Wendy Scalzo, a talented Rhode Island Cosmetologist, had the opportunity of a lifetime when she was asked to work on the Ruth Tarvydas show. Held in the Altman Building in Chelsea, Scalzo worked (along side other cosmetologists, Robin, Nicole, Hannah, Kim and Mayra) to make the designer’s vision a reality. “She [Tarvydas] had a specific vision that came to life on the runway with assistance from the garments, hair and makeup.” Scalzo says that Tarvydas’s vision was an underwater effect. “She wanted it to seem as if the hair was suspended in the water, floating up away from the face.” For makeup, the models rocked a “very strong mask, directly across the face. They had dark brows that faded to the cheeks.”
After graduating from FIT, Bibhu was hired by Gilles Mendel, CEO of the iconic French furrier J. Mendel, where he became the label’s Design Director - a position he held for nine years. After almost a decade at the helm of J. Mendel, Bibhu, responding to the rapidly increasing demand for his work, moved out on his own and launched his eponymous label, Bibhu Mohapatra, during New York Fashion week in 2009. He is now completing his eighth ready-to-wear collection under his namesake label, which features elegant designs inspired by the theories of human movement and expression. The Spring 2014 collection draws reference from the methods that lead modern and expressionist dance – defying any limitation or regulation of self-expression and defining the modern woman.
Story and photos by Kaitlin Rebesco
With what culminated in another remarkable season here in New York, the Spring 2014 collections conclude today with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs before all eyes turn across the pond for London Fashion Week.
10am : Ralph Lauren Collection
St. John Center Studios, 560 Washington Street near West Houston Street
12pm : Raoul
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!
Midtown Manhattan is the place to be today if you're looking for Fashion Week flurry beyond that of Lincoln Center - and you'll be in good company. Proenza Schouler, Philosophy, Marchesa, Elizabeth and James, and Dominic Louis will all be presenting their Spring 2014 collections in the heart of the city today.
12pm : Proenza Schouler
Skylight Ltd., 250 West 55th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
Mega personalities Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe and Betsey Johnson to show during Day Seven in the tents, alongside J. Mendel and former protege Brandon Sun, rounding out the schedule with Clover Canyon and Okslen - names generating much buzz in their own right.
9am : Bibhu Mohapatra
9:30am : Brandon Sun
Sunday afternoon saw the debut collection for New York Fashion Week newcomer Naomi Spindel, at the Hotel Particulier in Soho. The playful collection nodded to the California state of mind of the Los Angeles- born, Brooklyn-based designer. Crop tops, cutouts, caftans, and other beach-ready attire were featured in an array of bright, punchy colors simultaneously exuding retro nolstalgia and modern-day irony. Modest silhouettes and lengths were juxstaposed against plunging necklines and attention-grabbing shades, while laidback Hawaiian-inspired floral motifs and other prints were shown in luxurious brocades and silks. Models donned coiffed updos, liquid lined cat-eyes and bold lips - and not to be remiss - a metallic seam along the front of the leg, a spirited nod to the backseam pantyhose known for their popularity during the mid-century.
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.