NYFW SS17 Recap#1: Erin Fetherston, Collina Strada, Rubin Singer

Hey guys!

NYFW ended last week, it was a blast! A lot of designers are taking more risks again instead of playing it safe: making political statements, all natural make up, and art instillations are a few of the risks brands took this season.  This is the first of three recaps,  woot woot!

Erin Fetherston Spring 2017 Collection

"This collection is not just 'Spring 17', or my ten-year anniversary collection, but more like Chapter One of what I hope will be a very long novel, " says fashion designer Erin Fetherston of her long awaited designer revival.

Model’s sporting an all-natural look, paid an ode to the feeling of seeing the NYC lights shine on a summer day.  The dresses had a similar shimmer, while white and blush tones followed by pops of neon and denim.  To add to her signature dress look, Featherston added tailored pantsuits to the collection.  

COLLINA STRADA Spring 2017 Collection

While catwalk diversity has been in the spotlight especially with the controversy embedded in the Yeezy Season 4 casting call.  Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour took matters into her own hands this season, with a presentation that called attention to diversity by casting all black models.

"I was tired of just seeing that token black girl," Hillary told attendees at the presentation. "It's our duty to acknowledge this at a time when Americans are taking to the streets to remind us that Black Lives Matter. We need to amplify those voices and use our collective influence to push for change." She added.  Wow, glad someone called it out “token black girl” I personally dealt with that.   

Ruffles were a common theme in the presentation seen in a denim jumpsuit, floor-grazing pants and sweeping hems.  Wearable and directional at the same time. 

Rubin Singer Spring 2017 Collection

Rubin Singer became a household name when Beyoncé wore his designs at the Superbowl in 2013.  I actually remember working next door to the their design office in the garment district, the team would stay way past regular hours to get designs executed.

The Spring 2017 presentation took the route of an art installation. No runway, no models! It hit me why the presentation was 4 hours long!  The all-day installation allowed a larger attendance in media and buyers.  Not to mention, it cuts the costs of models and all their issues (ubers to the next show, make up, meals, etc). The collection entitled, “Into the Deep”  took on an outer galactic solar system motif, with dreamscape music in the background. Gowns were displayed on risers! “‘Into the deep’ is an exploration of new proportions, new materials and a voyage to a new world,” says Singer. 

Have you guys been following the shows online? I believe London is happening right now :)




What is great about NYFW in recent years are the brands that are willing to take a risk and do something different.  Two brands that have stood out so far are CHROMAT and JAY GODFREY.

CHROMAT had their SS16 show at Milk Studios, a proper for as their inspiration for the 2016 woman is to "empower the body" by using intelligence capabilities to monitor performance through clothes. A dress that stood out to me was the Adrenaline Dress. The dress is powered by Intel and is made up of 3D printed panels and expandable carbon fiber framework.  When the dress senses adrenaline, the framework extends into a large wing shape. So cray! Totally something from a Tim Burton Batman Movie!

The show also featured two curvy models, highlighting diversity that is a long standing argument in the fashion industry. It's refreshing to see this, as we are flooded with Instagram posts of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner on the runways.

Jay Godfrey's Spring 2016 is inspired by the work of the late interior designer and architect David Collins. Godfrey's designs highlight David Collins' use of simplicity and architectural lines. Keeping to his inspiration of the New York woman in mind, Godfrey melds the classic tailoring techniques of Savile Row with modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The monochromatic collection paid tribute to Collins' work by using different shades of white, ivory, alabaster and cream.  

The runways have been screaming out "POP of COLOR", Godfrey stuck to his design principal and what the actual NYC woman wears in the spring.  He could have swam where the fish were swimming, he didn't. Rock on Jay!

Jay Godfrey photos by: Dan Lecca Photography

Jay Godfrey photos by: Dan Lecca Photography

Have you guys been seeing the shows, any favs so far? Do tell!



Snaps, Apps, Style=Snap+Style Launch Party

Hello Peeps

We are right in the middle of NYFW, and I didn’t post jack squat smh lol a damn shame! I apologize and to make up for it, this post is a little longer than usual :)

NYFW in September usually showcases Spring/Summer collections for the following year. Brands also use this as a time to promote fall launches as well.  The day before NYFW, I attended the launch for the rad new app SNAP+STYLE.  SNAP + STYLE Gives Women Real-Time Access To Their Own Professional Stylist.  The app creates a two-way dialogue between clients and a community of stellar S+S stylists with editorial, celebrity and brand experience.

The stylists offer personalized, spot-on fashion recommendations that pair items from women's wardrobes with apparel for purchase. All at the snap of a pic and a touch of a screen. In real time, yes real time. It’s one of the most useful fashion apps, I have seen in a long time.  SNAP+STYLE is now available for free to download on the Apple iOS App Store and iTunes. Click here to download: http://apple.co/1g5bL4d

The app decided to use NY Fashion Week celebrate with their newly appointed brand ambassador, Louise Roe. Hosting along with founder Anna Jensen and joined by a cadre of friends, fashion influencers and bloggers including Jamie Chung.

It was the first time, I attended an event at the Penthouse of Milk Studios, the views and the atmosphere was unbelievable!

My dear friend Candy Washington (future WCW post coming soon) was also in attendance, it was a rad time.  Candy is now based in LA, she was my Brooklyn buddy it’s always a treat when we visit one another!

Another post coming right up! Happy Fashion week everyone!