Friday, April 21, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch: Son Jung Wan Spring 2017!

It is no wonder that Son Jung Wan is one of the biggest designers in Korea.  Son Jung Wan always utilizes creative drapes and construction to create interesting and flattering silhouettes combined with innovative fabrics.

Son Jung Wan also shows her artistry in her collections, taking her inspirations from the art world, nature and even historical fashion periods.  For her Spring 2017 Collection, Son Jung Wan takes us back to the 70’s with a fun take on the disco era.

Bright colors, bold patterns, and stripes bring this collection to life.  Son Jung Wan’s vision of the 70’s combines glamour with a playfulness that makes this collection irresistible!

Son Jung Wan closed the show with 70’s Supermodel Pat Cleveland who danced down the runway and reminded us all what a true Supermodel is at any age!  And Son Jung Wan showed us once again that she is a true master of her craft!

  Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ladies Who Lunch: Francesca Liberatore Spring 2017!

Italian designer Francesca Liberatore is quickly becoming one of my favorite European designers.  I covered her first U.S. show and was totally hooked by her design sense.

Francesca Liberatore designs using strong inspirations which she stays true to, leading to powerful collections.  Francesca Liberatore combines innovative drapes with luxurious fabrics and embellishments that have a definite European spirit to them that translates to a global appeal.

The theme of the Francesca Liberatore Spring 2017 Collection is freedom and change and she represented this with liberating shapes and light fabrics, and a mix of shapes that show the change that women go through every day.  This Spring 2017 Collection also showed freedom in the use of a bright and vibrant color palette.

Presenting a truly beautiful Spring 2017 Collection, Francesca Liberatore confirmed that she is a talent to be reckoned with not only in Europe, but internationally.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

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