Even though I plan on wearing a lot of black to New York Fashion Week, there’s something about springy pastels and soft whites that bring a much-needed ray of sunshine in the winter. From structured, modern silhouettes to ultra-feminine designs, these sweet pieces transcend the seasons (well, with a thick scarf, at least!).
I can’t keep my mind of the Prabal Gurung caped dress that meshes drama with a work-friendly silhouette. And for a date, I’d love to slip on Adeam’s peachy-sweet frock with perfect cap sleeves. As always, Hervé Léger by Max Azria concocted the perfect flirty dress that manages to be ladylike and a little bit vampy at the same time. And look to Donna Karan for the perfect combination of easy-sexy slouch and structure.
I know the polar vortex is going to knock me off my booties as soon as I step off the plane at LaGuardia, but there’s nothing like a little pastel hidden under a parka to keep you warm (emotionally, at least!).
The Crucible’s Hot Couture event took West Oakland by storm last weekend, serving up pieces by up-and-coming local designers with a hefty dose of fire. For those who have yet to visit the West Oakland space, The Crucible is a non-profit arts education facility that trains both children and adults in the industrial arts. I participated in Hot Couture last year, where I walked the runway wearing a corset and metal cage. If the 2013 show was a roaring bonfire, 2014 was an unstoppable inferno.
Featured designers included Miss Velvet Cream, Annamarta, Heather Wakefield, Medium Reality, and several others. From giant, fashion-forward birds to Victorian-inspired corset-dresses, Hot Couture turned a classic runway show into an all-encompassing dramatic experience.
Some pieces were designed to be worn; others, to excite and inspire. Medium Reality showcased LED-lit partywear, while Samuel Waller & Sophia Constance Ellis’s fantasy-inspired pieces would fit right in an an episode of Game of Thrones. The attention to detail and strong craftsmanship elevated the costumes into serious art, and the sudden presence of a twenty-foot-tall dragon finished the presentation with a roar.
From fashion to fire to molten metal, Hot Couture brings fashion back to its daring, artistic, truly creative roots. It’s easy to start playing it safe when it comes to your wardrobe (see my uniform post from last week!), but nights like this inspire me to try something new. I might not walk down Fillmore Street wearing a giant bird head, but I’m definitely inspired to turn up the heat.
It may seem odd to cover a beautiful woman’s face during a runway show, but at the Silva Bours presentation at Style Fashion Week, masks and gowns ran the show. Set to a rock violin version of The Phantom of the Opera, Silva Bours’s collection was part confection, part edge, and all about the details. With fit-and-flare silhouettes dominating the collection, the party-ready dresses featured rich brocade and textured lace. One dress combined an embroidered bodice with a pick-up gingham skirt, mashing together images of Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz with contemporary couture. The overall presentation was dramatic, opulent, and took the childhood dream of a princess gown into adulthood.
Following Silva Bours, Cristina Nitopi presented her collection of technicolor evening gowns. The eye-catching collection balanced warm neutrals with splashes of bold color ranging from bright cerulean to a rich, deep pink. The collection continued the evening’s spotlight on texture, with gowns boasting textured floral cutouts, detailed pintucks, and a florist shop’s worth of fabric petals. Although the presentation of the gowns felt streamlined, the incredible variety within the collection kept the audience guessing.
The next time I have a black-tie affair to attend (hey, you never know!), I’ll definitely look up these two talented designers.