NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPRING 2015: YUNA YANG

It’s that time of the year again.

Fashion Week heralds the beginning of the industry’s seminal migration to the fashion capitals of the world.  Bloggers, editors and fashion enthusiasts worldwide make the trek each September to New York to preview and fete the styles that will be all the rage in stores next season.

One designer who has become a perennial favorite is YUNA YANG.

I’ve been a fan of Yuna Yang for a few seasons now. There’s something about her interpretation of femininity that really intrigues me. Last spring, the New York-based designer created a collection that married traditional couture with a very modern yet chic aesthetic. A year later, with the debut of her Spring 2015 collection, Concept, Yang has done it again.

Drawing inspiration from the post- World War II era, where everyone was in a state of positive change. The consumerism and the idea to “Buy American,” was in full force. Post WWII also marked the second wave of the women’s liberation movement was in full swing and the return of fashion to the world stage. A new soft feminine silhouette with Christian Dior’s “New Look” emerged with long sweeping skirts, fitted waists and rounded shoulders.

Yuna Yang’s Concept collection strives to evoke those feelings of positivity and hopefulness with a collection that is classic with a modern fun twist— the designer’s signature style. Featuring soft feminine pieces such as a floral print pant, a taffeta cape dress and Giang Han check shirt dress, this collection is perfect for the fashion forward vintage enthusiast.

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Want to see how these pieces look with movement? Check out my video of the finale.

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NYFW F/W 2014: Asaf Ganot (Refined Ruggedness)

As per the request of Mr. Socialite—I am going delve into the world of menswear and its accoutrements more. Hopefully you won’t mind too much.  It can actually be quite interesting. Besides…I have a weakness for a well dressed man (I think that is how I got snagged by Mr. Socialite in the first place).  I don’t know what it is…maybe it is the confidence—that swagger—that he exudes knowing that he looks debonair. He knows he’s a dapper don in that immaculately tailored suit and commands the attention of every room he walks into. That is the power urbane gentleman …and in the end what makes him sexy.  New York-based menswear designer, Asaf Ganot, depicted that this season at his presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

With the former cathedral turned event space of Hoffman Hall at the High Line Hotel serving as a backdrop, the Asaf Ganot Fall/Winter 2014 collection was a glimpse into the appeal of all things manly.

Known for his signature aesthetic, Asaf Ganot marries luxe materials and impeccable craftsmanship. His collection fused contemporary menswear with cutting edge construction capturing the true essence of luxury. Drawing inspiration from Asaf’s travels and experiences and translating that into a vision of the modern man, he created a sophisticated assortment of looks that are both rough and refined and radiates an air of confidence.

Featuring quilted leather jackets, cashmeres with Donegal patchwork, cable knits finished with leather detailing, rich tweed suits complemented by shearling trimmed coats in a deeply rich palette of obsidian, ash and stone contrasted with shiraz, beluga blue and regal purples, the line was a blend of rugged looks paired with classic Italian made menswear fabrics that with the power of today’s technology was enhanced to ensure comfort and function without sacrificing style.  The knits were treated with unique washes in faded and tie-die finishes resulting in pieces that appeared to be worn by salt, air, snow – that of an active lifestyle of a worldly, strong man of style.

I definitely saw a few pieces that would be the perfect addition to Mr. Socialite’s wardrobe and the well-dressed man in your life too.

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NYFW F/W 2014: Saunder (Film Noir Meets the 80s)

Despite Mother Nature’s relentless fury– in the form of epic snowfalls and freezing temps that the Olympians in Sochi could only dream of– New York played host to another installment of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Acting as correspondent for one of my favorite fashion blogs, Fashionista NY Girl (by fellow bloggette, Heather Epstein), I found myself headed to the savvy neighborhood of Chelsea and the tres chic, High Line Hotel. The High Line Hotel, a former seminary turned boutique hotel, served as an impressive backdrop to the SAUNDER Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.

Known for eclectic looks inspired by designer, Emily Saunders global jaunts, this season, SAUNDER not only drew inspiration from abroad but from the 80s BBC miniseries ‘The Singing Detective.’ For my complete commentary on the collection, check out my piece for Heather’s blog here.

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SPRING’S ALL A BLOOM– Katie Gallagher Spring/Summer 2014 (NYFW)

If you ask any member of the fashion press or blogosphere why they love Fashion Week, nine times out of ten they’ll answer that the love the chance to see the hottest styles and trends for next season. I think Mother Nature wanted in on the action as well with blazing sunshine and intense temperatures the day I ventured to the newly opened chic club/lounge, the Raven for the Katie Gallagher presentation.

This season I was a guest blogger for fellow fashionphile and blog diva, Heather Epstein of Fashionista NY Girl. Check out the full post about the Katie Gallagher presentation on Heather’s blog here.

From the Katie Gallagher Spring 2014 Collection (courtesy of Style.com)

LEANNE MARSHALL Spring 2014 Collection (NYFW)

I checked…her hands indeed were a subtle shade of coral.

Notoriously hands-on when it comes to getting her pieces the exact right shade, Project Runway winner (Season 5), Leanne Marshall saw a return to the bright colors and whimsical shades that  her line has become known for. While Fall/Winter 2013 saw her experimenting with darker silhouettes and was better described as after-five than black-tie, Leanne’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection embraced the formalwear which has become her brand’s staple.

Full of movement and intricately layered, Marshall added a few more modern touches to her usual flowy  cocktail and tea-length dresses while weaving bolder colors in with her usual pastel palate. Her full-length gowns were updated with regal lace overlay and almost origami-like accents, while her non-traditional offerings added a well-needed punch of color to the collection. True to form, Leanne found a way to sneak in at least one extra layer or ruffle into every piece while managing to defy gravity, as models almost seemed to float down the runway.  Silk and jersey was the star here, no doubt locally sourced as is the standard for the always eco-chic designer.

Here are a few of my favorite looks.

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Written by Guest Blogger Amaris Acosta of Black Latina & Fabulous, which covers topics including life, relationships, pop culture, fashion and beauty– all from a fabulous Black Latina perspective.

ART MEETS FASHION: Yuna Yang Spring/Summer 2014 Collection (NYFW)

The love affair between art and fashion has been one that has stood the test of time. The coupling of the two creative worlds have inspired some of the most iconic and memorable fashion over the last hundred years– think Elsa Schiaparelli (influenced by Salvador Dali), Yves Saint Laurent (influenced by Piet Mondrian),  and Louis Vuitton (who collaborated with Takashi Murakami in 2002). Now added to this venerable list is, New York-based designer, Yuna Yang.

Image by Charles Roussel for Yuna Yang

This fashion season, I had the pleasure of being a guest blogger for Alexandra Shook, the sweet, tres chic lovely behind the beautiful blog, Delayed Missives. One of the shows I covered was that of the nouveau couture brand, Yuna Yang at the famed Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Check out my post on Alex’s blog here.

Elsa Schiaparelli (influenced by Salvador Dali), Yves Saint Laurent (influenced by Piet Mondrian),  and Louis Vuitton (who collaborated with Takashi Murakami in 2002). Now added to this illustrious list is, New York-based designer, Yuna Yang (www.yunayang.com)

40 REALLY IS THE NEW 20…Celebrating 40 Years of Style with Elie Tahari

Those of us that work in the industry routinely joke that Fashion Week should be declared a holiday. I guess the City of New York was thinking the same thing when it proclaimed Wednesday, September 4th, Elie Tahari Day. With an official decree from Mayor Bloomberg, the day was created to honor Tahari’s 40 years in the fashion industry.

Elie Tahari immigrated to the United States in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket. He has said that while searching for work, he would sleep on benches in New York’s Central Park and occasionally at the YMCA.  In 1973, with inspiration from New York’s club scene, Elie “gave birth” to the Tube Top.

He’s come a long way since he first arrived in Manhattan. Elie Tahari is now the heard of a wildly successful multinational brand are sold in boutiques bearing his name worldwide as well as some of the world’s top luxury retailers including Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

In front of a crowd of selected press (which yours truly was a part of), close friends, family, industry colleagues and the Fort Hamilton High School Marching Band gathered at Elie Tahari’s Fifth Avenue pop-up shop, the fashion industry and New York City came together to fete an icon.  Fashion Police host, Joan Rivers, with her usual over-the-top comedic stylings hosted the morning event reminiscing on her friendship with Tahari and the infamous tube top.  Later, Rob Goldrich (an official from the Mayor’s office) read the official proclamation signed by Bloomie himself honoring the Israeli-born American designer with his very own day.

As a way of saying thank you to “the city who gave [him] everything,” Elie Tahari announced that he would be donating proceeds from the dress he created for fashion reality show Project Runway to Save the Garment Center—an organization whose programs are aimed at the preservation of the city’s garment center and fashion design and manufacturing heart.

In honor of this huge milestone, Elie Tahari will unveil a new spring collection called “Elie Tahari 1974” highlighting some of his greatest fashion “hits” over the last 40 years—from jumpsuits (a fave of mine) to power suits and everything in between.

So what are you supposed to do on Elie Tahari Day? Is it a day to barbecue, throw a parade, or wear something fancy? As the designer himself simply put it, all one has to do is “make someone happy….Enjoy the day and remember it is our collective consciousness that creates our reality and guides our path. A grateful mind is a great mind.”

This was definitely the perfect way to kickstart what is turning out to be a crazy but fun Fashion Week.

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FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN: Renzo + Kai S/S 2013 Presentation (NYFW)

A few months ago I had the pleasure of becoming a member of the Bloggers’ Collective, a New York-based curation of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs. One of the biggest benefits I’ve had thus far from being a member is having the opportunity to meet some amazing bloggers who I might not have necessarily come across on my journey through the blogosphere. One of the bloggers I’ve met is Heather Epstein— the maven behind Fashionista NY Girl.

This Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to guest blog on Fashionista NY Girl where I covered the beautiful (but early morning– thank goodness they had coffee) presentation of Renzo + Kai at the famed Empire Hotel (no Chuck Bass sightings Gossip Girl fans). Check out the post on Heather’s blog here.

Gown from the Renzo + Kai Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

NEW ON THE EXAMINER: NEW YORK FASHION WEEK S/S 2012: S.I.L.K.

Attention silk fans! Yes, I’m talking to all you women out there who love the light, soft fabric and it’s basically the basis for your entire spring/summer wardrobe. Ladies, I have a line that you will love, love, love. (DRUM ROLL PLEASE,,,,) Introducing S.I.L.K. the New York-based  full range women’s wear line that is comprised of mainly silk and silk blend pieces.

I had the pleasure of attending the collection’s debut presentation, hosted by S.I.L.K.’s Creative Director Michelle Lee. A beautiful line geared toward the “modern” woman (ages 30+), the line blends contemporary concepts and trends with classic appeal to create a balance of simplicity and ladylike flair.

Want to know more about S.I.L.K.? Read my article on the Examiner here.

S.I.L.K.’s Silk Georgette Print Top with Cotton/Tencel Stretch Slim Leg Jean

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK– TANYA TAYLOR F/W 2012

It’s that time of the year again.

Fashionphiles the world over are descending on the Big Apple for the Autumn/Winter edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Officially beginning on February 9th and running through the 16th, New York Fashion Week is one of the must attend events on the fashion calendar. But shows and presentations start well before the lights go up on the catwalk for the first show on the 9th. Designers have been hosting preview events and full out showcases since February started.

Today, I began my super packed fashion week schedule at the Tanya Taylor presentation at Exit Art.

The late morning event brought to mind images of an English Tea Party (complete with waiters serving tea and crumpets) as invited guests milled around the seventeen models a top platforms in the center of the venue. As I strolled past each model attired in the modern classic pieces, I immediately thought of one of my favorite television characters, Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf. They very feminine cuts, even with the menswear inspired suits, would be the perfect addition to Miss Waldorf’s closet.

The collection, peppered with cashmeres, wools, sateen and tweeds were young and flirty but very work appropriate.  Tanya Taylor also took into consideration the possibility of after work get-togethers with a few day-to-evening options.

Tanya Taylor is definitely a designer to add to your shopping list.