FASHION WEEK 2011: Riviera Club Fall 2011 Presentation

Friday evening was definitely a busy evening for yours truly. After attending one presentation at Lincoln Center, I had to race downtown…way downtown…to the Bowery Hotel for the Riviera Club Fall Winter 2011 presentation.

After a near death experience in the cab ride over (which I shared with stylist Shatonia Amee and fellow blogger Ashia Sims), the scene that met us was an interesting one. When we arrived we entered into what seemed like a big soiree. Photographers were snapping shots everywhere and people were schmoozing and walking around with glasses of wine. Not odd if you were thinking the event was a party, but a little if you were expecting a traditional fashion presentation.

As you stepped deeper into the venue, there was a huge table full of bottles of wine, fruits, artesian breads, smoked sausages and more. The “audience” surrounded the table which was populated by gentleman who seemed to be just enjoying the food and drink and having a great time. The “party-goers” at the table were the models– novel idea, and very fitting for the theme of Riviera Club’s Fall presentation.

This season, the brand decided to share the story of the California Wine Renaissance. A twist on the ruggedness of traditional work wear, Riviera Club channeled the marriage of blue collar chic and polished dishevelment. A great collection that was complimented by amazing accessories by Generic Man shoes and Riviera Club’s own hat collection. Styling for this presentation was done by Julie Ragolia and the staged party was designed by famed set designer Michael Sturgeon.

For more information about Riviera Club, visit www.rivieraclothing.com

 Images from the Riviera Club Fall 2011 Presentation.

 

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall/Winter 2011

In the early ‘90s, Women’s Wear Daily anointed Byron Lars with the illustrious title of “Rookie of the Year,” after only his second season.  An amazingly talented designer whose works have graced the pages of some of the industry’s top magazine, Byron Lars became a household name when he was tapped by Mattel’s Barbie to design a line of limited edition collectible dolls. After a hiatus, Lars is back and again establishing himself as one of America’s premier designers.

Tatu and Moja Barbies by Byron Lars

Tatu
Moja

On Friday, February 11th, the world was reintroduced to Byron Lars with the presentation of his Fall 2011 collection brand Byron Lars Beauty Mark at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Bringing a sexy, distinctly feminine collection together, Lars showcased Native Americana, a vintage feeling collection with a very strong Native American influence.

Known for his attention to detail, Byron Lars created a collection that showed a love of the female body with lines and fabrications that compliment a woman’s curves. My first thoughts upon viewing the collection was of the award women series “Mad Men,” with the pencil skirts, lace hosiery and ‘40s and ‘50s-esque accessories and detailing. But upon closer investigation, one could clearly see the Native American influence in the types of fabrics featured—particularly the feathers and furs.

The collection wooed those gathered for the presentation including Atlanta-based bloggers Shakira Hightower and Ashia Sims, famed stylists Shatonia Amee and Spry Lee Scott as well as Ebony’s Creative Director Harriette Cole (who was on crutches).

For more about Byron Lars or to view his past collections, visit www.byronlarsbeautymark.com.

Here are images from the Byron Lars Beauty Mark Presentation:

FASHION WEEK RECAP: Candela, Elise Gug, & LaureLuxe

So let the festivities begin!

Today was the pre-cursor to the Fashion Week festivities—and after being cooped up at home fighting a nasty cold for the past two weeks, it was nice to spread my wings and be out amongst the masses. Never one to hold back, I jumped right back into the social scene with 4 appearances today.

First stop, downtown at the Jane Hotel for the Candela Spring/Summer 2011 Presentation.

I met up with Shatonia Amee, the style maven behind Pink Suede, Inc. and together we headed over to view Candela collection. As we walked into the venue we were met by bright lights, flashing bulbs and something that looked like a scene right out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. A reflection of the collections title, the first floor of the Jane Hotel had been transformed into a trading post for the Candela presentation. Aux Armes, who designed the set, did a wonderful job.

On three staged scenes, models looked like they were right out of the pages of books in what was a blend of rustic versus Native American with a modern twist and a little hippie chic thrown in for good measure. Sounds busy, but it so worked. The collection had a very natural feel with cotton, silk, leather and crocheted pieces. Even the coloring of the clothing was very “natural and organic” with white, navy, wheat and olive tones. The collection featured floor length prairie dresses and skirts paired with saddle shoes and boots, knee military like shorts paired with very fine, very femme cotton tops and silky, ethereal dresses coupled with latticed leather boots– tough by very feminine at the same time.

Shatonia snapped a few pics of well dressed models (styled by Kate Sebbah) before we headed north to Nexus Showroom for the second stop of the evening.

We headed to midtown for our second stop at Nexus. There we got an up-close- and-personal look at Elise Gug.

Elise Gug is a Danish designer that caters to the ultra femme and ultra chic, but also to those who desire comfort and a sophisticated simplicity. Drawing inspiration from the Italian Riviera, the collection featured sun-kissed hues mixed with neutral tones (beiges, creams, whites, blush pinks, and black).The line featured dresses that emphasized the waist, A-line jackets, pants, shorts and skirts—all designed to be mixed and matched and all made to flatter the shape. Looking at the collection inspired thoughts of Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly and Jackie O with their quiet sophistication that spoke volumes. I also saw hints of design greats like Elie Tahari and the classic Yves Saint Laurent. Definitely a line to watch.

After grabbing a cup of ice-coffee at Prêt-A-Manger, Shatonia and I headed downtown to Tela Design Studio in the Meatpacking District for the Women’s Mafia Fashion Show. Though time didn’t allow us to stay for the actual show, we ran into a few friends including styling diva Mary Lafayette of Fashion Luv Joenz and retro-chic designer Shantell Richardson of Shauntele.

After showing our face at Tela, Mary, Shatonia and I headed over to the Gates in West Chelsea for the Laureluxe fashion show. The famed metal Jewelry designer’s event was another reunion opportunity. Before even walking through the doors, we bumped into Fashion Week mainstay, Aminah Benjamin. Inside, we ran into Shelly Castro, jewelry diva Tammiko Beasty, Arthur Donaldson of Arabelle Modeling, and Devora Wooden of Dig Deep Inc. Scanning the room we saw other faces we knew including famed stylist Spry Lee Scott and hip hop couture designer Lexx Perry, After a few cocktails, we all ushered to our seats where we were greeted by host, Amanda Diva. Then the show started….

Laureluxe opened sporting the men’s pieces first which included chainmail tees, metal plated skinny ties, chained suspenders, arm and shin guards and “spiked” shoulder pads that would make any defensive lineman shudder. Definitely more than just “jewelry,” the men’s collection brought simple, classic looks to a whole new level with pieces that brought to mind 300 and the Gladiator. Definitely couture. But the best was yet to come…

The women’s collection for Laureluxe was phenomenal. Evoking memories of Grace Jones and Tina Turner in Mad Max, the line was surreal—chain mail dresses and hoodies, swimwear pieces made of chain mail, even lingerie (garters and even a chained “legwarmer.” There were definitely pieces that I could see Amber Rose and Rhianna glamming on a VMA red carpet.