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.

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.

NEW ON THE EXAMINER: STEPPING UP YOUR SHOE GAME: Fratelli Rossetti Spring/Summer 2013 Collection (NYFW)

Some say the shoe makes the outfit or even the man. Either way, at the end of the day nothing beats a beautiful pair of shoes on a man or a woman. The well-heeled seem to glide down the street with an air of confidence that only the perfect footwear can elicit. That’s something that Italian design brand, Fratelli Rossetti, takes to heart with each pair of handcrafted shoes that they make.

Showcasing their Spring 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, Fratelli Rossetti reminded us why the fashion world fell in love with their brand more than fifty years ago with both a men’s and women’s collection that will definitely be spotted at next year’s polo match at Liberty State Park or a picnic in Prospect Park.

For my full article on the Examiner, click here.

Fratelli Rosetti Spring 2013 Presentation during New York Fashion week

NEW ON THE EXAMINER: New York Fashion Week S/S 2013: Tanya Taylor

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) provided the scene for the Tanya Taylor spring 2013 collection. Presenting a collection perfect for those who love vintage 1950s fashion, the New York designer (formerly of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s Elizabeth and James), showcased a collection full of refined A-line dresses, pencil skirts and structured tops and pants in silk, merino wool, and lightweight knits colored in white, black lemon, tangerine coupled with floral prints, the line is perfect for the seasonal transition. Styled by Natasha Royt, each look was complimented by lady-like accoutrements including white gloves, wide-brimmed sun hats, scarves and sunglasses.

For the full article on the Examiner, featuring the photography of the South Florida Style Guide‘s Anna Rodney, click here.

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Tanya Taylor Spring/Summer 2013 (courtesy of Anna Rodney, South Florida Style Guide)

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