Proenza Schouler RTW Spring 2011

Jack and Lazaro, fitting our need for grown up- but not really.

High Class Couture

Michael Cinco

Longing for Winter

Michael Cinco

His Own Favorite

From Michael Cinco's first collection in Dubai.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011

Cebuano designer, Monique Lhuillier.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Shoes

Every once in a while our eyes tend to rove to places other than the clothes. Sarah Burton, stepping up to the plate for Alexander McQueen.

Michael Cinco Spring/Summer 2010

A taste of the Dubai based Filipino designer.

Burberry Prorsum RTW Spring 2011

Here are some spikes and leather from Christopher Bailey. Careful, these clothes are for the strong women.

Louis Vuitton RTW Spring 2011

Whether it's the design or how to run a business by staying way ahead of the curve, both, with this collection it is very clear Marc Jacobs knows exactly what he's doing. Asian inspired, a twist of modernity was added to cheogsams and kimonos.
As for the too fabulous for it's own good zebra print top used for the finale, it was . . .it was body paint.

The Purple Pants, Spring 2011

top to bottom: Diane Von Furstenberg, Gucci, Louis Vuitton

Jonathan Saunders RTW Spring 2011

On the bright side.

The New Breed

I didn't have to hold my breathe for long. Only a day after the Spring 2011 post, the New York Times published the article, The Next Wave. Calling it how I feel it, Joseph Altuzarra, Sophie Thaellet, Ohne Titel, Wayne Lee, Suno, and Patrick Ervell spoke about how the global economy has given breathe to New York and to the world's scene. Factors of being "well connected & the ease of access to information" through the Internet allows for a sense of change. Could it be the rhetoric of 2012 coming upon us? Does every generation feel the same way? It's evident that international e-commerce is vital for the designers and that Asia now plays a role in their work.
As for inspirations larger than life, nothing seems to encompass a worldly idea than Suno's collection using textiles from Kenya to revive their garment industry.

New York Fashion Week 2011

A new era has dawned, globalisation gave it's throb and bloggers became the pulse. I'll be holding my breathe this New York Fashion Week for a new breed of designers and inspirations larger than the world itself.

Until then, a rewind of 2010.

Hermès Fall 2010
Carolina Herrera Fall 2010

Gucci Fall 2010


Luscious greenery was the backdrop of Richard Gere's Old Bedford Post Inn. Here, on a July weekend France's oldest jeweller, House of Mauboussin, launched their new line. As guests, including discreet jewelers and indiscreet buyers, put on the jewels, each new style was introduced with a poem written by CEO, Alain Némarq (formerly of YSL.) He gave a description of the pieces and a description of the woman wearing it. The glimmer of one orange amethyst ring had me listening to what kind of woman he envisioned wearing this one (which I would) . . . "for the liberated woman with passion." What do you think?
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Model of the Year

A few months ago I had the pleasure to be part of a Tom Palmer production, included in the show was Sessilee Lopez. Noticeable, she was naturally personal and sincere with everyone she encountered.
In 2008, Sessilee was part of the industry that challenged racism. She was featured in the ALL BLACK ISSUE, the highest selling issue of Italian Vogue. Condé Nast for the first time in it's history reprinted an issue to satisfy demand (golf clap.)
Announced for 2010 as Model of the Year . . . Sessilee Lopez.

American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity

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Whether it's a woman's social stature or sexual liberation, how it is reflected in fashion shows the identity of one's self. To take it a step further it shows the identity of a Nation, An American Woman. Inspired by the times and times inspired by ideas, the American Woman remains true to herself modern & strong.
The Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing now until August 15, 2010 if you're in New York and haven't caught it yet (Programs are free with Museum admission.)

Givenchy Fall Couture 2010

Riccardo Tisci's creativity

An Optimistic Future in the Business of Couture

-Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at Chanel, reported an increase "between 20 and 30 percent"

-Sidney Toledano, President and Chief Executive Officer at Christian Dior, said "The number of clients has increased"

-At Givenchy, C.E.O., Fabrizio Malverdi is forecasting an increase of 10 to 20 percent in couture this year"

-Executives said Europe and America remain the chief markets for couture, with growth coming from Russia, the Middle East, and Asia.

Now that you've got your economics in for the day . . . . these couture clients that account for the increase, prefer an intimate and private presentation, and oftentimes the house visits them. According to Gaultier, fittings with clients may take place "on a yacht, in the Greek islands or in the Caribbean" or a palace in the Persian Gulf.

Data from WWD

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2010

Barely there but ever present, nude looks like it's going to be around for a while.

DSQUARED RTW Fall Winter 2010

Still within our comfort zone. Black but on the red pill.

Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 10.11 Ad Campaign

I'm not sure what Christy, Karen, & Natalia are supposed to be doing in this picture but it looks fun to me.

Donna Karan RTW Fall 2010

"A 'back to black' collection paying tribute to women and to New York, it's architecture, its shapes, its colours. And this black which I will always associate it with: its contrasts, its energy, its modernity and its neon lights. New York is so beautiful at night" - Donna Karan