Friday, March 24, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch: Zang Toi Spring 2017!

Zang Toi celebrates women in every collection with garments that are luxurious, wearable and above all visually beautiful.  If it is sophisticated style you are looking for, look no further than Zang Toi.

Zang Toi Spring 2017 transports us to France with two different inspirations.  First he takes us to Paris and the elegant Parisian woman is his inspiration. Then he takes us to Giverny with a floral inspired homage to Monet.

Zang Toi’s Spring 2017 collection is all about lifestyle, luxurious fabrics and flattering silhouettes.  For daywear the color palette is a sophisticated mix of blacks and greys with pops of lilac and dark violet.  For eveningwear, Zang goes all out with textured embroideries, and lilac and wisteria embellished garments.

Zang Toi knows his customer well and delivers once again a collection that is elegant, sophisticated and visually stunning.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch: Vivienne Tam Spring 2017!

I have been a fan of designer Vivienne Tam for years and each season she continues to draw me in and keep me captivated.  One reason her collections are always so exciting is because of the level of passion and excitement that she has for her work!

A trademark of Vivienne Tam’s is the bridging of Eastern and Western cultures, which makes reference to both in a blend that is both modern and global.   Vivienne Tam’s collections usually draw their inspiration from Eastern culture and then marry it with a Western sensibility.

For Spring 2017, Vivienne Tam completely surprised me by taking her inspiration from a very Western influence: the city and culture of Houston, Texas.  Vivienne Tam captured the vibrancy of Houston with bold colors, a mix of interesting laces and fabrics and the use of NASA, Houston Rodeo and sports team logos.  In a reverse of her usual style, she took the very western inspiration of Houston and married it with her own Asian sensibility.

Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 celebrates the diversity of Houston in a collection that is totally Vivienne Tam and is sure to not only please her fans, but create a new fan base as well!

Video Photography by Mariana Leung

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch: VIVI ACADEMY Fall 2016!

Graduating from Parsons in 2013, designer Vivi Moya has taken the leap to launching her own label, VIVI ACADEMY, after getting real world experience with designers like Nanette Lepore  and Steven Alan.

With VIVI ACADEMY, 24 year old Vivi Moya has created a collection that is flirty, playful and above all wearable!  For VIVI ACADEMY Fall 2016, Vivi took her inspiration from our obsession with our smartphones and social media.

Vivi Moya’s family hails from Cuba and she learned how to sew from her grandmother who still critiques her technique and keeps her on point.  A self proclaimed tom-boy, Vivi Moya’s collection mixes it up with down-to-earth looks that can be paired with sneakers for a casual look or a cool pair of pumps to dress it up.

As part of the launch of VIVI ACADEMY 2016, Vivi Moya also created a short film which she presented at the debut of her collection, showcasing the collections inspiration. 

VIVI ACADEMY Fall 2016 is a reflection of Vivi Moya’s youth and using that to tap into her generation’s mindset for a collection that will appeal not only to them, but also to generations from many eras!

Video Photography by Josh Bell

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch: KYE Fall 2016!

With a focus on funky high-end streetwear, KYE has won awards from the Samsung Fashion Design Fund and was one of the 30 finalists for the LVMH Prize. Designer Kathleen Kye has been named as an “emerging designer to watch’ and a “trailblazer of new fashion trends” by numerous high profile press organizations.

KYE designer Kathleen Hanhee Kye earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in design at Central Saint Martins in London.  She presented her debut collection durning London Fashion Weeks Fall/Winter 2011 Season and has continued to build her label and her presence.

Based in South Korea, KYE began showing at New York Fashion Week as part of Concept Korea for five consecutive seasons and now is presenting the collections solo.  The KYE collections, which offer apparel for both men and women, feature designs with an emphasis on wit, humor and fun.

KYE Fall 2016 is a hip collection that has wide appeal and shows why numerous prestigious stores like Opening Ceremony and Harvey Nichols carry this youthful and innovative streetwear line!

Video Photography by Mariana Leung

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch: Marcel Ostertag Fall 2016!

German designer Marcel Ostertag made his debut at New York Fashion Week with his Fall 2016 Collection.  Already well known in Europe, Marcel Ostertag is ready to make his mark on the American market!

With his headquarters in Berlin, Marcel Ostertag runs his company based on ideals of sustainable production, the use of high quality materials and fair production conditions.  Marcel Ostertag developed his skills at Central St. Martin College in London and has continued to hone those skills through his collections and collaborations.

For Fall 2016, Marcel Ostertag was inspired by Rain, which is evident in the collection not only in the silhouettes, but in the use of innovative fabrics as well.  Marcel Ostertag is know for his design sensibility which draws on the tension between traditional influences and modernity.

After seeing Marcel Ostertag’s Fall 2016 collection, it is evident why this young designer has developed a following in Europe.  It is also evident that Marcel Ostertag has what it takes to make it in America as well!

Video Photography by Mariana Leung

Friday, November 18, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch: Cristina Ruales Fall 2016!

Always curious to find new interesting designers, I attended the show of designer Cristina Ruales during New York Fashion Week.  I went to the show with no prior knowledge of Cristina Ruales work and with no expectations found a collection that was as complex as the designer herself.

Cristina Ruales honed her craft by attending Parsons School of Design.  Her passion then pushed her to further that education by earning her masters in Design from Yale’s School of Drama, the first Latina student to do so!

A native of Ecuador, Cristina Ruales collections are influenced by her homeland.  But, she also finds inspiration in mountains.  Cristina Ruales started scaling mountains in the Andes at the age of 5 and continued to mountain climb throughout her youth. Ruales says that climbing “set the stage for her self-expectations and standards”.

Cristina Ruales, shows her combined love of nature and architecture in collections that are innovative, interesting and very wearable.  Collections for today’s modern woman and her modern lifestyle.

Video Photography by Josh Bell

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ladies Who Lunch: Ricardo Seco Fall 2016!

Mexican designer Ricardo Seco presented his Fall 2016 Collection in New York during the Men’s New York Fashion Week.  And while this talented designer consistently produces awesome menswear collections, Ricardo Seco also does womenswear and managed to blend some of those designs into his presentation as well.

Going back to his Mexican roots, Ricardo Seco took his inspiration for his Fall 2016 from the serape, the blanket like shawl or poncho that comes from his homeland.

Ricardo Seco titled his Fall 2016 Collection TIME, mixing the traditional inspiration of the serape with innovative shapes, fabrics and colors, creating a collection that is fun and right on target for this upcoming season.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past