“She’s still sexy without being trashy and that was my goal,” – Laquan Smith
Laquan Smith obviously reads this blog…(*waving* ) The Fall/Winter 2013 collection titled BOND was a bit more mature than his previous collection boasting a bit less lycra and more syle and craftmanship.. Nice! This collection I can actually appreciate..
Smith’s signature use of PVC and Scuba material is explored yet again in several intricately tailored pieces. But there’s more to this collection than the slick, modern and, at times, overtly sexy pieces we’ve come to expect from Smith. This season the designs display a sense of growth and maturity — best seen in the luxe materials (leather, fur, pony hair and lace) used to elevate the collection. -Huffington Post
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The William Okpo Spring/Summer 2013 collection was fresh, it creatively “illustrates the unique aesthetic that results from the juxtaposition of the immigrant’s sense of style against American cultural sensibilities,”. The denim and cotton jumpsuits played up the masculine element, which contrast perfectly with polka dot blouses and full layered skirts. The braided cords woven into corset tops and pants added nice detail to the designs. Relaxed, comfortable, effortless, it was dope.
The shoes were designed by Namibian brand Schier shoes, get a glimpse below.
Stepford wives and adolescent eyes will love Alice + Olivia’s spring/summer 2013 collection. It was all about darling blue, coral and pink dresses inspired by the American 1950’s. The designer kept it a bit interesting by mixing elegant embroideries, beaded lace, metallic knits and bold graphics.
Photo Credit: Alice + Olivia
Sweatshirt and varsity jackets paired with trousers, Tsemaye Binitie was right on trend this season introducing sporty garments in a more relaxed fit to his latest collection. The collection also included his signature sexy dresses complete with peplum and sheer numbers in neutral tones.
Photo Credit: Chelsea/Getty, Haute Fashion Africa
We expected to see contemprary Savile Row tailoring during Ozwald Boateng’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation, but we didn’t expect to see African wax prints included in his line of sharply tailored blazers; something this Ghanian designer had never done before. The audience was in agreement that Boateng instantly elevated the cultural aesthetic of the fabric to a whole new level. What more can I say?
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Ozwald Boateng Takes NY Fashion Week With 2013 Collection
— NYC Fashion Week (@NYCFW) September 8, 2012
Ozwald Boateng blew me away at Arise just now. I swear it wasn’t just the boys ^.^ #NYFW
— Shontelle Layne (@Shontelle_Layne) September 6, 2012
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Photo Credit: Ozwald Boateng, Chelsea/Getty, Haute Fashion Africa
New York Fashion Week kicked off last night with the 9th Annual Style Awards presented by Penske Media Corporation (PMC), Style Media and IMG Fashion . The 2012 Style Awards celebrates artists accomplishments within the fashion and beauty industry.
This years honorees:
- “Designer of the Year” – Carolina Herrera
- “Breakthrough Designer of the Year” – Prabal Gurung
- “One to Watch (Female)” – Katharine McPhee
- “One to Watch (Male)” – Ed Westwick
- “Celebrity Stylist of the Year” – Cristina Ehrlich
- “Model of the Year” – Joan Smalls
- “Hair Stylist of the Year“ – Andy Lecompte
- “Most Stylish Athlete” – Henrik Lundqvist
- “TV Costume Designer of the Year” – Jenn Rogien
- “Makeup Artist of the Year“ – Virginia Young
- “Accessories Designer of the Year” – Reed Krakoff
- “Film Costume Designer of the Year“ – Sandy Powell
As the fashion world waits in anticipation of the fashion week shows that are taking place over the next several days, I could only imagine what the last few days and moments are like for the designers themselves. Lisa Folawiyo, designer of the Nigerian fashion label Jewel By Lisa, allowed cameras to follow her as she prepared to show her Vintage Love collection at last years Arise Magazine presentation. The ad campaigns, press meetings, the mad run for shoes 2 days before the show, watch it all here.
Cool peplum jackets, draped silk blouses, and sparkly lamé party dresses in bright colors seen throughout the Tracy Reese autumn/winter 2012 collection gives one a sense of spring amongst the otherwise dreary color palettes commonplace on the runway for this season.
Photo Credit: Styleite.com
“PVC, Vinyl, & Holographic textures was my obsession this season!”-LQS
Laquan Smith’s fall/winter 2012 presentation titled “Robotic Dream” is edgy and seductive. Smith is the type of designer I adore; fresh, exciting. He flexes the boundaries of your imagination with each collection.
Watch full video of the runway show below..
The collection is said to have been inspired by surreal, enchanted Nordic forests, the designer brought absolute luxe to play; touching on Mongolian fur, Mo hair, velvet and hints of cashmere infusion. Owing to the inspiration behind the collection, ruffled high-necks were observed, attention to structure a la boxy tailored numbers and even greater attention to texture & intricate beading.
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