Tuesday, February 17, 2015

@MB/NYFW Day 5: Angel Sanchez In Good Company; Taoray Wang – Focus!; T.Tandon, the Dogooder; Aunt Tea Annie's Big T NYC Riff; BradleyTheodore Splatters Live Art ...

HEADS UP: It's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York and New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2015. At VEVLYN'S PEN, fashion commentary will roll out as it did in September: Each day one (perhaps two) designer/label will be singled out for particular notice. That will be the main story (in more than 50 words). Elsewhere, our commentary will remain unchanged. We will continue to put emphasis on the truly inspirational on the runway and will only do a “best of” when it suits in 50 words or less. On some days we will provide a “snapshot” and so on. Finally, we will continue to do the off-runway bizarre, unusual and generally noteworthy.

From the Angel Sanchez Fall-Winter 2015 collection. Photos by Yours Truly.

SOME of the players at the tents and elsewhere, Day 5: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Adeam, Alice + Olivia, Angel Sanchez, Barbara Tfank, Black'D, Brock Collection, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Donna Karan New York, Eckhaus Latta, Heimstone, Houghton, Karen Walker, Landeros New York, La Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni, Libertine, Milly by Michelle Smith, Nicopanda, Oudifu, Ovadia & Sons, Pamella Roland, Patrik Ervell, Rag & Bone, Ready to Fish, Reem Acra, Row Assoulin, Taoray Wang, Thom Browne, Tommy Hilfiger, The Row, The White Space, Tina Tandon, Veronica Beard, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee, Zac Posen, Zero + Maria Cornejo

THIS is an Angel Sanchez production. Yet, it is so easy to believe that one is in a Carmen Marc Valvo show, for instance. Another craftsman about his business. Everything is done on a superior scale: fabrics, cuts, colors, lengths. No gimmicks. Not a hair out of place. (See video at top.).


From the Taoray Wang Fall-Winter 2015 collection.

PLEASE, you are saying too much simultaneously. On the one hand, I infer micro-mini dresses. In the next breath, my ears are assaulted with mannish pants. Elsewhere, a whisper of minimalist shifts. Moreover, the plaid series? Really? Sound arguments. What's needed, however, is one coherent statement. Thanks.

Hopefully, T.Tandon's Good Deeds Won't Go Unpurchased

ECO-FRIENDLY. Socially-conscious. Charitable. Fashion-sensical

What's not to like about T.Tandon? Surely, something – for no one or nothing is perfect, of course. But it is difficult to find fault with this line created by Tina Tandon.

T.Tandon Fall-Winter 2015.

The FIT grad showed her fall winter 15 collection at the TechStyle NYC popup space at The House of Bumble. FW 15 is inspired by the winter garden. “I'm always inspired by nature," TT says. (See video above).

It becomes apparent in a bunch of crystals on the bodice of a sleeveless dress in the color of a winter sky. A black shift with streaming paillettes or sequins references a rainfall, perhaps even icicles.

This is TT's fourth line. After graduation, she cut her teeth in the business working with such houses as Escada and Christian Lacroix. In fashioning her garments, she relies heavily on bio-degradable and sustainable fabrics.

T.Tandon Fall-Winter 2015.

Her consciousness does not end there, however. A portion of proceeds from sales goes to support charities that help poor children in India, hopefully rescuing them from the horrors of child labor. Further, TT says she mainly produces her line in factories owned by women.

And who does she design for? “Young professional and older women who like to wear something that is interesting and not boring, something of good quality … something unique that is not available everywhere.”

Visit http://www.ttandon.com to learn more about T.Tandon.

Big T NYC Hails From China, Not Africa, China

Yours Truly is in search of some sustenance. It is at this moment that I meet the very affable Annie.

“Would you like some tea,” she asks with a high-wattage smile.

Annie, brand ambassador for Big T NYC.

I have just approached the counter in the corner of the 8th floor room of The House of Bumble. Normally, food can be foraged in this quarter. In progress is TechStyle NYC, a popup retails space where various manner of business connected to the fashion industry is marketing wares to the media and tastemakers invited through the doors.

I am more in the mood for tea sandwiches, but how is Annie to know this? “What kind of tea is it.”

It's as if the Indiana native were waiting for me to ask that very question. She launches into a delightful spiel about how her niece (Theresa Krier), who formerly worked in the fashion industry, created Big T NYC.

The daughter of her brother observed backstage at the fashion shows that the parched models would not drink the juices and sodas – and can one blame them??? To that end, she put on her thinking caps and in late 2013 what TK&Co. call the world's first couture tea brand was birthed.

It's organic, too. This excited Anne to no end. She recalled how it came from Africa – no – was it China???

Said I unhelpfully, “It was a province in China called Africa!”

“No, I think it was China,” Annie determines, hedging and entreating me not to think ill of her for not unequivocally knowing this one major detail.

The Big T NYC Couture Collection gift set contain the three Big T NYC organic teas, an infuser, and a tea-making guide. Photo from Big T NYC Web site.

No worries. We are clear on the other salient points. The tea is organic. At the moment there are three blends: Baby It's Cold Outside Black Tea, Unexpected Fling Green Tea and Tell-Tale Glow White Tea. They are available backstage at many shows during New York Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (and elsewhere).

As best as anyone knows – unless another turns up to contradict it with irrefutable proof – Big T NYC is the world's first couture tea, “bringing artistry and gourmet flavor combinations to the tea category.”

Finally, it is not sourced from Africa, China.

http://www.bigtnyc.com/ to learn more about Big T NYC.

At Italia Independent Party, Bradley Theodore Creates Some Extremely Contemporary Art

LATER, I'm going to do some live art,” Bradley Theodore volunteers as he quickly and deftly paints the rims of a pair of sunglasses.

“Isn't this live art, “ asks Yours Truly, pointing at the ministrations being applied to a pair that has a passing resemblance to the Ray-Ban Wayfarer.

The digital media specialist and street artist utters nary another word, but methinks I glimpse a smirk.

We are at the store opening party for the Italian eyewear brand, Italia Independent. The specialty label is setting up shop in Soho at 85 Mercer St.

Later, at the afterparty at the Skyroom of the New Museum, the disclosure of this native of Turks & Caicos would come to life in full, living color. (See a before version on the video above and the after version in the photo below.)

Visit http://www.bradleytheodore.com/ to learn more about Bradley Theodore; visit http://www.italiaindependent.com/en to learn more Italia Independent.

Bradley Theodore's live art is finished.

On deck today, Day 6: Alexander Vida, Badgley Mischka, Baja East, Christina Ottaviano, Diesel Black Gold, Elie Tahari, Georgine, Harbison, J. Crew, Jenny Packham, KTZ, Lela Rose, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Costello, Lupe Gajardo, Narciso Rodriguez, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Pedro Del Hierro, Rachel Zoe, Rodarte, Skingraft, Sophie Theallet, The Art Institutes, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Zang Toi

Visit http://www.mbfashionweek.com/new-york to learn more about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, including show information and videos.

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