While Wes Gordon may have presented his first collection at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010, there’s quite a lot that can be said about the “young” designer who is taking the industry by storm. For Gordon, it is certainly his consistency.
Having spent time under the wings of Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, Gordon’s eponymous label continues to reflect the skills he honed at such labels, giving way to a spectacular understanding of how to fuse classic techniques with sophisticated designs.
This season, he maintains the idea of consistency with the same 1990s-inspired aesthetics he has been incorporating throughout his past collections, and with the fine quality fabrics and modern, minimalist tailoring he’s now synonymous with. But while the collection may have started off strong with a long, tailored coat paired over a rib-knit top and skirt combo, the second half of the lineup explored an entirely different route.
Fun and flirtatious are both excellent adjectives used to describe Ryan Lo’s fall-winter collection in his debut show at London Fashion Week. With equal parts youthfulness and the flamboyant styles we so eagerly anticipate from the traditionally eccentric London fashion scene, Lo’s memorable lineup fused jacquard and brocade with fur and fringe.
But what he managed to do most of all was evoke a spectacular spirit of frivolous fashion with instant wearability. And with that in mind, Ryan Lo transformed a springtime essential into a fall staple: whether a skirt with lace and fringe, or crocheted florals, they’re certainly the new must-have item.
On March 29, 2015, Iman Oubou was crowned the new Miss New York United States. And now, as she prepares for her chance to compete for the title of Miss United States, The Aspiring Fashionista had the wonderful privilege to talk with her about how she felt as her name was announced on stage, her aspirations for women empowerment and a few pageant-perfect beauty tips.
Congratulations on being crowned Miss New York! How would you describe that moment, of being on stage and hearing your name called out?
Thank you! It was surreal and a moment of pure joy and blessings. I felt extremely thankful for that moment and grateful that all my hard work and preparations had paid off. My heart might have stopped for a nanosecond, but all I could think about were all the motivational talks my parents have been giving me that week leading up to the pageant. Most importantly, I thought to myself, This is it! I finally have a chance at becoming a voice for those who have no one and to stand up for women empowerment (which is my biggest passion in life).
For her first pre-fall appearance, Rosetta Getty further developed the relaxed, sophisticated aesthetics of her eponymous label into cool and classic vibes, drawing on inspirations from architect Louis Kahn and artist Louise Bourgeois with a salute to the simplicity and clean lines of past American sportswear. Evoking the calm beauty and dimensional intrigue of the said inspirations, Getty delivered her fourth collection with understood prowess and poise.
Going beyond season-based outerwear and trousers, this pre-collection seemed to be built around the notion of year-round appeal, with architectural slits and cutouts reappearing throughout the lineup. One of the warmest moments appeared in the fall-ready cashmere-and-wool cardigan draped loosely over a striped blouse and wrap skirt with cutout hemline.
Designer Adam Lippes has tapped into the underlying current of architectural influence this season for a Pre-Fall 2015 collection exuding editorial value and season-neutral timelessness. And while his designs might have emerged from the modern works of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Lippes pre-collection reflects his own classic, yet relaxed, elegance, along with a remarkably fresh and youthful Asian influence.
Through employing his signature tailoring and keen eye for refined fabrics, Lippes impeccably elevated a lineup of essentials into crisp sophistication with year-round potential. This season found the designer, who re-launched his eponymous label in 2013, fortifying his American sportswear-lux aesthetics with Kuma’s graphic prowess as fretwork-inspired lace appeared as a re-occurring detail among several garments.