Written By , on September 24, 2010

A few years ago, this site was one of the first to interview Joanna Mastroianni after fashion week. This line, which is particularly popular with celebrities and members of high society. Moreover, there 3 of her creations have emerged in the “Sex and the City” movie sequel

Her inspiration this season came from the British potter Clarice Cliff who was popular from the 30s to 60s. She was a mistress of the playful ceramic patterns with both, colorful and well defined lines. That’s what Joanna Mastroianni wanted to express in her latest collection. We find dresses and cuts well structured and well defined that enhance the female body. This was all developed in an extravagant color palette consisting of yellow, tangerine, chartreuse, blue, white and black, which use materials such as silk, wool, chiffon and organza. The collection was certainly short (leaving us wanting more), but original. This is a collection that has everything to please for her impressive list of clientele and newcomers to her collection for the Spring 2011 season. We want more!

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Written By , on September 24, 2010

On September 15 Eva Minge presented her latest ready to wear collection as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a collection that was unfortunately not up to all that we have seen during the week.

Inspired by the story of the independence movement and regime in the 80s in Poland, the designer wanted the message “Freedom and Solidarity in Fashion” has given us an overloaded look and in bad taste. Overloaded element and the falsity of material like leather orange-brown varnish gave unflattering and un-feminine results. Eva Minge, known for her haute couture creations presented in Paris and Milan, may have tried to do too much with her ready-to-wear line, a mix of cargo jacket jersey with applied colored stones, waist-band kimono-style strapless gown and rustle for a result devoid of class and sophistication.

The collection ended up being not very accessible. The pieces in neutral colors were bland and unattractive and the military inspirations were badly used. The joint transparency and opacity in suits and dresses in leopard print satin gave an amateur clubwear look.

The styling was off as both sunglasses with orange lenses and high suede boots did not mix. In addition, the models seemed less professional, one of them even removing her shoes at the end of the runway. This show was a disappointment. Large leather wallets, however, were the most interesting element of the show.

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Written By , on September 24, 2010

Molly Grad is the chief designer of the Gottex line and has been the past 11 years. A graduate of the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, she worked with the biggest designer in fashion, Stella McCartney, Gianfranco Ferre and more. Her expertise has led to support Gottex with her ingenious designs, internationally recognized for her sexy swimwear silhouettes original in 1999. The strength of Molly Grad is in always exploring new forms, new materials and successfully translating with technical proficiency as garments and swimwear.

For Spring / Summer 2011, Molly Grad was inspired by nature, water and sunsets. She wanted to share her creations, create an upbeat and frivolous atmosphere. Her greatest mission is to define the curves and lines of her clothes by color, detail and quality of materials used. She has overcome the limitations of fabric by offering us a line with colorful textures. She has brilliantly used a variety of materials. We could see, extravagant pieces bathing in glitter, lame’, lycra with metallic finish, lace, etc.. The colors were equally eye-catching with its bright blues, reds, corals, greens and even the use of black! There were draped straps falling on the shoulders thereby enhance the neckline, hips indentations, etc.. Everything was designed to enhance a woman’s body.

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Written By , on September 24, 2010

Immersed in an intimate hall at Lincoln Center, models seemed to illuminate the dark room wearing long dresses designed by Diego Binetti. As goddesses, they were put on pedestals for all to take a closer look at the fine details of the evening wear. The static display enabled editors and buyers to more fully contemplate the magnificent collection of Diego Binetti.

Critically acclaimed since the collection’s inception in 2002, designer Diego Binetti, former creative director for Jill Sander, always liked to break conventions. More outside the traditional, Diego Binetti offered a collection that has something exquisite in his own style.

As the sculptures of ancient Greece, the models showed dresses decorated with luxurious fabrics, floral details, gemstones and metal buttons. The silk caftans and dresses with lace in shades of pink, yellow, beige or cream all had a gentle and quiet side. Crystals and sequins brought shine to both dresses and accessories. Note: the Moroccan-inspired massive belts and pins with stones for a rich effect Baroque successful. Chiffon dresses with ruffles and the ball gown with climbing flowers, were the centerpiece of the collection showing an almost divine beauty in bloom.

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Written By , on September 16, 2010

On this last day of Fashion Week in New York, J. Mendel, being recognized for its creative work of fur, we were presented a collection focusing on cloth and silk, while reinventing the concept of fur by giving a more flexible and lightweight to fit in the warmer temperatures of Spring / Summer.

Inspired by the fluid and graceful movements of ballet dancers, designer Gilles Mendel, who created designs for the New York City Ballet, was able to enhance the ballerina look with pleated short skirts and mini dresses. The latest lookbook collection showing J. Mendel was also photographed in a rehearsal room where the models raise the bar in diaphanous silk gowns, ballerinas.

At the presentation, the models walked with a natural cadence to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, revealing maxi skirts and pleated chiffon cut on the ankle and feminine evening dresses in shades of peach, skin, gray-blue and pink opal. J. Mendel showed silver fox boleros intricately worked and mounted on mesh with luxurious and delicate fabrics. For a look of ancient goddess or bohemian chic, the collection of J. Mendel offered cocktail dresses with clean lines in length and with asymmetrical shapes. Wear it with flat scandals, the long skirt is a must for Spring / Summer 2011.

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Written By , on September 16, 2010

It was in a relaxed nautical atmosphere at the Pier 94 port terminal along the river in Manhattan that the G-Star Raw presentation took place. There was a red carpet prepared for the occasion for guests that arrived before a horde of reporters crowded to sketch the best looks of celebrities.

It was amidst fresh and intoxicating music that opened the show that had the feeling of being overseas. True to it’s reputation, G-Star has been innovative in terms of cuts, washes and shades of denim from indigo to faded denim. The theme of the desert explorer was represented in shades of sand, white and blue including cargo style that was overall “denim-looking”. With his new collection, G-Star has given an interesting twist by including parts of asymmetrical zippers and extra large pockets and combining the military look which is famous for the line. Perfect to counter inclement weather, the waterproof hooded nylon loose-style parachute pants and denim offered an interesting mix of raw materials combining the rigid and the fluid.

More cautious than the previous season, G-Star has built on safe values by opting for comfortable clothing. A modern touch showing the versatility of denim clothing that always reinvents itself every season a bit.

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Written By , on September 16, 2010

It was in the studio of the fashion week tents at Lincoln Center where the presentation of Tory Burch’s line was held. Thirty models were aligned on a central gateway and proudly wore the latest Spring / Summer 2011. This collection was pleasantly surprising and appealing. Impeccable styling showed off the installations. There were warm colors such as orange, yellow and coral, but also softer colors such as cream, pink, hints of blue and white.

Tory Burch was able to usher the return of macramé in a beautiful way. There was a beautiful skirt pattern macramé, all arranged on a blouse and also a lovely long cream cardigan . A mix that, at a already had me on board. Denim colors mixed with print blouses brightened the collection that still quite muted compared to everything that had been presented so far. Skirts to the ankle, long cardigans, the use of flax and denim were prominent. With this collection, Tory Burch was able to revive traditional pieces that and ended up transforming them something quite sophisticated and tasteful.

I could tell you more, but a picture is worth a thousand words, view the gallery to see for yourself.

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Written By , on September 15, 2010

Is Jose Duran ready for primetime? Is he the next (insert major designer here)? Not quite yet, though that’s not to say it won’t happen, it will. Duran shows flashes of brilliance challenging normal conventions of design. He constructed a collection of solid monotone colors with a red thrown in here or there. The collection was decidedly dark and different compared to what one would normally find at a conventional New York fashion show. Highlights of the collection include an asymmetrical crimson single shoulder strap dress, an intelligently sexy trench dress cut to nearly mid-chest with pockets placed on the sleeve and elsewhere. Is Jose Duran an artist or a designer? Some would say the two are not mutually exclusive. In Duran’s case his Spring 2011 collection demonstrates that he is more an artist with the intentions of a designer. Maybe the two can remain mutually exclusive, but in Duran’s case his collection will be wonderfully complete when he can meld the two.

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Written By , on September 15, 2010

Going to a Ports 1961 show is an experiment in pushing the limits of claustrophobia in wide open spaces. Onlookers at the show were nearly hanging off the seams of the tent because there was literally no room in the large space. This may be a testament to the popularity of the brand and it is with good reason. Fiona Cibani put on a display at the Ports show that illustrated the positive evolution of the collection. There’s growth here. Past collections demonstrated the ability to come up with new themes and present entirely different items. This season’s collection may have a new theme for the Ports 1961 collection but it is firmly rooted in established fashion. Using muted colors like dune/beige, ivory, gray juxtaposed against a flash of brilliance in with brighter colors like sap green, violet and azure, Cibani captured the look of a season without destroying conventions of fashion. She may have merely manipulated them to good effect. Standouts of the collection include the Dune Utilitarian Jacket, Amethyst sculptured dress and the Pyrite mineral dress.

Something in this collection will find it’s way into the wardrobe of discerning fashion tastes. With a strong presentation such as this one there’s no reason to wonder why.

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Written By , on September 15, 2010

Jenny Packham showed mastery at creating dresses, gowns and formal wear. Packham displayed her collection bright and early Monday morning to a full audience. Packham has shown in London in the past and is no stranger to New York and decided to put a strong collection dresses, shorts and… more dresses. Strong pieces included the heavily beaded silk french chiffon top, with the heavy silk crepe high waisted pants/ The De Gournay handpainted silk crepe de chine short dress was seductive and subtle. Packham’s collection didn’t wow, startle or jostle but it didn’t underwhelm either. It showed her stregnths as a designer and her ability to use detail and color to great effect. It’s not entirely crazy to say that someone will be walking the red carpet in a Jenny Packham piece.

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