Some of the players on Day 5: Concept Korea, The Row, Carolina Herrera, Jil Sander, Lela Rose, Designers’ Showcase, Houghton, Cristina Ruales, Brock Collection Eckhaus Ratta, First Lady by Pamela Humphrey’s, Barbara TFrank, Jeremy Scott, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Gabriela Cadena, Mitsou Ly, Thom Browne, Mansur Gavriel, Ese Azenabor, Zac Posen, Morgane Le Fay
Jarret and Kaal E’Suk Tae have a similar design aesthetic – at least for S/S 2016 anyways.
Showing at New York Fashion Week: The Shows under the pared down umbrella of Concept Korea, the two sent out deftly tailored ensembles predominantly in black and white. Both lines have a relaxed, chic elegance about them.
They diverge, however, in their choice of influences this season. Jarret considers the notion of the modern woman and her alter-ego. In effect, a dichotomy.
On the one hand, this woman may be a self-assured business woman who eschews the traditional business attire for a shirt or dress with that fetching swirl pattern. At play, she prefers an utterly feminine and flirty black or white blouse with the billowing dropped sleeves. She’s a minx.
Regardless of her persona, however, she presents a polished, poised palette.
A similar tableau defines Kaal, inspired in part by King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in the second chapter of the bible book of Daniel.
Gold, silver and bronze metallic patches on dresses and jackets , for instance, reference the head of the statue in the king’s dream.
Elsewhere, a striking dress with a flounce hem on one side and pleats on the other suggest the warring clay and iron references in the dream. In a clever way, elements of the dream are deftly applied to many of the designs.
It is not clear whether a blouse or two with oversized, bell bottom sleeves are a nod to retro western style that also drives S/S2016. In any case, they are just beautiful.
Ese AzenaborALSO relying on the good book for inspiration for S/S 2016 is Ese Azenabor.
The self-taught designer who quit university to pursue a career in fashion, shares her vision of a Garden of Eden.
Of course, it must be lush and verdant, plus keeping in mind the changing seasons that bring, gold, purple, brown, red ... And so it is. The collection of after-5 and evening wear also features a goodly portion of beadwork (the designer’s passion) and florals.
Though on occasion too literal with the garden prints, the collection is fresh and beautiful. EA knows her way around beadwork, too.
And for someone with a fledgling career and perhaps must seriously consider economies – the Nigerian-born designer debuted her eponymous line at Fall/Winter 2015 – she somehow got her hands on some custom fabrics. Digital prints are also part of the mix.
The chiffons and silks aren’t worried by myriad wrinkles and stray threads that mar far too many collections.
Young talent is to be encouraged. To that end, Ese Azenabor, keep up the good work.
TechStyle NYCDURING fashion week lounges abound for media, tastemakers and “influencers” to chill out and meet emerging brands in which their audience may have an interest.
Becoming increasingly popular is TechStyle NYC. Described as an "experience" by organizers, it's main focus is on tech-driven projects. On this year’s roster are two that caught the attention of Yours Truly.
First, is the New York-based Boomerang NYC (http://www.boomerangnyc.com). Nine month's young, it is an on-demand dry cleaning service. Through its app one (just lower Manhattan at the moment) can have his/her dry cleaning picked up and dropped off in within a day or two.
It’s also competitively priced, and owners Greg Klein and Rob Jackson assert that is superior to the average dry cleaner.
On the upside, it operates seven days a week until 9 p.m.
On the downside, it does not deal with a dry cleaner that will address the needs of a woman’s shirt at the same price point of that of a men’s shirt.
On the upside, Boomerang NYC cares about the environment to the extent that its people will pick up a load on a bicycle.
And why the name Boomerang. We know but want one of these guys to say it.
You’re on RJ: “You throw it out and it comes right back at you.”
ELSEWHERE at TechStyle NYC is TresseNoire, LLC (http://www.tressnoire.com to learn more about TresseNoire, LLC. )
The company, co-founded by Regina Gwynn has an app through which you can schedule someone to come to your house or wherever you are in reason to tame your curly hair.
The Philadelphia-based company, which also does business in New Jersey, is now setting up shop in New York. RG&Co. has done a lot of vetting to ensure that the hair stylist is a well-trained professional.
Just as important, TresseNoire offers these services at prices that can cost less than going to a natural hair salon, where the prices can be outside of too much.
On deck today, Day 6: Angel Sanchez, Fashion Guerilla, Amato Haute Couture, Art Hearts Fashion: Mister Triple X, Byfield, Alexandra Vidal, Tory Burch, Michael Costello, Croation Fashion Invasion, Rodarte, Diesel Black Gold, Dennis Basso, Serena Williams Signature Collection by HSN, Malan Breton, Milly, Allison Mitchell, Veronica Beard, Carmen Marc Valvo, Nanette Lepore, Alisha Trimble, Narciso Rodriguez, B Michael America
Visit http://www.nyfw.com/ to learn more about New York Fashion Week: The Shows, including show information, videos and installations.