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.
Want to see how these pieces look with movement? Check out my video of the finale.
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.
Fashion, intentionally or not, can evoke a feeling when you wear or see it. A good designer or design team understands that and plays to that feeling be it sexy, pretty, professional, relaxed or in the case of Spanish brand, Desigual, FUN!
Acting as a fashion correspondent for Alexandra Shook‘s sophisticated fashion dispatch, Delayed Missives, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Week debut of Desigual, who brought a breath of fresh air to the catwalk with smiling models who skipped down the runway blowing kisses to the crowd. For my full commentary of the show, check out my post here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Tonight, Michelle Obama dazzled the delegates at the Democratic National Convention with a rousing speech that spoke to her passion for her husband, military families, motherhood, the future and her love of her country. With New York Fashion Week beginning tomorrow, I wanted to just highlight the fact that she also showed her support to the American Fashion industry by wearing Tracy Reese. The First Lady has been an avid supporter of American designers from the moment she set foot on the national stage (and even before as she supported Chicago-area designers regularly at the many political functions she attended while in the role of a senator’s wife).
Missed the FLOTUS’ speech? Click on the image to see the video.