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NYFW Trend : And They Were All Yellow.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on April 7, 2010

The sun is supposed to be out in Los Angeles today at a warm 80 degrees. Excited! Just because collections are shown during “Autumn/Winter” and “Spring/Summer” doesnt mean that they are limited to those seasons. Here are some great shots of yellow that were on the runway during the Fall/Winter shows in New York. And although some pieces might be better suited for chillier weather, look at the print, the fabric and the cut for some insight as well. Hopefully these collages give you some inspiration to add some color to your wardrobe!

Playing with Yellow Blocks : BCBG Max Azria, Chado Ralph Rucci, DVF, Preen

Bold Color Statements : Carolina Herrera, Peter Jensen, Stephen Burrows, Peter Som

Yellows in Print: Marc Jacobs, Gary Graham, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Chris Benz

NYFW Trend : The Best of Camel.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on March 23, 2010

So many different variations of a camel coat: a play on color, fit/proportion, silhouette, and length. Its definitely a current obsession in the fashion world.. and why not? Its a breath of fresh color. Spring days are here but nights can still get a little bit.. “chilly”. Any fans? Which designer did it best?

Do you like yours with 1) trim, 2) leather paneling, 3) cape cuts, 4)  fur, 5) short, 6) a darker color, or 6) classic?

3.1 Phillip Lim vs. Alexander Wang

Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, DKNY, Rachel Comey

Tommy Hilfiger, Organic by John Patrick, Michael Kors

NYFW : Youtube Premiere!

Posted in fashion week., future of fashion., new york city. by modman on March 9, 2010

The ever talented Aneta Genova has put together some great clips of the IFB Conference during New York Fashion Week last month. Listen and watch what bloggers think about the editor vs. blogger “dilemma” that the media has created and what bloggers wear during fashion week!

Clearly I am unaware that the camera is there… ha.

Thanks Aneta for your work! Check out bobbin talk for great event reviews, fashion updates and industry happenings all around New York City.

The Return To Fashion.

Posted in fashion week., future of fashion., new york city. by modman on March 1, 2010

It seems like celebrities are less popular during fashion weeks this season, especially in New York City. Last year, runways and front rows were full of celebrities and a majority of press was about who was at what show. Marc Jacobs declared that there would be no celebrities at his shows and that seemed to set the tone for the season in New York. There were some popular brands decided to go against the no/limited celebrity-filled front rows and drew in some fill-in actors and actresses for press, more than anything. That is another topic/debate to address.. later.

Marc Jacobs decided to have an after-party this year, but it was extremely low-key and included only close friends and employees. He explained the starting point of his collection and said,

Everyone I work with, we all kind of agreed we wanted to do something gentle, something fun, something filled with memory and unapologetic about not being modern or of the moment. There was a real unanimous feeling of comfort and something subtle and substantial. When I sit with my design team, the first thing that goes through our head is, ‘What didn’t we do last time?’ We’re all very sensitive to what we would love to see and what we feel we’ve seen too much of.

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The direction of next seasons Fall Collections is exciting. There were many collections that re-interpreted grunge, military, leather/rock-and-roll but the growing trend seemed to shy away from these elements to embrace a much softer, gentle aesthetic. I also love the return to the idea of “intimate”. That shouldnt be associated with “exclusive” necessarily, although there are people who would make that direct assumption. Presentations were abounding in New York and London, especially to showcase up-and-coming designers. The industry is most definitely changing, not only with the explosion of social media but also because of the reconstruction of the idea and purpose of a runway show or presentation. Exciting times.

Chase Away Those Winter Blues!

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 27, 2010

Dreary day in LA and snowy in New York which is all the more reason for color posts of NYFW Fall 2010 Collections to brighten up the weekend.

Although I usually stick to blacks, greys and whites, I am definitely craving for shots of color, which is not normal for me. I’m surprised how receptive I’ve been during NYFW last week.. and that its continued up to now.

I included a range of different looks that cater to different styles and personalities. Just because its color doesnt mean that people cant incorporate it into their all black, all white, all grey, etc. wardrobes!

The first casual look is A Détacher. I love the neckline on the dress and the longer hemline (which shows up in many fall collections). The wrapped cardigan adds a bolder color and the knee socks/boots give it a touch of the countryside.

Charlotte Ronson injected color in her black gypsy collection and the velvet pants came out beautifully. The cuffed bottoms show off a darker blue heel too.

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough had another hit on their hands with Proenza Schouler’s fall collection + collaboration with denim company, J Brand. Everything about the third look, the silhouette, the prints and the modern heels, works. Whats not to love about the makers of the PS1 and the updated PS11?

The next two looks are from Generra and they cannot look any more different from each other. The freeflowing skirt adds some flirty-ness and the silk blazer adds a bit more structure to the skirt and tee combination. The bright printed top and matching blazer do make a loud statement as a pair, but when worn as separates, each piece could definitely add some personality to any wardrobe. The blue pant is what caught my eye. Skinny has taken over fashion. Leggings, skinny/cigerette jeans, jeggings and all can be seen everywhere. And honestly? The style is not for everyone. Its great to see a looser fit on pants for the fall season. The fit, from the wider width near the pockets, slims down. Amazing cut + amazing color.

One of the masters of NYFW is Oscar de la Renta. His collection was divine and the colors were just so rich. This youthful piece has a clear target, from what I can tell, which is = red carpet/Hollywood. Young starlets (or their stylists) have developed a keen eye very early on and many younger stars have begun to done collection eveningwear for movie and album premieres. For some reason, I can see Selena Gomez or Anna Kendrick.. and even Kate Hudson pulling this gorgeous blue cocktail dress off. They must be paired with Louboutin Calypso pumps.

The electric blues on the runway are stunning, especially this suit paired with a skirt from Mulberry. The rounded and purposefully gathered lines of the shoulders and the single pleated skirt just go to show that its all in the details. I wish I could see the top more and I’m not a huge fan of the shoe choice. A deep red or a gold heel would have brought out the colors underneath and offset the blue.

Finally, this Grecian-inspired evening look from Carlos Miele is perfect for the red carpet. I can see it on Kate Winslet, probably because she has worn one-shouldered frocks for many red carpet events. I love the wrap detail that morphs into the supporting strap. I wish I could have seen it move on the runway.. I hate that the movement translation gets lost in photographs.

Just looking over this electrifying blue has given me a burst of color and energy. I hope the rain or snow this weekend doesnt get you down!

London Fashion Week.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 21, 2010

This past week has been quite the whirlwind.. some days were packed with shows to run to and I honestly dont know where the time went. My trip was only 10 days but I experienced so much in those 10 days. It feels like I was in New York City for more than a month.

Fashion editors, photographers, buyers, models, makeup and hair specialists who travel to and from one fashion week to another do more work than most people know. The travel itself is extremely draining and although it may seem like the ultimate dream (which it was/is for me), the work that goes on behind the scenes is exactly that.. unseen. London Fashion Week just started a few days ago (the 19th) and then Milan and Paris shows continue through to the second week of March. How insane.

My overall recap of my time at NYFW is coming soon.. Almost every blogger I know has already written about their experiences already but the schoolwork that I missed beckons. Im excited to go back and organize my thoughts on social media + fashion, trends on the runway, and some changes I was thinking about for modmen. Stay tuned!

Last of Bryant Park, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 20, 2010

Autumn in Phillip Lim’s world was very much about the outerwear. Outerwear and pants, although there were out-of-place looks here and there. The suede flare on the first pant and the high-waisted/wide bottomed trousers that spotted the show were the stars of this collection for me (after outerwear of course). Lim used the same wide plaid in this collection that he used in his menswear, which was a nice crossover. I thought the best use of the material was in the shorts, look two. The third and fourth looks seemed inspired from his menswear collection in that they evoke a sense of militancy. The use of crisscross overall action and the quilted leather/bulletproof vest against embellished top and the soft flow of the dress are extremely thought-provoking. Hard vs. light, masculinity vs. femininity.. the never-ending battle in art, design.. life basically. Lastly, the outerwear. Must I go into detail?

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Last of Bryant Park, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 20, 2010

I loved the color palette of this Marc by Marc Collection; I couldnt take my eyes of any of the pieces because of the rich color schemes. I especially love the high-waisted pant in this first look, the cape-like outerwear piece of the second, and the parka in the third look. These three pieces seemed to be quite popular throughout fall fashion week in New York.. are they just trends or are they here to stay?

The plaid, the denim, the military-inspired looks, the lace and frill.. Marc knows how to combine all of these elements and incorporate each unique feel into a cohesive collection. But each piece is tweeked in a way that makes the old, modern. That conscious eye is an amazing gift. I cant wait for autumn to hit.. can you?

And an added bonus! Marc in pants! 😛

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Last of Bryant Park, Marc Jacobs.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 20, 2010

Attending the Marc Jacobs show at The NY Armory was surreal, just like attending the DVF show. Marc is pretty much a headliner for New York Fashion Week and he is known not only for his shows and designs but also for his after-parties.

This collection served as the antithesis of whats been going on (as I’ve mentioned before, grunge, dirty, black leather) and MJ continued his use of neutrals and pastel colors that evoked a romantic feeling, especially with “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” playing in the background.

As dreamy and serene as any Jacobs show in recent memory—and how typical of him to intuit that the world is craving serenity right now—the show played like a nostalgia trip, one so lovely it was quite easy to be seduced. “It’s refreshing to see something that isn’t trying so hard to be new,” Jacobs, subversive as ever, said after the show. “There’s so much striving for newness now that newness feels less new.”

Cynics might argue that he took the easy way out this season. Let them; Jacobs would probably argue right back. These clothes are money in the bank not because they’re “safe,” but on account of their built-in resonances for the house’s many followers, Twitter and otherwise, around the world. For all our technological advances, it’s the emotional connection that makes the sale these days.

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I couldnt have put it better myself. MJ follows his intuition and I believe thats what drives his collections and is why they are so well-received. What girl wouldnt want a romantic, lady-like MJ frock or fur to add to her wardrobe?

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Last of Bryant Park, Richard Chai Menswear.

Posted in fashion week., new york city. by modman on February 19, 2010

I pretty much fell in love with this collection backstage, but having every look come down the runway solidified my initial feelings. Being able to see most of the details from the second row was eye-opening and there were many details to pay attention to, especially the cuts. The arm gloves carried over from the womens show to top the collection off. The laid-back suit started off the show on a relaxed note and had a signature Richard Chai look about it. The shawl leather jacket is a play off the classic leather/shawl cardigan shape. For those that can afford to upgrade to a new look, this piece in umber will be a fresh update to your wardrobe. The collar of look three is wide than a usual coat and the length is accentuated by the longer length of the grey cardigan. Look four is a ply off the first leather jacket but a hood takes the place of the shawl.

I especially loved the plaids in this collection, especially the half-plaid shirts and the smoky plaid button-ups. His outerwear pieces like the parka, knits and other blazers were slightly tweeked for a more modern look. There were also a pair of pleated pant I got to see at the showroom. I must find them! Congrats Richard and Daniel on an amazing menswear collection, the best to date!

Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010
Richard Chai Fall 2010

Richard Chai Fall 2010