Last night was the night of couture fashions as six world-renowned designers presented their Spring/Summer 2014 looks on the runway. Former Project Runway designer Fabio Costa and partner Rebecca Diele were first up as they presented a clean, cohesive and contemporary collection of leathers, suedes and silks. Their hand-painted fabrics and minimalist design aesthetic showed their true innovative spirit, and set the tone for the other designers. It came to nobody’s surprise that Michael Costello would set out to create top-of-the-line red carpet gowns that were exquisitely detailed. Michael gave a modern and sleek twist to the Victorian bustle dresses, as was expected. The Walter Collection was a little reminisent of a black-tie affair with a number of formal gowns and some very short mini dresses that didn’t leave much to the imagination. Seth Aaron gave an exquisite three-piece collection of overly dramatic, yet beautifully crafted gowns with something that looked liked roses as their head piece. I could only imagine how stunning those three dresses would photograph in a fashion editorial. – From the press release
Project Runway’s season six winner, Irina Shabayeva’s capsule collection launch.
From the press release: “SPRING 2011 – Irina Shabayeva, Project Runway’s Season Six winner, injects some adrenaline into Spring/Summer 2011’s line up with the launch of her new collaboration with Macy’s. Shabayeva joined forces with INC International Concepts to create her first capsule collection, available only at Macy’s. For Irina, fashion is not just about clothing – it’s about a lifestyle. Known for her mastery of fit and proportion and flattering garments that accentuate the body, it seemed a natural fit for Irina to work with INC on a new concept in fashion forward sportswear.
THE CONCEPT: Irina for INC is a sportswear collection that evolved out of the notion of movement and dance. Form fitting dresses and separates, notably tops, skirts, jackets and even denim, Shabayeva relied on her ability to create flattering silhouettes with clean lines, modern fabrics and bright colors. To finish the look, Irina for INC includes dance inspired footwear that ranges from Ponte slipper platforms and ribbon tied espadrilles.
THE LOOK: Colors and patterns took a cue from Rubik’s Cube, with strong strokes of bubble-gum brights and rich jewel tones creating bold color blocking on shifts, dresses, and tunics. Vibrant jersey tops and skirts are paired with army anoraks; black and white body con dresses are embellished with exposed zippers, while flirty lace confectionary designs are embellished with jeweled beading.
THE COLLECTION: will launch on February 19th in 50 Macy’s stores including Herald Square (New York City), Union Square (San Francisco), Aventura & Miami International (Miami) and State Street (Chicago) and on Macys.com. Collection includes 13 full looks.”
Fashion Forward featured a runway show by Saks Fifth Avenue with looks from their 2009 Holiday/Resort designer collections. Hosted by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation’s oldest HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services provider,presented the annual event. Also included were live and silent auctions featuring designer shopping sprees, vacation packages and much more. Tim Gunn of Project Runway served as master of ceremonies. Photos By Sandra Rosales [svgallery name=”gmhc”]
Up and coming designers premiered their Spring/Summer 2010 collections at the Metropolitan Pavilion on October 21st, 2009. The evening debuted Project Runway finalist and Forté’s headlining designer Kenley Collins, as well as Sheila Frank, Elizabeth Rynish, and RisSA by Marissa Erskine. The four designers collaborated to raise money and awareness for Gilda’s Club NYC – an organization that provides assistance and support to cancer victims.
Kenley Collins’ Amelia Earhart-inspired apparel featured flirty silhouettes in stripes, blues, greens and floral prints topped off with fun feathery headpieces. Models marched off to the Charleston while showing off her vintage-style dresses.
Sheila Frank’s Elizabethan-inspired collection featured a mixture of bold patterns and floral prints. Her clothes were topped of with chains and pearls for a soft light rock look. Color palette consisted of blue, beige, cream, denim, grey, and ivory.
Elizabeth Rynish whom is the creative director for SEAM COLLECTIVE, presented her ‘60s-inspired playful dress collection. Her edgy collection incorporated simple silhouettes, paired with creative collars and built up necklines portraying a vibrant bright color palette-blue, orange, pink, red, white, yellow.
For RisSa’s Spring/Summer 2010 eye-catching collection showcased butterfly wings, cocoon and tulip-like silhouettes. Marissa Erskine showed a spectacular collection with creative details such as her long black gown with sweetheart bodice.
About Gilda’s Club NYC: Gilda’s Club New York City creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, lectures and social activities, all free of charge.
About SEAM COLLECTIVE, Inc: SEAM COLLECTIVE, formed in New York City in 2005, is an organization dedicated to aiding female designers break into the fashion industry. SEAM COLLECTIVE strives to help each and every designer by producing seasonal fashion shows and supplying the necessary resources to advance their careers.