Love the origami style folds on the Zara skort shown above and love, even more, that it is a skort(skirt + shorts). Great as a wardrobe option during a really hot summer. But since it is no longer summer, I was about to put it away until I saw boots like the ones below. The over-the-knee boot is a hot shoe trend for Fall. Worn well, it is edgy and cool. Hmmm... Zara skort + tights + boots...love it.
It's not often that a bag from a relatively unknown, recently launched handbag line catches my eye and heart, but the bags from Time's Arrow did just that. On a recent shopping trip to the shoe department at Neiman Marcus, I took a detour(of course) to browse their handbags, and stopped dead in my tracks in front of the Time's Arrow display. It was the first time that I saw the bags in person, and they were beautiful. Classic and chic in design, the leather was incredibly soft and smooth, and every detail was perfectly thought out and constructed. Definitely, a line of well-made bags.
The Time's Arrow handbag line, just launched for Fall 2013, focuses on the utility of the interior of a bag through the use of multiple pockets, zippered compartments, etc. while maintaining a classic yet fashion-forward exterior. Inspired by origami, designer Christine Park, masterfully incorporates folds and compartments into her bags so that they can flatten and expand as needed.
I'm really obsessed with everything from Anine Bing. But this week my obsession is focused on her studded leather biker jacket. You can never be too rich, too thin (well, sometimes...), or have too many moto jackets!
Kaufmanfranco is one of my absolute favorites from NYFW. The Kaufmanfranco woman is chic, complex yet simple, confident, and understated sexy. In essence, the characteristics that I believe are the foundation of great style.
Designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco created a collection for S/S '14 that stayed true to their vision. The looks were clean, understated, and a brilliant mix of body conscious and refined. The colors were mostly neutral shades such as white, black, blush and beige with two featured shades: neon red and gold.
The collection also portrayed an element of contrast. Sleek silhouettes, precise tailoring, and edgy bandage and zipper detail were juxtaposed with softer elements like organza or tissue suede, embroidery, and lace. Other fabrics used in the collection were white leather, silk sheeting and linen.
Although the Kaufmanfranco collection for S/S '14 was predominantly sportswear, one of the standout looks was a gold embroidered gown (pictured below). Definitely, a red carpet look!
Love, love loved this show and already looking forward to the next one!
Inspired by Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen and mid-century modern furniture, Lela Rose created a collection for Spring '14 that was architectural with its geometric prints and curvilinear shapes, yet maintained a femininity and fluidity for which Lela Rose is known. Some of the highlight colors of the collection were "light reflected blue, vivid pink and luminous citrine".
The Supima fashion show is a Design Competition between students from four of America's top design schools: PRATT, RISD, FIT and SCATT. Two finalists are chosen from each of the schools and are asked to create a capsule collection of women's evening wear gowns from Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills and shirting. These collections are then presented during NYFW at Lincoln Center where the winner is selected by a distinguished panel of judges, and awarded $10,000.
This year the winner was Morgan Selin from RISD. She is shown in the photo on the left with Rachel Zoe, this year's host of the competition, and on the right with the models wearing her designs.
With striking prints, graphic black and white, and an abundance of color, the Desigual RTW collection for Spring '14 was happy, fun and carefree. Their motto, La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool), was demonstrated not only in their bold looks, but was also embodied in the enthusiastic and spirited attitude of the models who brought the looks to life!
Inspired by Morocco, Son Jung Wan's collection for Spring/Summer 2014 was confident, sophisticated and feminine. The colors were predominantly variations of white, cream, blush and beige with amber and burnt orange as a highlight shade of the collection. Many of the silhouettes were architectural with asymmetrical cuts in the hem or sleeves. But there was also a fluid softness to the looks which worked well with the light, neutral colors.
The outfit below is one of my favorite looks of the collection. Love the detailed cut and embellishment on the jacket and how it still maintains its structure. Also love the flattering drape of the skirt and how it is fitted as well as flowy.
Sophisticated, feminine and wearable, the Spring 2014 collection by Noon by Noor was inspired by the Tree of Life, a 400 year old natural wonder in the designers' home country of Bahrain. With an eye on the inherent beauty of nature, the designers, Shaikha Noor and Shaikha Haya, utilized floral and leaf prints, rosettes, and ornate embellishments as a common theme in their collection. The colors were soft and neutral with variations of blush/pink and cream/white, as well as some bolder appearances of color such as orange, purple and navy. The fabrics were primarily silk with a brilliant inclusion of leather to balance feminine with sporty.
Especially love the rounded shoulder, balloon sleeves of the first look and how the top complements a sleek, fitted pencil skirt in a luxurious purple leather. It's a perfect combination of polished, strong and understated sexy.
I'm loving Noon By Noor more and more with every season. A great collection for Spring '14!