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.
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
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.
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.
Versatile, flattering, cozy and chic. I can’t say enough about this Japanese traditional garment that’s making a comeback. In fact, it’s become a staple of almost every well-known fast fashion chain. Yet, what do most people really know about this garment’s history?
This piece, which has so many distinctive features (form, motif, design, fabric and accessories), has an amazing story behind it. The Japanese, following their normal tendency to adopt, adapt, adept, started wearing the orient fashion in the eighth century. Traditionally, they were made from a single fabric bolt. By the 20th century, most Japanese citizens wore Western clothing. Today, kimono manufacturing is on the edge of crisis. Reduction of the kimono market, and the aging of artisans, and lack of their successors are slowly diminishing the once vibrant art.
Hiromi Asai, whose collection “Spirit Of The Earth” captivated me during NYFW, and my genuine curiosity for Japanese culture, inspires me to incorporate the traditional kimono into my wardrobe. Just like the little black dress or white shirt, I believe this should become a staple for all women. Hiromi Asai’s silk kimonos were a breath of fresh air at NYFW. I particularly loved the ones that featured pastel colors and minimal prints. The robe-like, relaxed look was absolutely stunning.
Is there any particular brand you can’t imagine your wardrobe without? A brand that you wear all the time, no matter what the trends are?
Personally, I love Alexander Wang. His T by Alexander Wang collection serves me well for leisure wear. His major line is appropriate for office wear with its minimalistic, slightly androgynous style. His footwear is always edgy and chic. Alexander Wang rarely uses prints. His focus is high-quality fabric and fantastic tailoring. His characteristic minimalism, peppered with an urban and futuristic flair, creates a new, fresh perspective on modern luxury.
Tell me about the brands you’ve closeted.