INSIDE NYFW 2012: DURO OLOWU POP UP SHOP

As I mentioned previously in THIS post Duro Olowu held the opening reception of his pop up shop at Salon 94′s Freeman Alley Gallery in New Yourk last night. His group show and pop-up shop is an assemblage of the eye-catching objets trouvés Olowu has spied on his travels: printed wallpaper custom-made in Nigeria; handwoven Maria Kipp fabrics found in London; a beautiful 1940s burlesque feathered headdress spotted at a flea market in Nice; a curvaceous stainless steel Maria Pergay lounge chair handpicked from a New York gallery. That’s not to mention all the fantastic artwork that has inspired the designer over the years, like Katherine Bernhardt’s enchanting rug paintings and Ghanian photographer Philip Kwame Apagya’s hyperreal studio portraits. Indeed, walking through the space is a bit like taking a dip into Olowu’s unending stream of creative consciousness.


 Source: Vogue

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SALON 94 PRESENTS: Duro Olowu

 

London – based fashion designer Duro Olowu will present a show and pop up shop of fashion and art at Salon 94′s Freeman Alley Gallery in New York City February 8th – March 4th. The show will present a group of limited edition fashion and accessory designs from Duro’s Spring 2012 collection as well as a selection of vintage and contemporary photography, art, textiles, furniture, music, books and objets trouvés.

You can view designs from his Spring Summer 2012 collection HERE


Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Kristen McMenamy and Daphne Groeneveld are the faces of the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012 campaign shot by Steven Meisel.

According to LUXUO.com:

“Campbell’s presence marks the recent rise of the original supermodel, with the 1990s’ biggest names becoming increasingly prevalent in the past few months.”

 



Photo Credit: Roberto Cavalli

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MÚS by Mali Ro S/S 2012

 

Looking for something uber fun and flirty to add to your wardrobe this spring?  Well, (drum roll please)… introducing the Mali Romeo Spring 2012 Lookbook!

The season features nude tones with pops of color, which MÚS by Mali Ro is known for. Defined by draping, voluminous shapes, body cons and color blocking and fun names like the EmRo Top, MÚS Maxi and Malieb Mini, this collection offers a variety of separates where you can mix it up and go from day to night.  As always, Mali sticks to a chic & clean aesthetic with her contemporary designs and has had an evolution of silhouettes from her previous bodycon color-blocked collections.

I’ve already spied some must have pieces. View the gallery below, then  shop here

 

 

Source: MaliRomeo.com

COMING SOON: H&M+ Spring 2012

Plus Model Magazine  recently posted this:

As of spring 2012, H&M is rebranding its plus size collections as H&M+, meaning fashion will always come before size at H&M. Previously known in-store as Big Is Beautiful, H&M+ will be launched this spring with a range of modern essentials in sizes 44-54 that will work throughout the season. The collection will include the perfect long sweater to wear with skinny jeans and a flirty blazer that looks fresh with a pair of brightly colored pants. Other basics, such as twin-sets, white shirts and ankle-length pants, create the beginning of a wardrobe that will grow as the seasons develop with H&M+.



Photo Credit: H&M

“I am determined to provide women with comfortable, stylish and sexy lingerie no matter what shape or size they are because truthfully, my line is about women and the beauty of being a woman that transcends perceived expectations and stereotypes.” -Vanessa Simmons
 
“Rock Your Sexy” Vanessa Simmons  introduces her first lingerie line entitled Rose by Vanessa Jean.  ROSE by Vanessa Jean promises to offer superior quality, signature fabric’s with cutting edge designs to include bejeweled lingerie with diamond and jewel accents for woman of all sizes. 

Oh and models get your runway walk ready because Vanessa has also launched an international model search for the new line on her facebook page check it out here

 

 
 

Source: RosebyVanessaJean.com

ICON: Stephen Burrows RTW S2012

One of the most dynamic fashion designers of our time and living icon, Stephen Burrows,  is famous for using the most comfortable and luxurious materials to make a women feel sexy and feminine while at the same time inspiring a mood of playfulness. The Ready-To-Wear spring 2012 collection does just that; the colorful stripes, asymmetrical designs, make this collection a women’s delight

The Fashion Informer had a chance to sit down with Burrows before his fashion week presentation to discuss the inspiration behind the RTW Spring 2012 collection, music, and pre-show rituals:

What inspired you for Spring 2012?
Modern urban women around the world. Our world is global—that’s how we approached this season.

How does this inspiration play out in terms of colors, materials and shapes?
Stretch fabrics, knit lacy eyelet, American stripes. The new fresh color is navy.  I hope the fabrics I have selected are able to be worn in London, Paris, Los Angeles (global, lightweight, trans-seasonal fabrics).

How do you relax/recharge after Fashion Week?
A few nice dinners with friends and lots of Cristal.

 J’adore Stephen Burrows!! Read the rest of the interview HERE 




 

Photo Credit: Elle.com, Style.com

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VIDEO: H&M Men SS2012 LookBook

On Monday our friends at H&M shared their Menswear Spring/Summer2012 lookbook with us.  I just had a chance to take a look and here it is.. 

H&M’s runway inspired looks focused on all the latest trends we’ve seen from our favorite menswear designers.   The colored suits as seen on the runway at Gucci, double breasted suits as seen at Zegna, the Marc Jacobs color blocking and Hermès neons all appear in this collection. The fun thing about these looks is that they can be worn many different ways.  A few items from this collection, paired with great style sense can totally update your existing wardrobe and have you looking like a million bucks for a fraction of the cost.

 


 

Photo Credit: H&M

Designer to Watch in 2012: Bridget Awosika

 

“Sa mode est extrêmement technique, réfléchie et mise énormément sur l’efficacité des détailsces vêtements combinant élégance, audace et sensualité.” P. Zolanski

Bridget Awosika is no longer the fashion industry’s best kept secret. Above is a quote from one of my favorite fashion bloggers from TheZolanskisreview descibing Awosika’s Spring Summer 2012 collection.  This collection also caught the attention of Vogue Italia editor Robb Young who likened it to “the very cool arrival of a serene but invigorating glacial breeze.” How delightful!! He goes on to compliment the “fluid asymetric lines” and their international appeal.  No doubt Awosika is a rising star. 

In Vogue Italia Awosika shares her inspirations and addresses the frustrations (or lack thereof) that come with being labeled an”African designer”. Read more HERE

 

 

 

 

 


 

Photo Credit: TheZolanskisReview

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Jacob Kimmie SS2012

Jacob Kimmie‘s work is both sentimental and subversive, romantic and aggressive. Kimmie is drawn to a decorative and narrative mood in fashion.   “I’m driven by anger and injustice. I think it’s why I push my work to embody an ideal of absolute, perfect and eternal beauty – like an antidote. It’s the only truth to which we can aspire.” -J. Kimmie

 


 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Photo Credit: Simon Deiner