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    New York Fashion Week: Zang Toi Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show

    Februar 18th, 2015

    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

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    New York Fashion Week: Mara Hoffman Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Show

    Februar 16th, 2015

    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

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    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

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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: Mark & Estel Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    Februar 7th, 2014

    If you are looking for ready-to-wear, young and rocker style clothing, then you should not miss designers Mark and Estel. The models strutted the runway with slicked back hair accompanied by contemporary rock music which complemented the rock ‘n’ roll inspired trends. Their collection featured dark-colored velvet jumpsuit and silk cape, brown and grey striped wool hooded sweater dresses, black wool overcoats and leather body armors which were the standout pieces of the show. All together, the collection was heavy on black and grey but I am sure the rocker-chic line will be popular with fashionistas and a younger hip clientele alike. At the end of the show the designers Mark Tango and Estel Day performed one of their rock ‘n’ roll songs which was definitely one of the highlights of the first night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 at Lincoln Center.

    The fashion and music duo Mark Tango an Estel Day, who work and live in Los Angeles, is well-known in the industry for their rocker style yet incredibly comfortable designs. They launched their fashion brand and band “Mark and Estel” in 2005. Their rock ‘n’ roll inspired clothes are now sold in over 300 retail locations in the USA and internationally in Asia and Europe. Their edgy pieces are popular with celebrities, artists and fashion designers such as Mary Kate Olsen, Mischa Barton and Lady Gaga, for whom the duo custom-designed their ‘Ripped & Holey Leggings’ on her Fame Ball Tour in 2009.

    Mark & Estel Autumn/Winter 2014 Runway Show

    BOLD: Wearable comfortable pieces // Leather body armors // Wool overcoats and sweaters OLD: Cheap-looking fabrics // Too heavy on dark colors

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Hien Le Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Show

    Januar 20th, 2014

    The Berlin-based fashion designer Hien Le was the first to show his Fall 2014 collection at the Fashion Week in Berlin. The “best newcomer” who made his first runway debut at MBFW in Germany’s capitol in July 2011, stayed true to his ultra-clean aesthetic. He kept things simple with silhouettes inspired by athletic basics, for men and women. The up and comer showed knitted sweaters for him and her, as well as translucent dresses and tops in beautiful fall hues like wine and midnight blue. Hien Le ended his show on a refreshing note with a parade of clean white looks.

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    BOLD: Array of beautiful fall hues // Clean styles // Sophisticated designs OLD: Knitted sweaters // Very expected collection // Too many white looks

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    New York Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

    Februar 15th, 2013

    Fashion designer Diane von Fuerstenberg had a breakthrough for introducing the knitted jersey ‘wrap-dress’ in 1973.

    Almost 40 years later, she still lives a successful fashionable jet-set life. For this current collection – Fall/Winter 2013, von Furstenberg turned to a heady mix of glam rock and Studio 54 — a moment in the Seventies when she began to spread her wings sartorially and otherwise. Without a creative director by her side for the first time in over a decade, von Furstenberg was determined to recapture some of her label’s essence that she felt had recently gone astray.

    Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013 Runway Show

    BOLD: Array of colorful original prints // Beautiful maxi dresses // Glamorous Seventies OLD: Too many colors // Too many matching pieces

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    New York Fashion Week: Kenneth Cole Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

    Februar 14th, 2013

    It’s been a while since Kenneth Cole got started working in fashion and selling shoes from his trunk. Last week, he celebrated the brand’s 30th anniversary with a return to the runway at New York Fashion Week after a 7 year hiatus. With a brilliantly themed event, “Social Netwalking”, focusing on the drastically evolved world, Cole’s Fall 2013 runway show was set in an unfinished industrial building. The fast walking models and the hard music conveyed the tone of the collection: Futuristic Industrial Germany met the New York City businessman on-the-go, ever so chic, edgy and sophisticated. The clothes were rendered mostly in black and gray with some military green and burgundy, along with lots of leather details and metallics. An array of outerwear and knitted skirts with an air of casual chic was also shown at his show.

    Kenneth Cole Fall  2013 Runway Show

    BOLD: Military green and burgundy // Beautiful long outerwear // Lots of leather destails OLD: Too much black and gray // Mood a bit too “triste”

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Michalsky Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

    Januar 24th, 2013

    Michalsky, one of Germany’s most influental fashion designer was the highlight at Berlin Fashion Week on Friday last week. More than 1,500 guests from all over the world, fashion workers as well as press members and celebrities, saw 40 stunning models presenting Michalsky’s latest collection.

    Peacoats came cropped, midlength or nearly to the floor, wide-cuffed slim pants were shown, while dress joggers were worn with a shirt and tie. The designer continued to offer lots of silk and satin designs, but it was the more masculine and tailored looks (as shown in picture one) that caught my attention!

    Michalsky Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Show

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    BOLD: Original prints // Beautiful maxi dresses // Masculine & tailored looks  // Long Peacoats OLD: Highlight piece missing // Nothing different

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    Berlin Fashion Week: Franziska Michael, Barre Noire & 1913 Berlin Fall/Winter 2013/14 Presentation

    Januar 21st, 2013

    “Guten Tag” from Germany! Berlin Fashion Week started on Tuesday, January 15th and lasted till this weekend. It was great being a part of it and now we’d love to share with you some pictures of the fashion presentations we went to.

    Have a look at some of the latest collections from Berlin Fashion Week:

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    Franziska Michael Fall/Winter 2013

    The young German designer Franziska Michael from Kreuzberg was inspired by the topic “contrast” in her latest Fall/Winter 2013/14 collection. Contrasts such as “liquid” to “hard”, “colorful” to “plain” was her emphasis. After studying fashion design in Berlin, Michael founded her namesake fashion label in 2009 and is mostly inspired by the extrem of art, architecture and nature in her designs.

    BARRE NOIRE Fall/Winter 2013

    What started as a young design duo’s dream come true, the label BARRE NOIRE has now as of 2012 only Timm Süssbrich at the helm of the brand. His collections are now more mature and the combination of his relaxed and elegant styles are not only seen in sophisticated business looks but also on the streets of Berlin. His motto: everyday-casual-chic!

    1913 Berlin Fall/Winter 2013

    It’s all about cashmere when it comes to Yujia Zhai-Petrow, founder and creative designer of the fashion label 1913 Berlin by Yujia. As a native German but located in London, she successfully combined youthful sportiness with sophisticated elegance for edgy and luxurious women’s and men’s clothes.

    We’ve decided to feature these 3 German fashion designers since we really liked their presentation the most. While Berlin might not be one of the “four” famoust fashion metropoles, it is absolutely rising in the ranks and media. You will find a lot of unusual and avant garde fashion designs from even more creative designers. It is definitely so interesting to watch how the city is becoming more and more important to the industry.

    BOLD: Array of colorful original prints // Great street styles // Something different to watch OLD: Not many elegant styles // Very expected collections

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