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CAAFD Emerging Designers Collective Fall Winter 2019 during New York Fashion Week
Each season, the Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) provides a global platform for a select few of the world’s most talented designers. This season saw the return of CAAFD veterans Mouton Blanc and Zabetta Couture, as well as newcomer Imogen Evans in her at New York Fashion Week debut.
The backstage area provided an intimate look at the inner workings of a fashion production: sketches of imagined hair and makeup designs lined the mirrored walls where models sat, getting their final looks applied; there were several long rows of garment bags with photographs and notes on stylistic elements attached, such as, “no bra, hood on.” The atmosphere was lively and electric in those final moments, as models posed individually or in small groups for pre-show photographs.
Hakuyo Miya, designer of Mouton Blanc, known for his innovative lines and bold silhouettes, brought his unique amalgamation of Parisian and Japanese influence to his expertly crafted new collection. Miya’s spirited designs combined his unique use of texture, color, and modernism. A coat constructed of colorful panels of fur, silk, and chiffon may not have worked in the hands of a less skilled designer, but Miya’s expertise lies in his ability to create artistic, surprisingly wearable designs. Miya’s collection employed the use of the mask, whether hiding the lower part of the face or the entirety of the head; this stylish choice was seen not only in Mouton Blanc, but also in iMi. As an accessory, this trend is fascinating, as masks traditionally are meant to conceal wrongdoing, though for our next designer, they appear to have wider social implications.
iMi by Imogen Evans, in the designer’s NYFW debut, presented a provocative, thought-provoking collection. Mostly constructed out of jersey, corduroy, and knits, Evans’s collection drew inspiration from stories of sexual assault survivors, which Evans elicited through social media. With sleek, abstract lines and rough cuts, in a minimal palette of greys, pale pinks, and blues, Evans constructed a collection of emotive, wholly dramatic designs: the trim, sexy take on the tracksuit accentuated by a grey surgical mask with thick fringe almost resembling tentacles emanating from the mouth, or the reconstructed white hoodie, which concealed all but the eyes, the word “LIAR” written in rough script across the mouth of the mask. As a whole, the collection was an emotive response to the way victims of sexual assault are silenced.
The last presentation of the evening, Zabetta Couture by designer Ruth Zabetta, offered a strong response to last season’s collection with a series of tightly tailored looks in lux fabrics like wool, taffeta, and silk. Particularly impressive was a pair of grey wide-leg trousers paired with a purple sequin top and a taffeta one-shoulder mini dress with a large bow on the right shoulder (the oversized bow appeared numerous times on the runways this season, situating Zabetta Couture as trend-forward). Zabetta is known for creating flattering, feminine lines and shapes, which the designer demonstrated with each look of this cohesive, impressive collection.
written by Francis Lamar
Click HERE to view the full CAAFD Fall Winter 2019 collection.
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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.
written by Style is Viral
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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70’s Glam Rock Influences at Hakan Akkaya Fall Winter 2019 during New York Fashion Week
One of the top shows of the season was from a designer we had not seen before. Istanbul designer Hakan Akkaya’s Fall Winter 2019 Collection proves that 70’s glam rock is back in fashion! The collection had both male and female models walking in the show. The looks and central theme of the collection heavily focused on glamorous punk rock styles influenced by 70’s rock stars icons like David Bowie, Joan Jett, and Billy Idol.
The rock-glam collection is made to be worn on the big stage as only performers can pull off the blinding shimmers, over sized shoulder pads, sequins decorated with spike and studded details as seen on these pieces. Edgy looks comprised of sparkling bell-bottom pants, pantsuits, bodysuits, dresses, skirts, jackets, fur, and puff coats were some of the pieces we saw. The color palette used consisted of silver, gold, pink and black metallic shades, solid black was used as a staple throughout the collection. Prints like leopard, zebra, pinstripes, checkerboard, and glitter were used. A few of the pieces were embellished with a lightning bolt which added to the 70’s theme.
These modernized retro-glam outfits which screamed fun vibes would be perfect on celebrities like Lady Gaga or Jennifer Lopez at their concert performances!
written by Tiffany Le
Click HERE to view the full Hakan Akkaya Fall Winter 2019 collection.
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