The Austrian based independent eyewear brand ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR is collaborating with the upcoming high fashion label RIANNA+NINA for a capsule collection presenting nine sunglasses for Spring/Summer 2019. Founded in 2014 by Rianna Nektaria Kounou and Nina Knaudt, the Berlin based and worldwide successful label RIANNA+NINA is known for vibrant colors, self developed one of a kind prints and feminine shapes like their iconic kimono - perfect for the wardrobe of a modern, international and shopisticated woman.
For the first time ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR is now using fine printed acetate from Italy to apply the style of RIANNA+NINA onto sunglasses. In a long process, the glasses are made out of three layers of acetate: first the primary color, then the pattern in a second one and finally a transparent coating. The perfectly matching temples are then installed by hand. The three self developed prints are a colorful mix of african inspired patterns of masks, animals and flowers, reflecting RIANNA+NINA’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection „La vie est un carnaval“.
The three brand new ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR shapes show the prints in three admirable variations: the cat-eye shape BOLERO sets the focus on the printed top bar, the oversize BAHIA model comes with the print all over and a strong top line as well. The eccentric LAMBADA shows a complete new round frame with an unexpected edge.
Katharina Schlager, CEO & Creative Direction ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR: „A couple of years ago I got a RIANNA+NINA kimono for my birthday. Since then I am inspired by the two wonderful women behind the brand and the rich colorful patterns. For making glasses with patterns, it was clear to me to work with them.“
Rianna Nektaria Kounou, founder of RIANNA+NINA: „I am personally a fan of the statement sunglasses by ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR and always wanted to have this complementary accessory to our collection. ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR and RIANNA+NINA also share the same values: handmade products, produced in Europe, a statement design and beloved pieces, which last for ever.“
The nine frames of the RIANNA+NINA x ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR Capsule Collection will be available in Spring 2019. Price for each sunglasses: 450,00€.
Galia Lahav presented its Spring 2020 Bridal Couture and Bridal Gala collections on Saturday, April 13th in New York City, New York at Jack Studios.
Galia Lahav - Bridal Couture
This season, our gowns speak of self-love, confidence, and boldness. We were inspired by the musical “Dreamgirls” and what a star goes through behind the stage or screen before stepping into her role—the process of her blossoming into her own. The young woman going out into the big world, listening to her own voice, and believing in herself was our muse. For this couture line, we envisioned the bride taking center stage on her wedding day and making her dream a reality. This collection is for the bride who isn’t afraid to 'Make A Scene.'
Galia Lahav - Bridal GALA
This season, designers Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever float down the rabbit hole for Collection VIII, a range of exquisite wedding gowns inspired by the gorgeous fantasia of Alice in Wonderland. With nods to Edwardian fairytale heroines, untamed garden labyrinths, and the skewed glamour of Tim Burton, Collection Gala VIII is a different way of looking at wedding gowns.
Photo Credit: Greg Swales
Mira Zwillinger presented her latest bridal collection at Union West in Chelsea, New York, on April 11, 2019. The mother-daughter design team (Mira and Lihi Zwillinger) debuted their 2020 collection – called Make A Wish –of effortlessly feminine silhouettes and featherweight materials for their 5th New York Bridal Week show.
The Make a Wish collection showcased Zwillinger’s innovative use of 3D printing technology, which allows her to hand-draw stunningly intricate embellishments directly onto the Belgian tulle, silk organza, French and Italian lace, and polished gazar that dominate the collection. Traditional ornamentation in pearls, Swarovski crystals, high-shine and matte sequins, and hand-stitched embroidery also made their mark and blended seamlessly with the 3D printing techniques, creating a modern collection with timeless elegance.
The runway collection of 29 looks included 25 floor-length gowns, many of which incorporated voluminous, whisper-thin skirts lending an airy, ballroom feel to the collection. Other designs opted for high necklines and low-backed bodices with seemingly weightless, ethereal transparent capes. Four mini-length bridal dresses were also incorporated for an avant-garde and edgy alternative.
Mira Zwillinger founded her fashion house in 2010, opening a discrete atelier for discerning ladies in Tel Aviv. In 2015, her daughter, Lihi Zwillinger, joined her in establishing their international luxury evening and bridal wear design firm which became one of the most sought after bridal fashion houses in Europe. In the United States, Mira Zwillinger designs are carried by retailers including Mark Ingram, Moda Operandi and Saks Fifth Avenue. The designers live, work and produce in Tel Aviv.
Sienna Li fall/winter 2019 collection "Polarity" was presented at the Jane Hotel on Tuesday, February 13th. Inspired by the industrial shift at the end of the 20th century when women joined the workforce and men wore many plaid, wool, suiting, but women at the time had a polarity in wearing gowns with puffed sleeves as well as factory working women choosing a mixture of women’s and men’s clothing of the period.
Playful elements included costume beads and buttons and rebellious mixed animal prints and whimsical.
BOUT SIENNA LI
Distilling classic romance into a modern sensibility, SIENNA LI creates upscale, ready-to-wear and custom made couture that invite ladies to join graceful adventures in the designer’s fashion aesthetic world. Imaginative designs accompanied by original creations in construction, silhouette and finishing, SIENNA LI celebrates unexpected beauty and tasteful stylishness with a light sense of mystery.
Founded by designer Sienna Li, the SIENNA LI studio is located in the New York garment district and hires the most experienced seamstresses and pattern makers. Construction is perfected by unlimited fitting processes. Luxury fabrics are tailored into innovative designs with respect for the extremely detail-oriented craftsmanship. All of the clothing is produced in New York with the most exciting quality control.
Influenced by various cultures and art education, Sienna’s design philosophy thrives on her knowledge and experiences beyond fashion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature from China and a master’s degree in English literature from the UK. Her early pursuits in literature provides her with a sophisticated and creative perspective on art and fashion. The multicultural background also became a profound source of inspiration.
When interviewing creative talents while she was working as a journalist in London, she was inspired to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Trained in Central Saint Martins and enrolled in Parsons the New School of Design, she is proficient in design, patternmaking and manufacturing. She refined her expertise and business sense by working in Jason Wu and Johnathan Cohen’s studio.
Romeo Hunte’s Fall/Winter 2019 Collection pays rightful homage to the fashion trends of the early to mid-1900’s. Hunte mixes vintage glam, grit and street to create a collection filled with fur, fringe, and fascinators.
The collection features tie dye bodysuits, satin poncho puffers, denim, trench coats, lambskin tie dye jackets, and biker jackets; staying true to their unique and trendy outwear ethos. Tassels, embellishments, fishnets and a bright color palette compliment the unique designs.
Models who walked the runway included Jason Rodriguez of Pose, and NFL players DJ Moore and AJ Hardy, along with others of various backgrounds, sizes, color and gender, which speaks to the inclusivity that the brand portrays.
Key attendees included Eric Rutherford, Miss J Alexander, Julie Mintz, and Andrea Rachel.
ABOUT ROMEO HUNTE
The Romeo Hunte brand was created in 2013 and rests on outerwear that finds the perfect synergy between modernity and luxury. Their vision is to create modern classic apparel that is practical and transitional at a contemporary price point. Designed in New York City, the line embodies an aesthetic that is cool and intricate, with a seamless balance between feminine and masculine. Romeo Hunte has been worn by First Lady of US, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Zendaya, Victor Cruz, Dee Hilfiger, Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Rita Ora, Dwayne Wade, Evan Turner, Laverne Cox, Justine Skye and more.
On Monday, February 11th, at Cipriani’s 42nd Street, Dennis Basso debuted its Fall/Winter 2019 collection at New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration for this collection is the “New York City Girl.” I think women around the world all have a desire to be a New York City woman. This allows her to experiment with fashion from high to low with a feeling of freedom, strength, and independence. The original New York City girl is our own statue of liberty that represents this woman from casual days to gala evenings. Our New York City woman never allows the clothes to wear here; she wears the clothes.
The silhouettes include haberdashery coats and jackets with feminine touches. Fabrics include cashmere, fox, sable, mink, chinchilla, shearling, dutchess satin, wool jacquard, mohair, and faux fur. After-five dresses and evening gowns have hand embellished flowers, beaded embroidery, animal print, metallic finishes, feathers, and hand pleating. Classic silhouettes include form-fitting gowns and strapless bodices with ball gown skirts. The color palette for this season is daffodil, café, aubergine, faded pink, and rose gold.
“My vision for my New York City girl is for her to select pieces from the collection, experiment, have fun, and enjoy her fashion freedom.”
On Tuesday, February 12 The Blonds blazed back into NYFW with their signature addiction to glamour and appetite for luxury with “THE WORLD IS BLOND.”
Inspired by iconic gangster movies, the show opened with Phillipe Blond wearing a glamorous oversized, metallic-gold-lined, faux fur ivory coat. What followed were models including Paris Hilton, Karrueche Tran, Mj Rodriguez, Aquaria, Lion Babe and The Clermont Twins adorned in incredibly luxe looks featuring rich jewel tones combined with thrilling tiger prints and gold hardware.
Featuring Paris Hilton, Karrueche Tran, Mj Rodriguez, Aquaria, Lion Babe, The Clermont Twins and performance from Lil’ Kim
After the models stationed themselves at the top of the runway, the music shifted and a surprise appearance by Lil' Kim led to a performance of her new song, GO AWFF to close the show.
On Monday, February 11th, alice + olivia presented the 2019 collection at Angel Orensanz. Inspired by “Fantasia” the magical collection featured an array of colors, flowers and butterflies.
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2019 collection is inspired by fantasia, a narrative that is derived from deep inside the imagination. Not based strictly on history or fact, but rather a modern fairytale, a romantic story, a place where magic touches on reality, beauty empowers, and dreams really do come true.
Dreaming of a girl in a world of whimsy and color, Bendet has managed to merge art, fashion, and fantasy with a show that brings her clothes to life through a detailed and imaginative visual experience that speaks to the dreamer in you. For the collection, the clothes evoke surreal beauty and sensual moments, set on stages of magical sparkling snow, and rooms made entirely of red roses and glowing butterflies and sparkling leaves.
Bendet weaves a story of fantasy and reality, creating a magnificent and decadent fall collection. Step into the dream world of alice + olivia through artistic and elaborate sets at the enchanting Angel Orensanz Foundation, where imaginative prints are complimented by a color palette of rich jewel tones in shades of bordeaux, merlot, ruby, and pink mixed with black, white and sparkling metallics.
The Queens of Fantasia are the stand out looks—a pleated bordeaux skirt made with yards of iridescent pleated taffeta is paired with a top created in a new technique of velvet sequin, and a giant rose crown. The snow princess is in a full-length skirt of ivory feathers with a gorgeous white puffer jacket. Prints take a sophisticated turn this season. Engineered burn outs are rich and elegant, while the majestic butterfly print is featured on dresses, kimonos, capes, and pants. Puffer jackets in reversible prints and patterns have a moment, shown over evocative dresses and sequin skirts. Statement T-shirts continue, tying back to the show theme with details such as the female protagonist, and a rainbow fringe sweatshirt embroidered with the word “grateful”.
Signature pants are in a variety of shapes made to juxtapose evening and day—velvet cargo joggers and wide leg pull up styles. The suit of the season is a beautiful merlot satin straight leg pant with an expertly tailored velvet tonal blazer, symbolizing a lux minimalist-meets-maximalist ode to the 90s, while shoulder pads, plunging necklines and short lengths make a statement in the dress world. Animal prints continue into fall, mixing leopard and zebra, featured in mix print and pattern sequin dress and sequin blazer, while rocker t-shirts are cut and sewn and engineered with animal print patterns. Ornate beading comes into play in classic black and white gowns to tie the collection together. Luxurious tailoring of day and evening wear, a vibrant color palette and emotional prints combined to reveal a fall collection that is an empowering wardrobe for the alice + olivia woman.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
NEW YORK - Menswear Fashion Designer, Joseph Abboud debuted his Fall 2019 collection in a runway show on Monday February 4th at 6PM during New York Fashion Week. The collection celebrates themes of inclusivity, discovery, and Americana.
During the peak of immigration through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, this phrase, etched onto the Statue of Liberty, welcomed weary travelers after their difficult journeys toward a better life. Written by Emma Lazarus, these words represent the very soul of our country—the American Dream—and they serve as the foundation for the Joseph Abboud Fall 2019 collection.
For over 30 years, the Joseph Abboud brand has stood for inclusionary masculinity, producing American-made clothing for all men. As such, this season, we aim to celebrate the melting pot that is America and those courageous enough to search out a new beginning.
An homage to those early immigrants, the Fall 2019 collection recalls the clothes they wore as they pursued their destiny. Each garment has a story to tell, with washed fabrics, raw edges, and surprising combinations of texture and pattern reflecting homespun wares from around the world. The men who travelled here to forge a new nation were at once modest, proud, and filled with character. So too were their clothes, perhaps handed down from a father or grandfather. Mismatched buttons, sheared shoulders, and patches crafted from remnants of antique Kilim rugs nod to the care with which one might mend his treasured wardrobe, carried from one life to the next.
With a vintage palette and lived-in essence, the Fall collection features noble fabrics like washed tweeds, vintage velvets, and time worn flannels that inspire a workman-like tone. Trousers are full to allow for movement; capes wrap around the body like blankets; purposeful bellows pockets run throughout; and layering, a brand signature, is unstudied and eclectic. Each piece is as individual as the person who wears it. The utilitarian theme carries over to the accessories. Leather bags and duffels are made with functionality in mind; distressed fedoras and caps, designed in collaboration with Albertus Swaenpoel, have a time-worn quality. Eveningwear, too, remains humble, imbued with an heirloom feel and hard-earned confidence.
Leather footwear, the product of our ongoing collaboration with American heritage shoemaker Allen Edmonds, is inspired by sturdy work boots. Allen Edmonds, like Joseph Abboud, encapsulates the American spirit with their time tested lasts and designs. Goodyear welted and handcrafted in Port Washington, Wisconsin, their footwear combines a reliability and quality that men recognize and trust.
Set in the spirit of Ellis Island at Pier 16—part of the South Street Seaport Museum—this show honors who we were and who we are. As the grandson of Lebanese immigrants, it gives me great pride to celebrate America’s rich tapestry and diverse heritage the best way I know how: By making timeless, authentic, and quality clothes for all Americans.
Back to The Future, the fashion house Dior sent models down a moving conveyor belt runway for its Fall 2019 Menswear show in Paris, which brought a runway with no walking required at all. This collection features a collaboration with the U.S. artist Raymond Petition, was shown on static models ferried past guests on a conveyor belt.
Exciting and subtle, Hermès unveils a striking line of classic looks and well-tailored, high-quality pieces for its Fall/Winter 2019 menswear collection in the highly confidential storerooms of the French Mobilier National, the institution responsible for furnishing every official building in France. Throughout, the designer added bits of casualness to the luxurious well-cut wardrobe, including a gray double-breasted pinstriped formal suit worn with a relaxed polo shirt. Camel puffers sported silver linings.
This collection suggests a man with exacting standards and sophisticated, yet unostentatious, tastes. He likes lines that are clean and precise, but unconventional, such as the subtle, rounded shoulder on this voluminous zipped parka or barely structured shoulder on a double-breasted cashmere coat.
The flames that dance over certain pullovers emanate from the dragon that features as a pendant or on a bag. These are bursts of reverie or science fiction that are echoed in the radiant midnight blue which spans the collection.
In Prussian blue, navy and indigo variants, it is complemented by the season’s other colours: black, charcoal grey and cigar brown. But flashes of saffron, sage, turquoise, lilac and vibrant green electrify a trench coat or a short jacket in rubberised canvas. Energy flows.
British luxury brand, Ralph & Russo, return to Paris Haute Couture Week with their Spring/Summer 2019 Couture Collection, marking the eleventh season in which the brand has featured as part of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’s official schedule.
Inspired by Latin American femininity and the stylish legacy of La Doña, the beloved Maria Felix, the collection is a rich samba a la Mexicana of sixties pop colours, layered tassels, decadent pom-pom fringed skirts and wide brimmed sun hats; at once playful, alluring and reminiscent of the unparalleled glamour portrayed by Felix and the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema.
Vibrant and vivacious, this season’s collection is a celebration of Latin American femininity and tribute to the stylish legacy of La Doña, the beloved Maria Felix, her empowered persona, daring sensuality and spirit of fashion beyond fear.
Unravelled and reinterpreted, the collection is a rich samba a la Mexicana of sixties pop colours, layered tassels, decadent tulle pom-pom fringed skirts and wide brimmed sun hats; at once playful, alluring and reminiscent of the unparalleled glamour portrayed by Felix and the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema.
Embroideries are reptilian, taking the form of coiled serpents and crocodile scales in lieu of Felix’s famous bejewelled choker, whilst graphic ‘pop’ cut-out hearts and beaded bananas adorn ballgowns in tribute to cinematic icons, Carmen Miranda and Josephine Baker.
Tailored safari suits are reimagined in bubble-gum pink and acid green, featured alongside bare-shouldered ballgowns juxtaposed in light floating chiffon and structured double duchesse, embellished with traditional French embroidery but bonded with neoprene.
Exuding glamour, the Spring/Summer 2019 collection leaves onlookers dreaming of a chic South American Summer and La Maria Bonita.
*PHOTO COURTESY OF RALPH & RUSSO
9th November 2018