Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Zang Toi Fall 2015!

Designer Zang Toi’s collections are all about luxury and beauty.  Season after season, I am mesmerized by his couture collections that exude a mixture of beauty, style, elegance and sophistication.

For Zang Toi’s Fall 2015 collection, he took his inspiration from a winter visit to Venice.  As always, Zang Toi captured the essence of Venice using his inspiration to shape the look and mood of the collection without being literal and costumey.

Primarily using earth tones that reflect the cityscape of Venice during winter, the collection is a lush melange of greys, blacks and taupes with a finale splash of bronze metallic.  As  usual, Zang Toi crteated the collection using the finest in luxe fabrics from Loro Piana wools to silk satin.

Having just celebrated his 25th Anniversary in the industry, Zang Toi Fall 2015 delivered an awesome collection that shows this master designer has at the very least another 25 years to continue to wow us!

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Son Jung Wan Fall 2015!

Korean designer Son Jung Wan has one of the shows that I most look forward to each season.  Son Jung Wan always intrigues me with creative construction and drapes, and interesting fabrics and colors.

For Fall 2015, Son Jung Wan drew her inspiration from the 1950’s MGM films and the fashion pho tographs of Gordon Parks, resulting in a collection that is all about glamour and romance. 

The important fabrics in the collection are meri no wool, knits, leather, fur and the introduction of metallics that emphasized the inspiration of the collection.

Son Jung Wan’s color palette for the season is a perfect mix of autumnal fuschias, oranges, greens, golds, silvers and earth tones.

Son Jung Wan’s Fall 2015 Collection showed off the designer’s amazing talent with a collection that is as exciting as it is elegant and stylish.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Vivienne Tam Fall 2015!

As we have noted in previous seasons, New York designer Vivienne Tam is the master of merging Eastern and Western aesthetics.  And for Fall 2015, she did just that once again for one of her most stunning collections to date.

Vivienne Tam drew her inspiration for the Fall 2015 Collection from chinoiserie, a style that was created from how Europeans imagined China in the 17th Century.  Vivienne Tam took the feeling and elements from this period and reinvented it in a modern way.

Vivienne Tam also drew inspiration from romanticism, resulting in silhouettes that are very feminine.  Ruffled necklines, soft draped blouses and flowey dresses and gowns emphasized this direction in the collection.

With gorgeous prints, beautiful embellishments and interesting fabrics, Vivienne Tam has created a Fall 2015 Collection that once again shows she is a fashion leader.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Loris Diran Spring 2015!

Loris Diran’s French-Armenian family immigrated to America when he was a small child and settled on the Upper West Side.  Drawn to Music and theater, he attended New York’s High School of Performing Arts and performed on Broadway.

After earning a Fine Arts degree from NYU, Loris Diran went on to work for design houses like Versace and Claude Montana where he learned the key elements of style and set him on the path to create his own collection.

Loris Diran creates menswear and womenswear collections that draw on the design expertise he gained working with notable American and European design houses. But, they also draw on his New York upbringing and his theatrical background.

For Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week, Loris Diran presented a collection of luxury menswear that shows he is a master of design, with clothes that are right on target for today’s man.

Video Photography by Josh Bell

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Alexandra Lin Spring 2015!

Perhaps it is a sign of a global shift in consciousness, but I seem to meet more and more people that are leaving established careers in order to follow their passions.  Alexandra Lin is a good example of someone who is doing just that.

After a very successful teaching career in Florida, Alexandra Lin decided to follow her dreams and created her Alexandra Lin collection.  Creating the collection out of her Florida base, Alexandra Lin designs her collections with inspirations drawn from everyday women, a feminine ideal, luxurious fabrics and a love for color.

For Spring 2015, Alexandra Lin’s collection is stylish and chic while still being extremely wearable.  Alexandra Lin’s designs blend today’s trends with classic design in a way that is sure to speak to the modern woman everywhere!

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Timo Weiland Spring 2015!

Before beginning his career in the fashion and design industry, Timo Weiland studied economics, Spanish literature and business management and worked as a corporate analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities.

However, Timo Weiland’s creative nature led him into the design world where he founded his eponymous label with partners Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang.

Named one of the top ten breakout fashion designers of 2010 by Style Caster, Timo Weiland went on to win the 2014 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.

Although Timo Weiland creates both women’s and men’s collections, he concentrated on presenting his Spring 2015 men’s collection during New York Fashion Week with a collection that is so cool and wearable that I want the whole collection in my closet!

Video Photography by Josh Bell

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch: Deola Sagoe & CLAN Spring 2015!

A star in her homeland of Nigeria, designer Deola Sagoe began her design career in 1989 and rapidly gained international attention for her lovely and colorful designs.  Deola Sagoe prides herself on her couture creations which are an experience of East meets West.

Deola Sagoe draws her inspiration from traditional Nigerian fabrics and cuts which she merges with Western aesthetics.  This combination results in wearable works of art.  In her most recent collection, Deola Sagoe included pieces created with adire fabric which is hand dyed in Nigeria by the Yoruba women.

Following in their mother’s footsteps, Deola Sagoe’s daughters Teni, Tiwa and Aba have launched their own collection, CLANCLAN focuses on a younger clientele, with silhouettes that are glamorous and sexy.  While Deola Sagoe’s collection is more couture driven, CLAN is aimed at being a more accessible ready-to-wear line.

Presenting the Deola Sagoe and CLAN Spring 2015 together at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, both mother and daughters showed how their collections complimented each other.  They also introduced Nigerian fashion to a wider audience that is sure to appreciate their beautiful and creative artistry!

Video Photography by Josh Bell