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First Faces of FW15

The faces that opened the FW2015 shows at Fashion Week in New York, London, Paris and Milan.

Phantogram's "Fall in Love" Exclusive for AllSaints

Some of my favorite native New York talents came together in an eye and ear -worthy new video with Phantogram's Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel filming their track Fall in Love for AllSaints Studios...

Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan's High-Fashion Celebration

Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan's High-Fashion Celebration

Vogue Japan is celebrating is 15th anniversary with a stunning spread shot by Luigi & Iango.  Iconic faces from the 80's "supermodel" era including Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Stephanie Seymour (all looking gorgeous as ever, I might add) grace the pages next to a newer generation that have made a major mark on the industry.

ANDAM 2014 Finalists Announced

The seven 2014 finalists for ANDAM's 25th edition have just been announced and if you're not familiar with them already, you should definitely be watching..

#BringBackOurGirls

If you haven't heard of the 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the middle of the night on April 14th, you're not alone.  An already tragic event, it's unfortunately been made worse by the media's failure to bring necessary attention to it (I could rant about the hypocrisy behind this for days). But now - over two weeks after the incident took place - the media is finally stepping up and that's largely due to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign...

All About "Collabora-shion"

Just last week I was excited to learn of Alexander Wang's announcement that he would be designing a collection for H&M and while the idea of a high-end fashion designer collaborating with a mainstream retailer is nothing new, it always creates an air of anticipation for fans and fashionistas.   But it seems that every other day there's new word of yet another fashion collaboration (or "collabora-shion", as I like to call it)...

Alexander Wang x H&M

If you have even the slightest interest in fashion, chances are you've already heard of Alexander Wang's capsule collection for H&M, set to launch November 6th, 2014.  At the risk of sounding redundant, I can't help but share my excitement for the news...

"The Fashion Fund" Gets Real with Anna Wintour & the CFDA

"The Fashion Fund" Gets Real with Anna Wintour & the CFDA

Fashion-based reality television competitions like Project Runway make for a good night in with all their drama and excitement for sure, but The Fashion Fund promise to put an extra dose of "real" in reality tv.  Set to premiere on January 22nd on Ovation, the show will actually be a documentary series that is a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund scholarship competition

The Sartorialist for H.E. by MANGO

The Sartorialist for H.E. by MANGO

Fellow New Yorker and blogger Scott Schuman has once again extended his photographic talents for the Autumn/Winter 2013 H.E. by MANGO campaign.  Founder of The Sartorialist (and a pioneer in fashion blogging), Shuman was recently commission to shoot the latest campaign featuring uber-hunky Spanish model Andre Velencoso.  

Louis Vuitton Paris FW 2013: Logo's are No-No's (?!)

Louis Vuitton Paris FW 2013: Logo's are No-No's (?!)

When Louis Vuitton's AW/2013 collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week today, audiences witnessed some extraordinary moments.  Kate Moss finally walked a runway after a two-year hiatus, Marc Jacobs took his bow in a pair of red PJ's, and  blondes may soon be rushing for black dye if the models were in any way indicative of upcoming trends.  It even appears that we may start looking at underwear as outerwear.  The surprises didn't stop there, however.  Always one of the most anticipated shows of the week, Louis Vuitton had model after model walking the runway with one expected element oddly amiss; there wasn't an LV logo in sight -- Monogram, Damier or otherwise.

MADE Fashion Week says "Bonjour, Paris!"

MADE Fashion Week says "Bonjour, Paris!"

After eight successful seasons in New York, MADE is voyaging from the city that doesn't sleep to the city of lights.  Founded by Milk Studios' partners Mazdack Rassi, Jenne Lombardo, and Keith Baptista, MADE has been a platform that has helped catapult young, emerging designers into the fashion industry spotlight.  Coinciding with NYFW, the initiative assists designers that don't yet have the opportunity or means - but do have the talent - to put on a show.

500 Duckies Invade NYC

500 Duckies Invade NYC

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If you're in New York on Wednesday, you'll no doubt see this poster that will be plastered at around 500 locations throughout the city.  Part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's "Fashion Incubator" program, each year a designer brand is paired with a master student who put forth a collaborative effort to create a still brand campaign.  This year's featured brand is (you guessed it) Duckie Brown, a menswear line designed by Steven Cox and Daniel Silver.  Wednesday's campaign will be a precursor to the Duckie Brown fashion show set to take place on Thursday as part of NYFW's Fall 2013 line-up.

A Master's of Fashion Photography students and the School of Visual Arts, Matin Zad shot the pro bono model from DNA Model Mgmt clad in a pair of short and camo-print jacket.  Not only does the background look somewhat exotic at first glance, it's actually from a location that's probably more wild than we could even imagine; according to Silver, "The background is the wallpaper from our bedroom."

All-Access Pass to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013

All-Access Pass to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013

Twice a year, fashion lovers around the globe experience a longing unlike any other.  They dream of fabrics floating down a runway, the photographers' flashbulbs exploding while the judgmental stares of the world's trendsetters arrange themselves among coveted front-row seats.  This super-exclusive display of art, decadence and power is none other than Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and participation is typically reserved for most elite level of fashion-industry insiders...

Until now.

Balenciaga & Ghesquiere: Did the Spring 2013 Collection Come with a Pre-Split Vengeance?

Balenciaga & Ghesquiere: Did the Spring 2013 Collection Come with a Pre-Split Vengeance?

In an unexpected announcement yesterday, a split between Balenciaga and Nicolas Ghesquiere was made public by parent company PPR.  The end of Ghesquiere’s 15-year reign at Balenciaga was referred to as a “joint decision” in a PPR release, although speculations have been made as to who played the larger role in initiating the divorce.

In reality, it’s not like we couldn’t have seen this coming.  It’s true that the names “Ghesquiere” and “Balenciaga” have become synonymous with one another, and it’s together that they’ve both grown.  But the fact is that when it comes to any job, eventually the talent will get to a point where they plateau and the only way to reach a higher level is to move on.

Penelope and Monica Cruz Design for Agent Provocateur, But Will It Be A Turn-off?

Penelope and Monica Cruz Design for Agent Provocateur, But Will It Be A Turn-off?

It appears that featuring Monica Cruz in the A/W 2012 campaign Wilhelmina: Show Your True Self was just a prelude of what to expect from Agent Provocateur.  The luxury lingerie brand announced yesterday the release of its new wholesale collection, L’Agent.  Expected to debut in August 2013, the collection of 15 styles (with 7-8 pieces per style) will be designed by 35-year old actress/dancer Monica and her older sister Penelope Cruz.

Fashionistas Go Crazy Over Versace for H&M

Fashionistas Go Crazy Over Versace for H&M

I arrived near the corner of 5th Avenue and 51st Street on the evening of Friday, November 18in quite the hurry.  I knew that, having arrived later than I originally anticipated, I had already lost precious time.  I pushed myself through a sea of spectators flocking in front of the large glass doors, not wanting to accept the guards’ refusal to let them through.  Meanwhile, a line littered with folding chairs and blankets wrapped around the corner and down the side of the Midtown Manhattan block, in which hopeful souls would wait through the cold New York night.  Arriving at the entrance, I proved my identity and breathed a sigh of relief as I was ushered into a world of colorful delights.

Jason Wu Bring Chic Designs to Target

Jason Wu Bring Chic Designs to Target

When I met designers Bianca De Pietro and Rachele Wendling of Bianca Rachele, I was stunned to find myself face to face with two young, bright-eyed girls.  Their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Deliquesce, indicates that these ladies are wise beyond their years when it come to constructing custom-made, meticulously detailed frocks.  “We try to find beauty in things that aren’t typically perceived as being beautiful and transform it into works of art,” says Bianca and while what, exactly, those inspirations may be is unclear she and Rachele have succeeded in creating a line infused with complexity and whimsy.

Target Announces Missoni as the Newest Designer Collection

Target Announces Missoni as the Newest Designer Collection

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve spent an arm and a leg to incorporate the iconic Italian label Missoni into my wardrobe.  So when it was announced that Missoni would be creating a collection exclusively for Target, that would be available from September 13– October 22, I was ready to shop.  Unfortunately, so was everyone else.  In what Target has referred to as an “unprecedented demand”, the store’s website experienced technical difficulties last Tuesday when the collection was released.  Meanwhile, Target stores were bombarded by customers grabbing everything they could with the classic zigzag multicolored print.