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  1. Maison Kitsuné Spring 2015: Effortless French

    Maison Kitsune S/S 2015

    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Pamela Guerra

    On Monday evening, Maison Kitsuné premiered its Spring/Summer 2015 men’s and women’s collections at The Standard High Line as part of MADE Fashion Week. The event also marked the young Parisian label’s official New York Fashion Week debut. Blurring the lines between fashion house, record label, and design firm, Maison Kitsuné has established itself in the past few years as one of the most unique and innovative brands in the business. Co-founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, who also serve as the brand’s creative directors, “combine the philosophy of tradition with a modern attitude and a Parisian twist” to produce classic designs with a contemporary feel.

    So it came as no surprise that the chic early evening presentation turned into the beginnings of a great Meatpacking District party (which later continued upstairs at Le Bain). Kitsuné’s latest mix, Kitsuné Trip Mode by Jerry Bouthier, floated above the excited buzz of the crowd to soundtrack the night. Seemingly endless glasses of champagne were passed around as cool kids Sky FerreiraMayer Hawthorne, and Mia Moretti mingled with industry insiders Nick Wooster and Jenné Lombardo

    With their latest sartorial effort, Loaëc and Kuroki sought to create pieces that “strike a balance between curated and carefree.” The “Effortless French” presentation featured dewy-skinned and pouty-lipped models posed against backdrops of oversized vintage cartes postales. Offering tailored basics for men and women accented with playful prints and textured metallics, the Spring/Summer 2015 lines often recalled vintage pieces from the 50s and 60s—sporty letterman jackets, graphic crew-neck sweatshirts, slim-leg patterned trousers, oversized coats in pastel colors. The polished silhouettes were imbued with a preppy, sporty edge that certainly follows the label’s aesthetic of “redefining classics.” It was as if someone decided to give the cast of Grease a sophisticated wardrobe update. And let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to be a part of the Rydell High posse?

    Check out more photos from the new collections after the jump.

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  2. Fashion Palette: Evening & Bridal Presentation

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Jennifer Graylock

    Fashion Palette’s showcase continued into the night with the evening & bridal presentations. Click through for our picks from the shows.

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  3. Fashion Palette: Ready-to-Wear Presentation

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photos: Jennifer Graylock

    Unless you’ve somehow avoided all contact with the fashion world over the past decade (and if you say yes, you’re either lying or this hermit), you’ve been exposed to the industry’s “Australian Invasion” in one way or another. Turn left, and some style maven is probably donning Sass & Bide jeans or a Tome trench. Turn right, and the seemingly ubiquitous Miranda Kerr might be looking back at you from yet another ad campaign. Open a fashion mag and you’ll see the work of Laura BrownSusan Joy, and Ben Watts

    In an interview with The Daily Front Row, Brown of Harper’s Bazaar speculated that the reason why so many of her countryfolk have descended upon the New York fashion scene is that ” [Australians] just want to be at the epicenter of energy and where we can really make things happen. The diversity of the people here, and all the types you can meet and create things with.” Likewise, VFILES founder and Australian Fashion Foundation co-founder Julie Anne Quay commented, “For Australians aiming to be big fish in the fashion world, our native country is such a tiny pond. Our population is about 22 million and can be so insular—you hit a ceiling in a very short period of time. If you want any major international success, you have to move.”

    Undoubtedly, the Aussies in the fashion world are a talented, driven bunch. We needed no better reason than this to attend Fashion Palette’s showcase at Pier 59 Studios last Sunday. Fashion Palette, a full-service company dedicated to promoting Australian fashion to an international audience, brought some of the best and brightest talent from Down Under for the fourth consecutive season to showcase their collections. Says founder Sonya Mefaddi, “We are excited to once again highlight the creativity and innovation of Australia’s most promising designers at New York Fashion Week, which brings together the very best in our business from around the world.”

    Read on for some of our favorites from the ready-to-wear presentation. Head here for our impressions of the evening and bridal showcase.

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  4. Nicole Miller Spring 2015: Flying Down to Rio

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    Article: Pamela Guerra
    Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Miller’s Instagram

    I was fortunate enough to attend Nicole Miller’s Spring 2015 show at The Salon at Lincoln Center on Friday. The latest collection, titled “Flying Down to Rio” was a gorgeous flurry of punchy tropical prints and striking geometric shapes. According to the program, the line was ”inspired by the art and culture of Brazil” and was meant to “evoke the vibrancy and movement of a tropical getaway.”

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  5. ModaBox S/S 2015

    ModaBox S/S 2015

    ModaBox S/S 2015

    Photos: Pamela Guerra

    New York Fashion Week started a day early thanks to the folks at ModaBox. Part-subscription service, part-personal stylist, ModaBox gives their customers access to the latest fashions and expert style advice. To celebrate the launch of moda-box.com, the company hosted a party and fashion show just a stone’s throw away from their retail location at South Street Seaport.

    Many thanks to Donn Thompson of DracInc Photography for allowing me to shoot the event.

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    Photo: Pamela Guerra

    Ah, Fashion Week. It’s a little like Christmas—if Christmas came twice a year. (Except the presents won’t arrive for another six months, but I digress…) To kick off what is sure to be another whirlwind week of hemlines, haberdasheries, trends, and tailoring, we at the blog have compiled a list of designers whose collections we’re looking forward to seeing the most this season.

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    In case you haven’t heard, an important battle for women’s rights is taking place in Ireland right now. We spoke with Kelsey Koontz of Cork Feminista to explain more about the state of abortion rights in Ireland, current legislative restrictions, and their relevance in a recent controversial rape case.

    DP: In a nutshell, can you explain the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland?

    KK: The 8th Amendment to the Constitution in Ireland was codified after a 1983 referendum which asked the Irish people to vote on the State’s abortion law. Since then, there have been a number of clauses added that add to the complexity of the legislation, but the gist is essentially this: Abortion is illegal in Ireland unless there is a risk to the mother’s life, including suicide. In those cases, a panel of experts beholden to the Irish state will go through the process of deciding just how real the risk is and what course of action to take. Yet, while the procedure may be illegal on Irish soil, it is perfectly legal to seek out information about services in other states and receive an abortion abroad. There are 10-12 Irish abortions happening every day—in the UK. This legislation doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t stop people from getting abortions. It only comes at the expense of the most vulnerable women; those who are unable to travel as a result of their youth, income level, or visa restrictions, which is also true in the most recent case [of a female rape victim being denied an abortion].

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  8. Last Friday, On Point with Tom Ashbrook hosted Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti, and Tanya Steele—three prominent feminists, writers, and Beyoncé’ listeners—to discuss sex, power, Queen Bey’s feminism, and its message to young women. Check out the full show here.

     

  9. Three drawings from Sara Golish’s Moondust series.

     

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    Three drawings from Sara Golish’s Sundust series.