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 :)

xo

Kos

Orlando Recap #1: A day at the OMA

Hi guys!

Last month, I took a much-needed vacay with my family to Orlando, Florida. I haven’t been to Orlando since I was a kid. My sister used to dress Akua and I alike in the same outfit courtesy of Gap Kids.  After a long day at the parks, a baby sitter from the Disney resort we would stay at would come to watch us while the adults went to Pleasure Island (those who don't know it was a part at Disney devoted to the adults).... lol I remember Akua and I would fantasize about growing up and being able to go to do the more of the adult activities Disney offered. Fast forward to 2016, we acted like big kids ha ha!

Our first stop was the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). OMA is located near other Orlando cultural gems in beautiful Lockhaven Park, like the Shakespeare Theater and Science Center and there are many great spots for picnicking outside.  The inside of the museum is much larger than it appears to be from the outside and they have many "photo friendly" (but with no flash) exhibits.

The striking 20-foot tall Dale Chihuly's contemporary glass sculpture greeted us when we entered:

My nephews got a kick out of “Waves” by Matt Roberts.  “Waves” is a real-time single channel video installation. This artwork responds to the current size and timing of the waves of the closet ocean of its current location. These sound waves shake a bowl of water sitting on top of a speaker. This shaking produces wave patterns in the bowl that are captured by a video camera modified by the software and projected onto a wall. As the waves in the ocean change size and frequency the waves in the bowl will also change. This results in continuous variations of the shapes and patterns that one sees and hears which also reflects the constant changing conditions of the ocean.

The exhibition that caught our eye the most was The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art (opened from May 13th-August 28th). The initiative brings to the state’s most progressive artists to OMA. These artists worked in a range of media and artistic practices: using technology, hand-embroidered handkerchiefs, plywood and graphite.

The Ipad set up was easy to navigate and the staff was super friendly!  We actually had the opportunity to meet one of the subjects of the Michael Vasquez exhibit:

Michael Vasquez’ paintings present the society in which he grew up – misguided youth trying to find themselves. Often set within the landscape of street life and gang affiliation, Vasquez’ subjects search for acceptance and belonging.

My fav was Noelle Mason’s exhibit titled “Love Letters/White Flag: The Book of God + Through A Glass, Darkly (Spring Cleaning).

Other exhibits at OMA included: My Friend: Eric Rohmann and A Trek from North to South

After the museum we went for a much-needed Starbucks run ha ha! This is the first of three posts; I am doing recapping my trip! Stay tuned!

Xo

Kos

#makethetimeforfun

“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you - and enjoy life” 
― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

This quote resonated with me, earlier this summer I was focusing so much on work that I didn't take the time out to smell the roses. It left me cranky and sweaty (well because it's summer and it's hot af outside)

I'm using this last month of summer and beyond that to take time to smell the roses. Started a few weeks ago :) It's been a blast!  During that time I have been Instagramming like a madwoman being out and about at Milk Studios, catching a few shows, attending Pottercon and snagging some rad gear for an upcoming post! 

Rare art work from Flying Saucer event at Milk Studios

Rare art work from Flying Saucer event at Milk Studios

Another one, love the unique shows Milk Studios runs often!

Another one, love the unique shows Milk Studios runs often!

Victoria and I at Milk Studios 

Victoria and I at Milk Studios 

My Cousin Diandre performing at SOB'S so rad!

My Cousin Diandre performing at SOB'S so rad!

My first Pottercon, won't be the last!

My first Pottercon, won't be the last!

I snagged this tee from Pottercon by Jordanene a fan gals dream! Post coming soon!

I snagged this tee from Pottercon by Jordanene a fan gals dream! Post coming soon!

Jo as amazed as I was about this! Even if you haven't read the books you saw the movies.. think about it

Jo as amazed as I was about this! Even if you haven't read the books you saw the movies.. think about it

Devoting more time into fun helped me balance my work/school life. I wanted to share a few of those tips I learned over the past few months:

1. Focusing on what's important for that day: I'm a publicist we are always 4-6 months ahead of everyone. I learned to stay in the present. 

2. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate: I realized I had the tendency of doing everything myself, then getting impatient about doing everything...it was self inflicted behavior.  I'm honest and realistic with my time, using my resources at work for help getting a release out or proofreading a memo. The quality of my work is more elevated because of it.

3. Sleep: Shutting it down at a decent hour to unwind and head to sleep.  As a result, I'm waking up much earlier, working out and doing work earlier, which means more time for fun!

4. Stop talking about being busy and do it: No one cares! I realized if I was so busy then I wouldn't be posting about it and then posting a funny meme a friend sent me. 

I'm stoked for the remaining part of the summer and the arrival of fall: Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Football, NY Comic Con, and How to get with Murder Season 3.  I'm taking these helpful tips with me to make the time for them ha ha!

How do you guys make time for fun? Any last minute summer plans?

xo
Kosi