Daniel Vosovic showed his Fall 2013 collection at The W Hotel in Union Square today. The collection began with a view of a modern day female aristocrat. Mr. Vosovic sees the bold women wearing his line craving a colorful, textured look with a hint of rebellion. He says the collection has manifested into a deceptively simple collection, both in execution and detail.
Ricardo Seco presented his Fall/Winter 2013 menswear collection “Alive” at Eyebeam gallery during New York Fashion week. This collection was inspired by the mix of cultures that coexist in his new surroundings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The collection was sparked by both the Hasidic and Hipster communities that are present in Seco’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Seco mixed the strict dress code from the Hasidic community with the more relaxed, easy going and effortless looks of the Hipster community. During my interview Seco said: “I observed men who acknowledged and respected religion; who were in touch with music and art, along with the traditions… They were so different but where neighbors… I felt a deep respect for their culture. ”
Seco’s “Urban Orthodox” collection is made up of relaxed, oversized silhouettes in combination with leather, velvet, wool, cashmere, and cotton along with dark palettes of green, black and grays. Seco also did a wonderful job incorporating elements of his Mexican heritage while keeping each piece fresh and original!
Seco says his process of creating his collection was the “economy, and creating clothing of quality.” At the end of the show when ask how will he celebrate his collection and he said: “I will celebrate in an Americana hotel with all of my friends of New York and Mexico”
“When you believe you feel ALIVE”
Cushnie Et Ochs show took place at Milk Studios on February 8, 2013, where designing duo Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs gave viewers a high gloss futuristic outlook on what to expect for the fall. Their women’s wear collection consisted of a pallet of angelic whites and blacks with a few mixtures of some blues and greens. Many of their outfits had curious cut outs, fur trims, and gold star like accents mainly found on their black dresses.
Cushnie Et Ochs gave the viewers a lot to take in as their pieces flowed down the runway at a fast pace, allowing guest to get lost in one piece before surprising us with another. Their New York edge and sexy chic looks kept us locked in until the very end of the show. Even at the end of the show Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs greeted viewers wearing very sexy pieces from their fall collection. Each of their pieces enhance and supports the female figure with close fitting leathers, cut outs underneath the breast and splits that expose most of the leg. Nothing that was presented at this show hid the female figure. Even the jackets displayed sexy silhouettes.
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs pieces captured the New York city chic business woman meets the very elegant but yet daring lady of the night. Their pieces can be worn to work and easily transformed into an outfit for a date night with little effort. In a few words sexy, edgy and daring is what describes this fall line.
The first night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Concept Korea kicked off the night with some very explosive pieces including abstract handbags, heavy leather accents and a hat that light up the night, LITERALLY! It showcased many bold prints, patterns, bold colors and gave viewers several concepts to grasp while watching the show! The theme of this seasons runway show was “Rhythm of Korea” where each designer picked ten pieces to showcase.
Concept Korea is a compilation of several designers and each season new designers are picked to showcase this bi-annual show. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection designers selected was: KYE by Kathleen Hanhee Kye, CHOIBOKO by Choi Bo Ko, CRES. E. DIEM by Hongbum Kim, LIE SANG BONG by Lie Sang Bong and SON JUNG WAN by Son Jung wan. Each designer brings their own flair to each piece that ripped the runway. This show is dedicated to “promote and assist Korean designers break into the US Fashion Industry.” However, with their fall 2013 pieces that was showcased tonight these designers should have no problem.
Concept Korea gave us a taste of their collections with warm burgundy’s, olive tones, blacks, and browns, all the colors you expect to see in the fall. However, they kept viewers on their toes with their bright yellows, the use of multiple colors in one piece; head to toe patterns, powder blue fur coats, shaped leather skirts and large graffiti prints all over some of their pieces. (Street grunge has made its way to the runway in a very classy way.)
Each outfit and designer made a big statement for the fall. The designer’s outfits are for women straight out of college to into their forties. Their pieces are for the sexy/chic New Yorker to the downtown girl. Concept Korea captured youth, edge, class and elegance without it being stuffy or to over the top!
Inspired heavily by James Bond (the Sean Connery era), David Hart’s FW ’13 collection featured several nods to the flashy fictional spy including secret agent glasses, a classic tuxedo (with bowtie and cumburbund!) and music from the film Experiment in Terror (a murder/mystery from the ’60s).
A tribute to the men of yesteryear, the 20 complete looks made retro new again with plenty of well-tailored mohair and wool suits (pocket squares included), comfy separates like oversized turtlenecks and slim fitting wool trousers and patterns that any Mad Man would love (dare we say, plaid on plaid?).
Hart didn’t skimp on the accessories, either. In addition to the eye wear, some looks included Rod Keenan hats, Sermoneta gloves and leather accessories by Kika NY. All the models wore some version of the “Chase” leather oxford shoe by Walk-Over.
Known for his neckties, which have sold at luxury department stores, Hart started his eponymous label just six years ago after working for Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui and Tommy Hilfiger. For his first collection, Hart had to invest more than $30,000 of his own money on the clothing and Fashion Week production. “It’s a big expense, so my hope is that the show will generate interest in our brand and drive sales,” said Hart.
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Gabriela Perezutti’s romantic flair was still in evidence with a beautiful black tiered lace maxiskirt and sequined slipdresses, but this season, the designer added rustic elements to her accessories, showing riding boots and Navajo patterns on hosiery with her more casual looks.
The strength of Tadashi Shoji’s glamorous collection was more sensual, less sizzle. Cocktail dresses and gowns with blouson tops, Watteau backs and dropped waists covered more than they bared and moved gracefully over the body. Looks both long and short were shown in bonded lace, paisley printed gazar and cut or washed velvets — some with beaded insets and leather belts — and were a testament to the designer’s terrific restraint.
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Timo Weiland continued to explore the themes he touched on for pre-fall like streamlined suiting and jacquards and upped the ante adding trim like rich tapestries, leather and fur on coats and separates for a collection that was both special and wearable.
Right from the start, the Timo Weiland girl has been all sugar ‘n’ spice and everything nice. But now, apparently, she’s developed an attitude problem. That’s very good news though, as this collection benefited from its fresh sense of toughness. The first look established the change in tone: Today’s show opened with a shrugged-on, mannish coat with oversize shearling lapels that suggested that the girl wearing it would sooner kick you in the shins than be accused of being “twee.” Same goes for her friend in the quilted biker jacket, and the one in the hooded black leather bomber. Pretty much all the outerwear had that welcome hint of snarl.
Not all the looks were quite as bare-knuckle, but even when designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein were working in a more refined vein, they tended to keep the looks sharp and un-girlish. To wit, a lean suit of navy windowpane check and the slouchy gray marl sweater worn with a foulard-print pencil skirt. Even a look as overtly femme as a khaki minidress with exaggerated godet pleats conveyed grown-up, can’t-be-fussed confidence. Not everything here worked as well; the wallpaper jacquards were a bit off, for example. But the weaknesses were made up for by the terrific show-closing look, a one-shoulder cocktail dress in navy satin that had some serious bite.
Speaking after the show, Weiland and Eckstein said that they had been inspired by English Tudor houses, and imagining hip East London girls heading to the country for the weekend. As they went on to acknowledge, though, those references were refracted, as they inevitably had to be, through their ur-New York sensibility. Somehow, all of that added up to a kind of ’90s-era X-Girl vibe—there was the same mix of grunge and polish. If the trousers had been boot-leg cut, the effect would have been complete.
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Timo Weiland showed his men’s and women’s collections separately this season, and the men’s wear was all the better for it. “We didn’t want to have to make them match,” Weiland said in an interview backstage before the show. Jackets with hexagon quilting, wool coats adorned with neckwear patterns and a sweater decorated with an image of design partner Alan Eckstein’s dachshund, Coconut, were ready-made for the trendy Brit-pop scene that inspired the lineup. Add the duo’s catchy windowpane trousers and the hat collaboration with Albertus Swanepoel, and the hits kept coming. While Weiland was nursing a broken arm from a holiday skiing accident, the mishap didn’t seem to slow down the momentum for this youthful label.
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Maggie Grace and Christina Ricci adorned the front-row at Richard Chai’s women’s show. The designer explored a decidedly more grown-up, polished look than in past seasons. Yet the pared-down silhouettes, worked in a mostly dark palette, lacked Chai’s familiar energy. Men’s wear plaids were a leitmotif, shown on tailored suits, jackets and slim, understated dresses. The outerwear was a highlight, especially the hooded bomber in an abstract floral print and a long, beige oversize coat with a drawstring waist. The pop of purple here and there was refreshing, most notable on a bright sequined shirt worn under a tailored tweed jacket.
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