I’m sure I can speak for most women when i say; Bags (& Shoes). Yes thats it. There isn’t anymore to say, simply because there is too much to say. However as the Fashion Week season is upon us and NYFW draws to an end, I can say an extra few words (well, two more) to highlight one of my favourite designs of the week; Mansur Gavriel!
The bucket bags are back and I can not get enough of them. Designers, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have made everybody and their friends want one of their amazing bags. The New York based brand was founded by these two ladies in April 2012 and now almost three years on, the Italian crafted bags have well and truly entered the fashion world. With growing attention and exposure, the brand is flourishing nicely. Whilst AW15 will see two new styles (along side the existing collection that includes; totes, backpacks and bucket bags) as well as new colours, for me its all the bucket bag. The design is simple and the structure that reflects the shape of a bucket adds a certain depth to the bag. The fact each bag is colour blocked also contributes to the luxury aspect of the street-style kind of bag. Naturally and like most, you can not go wrong with classic black, however I also really like the brandy colour and next season’s sand one too. So watch this space! #WishList
Amongst those trending across the runway at New York Fashion Week is the pencil cut skirt with a split. Remaining at a respectable hight, the split works. Going for the chic casual look, AW15/16 ready-to-wear is defiantly something I can get on board with. Naturally, I love the orange skirt by ICB (guilty); not only because obviously its orange but the off-centre split is much more appealing, plus the mini skirt under layer, come-lining adds a certain depth to the skirt as a whole. Worn by the model quite casually, the structured skirt can also be dressed up with a change in top, shoes and accessories. #Love
Tibi and CC Chris Gelinas also went with the more casual look compare to both Altuzarra and Brandon Sun who went for slightly dressier alternatives. For me, Tibi’s cream/nude emsemble was a close second contender after ICB. Pairing the off-white leather skirt with a cream wooly jumper is definitely a look I can’t wait to see hit the streets come AW 15/16. The thick collar that borders on ‘polo neck’ is what stands out most for me. The Gelinas skirt in light khaki is also favourable. Its a slightly less fitted cut compare to the others nevertheless, it works. Personally, I wouldn’t have paired it with those socks or shoes and perhaps a cream blouse instead; but simply as a pencil skirt with a split; I like it. The latter however, I can not say the same for. To me, the styling behind both the Brandon Sun and Altuzarra designs could have been executed better.
CC Chris Gelinas
Despite all her tantrum throwing at both her dad’s show and Alexander Wang’s at the first of 2015’s NYFW, you have to admit this little girl radiates cuteness. A regular to the front row, North is definatly looking the part. In a real fur, fur coat said to be worth over $3000, the little Miss. West is just a pair of sunglasses away from a diva!
Aged 82 and having battled with cancer for a decade, gown extraordinaire, Oscar De La Renta died yesterday. As one of the designers that put New York on the map in the 70s and 80s, the man who dressed several first ladies and even more famous figures on the red carpet and some down the isle, De La Renta will surly be missed.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in spain, De La Renta worked with Cristobal Balenciaga and Elizabeth Arden before starting his own label in Manhattan in 1965. The fashion icon who’s approach was to make a woman “feel her best”, won awards for his amazing bridal collections and was considered “King of the Evening”. De La Renta never did anything by halves. He was a true contributor to high fashion as well as bridal wear and will never be forgotten.
Clooney’s wife; Amal Alamuddin and De La Renta [right]
Just weeks ago he put on a fabulous show at New York Fashion Week and more recently, dressed George Clooney’s new bride. Due to his exquisite designs that left you somewhat speechless and his elegant approach, he was a personal favourite of mines. Every design was so unique, beautiful and well thought through. From every layer of lace, every floral pattern and every sequin sewed on to every section of embroidery and every fit and flare; Oscar De La Renta’s collections were both flawless and faultless every single time. Whenever a beautifully immaculate, jaw-dropping and standout gown was worn down the runway, red carpet, awards ceremony or inaugural ball; you knew when it was a De La Renta dress, without reading the caption. His designs were statement-making yet in a discrete and elegant way. Everything about his work was beautiful and i loved it (still do). You can’t not admire his work. He truly is a legendary designer.
To the man who battled with cancer for 10 years and didn’t let it knock him down; Rest In Peace Oscar De La Renta.
To the city that brought us fabulous fashion and Carrie Bradshaw; the runway at New York Fashion Week certainly resembled the wardrobes of the Sex and the City cast.
From left to right; Ralph Lauren’s sporty yet glamorous look reminds me of a Samantha Jones outfit. Next and all in blue is a representation of Miranda Hobbes’s corporate-casual look in an Elizabeth and James suit. Following is a classy and some what conservative model wearing Narciso Rodriguez and looking very Charlotte York. Last but not least, is my favourite; Oscar De La Renta’s SS15 collection. His extravagant yet elegant silhouettes reminds me of a Carrie Bradshaw ensemble.
Saving the best ’til last, Marc Jacobs ended New York Fashion Week Last night with a fantasy feel, dreamlike runway contrasted with his military inspired collection. The catwalk was more like a theatre set with a bright Barbie-pink house surrounded by matching plush pink carpet.
Complete with oversized garments, belted waists, just as oversized pockets and several 3D polka-dots, Jacobs brought a 60s military feel to the runway -with a twist. With a muted colour pallet that consisted of navy, ivory, cream, brown and khaki, together with the texture created by the oversized polk-dots and nipped in waist; S/S15 is going to be an interesting one.
As always Marc Jacobs pays exceptionally close attention to detail. Although he explores bold detailing, he still sticks to simplicity and class; to which I admire most about Jacobs as a designer. Having left Louis Vuitton almost a year ago now, he is able to dedicate his time to his own brands; remaining unique and style focused.
Even though there are times I am not completely in love with his collections or can not see myself wearing a particular garment, I can not fault Mr. Jacobs for his consistency and creative edge.
No fashion week in the big apple is complete without the show stopper catwalk that is Oscar De La Renta. In recent years I have fallen in Love with his designs, his amazing gowns and his ability to turn any woman into a princess. As cheesy as it sounds, its true. Just look at his Autumn/ Winter collection (look at any collection) and tell me you wouldn’t complete your Cinderella story in one of his gowns.
Known for his evening wear, Bridal wear and Red Carpet sensations, Oscar De La Renta has out done himself once again. Subtlety bringing the florals back, exploring fragile embellishments and using intricate gold detailing, De La Renta creates a some what ‘enchanted’ theme across the catwalk.
With meters and meters of lace, sheer, satin and silk; every gown is distinctly different to the next. Compare to the barbie pink and royal blue gowns that took centre stage last A/W, De La Renta presents a slightly more muted pallet this time around. Just like some of the other shows at this season’s New York Fashion Week, Gold is rather prominent; as an entire gold dress, black and gold combo or exquisite gold embellishment.
His choice of blue, is just perfect too. Typically, these floral designs look far too summery for an A/W collection or just do not work as well in darker colours, nevertheless, Oscar De La Renta’s balance of blue and black look amazing together. The black is just enough to mute the otherwise brighter shade of blue and not too much to take over as black dresses with blue detailing. (They are still very much blue dresses). The statement dresses have to be the big beautiful red gown with gold patterned detailing and the black and gold foil printed, floor length gown; both as jaw-dropping as each other. We can definitely expect to see those on the red carpet. My favourite however, is the black and pale pink gown. To me, it looks very Christian Dior and thats why I love it. It is simple, yet extremely elegant, classy and fashionable. All the model needs is a fabulous pair of Manolo Blahniks, a copy of the New Yorker and/or New York Times and we’ve got another Carrie Bradshaw in the making.