Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"And you don't have to say every little thing that pops into your brain; better to refrain"

I got to visit Belvedere Castle in Central Park with Benson a couple weeks ago which was unfortunately closed, but we managed to shoot some photos outside. I wore a seventies-inspired jumpsuit from a local boutique in my neighborhood and a felt hat with heeled sandals. This look evokes a little bit of That 70's Show's Jackie to me and can be worn for an event in the day or evening. I love how abundant the 70's are again this Autumn! I feel like I'm always hearing that the decade is "in" lately but I've seen even more fringe and suede for this fall in stores than the previous few seasons. 

I definitely want to head back to the castle in springtime for another shoot with perhaps a more princess-inspired look. It's such a hidden gem in the park so definitely check it out and don't miss the chance to visit the inside like we did!

Photography: Ben Benson

Song of the Day: "Legs For Days" by Side Saddle

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NYFW Special: Michael Costello

The Michael Costello Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show was a grand affair, full of his signature gowns that he made his mark with on Project Runway a few years prior. He designed in both nude tones and colors this season, most notably in a bright magenta that many bold women tend to gravitate toward. I, myself preferred the more subtle gowns in peaches and whites as much as I love color, because his pieces are so detailed that a simple hue is almost all that's needed. However, I did really love the bright yellow he used on some simpler, more flowing designs. One of the most memorable aspects of his collection was the caped gowns throughout- they added a little structure and surprise to what would have been more expected pieces. Overall, Costello did a fantastic job with both providing his customer with wearable pieces as well as new ideas to try. 

Photos and videos by Nicola Rose

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NYFW: Art Hearts Fashion at The Highline Hotel

"Mister Triple X" was the first of three designers partaking in the Art Hearts Fashion show last night at The Highline Hotel. Every year, AHF sponsors both AIDS and Make-A-Wish foundations. A host of stylish attendees come out and celebrate fashion for a great cause. The Mister Triple X Spring/Summer collection most notably included black and white colorblocking and fit and flare dresses as well as some tighter pieces. The looks were very sexy overall, and had some S&M Bondage inspirations mixed with a little punk rock. Men were also included in some swim short looks for next season. 

The second AHF designer was The House of Byfield, who also included both men and women in their Spring/Summer 2016 show. They used a black and white color palette in florals with some tortoise mixed in. The clothing was very tailored overall, with some flowy dresses for the women. Some of the most interesting pieces included fitted lace shirts for the men, though. The whole collection felt like a modern twist on the 1950's. 

Amato was the last designer to present at the AHS event last evening at The Highline Hotel. Their collection was a stunner, with very elegant and embellished clothing, the kind that makes the onlookers ooh and aah. The prints used were gorgeous, in combination with structured draping and very fitted bodices. Models had hair gelled on their faces into "kissing curls" for a fun little touch. Overall, the pieces had an Asian, mostly notably Chinese influence to them. It was a great Spring/Summer 2016 collection to close the evening with!

Review and Videos by Carlene Morillo

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NYFW Special: Prabal Gurung

Gurung, born in Nepal, made a moving decision to open his show with prayers from 24 monks. Clad in orange robes and in front of an orange and red it background, the color palette paved the way for him to transition to the clothing. The collection included many textures including fringe, sequins, knits, and sheers mostly in warm tones or neutrals. My favorite pieces were the easy and breezy gowns that the models floated down the runway in. The Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2016 show was a star-studded event for good reason- both his clothing and shows are always gorgeous. Thanks to Benjamin Benson for the photos- click to zoom! 

NYFW Special: Georgine

Georgine is always one of my favorite shows to attend every season! I adore her feminine yet fashion-forward and interesting use of colors and textures. This season included brocades floral designs mixed with color-blocking in bright hues which was a very unusual combination she pulled off. It's hardly a Georgine show without fur, and this season did not disappoint. With wacky, dramatically long fur stoles the audience could not take their eyes off the models.

My favorite pieces were the brocade coat with colorblocked fur, the dresses with short-sleeves done in fur, and the trenchcoat with leather detailing on the shoulders and back. The accessorizing was done with natural tones and pops of bold, surprising color on the eyes and in the hair. I absolutely adored the t-strap pumps with a thick heel, in both colors and neutrals. The collection overall was very original, yet still largely wearable for Georgine's woman. She definitely knows her target lady that wants to explore her style yet stay classy. 

Please click to enlarge any photo, and thank you to Ben Benson for shooting again!