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.
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.
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.
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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Let’s ruffle things up!
The ruffles on a classic shirt or blouse will add a charming twist
to your overall conservative look.
Share your ideas about adding a romantic twist to a conservative style.
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.
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.
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?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo 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.
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.
Photo credit: Getty Images
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.