Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs debuted their Spring 2014 to a patiently awaiting crowd Friday afternoon at Milk Studios on 15th Street. Taking inspiration from - of all things - straitjackets, the pair sent 28 looks down the runway. In classic Cushnie et Ochs form, the collection featured a primarily netural color palette of bright whites, deep blacks and soft nudes, this season accompanied by rich purpleand abstract sketch prints. Strategic cutouts, buckle detailing, and strapping were featured aplenty amongst both bodycon and more languid silhouettes in textured leather, jersey and silk, exuding a very unrestrained, sensual and powerfully feminine overture. Slicked back hair paired with smoky eyes and power pumps rounded out the show's overall theme of dominion. As seen in the form of pencil skirts, jumpsuits or fit 'n flare minis, the collection made one thing clear - the Cushnie girl has a clear point of view and is not afraid to dominate in style.
Carlos Campos released his complete Fall 2012 collection to audiences at MADE at Milk Studios for NY Fashion Week. During the afternoon Campos' collection was displayed as a rolling presentation throughout the hour. Dimmed lighting vibrant mixed colored leaves on the ground and a runway formed from multiple copies of one of Campos' favorite books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, create an experience reminiscent of a day in Bryant Park.
Love in the A Time if Cholera
The enchanting love story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is based on a man who spends 50 years on a park bench waiting for his true love. Campos captures the elements of fall in creating his line of knee long coats and tailored pants. He successfully breathes new life into the old story as well as the chic-street-wear theme with the use of deep navy and wine colors on blended textiles. Modish color blocking which could be noted throughout the collection was executed superbly.
Last night Christian Dior and the Weinstein Company hosted an exclusive preview at Milk Studios of the two day only exhibit 'Picturing Marilyn.' In celebration of the upcoming film My Week With Marilyn, the exhibit displays 62 rare, unseen photos of the late icon. Including several photos from "The Last Session" taken by Bert Stern, just a few weeks before Marilyn's mysterious death. It also included an unpublished shot of her in a black, backless Dior gown. To honor that shot, Dree Hemingway made an appearance in a replica of the gown worn by Marilyn during that last photo session in 1962. Hauntingly beautiful!
A quick welcome to my new weekly column (and that was it if you missed it) and now lets get down to business.
And business it was last week especially for all the stores that participated in Fashion's Night Out, but more of that in a minute, first I want to talk about the sharp end of fashion week, the shows. I kicked off this season by taking a strut down to West Broadway to check out the new collection from Prince Peter, that cheeky little character talent who seems always to hang with the hippest and best looking people on the planet. As usual his show was full of great looking things draped in his designs and the liquor was free-flowing and plentiful which was a result for me because I then got a chance to eat it off by going in to see my old mate Kevin, the Maitre D at Balthazar which was, needless to say, filled to the brim as usual .
It's no secret that Entourage star Perrey Reeves is a fan of the brand: She's graced Temperley's runway show before and in 2008, she dazzled at the Emmys in a cream and red number from the line. Yesterday she was spotted at MILK Studios for the official unveil of the Spring/Summer 2011 line. Joonbug didn't want to pester the actress with questions or photos but we will say that she looked pretty interested in the collection of "Black Label" dresses - each inspired by the King Arthur era, and that fabulous Guinevere we've all heard so much about. Corsets, ruffled-edge embellishments, and steel-like fabrics... yes please.
Hair by Ted Gibson drew inspiration from the clothes. Ted wanted to create a non-traditional bun with an edgy finish for that 70’s Halston-glam look. A true center part and a low pony-tail are the foundation for this incredibly glamorous and replicable look. Wild-texured hair gets segmented down the length of the tail with black elastics and then spun into a low bun, secured with bobby pins. The whole look is finished with a headscarf that is twisted over itself like a wide-woven headband. The whole thing is decidedly Streisand circa “Funny Girl”. GLA - MO - ROUS.
I always love covering the Vena Cava presentation. Its a relaxed and smoothly run operation - with Ted Gibson on hair, Nonie Creme for Butter London on nails, and Christian McCullough for MAC on makeup duty -backstage really is a who’s who of the industry’s finest. You couldn’t ask for a better kickoff to Fashion Week.
Nails continue their ‘greige’ trend on the runway this year, as Nonie Creme created a custom look for the show using press-on nails. The nails were pre-painted by Nonie herself in preparation for the show. Using two coats of “Yummy Mummy” and one coat of “Union Jack Black” Nonie created an edgy take on the French manicure.
“It took me three days to paint the nails. But there’s no way you can replicate that clean line backstage,” too much chaos and not nearly enough time for 29 models to get their nails carefully painted led to the idea of using press on nails. “It’s actually really easy to replicate the idea at home,” Nonie says, “Just lay down some tape and stick the press-on nails to it. Then you can paint as messy as you like and the nails lift off clean.”
Full makeup was used by Christian McCullough for MAC cosmetics. That sort of, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock in Scarface, look: coral lips, soft-toned cheeks. Eyes were emphasized by a deep metallic-navy that met a soft, shimmery blue shadow. The whole look complimented the line, inspired by the 80’s “Memphis” Architecture. Platform shoes in a bevy of fresh spring tones accessories complimented the highly geometric line.
What I'm looking forward to for spring: Bright poppy red as a refreshing change on spring color infusions. It complements that just-barely-sun-kissed skin tone we all like to adopt around May. photos by Michael Tessier
Viewers filled the first floor of Milk Studios Tuesday evening for Project: Monarch by Guillermo De Zamacona. What initially appeared to be a astounding nod towards nature, swiftly warmed into a combination of what looked like digital backgrounds, Givenchy flashbacks, styled Balenciaga pumps and an aura of Believe by Britney Spears. For the sequence of photos De Zamacona took his crew to the sanctuary of the monarch butterflies in Mexico; borrowing from flashy elements of mysticism. The sanctuary is considered a magical place, as tens of millions of butterflies are accounted for between the months of November and Mid-March. Followers are astounded by the mystery of the knowledge of the butterflies annual travel to the monarchs. Throughout the event, photography - embracing the realm of eternal instant - was for sale at the staggering price of $3,500; although $400 could earn guest scaled down versions. Guillermo de Zamacona is a Mexico City native photographer who has built a name for himself through editorial assignments for Interview, celebrity portraiture for Vanity Fair and covers for Spanish Harper’s Bazaar.
Known for his dedication to "extreme fashion," Jeremy Scott did not
disappoint with his Fall 2010 runway show. Rolling with the theme of all
things extreme, Scott paid homage to the 1990's supermodel.
Hair stylist Eugene Souleiman for Wella, crafted an intense updo fit only for the likes of a true supermodel. The style itself was no small feat and took dedication on the part of the stylists to execute. At times the execution called for three stylists to one girl to properly affix extensions, and wrap and curl hair into a tremendous ponytail piled high atop models' heads.
Bold statements extended beyond hair and clothes and into makeup as well. Makeup artist Val Garland for MAC drew inspiration from her own personal icon, Linda Evangelista. "The inspiration is extreme fashion so the idea of the makeup is taken from the 1990's supermodel," said Garland. For intense eyes, she used a combination of gel & liquid eyeliners topped with a shimmering carbon powder to really intensify the black of the look. Lips were overdrawn for emphasis but in a surprisingly subdued hue called "Folio Rev." Dewey skin kept the look fresh while two sets of false lashes added the final dramatic touch.
The models finally hit the runway to a new single by Estelle (who just happened to be in the audience). Black fitted garbs including LBDs and unitards proved the basis for the line, though each held its own surprise inspiration. Female silhouettes and candy-colored rhinestones made a pop on the runway, as did garments carried by the models on monogrammed "Jeremy Scott" hangers.
Whether you love, or love to hate his styles there's one thing you can't deny; the man puts on one hell of a show.
Costello, Costello, Costello.
It was so beautiful that we couldn't think of the words to describe it throughout the show.
With a juxtaposition of front-pleated frocks, prints and metallic pants - models sashayed down the runway with buns atop their heads, which took us to a look we once admired on Paper Magazine's cutie pie, Julia Frakes.
The designers, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, explained their bevy as capturing a young hopeful attitude. They told NBC:
"The storyline is of this young girl embarking on her life, taking that trans-Siberian train from Russia to Japan. It's a young, hopeful attitude."
And we highly agree. A classic collection that embarked upon backless suspender frocks - we die. Literally!