Friday, September 9, 2016

From NYFW Spring 2017 Day 1: Nora Gardner's DIY Project; Jeans for Refugees, or Works of Art; the Future Has Arrived in Supima's Jeffrey Taylor; Partying at Midnight in the Garden of Michael Costello


Some of the players from Day 1: Malan Breton, K. Rashae, Nikki Lund, Dextrose, Eddie Eddie by Billy Ton, Nicholas K, Noon by Noor, Charles Youssef, Ohlin/D, Brock Collection, Nora Gardner, Creatures of the Wind, Timo Weiland, Hellessy, Marissa Webb, Creatures of Comfort, Supima Ninth Annual Design Competition, Jeffrey Taylor, Jeans for Refugees, Josie Natori, Ulla Johnson, Adam Selman, Thakoon, Phelan, Yuna Yang, TELFAR, Archana Kochhar, LO Live On Top, Harx4, Marlene H Couture, Responsive Textiles, Sonja Tafelmeier, Shock and Awww, Chasa IDT, Dress Haute, Fllumae, LeVico, Vaishali

know the old maxim, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."

That is precisely what Nora Gardner did and three and a half years later, she has an eponymous clothing line.

"I was on a mission to solve this problem," the former investment banker recalled yesterday during a whispered tête–à–tête in the neXtpert Style X Experience media lounge at Bene Rialto, the Midtown West retail boutique and event space.No designers "were making what I wanted to wear."

Do note that the Connecticut native and current New Yorker did not attend design school. She was simply single-minded, relying on trial and error, using much experimentation to arrive at the look. Specifically, minimalist frocks in classic shapes that can multi-task.

"I wanted something that I could wear to work and out at night," she emphasized. "Something that didn't overwhelm me because I am small."

The Evelyn (Fit & Flare) dress - all of the garments have female names - is such a one. It is hanging unassumingly on a mannequin and drew this reporter with the gravitational pull of a planet toward an asteroid. In stretch crepe, it has a scaled-down A-line shape, cap sleeves, Mandarin collar and an empire waist. It is the simplicity of it that informs its beauty, aided to a significant degree by its hue.

Earlier when NG and I were simply making small talk about the collection - before we really started chatting, I rattled off the many ways that dress could go:

1. Oxford shirt underneath;
2. Lightweight turtleneck underneath;
3. Oxford shirt and lightweight turtleneck underneath;
4. With bolero jacket;
5. With cardigan;
6. With wide belt ...

In that arresting shade of burgundy, Evelyn is the pièce de résistance in the Fall 2016 collection, which is available at Bene Rialto and online (

It is an NG look; "classic, timeless styles that span generations and outlasts the trends.

We focus on flattering styles and garments that will last. We don't believe in fast fashion or waste," ND stressed.

The fabric profile for Fall 2016, which is largely wrinkle-free and machine-washable, is wool blends, Italian-based cottons, jacquards, stretch crepe and novelty knit from Spain. Aside from Spain and Italy, ND sources fabric from the top mills in China and Germany for her Made in NYC line ...

You know the old maxim, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? It applies to this ND collection.

Predominantly dresses, but some separates, the line's individual pieces don't look like much off the body. But like the bespectacled librarian, take off the glasses and behold a siren.

Consequently, it is imperative to not merely regard Lydia on the rack and dimiss it as the veriest wallflower, you must take it off and try it on.

Along with Evelyn, ND considers it one of the most versatile in the Fall 2016 line. "It's a classic style, it's comfortable and will last forever. You can wear it everywhere.

"It's a workhorse," she declared.


Supima Ninth Annual Design Competition: JEFFREY TAYLOR


On deck today, Day 2: Project Runway, Misha Collection, Oday Shakar, Lisa N. Hoang, Cushie et Ochs, Francesca Liberatore, Olvine Gabbro, Nicole Miller, Tadashi Shoji, Demoo Parkchoonmoo, Control Sector, Vedeta Hanley, Anthony Rubio, Mario de la Torre, David Tupaz, BBTC Nation, Novis, Yigal Azrouel, Club Monaco, Tanya Taylor, Zimmermann, Jason Wu, Area, Milly, AKRIS, Chromat, Pamella Roland, Monse, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, Tadashi Shoji, Baja East

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Style 360

Style Fashion Week

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