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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NYFW Schedule Announced for SS18

It’s that time of the year again. NYFW will be back at its finest from September 7th – 14th, 2017. Most designers will showcase next season’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collections but with the trend of showing in season creations, I am sure that some creatives will also present fall and winter items this September. With much confusion and complaints surrounding NYFW I would like to bring in some clarity with this short post.

Let’s dive right in! So there are 3 main umbrellas: NYFW the Shows produced by IMG, the same company that produced Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Then there is Style Fashion Week who is also the major player during LA Fashion Week. Last but not least I have to mention Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week which produces more intimate fashion shows ideal for designers’ debut in the fashion capital. Some designers such as DVF produce their runway presentation independently from all 3 umbrellas. Many complained that NYFW was too spread out throughout New York City but it seems that show producers took note of this and adjusted accordingly. Most of NYFW the Shows will now take place at Skylight Clarkson Sq on 558 Washington Street. It is not impossible to attend shows of NYFW the Shows, Style Fashion Week and Fashion Gallery New York Fashion Week you just have to plan very thoroughly and prioritize.

 

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Ese Azenabor FW15 Photo Credits: Thomas Garza Photography

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Now how do you get in?

  1. You have to be invited by the designer
  2. Contact the designer’s publicists and submit ticket request (comment below if you need a template on how to approach publicists)
  3. Apply for press credentials
  4. Volunteer in order to start building relationships with producers, backstage crew, and designers

 

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Full NYFW the Shows Schedule Photo Credits: nyfw.com

 

The more established designers primarily show during NYFW the Shows, emerging and independent designers present during the other two fashion umbrellas. All productions are top notch and you will be pleasantly surprised about the quality of emerging designers, various Project Runway Allstars such as Korto Momolu and Dallas based celebrity designer Esé Azénbor have showcased during FGNYFW. If you are looking for a comprehensive schedule of all 3 production companies check out Fashion Week Online.

 

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Photo Credits: mbfw.com

 

This was short and sweet let me know if you guys have any questions. I can definitely help you plan your trip and possibly get you into a show or two 😉

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded

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

Top 5 Makeup Trends you can’t miss this Spring!

Written By: Maria Brown-Spence IG @EklecticMaria

I have provided my top 5 makeup trends for Spring 2017 to help you look your best regardless of weather conditions. I’m not a makeup artist, so I reached out to some of my friends that are for inspiration on the following trends.

1. Smokey Smudgy Eyes: For years this has been the go to date night and after hours look, especially when you want to add a little spice to something nice. When creating a smokey eye get creative and use colors other than black. Such as a dark plum, forest green or even a deep maroon. Still need help on creating a smokey eye? Check out this Plum Smokey Eye Tutorial from SONJDRADELUXE. 

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Photo Credits: Harpersbazaar.com

2. Pastel Lips: This one feels like spring, almost like your taking a trip down the Easter section in Target. When I apply my lipsticks, especially for us fuller lip gals, I make sure to use a lip liner which is a shade darker or lighter than the lipstick I am applying. You can find pastel lip colors anywhere from Target to your local beauty supply store for any budget. My favorite bargain brand NYX, has a beautiful pastel lipstick under their Macaroon collection called “Pistachio” for only $5.99 at ULTA and Neveen Dominic Cosmetics has amazing plush and rose colored lipsticks.

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Photo Credits: Harperbazaar.com

3. Glitter Galore: Fendi changed the way glitter was viewed at the SS17 runway show in Milan. Glitter was seen as a nontraditional means of makeup and more as decoration or art. Models were adorned with glitter eyebrows and shapes placed on their bodies outlined in that wonderful unicorn sparkle. You can see a few of these images straight from the runway on Harpers Bazaar. If the runway look is a bit too much for you, go ahead and just make the eyelid your showstopper by creating a look like the one shown below. If you’re not sure where to find that perfect hue of glitter, try Cupcake Glitterz out of Dallas, Texas or Neveen Dominic Cosmetic’s Glitter Mascara and Liner for a more settled look.

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Photo Credit: IG @SweetKingJazzyBaptiste

4. Color Wash Eyes: Don’t worry I wasn’t exactly sure what this trend meant either, but thanks to Glamour Magazine they led me in the right direction. For this look the focus is on the lids and there are no rules to how many different colors you add.

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Photo Credits: IG @The_Doll

5. Natural Glow:  After all this is the simplest look and the easiest to create for my fellow non-makeup artist (makeup lovers). I am all about the bargains when it comes to everything I purchase. So when I’m looking to add a little highlight to the cheekbones, I use Makeup Revolutions Shimmer Brick. Oh, by the way its only $7! 🙂

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Photo Credits: IG @EkelcticMaria

Make sure to follow our guest contributor Maria Brown-Spence @EkelcticMaria!!!

XOXO,

Dynamically Branded