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Bobby Abley Autumn Winter 2019 at London Fashion Week Mens
Bobby Abley’s colourful and zany AW19 collection, which was presented in the Truman Brewery BFC showspace in the heart of artsy Brick Lane, centred around Pokémon, the designer’s childhood memories and his hometown of Scarborough where he designed and worked on the collection.
The colour palette drew direct inspiration from the cartoon characters with Charmander fiery reds and oranges, mellow Mewtwo-inspired lilacs, Squirtle aquatic blues and Pikachu yellows. High-vis neons and sporty accents of brown, army greens and blacks were also seen. The attention-grabbing collection showcased the classic sportswear technical fabrics, chunky knit sweaters and athleisure silhouettes but with a twist. Sweatshirt and jogger combinations sported all over pokéball prints. A colour block hooded poncho even sported the pokéball motif.
Vibrant bomber jackets with contrast panelling were covered with busy Pikachu and Charmander all over prints with bottoms to match. A simplified Pikachu motif also made its way onto denim jacket and trouser co-ords. A longline bomber jacket and pyjama set was also splashed with blue Squirtle prints. Particularly striking was a black neoprene sweatshirt and trouser combo sporting a playful Pikachu and large-scale lightening bolt print. Charmander flame inspired contrast panelling was seen on sporty urban jackets, dungarees and matching trousers, and there were boiler suits in fiery brights. It was a true Pokémon party.
While the Pokémon pieces stole the show, other standout pieces included a large-scale tartan check hoodie with a scarf-like tasseled hem, punk checkerboard print dungarees and an oversized fluoro blazer. The outerwear was particularly dazzling with high shine leather pieces and a zany parka, half Pepto-Bismol pink, half checkerboard printed with the words “whatever” and “forever” plastered along the sleeves. Pink was also a very prominent colour on the runway with a pink trucker jacket and trousers, a pink Pokémon sports tee and shorts, pink hoodies, pink and red checkerboard printed trousers and my ultimate favourite, a cardigan spray painted neon pink.
The accessories included cowboy hats and bandanas offset with wintery fluoro scarves, balaclavas and baby blankies all hand knitted by the designer’s mum and relatives adding a handmade traditional touch. Neon headbands were also seen as well as chunky boots paired with neon socks. There was even a pokéball shaped bag because why not? In a collection inspired by virtual animals, anything goes! The hair and makeup was as eclectic as the models and the word “ok” was painted across the male models’ faces in bright colours. The few female models seen either sported heavy black or shimmery neon eyeshadow and metallic glittery lips.
For the finale, a gigantic Pikachu wandered across the catwalk ending the quirky spectacle with a bang. For Bobby Abley, the designer who loves to experiment with childhood nostalgia, you can tell this is yet again another collection made for the guy that’s sporty, cool, fun loving and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
written by Jane Ighodaro
Click HERE to view the full Bobby Abley Autumn Winter 2019 collection.
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hauturely posted an update 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Emerging Designers From The Platform FLYING SOLO Show Their New Fall Winter 2020 Collections During NYFW
Flying Solo is the largest independent designer platform in the US, formed by independent designers from all around the world. It is owned and operated by the designers themselves, and the objective is to transform fashion culture through revolutionary retail experience and a personal collection. Flying Solo provides them with both opportunities to sell their collections directly to the costumers (online and in their retail store in NYC) and to present them during NYFW in a show they call Flying Solo Couture.
Last February, a long list of designers presented their FW20 collections. Overall, the show was very eclectic. Each designer has a very different style from the other, which brings more richness to the presentation. The collections went from a very sporty and fashion-forward style to those that opted for more formal clothes and classic shapes.
There were many significant collections, but some of the designers caught the audience’s attention more than others, leaving a lasting impression. MONOSUIT was one of them. The Russian brand designed by Masha Agapkina presented a collection that combined the signature oversized modern athleisure looks in a neon palette, with more classical styles in black, grey, and white colors, but without losing the sporty vibe. Fur hats, ranging in colors from hot pink to neon turquoise, were also memorable. Di Vicenzo was one of the other highlighted designers. He presented a different collection from Monosuit, which was elegant, glamorous, and luxurious, showing the contrast between designers and their styles. The designs were body-accentuating dresses and separates, made using modern technology and innovative yarns to create perfectly fitted garments that would shape the wearer’s figure with its signature knitted look. With a very neutral color palette including black, white, nude, navy, and maroon, fringes were the star element that adorned the dresses, some of which also included shiny details.
written by Aina Matamoros
Click HERE to view the full Flying Solo Fall Winter 2020 collection.
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hauturely posted 4 photos 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Cynthia Rowley Gets Inspired By Dr. Seuss For Her Spring Summer 2020 Collection
Cynthia Rowley began her career in fashion while studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduation, she took what little seed money she had and moved to NYC to start her eponymous fashion brand. The designer is known to take risks. This unparalleled sense of adventure that effortlessly translates into the spirit of the brand through a playful assortment of pretty dresses, beachy separates, and swim/surf. Cynthia Rowley has gone on to win numerous accolades, including a CFDA Award and Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards.
Cynthia Rowley, the brand, is built on the philosophy that fashion should be an adventure. The brand’s signature pretty-meets-sporty assortment features ready-to-wear, surf and swim, fitness, accessories, and home decor. Sustainability plays an essential role in the brand’s production process – limited quantities are produced in every piece to avoid excess inventory.
Deemed the pioneer of “surf-leisure” by Vogue, the brand’s signature wetsuits and neoprene swimwear are produced using recycled materials and green technology for a gentler and more sustainable environmental impact. Cynthia Rowley’s mission is rooted in women’s empowerment. The brand exudes a spontaneous spirit, and actively redefines fashion’s boundaries, inspiring women everywhere to take risks and live life fearlessly.
For her SS20 collection, designer Cynthia Rowley turned Tribeca’s tucked-away Jay Street into an animated, happy playland inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”
Rowley’s runway was printed with images from the book, and a few dresses toward the end of the show included mash-ups of Dr. Seuss’s fine art. But instead of just co-opting his designs, the designer worked in whimsical elements to her feminine fest. Scalloped details, striped raffia hats, and cloud eye makeup all transmitted the same spirit. Aside from floral frocks, Rowley presented strong separates, like trousers with two different colored legs, a column day dress that was half-white, half-beige, and pieces with graphic patchworked color blocks.
Models with boxy luggage or in a standout floral wetsuit, surfboard in hand, closed the show, ready for their next destinations.
written by Aina Matamoros
Click HERE to view the full Cynthia Rowley Spring Summer 2020 collection.
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WISHARAWISH Presents A Collection That Combines Traditional Craftsmanship And Contemporary Design for Spring Summer 2020
Wisharawish Akarasantisook became one of Thailand’s most promising young designers in the early 2010s. His approach to design remains as honest as the first day: it is a form of self-expression rather than business, and creative exploration. Championing technical mastery, immaculate handicrafts, and intricate details on pattern, Wisharawish plays with repetition of forms and geometric shapes, focusing on distinguished craftsmanship from different regions throughout Thailand alongside contemporary design. Wisharawish’s collections are a dialogue between the designer and his clothes, and then between the clothes and their viewers. Fashion becomes a narrative, and a platform to share interpretations and understandings.
Under this idea, he founded the brand WISHARAWISH in the early 2010s and became known not long after its creator won the first prize of Mango Fashion Awards in Barcelona, Spain. WISHARAWISH’s wearable art and technical mastery have been continually exhibited worldwide. From Hyeres’s Festival International de Mode & de Photographie in France to Bangkok Elle Fashion Week in Thailand to Wallpaper* Magazine’s Handmade exhibition. These all helped to put the brand on the fashion map and art scene.
For SS20, the designer Wisharawish Akarasantisook presented a collection where he explores a new chapter for the brand. He combines essential fabrics and sartorial cuts with wide and loose designs, resulting in a fluid, yet very elegant, silhouette. Dresses for women and blazers for men are the star pieces of the collection and the ones that show better this mix between a relaxed fluid style and a sartorial shape.
The color palette was made from powder tones of gray, white, black, beige, and soft blue. The collection also included some geometrical and abstract prints.
written by Aina Matamoros
Click HERE to view the full Wisharawish Spring Summer 2020 collection.
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Afffair Spring Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear
It was all about the details in Afffair’s sultry, textured, and eye-catching new collection; from the elbow-length bejeweled tulle gloves, the matching floral headpieces, to the footwear tailored to complement each look. Designer, Rufat Ismayil crafted a collection of sexy silhouettes inspired by a rare type of orchid, a common theme among the pieces. In addition to the orchid motive, other design elements included fringe, feathers, mesh, and extensive beadwork in both mini and maxi length gowns. The beadwork was impressive: the orchids appeared encrusted with gemstones and beading, the extra-long tulle gloves featured delicate hand-sewn gems, as did the headpieces and shoes that accompanied each look. Although each piece from this sexy collection demanded attention from the audience due to the level of detail involved in its craftsmanship, the backless purple fringe gown with crystal headpiece and above-the-elbow, tulle, and jewel-encrusted gloves ensemble was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening. Overall, the color palette was mostly of the pastel variety, aside from a few gowns in deep purple satins. Opening the show was a mint colored mesh woven fishnet long-sleeve mini. It features meticulously hand-beaded orchids finished with wavy organza trim that added a touch of artistry, complete with a matching orchid headpiece and perfectly slicked back hair.
Many of the looks from this collection hinted toward indiscretion, or, to put it boldly, an evocative affair. For example, the exquisite lavender floor-length gown, at times moonlighted as slip dress. Again, large, meticulously beaded head-to-toe orchids with wavy organza trim over body-hugging silk organza kept the gown from being too racy, even when the silk transitioned to woven mesh fishnet just below the derriere. All made for an intriguing collection that will undoubtedly lead to a bright future for designer Rufat Ismayil.
written by Francis Daly
Click HERE to view the full Afffair Spring Summer 2020 collection.
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