NYFW September 2019

Rebecca Minkoff NYFW September 2019

After a triumphant return to New York Fashion Week in February, Rebecca Minkoff ditched the traditional runway show in favor of a presentation held at Pier 59. Logistics were a challenge, Thankfully the Luxury Next Season team arrived early as, by the time the LNS team departed, the line for the presentation was several hundred people long, The presentation featured rooms each housing a number of models wearing Minkoff’s latest and greatest.

Perhaps a result of founding the Female Founder Collective (Of which our founder Penny Karabey is proudly a member), Minkoff was clearly inspired by the modern women of today and their individual interpretations of dressing. From the edgy executive to the modern mother (the presentation featured a mother breastfeeding in a dress from the collection) any woman could find a piece to be desired in the collection.

Oversized blazers were paired with cropped pants or placed over metallic dresses were perfect for the office or to transition from day to night. Colored Zebra and Leopard print silks were also prevalent throughout the collection, whether in playful dresses or skirts paired with cardigans and coats, all were the perfect mix of fresh and professional. As always, leather and metallics were everywhere in the collection, red and black leather wrap skirts were dressed down with chunky knits while metallics were featured in everything from pleated skirts to outerwear, the standout being a distressed gold leather jacket that belongs in every edgy woman's wardrobe.

Minkoff also debuted her new extended size range in collaboration with StitchFix, A welcome addition to the plus-size market, all women will now be able to indulge in Minkoff’s vision.



In Conversation with Negin Mirsali and Tan France

Alice & Olivia NYFW September 2019

 

Bloggers, celebrities and fashion elite all trekked to Chelsea for Alice & Olivia’s Spring-Summer Presentation. Sofia Richie, Paris and Nicky Hilton and hundreds of other’s crammed into Root Studio on 18th street to see Stacey Bendet’s best collection of recent years. While the venue was small and at times claustrophobic, the collection packed a punch. Pastels and whites met the whimsical shapes and silhouettes with which Alice & Olivia is synonymous.

Color Blocking seemed to be on the mind of Bendet with nearly half of the collection taking it on in some capacity. Gowns and evening looks were tied with colored sash belts and lavender shades often being paired with oranges and sage green hues. The brands signature voluminous skirts were done in striped pastel feathers, striped silk, white tulle and a new season print of the designer (a print also featured on a convertible that housed models) all were paired with simple tops and oozed an effortless elegance.

A favorite of the collection was a strapless white lace midi dress with a bow belt and pleated lace skirt was a showstopper. All in all, the collection was a melange of Bendet’s greatest hits, but reinvented.


Libertine NYFW September 2019

 

Libertine drew everyone from social media sensation Patrick Starr to pop music icon Cyndi Lauper, and Vogue veteran, Hamish Bowles. The venue was Spring Studios and the presentation celebrated Johnson Hartig’s Spring-Summer collection for the brand. In typical Libertine fashion nothing in the collection was subtle.

The show opened with a dragon printed silk jumpsuit under a mixed print multicolor silk trench coming down the porcelain printed runway. It was an iconic Libertine moment. Hartig’s penchant for reworking vintage was also evident throughout the show; models carried vintage Chanel bags and Birkins painted by the designer.

The porcelain inspiration for the runway crept into the collection via slip dresses, statement coats, and eveningwear for both genders. The most memorable look was an embroidered blazer over printed shorts that every well dressed man in New York will be coveting come summer season. For the ladies, the finale look stole the show - a white pantsuit with floor length fringe. It made for the perfect slow motion Instagram shot and will be an instant conversation piece when worn about town. As always Libertine was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable shows of New York Fashion Week, full of fun, spectacle and at the same time, wearable pieces.


NYFW September 2019 Show and Dior- Fendi Event Pictures


MFW September 2019 Fendi Show

In her first solo collection since the death of Karl Lagerfeld, creative director Silvia Venturini Fendi took her family's in a refreshing new direction. Gone are the days of logomania at Fendi, the Spring-Summer 2020 collection was largely free of the brand’s iconic Zucca pattern, shocking to many as they are credited with having a large influence on the current trend of logomania. Instead, an air of understated elegance met a distinctive 70’s inspiration to create a collection that seems at home during the dawn of a new era of subtle luxury. Fist Collection after Karl left us and Silvia Fendi showed us layers, colors, prints, plaids and lots of amazingly cute tiny bags everywhere. It is a celebration of a new beginning bold and playful.

The ready-to-wear pieces in the collection largely stuck to a warm color palette of browns and yellows with a mixture of light pastel tones and white. Model Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a quilted pasted skirt and jacket skirt that would have looked at home on the set of The Golden Girls. Floral prints were presented throughout the collection in silk dresses and leather jackets. Also popular was a sheer gingham print worn over bathing suits and under jackets, presenting a subtle sexiness while maintaining a sense of sophistication. There was a clear focus on substance over flash this season at Fendi, the construction of the garments was clearly impeccable as was the leather work for which the brand is so well known.

One thing here to stay from Fendi is their peekaboo. Having proven itself as a fan favorite, the bag is now a Fendi classic and was not forgotten on the runway this season. The bag was shown in both a larger green tweed model and a mini in raffia with green trim, the latter of which will be a must-have for next summer. The iconic Baguette also made appearances, in the new micro-size as well as in raffia. As for shoes, there was clearly a priority of comfort, for which stylish women everywhere will surely thank Silvia Fendi. Grandma loafers were the shoe of the collection and were a refreshing departure from the usual sky-high stilettos seen on many runways. All in all Silvia Fendi’s first solo collection was an incredible success, and I am anxiously awaiting a few pieces to make their way into my wardrobe.


MFW February 2019 after Fendi Show


NYFW February 2019 Zimmermann, Anna Sui Shows and more


We attend several shows during NYFW. Our founder Penny Karabey was fortunate to have her dear friend Melissa Soldera in from Montreal and they attended Zimmermann, Tom Ford, Rebecca Minkoff, Anna Sui, Rosie Assoulin and Naeem Khan Fashion Shows. For the Zimmermann show Penny Karabey wore an iconic Zimmermann dress in ivory color and Dior Cruise Collection boots. For the day, She wore a Prada camel coat and paired it with a Mr&Mrs Italy fur collar, a Burberry belt, my favorite metallic blue Gucci Marmont Pumps and a Prada Cahier top handle bag in velvet. While Melissa opted for a pale pink coat over a By Malene Birger dress with classic suede pumps and a Fendi Back to School Bag in burgundy. The first presentation of the day was Rosie Assoulin, an up and coming designer who has found fans in numerous celebrities such as actress January Jones, Bond girl Naomie Harris and director Greta Gerwig along with blogger Leandra Medine Cohen. Rosie’s presentation brought both color and dramatic silhouette to daywear pieces while emphasizing bold prints and avante garde shapes in evening wear. Their last show of the day before they both ran off to business meetings was Naeem Khan, a designer known for lavish evening wear and embroidered day dresses. Melissa and Penny were able to get a Bird’s Eye view of the runway. The collection opened with heavily embroidered velvet tracksuits that would look at home on any supermodel and would pair perfectly with an embellished Fendi Peekaboo from Luxury Next Season.


Fendi Baguette Event New York 2019

Fendi first made its iconic Baguette bag in 1997 and it was designed to be tucked under the arm like its namesake French bread. Fendi hosted #BaguetteFriendsForever event at Madison Avenue Store. Carolina Dour, Ovilia Palermo, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts attended at FENDI Celebrates the Baguette in NYC. Here are the highlights from the event. Please also check our Fendi Baguette review.


Fashion Show Videos 2019

ZIMMERMANN SPRING SUMMER 2019

Nicky Zimmermann found a new female heroine for fall 2019, an Australian by the name of Nancy Wake, who was a French Resistance fighter during World War II and earned the nickname “White Mouse” because she was so elusive to catch. “I couldn’t believe it when I first read about her,” the Down Under designer said after her show. “What all those women did during the war…when you think about it, they didn’t have to do it. It was very brave. And she was from Australia!” There wasn’t anything elusive about Zimmermann’s runway assignment: “We wanted to mix toughness with femininity, playing with the contrast of leather outerwear and pretty dresses,” she said. Mission accomplished. Wrap skirts added an elevated counterpoint to the brand’s signature romantic dresses, taking the boho aesthetic in a more luxe direction.

TOM FORD FALL WINTER 2019

The collection felt new yet highly signature — even over polite underlayers, shirts unbuttoned to there recalled long-ago Amber Valletta; rich-hued tailored velvets, the tux that Gwyneth wore; the colors, a nod to Ford’s Saint Laurent fixation. “Didn’t I spend time in Paris being influenced by Loulou de la Falaise, who rolled her pants hems up?” he mused. “By the time you’re my age, it’s very hard to cite your references. At this point, you’ve filed everything away in the mental hard drive and you just do it.” Speaking of which, what’s more Ford than languid jersey at night? A series of gowns featured thick chain fastenings and matching long cardigans, which, as the models walked, wafted for a discreet cape-like effect. Simply alluring.

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FENDI SPRING SUMMER 2019

“I want the bow.” That instruction came to Silvia Venturini Fendi from Karl Lagerfeld on Monday, the day before his death. Backstage after showing her and Lagerfeld’s beautiful Fendi collection, the last of their long-term collaboration, Venturini Fendi was emotional as she greeted well-wishers; she had known Lagerfeld up-close for most of her life. He started working with her mother and aunts at Fendi in 1965, a record for collaborative longevity and excellence that will never be approached. Her comments confirmed that which many who knew Karl had long assumed: If he couldn’t live forever, he would go engaged in the most important thing in the world to him — work. Lagerfeld was fully engaged until the end and planned to attend the show. “He was supposed to come. We organized everything for him to be here,” Venturini Fendi said. “This collection made him live longer. Because we had been working a lot.”

DIOR FALL WINTER 2019

Feminism and sisterhood on one hand, and on the other, house codes in a particular enlightened era for women in society. Maria Grazia Chiuri is determined to address both in her work for Dior. She has been growing in comfort with their fusion and on Tuesday showed a collection of appealing, wearable clothes. True, there remains a bit of a disconnect for those who continue to approach Dior in search of fashion wonderment. Chiuri is more interested in reality than wonder, yet considers it an obligation to work with the house codes, especially the New Look, which she admits has proven challenging.


Milan Fashion Week 2019 Street Style by Luxury Next Season Exclusive Photographer Nick Leuze