London Fashion Week Run Down: Crazy Cool

Little known fact, I used to live in London for a couple of years in the 90’s. At that time fashion wasn’t taken seriously at all in London. Actually its more actuate to say that London itself was not taken seriously as a fashion center by the rest of the industry. Sure Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Burberry, and Stella McCartney were there to represent Britain, as well as other greats. In general though London was like the red headed step child of the fashion world. All that began changing around ten years ago. I think it has to do with online accessibility to knowledge. People became more aware about what was happening in London and the London scene stepped up its game as well. By the way the same thing happened with culinary. London used to be the worst for dining and then they figured it all out with pros like Jaimie Oliver. Now you can have world class dining experiences easily in London, which, trust me was not the case in the 90’s.

Due to it’s punk, grunge, alternative upbringings, London fashion week is and I suspect will always be the most radical fashion week. It is the fashion week with the most emerging designers, and it’s also the fashion week with the most out of the box fashion. New York Fashion Week is the commercial one with a big social/celebrity scene. Milan Fashion Week is old world chic and tasteful. Paris is elitist but has been the undeniable fashion pinnacle.  At least Paris was, I’m not sure how the political strife and the Islamization of Paris will effect people’s desire to be there. On second thought, what am I talking about?  Everyone will always love Paris, but for me now, Milan is the best.

Anyway back to London. There is a wild freedom of expression associated with London Fashion Week that you’ll find nowhere else. The only thing close are the avant garde fashion weeks in Scandinavia.

Even at the top London fashion week parties you find people wearing things like this in earnest:

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The big London Fashion Week Shows leaned towards the eccentric as well, and thank God for it. It would be so boring if everything in fashion were prim and proper. We need the energy of London fashion week to get back to our stream of conscious selves. London might just be the most fun fashion week.

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Arguably one of the hottest design houses is MM6 Maison Margiela. Below see some their artsy collection for London Fashion Week. Do you like it?mm6 5 MM6 2 MM6 1 MM6 MM6 MM

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane is another fashion darling that all the cool kids love. Kane has described his tumultuous life of late as inspiration for his latest collection, “Our life has been a bit of a car-crash recently,”  He and his family have been dealing with the recent loss of their mother and of Christopher’s mentor in the past year. So images of car-wrecks, fractured shapes, jagged cutouts, and spray-painting were referenced in his apparel. Kane also gave significance to thoughts of mental institutions and medical science, hence the woman in the blue shirt, banded with wipe-clean plastic cuffs and a strict skirt: “Like a nurse who’s going to give you a lethal injection!”  See below:

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Swinging the pendulum the other way was the Erdem show. Where as it was easy to find deconstructed, distorted, almost angst fashion coming down the runways of London, Erdem’s show was delicate, pretty and floral.  Girls glided by in delicate Victorian accented dresses with embroidered pink and white flowers on chiffon. However his inspiration took the theme to a darker place. “It was about prairie madness,” he explained backstage. “In 1862, Abraham Lincoln passed the Homestead Act, which gave single women and widows the right to their own plots of land in the West, as long as they stayed there for five years. So there were all these women coming from their homes in Europe, bringing their clothes and the remnants of their lives in Norway and Germany and places like that—and they started to suffer from agoraphobia and all kinds of psychological illnesses.”

Erdem’s productions have a cinematic quality often about women who have fallen on hard times. The prairie madness girls, with their ankle-length dresses made of beautiful lace, crochet, and embroidery fabrics, arrived by railroad—pushed along on an actual train track in a former freight yard in the hinterland of King’s Cross station, with a few sticks of furniture to their names, and then proceeded to make their long, melancholy walk to a crackly voice over of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. It was epic.

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London Fashion Week Run Down: Crazy Cool

New York Fashion Week Run Down

New York, New York!  The city that never sleeps gets a whole lot more awake during NYFW. Things were different this year as changes with the show producers at IMG and William Morris saw the fashion week moving to smaller venues and cutting down on guest lists. Instead of one centralized location it was broken up in to two. They also had an initiative to make the events more exclusive. In the past journalists and bloggers had a relatively easy time gaining access to NYFW in general and this year saw all that come to a halt. Consequently satellite shows became really big this year. But first lets talk about the majors, the big designers that made a huge impact at NYFW.

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott the creative genius and Katy Perry Pal, was at it again. His trippy Bardot inspired homage to fun had a naughty kitsch element. The boys were downright club kid. Gigi Hadid opened and closed the show, but her sister Bella Hadid, our favorite model of the moment rocked the runway for Scott as well. Singer Rita Ora, and the cast from the TV Show “Empire” sat front row.

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Kanye West

His show was added to the NYFW schedule late which cause a headache for other designers that day that had been scheduled in for months at that same time. The designers ended up rescheduling their shows last minute at a lot of expense, so as not to lose editors at their shows. Well “so what” you might say. The Kanye West show also started really late on the day of, which screws up people’s schedules who are attending shows. All of this is to say, perhaps he’s not that sensitive to others or maybe he’s just really that big of a star, that everyone is willing to rearrange their schedule around his. The fashion was something that sparked debate as well. West worked with Vanessa Beecroft to achieve his minimalist goals. It was post apocalyptic sports wear. He showed hoodies, baggy pants, and flesh toned tights and leggings. The models came out in rows as a drill sergeant called out the rows military style. Some said the models looked like slaves. Other were less kind.


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Anyway, with Anna Wintour sitting front row, the Kardashian clan as your home team, and that adorable daughter stealing the show, he wins!


Art Hearts Fashion Show

From LA, to Miami, to New York this charitable fashion collective is always making a statement at the big American fashion weeks. Their shows are like a big party, its sort of like Studio 54 come alive onto a runway. The event producer Erick Rosete is nothing short of a one man phenomenon. Art Hearts is a satellite show to NYFW that shouldn’t be missed. It’s participating designers can be seen on major celebrites including: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cirus, and Carrie Underwood.

Art Hearts Fashion commenced with a 5 designer showcase hosted at Vanderbilt Hall presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in association with FTL Moda.  A standout of the night was Designer Gregorio Sanchez whose bright pops of color and fine hand embroidery enlivened the runway. This cohesive collection full of bold patterned skirts and romantic tops expressed a natural vibrant energy and movement. Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions.

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New York Fashion Week Run Down

Why Not White For Fall

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The old saying “Don’t wear white after labor day” is as old as the hills and its played out too. Why not wear white for fall. Bring a little freshness into those dimly lit days of autumn.  The biggest designers put together a gorgeous array of whites for Spring and the trend is chic enough to hang around through winter.  Incorporate these white hot looks that designers including Chloé, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta all showed on their Spring runways.

Carefully placed details kept the looks at Chloé looking modest, not meek, for a collection that was youthful, delicate and elegant to boot. Speaking of boots all this needs is thigh high brown suede boots and a jacket and this is fall ready.

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Valentino always wows us but the artful layers of lace and embroidery from their Spring 2015 were an instant classic. Below is a look with Greek sandals for an update on wearable elegance; a white warrior ready for battle. This look can easily be carried over into Autumn as well, with a change in footwear and accessories.

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Modern elegance was the theme at Oscar de la Renta last spring, and this classy little number is no exception. To extend this into the cooler months try red pumps and make it October chic.

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