Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Art Hearts Fashion Presented by Aids Healthcare Foundation at NY Fashion Week

Thanks to my blog corespondent Paola Nazario for covering and photographing the Art Hearts Fashion Show, this year presented by Aids Healthcare Foundation. Their show is always put on for a great cause, and featured a handful of brilliant up and coming designers during New York Fashion Week.

Walter Mendez displayed his timeless yet unique vision for womenswear throughout his collection that was full of many stunning dresses.

The House of Li Jon finds inspiration from both modern and historical fashion which is very apparent in her new collection of looks for men and women which included updated takes on chainmail. 

House of Byfield showed a retro-inspired slightly sporty mens and womens' collection using color and texture to create interest. 

Hallie Sara created a stunning collection for the modern woman who still enjoys a classic vibe, by using leather, fur, and lace in updated ways. 

Photography: Paola Nazario

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lela Rose Fall 2015 Fashion Show Review

Thanks so much to Nichole Hernandez for covering the Fall 2015 Lela Rose show! Lela Rose is a feminine brand that has been around since 1993, recognized for their ready to wear and wedding collections. The designer herself, Lela, is best known for her elegant meets whimsical designs and this season was no exception! 

As I walked up to the Mercedes-Benz lettering, I could feel my heart skipping. How exciting – my first fashion show! I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Upon entrance, a nice man named Paul helped me scan my QR code (my pass) for Lela Rose viewing and showed me exactly where to go. There was an enormous line of hundreds of people all waiting around for the doors to open. There was an air of anxiousness; we were all eager to see the new collection which was sure to be beautiful. Finally, the doors busted open and the crowd shuffled in. We were guided all around the showroom in order to find places to stand. 

After what seemed like endless searching for a decent spot, I situated myself on the floor in a sitting cross-legged position.  The lights dimmed, the crowd fell silent, and the music began. Out strutted the first model, and the flashes of a thousand cameras and phones began fluttering all over the room. There were so many stunning looks; I lost count! The hair and makeup was gorgeous and natural. The looks were elegant, modern, fun and played with a use of texture in interesting ways quite a bit. A standout element of this Lela Rose collection was the creative use of fringes. There was fringe on dresses, coats, and skirts, either sewn into hems and seams or covering surfaces. Several other reoccurring details in the latest collection were the use of lace, metallic, florals which many women are sure to die for. I would say my first fashion show was a success and I look forward to attending many more! 

Photography and Review: Nichole Hernandez

Georgine Fall 2015 Fashion Show Review

Thanks so much to Rachelle Chee for covering this season's Georgine fashion show at Lincoln Center! Georgine is always one of my favorite shows each season but I am so happy that she was able to go in my place while I was at work.

It was an absolute pleasure to be a correspondent for Modern Romantic, where I sat in on the Georgine Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Show. This was my very first time being an attendee at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and boy did it exceed my expectations. I would truly like to take the time and thank Caroline for giving me this opportunity and I hope to work together soon on future projects. Without further ado please enjoy my review on the Georgine fashion show review.

On day 6 here at New York Fashion Week, Georgine presented their Fall/Winter 15 Collection at the iconic Lincoln Centre where attendees included Nervo, Jay Alexander and Kelly Rutherford. Georgine captivated the audience with electric metallics  and luscious furs. Unlike previous seasons, Georgine featured an eclectic selection of color dyed furs, resembling a fusion of 60’s and 70's meets the roaring 20’s era. The Fall/Winter 15 collection featured high waisted pants, checkered print tops, plunging neckline dresses and sheepskin. The looks of the runway were inspired by a disco/retro vibe where looks featured pattern prints from head to toe to fox tails of fur jackets. The 24 year old designer reinvented the use of t-shirt-dresses by incorporating it for the fall season with the help of boldcolor  stripes. The hues of the season were mustard yellow, plum purple and gold. Ones thing for sure, this fall Georgine is a show stopper for any occasion. Fingers crossed Georgine’s vibrant collection turns up the temperature for the coming winter season. 

Photography and Review: Rachelle Chee

Fashion Show Review: La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni

La Petitie Robe, designed by Chiara Boni is an elegant yet wearable brand that was founded in 2007. Since the 1980's Chiara herself has been living a lifestyle centered on traveling the world. She developed this brand inspired by her own life, for both women of leisure and the professional world that will fit their variety of needs. Chiara Boni's clothing, made of unique stretch fabrics are perfect for folding up and fit into small spaces. The great aspect of her fabric and silhouette choices is that any body type can find items from her collections to suit their figure! The latest collection was shown over the weekend at Lincoln Center and once again fit the ideals of what the brand stands for. Major thanks to Amy Koum for covering this show for me, including photographing her favorite looks and writing her thoughts on the collection and show! 

I have seen many shows this season but nothing spoke to me like the fabulous La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni show. The classic Italian music had set the mood for a lovely romantic show. There were so many pieces that I wanted to have in my own personal collection. What was very practical about this show was how transnational so many pieces were. They were versatile for any season and most of the day looks could easily be turned into evening looks effortlessly. All of the evening wear had very lovely detailing. It's been a while since I've seen very well made dresses that would be flattering on any woman. The cuts and draping really embraced the essence of the modern women. It's very pleasing to see a timeless look that's still appealing within modern timing. The hair and makeup were beautiful and allowed each girls beauty to be seen. Who they were wasn't hidden from the world at all. At the end of the day this show was fabulous! From the music to the fabulous pieces to the amazing PR team being so active on social media this show was a success. I'm so excited to see what this brand has in store for it's future seasons.  

Photography and Review: Amy Koum

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Exclusive Jay Godfrey Fall 2015 Interview and Fashion PresentationReview

It was my absolute pleasure to interview Jay Godfrey before his presentation this Saturday morning at the Pavilion at Lincoln Center.

Caroline: Tell me about the direction your collection is headed towards this season.

Jay: Our girl is traveling to Savile Row today and she's taking a subversive take on tailoring classics. To me, it's a very, very personal collection. We started off as a brand nineteen years ago with a deep focus on tailoring. We evolved into a brand that became known for a sexy dress, and now we're coming full circle. We're bringing the sexy dress into the tailoring world, and the tailoring world into the sexy dress world.

Caroline: And who is the ideal woman that you design for basically? You can pinpoint a celebrity if you choose.

Jay: Any! You know, I love when celebrities wear the collection, but I like it more when real women wear it. Because that's how you know you've made it versus not, when people buy the collection. But the customer, and the girl, she's got a foot in uptown and a foot in downtown. She's confident, she's sexy; she wants to be noticed. She likes quality and interesting fabrics and wears the collection because she wants to be confident. And I feel that I endeavor as a designer to bring confidence to women regardless of their age or size or where they're from.

Caroline: That's awesome; I really admire that. And my last question is where you see the brand going in the future and if you have any near or far plans.

Jay: You know, a lot of designers expand in kind of a typical way which is their collection starts to get noticed and then they do bags and shoes and I'm not opposed to that. But I look at our design house or brand as a lifestyle brand in the way that we're (my team and I) are good at designing things. And I don't look at Alice and Olivia or Joie necessarily as my competitors; I want to build this company more like what Tom Dickson has done. He's a lighting designer and makes candles and he does all of these interesting products that people live with. Fashion is our first step towards that direction but we've been doing a lot already in interior design. In Asia, we've designed a couple hotels there. We've got a bedding collection coming out and we're looking at some great bath products. That's how I look at the brand; a lifestyle, design related brand.

After my interview I was excited to see all of the clothes that I had seen backstage come to life. During the Jay Godfrey presentation, the crowd delightfully took in the gorgeous designs before them as the models stood in three different sections in the room. They wore range of looks from fancy cocktail ensembles and unique suits to full length gowns. Overall, the silhouette was structured, long and lean throughout, yet the designs were classic enough for many body types. The color palette was made up of neutrals in black and grays with a mix of warm feminine hues in pink and purple. As Jay said in his interview, I could definitely see how rich in quality the fabric choices were from the gorgeous floral prints to the high end lace, silk, and tweed he chose. I love how he brought in both pink and floral for fall in a creative way with fabric choice. I also definitely understood what he meant with the season's girl being uptown meets downtown. The models looked chic and updated on one hand, yet classy and timeless which he was able to pull off through each look! The models looked stunning in these pieces and I can see many women choosing to wear Jay Godfrey. I cannot wait to see what he and his brand does next both in terms of fashion and lifestyle design! 

MONGOL Fall 2015 Fashion Show Review

 This year at New York Fashion Week, Bayarmaa Bayarkhuu debuted her brand MONGOL at the Theatre at Lincoln Center. Bayarmaa is known for her love of travel all over the world but her background of Mongolian heritage heavily inspired her first show. She began the show with traditional Mongolian music moving into more contemporary choices, setting the tone for old meets new.

Her collection was quite modern and wearable for those who enjoy the more creative and unique side of today's fashion works but it was definitely still heavy infused with many Asian influences. By dressing some models in traditional Monglian headgarb and accessories more loosely letting her heritage seep into the clothing, she created an interesting and culturally mixed world not unlike the one she and so many others live in. When people live through their roots in many ways but also stay current with trends whether it's in fashion, food, music, or another artistic form it creates such a unique mix. 

The MONGOL fall/winter collection had sequins, plastic, and velvet mixed with Monglian inspired furs, chandelier earrings, and kimono sleeves. Bold color and mixed textures were the two most important details in terms of the design process. MONGOL also included some menswear this season which is always fun to see on runway after runway of entirely female dominated shows. My favorite looks are below from
Getty images since it was hard for my fashion correspondent to get good photos of this massive show! 

Someday we know that the whole world will become a cultural melting pot not unlike our own beloved city of New York today. This new MONGOL collection is a fine example of how old and new cultures can intertwine to create something beautiful. 


Photography: Getty Images

Fashion correspondant: Robyn Bryant