Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Studio 189 Fall/Winter 2019 at New York Fashion Week

Studio 189 Fall/Winter 2019 is a celebration of indigo, exploring the role indigo from Africa has played in the development of denim culture. The collection introduces sustainable pieces made with organic cotton, recycled glass beads and upcycled denim, and techniques from hand batiking and bògòlanfini to natural indigo dyeing in Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

This 'Sunday Best" collection marks the first time Studio 189 has presented a fall collection, as well as the first time showing at Spring Studios. Among the colorful patterns and vibrant color are elegant kimonos, fitted jumpsuits, dresses, floor length ruffle skirts and bomber jackets.

Studio 189 launched in February 2013 in honor of Valentine's Day's One Billion Rising campaign dedicated to stopping violence against women and rape with the idea that fashion could be an agent of social change. The sustainable fashion brand was co-founded by Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson.

 - Kim Weling

Vera Wang + Kevyn Aucoin Sample Sale | 2/27 - 3/3/19 | Further Reductions

Vera Wang Sample Sale, this time joined by Kevyn Aucoin
Shop women's bridal fashion including apparel and accessories at up to 70% off, and women's beauty including makeup products & artistry brush tools, at our 151 Wooster St. location in Soho.

About the Brand: Vera Wang
"In 2000, Vera Wang's enthusiasm for couture fashion resulted in the launch of her highly acclaimed ready-to-wear collection. The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Vera Wang by naming her "Womenswear Designer of the Year" in 2005. Known for her nonchalant approach to style and luxury, Vera Wang's ready-to-wear collections resonate with her signature layering, intricate draping and exquisite attention to detail."

About the Brand: Kevyn Aucoin
"Kevyn Aucoin is celebrated as perhaps the most influential makeup artist of our time. There's no doubt Kevyn's technical abilities were unparalleled. But his philosophy and fondness for celebrating individuality are what set him and his artistry apart in an industry so prone to norms and traditions. At a time when the world of makeup artistry was impersonal, distant and out of reach, Kevyn was the first to welcome beauty enthusiasts backstage. Kevyn Aucoin made it his mission to share his techniques with anyone willing to learn them; he made his methods accessible to millions in his bestselling books – The Art of Makeup, Making Faces and Face Forward. In them, he divulged the secrets of his art, teaching makeup application step-by-step in his own words. These makeup 'bibles' are timeless must-haves for artists and beauty consumers today."

151 Wooster Street
(Btwn Houston & Prince Street)
NY, NY 10012
W/R Train to Prince St.
C/E Train to Spring St
B/D/F/M Train to Broadway/Lafayette

 February 27th - March 3rd
Wednesday - Friday : 10am-8pm
Saturday : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Frances Valentine Sample Sale | 2/26 - 3/3/19

Frances Valentine Sample Sale
Shop discounts on women's handbags, shoes, and fashion accessories from this iconic label.

About the Brand: Frances Valentine
"Frances Valentine was founded by long-time friends and collaborators Kate & Andy Spade, and Elyce Arons. With it's spirited, vintage-modern designs, Frances Valentine works under the philosophy that creative people need to create. The company was born under Kate's desire to make beautiful designs. We at Frances Valentine will continue to honor Kate's vision and design for women around the world."

260 Fifth Avenue
(Btwn 28th & 29th Street)
NYC, NY 10001
W/R Train to 28th St.
B/D/F/M/Q Train to 34th St.

 February 26th - March 3rd
Tuesday : 10am-8pm
Wednesday - Saturday : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Sunday, February 24, 2019

J. Mendel Fall 2019 at New York Fashion Week

J. Mendel Fall 2019 is inspired by the texture of raw marble, the rich tones of geode crystals, and the layering techniques of painter Sean Scully, presenting a collection of looks for both day and night. This season's looks are also more youthful, with the addition of standout shearling pieces, in timeless camel, dusty rose and vibrant lavender, styled effortlessly with everything from layered tulle gowns to metallic tweed minis. One of the looks includes a short coat made of teddy bear shearling over an intricately beaded and embroidered mini dress.

A modern take on texture and layering continues with an open-weave top and organza gown made of layered ruffles. Daytime tweeds are made even more textural by way of chevron embroideries and gold-threaded inlays, all inspired by the shapes and changing colors of the interior of stunning geodes. 

The evening gowns in J. Mendel collection include hand-pleated skirts, sheer layered ruffles, and elegantly low necklines. When it comes to the light and airy, yet rich and opulent feeling of J. Mendel's finale gowns, the designer looked to photographs from Tim Walker that hold that whimsical deconstruction of what once was only seen in the great halls of centuries past Parisian galas. They are gowns that carry with them stories of generations past, simultaneously infused with a new energy of the younger generation. 

J. Mendel Fall 2019 was stunning to see, although I wish the collection, or at last some of the looks were presented on models, to see how the dresses flow and move. It's just not the same seeing it on mannequins - you also don't see the different angles of the dress or how the beading sparkles and shines. I hope next season J. Mendel goes back to an on-model presentation! 

This dress is one of my favorite pieces, as the beading stands up 
instead of laying flat against the dress!

- Kim Weling