Occupy Walls Street is taking over the world. In NY Times interview, protesters were asked, why they are participating? Darcey Bussell alleged, “I like the use of public space as a performative realm and I like the combination of bodies in space”? Occupy Walls Street has become more of a fashion statement then a protest as one protester says, “My pencil skirt is vintage.” “The sunglasses are Michael Kors.” Another protester chirps: “My top is American Apparel. The vest is Forever 21.”
The Telegraph, stated, “It all rather suggests that Occupy Wall Street is little more than a fashion show masquerading as a political movement, a gathering of super-cool yoof who want to show off how hopping mad they are about bankers and war and pollution and stuff and also how fabulously dressed and adorned they are. In this sense, that anti-corporate fashion vixen’s statement about wanting to be part of a “perfomative realm” is fitting, because this protest is really just a performance for the media, a reality TV-style display of one’s terrible emotional distress and excellent fashion sense. The return of class anger? Do me a favour. This ain’t class politics; it’s just classy clothes and haircuts.”
Neo-design. A reflection on the dialogue between runway, fashion trends, and contemporary art. The word neo means new. It is derived from the Greek word neos, which means young, fresh, new, or recent. Neo .. is an amorphous art movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It has alternatively been called “neo-geometrio,” “neo-geo,” “neo- minimalist,” and now Armani coined “Neo-Design.”
Armani’s Neodesign collection is simple and classic. The compilation focuses on line, silhouette, and graphics. The vision is full of black, white, volume dresses. The wired dresses create a 3D look with elegance. Notice the hats are a must-have fashion accessory.
Here are my favorite pieces:
Check out the run way collection:
In their words…
spring / summer 2012
Milan Fashion Week
A game of colours that achieves a new and distinctive sense of depth. A
contemplation on the significance of line, silhouette and graphics –
elements that define the equation connecting substance and void. A
reflection on the dialogue between fashion, current trends and
contemporary artistic talent.
The jackets with their masculine cut glide over the body, the shoulders
delicately suggested to soften the line. Dresses and skirts are longer;
ranging from mid-knee to mid-calf – shorter at the back, longer at the
front – they possess a graceful air of nonchalance. The trousers, easy
on the hip, are slim and svelte at the hem to create a sleek leg-shape.
Black and white as well as pale shades of green, sky blue and pastel
pink, framed by leather, knit or silk trims that outline the clothes
within the overall silhouette, like precise black brush strokes. Just
as a frame emphasises the radiance of the picture it encloses.
Images: Images via NY Mag and In their words via: www.focusonstyle.com
Fall is the time of year when colors change and the leaves fall. Revitalize your wardrobe with a few items to get you excited for winter and the new year. Here are a few must have fall 2011 fashion trends:
1. Sweaters, puff jackets, and blazers. There is something about warm, comfortable clothes that still make you feel sexy. You can still wear layers but show you silhouette.
2. Mustard Yellow or Golden. Only a few people can pull off this color, but if you are blessed with the complexion you should glow this fall in the brilliant goldenrod pieces—from The Row’s velvet blazer to newcomer Wes Gordon’s elegant knee-length dress.
3. Polka Dots. When Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg have the same print on the runway that is almost a sure sign of a fashion trend. Polka Dots bring me back to childhood. They are playful, fun, and cute.
4. Jeggings. Jean or Legging? A combination. These are my favorite weekend play pants. They are low cut, comfortable, and designer. I just bought a pair of seven jeggings at the Nordstrom Rack. The best combination is to wear a bulky sweater with jeggings.
5. Lace up. Lace with any combo of clothing is back in style.
6. Be Bright. Often, in cold and gloomy weather, I resort to wearing dark colors. Don’t make the same mistake! Be bold and bright with jewel-tone colors. It is an easy way to make winter’s dark layers look fresh and fun.
The tides of change are vastly approaching the world of fashion and nothing makes this more evident than the recent partnering of Target and Missoni. Even though I will probably buy a piece from the Missoni for Target line, if there are any left after today, it is NOT the same thing as buying a real piece of Missoni. I view it more as buying a piece of “Missoni for Target” rather than a real piece of Missoni. Donatella Versace was quoted saying that she’d never do a Target line because it would dilute the Versace name. The question I ask myself is, is that mind set realistic or idealistic of her? The cold hard truth is that the world of fashion is a business and at the end of the day it is about increasing the bottom line. I think we will start to see more collaborations and lower priced lines in the years to come. What I see happening is that designer’s will have multiple tiers in their lines, like Ralph Lauren whose brand ranges from $10 tee shirts to thousand dollar ball gowns. I think the move is bitter sweet because it will make the designer brands more accessible to the general public but shows that even our high end design houses need to adapt in this ever changing economy to remain profitable. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, it’s the end of an era.
Bold Colors, Lace and More. The dresses were vibrant, sexy, and feminine. Lhuillier’s collection proved bold colors, and Lace will be 2012 fashion trends. The collection featured form-fiting, off-the-shoulder frocks, and lace panelled clothing. Lace continued throughout evening wear, which she is known for. I thought the highlight of the show was the yellow strong shaped dress. The model looked like sunshine on a rainy day. Being from Seattle, this dress made me smile.
Flirty Frocks. The emphasis on structure and patterns makes the frocks feel modern. Where they might otherwise veer to the predictable, and the balance creates a line full of relevant, smart clothes for a girl who takes pleasure in being feminine. The show started off by Models strutting out in a parade of gold accented pieces and botanical prints. The majority of Rowley’s collection was made from silk, which gave the clothing a nice fresh Spring glow. What I love about Frocks is that they flatter every woman by showing their waist lines. Check of the fashion collection for your self:
My favorite runway show of the day was BCBG. I am pretty bias, as I wear BGBG almost every day. I love how the clothes are stylish, simple, and modest.
White was the color of the season, with optimistic pops of bright colors (reds, blues, yellow) and black strokes in unexpected combinations lending an air of delightful surprise to the BCBG collection.
My favorite fashion trends were color blocking and flowing feminine fabrics. The BCBG color blocking of the clothes resemble paintings of Mondrian, a Dutch artist in the 1920’s. As seen in the picture below, the colored forms have the most obvious brush strokes, all running in one direction. Most interesting, however, are the white forms, which clearly have been painted in layers, using brush strokes running in different directions similar to the BCBG dresses. This generates a greater sense of depth in the white forms, as though they are overwhelming the lines and the colors, which indeed they were, as Mondrian’s paintings of this period came to be increasingly dominated by white space.
BCBG’s clothes consist of soft, flowing feminine fabrics, modern sportswear, and elegant shoes and accessories will define the trends going into spring.
See more of the fashion show at the BCBG website. I have been using mashable.com to watch the runway shows from the individual website, as I am not able to watch them through the live streaming all day.
Fashion week is one of my favorite times of the year because it marks the beginning of fall, and a new year of fashion. 2012 is right around the corner.
Mercedes –Benz Fashion Week in New York starts off this year September 8, 2011 through September 15, 2011 with a line-up of 99 designers showing their Spring 2012 Collections. This is the first year Fashion Week is at the touch of our fingers as people around the world view live streaming fashion shows on YouTube’s Live from the Runway channel at www.youtube.com/liverunway. During fashion week I will be writing about my favorite runway shows and displaying my favorite pieces of the collections. The schedule is as follows:
9AM NICHOLAS K, STUDIO
9AM NICHOLAS K LIVE STREAM
9:30-10:30AM PORTER GREY, BOX
10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA, THEATRE
10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA LIVE STREAM
11AM RICHARD CHAI, STAGE
11AM RICHARD CHAI LIVE STREAM
1PM SUPIMA, STUDIO
1PM SUPIMA LIVE STREAM
2PM TADASHI SHOJI, STAGE
2PM TADASHI SHOJI LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM CANDELA, BOX
9AM EMERSON, STUDIO
9:30-10:30AM ELECTRIC FEATHERS, BOX
9:30AM PROJECT RUNWAY, THEATRE
11AM LUCA LUCA, STAGE
11AM LUCA LUCA LIVE STREAM
1PM GENERAL IDEA, STUDIO
2PM REBECCA TAYLOR, STAGE
2PM REBECCA TAYLOR LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM MARA HOFFMAN, BOX
5-7PM HELEN YARMAK, 730 5TH AVE, 23RD FLOOR
5:30PM TOMMY HILFIGER MEN’S, HIGH LINE’S CHELSEA MARKET PASSAGE, 14TH ST AT 10TH AVE
6PM NICOLE MILLER, STUDIO
6PM NICOLE MILLER LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM JOY CIOCI, BOX
6:30-8:30PM CONCEPT KOREA, AVERY FISHER HALL
7PM CYNTHIA ROWLEY, STAGE
7PM CYNTHIA ROWLEY LIVE STREAM
8PM ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, THEATRE
9PM FALGUNI & SHANE PEACOCK, STUDIO
7PM MONIQUE LHUILLIER LIVE STREAM
9AM RUFFIAN, STUDIO
10AM LACOSTE, THEATRE
10AM LACOSTE LIVE STREAM
10:30-11:30AM PINK TARTAN, BOX
11AM JILL STUART, STAGE
11AM JILL STUART LIVE STREAM
12PM SON JUNG WAN, STUDIO
2PM ADAM, STAGE
3PM VIVIENNE TAM, THEATRE
3PM VIVIENNE TAM LIVE STREAM
3:30-4:30PM FARAH ANGSANA, BOX
4PM HONOR, STUDIO
6PM CHARLOTTE RONSON, STAGE
6PM CHARLOTTE RONSON LIVE STREAM
7-8PM RAFAEL CENNAMO, BOX
7PM MONIQUE LHUILLIER, THEATRE
8PM EVA MINGE, GOOD UNITS, 356 W 58TH ST
9PM VENEXIANA, STUDIO
10:30-11:30AM KATYA LEONOVICH, BOX
11AM LELA ROSE, STUDIO
12PM DEREK LAM, STAGE
12PM DEREK LAM LIVE STREAM
1PM DKNY, 547 W 26TH ST
2PM TRACY REESE, STUDIO
2PM TRACY REESE LIVE STREAM
2:30-3:30PM L.A.M.B., BOX
4PM DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, THEATRE
4PM DIANE VON FURSTENBERG LIVE STREAM
5PM JEN KAO, STUDIO
5PM Y-3, 82 MERCER ST
6:30-7:30PM GUISHEM, BOX
7PM CUSTO BARCELONA, STAGE
7PM CUSTO BARCELONA LIVE STREAM
8PM TOMMY HILFIGER, THEATRE
8PM TOMMY HILFIGER LIVE STREAM
9PM TIMO WEILAND, STUDIO
9AM JENNY PACKHAM, STUDIO
9:30-10:30AM CALLULA LILLIBELLE, BOX
10AM CAROLINA HERRERA, THEATRE
10AM CAROLINA HERRERA LIVE STREAM
11AM CARLOS MIELE, STAGE
11AM CARLOS MIELE LIVE STREAM
1PM REBECCA MINKOFF, STUDIO
1PM REBECCA MINKOFF LIVE STREAM
1:30-2:30PM PAMELLA ROLAND, BOX
2PM DONNA KARAN NEW YORK, 547 W 26TH ST
3PM VLOV-QINGQING WU, STAGE
4PM YEOHLEE, TBA
5PM NORMAN AMBROSE, STUDIO
6PM BETSEY JOHNSON, THEATRE
6PM BETSEY JOHNSON LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM JAD GHANDOUR, BOX
7PM PERRY ELLIS, STAGE
7PM PERRY ELLIS LIVE STREAM
8:30-10AM MICHAEL ANGEL, BOX
9:00AM TORY BURCH, ALICE TULLY HALL
9:30-10:30AM J.CREW, STUDIO
10AM BADGLEY MISCHKA, THEATRE
10AM BADGLEY MISCHKA LIVE STREAM
11AM VERA WANG, STAGE
11AM VERA WANG LIVE STREAM
1PM DIESEL BLACK GOLD, 711 12TH AVE
1PM ZANG TOI, STUDIO
1:30-3:30PM BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BOX
2PM HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, THEATRE
2PM HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA LIVE STREAM
3PM ARGENTINE DESIGNERS, STAGE
6:30-7:30PM IMPROVD, BOX
7PM TIBI, STAGE
7PM TIBI LIVE STREAM
8PM NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, THEATRE
8PM NARCISO RODRIGUEZ LIVE STREAM
9PM MALAN BRETON, STUDIO
9:00-11:00AM NORMA KAMALI, DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM
9:30-10:30AM ROCHAMBEAU, BOX
10AM MICHAEL KORS, THEATRE
11AM NANETTE LEPORE, STAGE
12PM PORTS 1961, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, CELESTE BARTOS FORUM
1PM J. MENDEL, STUDIO
1PM J.MENDEL LIVE STREAM
1:30-2:30PM NOMIA, BOX
2PM CHADO RALPH RUCCI, THEATRE
3PM MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH, STAGE
3PM MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH LIVE STREAM
5PM SHAMASK , STUDIO
6PM ANNA SUI, THEATRE
6PM ANNA SUI LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30PM JUAN CARLOS OBANDO, BOX
7PM ELIE TAHARI, STAGE
7PM ELIE TAHARI LIVE STREAM
8PM B MICHAEL AMERICA, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, W 79TH ST AT COLUMBUS AVE
10AM RALPH LAUREN, 275 HUDSON ST
11AM RALPH LAUREN, 275 HUDSON ST
12PM GULI, STUDIO
12:30-1:30PM SERGIO DAVILA, BOX
2PM CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, 205 W 39TH ST
3PM CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION, 205 W 39TH ST
4PM NAEEM KHAN, STAGE
5:00PM MADE IN AFRICA: BY ARISE MAGAZINE , AVERY FISHER HALL
6PM ELENE CASSIS, STUDIO
Kreayshawn is “too fashionable to be concerned,” as the new video for her unreleased track “Gucci Gucci” reveals: “Gucci Gucci Louie Louie Fendi Fendi Prada/The basic bitches wear that shit so I don’t even bother.” She’s a good rapper from Oakland with a great video, but no fashion sense. Kreayshawn contradicts herself saying the most common sorts of wealth flashing language: “Young, rich and flashy I be where the cash be.” Kreayshawn is a viral sensation. Her video has over 12M viewers. As such, Sony signed a million dollar deal with Kreayshawn. I bet she will be wearing some “basic” designers after she receives her million some dollars.
There would not be fashion trends without the high designers, such as Gucci, Louie, Fendi, and Prada. Each time these designers release their new collections, other labels will replicate those designs. It is hard to be critical of high fashion when it is why we are wearing our every day clothes.
I am Chinese myself, and it is hard to understand why my culture and other Asian cultures are materialist. I am now living in America, and I prefer to buy items that are high quality but not necessarily “designer.” From talking to my girlfriends, Chinese judge each other. There is pressure to look high in society. As such, ”There are social norms.” This is why knock offs are so prevalent. Whenever I go back to visit China, I am asked buy my family and friends purses. I usually say, “No.” Even though I don’t feel comfortable, I will bring back some bags if my friends and family will reimburse me and if I feel like promoting materialism.
There is a fashion trends section on huaren.com where I check out what other Chinese are interested in. This is an all things Chinese website. It makes me feel like I am back home again. Here are few favorites of mine from 说你傻你就傻 - translated user name: Say you are stupid you are stupid.