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    New York Fashion Week: Pamella Roland Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    September 12th, 2014

    For her Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection Pamella Roland took her inspiration from the beauty and tranquil spirit of the Gardens of Kyoto in Japan and awed the audience with a stunning show of elegant dresses and separates at Lincoln Center on Tuesday afternoon. The models walked the runway wearing their hair up in sleek long ponytails and Manolo Blahnik heels. The extensive collection featured beautiful stone blue web lace dresses and gowns with Japanese knot or lacquered feather waist, ivory/taupe basket-weave jacquard dresses with hand origami folding, cherry blossom printed silk organza gowns, metallic and black floral organza dresses and gowns. The designer, who was also inspired for her latest creations by modern Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, used intricate fabrics such as floral metallic organza, ombre silk tulle and floral printed fils-coupe. The show closed with a model strutting the runway wearing a gorgeous ivory brushstroke chiffon bridal gown which was definitely the standout piece of the collection. Pamella Roland captured the audience once again with her beautiful feminine designs and I am sure that her creations will be a self-runner in the stores – arigatou!

    Pamella Roland, whose designs are all made in New York, launched her collection in 2002 and has since enjoyed great success with her brand Pamella Roland, which is sold at prestigious department stores and retailers in the US and abroad. With a degree in business management and her passion for fashion and commerce Pamella Roland oversees both the creative and business side of her label. She has become one of the leading American designers for evening wear and her creations are popular with A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry. Pamella recently announced that she is designing her first bridal gown collection which is supposed to debut in the fall 2015 season.

    Pamella Roland Spring / Summer 2015 Fashion Show

    BOLD: : Fresh and dynamic collection with cleaner lines // Lace dresses with Japanese knot waist // Great combination of different fabrics OLD: Too focused on Japanese inspired pieces // Very expected collection

     

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    New York Fashion Week: Nina Athanasiou Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    September 9th, 2014

    German-born designer Nina Athanasiou presented her first solo show in New York for the Spring/Summer 2015 collection at the Designer’s Loft during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) on Sunday night. The show opened with scenes from the fashion movie “AKUMA” which features Albino-Top Model Shaun Ross. The models strutted the runway wearing intense dark eye-make up and high wedge heels. The extensive collection which includes both female and male designs features green, white and gold Capri pants, beige leather dresses with silk pleats, silk pastel green dresses and silk tops. All together the collection was heavy on pastel and brown colors which underline the fusion of retro and Sci-Fi elements that is reflected in the majority of the pieces. The highlight of the show was the appearance by Albino-Top Model Shaun Ross who strutted the runway wearing a cameo print suit. Although not all of Nina’s pieces are ready-to-wear, I am sure that the unique designs will appeal to anyone who is looking to express their individuality rather than following the latest trends.

    Nina Athanasiou is a German designer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. She studied fashion design but worked in various professions before she decided to return to fashion and realized that it was her actual passion. The designer, who is known for her edgy creations that combine retro with futuristic elements, launched her career in the USA and some of her most recent accomplishments include the participation at New York BK Fashion Weekend and Nolcha Fashion Week / New York in September 2013. She also presented her collection at the Vancouver Fashion Week and won the first prize at the Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge during London Fashion Week in September 2013.

    Nina Athanasiou Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

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    BOLD: Great combination of leather & silk fabrics // Interesting mix of retro & futuristic elements // Ready-to-wear Capri pants and shorts for men OLD: Too heavy on pastel colors // Some designs were too edgy

     

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Marina Hoermanseder Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    Juli 12th, 2014

    Walking the runway for Marina Hoermanseder, has to be a models nightmare. Especially when Marina decides, that her inspirations for her S/S 2015 collection are going to be extremely restraining orthopedic support apparatus from the 17th century and medical drawings.

    Only being her second time, Marina has already put her stamp on Berlin Fashion Week.

    Marina is an undeniable talent. She graduated from the famous design school ESMOD in Berlin only a year ago and has already shown her collection in Paris, London, Dubai and Berlin. In addition to that her designs have caught the attention of the modern fashion icon – pop singer Lady Gaga, who has become a loyal customer of Marinas.

    Her S/S 2015 collection was full of exciting show-pieces. In addition to flowing silk dresses, skirts, blouses and pants she presented some skirts and dresses made entirely of leather belts, wrapped closely around the body, corsets shaped to form the body and tops that resembled straitjackets made of leather. Marinas fascination for body parts, prophesies and fetishes definitely came through.

    The two showstoppers: A large straitjacket made of belts with an attached mask that covered half of the face and a corset made of two pieces of leather that was shaped and colored like a female torso.

    Marina Hoermanseder Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

    BOLD: Leather-belt-dresses // Face shaped masks // Bright spring colors with nude OLD: Patent leather corsets // Chunky sneakers // Metallic leather skirts

     

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Dimitri Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    Juli 11th, 2014

    If there is one thing Dimitrios Panagiotopoulos knows how to make it is pretty, modern and wearable womenswear. The 36 year old Greek-Italian designer founded his own label “DIMITRI” in 2007 after studying fashion at the renowned universities ESMOD and Marangoni and working for established brands such as Hugo Boss, Vivienne Westwood and Jill Sander. Since, he has been showing his designs at Berlin Fashion Week every season and has gained major popularity especially amongst buyers.

    The S/S 2015 collection Dimitrios showed yesterday was the entire wardrobe any modern woman on vacation in Egypt would ever need. The collection was full of royal blue, mustard yellow, leopard- and a black-white giraffe-inspired print in shape of light jump suits, cute skirts and maxi dresses, caftans, high waist pants and gowns. In between there were some night-ready looks with a transparent dress of lace under a leopard print trench coat or a skin tight body covered with a wide-knit, fringed stole. My favorite look from the show: A long black dress with a high-cut front slit covered with a long embroidered scarf that was belted over the dress.

    Dimitri Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

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    BOLD: Royal Blue // Grecian embroidered lace // Long summer scarves OLD: Dropped bell sleeves // Fringed scarf tops // Leopard print jumpsuits

     

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Marcel Ostertag Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show

    Juli 10th, 2014

    One of the young designers at Berlin Fashion Week is Marcel Ostertag. At only 35 he is enjoying great success with his brand (which he founded when he was 29), selling his fashion to an international crowd.

    Already from the beginning of his carrier Ostertag has been known to be an achiever. Since graduating from the famous fashion college Central St. Martins in 2006, he has been spending his time winning awards, working for established fashion brands such as Burberry and Paul Smith and since 2008 designing his own fashion, of which he presented the S/S 2015 collection yesterday at MBFWB.

    And one thing everyone at Fashion week knows is that Marcel Ostertag never starts a show without walking the runway in high heels before any of the models do, and after a short singing performance by one multi talented model, this is exactly what happened.

    Ostertags collections was a mixture of bright colored maxi-dresses, skirts and bare-all blouses with tie-dye-like prints and color-blocked, tops, sweatshirts and coats. Most of the garments were garnished with long fringes, dotted chiffon and sequined patterns, which all reminded me a lot of the 20′s Charleston dresses. At least two of these components were mixed into every look presented, providing a continuous mix of patterns and colors. Marcel Ostertag’s collection included plenty of wearable pieces next to some more eccentric looks.

    Marcel Ostertag Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Charleston fringes // Airy jumpsuits // New sequined patterns OLD: Tie-dye prints // Soggy sweatshirts // Extensive color blocking

     

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Kilian Kerner Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show

    Juli 9th, 2014

    With David Bowey, Justin Bieber and Rihanna as saints on a stained-glass window and the show titled „D x R + D x J = All about Pop Religion“ Kilian Kerner got my full attention already days before his S/S 2015 collection was shown at Mercedes Fashion Week Berlin.

    The 35 year old German Designer, born and raised in Cologne has been able to excite the press year after year with his sporty-elegant collections. And now after 10 years and 19 collections with his own brand, he is not about to retreat – expanding his brand, which is sold in 14 countries worldwide and gaining celebrity followers every season. Internationally renowned fashion journalists such as Suzy Menkes have also shown great interest in Kerner as a designer and his collections.

    “This is supposed to be one of the most exciting shows of MBFWB!”, the lady sitting next to me whispers, right before the first model stomps out on to the runway to the electro beats of  Jan Blomqvist and his band. The collection featured many simple, flowing maxi-dresses and skirts though there was also a considerable amount of tightly fitted skirts and dresses displaying Kerner’s tailoring skills. Leather pants and skirts with tracksuit side snaps and jackets, coats and shorts for men made entirely of mesh highlighted the sporty side of Kilian Kerner fashion. In addition to that there were skirts with embroidered metallic beads, garments covered with a flower petal like structure, quilted coats and jackets and looks with an all over stained-glass window print.

    With a collection nearly more extensive than last season’s it is difficult to sum up the S/S 2015 collection in a word.

    Nonetheless Kerner once again offered an array of very unique yet wearable looks and plenty of visual entertainment.

    Kilian Kerner Spring / Summer 2015 Runway Show

     

    BOLD: Skirts with sporty snaps // Stained-glass window prints // Mesh jackets and coats OLD: Embroidered bead skirts // Petal structures // Flower appliqués

     

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    New York Fashion Week: Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 13th, 2014

    Zang Toi took the audience on a journey to Shanghai and the 1930’s with his “Paris of the Orient” collection at Lincoln Center last night. The renowned designer, who is known for his chic and elegant creations, opened the show with cashmere glen-plaid 1930’s gangster trouser suits and trench jackets followed by English wool tweed skirt and blazer accompanied by instrumental jazz music from the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack. The tweedy looks were followed by gorgeous Shanghainese Tai Tai suits and coats, extravagant and beautiful long black and jade silk empress gowns, jade ostrich feather mini cape and pouf which were the standout pieces of the show. The color jade was the key element in Toi’s Fall/Winter collection and was featured in the majority of his creations worn by the models last night. All together, the collection was a vibrant mix of oriental inspired designs in a palette of opium, black and jade and highlighted what the House of Toi does best: creating sophisticated, glamorous and timeless beauty of the female form. At the end of the show Zang Toi walked the runway with one of his models while receiving a standing ovation from the audience for his latest Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

    Malaysian-born Zang Toi founded his fashion label and the “House of Toi” collection in 1989 and is considered a renowned designer in the world of Haute Fashion. He studied at the famed Parsons School of Design after moving to NYC at the age of 20. He is known for his chic and sophisticated designs that are both timeless and elegant. Toi’s contribution to the fashion industry has been recognized in various publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times. His luxurious creations that are all hand made in NYC are popular with Hollywood celebrities and royalty alike.

    Zang Toi Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Beautiful combination of color black and jade // Jade ostrich feather mini pouf // Gorgeous evening gowns with diamond necklaces OLD: Too focused on color jade // Gowns too long and not easy to walk in

     

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    New York Fashion Week: Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 12th, 2014

    At last night’s show at Lincoln Center designer Pamella Roland showed her love for the Big Apple with a stunning collection that was influenced by TJ Wilcox’s recent exhibit of In the Air at the Whitney Museum of American Art and NYC’s architecture including its art-deco elements. The models walked the runway in Manolo Blahnik heels to the beat of a contemporary lounge, R&B and jazz soundtrack that complemented the NYC inspired creations. The very extensive collection includes black lambskin skirts and coats, oak brown silk satin parka with black fox trim, elegant evening gowns in navy and gold, maco beaded fringe gowns and sequin silver and pale gold cocktail dresses. Pamella Roland’s Fall/Winter line captures the architectural energy of NYC and I am sure her glamorous and elegant designs will be popular with style icons and celebrities alike. Pamella Roland closed the show by posing for pictures with her three children on the runway which earned her an additional round of applause from the audience.

    Pamella Roland, whose designs are all made in New York, launched her collection in 2002 and has since enjoyed great success with her brand Pamella Roland, which is sold at prestigious department stores and retailers in the US and abroad. With a degree in business management and her passion for fashion and commerce Pamella Roland oversees both the creative and business side of her label. She has become one of the leading American designers for evening wear and her creations are popular with A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry. Pamella is also a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

    Pamella Roland Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Great fusion of various fabrics and details // Glamorous sequin cocktail dresses // Very chic NY inspired collection OLD: Too classic evening gowns // Heavy on dark colors

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    New York Fashion Week: Meskita Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 11th, 2014

    Brazilian breakout designer Alessandra Meskita presented her first collection of ready-to-wear clothing at Lincoln Center on Sunday night. The Meskita models strutted the runway with sleek high ponytails and sunglasses accompanied by electronic dance music. The collection was heavy on functional fabrics, such as neoprene, and featured neoprene bodysuits and dresses, silk wool jumpsuits and dresses, bomber jackets, leather bustier and corsets. Inspired by the 100-year-anniversary of Beverly Hills and the Year of the Horse, Meskita’s creations combine sleek lines from the world of sportswear with 1950’s Hollywood glamour. All together, the collection was feminine and chic yet comfortable and ultra-modern. The usage of neoprene was definitely an eye-catching element of the show which makes Meskita’s Fall/Winter collection unique.

    Alessandra Meskita was born and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil where her artistic expression was influenced and encouraged by her mother, a sculptor and painter, from an early age. By the age of 15 she created her first clothing collection. In 2007 she started her fashion career working for French designer Christian Audigier as Global Creative Director who recognized her passion and talent in the design industry. Alessandra decided to launch her own clothing line, MESKITA, in 2010. Her designs that feature ready-to-wear, lingerie and swimwear are created to make consumers feel confident, glamorous, sexy and independent.

    Meskita Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Usage of fabric neoprene // Silk wool jumpsuit // Leather corsets OLD: Too functional & sleek // Not many romantic elements

     

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    New York Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 10th, 2014

    At this show Monique Lhuillier, who is known for her signature feminine designs, stunned the audience with a more mysterious and dramatic collection showing off a romantic dark side. The designer combined elegant embroidery and soft tulle with fishnet lace and leather elements. The extensive collection featured “noir” and grey lace blouses, fuchsia and black embroidered midi and cocktail dresses, an hombre pink skull embroidered tulle cocktail dress and a blush tulle high-low gown with black baroque embroidery. The designer’s new Fall/Winter 2014 collection including new provocative elements is simply gorgeous and I am sure it will be a self-runner in the stores and a red carpet favorite.

    Monique Lhuillier is one of the leading American couture bridal and red carpet gown designers. Founded in 1996 Monique’s label has become well-known for femininity, effortless sense of style and luxurious fabrics. The success of her bridal wear has led to the launch of a complete ready-to-wear and evening gown collection which is popular with celebrities such as Emma Stone, Blake Lively and Gwyneth Paltrow. She introduced her couture footwear line in spring 2013. The designer has two flagship salons in Beverly Hills and New York City and her collections are also available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.

    Monique Lhuillier Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Tulle cocktail dresses // Embroidered dresses // Delicate lace OLD: Very expected collection // Too romantic

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