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Samantha leibowitz fall 2017 @nyfw for Nolcha Shows

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 2, 2017

After nine years in the industry as a colorist for Dana-Co and with a degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising from West Virginia University

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After nine years in the industry as a colorist for Dana-Co and with a degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising from West Virginia University Samantha Leibowitz founded Samantha Leibowitz New York. Known for making streamlined, contemporary clothes that are approachable and classic but with a bit of a downtown edge, the lineup for Fall 2017 offers simple and well crafted garments that can easily go from day to night.

With a palette of black, taupe, deep solids are the primary focus, occasionally broken up with a black and white graphical print. Separates take center stage and can be mixed and matched. From a color blocked tunic dress to a fringed dropped waist trop to at strapless leather cropped shirt and an off the shoulder body hugging head to toe show stopper, you will be sure to find keeper to add to your fashion closet.

To see learn more about Samantha Leibowitz and to see more of her work head to SamanthaLeibowitz.net

 

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Katty XioMara Fall 2017 NYFW February 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 28, 2017

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The next show I attended was Katty Xiomara’s show at Pier 59 Studios. The show fell between the two Nolcha shows, and luckily Pier 59 Studios are across the street from Beam. Granted the “street” we had to cross was more like a freeway and it was 23 degrees with gale force winds, so even this was a challenge. But an Uber to go a block and half that would have been cray cray.

So we braved the weather and stumbled and blew our way in to Pier 59 Studios. The show more or less started on time which was a good thing as we had to return to Beam for the second set of runway shows. Katty Xiomara actually use to walk in the Nolcha shows, but is starting to more into the more established arena’s and not considered up and coming any more.

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A Portuguese designer known for creating unexpected silhouettes with a strong emphasis on tailoring and richly textured fabrics, Katty Xiomara created an excuisite collation featuring layers of tulle and sheer fabrics often worn over distressed metallic creations like a man tailored shirt dress and iridescent glitter slip frocks.

Coats with missing sleeves, puffed sleeves, wraps, and topped by capes as well two tier sleeved man tailored shirts also help to create this left of center feeling of dissection.

The more flowing and feminine pieces juxtaposed against non body-con constructed garments. Giving the line up a fresh, contemporary edge, while also retaining classical components like traditional collars, wrap dresses, and high-waisted wide-legged pants.

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You also find an element of deconstructionism with a rough hewn metal finished textile featuring patches of what can only be described as exposed velvet. Coats with missing sleeves, puffed sleeves, wraps, and topped by capes as well two tier sleeved man tailored shirts also help to create this left of center feeling of dissection.

Though this deconstructed element is balanced by overtly feminine themes expressed in clingy glittering pussy bow blouses, asymmetrical ruffled frocks and slinky slip dresses in all manner of sparkly, luminous fabrics. As well as a more earthy touch showing up in an engineered print with a whimsical wood cut aesthetic with a distant folklore feel to it.

A nocturnal menagerie of crescent moons, stars, and wide-eyed owls appear on ankle length cape coats, fitted riding-trousers, pleated skirts and ruffled mini shorts lending a quietly mysterious air to an out of the box, yet approachable collection that is a true celebration of the feminine mystic.

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Stevenson University for the Nolcha “ONE’S TO WATCH” SHOW @NYFW FALL 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 27, 2017

The last group to walk for Nolcha’s One’s To Watch” show was the Stevenson University Showcase

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The last group to walk for Nolcha’s One’s To Watch” show was the Stevenson University Showcase. The showcase featured a collective of students who were showing their take on the LBD (little black dress). Stevenson University located in Baltimore County, Maryland offers a BA in Fashion Design and from what I saw at the show, it must be an excellent program. So for any of my readers that live in this area and are considering studying fashion design this may be a school you will want to consider. To find out more about their program head StevensonUniversity/FashionDesign and to learn about the collaborative show click here.

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Chelbe For Nolcha Shows NYFW Fall 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 24, 2017

The fourth Designer to walk for Nolcha’s One To Watch show was Chèlbè which means well dressed in Haitian.

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The fourth Designer to walk for Nolcha’s One To Watch show was Chèlbè which means well dressed in Haitian. Chèlbè was founded by Diana Delva who grew up in Stamford Connecticut where she reached the height of 6’1” by age fourteen. It was struggling through this awkward age at 6’1” that inspired Diana to create Chèlbè a line of clothing specifically created for women who are 5’11” or taller. Models that stand 6’ or taller walked in the show further emphasizing the essence of the brand. Creating stylish and uncomplicated clothing for the tall woman who can often find it difficult to find fashionable clothes was a dilemma Diana understood well, and with her label Chèlbè she is meeting a need that is so often over looked. To read more her  head to her site Chelbefashions.com or Nolchashows/Chelbe.

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JUST IN CASE FOR THE NOLCHA SHOW NYFW FALL 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 23, 2017

The third to walk in the “Ones To Watch” show was the Chinese label Just In Case. The brand was founded by Chou Yu-Ying

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The third to walk in the “Ones To Watch” show was the Chinese label Just In Case. The brand was founded by Chou Yu-Ying who was the winner of Elle’s 2015 New Talented Award of Taiwan and the 2016 Men’s Uno Next Asian Top 5 Fashion Designers. With the Just In Case label Chou Yu-Ying combines eastern and western influences as well as traditional and contemporary takes to create dramatic street style inspired clothes that express the DNA of the brand which is the eclectic  melding of eastern and western styles. The collection for fall 2017 has a noticeable goth edge to it, while embracing the over-sized ethos of urban street wear and a nod to the the rebellious spirit that is at the heart of the brand. To read more about Just In Case head to  www.jic-fashionsucks.com or to TheNolchashows/JustinCase

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SON COLLECTION FOR NOLCHA SHOWS AT NYFW FEBRUARY 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 22, 2017

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Son Collection was the second to walk for the Nolcha “Ones To Watch” show. Son Collection was founded in 1994 by Lương Minh Sơn and specializes in cocktail dresses, high-end bridal and evening gowns, and the traditional couture Vietnamese áo dài. You will find plenty of silk, sequins, and rhinestones, however with this latest collection we are also seeing more street friendly pieces like the royal blue jumpsuit and cape dress as well as the body con two piece sets and sun dresses.  With such vivid saturated colors, and artfully placed details  you will sure to stand out in a Son Collection garment. And that two piece print pants suit is quite the head turner to be sure.

To see more from this collection and to learn more about Son Collection head to SonCollection.vn or to TheNolchaShows/SonCollection

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Louis Verdad Fall 2017 for NYFW February 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 21, 2017

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway for the Verdad fashion show during, New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Verdad)

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The second show I attended which should have been my forth if not for the blizzard from hell that blew in the second day of Fashion Week was Verdad at Pier 59 Studios. This is the second season for the label to show in New York,  which was founded by veteran designer Louis Verdad. Based in Los Angeles and with a background styling and designing for such luminaries as Madonna,  Louis Verdad seeks to take his label in a new direction  to target a younger clientele with a keen sense of fashion.

The first collection which debuted last season featured a lot of denim, crisp whites, bohemian floral prints and looser, non body con fits, but with expert tailoring. The lineup for fall continues in this vein but with even more emphasis on loose cuts and draping.

For Fall 2017 VERDAD is millennial driven,sleek,relatable and above all else wearable… – Louis Verdad

You will billowing dresses, over-sized wide-leg track style pants, and flowing coats. Which is balanced by more tailored and structural pieces like the traditional cigarette cut trousers, fitted moto jackets and crop tops.

Texture also plays a role with glittery metallic knits, silk charmeuse, laminated denim, chiffon, patent leather, gabardine wool and gold lame combing in a juxtaposition of contrasting beauty. With a push pull of street-influenced everyday wear in wool plaids and leather, with water color inspired flowing prints and layers of iridescent fabrics and unexpected cuts in asymmetrical deconstructed looks; this collection embodies the downtown urban essence of the new millennial woman. And what could be better then that?

Photo Courtesy of Noam Galai/Getty Images for Verdad and additional original photography by moi-ALLIENYC

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Mariana Valentina For the Nolcha Fashion Show NYFW Fall 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 20, 2017

Monday I attend the Nolcha shows at Beam. I attended two shows, the first one was the “Ones to Watch” sho

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Monday I attend the Nolcha shows at Beam. I attended two shows, the first one was the “Ones to Watch” show which features up and coming designers. The first designer to show was Mariana Valentina. Mariana hails from New York were she was born. She was raised in the Hamptons and credits her Argentine and European heritage and her exposure to high society people from around for influencing her work. Attending The Fashion Institute of Technology Mariana went on to work for several high end boutiques, showrooms, and styling agencies before launching her own line.To learn more about Marina and her work head to MarianaValentina.com

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GEORGINE FALL 2017 FOR NYFW

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - February 18, 2017

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As promised here is GEORGINE’s Winter/Fall 2017 collection straight from the runway. I attended the show Saturday evening with Alex from Letters From The City. The was the only day the weather was manageable, it was clear day and balmy 45 degrees. The show started a bit late as most fashion shows tend to do, but it just gave me that much more time to people watch—which can be half the fun of Fashion Week.

But finally the lights dimmed and rock music pounded at a respectable night club level. With all those in attendance craning their heads towards the stage, the models suddenly appeared—all donning the same black wig in a rebellious lob they stomped down the runway at a frenzied pace. And much like the collection we looked at last week, it was all about attitude with an emphasis on texture, layering and an unabashed embracement of all that glitters.

FW17 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

FW17 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

From metallic knits, to over-sized sequins to an iridescent fabric that can only be described as liquid metal this collection is all about the tactile experience. Add fur trimmed coats, fishnet, lace, and velvet and you will want to wrap yourself in the luxury of this shimmering and edgy collection. Not for the norm-core crowd to be sure. If you’re wearing GEORGINE, then you are not afraid to stand out in a sea of play it safe fashion hounds. You know how to own a room and do so unapologetically.

the looks here are smoldering with audacious sexuality, and with only one pair of trousers in the entire lineup it is all about the femme fatal

Be it above the knee sheath mini dresses, body conscious below the knee pencil skirts or clingy maxi skirts the looks here are smoldering with audacious sexuality, and with only one pair of trousers in the entire lineup it is all about the femme fatal.

With embroidered moto jackets, fishnet tees, and slinky slip dresses adding a rock and roll edge this collection with it’s gothic heart of darkness is a brilliant expression of youth, vitality and the rebellious spirit of those who dress not to empress, but rather to express. And isn’t this what fashion is really about?

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What I wore to NYFW February 2017

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Fashion Week is just about wrapping up and I for one am pooped, just wiped out. I had a great time but I am so looking forward to the up coming three day weekend so I can do some needed chillaxin at home. This was one of the busiest Fashion Weeks for me to date. And in addition to attending some wonderful shows I also had the chance to meet up with some New York City bloggers and influencers I have been following as well as meeting new people. And as I have said before–this is one of the best parts about blogging.

Saturday evening I met up with Alex from Letters From The City to attend the GEORGINE show and getting there was interesting. Both Uber and Juno showed up and then I inadvertently got in the wrong car of a third driver. Yep getting a car outside a major transportation hub during NYFW can be challenging. The next day I headed to the VERDAD show where I was meeting up with Elle of The Elle Diaries. Elle and I have been following each other for years and this was the first time we got to actually meet in person.

She attended the show with her friend and photographer Davied of Rozco TV. After the show the three us stuck around Pier 59 Studios for dinner and cocktails. And the next day I took Davied with me to the Nolcha shows and to the Katty Xiomara show.

Davied and I wandered in to one of the theatres which was strewn with white roses

And wow was it windy this day. On my way in to the city I could not even walk across the platform at the train station. I had to hold on for dear life to a bill board sign for fear of being blown on to the tracks. Not fun. Though attending the shows was! And what was even better, as Davied and I were waiting for the shows to start, I noticed a woman looking at us. She had a large camera with her. She left but then came back and came up to us and introduced herself. Her name is Marina and I have been following her on Instagram for about a year now. Cool right?

After the Katty Xiomara show Davied and I wandered in to one of the theatres which was strewn with white roses, a show had ended earlier and everyone was helping themselves to the left over blooms. Davied suddenly turned to me and told me to get on the stage so he could take a few snaps, and this is how this photo happened. He took this shot with his phone so the resolution is low, but how cool to be on a professional set.

My entire look minus coat and bag is from Zara. The coat is from a British company called Paisie and the bag is from Michael Kors. I love this bag. It was a bit of an indulgence but so worth it.

Finally my NYFW experience ended on Tuesday evening with Miguel Vieira’s show at Pier 59 Studios. And this was the perfect end to a fabulous Fashion Week. And be sure to stay tuned for all of my coverage.

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