Zang Toi wowed his audience at Lincoln Center last night as he presented his jaw-dropping Fall/Winter 2015 Collection “Mystique Beauty of Venice”. To the sound of alluring opera music the designer opened the show with an elegant collection of black pantsuits accessorized with black and mahogany rabbit fur, silk and wool tweeds and taupe lamb suede twin sets. The majority of the pieces were heavy on black and taupe creating a dramatic yet sophisticated look with a hint of romantic mystique. The second half of the runway show earned the designer rousing applause from the audience as he sent out his models wearing glamorous black couture silk satin gowns, bronze lamé fortuny pleated gowns and black lamé fortuny pleated Venetian gowns that brought sunny Venice to snowy and cold New York City. The stunning show concluded with the Grand Finale look for which the renowned designer received a standing ovation: a male model in a black cotton velvet dinner suit and a Venetian feather mask walked the runway hand in hand with a model wearing a taupe silk gazar grand opera cape with hand-beaded black sequins outlining the Venetian skyline. Toi’s latest creations capture the beauty of Venice while paying homage to the sophisticated, glamorous and timeless beauty of the female form. Bravissimo!
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.
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Zang Toi Fall / Winter Fashion Show
BOLD: Glamorous full-length gowns // Great combination of fur, silk and suede // Elegant pantsuits OLD: Too heavy on dark colors // Some gowns are too extravagant
For her Fall/Winter 2015 collection Pamella Roland took her inspiration from a recent trip to Paris and Alicia Drake’s fashion novel “The Beautiful Fall”. The designer captured and visualized the seductive glamour of 1970’s Paris with a stunning show of elegant dresses and separates at Lincoln Center on Monday afternoon.
Adding to the Parisian and seductive vibe of her latest creations, the models walked the runway in sexy Manolo Blahnik knee-highs, flowing dresses with thigh-high slits, voluminous and long messy hair accompanied by songs such as “Naughty Girl” by Beyoné. The extensive collection included an elegant mix of deep shades of burgundy, plum, olive and midnight navy and rich fabrics such as jacquard cloque tweed, silk chiffon and silk organza with beading and velvet sequins. The standout pieces of the collection were definitely the beautiful and feminine evening dresses that are Pamella Roland’s signature designs: olive silk satin chiffon gown with velvet sequins, gold metal sequin and fringe beaded dress, burgundy silk satin chiffon dress with fringe beading and spiral gunmetal beaded gown. My personal favorite was the black wool strapless jumpsuit with maco beaded bodice that completed the seductive and elegant twist of this collection. The show closed with a model strutting the runway wearing a gorgeous ivory lurex fils-coupe bridal gown with an ivory feather jacket and there was nothing left to say but “Paris – Je t’aime!”
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, Halle Berry and Taylor Swift. Pamella’s highly anticipated and first ever bridal gown collection is set to debut in fall 2015.
Pamella Roland Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show
BOLD: Beautiful and feminine evening gowns and dresses // Gorgeous color palettes // Sexy strapless jumpsuit OLD: Overabundance of beading // Very expected collection
Mara Hoffman, who is best-known for her bohemian style and bold prints, showed off a more diverse side for her Fall/Winter 2015 collection at Lincoln Center on Saturday afternoon. For this collection the designer took her inspiration from the Star Wars movie which was clearly reflected in the hairstyle of her models that strutted the runway wearing a thick braided crown and long messy fish-braids low in the back.
The designs were heavy on earthy tones such as creams, whites and camels as well as fabrics like quilted cotton and tufted chiffon which again added a hint of Sci-Fi and space vibe in the late 70’s. While the Star Wars theme was dominant throughout the entire collection, some of her more colorful creations were definitely the stand-out pieces of the show and my personal favorites: blue connector crepe strapless jumpsuit, tufted chiffon landscape gown and gold spaghetti strap tessellate gown. The majority of the designs are ready-to-wear and I am sure that especially the sexy jumpsuits and the stunning Grecian-style gold dresses will be a self-runner in the stores!
Mara Hoffman was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She launched her namesake label in 2000 and has since enjoyed great success with her bohemian-style creations that are heavily focused on unique prints, bold colors and embroidery. In 2008 the designer successfully launched her first swim-wear collection and presented her first runway show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Mara Hoffman, whose designs are all made in Manhattan’s flower district, is inspired by her love for travel, mythology and nature.
Mara Hoffman Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show
BOLD: Sexy Jumpsuits // Ready-to-wear Pieces // Stunning Gold Lamé Dresses OLD: Too many cream and white elements // Very safe collection // Some outfits unflattering and loose fit
Marina Hoermanseder, an Austrian-French fashion designer founded her namesake fashion brand in 2013. The Berlin-based womenswear label represents bold individualism. For her current Fall / Winter 2015 collection Hoermanseder was inspired by Sean Young in Blade Runner. The designer literally lived up to her name and showed us her trademark look: bold colors like bright red, royal blue but also stone gray leather, buckled and crossed into dresses, skirts and corsets. A lot of barrel, bucket and pocket shapes with fabrics like washed leather, wool and silk were shown.
Given the fact that this collection is going to be a difficult sell since a lot of her designs are not wearable on a daily basis (much to the likes of Lady Gaga), Hoermanseder however did a great job in combining the finest artisan sophistication with eccentric yet elegant designs.
Marina Hoermanseder Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show
BOLD: Molded fiberglass bustiers & corsets // Leather suspendered, shaped skirts // Elegant designs OLD: Not easy to wear // Bag shaped pockets //
The Hungarian fashion brand USE UNUSED that focuses on high contemporary designs presented their latest collection on Thursday evening at Berlin Fashion Week. Founded in 2004 by Eszter Füzes, Attila Godena-Juhász and András Tóth, the brand’s goal is to “create a worldwide-known Hungarian high contemporary fashion label globally”.
The Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection was inspired by a timeless journey through Hungary of the 1970′s. Monochromatic colors, costumes and uniform details mirrored through a clean, precise and sophisticated cut. Wool, leather, cotton and silk were the essential fabrics of this collection. All shades from beige to olive-brown colors were shown as well.
All in one you can say the entire collection is just perfectly made for any confident and self-demanding woman who is not afraid to create her own style.
Use Unused Fall / Winter 2015 Fashion Show
BOLD: Array of monochromatic colors // Clean & sophisticated cut // 1970′s inspired OLD: Too timeless // A lot uniforms // No eye-catcher
Ralph Lauren’s Spring / Summer 2015 Fashion Show was this year’s most stunning show. The designer himself made his Fashion Show un unforgettable event by setting up a 4D Holographic Water Projection Show in front of hundreds of influencers, fashion workers and celebs in New York City’s Central Park. The 4D runway show was projected onto a 60 foot high water fountain were projected models were walking down the runway to showcase the latest Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 collection.
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
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
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
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
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
BOLD: Royal Blue // Grecian embroidered lace // Long summer scarves OLD: Dropped bell sleeves // Fringed scarf tops // Leopard print jumpsuits