MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK
The BCBG Fall 2013 Collection during Mercedez Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center was inspired by the archiecture of Istanbul and the gypsies of southern Europe. There was a certain air of mystery to the packed show as Max Axria and creative director Lubrov Azria described how layering fabrics was influenced by gypsies that Lubrov encountered on one of her latest journeys abroad. Hair and makeup were kept simple, as most models had their hair covered by chic beanie hats. Nails were done by OPI in a dark matte grey which complemented blue hues, intricate prints, deep reds and black & white combinations that were showcased in the Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Leather leggings were also seen beneath many of the interesting runway looks. The music that played in the background made you feel as if you were ready to go on a fashionable adventure somewhere far-away and exciting.
Joonbug was able to watch the show at Lincoln Center in the American Express Skybox. Celebrating its 12th season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, American Express Cardmembers will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase packages to see some of the best designers show their collections from the American Express Skybox at Lincoln Center. In addition, American Express is continuing its support of emerging designers through its partnership with MADE. Cardmembers and their guests can get an intimate look into the artistic process through designer meet-and-greets & beauty styling sessions, as well as MADE’s lineup of young designers including CUSHNIE ET OCHS, Jeremy Scott, SUNO and more.
BCBG also has an ultra-cool blog, where you can learn more about the behind-the-scenes excitement of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the latest BCBG collections.
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Generous cuts around the um...dreier and bust are a recurring theme within the collection and will be greatly appreciated by the well endowed; leading us to wonder if there are future plans to launch a separate line for the more curvaceous fans? The line features convertible bikinis, monokinis, and chic one-pieces with accompanying cover-ups using fabrics from Italy and Canada and manufactured in New York. With some of the monokinis being designed with little support and much flair, only a select few would be fitting for a day out at the beach. Execution in many of the selections are reminiscent of what we may have seen from some of our favorite swim designers, but are still way easy on the eyes. It is the bold solids and tribal prints that give the Caitlyn Kelly Swim Collection its modern edge, making it first rate pool party attire.
About Caitlyn Kelly Swim
Caitlyn Kelly studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a focus on luxury swimwear. she began her career as a designer for Badgley Mischka’s swimwear line, along with men’s swimwear for Target. Followed by a brief tenure at AH Schreiber, Caitlyn Kelly accepted the position as Head Designer for Aerin Rose Swimwear in 2011. Her collection is set to debut at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami for Spring/Summer 2013 and will be available at online retail outlets this year.
Last night, Caitlin Kelly, an up-and-coming swimwear designer, held an exclusive preview runway show on the rooftop of 2 Gold Street. Caitlin graduated from FIT and has since designed for Badgley Mischka, Target, AH Schreiber, and was the head designer for Aerin Rose Swimwear. Her line was so well received that the owner of Jordan Taylor Inc. offered her the opportunity to create her own high end swimwear collection. The exclusive preview last night was the result of that opportunity and she will be showing her Spring/Summer 2013 collection again at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami this July.
This past week, I got a chance to view the Lacoste Fall 2012 Collection from the American Express Skybox at Lincoln Center. This chic winter-infused experience designed by Felipe Oliviera Baptista, and influenced by the upcoming London Olympics definitely transported attendees to an incredible snowy wonderland. The runway set was complete with large plexi-glass boxes that blew snow made of feathers within them in order to create a magical winter scene that the models boldly strutted around as top editors took note.
The Lacoste collection began with sleek, athletic-inspired dresses adorned with zippers, bold-stripes and cold-weather ready hoods. I also loved the mixture of athletic looks and silhouettes made from leather, handsome men's coats in wool worn on gorgeous models and fun tweed-pieces featured towards the end of the show. Overall, the styles were both fashion forward and wearable at the same time.
Over the weekend, students of Vantan Tokyo shared their collections with the rest of the world. When walking into the show, the room was dim with red lighting illuminating the "Vantan Tokyo" sign on the back wall. Soft, melancholy music kept a suspenseful and dramatic feel in the air. However, as soon as the lights came on, the stage lit up and the models started walking out transforming the energy to fast-paced and upbeat.
The SWANZI collection by Cheung Siu Yan was much more abstractly whimsical than the rest. The line contained dark blue, black, and green. She paired textured fabrics with interesting metallic tights.
Students, people in the biz and celebrities, from Miss Jay Alexander to Real Housewives of NYC's Alex McCord, came out to Lincoln Center to see what 8 young designers from the Academy of Art University could really achieve.
All of the collections were very distinctive from one another, but there were three things they had in common: all were very chic, clean, and modern. Jeanette Au was definitely the most free-spirited in that the materials used were quite unique with vine-like detailing all up and down the coats.
Giovanna Randall's line, Honor, has been one of our favorites this season so far. With clean lines, flowing, light fabrics, and plenty of color, the collection was wearable and beautifully crafted. Even the blouson looks were flattering and perfectly tailored. We loved the use of bright colors and layered patterned fabrics paired with simple loafers. There was no frill or flash, just clean, classic looks, all the way down to the hair and makeup. Every single piece in the collection is wearable and practical, which is something we love.
Even the wide-legged, pleated one-piece suits were chic and realistic. We especially enjoyed the pieces that were layered with contrasting floral patterns or a simple solid tailored blouse. Also, the color! So much gorgeous, eye-popping color that we often miss for F/W collections. There was certainly an element of color-blocking in the collection --a trend that is clearly going strong all the way through 2012.
True to Gwen Stefani's funky, eclectic style, L.A.M.B S/S 2012 brought us a wide array of patterns, textures and color. Moving away from the expected color-blocking Stefani, as usual, does her own thing --and we love it!
Fun tribal, animal patterns, mixed with layers and texture made the collection multi-dimensional and unique. She also gave us a huge range of pieces to choose from. From skirts to onesies, to shorts and beyond, this collection has it all. The pieces were mismatched --in a good way! One could buy only her collection for the entire season and wear a different look everyday, that's how versatile her collection is. Gwen was also not afraid to use plenty of dark colors. We love the quilted leather jackets, which are usually reserved for Fall collections. This is a line that is so diverse, you could wear it from spring to winter with no problem. Talk about fashion efficiency! Bravo to Gwen for another season of fun, funky style.
Just as New York Fashion Week makes its way around our corner the newest breakout designer in front of all the excitement is none other than Grammy winner ,controversial recording artist Kanye West. The news came as a surprise to fans when Kanye revealed that his new self titled collection to be released this year will not be a menswear line, but a women’s collection. The collection is scheduled to be revealed at Lincoln Center during this year’s September Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
The buzz began three years prior when Kanye fan bloggers monitored and reported his activities in preparation to release a contemporary menswear line. This line formally known as Pastelle would follow the success of his collection of trademarked Louis Vuitton sneakers. Pastelle was highly anticipated by fans, and was highly criticized by the fashion community after reports that he had revamped the collections previous soft image. In efforts to create a brand that would match the menswear line and its new direction the brand was renamed Pastellemuseum (also viewed on his promotional Tumblr account as Past Tell Museum).