Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Deng Hao Spring/Summer 2014!

With two decades of success under its belt, Deng Hao presented its Spring 2014 Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.

One of the emerging fashion companies from Shenzhen, China, Deng Hao’s unique knitwear creations make it a company that stands-out from the crowd, both in China and overseas.

Deng Hao focuses on patterned knits with a vibrant use of color.  Combining abstract patterns and stripes with its signature floral motifs, Deng Hao creates knits that are so intricately detailed they often resemble oil paintings.

A dramatic Deng Hao runway show highlighted the beauty and craftsmanship of the Shenzhen company with a Spring 2014 Collection that will most certainly be as big of a hit in the West as it is in Asia.

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch; LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2014!

LaQuan Smith had a passion for fashion design ever since early childhood.  However, it wasn’t until after a serious battle with cancer that LaQuan Smith took that passion and started making it a reality.

LaQuan Smith launched his self-named brand in 2008 and has steadily gained a clientele following.  A native of Queens, New York, LaQuan Smith channels that energy to create a sexy urban look that has captured the attention of many celebrities.

LaQuan Smith has designed custom pieces for pop culture icons and artists from Lady Gaga and Rhianna to Beyonce and Tyra Banks.  Whether it’s on the red carpet or on the street, LaQuan Smith’s collections will definitely get you noticed!

Video Photography by Nicole Camillucci

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: ELLASSAY Spring/Summer 2014!

China has established itself as a major power in fashion, manufacturing garments for most of the clothing companies worldwide.  However, there are very few Chinese companies known outside of China that not only manufacture garments but design them as well.

Two companies from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen that do just that presented their Spring collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.  Presenting under the banner of Fashion Shenzhen, one of the 2 companies is ELLASSAY, a high end women’s fashion house.

Founded in 1995, ELLASSAY has gathered a loyal following in China, known for its elegant style.  Taking inspiration from French style, ELLASSAY creates lifestyle collections that dress its customer for all aspects of a modern woman’s day.

Having successfully expanded throughout China, ELLASSAY introduces itself to the US in a presentation that shows off the companies diversity and style!

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: 5:31 Jerome Spring/Summer 2014!

Although his label is relatively new, designer Jerome LaMaar has been active in the fashion business for many years.  He began his career at the age of 15, interning at Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons.

With a design background and numerous years working as a trend forecaster, Bronx native Jerome LaMaar decided to create his own line, 5:31 Jerome.

5:31 Jerome is a contemporary collection that focuses on classic wearable clothing with a whimsical touch.  And with all of that trend forecasting under his belt, Jerome LaMaar’s collection is right on target for Spring 2014! 

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall 2014 Meet & Greet!

Over the years, Byron Lars Beauty Mark has gained a loyal following of customers and what better way to introduce them to the Fall 2014 Collection than with an event where Byron can meet with them personally.

The beautifully catered event provided a welcome environment for customers to chat with Byron and to make their wish lists for a collection that will start hitting the stores in just a matter of weeks.

We spoke to Byron Lars about the event and found out first hand from his devotees why the have fallen in love with his designs!  Watch the video to see it all!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: TOCCA Spring 2014!

A chance meeting by designer Marie-Anne Oudejans with some of fashion’s power players in St. Lucia led to the launch in 1994 of the design label TOCCA.

Originally a line of feminine sun dresses, TOCCA was an instant hit and went on to expand into a full fashion line.

Marie-Anne Oudejans left TOCCA in 1998 to pursue other design interests, but the TOCCA label has carried on, growing and evolving into line that continues to attract a chic clientele.

For Spring 2014, designer Emma Fletcher showed us that TOCCA still has the allure that made the line a success two decades ago!

Video Photography by Nicole Camillucci

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ladies Who Lunch: Brandon Sun Spring 2014!

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Brandon Sun began his career in fashion design with J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta, two distinguished luxury brands.

In February of 2011, Brandon Sun launched his own self named collection of luxury fur accessories and expanded to offering a full ready-to-wear collection in 2012.  Since that launch, Brandon Sun’s collections have continued to evolve and mature, each season proving the designers multi faceted talent.

For Spring 2014, Brandon Sun took inspiration from Japan with the female samurai as his muse.  This inspiration helped him to create a collection that is most definitely feminine, but also carries the strength of the samurai.

A beautiful collection, Brandon Sun Spring 2014 not only draws us into his world for this season, but leaves us anticipating what is next for this talented designer.

Video Photography by Natalie Kaufler