Friday, September 27, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Rafael Cennamo Fall 2013!

Rafael Cennamo designs his evening-wear collection with a very European couturier approach, emphasizing sophisticated drapes and elegant embellishment.

Since introducing his line in 2006, he has gained a following that includes many celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Katy Perry and BeyoncĂ©.  Celebrities go to Rafael Cennamo for his luxurious fabrics and edgy couture designs, and have relied on him to make a splash on the red carpet.

With a company that has now expanded to include his less expensive Rafael Cennamo line and his White Couture bridal line, Rafael Cennamo is quickly becoming known and appreciated by a diverse clientele.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Mathieu Mirano Fall 2013!

At the age of 22, Long Island Native Mathieu Mirano has already made his mark on the fashion industry as one of America’s young designers to keep an eye on.  The Parsons graduate launched his first collection in 2012 and has quickly captured the attention of international fashion publications and influential celebrities.

Mathieu Mirano’s collections often take inspiration from his background in fine arts and classical piano, creating garments with a true artistic flair.  Mirano emphasizes tailoring, luxury and attention to detail for a collection with a couture edge.
Recently Mathieu Mirano was commissioned to design an outfit for Lady Gaga, which she wore on “Good Morning America”, giving the young designer the national exposure that designers dream of!

Video Photography: Cassandra Past

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Timo Weiland Men's Fall 2013!

Majoring in Economics, Spanish Literature and Business Management is not the path most fashion designer’s take.  But that is exactly what Timo Weiland did before focusing his attention on fashion.

Timo Weiland was born in Nebraska and raised in New York and Jacksonville, Florida, an upbringing that has definitely influenced his design aesthetic, merging heartland sensibility with an urban flair.

Although he is probably best known for his women’s wear collections, Timo Weiland also designs men’s wear.  For Fall 2013, Mr. Weiland presented his men’s wear collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week demonstrating his gift for that area of design as well.

The Timo Weiland Fall 2013 Men’s Collection shows the designer’s strength in men’s wear with a line that follows some of the latest trends, incorporating them in a totally wearable way!  This was my first time covering Timo Weiland’s work and I was not only impressed, but coveted several pieces for my own wardrobe! Now that Fall is upon us it is time to shop!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: 4 corners of a circle Fall 2013!

Since the launch of 4 corners of a circle in 2007, designer Natsuko Kanno has continued to develop her collection into what could best be described as modern western design merging with an eastern sensibility.

Ms. Kanno infuses her collections with her native Japanese heritage from philosophical and folklore inspired inspirations to fabrics not only obtained from Japan, but oftentimes created specifically for her collections.  In Ms. Kanno’s Fall 2013 collection, she developed a fabric that mixes traditional  Japanese Washi paper with cashmere for a fabric that is interesting and fresh.

4 corners of a circle Fall 2013 takes its inspiration from IKUSA, the Japanese word for war or battle.  But, the interpretation of battle takes the more philosophical route in Ms. Kanno’s collection.  Ms. Kanno explained that “in today’s world and with traditional and modern battles still raging, one must go out into the world and fight for the life they want and find their own way, to make this world a better place”.

The silhouettes for 4 corners of a circle Fall 2013 are also inspired by the battle theme, Ms. Kanno loosely basing them on traditional Samurai costumes.  This inspiration creates a silhouette that exudes strength and while it has a masculine edge, Ms. Kanno made it feminine with the use of soft fabrics and more ladylike pencil skirts and detailing.

Another beautiful collection for 4 corners of a circle Fall 2013, it is always a pleasure to see Ms. Kanno’s collections with their strong point of view and cultural references.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Mara Hoffman Fall 2013!

In the aftermath of a blizzard, what better way to brighten up the day than to go to the Mara Hoffman Fall 2013 show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Designer Mara Hoffman is the true master of bohemian chic.  Her collections are known for their vibrant prints that are infused with mystical references and tribal patterns from around the globe.

Mara Hoffman’s style is perfect for Spring and Resort collections, but how do you translate it into a Fall Collection?

For Fall 2013, Mara Hoffman did it by staying true to herself.  Mixing in knits and outerwear pieces that complimented her prints, Mara Hoffman created a true Fall Collection without sacrificing her own unique style.

Mara Hoffman’s Fall 2013 Collection was not only on target for her core client, but thankfully also injected some much needed color into the greyest of seasons!