FASHION WEEK 2011: BeSpoken Fall/Winter 2011

By Shani Faure

On Saturday, February 12th, BeSpoken held their  Fall/Winter 2011 presentation at Pier 59 Studios. A British import,  BeSpoken put together not only an impressive collection but an amazing presentation as well. The models stood on display in what seemed like an old photograph backdrop from a more rustic, old western era. The set was  created by Aux Armes– a fantastic job with the set design.

The attention to detail between the set and the collection was seamless. Every piece within the line was a winter warm color that was tailor fitted to the model’s body.  The jackets had unique buttons that gave the coat a unique, custom-made appearance. One of the trends noticed at the show was a cuffed trouser sported by each model giving the vintage men’s look a more modern twist. Styled by Julie Ragolia, many of the looks were paired with hats by Worth & Worth and jewelry by Anna Sheffield providing the jewelry. 
To see more of BESPOKEN go to http://bespokenclothiers.com

Images from the collection:

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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Alisha Trimble Fall Winter 2011 Collection

Thursday, February 10th, marked the official start of New York Fashion Week (or with all the pre-, post and events during show really be called New York Fashion MONTH).  I found myself heading to the Union Square area for the Alisha Trimble Fall Presentation with fellow pr maven and blogger, Shani Faure of Stilettos & Sounds.

Held at Wix Lounge, Trimble’s collection, entitled “Animal Saints” drew on some very unique sources of inspiration—particularly the study of animal senses and the lives of the Saints.  This inspiration created a visually intriguing, avant-garde line that captivated the audience.

“Experimenting with these concepts makes for sensory details, such as webbing, and silk-made fur.  Stylistically the character traits of the Saints come into some of the silhouettes,” says the emerging designer. “For this collection, we wanted to bring the inspiration of Animal Saints into the whole look, head to toe.”

Produced by the Women’s Mafia and Yellow Sky Agency, antlers, silk fur, webbing, gold and silver as well as crowns that invoked the idea of the “divine light” of the saints graced the runway. I really found myself drawn to the evening wear pieces for their beautiful, feminine figure loving lines. One of the standout models from the show was Jade Cole from Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model.

The Alisha Trimble collection is quickly gaining popularity for its sophisticated and unique point of view. Many describe the designer as a “fashion artist,” combining the concepts of the fine arts with fashion. This one-of-a-kind perspective attracted a diverse crowd of some of New York’s top fashion editors, stylists and bloggers (including yours truly).

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection:

Jade Cole, Alisha Trimble Show

 

For more about Alisha Trimble, visit http://www.alishatrimble.com/.

SOME NEW THINGS FOR THE CURVY SOCIALITE

I’ve been thinking long and hard over the last few weeks about the direction I want to take the Curvy Socialite in. One of the ideas that seem to keep coming back to mind (and something that has been suggested by a few others who I have spoken to) was to take on a little more of a magazine feel to the blog. NO I AM NOT TURNING CURVY SOCIALITE INTO A MAGAZINE. But rather, I will look into incorporating some aspects of a magazine format into my blog. So with that said, here are some of the new features that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Industry Insiders: Interviews with curvy girls doing their thing in various industries (fashion, entertainment, beauty, politics, etc).
  • Fashion Reviews (shows, new collections, etc)
  • Beauty Reviews (products, trends, etc)

These are just some of the ideas that I will be incorporating over time, but one of the biggest changes, will be the introduction of guest contributors! Some of them will be well known personalities in the curvy world and others will be those making names for themselves in other capacities. Debuting this month with some of the New York Fashion Week coverage, I’ve enlisted the help of contributors including:

Let me know what you think of these new ideas and I am also open to suggestions. Share your thoughts either here or by sending me a personal email at thecurvysocialite@gmail.com.

Thanks!