As a fashion designer, when the CFDA and W Hotels gets behind your collection, they’re essentially saying, you’ve made it, we believe in your vision, now let’s get this thing going. This past weekend in Miami, that’s exactly what happened when designers cum CFDA fashion incubators, Misha Nonoo, Sara Beltran and Isa Tapia showed 21 different looks from their collections for the W Hotel. Designers making imprints for hotel brands? What’s next, you say? When its the W though, you already understand that the aesthetic is chic, high-end and trendy beyond belief. There are no cookie-cutter, diffusion items here. Its designed with beauty and sophistication in mind. Isa Tapia’s trademarked swirl espadrilles are front and center, Beltran’s intricate jewelry consisting of a shark fin tiger’s eye and marquise diamond and accents are in attendance and Nonoo’s cotton voile belted tunic will be a must have at any W. I had a chance to briefly interview the designers back stage on process, the meaning behind the CFDA and W Hotel collaboration and their future directions. Their answers were as diverse as their designs, but there’s a commonality of purpose: reaching their own creative level. Misha Nonoo: pd: You’ve got to have […]
The SFP Lookbook written by Andrea Kiliany Thatcher is a peek into how designers put together their creative visions into something that is shown to the world and later made available for consumption. Replete with large beautiful images of designs, fabric, garment, sketches you’d taken behind the scenes and are made an observer of the creative process. Thatcher, a prolific fashion writer was moved to create this work after covering fashion week for multiple publications in a span of 10 years (including Papierdoll). We sat down with her to talk about the launch of this book. PD: You’ve been a prolific writer in fashion circles, what made you want to document this particular fashion season in photos? Andrea Thatcher: Well The SFP LookBook is a series of books that documents each season of New York Fashion Week that was started in Fall 2013. This edition is the first one that I worked on, and the first one that has such expanded editorial content – interviews, more editorial, street style, backstage. In my opinion, all the juicy stuff! PD: We’ve seen trend guides in the past, yours is rife with exact images from the shows with a lack of celebrity […]
When Papierdoll started nearly 10 years ago, our reason for being was to give voice, forum to emerging designers, artist and photographers that had a story to tell but no outlet to tell it. Now there are millions of outlets, but still very little in the way of a central location where an artist can be themselves. Its with this in mind we celebrate and cover Fabrizio Perrini. Perrini is a photographer with an eye for color, positioning and background depth. There is a dichotomous nature to his work. On the one hand you have a grit that shows a natural untouched aesthetic, but on the other hand there is a polish that gives quality and completeness to his photographic stories. He is a talent working in Italy and working on reaching his own personal level. We threw a gauntlet of questions at him and present this full interview to you both in English and in Italian. You worked with an independent designer for this shoot, what did you see in this designer that made you want to work with them? I love working with independent designers, I find both challenging and creative work with young emerging artists who like […]
You are walking down a busy street, it’s a beautiful day and the city is full of hustle and bustle. You are in a metropolitan city, it’s big and notably fashion forward. It might be Toronto, Montreal, New York City, London or Paris. It’s a weekday so everyone is dressed smart for various engagements. Watch the women go about their daily routines. All of them carry one common item: a handbag. Some women carry a portable office with computers, notebooks and pens. Others carry beauty secrets, transforming the owner from office professional to seductress come sunset. Women’s handbags are the trust-worthy guardians of one’s identity. Handbags hold pills, potions and even sometimes emergency rations, a granola bar or Tylenol. A handbag equips the owner with the essentials needed to face a smoldering city, to go away for a weekend or even simply provide supplies to tend to a burgeoning family. Choryin Choi, 28, fashion designer and design consultant at SEVEN CONTINENTS, international retail fixture and merchandise company, is making an impression on Toronto’s fashion scene with his own unique line of handbags, Cydelic by Choryin, which double as one-of-a-kind art pieces. “I’m trying to make the iconic bag of my […]
Tell us about your involvements with the Life Ball in Vienna, what makes this event so special? LB is 20yrs of raising awareness and funds for all sexual diversity. Celebrating creativity sex and responsibility. And in a very dynamic way making an effort to shift the affect of HIV worldwide. In this event I head up the hair for the retrospective fashion extravaganza. What was your favorite Life Ball moment? All 20 have been stellar in their own way. That said, the first was amazing! You have created some of the most iconic hairstyles of recent times, which creations are you most proud of? I love challenge and collaboration. And the subliminal effect beauty has on the overall many collaborations have been amazing. How about mars attack with Tim Burton? Where do you find your inspiration? Information is gathered and with the needs and desires info, I create a story and image through hair that best creates the goddess image of the moment. What did you want to be growing up? Was there a eureka moment for hairstyling? I was quite artistic and very fundamental. A bit of an intelligent innate approach to creativity. Organic meets surreal. That said, […]
Photographers with one name are becoming as common as any other but when you hear the name Tomas, you may think, why not insert an H and go full bore with Thomas? But Tomas is his own man and does what he wants, how he wants and in a manner unlike any other fashion photographer. His photo stories elicit more than emotion...
Some think that modeling is a flighty lightweight profession done by those who can amble their way through life not eating anything and primping for the camera. Those who would think along those lines miss the hours of preparation...
Recently, I had a chance to chat online with an amazing designer who is doing more than just creating fashion- she's making a change. Melanie Brandon, designer of the Melanie Von Alexandria collection is making great strides in her hometown
Michelle Levelle Boutique opens June 1st and caters to the cultured woman looking to stand out in her professional setting by pushing the boundaries of the normal work drudge for elegance, with a guilty pleasure