Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Brandon Sun Sample Sale!

As Brandon Sun is preparing for the debut of his Fall 2013 Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in a few weeks, it is time to go on a treasure hunt at his Sample Sale in New York.
This Parsons Grad designer has a history working with premiere labels like Oscar de la Renta and J. Mendel, refining his style of chic luxury.  Brandon Sun already has two successful seasons under his belt and you will definitely find some must have fashion pieces at his Sample Sale, where everything will be 75-80% off!!  The event is by appointment only, so email your request right away!

Brandon Sun Sample Sale
Thursday, January 31 from 9am to 6pm
Friday, February 1 from 9am to 4pm
224 West 30th Street, Suite 11th Floor


Monday, January 28, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: EMERSON Spring 2013!

Boston based EMERSON has been showing its collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for several seasons and this cool women’s wear line is gaining a following with celebrities like Paula Abdul, sitting in the front row at the show.  We went backstage before the Spring 2013 show to talk to Jackie Fraser-Swan about her newest collection.

Designer Jackie Fraser-Swan has tapped her creativity to produce consistent collections of beautiful clothes that speak to the modern woman.  The EMERSON look meshes femininity with an edgy strength that makes this label stand out.

For EMERSON Spring 2013, Jackie Fraser-Swan took her inspiration from 1970’s Horror Films, with her biggest inspiration being the movie “Carrie”.  The 70’s influence was very evident in the silhouettes and fabrics, but in a modern way that looks right for now.  While there was plenty of black and white in the collection, there were also beautiful prints and pops of color like a bright blue and a vibrant red.

With such an unexpected inspiration, the EMERSON Spring 2013 is a fun very wearable collection and the show was packed with surprises from the beginning to the end!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Falguni & Shane Peacock Spring 2013!

The Falguni & Shane Peacock label is based in Mumbai, India,  But don’t let that fool you!  This powerhouse husband/wife team is rapidly becoming a company with a global impact.  A design label to keep an eye on, we spoke with Falguni & Shane Peacock after their Spring 2013 presentation at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to get some insight into their newest creations!

You’ve seen their cutting edge couture designs on the red carpet, in the society pages and even at last years Superbowl in Madonna’s half-time performance.  What makes this label stand out are its sexy figure flattering dresses and gowns.  But even more than that, the creativity that goes into Falguni & Shane Peacock’s designs always pushes the envelope and they take their inspiration from cutting edge themes.

For Spring 2013, the Falguni & Shane Peacock Collection was inspired by space age cyber-couture mixed with a Rock & Roll edge.  Staying true to their inspiration, the collection is definitely futuristic, but in a sexy glamorous way that we will most certainly see on the red carpets.

A favorite design house of ours, Falguni & Shane Peacock delivered once again in creating an outstanding collection that will create a buzz and bring them even more attention and even more clients!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: DEGEN Spring 2013!

Lindsay Degen has had a lifetime passion for knitting ever since picking up her first pair of knitting needles at the age of 3.  This passion led her to become a designer and eventually start her own line DEGEN.

The all knit collection plays with interesting and innovative stitches and uses them to create wearable pieces of art that are quirky and have a definite sense of humor!  Not a conventional ready-to-wear line, DEGEN Spring 2013 offers leggings, bra tops, tees, shorts and even knit accessories to glam up your Converse sneakers.  There were even knit Tees & hats in the shape of pizzas, complete with knit pepperoni!

Lindsay Degen also uses her knitting craft to support causes with past collections focusing on social issues like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the military.  Degen’s knitting for causes began in her native Ohio, where she knit with grandmothers to support causes from premature babies to cancer patients.

DEGEN won’t appeal to everyone, but there is no denying that this young and fun collection will attract devotées with an eye on cutting edge fashion and creativity!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Helios & Luna Spring 2013!

Stylish, well made clothing is not always easy to find at an affordable price and that is exactly where Helios & Luna is making its mark.

For Helios & Luna Spring 2013, designer Patricia Clyne once again worked her magic to produce a very wearable, but also very chic collection.  With Ms. Clyne’s collections, the attention is in the details and this collection is chock full of them.

An important theme in the collection is transparency, which is achieved through both the use of materials and construction.  Important fabrics in the Helios & Luna collection are meshes, cut-out leathers and organza, all contributing to the transparency theme and the lightness of Spring.  Organza ribbons placed in seams also emphasized the theme.

Colors for the season are vivid, pairing red with a bright fuschia, spearmint mixed with a softer green and a navy/yellow/white story.  All of this is balanced with a mixture of two shades of grey to give the collection a neutral base.

Check out the Helios & Luna website to find a retailer near you and get ready to dive into Spring!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Nicholas K Spring 2013!

Although my personal style is a little more traditional, good design will always entice me to consider something different.  And good design is what made me sit up and take notice of Nicholas K.

Masters of modern dressing, Nicholas K produced another amazing collection for Spring 2013.  The contemporary collection was full of their signature layered looks, but also introduced new fabrics and even more complicated drapes.  A big surprise in the collection was the use of silk satin and a modern interpretation of the 70’s pant suit.

A more diverse color palette was also introduced with colors pulled from the works of artist Lyonel Feininger, making this a well rounded collection that will definitely win the label even more fans.

Although already a fan of Nicholas K, the Spring 2013 Collection made me an even bigger fan!  I have already picked out pieces I want to add to my wardrobe when this collection hits for Spring!

Christopher & Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Kara Laricks Spring 2013!

Playing it safe can lead to a stable life.  But, following your passion can be more truly rewarding.  At the urging of her mother, Kansas native Kara Laricks initially took a more secure career route, earning degrees in education and going on to teach for several years.

However, her passion for design was too strong to lay dormant within her.  She enrolled in the master’s program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and began pursuing her true calling.

While producing an accessories line out of her New York apartment, Kara Laricks was cast in NBC’s Fashion Star, where she went on to become the winner of the show’s very first season.  The exposure has catapulted the designer into the mainstream and her Spring 2013 collection will be sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Kara Laricks' Spring 2013 Collection is inspired by a combination of 1920‘s style and Japanese matchbook covers from the same era.  Taking this inspiration and blending it with her signature penchant for androgyny, the collection is flirty and playful with a very sophisticated edge.  The tuxedo was also an important inspiration for the collection, with tux tails à la Fred Astaire added to shorts and other tux elements appearing throughout the collection.

Lesson learned, Kara Laricks bucked convention and followed her passion, turning this talented designer’s dream into a reality.