Fashion Week Review

Bursting with creativity and fashion enthusiasm, FWNY’s biggest challenge was the February weather. Generating a noticeable uptick in the presence of commercial and casual retail brands, established retail veterans who traditionally spend their marketing dollars elsewhere (advertising campaigns, events, catalogs, promotions) are now channeling some of those budgets into runway shows.

We have selected our favorite trends from the 2015 Harper’s Bazaar NEW YORK SPRING 2015 RUNWAY REPORT.

 Gingham all the things

NY-FashionWeek2Spring 2015’s darling print is gingham, but not just any gingham, the “grownup” version. It makes a transition from Easter Sunday to naughty Friday via a sophisticated makeover at the hand of designers Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta who go “full gingham”. More moderately, Proenza Schouler and Trademark reinterpreted it according to their respective visions.

 

Throw on a Kimono

NY-FashionWeek3This Japanese classic gets schooled by the likes of Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, BCBG and Vera Wang into even more minimalism, as impossible as that may sound since the word “kimono” unpretentiously translates as “thing to wear”. Meanwhile, The Row brings homage to the classic kimono and Richard Chai veers it towards a jacket.

 

In the Army now

NY-FashionWeekEveryone, get your militia mood on! The army jacket was already an institution, but thanks to Marc Jacobs and his no makeup (yes, you read me well) bowl-cut black wigs and Victoria Beckham’s uniform enthusiasm now the whole world is in agreement. Others that enrolled: Peter Som, Rag&Bone, Rodarte, Hugo Boss and Coach.

 

Suede is for softness

NY-FashionWeek5Designers were really into suede, as opposed to the stiffness of lester. They showed that on both head-to-toe workwear dresses and matching sets. Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren andTommy Hilfiger have presented some suede-tastic pieces.

 

Go Vest

NY-FashionWeek6And not because it’s peaceful there but because it’s the cross gender coat alternative / stand alone top that can make or break an otherwise banal outfit. Some vest aficionados this season: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zero Maria Cornejo, Tory Burch, Tome and Ostwald Helgason.

 

 

Trending shoes for 2015

NY-FashionWeek4Flats, lots and lots of flats. city girl AND ballerina
Graphic beauties (where geometry meets futurism)
Gladiators but not just any gladiators, sexy gladiator
Mules, all kinds of mules
High platforms with high heels

Red Carpet Recap

THE event of Awards Season took place under rainy skies in Los Angeles last night. So naturally we have to join in the national pastime of naming our Best and Worst dressed from the Oscars. We had a hard time this year because overall, the A-listers looked great. No one really stood out as the clear cut winner, and conversely, everyone seemed to avoid total fashion disaster. But we’re not afraid to make the tough choices, so here are our haute hits and hot messes from the red carpet.

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Winners: Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Margot Robbie and Reese Witherspoon.

Honorable Mentions: Naomi Watts, Cate Blanchett and Dakota Johnson.

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Missed Marks: Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain, Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Lady Gaga.

All images sourced from HollywoodLife.com – Click Here for far more fabulous fashion pics.

 

 

Inspired by street art, hospitals and dogs, always dogs.

As much of the nation fights winter’s icy wrath, (we feel especially bad for our friends/clients in Boston) we’re glad we can share a few rays of warmth and hope. Happy Friday!

 

“I always love seeing something like I've never seen before. I find this lithograph by René Medrano so intriguing. I love the vintage inspired photography layered with the illustrated flowers. And of course it's one of my favorite color palettes.” Wendy

“I always love seeing something like I’ve never seen before. I find this lithograph by René Medrano so intriguing. I love the vintage inspired photography layered with the illustrated flowers. And of course it’s one of my favorite color palettes.” Wendy

 

“The love of a dog is truly incredible. If this doesn't inspire me (or you) to get a dog soon I don't know what does!” Carly

“The love of a dog is truly incredible. If this doesn’t inspire me (or you) to get a dog soon I don’t know what does!” Carly

 To see this truly touching story, click here. You might want a hanky handy.

“French artist Levalet (formerly Charles Leval), looks at everyday urban settings and sees artistic potential. His paste-ups blend humor with a bit of starkness to create something both unexpected and totally at home in the heart of Paris.” Scott G.

“French artist Levalet (formerly Charles Leval), sees the artistic potential in everyday urban settings. His paste-ups blend humor with a bit of starkness to create something both unexpected and totally at home in the heart of Paris.” Scott G.

“I love when something so simple is so brilliant. Such is the case with Vital Arts, a British arts organization, who asked 15 artists to collaborate on making the London Royal Children’s Hospital a less scary place to be. The result is nothing short of amazing!”  Lisa

“I love when something so simple is so brilliant. Such is the case with Vital Arts, a British arts organization, who asked 15 artists to collaborate on making the London Royal Children’s Hospital a less scary place to be. The result is nothing short of amazing!” Lisa

 

“Sometimes I focus too far into the future and get discouraged at the length of time it might take to complete a task. I often need to be reminded to take a step back and realize that it’s the baby steps that lead to the great leaps!" Rachel

“Sometimes I focus too far into the future and get discouraged at the length of time it might take to complete a task. I often need to be reminded to take a step back and realize that it’s the baby steps that lead to the great leaps!” Rachel

 

“People that have the patience for this kind of intricacy are astounding to me. If I could sketch with half as much detail, I would feel pretty darn good.”  Scott B.

“People that have the patience for this kind of intricacy are astounding to me. If I could sketch with half as much detail, I would feel pretty darn good.” Scott B.

Take a more in-depth look at Kerby Rosanes incredibly intricate drawings here.