Friend to the blog and friend in real life, designer Washington Roberts created a spring 2015 collection that is architecturally sound. Roberts’ designs always look good, and in the three years since he started his namesake line you can see his attention to detail and sophistication. When his first came to America from Nigeria, he wanted to be an engineer. (more…)
Naomi Campbell slays at 44 years of age! She is a true supermodel…okokokokok!!!!! She looks amazing. Her body is insane. I can only hope and pray that my body looks somewhat like that when I get to be her age. Also doesn’t the shoot with Jourdan Dunn look super cute and fun. I love that these two brands chose black models to pose for and represent them. Here’s to hoping more brands follow suit soon!
AWW SNAP!! UK brand Missguided adds plus sizes to their site, so that #babesofallsizes can get some great fashion. A lot of the UK brands have really good plus size lines. I don’t know what is going on in the US market. It seems like we have to rely on the UK brands and indie plus size designers. Missguided + is a line that I think trendy, fashion forward plus size shoppers will love. (more…)
It is no secret that I love Lupita Nyong’o. I have written about her many a time on this blog. It has been quite awhile since I have put a picture or post up about her though. This month you can see her in Glamour Magazine, since she is their Woman of the Year. The pictures are really great. There is this one blue dress that I really love on her.
I know I am late to the party-preparing for finals y’all, but I had to post this. The Design Collective for Evans S/S15 fashion show was the first time a plus size retailer had shown at London Fashion Week, and that is big news. I mean they literally made history. A lot of the clothes in this collection are super cute. I love the colors, the laser cut skirts, the fabrics that went from really sheer to really solid. I can’t wait to see how they translate this to their website next season.
Here is a little more info for you:
Design Collective for Evans brings together a handpicked selection of renowned fashion designers, brand new breakthrough designers, the latest winners of the acclaimed Cut for Evans design competition and our exclusive in house designs. The exclusive catwalk event shows that high fashion is for all.
Showcasing S/S15 designs from Clements Ribeiro, Giles Deacon, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, James Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb watch the full catwalk show which took place in London. Click here to find out more – http://www.evans.co.uk
We are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage, and survived 7 days of running around the city to bring you the latest and greatest in fashion week news! Here is our take on Day 7 trends!
What’s fashion week without an over-the-top runway presentation by Betsey Johnson? Boring! And our team at FashionMingle.net doesn’t like boring, so luckily for us, we have Betsey Johnson’s runway to look forward to every season. Betsey showcased her Spring collection on Day 7, opening up the show with 2 models representing gay marriage. When they turned around their suit coats said pre-nup! And that was the name of Betsey’s wedding-themed collection.
Erin Fetherston’s collection was classically simple, but lovely. Erin featured black and white, pastel yellows, and deep shades of blue. By default, Betsey’s collection featured a lot of white, since it was wedding themed. Michael Kors’ collection was also heavy on the blues and yellows, though there were some pastels, and black and white separates intermixed in the collection.
No one mixes prints like Anna Sui, and for her Spring 2015 collection she did not disappoint. Erin Fetherston also incorporated florals, but again in a simple, but sophisticated way. The florals in Erin’s collection did not overwhelm the garments. Michael Kors featured a plethora of print looks, but the prints were either floral based or plaid based.
Betsey Johnson’s runway featured lots of tulle, as to be expected for her wedding themed collection. Betsey also featured a few looks that resembled nylon or plastic that would typically be used for rain coat materials! I could definitely see Miley Cyrus in one of these plastic-esque looks! Erin incorporated sheer fabrics into her collection for use in her striped looks.
The Anna Sui models had everything from veils to shades. It was a really cool runway! Betsey Johnson’s wedding themed collection entitled Pre-Nup featured fun heels and fun handbags. She created a cake shape handbag and a lipstick shaped handbag.
The brands Deola Sagoe and Clan fashions debuted for the first time at New York Fashion Week. Deola Sagoe is the designer behind the Deola Sagoe label, while the clan collection is designed by her daughters Tena, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe. They labels are based in Africa, and this was their first time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The looks were unique, and we love to see emerging and up and coming designers featured at New York Fashion Week.
Day 6 was extremely busy for our team! Heather and Sofia attended Nolcha Fashion Week, while Shalanda and Jane stayed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture the shows at the Tents.
Black and white remained popular for Day 6 of New York Fashion Week. Zang Toi’s celebrated his 25th anniversary as a label with a heavily black and white collection. He also featured deep shades of green, red and purple, which is rather unique for Spring! Ever since Victoria Beckham’s show earlier in the week, we’ve seen more and more designers incorporating darker shades into their collections. Typically these hues are reserved for Fall, but the use of deep shades of blues, greens, and purples further prove the blurred line phenomenon happening between the seasons. Diesel Black and Gold also featured a heavily black, & white collection. Whether they were all black or all white separates or black and white prints. Other designers to incorporate black and white into their Spring collections were Vivienne Hu & Narcisco Rodriguez. Jenny Packham’s collection featured oxblood looks along with pastel yellow, and sky blue looks. The collection combination of pastels with the darker oxblood was pretty cool.
Michael Costello, Badgley Mischka and Zang Toi’s collections were heavy on the evening gown from, as to be expected since they are all magnificent evening wear designers. Not everyone can do evening wear, and it’s really an art in and of itself. Sophie Theallet took lengths to above the need with voluminous A-line skirts. Crop tops are showing their staying power, and even though the crop top is popular, the jumpsuit is here to stay with a vengeance. Almost every designer has featured at least one or more jumpsuits in their collections. Rompers seem to be inexistent, as everyone seems to prefer to the pantsuit edition. Pamella Roland featured a lovely white jumpsuit for her Spring 2015 collection.
Here at FashionMingle.net we love to bring you cover from outside the tents as well as feature designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. For our third season in a row, Fashion Mingle sent team members to cover Nolcha Fashion Week. Nolcha Fashion Week, founded by Kerry Bannigan, features independent fashion designers during New York Fashion Week. Fashion Mingle Contributors headed to Nolcha to conduct backstage interviews with the designers and bring you the trends from Nolcha! Stay tuned for their Nolcha report! You can learn more about Nolcha here in an interview conducted by Heather Petrey with the founder of Nolcha.
Written by Shalanda Turner, FashionMingle.net Style Editor
The FashionMingle.net team wrapped up Day 5 late covering the last shows of the day; Libertine & Oudifu. Oudifu is considered an emerging label to the U.S., but is very popular in China! In addition to bringing in designers from around the world to showcase their collections at MBFW, IMG has done a major push to feature international emerging and up and coming designers. Grant it, this may be due to the fact that heavy-hitter names, such as DVF, Michael Kors, and more, have been pulling out of MBFW over the last few seasons to showcase offsite. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Young, emerging & up and coming designers have embraced the new culture of fashion, and with these gaps in the time slot of MBFW, they now have an opportunity to bring their designs to the masses. Designers such as Libertine, Oudifu, Vivienne Hu, Mark & Estel, Falguni & Shane Peacock are just a few brands that have now become MBFW household names.
The real first emergence of black and white combinations showed up on Day 5 of New York Fashion Week, starting with Lela Rose’s runway for spring. Lela Rose featured bold gingham and polka dot prints in black and white. Carolina Herrera favored the color red in her collection, infusing single, and ginormous red flowers on white fabric. The popular all white ensembles also showed up in CH’s runway, and like Victoria Beckham the day before her, Carolina Herrera featured a dark hue of purple, which is unexpected for Spring! PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.fashiongps.com
Dennis Basso opened his collection with a dedication to the late Joan Rivers. All of us at FashionMingle.net and our media partners send our condolences to Joan’s friends and family. In typical, Basso style, his collection featured fur! Surprisingly there wasn’t as much fur as some of his previous collections, but there was fur nonetheless. Reem Acra has the best name in the world for a fashion designer! Her name makes me think of fabric! Reem created looks that featured tons of sparkle and shine. The audience collectively let out ooohs and aahhs as the amazing gowns just kept coming.
UNIQUE FIND: Johnson Harting’s Libertine
Johnson is the designer behind the label Libertine. Every season I discover new brands…well at least they are new to me. This was my first time seeing Libertine clothes and I had no idea what was in store! As soon as the lights went down, I knew I was in for a treat. The models came storming out one after the other, to upbeat, pop culture tunes, while wearing the wildest street wear looks imaginable. Wild but functional and fun. There were tons of colors, fabrics, and 3D enhancements on the clothes. To finish the show, Johnson led his models around the room in true party walk style. The audience, who simply loved the collection, cheered and clapped for the final walk. Johnson’s clothes may not be for everybody…especially the faint at heart, but watching the show and viewing his creativity is definitely exciting!
Georgine SS 15 brings the 70s glam to New York Fashion Week! The sparkles and shine are a trend that is popping up on many runways this season and it is a fun trend I can get behind. The candy wrapper disco glam look reminds me of the Studio 54 era fashions that you would see on Diana Ross or Bianca Jagger ( who was part of the inspiration for this collection). They also remind me of fashion stylist Catherine Baba- a personal style icon of mind.
Apparently the “Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design.” Cute! Cute! Cute! Cute! Cute! I am loving the trends that we are seeing so far. I wonder what the next three fashion weeks will have in store for us. Photos from Georgine.
Every fashion week, something is bound to go wrong! From losing equipment to someone being sick, and this fashion week is no exception! Our team is definitely being run through the ringer, working out technical difficulties with our laptops and our website, but we won’t let that stop us! It’s all a part of the experience of covering New York Fashion Week. Even with our technical difficulties the team wrapped up Day 4 in one piece!
In addition to the regularly scheduled designers that show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, IMG works to bring unique shows to the venue. Fashion Shenzen is always a delight, as it features fashion designers from China. Fashion is a universal industry, and it’s amazing to see styles and design aesthetics from around the world! The Fashion Shenzen designers featured looks made in shiny and sheer fabrics. They also favored highly embellished gowns with lots of sequins.
Custo Barcelona featured abstract prints and perforated fabrics. Vivienne Tam incorporated palm tree prints into her collection, continuing the popular tropical prints theme we’ve been seeing over the last couple days. Cesar Galindo used metallic and sequin fabrics in his collection.
All white ensembles are still popular going into Day 4. Nanette Lepore featured a few all white looks, but the favored color for her collection was definitely yellow! Yellow shoes, yellow-based prints, and solid yellow dresses, Nanette let us know that yellow will be trending for Spring, and she’s not the only one. Cesar Galindo also featured yellow in his collection, along with greens, pastel oranges, and metallic. Victoria Beckham’s spring collection was heavy on the tans & neutral colors black and white. Victoria even featured an oxblood hue that is typically reserved for Fall!
For Day 3 of New York Fashion Week, the FashionMingle.net team again split up to bring you maximum coverage. Style Editor, Shalanda Turner headed to the Garment District to cover Amir Taghi’s debut New York Fashion Week show, while Heather, Jeanine & Arielle covered Alon Livne. Later in the evening, our team reconvened at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to cover Malan Breton and Venexiana.
Apparently, crop tops are here to stay! Amir Taghi favored sexy crop tops that incorporated deep V-necks. Mara Hoffman’s collection featured wide-leg pants, in all lengths (culotte and full). Mara Hoffman is also the queen of maxi dresses and sent a plethora of vibrant maxi dresses down the runway. Alon Livne stayed true to his warrior woman style, presenting a fierce collection full of sparkles, cut-outs, and 3D-enhancements.
There seems to be a lot of transportation through clothes going on this week! Malan Breton presented his “Journey to Taiwan” Spring Collection, complete with dancers and musical performers. Malan chose to use sateen-finish fabrics for the majority of his collection. At a minimum, Malan Breton showed 60 looks last night. He may win the award for the most extensive runway presentation during fashion week!
As fashion week continues, we’re starting to see more and more prints. Herve Leger by Max Azria featured bold prints and embellished fabrics in their Spring 2015 collection. Tropical prints are pretty popular for Spring! Nicole Miller took us to Rio De Janeiro on Day 2, and Mara Hoffman took us to the beach with palm tree prints, and prints that resembled the sun rising over the ocean.
Mara Hoffman takes the baseball hat to a girlie level by adding a tie-back scarf for the cap closure. Heather and Jeanine checked out Anya Caliendo’s hat show at St. Regis Hotel! Of course we have to feature some of Anya’a amazing work for Spring! Wearing one of these hats will definitely escalate your fashion status from blah to haute couture faster than a sale at Bloomingdales!
We survived Day 2 of New York Fashion Week! Can you believe the FashionMingle.net team is already tired? And we have 6 more days of coverage to bring to you! For Day 2, the team kicked off the day with Mark & Estel’s Spring 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. After that the team split up. Heather, Otaymah, and Jeanine covered Saunder, and conducted an interview with David Tupaz off-site, while Michelle, Jane, & Shalanda stayed at Lincoln Center to cover the shows there and conduct an interview with Nicole Miller.
Sometimes less is more as displayed by Mark & Estel. Their collection was solely made out of cotton found in your everyday denim, sweatpants and t-shirts. How do I know? Because during their final walk, Estel Day announced it to us during their closing song performance. Attending a Mark & Estel is always fun, and it was a great way to kick-off Day 2 of New York Fashion Week.
In stark contrast to the cotton-heavy Mark & Estel Collection, Monique Lhuillier, opted for shiny, and metallic finish fabrics such as satin and silk and glittery fabrics for her plethora of gowns and dresses. Zimmermann also favored metallic hues in suiting.
As seen on the Day 1 runways, pastels were again the favored choice amongst designers for day 2. Charlotte Ronson featured peach, pale blue, and pale green hues and Zimmerman featured pale yellows. And while there was a pop of pastels here and there, Trina Turk stood by her claim to fame and design aesthetic of using bold and vibrant colors. It appears that even if pastels are trending, Trina will rebel and stay bold, and who can blame her? The scene during her presentation was fun and flirty and the bold hues added to the playfulness of the collection.
Trina Turk collection’s was not only playful, but it made me think of the 60s, especially with the models wearing wide scarf headbands! The models wore bold, statement necklaces and posed with handbags of all shapes and sizes. Popular in both the Charlotte Ronson and Trina Turk collections were these comfortable looking sandals. Is the gladiator sandal being replaced next season as the it-shoe for Spring? We’ll find out.
Nicole Miller’s collection stood out on Day 2 for having the most prints. Her vision of transporting her wearers to Rio De Janeiro Brazil was creatively conveyed to the audience. The models wore prints that featured birds and palm trees, while carrying luggage. Charlotte Ronson featured a few floral prints, but overall prints were pretty minute throughout the collections with solid colors dominating day 2.
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I love fashion label Kaelen. I went to one of the brand’s first major shows during New York Fashion Week a few seasons ago. The line is young, yet sophisticated. It is also very fresh and hip. These are the kinds of clothes I want to design for plus size women. I want to make clothes that look modern like these garments in the picture above. Kaelen is such an inspiration to me. Photos from here.
It’s September! Which means we’ve arrived at another New York Fashion Week. If you’re like us, this makes September one of our favorite months of the year! In fact, we’d go so far as to agree with Instagrammer, Candy Price Pratt that “September is the January of Fashion!” New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday with designers presenting their Spring 2015 Collections. The FashionMingle.net team was on the scene covering the first day of New York Fashion Week. Representing FashionMingle.net this year, we have Fashion Mingle Style Editor, Shalanda Turner, Videographer, Michelle Elise Harding, Photographer Jane Kratochvil, and Contributors, Otaymah Bonds, Heather Petrey & Jeanine Valiente.
Nicholas K kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in their usual 9am spot on day one inside the tents. While the draping, layers and loose silhouettes are not new to Nicholas K, their introduction of a pretty, pastel teal green was a change from the browns, tans and whites. We’re hoping this color is a fixture in all the runways for Spring.
And continuing with pastels, it appears that pastels will continue to dominate next Spring as they did this year. Lubov and Max presented a collection for BCBGMaxAzria that included pastel pinks & blue along with a ton of white and off-white garments. However, some designers opted to include pops of bright colors in their collections. Richard Chai featured a bold lime-yellow color for spring, and Desigual, known for bold and colorful prints did not disappoint.
In contrast to Desigual’s bold use of prints in every garment, most of the runways were absent of significant amounts of prints, with the designers opting for solid colors to convey their visions. If there were prints, they were mosaic and abstract in nature, versus typical floral prints that usually dominate for Spring.
Long is the new black! Tadashi Shoji favored knee-length dresses and full-length gowns. BCBGMaxAzria also went long for spring with wide-leg trousers and ankle-length skirts. Marissa Webb featured super-chic outerwear pieces for spring from ankle-length trench coats, to peplum wind-breakers. There’s a lot of material on the runways for Spring. Long and free flowing fabrics that offer tons of movement for the wearer. http://www.janekratochvil.com UNIQUE TREND
Wearable Technology is all the rage right now and CuteCircuit has taken the world by storm with their technological clothing innovations. Their collection for Spring, featured cool, digital enhancements that were incorporated into the clothes, shiny and glittery fabrics, and even digitally enhanced bathing suites! Forget wearable tech bracelets, we want the clothes version!
I adore the pre-fall fashion in Eloquii’s new August lookbook. Prints and patterns are something that I think Eloquii does a great job of. Just because you are plus sized, that doesn’t mean you can have fun with color, shapes, prints, and patterns. There is a dress and a pair of pants in this lookbook that are calling my name y’all. I listed a few of my fave pieces down below. Photos from Eloquii. View the rest of the lookbook here.
Kendall Jenner covers Teen Vogue for their September issue, and she looks gorgeous. I love these images of her because they show what a great model she has become. The cover story is really great too. I think you all should read it. It gives you a little bit of insight into her life as an up and coming model. Check the story and few more photos here.
Plus size retailer Eloquii released their 2014 summer look book yesterday featuring their latest collection, entitled “Violet Femmes“. This collection features crop tops, cutout dresses, flirty skirts, in a variety of purple hues and my favorite, lace!
There are a few pieces from this collection that are available for purchase now. Did I mention that prices are under $200? Well, what are you waiting for? With a collection full of standout pieces, check out Eloquii today.
If you see something you just have to have, use code SUMMER to take 30% off your entire purchase!
ASOS Curve‘s fall collection is fiyah!!! They just released the images yesterday, but I couldn’t blog about it because I had a patternmaking class last night. I was so antsy, I wanted to show these pictures last night because the collection is full of grunge meets preppy pieces that I love. I can’t wait for this collection to come out. There is a tan coat that I will need if we have another winter like last winter.
The plaid pieces speak to me because if you know me, plaid is mah thang! I mean I just sewed up a plaid half scale dress in garment construction last quarter. I am also intrigued by the midi skirts. I just starting buying midi skirts. I used to think they looked weird on my, but now after wearing one and looking super cute I am all in. I might need to buy these ASOS ones as well. The collection should be on ASOS.com soon.
Have you seen the Lupita Nyong’o for Lancome ads? It feels so good to see a woman of color, and a dark skinned one at that, in a makeup ad. Women of color have few options for make up and little to no representation in cosmetic ad campaigns. This is such a wonderful ad and Lupita looks gorgeous…as usual. Photo from here.
P.S. Did you see her new Vogue cover and spread? They came out while I was on vacation and they look amazzzzzing! Check them out here!