Text by Phillip D. Johnson
Images by Dave M. Benett & Ian Gavan/Getty Images for AlexandAlexa.com
AlexandAlexa, the global online style destination for kids played the first ever Global Kids’ Fashion Week (GKFW) in London in mid-March 2013. The event, which ran for two days from 19th–20th March 2013 took place at the Freemason’s Hall, Holborn, London. In addition to just plain having fun, Global Kids Fashion Week also aimed to educate and inspire people about Kids’ fashion and to celebrate how this specialist category has thrived and evolved over the past five years.
AlexandAlexa (www.alexandalexa.com) is the global style destination for kids, offering over 200 premium brands spanning fashion, toys, sports and lifestyle. The site was launched in October 2007 by husband and wife duo Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till. As with most things in life, necessity is the mother of invention. With two children under the age of five, the pair were tired of the stress of family shopping trips. To access the world’s best kids collections without having to hit London’s high street, they created an online shopping destination for parents. Five years on, the company has exceeded all growth expectations and is a true global player with a thriving customer base in over 100 countries.
Alex Theophanous, founder and CEO of www.AlexandAlexa.com says: ‘Kids’ fashion is playful, fun and innovative – we all believe it deserves its own dedicated platform. This is why we are so proud to be supporting the very first Global Kids’ Fashion Week. With this event, we aim to put children’s fashion on the map worldwide’.
The schedule included two main shows – an exclusive media event showcasing the latest Autum/Winter 2013 trends from leading labels worldwide on Tuesday 19th March; and a public/benefit show with showcasing Spring/Summer 2013 season looks from the AlexandAlexa brand portfolio on Wednesday 20th March. Proceeds from all ticket sales for the public fashion show will be donated to Kids Company (www.kidsco.org.uk), the charity partner for Global Kids Fashion Week.
Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 and provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. The organization provide a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual, with services and support designed to empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to leading positive and fulfilling lives. These exceptionally vulnerable children not only negotiate significant challenges in their family homes, they also face immense threat within their neighbourhoods. Often they are exposed to relentless violence, some are forced into working as drug couriers or prostitutes, and many experience chronic abuse.
Their services reach 36,000 and intensively support 18,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. In many cases, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive. But despite great difficulties, the children they work with are hugely courageous and embrace the support they offer.
In 2007, Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2010 Kids Company were selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty Project for theirr success in enabling children to achieve their full potential.
Global Kids Fashion Week was designed to cast a spotlight on premium kids’ fashion, from both established designers and emerging names. Designers featured in the show included Luxury brands (Paul Smith Junior, Junior Gaultier, Chloe, Little Marc Jacobs, I Pinco Pallino, Suzanne Ermann, Anne Kurris, Supertrash), Premium casual brands (Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Scotch Shrunk, Scotch R’Belle, Wildfox) and Emerging/independent brands (Rachel Riley, Finger in the Nose, Munster Kids).
In addition to the two fashion shows–the later being a benefit/pubic show–Global Kids Fashion Week also featured musical performances, a sponsored photobooth, as a mix of playful activities for children and parents (in collaboration with event partner the Victoria &Albert Museum of Childhood), an after-party with refreshments served along with entertainment from supporting brands such as child-friendly nail varnish company Little Bu, and a bloggers lounge.
Special celebrity and fashion industry guests (and their kids) included Jemma Kidd and Jodie Kidd, Daisy Bates, Amber Le Bon, Malin Jeffries, Lyndsay Lilly Keys, John Frieda, and Julietta Dexter.
Other Global Kids Fashion Week Ambassadors, besides Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, included Sarah Curran, founder of www.my-wardrobe.com, Tanya Kazeminy Mackay, founding partner of Mama Mio Skincare, Model Portia Freeman, Pippa Vosper, founder of www.maternallychic.com blog and Olcay Gulsen, Dutch fashion designer and founder of SuperTrash Girls.
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by Phillip D. Johnson
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While ZANG TOI didn’t mark an equally significant anniversary with his collection (although he has been a vital present in the New York fashion industry for more than 15 years), his fall/winter 2013 collection stood out in my eyes because he has clearly learned from—and applied—his years of experience as a designer. In the past, he has been accused—by some—of being “too over the top” with his designs. But some of my most treasured memories of fashion weeks past has been Zang Toi collections that explored their inspiration to the fullest while still being beautifully executed. You also have to remember that he was designing in a time (the mid-1990s – early-200s) where fantasy and glamour were the keynote features of every fashion week from New York to Paris. He knew then (and now) his customer, who looks to him to make them the belle of the ball. His beautifully-cut day suits are classic pieces that earn their way into their wardrobes.
BUT as the years has gone by, he has learned his lessons well. He, of course, has had his share his collections that didn’t completely come together but a lesson learned is a lesson learned well. Mr. Toi has since found a way to remain true to his aesthetic, his love of glamorous dressing while at the same time becoming more grounded, more circumspect. This was especially evident in his most recent collections, such as his 2013 SPRING/SUMMER line where he was inspired by the romantic French Riviera. This collection showed him at his most elegant without overreaching. He continued down this road in beautiful form with his 2013 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION, which was a re-imagined take on the “historical and opulent looks of Faberge Egg and Peterhof Palace” of Imperial Russia. Here too, he gave us Russia without descending too far off the charts into caricature. He gave us the fantasy while staying firmly on the ground. Catherine the Great would have been proud to wear one of these designs.
The Faberge egg influence can be seen in the cut of some of the coats at the top of the show, in the accessories (especially those chandelier earrings) and in the crystal and gold embroidery on the evening pieces at the bottom of the presentation. There was a judicious use of animal skins (such as shearling-trimmed hemlines and collars, piping of sable, fox, etal) throughout the collection that speaks to understated embellishment, a trend that we saw EVERYWHERE and from most EVERYONE. A majority of the collections shown in New York, London, and Milan have had fur-trimmed accents and piping throughout. His standout daywear pieces included his classic cashmere/wool trouser suits with thin banker stripes, his black double-faced wool crepe cardigan and square-neck dinner dress finished off with an embroidered border and his first look, a light brown (amber) Loro Piana cashmere egg-shape, soft-shoulder coat with an attached fox peak lapel.
For evening, as in his spring/summer 2013 collection, he pulled out all the stops. The pieces here were elegant without being too precious, starting with the Imperial Palace Chinoiserie jacquard print floor-length coat and A-line gown. Other standout designs here includes his Imperial Palace Chinoiserie jacquard print strapless gown, his sapphire hammered silk/satin “Coronation” gown, the jet silk/velvet “Peterhof” ballroom gown with Faberge Egg beaded accents on the bodice and matching fox stole and the Grand Finale, a gorgeous, sweeping black velvet/silk Opera coat with gilded Faberge Egg accents and matching gown.
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Written by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
Images Photographed at The Box at Lincoln Center by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
Designed and produced in Los Angeles, the CLOVER CANYON Creative team has a shared passion for traveling and art, original prints and hand-engineering design that frames and enhances a women’s body. They endeavor, with each seasonal collection, to take their customers to a new and beautiful place. In their capable hands, new technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.
This season, for the fall 2013 collection, they are inspired by Imperial Russia, referencing the country’s “extreme luxury, extreme ideals, extreme vastness and extreme passion”. The team embraced the inspiration by creating rich prints that evokes the richness of the gowns worn by Catherine the Great, full A-line skirts with nipped waists, dresses with sculpted sleeves, and gem-toned angora sweaters with sequin and shimmering accents. I love the beautiful “Egg Vase” Cape, the masterful use of neoprene in embroidered dresses and pants and the scarf chiffon pants and skirts. This is opulence that is far from over the top, which is the best endorsement for this collection.
An especially nice touch was the actual ballet dancers who stood en pointe throughout the presentation. It was all beautiful. Clover Canyon is available internationally from the finest specialty stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and online retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.
A COLLECTION FILLED WITH BRIGHT OPTIMISM FOR THESE DARK TIMES
Text by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
Runway Images photographed by CHERYL GORSKI/www.fashionmaniac.com
MICHAEL KORS has always been a designer (and an under-appreciated clothing retailer) with his feet firmly planted on the ground. His head is always thinking of the reality of the here and now. From the very beginning of his career, Mr. Kors has always been one—with the exception of a few unforgettable collections, “Palm Bitch”, anyone—to keep his flights of fancy clearly in check. He’s inspired, through meeting his devoted customers at his very successful trunks shows around the country, to design for the “real” customers he has, not for imaginary women who exists only in the clouds. So, as his career has progressed, he has become one of the top go-to designers for women who desires creativity, smart design and a sense of comfort (and sense of self) all rolled in one when they dress to face the world, either on the job, at lunch with friends and/or on the charity ball circuit.
For SPRING/SUMMER 2013, Mr. Kors. Collection, shown at Lincoln Center, was one of “geometric glamour”, high spirits and bright optimism filtered through “the eternal sunshine and wide-open attitude of California”. The collection tapped into that sixties-influence that was so prevalent throughout the spring/summer 2013 collections from New York all the way into Paris, but, here again, Mr. Kors made it his own with a crisp look and feel infused with an appealing sense of optimistic joie de vivre that positively bounced off the runway and into your psyche. The collection made me smile.
An enthusiastically graphic collection, it was heavy on Rugby stripes, Op-art finishes, striking primary colors that referenced the space-age sixties and the urban-minimalist nineties. It was also a collection that showed some of the best examples of customer-friendly color-blocking in recent seasons and foundation pieces that a woman (and men) will keep in their wardrobe for years to come.
Standout pieces for women includes a one-piece stripe tank suit with zips on the sides (amazing!), his many dresses with cut-out backs and semi-detached collars, dresses and pant(suits) in cool, understated digital prints of clouds and pools, a white leather shirtdress with gold snap closures (perfect for the ladies who still lunch), and trim “Republican” cloth coats in bright primary colors with their modern silhouettes. Another key look were the leather pieces (in black & white) with keyhole detailing that evoked the sixties but were definitely of the here and now.
This collection didn’t contain very many evening pieces, those pieces that had that signature Michael Kors va-va-voom, at least on the runway–which was a problem for some people. The exception, of course, was KARLIE KLOSS slinking down the runway in a black double-face crepe dress with a cutout harness bodice. But then, how many women will wear a full-on evening gown in the middle of the California desert? If anything, he exercised strict adherence to the theme and left all those evening pieces back in the showroom for the buyers to “touch fabric”, so to speak.
On the men’s side of the ledger, I want EVERYTHING in this collection. I am already a Rugby stripes guy, so he had me at “hello” with the first men’s look out of the gate: a long sleeve black and green Breton-stripe top paired with a black and green blocked back panel pants. And I can easily embrace the rest, which includes more striped sweaters, must-have color blocked coats, sports jackets and button-down shirts, shown with blocked back panel pants and shorts, and equally graphic black and white, check and stripe geometric shirt and jacket pairings. If you are looking for foundation pieces, look no further than his killer chesterfield coats and fitted jackets. However, for both men and women, the stripes are the real stars of the show. So get nautical this spring with Michael Kors. You will look and feel fabulous doing so.
Written by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
Collection Images photographed by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
I am always up for new discoveries during NEW YORK FASHION WEEK and this past September, I was extremely happy to discover MATHIEU MIRANO, a young designer with a great, great future in the industry. A breakthrough designer if there was any that week, Mirano showed a glamorous yet structurally modern Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The 21-year-old designer expertly demonstrated an eye for utilizing elegant fabrics, designing refined and appropriate daywear, an affinity for cutting fabric that’s rarely seen in someone his age and an aptitude for designing a killer evening gown.
Born in New York, MATHIEU MIRANO attended the HUNTINGTON SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS before studying at PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN in New York City. His highly praised capsule collection, as well as private commissions for special occasion gowns, prompted him to launch his eponymous spring collection in 2011. With a background in fine arts and classical piano, Mathieu is inspired by composers such as CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS and PHILIP GLASS, as well as by his extensive travels in Paris, Marseille, Geneva, Milan, London, Cairo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Calcutta.
Held in the smallest show space at the Tents at LINCOLN CENTER, I was immediately transported to a place most reminiscent of an ice queen’s forest where the models stood atop an all-white circular tiered stage complete with giant icicles emerging from the surface. Think Superman’s lair in the Arctic Circle in the original Superman movie (starring the late Christopher Reeves) and you get the picture. Because New York fashion week designers (and their team) aren’t especially known for innovative or extraordinary production values—you have to go to Paris, London or Milan Fashion Weeks for that—this was one of the most visually exciting show spaces I saw all week. Furthermore, it served to enhance Mr. Mirano’s designs in the best possible ways.
The 22-piece women’s collection, inspired by fossils and dinosaurs, was an even mix of day and evening wear with tons of crisp whites and pops of bright spring ((yellow, gold, orange, cherry red and a hybrid of forest/neon green) colors. For day, he showed sharply-cut shorts (pleated and otherwise) and skinny trousers paired with t-shirts (with zippers in the back), cashmere knit turtlenecks, printed t-shirts and cashmere knit tank tops—completed with (equally) sharply-tailored jackets that are most covetable all on their own. Standout out pieces in this section of the collection includes the first look—a white silk collarless “Mikado” zip front Jacket over a white printed leather t-shirt (with back zipper), white silk “Mikado” skinny trouser accessorized with a silver “vertebrae” belt. It was clean. It was modern. His use of leather throughout the collection was exceptional. Standout pieces included a grey printed leather dress (with yellow leather slot seam detail), a super chic while leather puff jacket, and his orange pleated jacket.
For evening, he made a strong case for the next generation of eveningwear designers. Every piece here was just beyond gorgeous and eminently wearable. His red beaded organza cocktail dress with gold halter straps is suited for a red carpet princess. The fact of the matter is that all the evening looks (#14 through 22) was just phenomenal and showed a sure hand for someone so young. What’s not to love about his rainbow sequined sheer organza or his green chiffon “beetle” gowns? As for his modern yet vintage-y about his white sequined mesh tube gown, it’s sophisticated, comfort dressing for the charity circuit set. He closed out the collection with a white sequined cape with a multi-rainbow yoke that will make its wearer a goddess among women.
Without question, what makes MATHIEU MIRANO such a standout from the crowd (with over 450 shows, presentations, installations in eight days of New York Fashion Week) is the incredible fabrics he used and the equally incredible detailing he put into the stitching and overlay work, especially with his evening gowns. As The New York Times fashion critic, CATHY HORYN, once pointed out, sometimes even the most sophisticated, high-end designers occasionally show designs that appears decidedly cheap looking. But this was not the case with Mirano. He and his designs are class, modernity and elegance personified. After such a major debut (of sorts), I have high hopes for Mr. Mirano and wish for him a very long, successful career in the industry. Based on what we have seen so far—in two seasons—he deserves it.
By KARA WEYMOUTH
Runway Images photographed by Cheryl Gorski/www.fashionmaniac.com
If anyone has lived a modern fairy tale, it is DIANE VON FURSTENBERG. As wife of PRINCE EGON VON FURSTENBERG from 1969 to 1983 (they separated in 1975), Diane frequently traveled the world as a princess while she was building her business. Despite the years, the “rebel princess” is still inspired by the Mediterranean and Marrakech (which she frequented in the 70s). So, for Spring/Summer 2013, she tapped into her past and brought her boho fairy tale to the runway.
Opening with a patterned jumpsuit reminiscent of Diane’s famous wrap dresses, the collection moved into breezy caftans and dresses worn with slim pants (a reoccurring trend for spring) and wrapped saris. Colors were bright and blocked; Sunny yellows, corals, and jeweled purples and greens wove through the collection. A two-tone blue silk top was paired with a shockingly bright blood orange crepe pants while a sparkly, red and cream sleeveless shift topped sapphire silk pants.
Eveningwear dominated the collections best moments; A blood orange halter gown held up by a metal collar was red carpet ready and a shimmery white dress showed just enough skin to tempt while remaining sophisticated. Finally, a lime silk jumpsuit proved perfect for a hot, Mediterranean night.
The models’ were kept fresh faced, with mostly bare, glowing skin. Eyes were lightly lined in espresso with just a smidge of mascara for dimension. With clothes this colorful, it’s best to keep makeup simple
The clothes may have been inspired by the past, but von Furstenberg is always looking forward. This collection included a futuristic collaboration with Google, with some models wearing glasses embedded with their new “Glass” technology. These glasses allow their wearer to take digital video of anything they see; Diane tested them out the week before her show resulting in a behind the scenes video for her fans.
This bold collection is clearly meant for a woman ready to embrace an utterly modern version of la dolce vita.
Text by KARA WEYMOUTH, NICOLE FORD AND FATIMAH MUHAMMAD
Runway Images by CHERYL GORSKI
Photo Editorial Photography by CHERYL GORSKI
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If the Mayans was to be right about December 21st, then it was my desire to be outfitted in the fantastical “gaucho” gear that permeated the fall runways for the post-apocalyptic winter! These collections, full of Aztec embroideries, draped heavy furs, art-deco inspired geometric prints, Native American themes, and re-imagined cowboy hats, prepares this new explorer for cold dessert nights. The Native American/Tribal theme for this photo shoot was primarily inspired by buffalo native designer MARA HOFFMAN who had some great pieces in the FALL 2012 NEW YORK FASHION WEEK show this year.
MARA HOFFMAN has long been a favorite of boho chic women and her Southwest inspired fall 2012 collection was infused with enough feminine touches to keep them happy. Colorful print dresses flowed under headscarves and the occasional cozy, knit wrap. Mara’s collaboration with ALL FOR THE MOUNTAIN produced large talismans of hammered metals, a nod to tribal spirituality, added just a hint of glitz.
Most importantly, as it has been in the past eight years or so, fur (and animal skins) of all stripes were all over the fall/Winter 2012 runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan. But these weren’t your grandmother’s fur coats and jackets. No, these furs (and other jackets, vests and accessories) were youthful, fun, urbane, and just very covetable. MICHAEL KORS, DENNIS BASSO, and VENEXIANA BY KATI STERN lead the charge by showing fur and other animal skin coats that were traditional yet highly youthful. Other designers, such as SONG JUN WAN, BCBG MAX AZRIA and TRACY REESE gave their well-received collections an extra lift with highly individualistic fur vests and accessories that every modern girl-about-town could appreciate and will treasure for years to come.
Nancy Sinatra’s haunting “Bang Bang” set the sexy, urban cowboy theme at NICHOLAS K. Known for their utilitarian point of view, NICHOLAS K. upped the ante with dripping, metallic fringe, rugged leather jackets, and statement necklaces made with animal and sea shells. As always, the bias-cut, fluid dresses were the stand out pieces of the collection. This was one of their best collections yet.
Brazilian designer CARLOS MIELE looked to South American cowgirls (known as gaúchas) for his collection of crepe riding pants and woven wool ponchos. Miele may feel that more is…well, more, but do we all really need a bolero? Miele did have an innovative dress, designed to mimic the open and close of a blind as the model walked.
Likewise, not since MARTHA STEWART walked out of prison wearing that “home-made” poncho have we seen so many ponchos in any one place. But here too, they were all the delicious with fur trims, with being almost blankets. MICHAEL KORS showed some very fine examples of ponchos that were urban street-ready and/or ideal for use at your country weekend cottage. Either way you look at it, ponchos—fur or otherwise—are here to stay this season and many others to come.
So, wrap up and stay warm in any of these styles with fur capes, coats, hats and accessories to brave the elements or to give yourself a powerful boost to face the urban jungle.
HUGRZ FOR THE NEW URBAN GENERATION
Winter doesn’t have to be all about bundling up and neglecting to put together a cute, accessorized look because “being warm is a higher priority.” Found in over 160 stores in the USA, a number of stores overseas, and on www.hugrz.com, HUGRZ™ boot wraps and accessories are stylish, practical, and provide dozens of ways to change up your look this season!
HUGRZ™ BOOT WRAPS were created by Deb Miller, a talented and fashionable woman who was searching for a way to stay warm while still looking trendy. HUGRZ™ are boot covers that come in a variety of patterns, textures, and materials and are meant to slip on over your boots to create a new look each time. Each design can be accessorized with suede laces, ribbon bands, feathers, or tassels to complete the look and make the boot wrap look appear to be part of the boot.
Now more than ever, it’s possible to (save money and) buy one or two really nice pairs of boots and use these great boot covers to add a little variation. You can wear them scrunched down on short boots, pulled up on tall boots, or pulled up the legs to make your short boots look tall. While they were originally designed for use with the various shearling boots available, they look great on many styles, including heels, little booties, and even cowboy boots! And with so many different designs and accessories, you are sure to find just the right look to compliment your own unique style.
There are three different Hugrz™ collections—THE ASPEN COLLECTION, THE BENNINGTON COLLECTION, and THE SANTA FE COLLECTION. The ASPEN COLLECTION features twelve sophisticated styles that are made to look like genuine fur but are 100% acrylic (so you can wear them guilt-free!). The BENNINGTON COLLECTION features different sweater patterns to add color, texture, and pattern to your favorite boots. The SANTA FE COLLECTION features wraps with a short, soft, velvet feel and come in three different animal patterns (brown leopard, grey leopard, and black zebra).
Hugrz™ have been seen on stars of True Blood, CSI, The Office, Gossip Girls, Sell This House: Extreme, and High School Musical. They have also been chosen as special gifts for hundreds of celebs, including FAITH HILL, GLENN CLOSE, CLORIS LEACHMAN, KATE WINSLET, KELLY CLARKSON, MICHELLE PFEIFFER, DREW BARRYMORE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, ANN CURRY, SARA EVANS, MARTINA MCBRIDE, TAYLOR SWIFT, SHERYL CROW, MEREDITH VIEIRA, ASHLEY ARGOTA, and MIRANDA LAMBERT. HUGRZ™ were also named “top swag” at the Sundance Film Festival and spotlighted on WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH DIANE SAWYER, in the LA Daily Times, on EXTRA TV mobile site, in USA Today, Family Circle Magazine, Twist Magazine, on the AOL Home Page, and in the Huffington Post. Check out all of the styles and accessories at www.hugrz.com.
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