Fashion Week Round Up: Long Tran and Irina Shabayeva
NYFW at the Empire Hotel Rooftop


A rambunctious crowd gathered at the rooftop of the Empire Hotel early last Saturday evening for yet another set of fashion show extravaganzas brought to us by New York Fashion Week. Irina Shebayeva and Long Tran are two very different designers who managed to woo the crowd with a mixture of ethereal chic and sultry elegance.

As the lights finally went on the Empire rooftop, the audience quickly became enchanted by Long Tran's firsts set of delicate pieces. They were a series of light fabric seperates and billowy dresses in bright pastel and electric pink. His forte being high fashion couture, showed through his menswear pieces which were a collection of clean white fabrics and statuesque silhuettes that featured cut-outs, layered pairings and sheer embellishments. Tran incorporated hardware detailing using what looked like miniature windmills on sleeves and various parts of the body. Overall Tran managed to deliver a strong collection rich in spring time color and motif. His couture flare allowed the womenswear to be exciting and made the menswear awesomely refreshing!

Season 6 Project Runway winner, Irina Shabayeva has had her hands full since winning the coveted title in 2009. Fortunately for us, fashion week has brought us her latest spring summer effort. It's a women's collection riddled with wild animal prints, bright colors, a touch of subtle florals, and long flowing gowns.  Some definite stand-out pieces included a skin-tight knee length dress coated with a custom dragonfly print. Prints and patterns definitely made the clothes pop. It was, however, the long strapless gowns in rosebud red, electric blue, as well as shimmering black and navy that made the collection. Some gowns in "rose" red featured sweetheart busts and details like oversized flower pedal embellishments. Though there were some seperates, a bit more definitely would have been appreciated. The collection as a wholewas an exceptional group of young feminine energy and high fashion sex appeal!