#NYFW Highlights / Zang Toi






The Stage at Lincoln Center was jam packed with what I was told was nearly a thousand people in the crowd by the PR girl checking me in to Zang Tois Fall 2013 show last night. Understandably so, this was not a show to miss.

Russia seemed to be a reoccurring theme among the shows this week among designers like Tadashi Shoji and Christian Siriano, who were also inspired by Russian opulence. Perhaps this trend is thanks to the recent intrigue in the nation with shows like The Americans?

It was only fitting that Zang Toi wowed the crowd with both Sting singing “Russians” and the theme from the classic film, “Dr. Zhivago,” and I wore my Russian style Albertus Swanepoel for Target hat that my husband nicknamed the “Babushka” hat (see below).

Though beautiful, the entrance of the show was underwhelming for the designer with muted fur trimmed coats and modern suiting for both men and women in basic blacks, browns and tans. After all, this is the same guy who wanted to put one of my clients in an extraordinary heavy silk gown with a dragon embroidered down its extensive train. He is known for wowing his audience, and after about half of the show, he did not disappoint.

An emerald colored gown appeared and the audience applauded as if it were a soprano’s entrance to the Russia opera. More stunning jewel toned gowns in both rich silk and velvet followed, some opera-worthy capes, military-inspired embroidery. Models paused and turned mid-runway to show off these details that Zang Toi has been known for and for which he deserved his thousand plus standing ovation at the show’s finale.


Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!


#NYFW Highlights / NewbarK








Just beyond the vibrant modern art at Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, the stylist-turned-designer sisters, Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of NewbarK presented their collection of shoes and bags there last night. It was a cool modern black and white color story with just a touch of red, which seemed to suit its stark setting perfectly.

The backdrop to the collection was a complementary black and white film created by the sisters and in collaboration with director Laurence Dunmore, titled In Wonderland. Guests of the preview must have taken note, as they also followed suit with black and white looks, including one of the Malakpour sisters that was striking in a bold black and white Marc Jacobs dress.

It was great to see the talents on multiple mediums integrated—but the reason most of us were there was to view the new collection. It was is a sophisticated expansion on their previous designs, which I previously told you these were designers to watch. Now they will be sure to catch the attention of editors, bloggers and fashionistas everywhere.

As a stylist that needs not only something fashionable but also comfortable on my feet, I would wear pretty much every shoe in the collection. The boot covers and fanny-pack-belt-change-purse design were intriguing as well, but NewbarK will remain the go-to shoes for those who seek both fashion and comfort.


#NYFW Highlights / Isa Tapia






What woman doesn’t love shoes? It was like every woman’s dream closet at the Isa Tapia presentation at the Empire Hotel in Lincoln Center at New York Fashion Week. There were shoes galore and a few bags thrown into the mix, all of which were both wearable and functional. Even the designer herself pointed out that she was now including some kitten heels to her collection of otherwise alluring collection of stillettos (perhaps she saw me teetering on my 4 inch stacked heels?). The clutches were even designed for NYC girls on the go like me, with an inside-out kind of feel that made for easy access to one’s cell phone and Metrocard.

Most notable, the pointy pumps pushed the boundaries of toe “cleavage,” making for a sexy silhouette that somehow felt more classy than trashy. Much of the collection was embellished with edgy details like tough chains and even playful shoes with fur, which were a much more wearable version of the fuzzy heels in Celine’s spring collection.

Catch this designer soon enough in the likes of household names like Manolo, Louboutin, Choo and Atwood, as she has recently gained attention in Vogue and is selling at popular retailers like Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf and Shopbop.com.

Though, she’s camera-shy, so you will only be able to recognize her feet (above) and her gorgeous designs.


#NYFW Highlights / Lela Rose











It was a fairytale on Sunday morning at the Studio in Lincoln Center. Lela Rose’s fall/winter 2013 collection, inspired by The Brother’s Grimm, encapsulated the feel of one of the classic stories in whimsical frocks and elegant separates.

Lela is known for her classy party dresses and wedding gowns, so it came as a surprise when retro-patterned separates first appeared on the runway. The pieces were still wearable and ladylike, but they seemed out of place once the dresses began to appear. The fairytale truly arrived when pops of gold, splashes of a pink in ombre effects, crystals and feathers finally appeared. Black raven’s lace even adorned when least expected on delicate white silk, making it an ideal dress fit for a fairytale wedding with a twist.

Lela created a real life fantasy world down to the dreamy, yet upbeat music—which I had to Shazam because I couldn’t get it out of my head (it’s Ash Tree Lane by MS MR in case you’ve been aching to know). Ranging from playful to even dark in the collection was a pleasant departure for the designer. Though, while some designers would create over the top designs for this theme, Lela kept everything to her tasteful and feminine roots.


#NYFW Highlights / Christian Siriano










All photos by Dear Andi, except for the last one courtesy of New York Fashion Hunter

Just when I thought Christian Siriano couldn’t outdo himself after last season’s show at the Eyebeam Atelier in Chelsea, making Degas’ “Dancers” come to life in fashion, he did it again at his fall/winter 2013 show on Saturday afternoon.

The warehouse setting quickly turned dramatic with a chandelier and Christian’s theatrical touch. Even his talented (and adorable) partner, Brad Walsh’s beats helped create the feel of the show’s inspiration: the golden age of the Russian Opera.

The palette of mainly black and gold was divine, making Versailles look a little less opulent next to these designs. In true Siriano style, every single detail was thought out and you can tell every gem, bead and military trim was strategically placed.

Yes, this is the same guy of Project Runway fame, but if it weren’t for Miss Jay strutting back stage, you may forget that looking at quite possibly his best collection yet. Now how does the designer that is beyond his 27 years top himself next season?


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