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Fashion with a vengeance since 2009. Today is Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Alice and Olivia: Time Traveling in Ageless Femininity


Tuesday afternoon, in a warehouse in Tribeca, I traveled back in time during the Alice and Olivia presentation of their Spring 2016 line. Taking a crowded walk through the eras from Greco Roman to 70s revival, 80s chic and beyond, I was overwhelmed with the woozy feeling of time travel—or was that the intense desire to own the entire collection? 

Alice and Olivia has designed and crafted a line with a balanced mix of stunning gowns fit for romantic evenings with fabrics you could live in, wide legged trousers with detailing that could go down in history, matching separates which draw you in with their flirtatious charm, and jackets that would embolden even the coyest wearer. In short, Alice and Olivia has managed to integrate elements of fashion time travel into a Spring wardrobe fit for the modern woman.

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Micahael Costello: What It's Like to Be a Woman


Michael Costello put a stunning Spring 2016 collection on display this past Tuesday at Pier 59 for New York Fashion Week. Costello sent the models down the runway—the only format fitting for a collection that almost seem to fly with the models as they strutted the U-shaped catwalk.

Michael Costello's Spring collection did an excellent job of reminding us what it is like to be a woman. The collection contained an array of bold, monochrome and embroidered fabrics that would never allow the wearer to blend into a crowd. Each gown was designed with Costello's trademark 'wow' factor. Floating fabrics, on-point elegant draping, deep plunging necklines and even upper-thigh skimming slits. Some dresses were accented with the royal touch of tiaras, larger than life sleeves and capes to truly elevate the look. The collection also consisted of a number of jumpsuits that packed a powerful punch with shoulders as the focal point. Seeing this trend in heavy use, we were reminded that this once 80s era trademark is here to stay.

Costello notched up the edginess factor in his Spring collection. Skin and cleavage (i.e. the negative space of his canvas) became major accessories alongside lace-up and cutout bodices. He didn't let us forget that today's Costello woman is incredibly sexy.

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Jay Godfrey: Wall Street to Star Designer


The life of Jay Godfrey is the classic New York City fairytale.

You know how the timeless story goes: Boy meets fashion, quits boring investment banking job and becomes a designer to the stars. Fashionistas across the world live happily ever after. The End.

This afternoon's presentation made it clear that Jay Godfrey had begun the next chapter of his magical tale. Eager guests filed into the airy Pier 59 space for Godfrey's crisp, all-white collection. This bold, monochromatic approach requires one's focus to shift towards the more substantial elements of design. A brighter spotlight was directed towards the designer's pristine construction – waterfall pleating, wave hems, and all.

Jay Godfrey's buoyant energy and captivating vision indicates a storybook ending…and these extraordinary strives were only his prologue.

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Blonds Don't Have Roots, They Have Rootstein.


Question: What do Katy Perry, Holly Madison, Britney Spears, and a Rootstein mannequin all have in common?

...No, I don't mean that.

Answer: They are all competing in a "Who Wore Blond Best?" And I am talking about sexy, sparkling, one-of-a-kind, frocks by The Blonds.

Wednesday night's Phillipe Blond x Rootstein Mannequin Launch Party debuted the male and female mannequins created in Phillipe Blond's likeness. The launch showcased the power couple's most legendary looks, including a black crystal-encrusted body suit, lobster claw corset, and a kitten-print trench.

Phillipe and David sipped signature cocktails and posed with their characteristically vibrant guests in Rootstein's Chelsea showroom. Columnist, Michael Musto and designer, Chris Habana were in attendance, snapping photos of iconic Blonds styles precariously positioned around giant iridescent bouncy balls. Exemplary attendees honored The Blonds with perfectly bleached locks, brilliant ensembles, and quirky accessories.

After all, one does not simply attend a Blonds party. They arrive.

Post by Amanda LaMela

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The Night Before Christmas: 2014


Twas the night before Christmas, 2014.

New Yorkers were stirring, post a long brunch routine.

The stocking were brought by Wolford with care,

As we decided which Ana Khouri to wear.

Champagne at Anfora to drown holiday stresses,

And mock tourists outside in their Guess peplum dresses.  

When from out of an Uber, a jolly man tumbled.

In red Uma Wang fur, down the sidewalk he stumbled. 

"On Pamella Roland, On Sally LaPointe,

Help fill this list with the things they all want!"

At a spot by the bar, he sipped Perrier,

As the driver packed gifts in his SUV sleigh.

"Activists and elves – they are all so alike…

They want me to switch to a damn Citibike!

And kids are no better! Through snow and in hail,

No cookies! They leave me Voss water and kale.

Mrs. Claus has me on some Paleo diet,

So I come to this bar for crostini and quiet."

We offer some bubbly to the man dressed in red.

He took a large gulp, thanked us and said,

"Now that is the spirit – you know what I mean.

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy 2015!"

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Talking Suitcase Living with Karolyn Pho


"[…] we shadow our vagabond as she meanders through castles in the air, traipsing between realities and crossing boarders unknown, a traveler, a nomad, lost within her self-perception."

Backstage, Karolyn Pho explained the origin of her runway inspiration – her personal experience splitting time between NY and LA, living out of a suitcase for the past 8 months.

"I surprised myself with what few material possessions I needed, and also how carefree I became in relationships and with the people I met," she noted. Today Karolyn has a singular place to call home in NY. "At the end of the day, it's important to be rooted somewhere."

The collection was an ethereal blend of 'Girl Interrupted' and the ever-present 'Norm-Core' trend. Monocromatic-white looks were pulled together with Dansko clogs, mock turtlenecks, and t-shirt maxis. Oversized sequins and faded animal prints took their most subtle stage yet, on breezy fabrics and crisp silhouettes. 

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Surviving Past Sunday with Nina Athanasiou


Is it just me, or do Sunday night sunsets always elicit feelings akin to the dawning of the apocalypse?

Nina Athanasiou was the last show of the weekend, timed perfectly for seating to synchronize with the fading orange sky. The presentation's dark and unsettling prelude began with an "Insanitarium"-esque video projecting onto to a wall behind the runway. Two-parts asylum, one-part abandoned arcade, and a dash of industrial aesthetic set the tone.

Ribcage  tunics were punctuated by bronze beetle necklaces and "strait-jacket" boots. Anatomic button ups and raw meat prints paired eerily well against steel blue tones. 

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Pick Your Fashion Palette Personality


Fashion Palette was launched in 2009 to showcase and celebrate Australian fashion designers. The organization's ever-growing presence has brought more and more fresh new talent to the New York fashion scene forefront. True to its name, Fashion Palette brought a tasting of eight distinct aesthetics to Pier 59 earlier this afternoon. Here were some of my favorites:

The Bombshell: LEXI

Fresh from the blow-dry bar, the LEXI girl shoots bedroom eyes while LuvStep 2014 blasts through her ear buds. Her hips sway in a graceful, cat-like manner. Unabashedly flaunting it, she dons sheer corsets, mesh caplets, and leather shifts.

The Gyp-Set: Lisa Kelly

In head wraps and floral tie-on skirts, Lisa Kelly's girl is never spotted in the same place twice. She's getting inspired with Jacques Grange in Li Galli on Thursday. She's petting giraffes in Nairobi with Chloe Norgaard on Sunday. Allergic to monotony, she's always eclectically accessorized.

The Melancholy Creative: Salasai

The oversized buttons and quirky prints would suggest that she's perpetually upbeat, but the electric violins in her head hint a yearning for greater meaning. Sitting by the window, the Salasai muse watches the rain with a mug of black coffee in her oversized knits.

The Art Basel Fixture: MISHA

This South Beach socialite has been feeling so much better since she switched to Paleo. Subtly showing off in peek-a-boo lace panels and drapey dresses, MISHA takes it from the pop-up gallery to the beach-side party. And she doesn't even clash with her wristbands.

Post by Amanda LaMela

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Katya Goes 3D


Guests packed into Pier 59 Studios this evening for Katya Leonovich's fluid runway presentation, combining sheer metallic fabrics and cutting edge 3D printing technology. To a driving track of computerized tribal tones, laser cut leathers, tech mesh and sheer linens were accompanied by thorn-like 3D adornments.

It's true, Katya goes 3D for her best show yet. 

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A Bubbly, Electric Fashion Week Kicks Off


For me, NYFW started close to home. Guests flocked to South Street Seaport on Day 1, for a runway presentation by ModaBox and to celebrate the launch of their online styling service. The night started with musical performances by Lanz Pierce, followed by electric violinist, Filip Pogady. Models donning their Friday-Nights-Best walked the elevated runway on Pier 17.

The next presentation led me to an intimate East Village rooftop. Designer, Alax W Diamond posed the question, "What makes girls happy?" as his inspiration for the collection. And happy I was, swilling champagne and tasting macrons while Technicolor looks lined a scenic view of New York.

Last night's party took place at The James Hotel for Currency. Their latest jewelry presentation, Mischief and Vanity, lined the garden beside David Burkes Kitchen. Inside, attendees could view the deliciously scandalous fashion shoot framed throughout the reception. (Check them out at http://currencyny.com/photos

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