Monday, August 27, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch; WALTER Fall 2012!

Beginning his career in finance, Walter Baker followed his creative passion and quickly moved into high fashion design where he has definitely found his niche with his WALTER Collection.

WALTER’s signature style is all about timeless sportswear with a modern edge and his flattering styles have developed a loyal following that includes celebrity fashion icons like Eva Mendez, Rihanna and one of our favorites, Leighton Meester.
Presenting his Fall 2012 collection on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel, WALTER brought out a crowd of fashion enthusiasts and celebrities for an evening of fashion and festivity.

Video Photography by Anna Marie Nguyen

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: Negris LeBrum Fall 2012!

Presented in a loft space overlooking the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, the Negris LeBrum Fall 2012 brought a taste of Louisiana tradition to New York Fashion Week.

Founded in 1998, the Negris LeBrum Clothing Company was inspired by a love story that began in Natchitoches, Louisiana in the 1940’s.  A beautiful young Creole woman named Negris fell in love with a handsome black man named Sam LeBrum and the two defied societal prejudice to  triumph with the type of love that legends are made of.

With such an inspiration for the company, it is little wonder that the collection blends a romantic femininity with a modern sensibility.  With a theme of “Le Noir est Joli”, Black is Beautiful, Negris Lebrum Fall 2012 showed a collection that was predominantly black with shots of white, brown, olive, and a bright red.  One stand out look was a flirty watercolor print dress with a fitted sexy body and a slit paneled skirt with lots of movement.

For its first New York Fashion Week showing, Negris LeBrum Fall 2012 was a breath of fresh air in the somewhat jaded world of New York Fashion.

Video Photography by Anna Marie Nguyen

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: Farah Angsana Fall 2012!

Filling the runway with a rainbow of vibrant colors, Indonesian born designer Farah Angsana’s Fall 2012 runway show was one of the delights of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

The designer’s collection of cocktail and eveningwear was elegant and above all sexy, but in a sophisticated classy way that lets you know that the woman wearing it is a true lady!  Farah Angsana is the first Indonesian fashion designer to receive international recognition with her sense of style appealing to a global customer.

With a wide range of silhouettes, beautiful embellishments and prints, Farah Angsana’s Fall 2012 Collection proved once again that she knows her jet set clientele and what works in their lives.

Video Photography by Mariana Leung

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: Falguni & Shane Peacock Fall 2012!

Launched in 2008 and based in Mumbai, India, the husband and wife team of Falguni & Shane have grown their Peacock fashion empire into a worldwide powerhouse of style.

With a philosophy of “Life is too short to blend in”, Falguni & Shane presented a Fall 2012 Collection that showcased their signature attention to detail and statement pieces that are all about Luxury.  Taking their inspiration from “Darkness”, the collection had an emphasis on black with pops of white and colored prints mixed in.  Intricate embroidery, sequins, embellishments gave this collection a depth that made it a stand out at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Mixing fantasy with reality, it is little wonder that Falguni & Shane Peacock has become a favorite of Celebrities and has been worn by everyone from Cindy Crawford and Britney Spears to Nicki Minaj.  They even designed the 2012 Super Bowl costumes for Madonna’s half time performance!

Video Photography by Anna Marie Nguyen

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: 4 Corners of a Circle Fall 2012!

A Native of Osaka, Japan, designer Natsuko Kanno graduated from the Kobe Art University before moving to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She then went on to work for DKNY Jeans, Liz Claiborne and Doo-Ri before launching 4 Corners of a Circle in 2007.

Natsuko Kanno often draws upon her Japanese culture for her inspiration with a Spring 2012 Collection inspired by director Akira Kurosawa’s film DREAM.  For Fall 2012, Kanno looked to Japanese mythology for her theme and took her inspiration from the mythical Tengu, a supernatural creature with both human and avian characteristics.

The 4 Corners of a Circle show began with a traditional dance performance which set the mood for a collection that married a Japanese aesthetic with a New York practicality.  Which translates to a very wearable collection with an artistic edge!

Video Photography by Cassandra Past

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: Brandon Sun Fall 2012!

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Brandon Sun began his design career at J. Mendel working closely with Gilles Mendel on the ready-to-wear, tailoring and fur collections.  After 5 years, he joined Oscar de la Renta  as the Design Director of the fur division.

In 2011, Brandon Sun launched his signature collection which was picked up by retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.  His collection has continued to grow from a line of luxury fur accessories to a complete line of clothing for a sophisticated and confident clientele.

For Fall 2012, Brandon Sun took his inspiration from the heroines in the Chinese epic Kung Fu movies he grew up with and titled it “Silent Assassins”!  Sun tried to capture the elegance and violence that are juxtaposed in the films.

Using a color palette of blacks, ivories, greys and dusk rose, Brandon Sun layered furs over chiffon skirts and gabardine pants.  The contrasting of soft fabrics with leathers, wools and armour-like accessories created an image of femininity and strength!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch: Ann Yee Fall 2012!

Designer Ann Yee grew up in Michigan, where her parents immigrated to from Hong Kong and that mix of cultures has been the most significant influence on her sense of fashion, giving her designs a unique blend of mix-and-match elements that come together in harmony.

Her life long interest in fashion led Ann Yee to intern with Jill Stuart and in London with Ebru Ercon, while receiving her design degree from Philadelphia University.  After graduating, Ann Yee moved to New York to desing knitwear for numerous companies including Barney’s and Alice + Olivia. Her knowledge of knits, added to her understanding of fabrics and the art form of draping.  

Ann Yee describes her style as an architectural mix of proportions and that is evident in her Fall 2012 Collection.  Structural cuts mixed together with soft draping has given this designer a distinctive look that is gaining a following with celebrities like Anna Maria Perez de TaglĂ© and with a fashion forward clientele.

Anna Maria Perez de Taglé
Designer Ann Yee w/ Fans

Video Photography by Natalie Kaufler
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