Highlights from New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 

While running some errands before my trip to Istanbul, I finally was able to take some time and reflect on the entire Spring Summer 2018 New York Fashion week with a fresh and different perspective. The greatest thing about NYFW is that during this particular time of the year the streets of the city seems to be more alive and exciting than ever.  Many locals come back from their vacations and there are more visitors than ever from various parts of the world. During this time of the year, there are more boutique and store events held in the streets of Soho, pedestrians look more dressed up than usual and overall, the city is filled with spirit of joy and celebration.

For me, it’s also a great opportunity to network with other influencers and industry insiders. An insightful chat with a PR woman about her daily life in the image analyst profession, a discussion about the athleisure trend with a PR intern and a small talk about upcoming projects over a glass of wine with a friend-artist from LA are always refreshing and fun.

So, here are the highlights from New York Fashion Week SS18 I’d like to share with you:

Sports and Glam

No matter what season it is, the athleisure trend seems to be here to stay and worth the investment. In case of you are tired of wearing your track pants, take a close look at Hakan Akkaya’s collection for inspiration. It  features on-trend athletic designs such as utility pockets, straps and stripes. It’s striking fusion of office, glam and active wear is absolutely wearable for both day and night.Hakkan_Akkaya_nyfw_ss18

 

Poetic Justice

I can’t resist mentioning LAN Yu SS18 collection this season again! Her maxi beige and lilac coats inspired by the Victorian era and Romanticism were absolutely stunning. Satin, velvet, silk and lace were at the center of the stage at the LAN Yu SS18 presentation. The entire collection was as always very feminine, yet modern and chic,  offering a wide range of beautiful pastel colors.

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Dance in The Rain

Jarel Zhang, another emerging designer, offered a mix of bright colors and monochrome looks. I love the presence of both: innovative spirit and consumer awareness. The focal points of the artist’s collection were ultra-modern coats with oversized sleeves that are fun, chic and timeless. I think a very lightweight but well-protected coat that shields one from wind chill and rain is a must-have piece for any modern woman, especially if she lives in humid climate.  One of my favorite looks is the sheer red full length parka.

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An Island Escape

Lastly, you have a choice whether to dance in the rain or escape to an exotic island. Cindy Monteiro’s SS 18 collection with its Cape Verdian vibes will inspire anyone to wear white clothes, enjoy chamuças and walk barefoot on the sand. Her fusion of natural materials into modern design makes her garments undoubtedly stunning, comfortable and  timeless.

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Cindy Monteiro SS18 Image Credit: Instagram User @_evanliu

 

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Step into Spring with a Romantic Wardrobe

When I first moved to NYC, I worked for an emerging French designer. If I had to characterize her design, I would say that it was quite romantic and free-spirited with few conservative pieces sprinkled into the collection. Most of the pieces were made from silk. Her mini-flared, ruffled skirts were the key to her overall collection and design style.
 I‘ll never forget her saying that we should target business women and encourage them to wear our line.
At that time, I thought her ideas were crazy and impossible.
We all know that business women value practicality and time. Long hours in the office, frequent travel and business meetings require practical fabrics that won’t wrinkle.
Fine silk skirts and dresses prove to be a nightmare in terms of creases and wrinkles. Not only are they impractical, they also usually don’t fall into the company dress code criteria.
Nevertheless, we all know that focusing on practicality and niche market demand does not always lead to success. What makes great designers “great” is more than quality tailored pieces, beautiful color palette and an impressive logo.
What sets them apart is their unconventional thinking and ability to challenge the status quo.
In particular, I encourage you to check out the new collections of Lan Yu and Denibi, offering us amazing soft hues and exquisite details. Just in time for spring!
Here are some ideas to spruce up your wardrobe.
Chandeliers on! 
I absolutely love these 24-karat yellow gold-plated earrings.
Featuring lacy filigree frames, French wire, mixed carnelian and dyed blue jade beads, these earrings fit nicely in the smallest purse. 
They can transform your plain office ensemble into a chic, romantic look for dinner.
Step Into Spring

 

 

Let’s ruffle things up!  

The ruffles on a classic shirt or blouse will add a charming twist

to your overall conservative look.


Let's Ruffle Things Up!

 

Add loose waves to your hair for a modern, romantic look.
Depending on your hair’s natural texture, use textured sprays to create instant waves or sleep on braided hair. Volumizing sprays such as Living Proof “Full Dry Volume Blast” will maintain softness and shine of your hair. It’s one of my favorite products from Sephora so far. 
You can also create natural-looking waves with a flat iron.  I have medium-length, thick hair and it takes me around 10 minutes to create a natural-looking, wavy look by twirling and pulling. 
If you have other recommendations for achieving this effect, please, share in the comment section below.
 
 
Personalize your hat
Add a chic lace trim to your fedora hat for a delicate, classy touch.
Find your color inspiration, play with textures, experiment and have fun!
 
Tied up
Consider classic bow knots, ladies!  These blouses are so appropriate to wear to work.
Elegant, feminine, chic. Your keys to success.
Bow Neck Tie

 

Share your ideas about adding a romantic twist to a conservative style.

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From Paris with Love: Review of the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2017 Collection

At last, we’re in spring and I know that you share my enthusiasm.
To celebrate the beginning of the season, I headed to Paris — city of light, love and haute couture. I just got back.

While there, I took in Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2017 Collection, which was previewed in the Tomorrow Ltd. showroom in the heart of the city. 

If you love velvet, you’ll certainly appreciate this New York designer’s collection. Purses, accessories and simply adorable flats made from this beautiful fabric. Velvet is a hot trend that won’t go away for some time. I particularly love velvet mules.

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I adore the designer’s wide selection of jeweled guitar straps to customize handbags. Very. Clever. Idea. Chic suddenly becomes practical in that you may have one bag and simply change the straps to match outfits. This is particularly useful for travel. All you have to put in your suitcase is ONE bag and few different straps for different looks.

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You can also accessorize your bag with a Power Puff Pompon D’Alimentation, which has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it. You can give your phone a charging boost wherever you are.  Perfect accessory for every city fashionista! It certainly saved me in Paris, given my constant use of social media, Google Map and Uber ride applications. I highly recommend to to visit Rebecca Minkoff’s website for more gadgets and tech accessories. 


In signing off, I’d like to reiterate that the Minkoff collection is exquisite. It’s romantic, yet it has an edgy vibe. I think every woman can find something exciting that fits her personal style and taste from the new line. What do you think of it?

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Lan Yu Fall / Winter 2017 NYFW: A Dreamlike Nostalgia for Suzhou

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for the Lanyu collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 10:  Lan Yu Fall / Winter 2017 RTW: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG Models)

NYFW Fall / Winter 2017 : Diversity, Futurism, Modern Romance and More…

 
 
Hi everyone!
It’s finally getting warm here, in New York City! It’s been a tough month for me, as I’ve been trying to recover from bad cold, while balancing my job and freelance work.
Lately, I’ve been also debating whether I should change the name of this web page and focus on writing reviews about fine jewelry (the industry in which I work) or start anew with a photography blog focusing on fashion and design.
That said, attending the ready-to-wear fall/ winter 2017 New York Fashion Week and appreciating the diversity of amazing emerging designers, inspired me to return to this blog. Also, I find myself coming back because of the community I have here with all of you. I’m so grateful to my followers for supporting me on my journey. Without you, everything would be meaningless.
So, here are the highlights from fashion week that I’d like to share with you: 
Hakan Akkaya was on point this season. Predominantly consisting of black, his collection questions freedom and celebrates sexual, racial and gender equality. hakan_akkaya_nyfw_fall_2017_all_black
The aesthetics of Mémère’s premiere collection by Sarah Julia LeBlanc satisfy the exquisite taste of any romantic fashionista. Featuring thousands of white roses scattered throughout the presentation space and ethereal-looking models, the collection was inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. 

 

Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

A dreamy vibe and feminine looks were also predominant at Lan Yu’s runway show.  She is one of Asia’s most influential designers. The opulence of fabrics and soft mint hues of the collection were particularly striking. Please, check out my next blog post for details. Lan Yu Fall 2017

Berenik, founded by a Swiss designer and painter, featured 50 diverse artists performing contemporary dance, which reflected its overall diverse nature and the freedom of dance improvisation. The blend of Scandinavian aesthetics, classics, athletic fashion and contemporary streetwear incorporated into the design make the collection accessible for women of any age and sizes. 

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Denibi, a fashion house based in Barcelona, presented a striking collection featuring futuristic minimalism and African heritage. Denibi symbolizes a utopia for creatives. A place is created where individuals are able to push themselves to the fullest of their artistic ability with like minds and limitless possibilities.Denibi Barcelona Fall Winter 2017 NYFW

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Spring Summer 2017 Men’s Fashion Week: Nick Graham, Kenneth Ning and More!

I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your summer vacation breaks to the fullest. I am a bit late with New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17, due to my crazy, unpredictable schedule. Yet, better late than never!

I’ve always been attracted to certain men’s jewelry and accessories and once in a while I like to borrow from the men’s section. I think a strong masculine piece such as a structural blazer, men’s briefcase or men’s watch can add an effortless edginess, chic, and conservatism to the overall feminine look.

So, here are my favorite moments from New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17.

1. I’ve loved Nick Graham’s innovative approach to creating a fashion show. The dazzling event allowed attendees to dive into the glamorous, prerevolutionary 1950s world of Cuba. Its world-class cabaret and club, Tropicana, was especially highlighted. Nick Graham Cuban Theme Summer Spring 2017

The use of a striking visual presentation versus a traditional runway show was intriguing. It provided bloggers and editors with more time to analyze details, so they could create better content, while fully enjoying the 1950s Havana vibes. One of my favorite looks: effortlessly chic rolled pants, camo scarf, and retro sunglasses.

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2.  I also found the Artistix and Andy Hilfiger “Equality” line to be quite inspirational. In particular, I liked the abstract prints by Artistix founder Greg Polisseni. I’d like to see more of these elements and prints incorporated in women’s clothes.

Artistix Andy Hilfiger Prints Art and Fashion Abstract Spring summer 2017Photo Credit: Jason Konrad

3. Designed in New York and handmade in London, Passavant and Lee briefcases have such a sleek and modern look, combined with traditional craftsmanship. Functionality and timeless style are the key of this brand. I’d certainly recommend checking their website for product details.

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Passavant and Lee NYFW: Men’s SS17 Presentation

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4. Refreshing hues of navy and red and unexpected tropical prints in Parke and Ronen collection were a breath of fresh air during the men’s fashion week events. I also found checkered shirts tied around the waistline a la the ‘90s quite exciting and worth stealing.

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5. Also, I loved Kenneth Ning’s innovative designs and military chic inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 British-American war film, “Full Metal Jacket.” The contrast between models’ emotionless faces and the rebellious deconstruction of designers’ garments was particularly striking. Three words would describe Kenneth Ning’s Men’s SS17 collection: edgy, innovative and effortless.

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