Black and red took to the stage surrounded by a gallivanting rendition of "Paris is Burning" in Ecliptica's runway show at The Union Square Ballroom. In preparation for the warmer months ahead, Ecliptica sister duo designers were ready to start the show with a black suede silk tank top with sequined shorts followed by a multi-sequin, multi-season, sheer silk crepe back dress. In a celebration of St. Valentine's Day, the young and energetic designers styled a collection of red silk velvet skirt dresses with low-draped shoulders and scores or ruffles.
Branching out and kicking it up a notch from previous years, STYLE360 made its Fall season debut at a new alternative venue for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Stage37. Serving as the epicenter for the week's off-site runway shows and parties, STYLE360 produced the highly anticipated unveiling of bebe - Kardashians, hosted by celebrity nightlife and fashion queen Kim Kardashian, for her new L.A.-style boutique in Manhattan's SoHo designer district.
Native American styles embellished by the Miami surf-style trend brought some warmth to a late evening Fashion Week runway show by A.Z. Araujo in Midtown Manhattan. Male models fashioned shimmery tank tops with matching low-cut swim shorts with unique hair extensions in an old west theme. Elbow-length fur shirts gave an interesting twist, complete with skinned collars to complete the rustic element of the showcase.
Women's styles embodied a sophisticated array of buckles and snaps, leading into a simple shirt and skirt set appropriate for the beachfront or poolside. The large buckle was also visible in the most delicate of swimsuits previewed and blazed a new design in beachwear while illustrating the designer's attention to craft, detail and the figure of the model.
Sophisticated lace cascading from the tip of the boot all the way up the side of the knee were our first images at the Leifsdottir Fall 2010 presentation. Anticipation heightened as proper folding gave way to crisp lines, and matching two-piece suits. Celebrating an Old World appeal, the Western European-style ballroom provided the effortless backdrop to a stunning showcase. The rotation of models guaranteed a full-profile look at the collection while transitioning between motifs ranging from high necklines to soft, knee-length cocktail dresses.
Focusing on vertical lines, Trias' winter collection made structure and innovation the clear vantage points in over twenty different looks. Simply toned, folded drapes were the clear inspiration for this season's collection. Wools and silks were the materials of choice and aligned with Trias' desire to coexist with nature and technology. The first piece to come down the runway was a double pleated, sleeveless wool dress with hand-knitted tights, accessorized with a green leather belt.
A straight, caped Ocre wool coat with grey leather stiletto sandal completed the presentation. The attention to craftsmanship and stitch detail broadcast an extremely conservative and traditional show. The use of sandals allowed the cloaked collection to be a prelude to the impending vernal season while still maintaining wear ability for brisk mornings or late-night functions.
Joonbug hosted its First Annual Fashion Week Gala for STYLE 360 with Elle Magazine and Elle.com last Saturday night at the Capitale Ballroom in Manhattan's premier SoHo District. Live performances by Fabolous, Pras from the Fugees, Charles Hamilton, Josh Madden and O'Neal McKnight came together under a rainbow ceiling of rotating lights and attracted a star-studded crowd of over 1,500. An open bar from nine to eleven sparked an evening of VIP and fashion industry entertainment with a rotating array of DJ's between live sets.
The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) is the metronome for the support of emerging young designers. The masterpiece showcase of this year's seven most prominent designers out of 175 who sought for the coveted runway spots for this year's Fashion Week. Each of the seven finalists were granted a $25,000 scholarship to design their own line to send down the runway at a stunning Monday evening presentation in Bryant Park.
First were The Blonds with an array of Swarovski Crystal encrusted corsets alongside a flashy python pencil skirt and fashionable ostrich feathered collars. Prova came next with a futuristic voyage down the red carpet. A sunkissed pansy printed silk dress with silver and black glass beaded fringe was stylishly accessorized with a bottle cap necklace. Prabal Gurung took us on an international fashion trip with camel and white hooded coats and completed the collection with a bottle green viscose draped sleeve dress.
The models of Koi Suwannagate's installation show on Broadway chatted in a woodland-themed spread coated in assorted designs of cashmere and prints. Stunningly arranged, models were in black and agate blue cashmere kimono tops with sleeve extensions to create seasonal versatility. Complementary to the forest theme, a deep green cropped long-sleeved cashmere top with scoop neckline and ribbed sleeves created a natural look on the painted and chatty ladies.
As beautiful as the clothing appeared, models distracted on-lookers by fidgeting with their hands and nails. But perhaps Koi had planned on that.
Designer Zang Toi's captivating runway show at Midtown Manhattan's renowned nightclub, Touch, celebrated expressive tailoring while transitioning between professional attire and complex eveningwear. Enveloped by the soft trances of Prince's Purple Rain, Toi began with a lineup of sequin-encrusted and closely tailored black dresses, each complimented by purple leggings. A stunning purple velvet suit kept closely in theme with the color purple in a two-piece, high-collared suit, crafted stylishly with a large mid-waist belt of the same material.