New York Fashion Week F/W ‘18

Ever dreamt of NYFW? This year we were there again and we’re here to give you a first-hand account of the fabulous madness. It’ll be like you were in the front row alongside Cardi B, Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Wintour and all of the A-listers.

Christian Siriano:

Christian Siriano celebrated ten years with his Fall/Winter collection at The Grand Lodge on February 10. The regal and elegant pieces reflected attire that would be seen at a royal dinner party. His use of luxe fabrics and romantic silhouettes were inspired by 18th-century British art that is hung in the Queen’s Gallery in London. Siriano is known for a variety of work that includes evening gowns, cocktail dresses, tailored sportswear, shoes, and accessories but for this decade anniversary he drew from some of his most notable looks and modernized them for his customers. Siriano’s front row included Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Laverne Cox, Danielle Brooks and Cardi B along with others.

 

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Philipp Plein:

Philipp Plein is taking New York by storm with his global brand. Plein already has a successful Madison Avenue shop in the city, yet the day after his February 10 NYFW show he had an exclusive opening for his first ever pop up shop concept, No Mercy On Mercer in SoHo. From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. RSVP’d guests were granted access to the urban-inspired street style shop that had an underground experience. The shop was full of neon signs, arcade games, old-school radios and even a car. Throughout the shop were see-now-buy-now pieces from his NYFW show as well as a limited-edition capsule collection designed specifically for the Mercer Street shop. The shop is supposed to appeal to a different crowd with it’s edgy, street style pieces, location, and lower price point. Plein described it as an experiment, but from the bustle of the crowd that afternoon it is safe to say that it’s a hit. Offset attended later in the evening and guests enjoyed performances from Rich the Kid and Christian Combs.

 

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Helen Anthony:

Helen Anthony made his debut at NYFW at Industria Studios on February 10. Originally from the UK, Anthony presented his first official unisex collection following the British luxury marque’s menswear collections in Milan. The collection represented a collision of the vibrant East regions and the architecture of the West. The pieces were tailored with henna embroidery that reflects Hindu rites as a way to show sacred awakening. Anthony looks to reawaken an increasingly divided world with his designs in heated colors and knitted adornments. Outerwear pieces included Eastern cuts on elongated maxis, trench coats and oversized collars. The collection had a playful aesthetic while still tuning in to global identity. Capes were covered in British landmarks like London’s St. Paul’s helmets and the statue of George IV while three-piece suits mapped out Milan’s iconic cathedral, Duomo, in vibrant colors. Inspiration from the Duomo was seen in the embroidery and print work on formalwear and spiritual iconography was printed onto many cotton and wool suits. Chapel ceiling art lay on cropped jackets, waistcoats and trousers. Each model was embellished with either a statement bag by William LTD or oversized jewelry from ATELIER JEN. Helen Anthony displayed his collection making an unapologetic statement against bifurcation of gender and culture.

 

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Mint Swim:

Draya Michelle’s Mint Swim made its first NYFW appearance at Cipriani on 42nd St February 9 thanks to Style Fashion Week. The collection was one of the many established, emerging and international brands that they produced shows for. Mint Swim drew a particularly fun crowd with the likes of La La Anthony, Fabolous, Christian and Justin Combs. The collection included swimsuits and cover-ups that varied in color from neon greens to white, nude and even sheer and shiny. The swimsuits featured a lot of cut outs around the midsection, deep v- necks and super high cut leg bottoms. Both one and two-piece suits walked down the runway on a diverse group of models as they playfully strutted and danced to fun, upbeat songs. Dance moves were emphasized with long fringe accents that hung from bathing suit bottoms and tied up tops. Draya made her victory lap to “We Are Family,” by Aretha Franklin in a glittery silver crop-top, fitted black high-waisted flare pants and platform heels. The event concluded with a Caribbean inspired performance from Dinner Land artists.

 

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Your Network is your Networth – Fashion Mingle’s NYFW Networking Party connected Fashion Pros across the world

Fashion Mingle, a fashion tech startup that has built a nationwide network for fashion professionals hosted its second networking party during New York Fashion Week on February 11th at ROW NYC.

The event was designed to provide networking opportunities for fashion industry professionals who come to New York to work behind-the-scenes or attend the runway shows at NYFW. Originally planned for just 50-100 people, word of mouth spread like a wildfire and the mixer attracted hundreds of Fashion professionals and industry leaders. The event was structured in 3 parts which consisted of an exclusive VIP experience with red carpet interviews conducted by Dora Spectacular from 7 pm – 8 pm accompanied by cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres served by District M. VIPs also enjoyed exclusive vendors Neveen Dominic Cosmetics and Marco Polo. VIPs spotted on the red carpet and throughout the event included Diandra Barnwell (E! So Cosmo), Jeremy Carver (CW Supernatural), Christopher Collie (Senior Editor at Large at Fashion Week Online & GQ Insider), Francesca Baker (Conde Nast Executive), Caribbean Rising Star Arita (Singer at Tempo Networks), Ray Diaz (Actor & Model), and CBS host Deborah Gordon.

 

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Diandra Barnwell interviewed by Dora Spectacular Photo Credit: Julie Stanley
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Diandra Barnwell Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Jeremy Carver and Diandra Branwell Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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From left Briiante, Jeremy Carver, Christopher Collie, Diandra Barnwell. Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil
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Christopher Collie with Fashion Mingle Founders Melissa Shea and Beth Smith. Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil
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ARITA interviewed by Dora Spectacular. Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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ARITA Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Ray Diaz Photo Credits: Julie Stanley
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Melissa Shea, Moi (Stephania Schirru), and Beth Smith. Photo Credits: Patrick Hovan

At 8 pm the general admission entered the Row NYC lounge to join the VIPs in the networking experience. Unlike other events during NYFW, this networking party consisted of exchanging contacts and ideas with a collaborative mindset behind it.

“There were some great people at this event, this was great let’s stay connected” ~ Christopher Collie (Fashion Week Online)

“I loved the diversity in the room. Met so many incredible people from all walk of life with one common goal – to expand our network. Incredibly inspiring.” ~ Diandra Barnwell

“This was so much fun I didn’t expect to meet that many great people that I can really work with to grow my business”  ~ Gregorgina Herrera (Mexican Jewelry Designer)

The networking event hosted by Fashion Mingle united makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion photographers, on-air personalities, influencers, entertainers, models, fashion designers, PR professionals, and bloggers from across the World with the New York fashion community.

The networking party concluded with a dance party at 10 pm to the beats of Dj Nikki Nicole.

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Dj Nikki Nicole Photo Credits: Jane Kratochvil

Sponsors of the event were Row NYC, Linger Magazine, Curls, Michelle Pajak – Reynolds, Nolcha Shows, Planet Fashion TV, My Event Is The Bomb, Rae Cosmetics, Paint Cosmetics, and Runway the Real Way.

With the Fashion Mingle Networking Party being such a great success and having filled the need of providing networking opportunities beyond just the runway shows during NYFW, it is no surprise that Fashion Mingle announced it will host its next networking party during NYFW on Sunday, September 9th, 2018. Stay tuned for more info. To grow your local Fashion Network through Fashion Mingle please sign up for your local fashion directory here for free: https://fashionmingle.net/

 

Rebirth of classic looks

Peplum Dress:

I am a huge fan of peplums, they originated in Ancient Greece and rose to popularity with Women of the 1940’s. Peplums were used to create a cinched waist and curvy hips, resulting in the perfect feminine silhouette. In the look below I am wearing an Esé Azénabor pencil peplum halter dress with hand-stitched embroidery from Esé Azénabor‘s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. The fabric has a stretch yet keeps everything in shape similar to Hervé Léger‘s bandage dresses. The open back and zipper add extra sex-appeal.

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Pay attention to the detailed beading along the halter

 

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Back view: Open back with sexy zipper
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Closeup of custom embroidery

Off Shoulder Top:

Lucille Ball, Brigitte Bardot, Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly all wore it. These style icons proved that a parenthetical swoop of material from shoulder to shoulder could magically make your cleavage look extremely appealing. The trend was brought back to life around 2014 and hasn’t left ever since. In the look below I chose a longer striped off shoulder top paired with white skinny jeans from Zara and metallic block heels from Asos. If you want to show legs you can even wear the top by itself if your going for an effortless look on the beach for example.

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All outfit photos provided by Demarcus Mitchell.

I hope this gave you some inspiration for summer outfits!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

New York Fashion Week Recap

As promised below you will read a brief recap of all the excited highlights I experienced during my hectic, yet fun 5 days spent during New York Fashion Week.

1. Fashion Shows

They were extremely stressful to attend not only because they were spread out all across the city but also due to the fact that at least 6 six shows were simultaneously taking place. That’s why it was crucial to have a concrete road map for each day (as mentioned in my previous blog). Once we managed overcoming the disgraceful cold, we had a blast at the different shows.

Highlight of all the shows I attended was the Vera Wang Show. After overcoming 4 security check points I was in the same room as  Editor in Chief of the American Vogue Anna Wintour, NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddington, Kylie Jenner, Zoë Kravitz, June Ambrose and Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter.

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Front Row at the Vera Wang Show: Zoe Kravitz, Kylie Jenner, Jordyn Woods, June Ambrose, and Ty Hunter (from left to right) Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded
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Ty Hunter and myself after the Vera Wang Show Photo Credits: Dynamically Branded

I was amazed by the magnitude of the production from lighting, to music to the extravagant runway. Top model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians Star Kendall Jenner opened up the show. The Vera Wang Collection was very simple yet elegant and feminine. I loved the maxi dresses and skirts with high slits as well as the sequin maxi dresses. If you would like to see the full finale please click here.

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My Favorite Looks: Collage created from pictures of Vera Wang’s Twitter

Project Runway Star Korto Momolu also showed out with her FW16 presentation taking place at the Manhattan Affinia Hotel as usual.

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Photo Credits: Victoria Shaw Photography

I was able to attend Dallas based Mahiri Takai‘s Men’s Fashion showcase. His line was predominantly black and white. I was intrigued by the clean lines and mixture of cottons and leather. He made maxi t-shirts and sweaters look super polished and elegant.

2. Fun besides the Shows

Since New York is the city that never sleeps I took advantage of several restaurants, after parties, art shows, thrift stores and elegant roof tops. I connected with several industry professionals that pointed me in the right direction of where the “cool kids” hang out after the shows and in general.

These were the hot spots: The Edition Hotel, The Standard (has a skating rink on the patio), The High Line Hotel, Sky Room, Up&Down.

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Amazing Brunch at Mogador Cafe in East Village
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Best Sushi of my Life from Alpha Fusion in Hell’s Kitchen
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Pizza from Artichoke in East Village

I really had a great time and admire anyone that had the endurance of attending 4+ fashion shows per day. If you need any advice on how to prepare for NYFW please leave a comment below. Also feel free to leave any comments or questions.

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded