I'm sew excited to share the sizzle reel for Sew Fab: Sewing and Style For Young Fashionistas! This video uploaded really fast to YouTube which makes me want to add more:). Thanks to all the guests at the event and an extra special thanks to my husband, Kamau Ware, for recording and editing it. Enjoy!
Last week I took an artist date to the FIT Museum. I wanted to experience the Yves Saint Laurent + Halston exhibition, Fashioning the 70s, for a second time. Halston, born Roy Halston Frowick (American-born), is the first designer I remember. My mom was fond of his fragrance and minimalist designer pieces in the 80s. While Halston came to my attention very young, I learned of Yves Saint Laurent (Algerian-born) by observing celebs, like Kanye West, flaunt his lux menswear.
(left) Yves Saint Laurent (right) Roy Halston Frowick
It never crossed my mind to think of the two designers at the same time. Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is known for being extravagant while Halston had a one-note take on fashion. Despite their stylistic difference the overlap between the two designers aesthetic is eerily in sync. Seeing the exhibition for a second time exposed details that I overlooked the first.
Can you guess which is YSL and which is Halston?
(left) Halston, dress, printed knit cotton, c. 1976, USA, Gift of Ms. Gayle Osman; (right) Yves Saint Laurent, dress, printed silk chiffon, c.1971, France, Gift of Lauren Bacall
Can you guess which is YSL and which is Halston?
(left) Halston Red and White Day Dress, Printed linen, c. 1977, New York, gift of Eileen Roberts (right) YSL Pink Day Ensemble Printed silk crepe, c. 1975, Paris, gift of Mrs. Sam Salz
The curators of this exhibition exposed three distinct themes: menswear, exoticism and historicism. These themes highlight Halston and YSL's work in a seamless way. Below you'll find my iPhoneography of some favorite pieces.
Theme 1: Menswear
This theme captures inspiration from menswear by putting women in pants, safari, and even gangster looks.
Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, "safari" jacket, khaki, c. 1968, France, Gift of Mary Russell
Theme 2: Exoticism
These looks were about pushing boundaries and transporting the wearer across continents and oceans. Essentials included dresses, blouses, pajamas, and ethnically inspired accessories.
The YSL beaded African-inspired dress I adore
Mandarin-inspired Halston dress
Theme 3: Historicism
The 3rd similarity between Halston and YSL involved looking at fashion from the past in an era when thrifting was non-existant.
The simple elegance of these Halston gowns is sublime especially the off white evening dress, sequined polyester, c. 1974, USA, Gift of Celanese
Full waist 19th century inspired Yves Saint Laurent, evening dress, black, fuchsia and teal satin, velvet, and taffeta, c. 1976, France, Gift of Mrs. Edwin Hilson
Be sure to check out the Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning The 70s exhibition if you are in the New York area it closes April 18th. This was a fun show to view -- I enjoyed guessing who's work was who!
Join us this Saturday at rena REBORN, a fun thrift shop, for a SEW FAB pop-up book signing! If you already have a copy bring it, if you don't pick one up, or buy it at the event. I'll be sharing my advice on one of my favorite things in fashion, mixing prints!
My friends, Pratt Institute seniors, Tann and Kathreen are raising funds via Kickstarter to produce their thesis collections. The Creative Cookie just pledged to back their project and I hope you'll join us in supporting this creative cause.
Here's a word from each designer:
The donations I receive will go toward building a fully fashioned 8-12 look collection. It will allow me to explore accessories for the collection and shoes. It will also lead me into my future endeavors after Pratt: starting start my own line, Tann Par. Tann Par aims to bring innovative clothing to a special customer. Avoiding the corporate structure of the fashion industry...
Your generous donation will aid me in producing a thesis collection that I've been researching and developing for several months. The eight to twelve ensembles I must create (from pattern to garment) are an exploration of the lesson stars can teach us about ourselves and everything around us. The completion of this collection would mean a life-altering degree in fashion design and the start of a promising career in the field...
Learn more about their collections by watching below and visiting their Kickstarter page.
Tokyo Runway, Japan's most popular business to consumer fashion event, debuted during New York Fashion Week last Thursday in Lincoln Center's Salon. With its exciting new concept 'Tokyo Runway meets New York' seven Japanese fashion houses showcased their collections for autumn 2015. Check out the roster along with some of my favorite looks from each label!
FIG & VIPER // Tokyo Street Style
AULA // clean contemporary clothing
DOUBLE STANDARD CLOTHING // layered and textured designs
DRESS CAMP// bold colors and couture inspired dresses
Raul Penaranda is a designer clear in his vision. His latest collection, which debuted on Valentine’s Day, was suitably inspired by the power of romance! Abundant with gorgeous materials and simple cuts, which are his signature, Penaranda’s designs ranged from edgy to elegant. All of the pieces had a refined sophistication and quality craftsmanship. The girl who would wear these clothes is romantic, modern, and believes fashion is an extension of herself.
Raul’s mantra is DREAM-VISION-REALITY
I started following Raul in 2010 when I was a New York Fashion Week newbie. Click here to read our exclusive interview + hereto see past posts.
Ivana Helsinki is an independent art, fashion and cinema brand by Finnish designer Paola Ivana Suhonen. For the past 8 seasons I’ve been following Paola with awe! Each collection is it’s own adventure-filled story with all the elements: character, setting, plot, theme, and of course magic!
Happy to report that my love is sustained for another season. I’m going H.A.M. over H.O.G. (Heart of Gold)! It’s 24-karat.