatra, the collection was historical, futuristic and timeless all at once.
written by Jane Ighodaro
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Chocheng Spring Summer 2020 during New York Fashion Week
Showing again at New York Fashion Week was our favorite designer Cho Cho Cheng of Chocheng. Cheng studied fashion and costume design at Parsons School of Design then moving to London, working at Savile Row to learn the art and skills of British tailoring.
The Chocheng brand focuses on using natural and cruelty-free materials while adding luxurious details to the pieces. Fabrics are produced in Europe, while the garments are hand-sewn in London using skills and techniques from Savile Row. Cheng also chooses to have accessories made in Italy. These factors and details that have gone into the Chocheng collections are what makes this brand our favorite.
Like last season, this season used a similar theme of 1960’s movies. Although this season’s focuses were on the films Plein Soleil and Midnight Lace. The collection encompasses the retro aspects you would expect while still having a heavy emphasis on glamor, femininity, and mystery. Colors and patterns used in the collection include candy stripes, coral red, soft shades of pink, and neutral tones. Dresses, skirts, blouses, and jackets where the main types of garments seen throughout the collection. Our favorite look was the strapless bermuda top combined with a matching jacket and mini skirt in a candy stripe pattern, accessorised with large wooden framed sunglasses, a straw woven handbag and a pair of lace-up platform espadrilles made for an ultimate fun, chic, day look that we can look forward to in the next spring season.
written by Style is Viral
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Designs Influenced by Paul Poiret’s Japanese-Inspired Silhouette at Cushnie Fall Winter 2019 during New York Fashion Week
Carly Cushnie, famed for creating beautifully crafted designs that flatter the curves of a woman’s body. These looks enticed us with her recent collection inspired by French master couturier, Paul Poiret’s 20th-century Japanese-inspired silhouettes. She also took inspiration from the Japanese art of floral arrangements. Forming angular shapes, and geometric folds inspired by artist Nicola Kloosterman’s Shadowplay collage series. She chose to design this elegant Japanese-inspired collection in decadent navy, burgundy, blue, and purple hues.
She kept her signature aesthetic of feminine, clean lines, emphasizing on the shape, and form. Hints of boldness were articulated in forms of Japanese-inspired floral print embroidery, artful draping and folds to create pleated shoulder, asymmetrical neckline, and fringed details. The runway looks consisted of exquisitely constructed tops, jackets, trousers, jumpsuits, and skirts in luxurious satin and velvet fabrics.
This well-tailored collection, with its intricate use of handcrafted techniques, could only be expected of Cushnie.
written by Tiffany Le
Click HERE to view the full Cushine Fall Winter 2019 collection.
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Afffair Spring Summer 2019 during New York Fashion Week
Showing on the last day of fashion week was one of our favorite brands, Afffair. Quickly rising to the top as a preferred choice for celebrities and on the red carpet, designer Rufat Ismayel, creator of Afffair, brought a glamorous vision for this season and the brand. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Ismayel got his start by modeling for fashion houses as a teenager. He modeled for top brands like Paco Rabanne and Valentine Yudashkin. Then he realized he wanted to make a shift and create his own fashion brand and designs. Moving to Istanbul, he launched Afffair. Ismayel manages everything from design to factory garment production.
Jeweled details and elegant evening gowns are some of the features that make this collection so luxurious. Most pieces shown this season were dresses except for the occasional jumper, pants, shorts, skirt, and tops. Colors used in the collection were green, gold, and black. Materials noticed included organza, satin, velvet, and chiffon. The collection used opaque materials, and played with the use of skin which added sexy and mysterious vibes. A few of the looks were styled with a headband that complimented the collection.
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Click HERE to view the full Afffair Spring Summer 2019 collection.
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Concept Korea Fall Winter 2019 during New York Fashion Week
The very idea of Concept Korea is a fascinating one: a government-sponsored fashion collective developed to promote a burgeoning crop of talented Korean designers on a global platform. This season, breakthrough brands IISE and LIE each brought exciting, though very different, aesthetics to the world at NYFW.
LIE opened with a strong offering from designer Chungchung Lee, who delivered a relaxed, dynamic line of feminine daywear to the runway. A visually complex line with layers of contrasting textures, harsh patterns, and experimental textile combinations, Lee’s design aesthetic was unfamiliar, but altogether very desirable. Look-after-look demanded attention and conjured a sense of luxury and wealth: the mid-collection ensemble of wool plaid trousers and a leopard print jacket, both paired with a clashing midi blouse constructed of plaid, matching leopard print, and lace. Lee is an exciting young designer able to actualize his experimental vision and deliver it earnestly on the runway; LIE invokes curiosity and is very promising.
Helmed by design duo (and brothers) Terrence and Kevin Kim, IISE closed the collective with the intriguing and aptly titled collection, “Protest,” featuring 20 handpicked models of different races, looks, and attitudes. Constructed of materials sourced solely from their home city of Seoul, Protest offered an authentic, surprisingly emotive collection of streetwear designs. Several strong looks in head-to-toe black opened, notably a layered, sleek ensemble of sheer stockings, bicycle shorts, and a nicely tailored vinyl zip-up under a simple, utilitarian jacket. With each look more color was introduced until the complete absence of black was palpable: the intricately patterned and designed pastel blue poncho and trouser set brought a daring authenticity that was all in the details, how it created space and movement down the runway. IISE’s first NYFW offering was spirited and unique, an exploration of a global city’s history and how that narrative might illuminate its future.
written by Francis Lamar
Click HERE to view the full IISE Fall Winter 2019 collection.
Click HERE to view the full LIE Fall Winter 2019 collection.
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