Archive for September, 2011

Teen Vogue Rocks Lincoln Center!

Teen Vogue Magazine organized a wonderful show in teen spirit during MB Fashion Week in NYC, presenting its editors’ choices for this season, meaning warm and stylish clothes for young people who want to stand out in most occasions. The collection which talented fashion editors assembled piece-by-piece included party, leisure and college looks, some sporty and somewhat boyish while others extremely girly. They suggested extensive use of layering, employing items of different character that can match for some obvious reason and above all can be extremely comfortable. Among the highlights, one could see tutu’s and other skirts worn over leggings or skinny pants, contrasts of warm and cold shades, blazers with full skirts, little dresses worn with opaque tights and boots, tartan pants and animal print faux furs, flared jeans, Dock Martin’s, All Star Converse shoes and heels worn with little socks. Most outfits were ideal for a heavy winter and were introducing all kinds of unexpected combinations since teenagers are not at all color-phobic or fearful in terms of fashion. On the contrary, they love experimenting with new trends and always succeed in creating their own, even without spending a lot of money. The whole event was extremely successful attracting a lot of guests and other fashionistas surrounding the enclosed open-air area where it took place, at Lincoln Center. I just allowed a teenage girl to stand in front of me while I was taking photos and she was watching on her knees so as not to disturb me. She even came back to me after the show to thank me again and again for giving her my standing position. Look how polite and mature those kids are! I really admire them…

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Custo Barcelona’s Fashion Cocktail!

Custo Barcelona is always transforming the catwalk into a huge dancing stage full of trend remixes and unexpected cocktails of different styles. Once again a great variety of fabrics, prints and adornments came together in one Spring/Summer 2012 collection presented during the MB Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, NYC. This is one of my favorite shows despite the fact that I always face difficulty with the colorful lighting that resembles that one of the older mega clubs in this city. My photos seem to be influenced by this setback but I can easily describe you all the blurred and missing details. As usual, the fashion blender was filled with colorful knits, geometrical motifs, sparkly and textured items, leather and crazy accessories. This time one could see a lot of nudes and pastels contrary to designers’ general preference for bright colors. For women there were also some androgynous looks with jackets and blazers together with a great variety of hot fitted dresses at mini lengths. Combined with light brown suede ankle boots those dresses look fantastic – very modern and easy-to-wear all day long. Sexy tanks with sparkly shorts, dresses with tight side draping as well as menswear with eccentric prints were among my favorites from this collection. Many of the outfits had a tribal attitude, inspired by exotic cultures and folk traditions. Others reproduced one of Custo’s emblematic techniques; the patchwork. The whole show was a moment of bliss and youthful style that we definitely want to keep in our lives.

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Jenny Packham’s Dreamy Glamour!

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012 show during MB Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, NYC was the sparkly little dream I had quite early in the morning, September 12. The whole collection of light-weight fairy dresses in nudes, pastels and some bright colors gave off elegant sparkles that were really appealing to the eye. There were no signs of exaggeration, just harmony, femininity and joy. Golden, metallic blue, red, white and silver flashes were part of the sequined decoration – geometrical, abstract and floral. What was very interesting was that despite all this metallic flare, the looks didn’t look heavy at all. Luxurious and subtle at the same time, the dresses made a huge statement about new age glamour. Most gowns seem to be a red carpet must-have, flattering and not hiding the silhouette. Fine details, transparencies and fluid forms transform the designers’ generosity with fabrics and precious materials into an intention to create wearable works of art. Little frills, drapes and pleats reveal a talent in tailoring and pattern making. Most forms and styles are viewed as simple ones but in fact they are demanding and complicate. I now know how a woman can be sexy without being provocative, and scandalous without making even one sin. The little sparkles on the light-weight, almost (but not) see-though fabrics can become an obsession! Maybe Jenny Packham gave us a great hint of ‘what to where’ when we want to make women jealous and men full in love with us.

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Callula Lillibelle Is Very Romantic!

The Callula Lillibele Spring/Summer 2012 presentation at Lincoln Center during MB Fashion Week in NYC, reproduced smartly a new notion of romanticism with a unique identity which is sweet and tasteful. The whole collection put together features from the 30’s, 50’s and 70’s to make statement pieces such as the hot pink under-knee dress which attracted most photographers attention. The designer revealed a long series of polka dot, black lace and animal print items. There was a variety of lightweight and more solid fabrics, with those motifs in many different forms and combinations on jackets, tops, skirts and dresses. Retro elements was an integral part of this collection, as well as the ‘spicing up’ with pieces from a man’s closet such as long blazers and men’s shoes. A certain emphasis was given to accessories framing the looks such as the very feminine thin belts with bows, the strap sandals, and the colorful straw clutches. Models were also wearing wonderful bracelets with large beads. Pencil skirts alternating with full and pleated ones coexisted in the same collection with cute shorts and pants. Transparencies and layering set the mood for seducing looks while metallic shade leathers were the No1 material for shoes – heels and flats. Most of the outfits could be called all-day and some of them brilliant party looks. There was also a prom soft turquoise tulle dress in the middle with a contrasting orange color belt which called for the most romantic modern creatures to wear it. The palette of chosen colors included black and white, heavenly pink, soft beige, vivid orange, vintage yellow, light blue and green. Old and new, the key points of those looks brought about a flare of innocence and ‘sauciness’, the magic duality of women’s nature.

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Carlos Miele: Making Waves!

What one could clearly see through Carlos Miele show during MB Fashion Week in NYC was green and blue waves mixed up naturally with rays of sunset light, golden hues and eternal white. There was wavy tailoring, fabrics and prints revolving around the same theme like typhoons, placing in the middle of everything the very idea of flowing, refreshing water. Some of these fortunate pictures of summer fun were rendered in black and white while others kept their original colors as they were rocking the catwalk. Some waists were highlighted smartly with thin golden/bronze belts while many décolletés were enriched with wonderful draping. Florals won their case assuming shades that were out of the garden-scape and staying in tune with the sea-breeze concept. Noone denies that those elegant gowns made of light-weight fabrics will be a must-have for next season. Most patterns and motifs were very imaginative, almost escaping from the palette of the long-forgotten painter living somewhere in the Mediterranean. Turquoise with sugar white and gold as well as orange with gold were among my favorite combinations from this collection. I also loved the rich, colorful caftans and will never resist to their wavy prints even when they appear in black and white. Slim lines juxtaposed on the same outfit with loose ones, made the interplay of volumes look like a natural phenomenon. The ‘atmosphere’ was warm and windy, compelling you to view these looks in a completely natural setting outside that huge room (namely the ‘Stage’ at Lincoln Center) were their showcasing was actually taking place. In terms of lengths the designer suggested a lot of midis – especially in fitted little colorful dresses – and maxis, some of them with completely revealing slits. I also enjoyed a lot of marvelous one-shoulder dresses and details such as richly draped, short sleeves.

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Vlov-Quingquing Wu: Men’s New Look!

Vlov-Quingquing Wu for Spring/Summer 2012 was a lesson of flawless simplicity that can fill a man’s wardrobe with precious basics and desirable statement pieces. The show at Lincoln Center during MB Fashion Week in NYC was a charming parade of blues, blacks, whites and greys in nice, easy-to-wear fabrics put together in loose and fitted styles, for casual and corporate looks. Some of them seemed to be inspired from workers’ outfits, others from traditional Asian costumes while others from sportswear and hipsters’ attires. I spotted a lot of pajama-like shirts, wide pants and Bermuda shorts, smarty-cut jackets and blazers, and excellently tailored pieces. Among the features that stood out and grabbed the whole attention were the nude color duos, the electric blue monochrome items, the white suits and the shiny fabrics in darker shades. Minimal as they were, some of the looks could be called futuristic, stressing more the very need for convenience and mixing it up with modern-age elegance. The quest for comfort played a major role, making those clothes very attractive to young, active people with an urban lifestyle and fast moving routines.

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Jad Ghandour Goes Wild!

It’s very difficult to distract the audience with your creations when is focusing on one of the most beautiful creatures nature ever produced – a baby tiger. Jad Ghandour made a huge bet placing this charming animal inside a cage directly on the middle of the catwalk were models presented the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. MB Fashion Week in NYC was full of hidden surprises and one of them was incorporating wild life into a true fashion event! During the show the designer was winning points with sparkly items, making gradually the tiger almost invisible. The gorgeous wild animal was reacting to the models walking in front of it in a playful manner, which could not be ignored but after a while it was fashion that was proven more appealing to the eyes and attracted more attention. Smart openings, sparkly materials, metallic shine leathers, animal prints, mini lengths and kinky accessories made the whole collection sexy and provocative, wilder in instincts and intentions than the animal itself. Golden swimsuits, bodysuits, skirts and outfits played a dominant role confronting us with a version of glamour that is less elegant and refined that that of gems and crystals. Most of the hot material presented in this show addresses directly dancers and other sorts of performers in our popular culture, while others could be easily adopted by daring party (or California) girls with perfect silhouettes and nice tan. I could probably get one of the golden bodysuits, just in case I need an extra boost of my confidence, making all men staring at me, speechless!

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