Tomo Koizumi NYFW SPRING 2020 READY-TO-WEAR

“I want to make something that is not commercial,” said Tomo Koizumi before his Spring 2020 show. The designer, who caught the eye of Katie Grand on Instagram six months ago and subsequently flew to New York one week later for his debut, felt no inhibitions about so boldly bucking the trends of the American fashion landscape. He has set up shop in Marc Jacobs’s atelier and uses Jacobs’s Madison Avenue store for his shows, and in this, he has become a spiritual successor to Jacobs’s fashion for fashion’s sake mantra of late. Koizumi’s clothes are more costume than ready-to-wear, intended to provoke and inspire. To make the point, he cast model Ariel Nicholson in a one-woman show in which she dressed and undressed in seven garments, twirling and gasping to the ambient tunes that echoed throughout the store.

As a display of fashion, it was breathtaking. Nicholson, the 18-year-old trans model and Raf Simons muse, projected well beyond a full painted face of glitter and a conehead ’do. As attendants dressed and undressed her in Koizumi’s ombré ensembles, she oohed and aahed, trying to keep the audience enthralled. No disrespect to her performance, but the structure and fabrications of the garments were enough.

All seven are made of hundreds of meters of ruffled Japanese polyester organza and utilize only one zipper. The construction is fascinating, with the ruffles backed by a cloth lining, suspended above each other like cascades of cake frosting. The silhouettes were pushed far beyond those of Koizumi’s debut, with jumpsuits, bodysuits, and ballooning sleeves layered under scarves of ruffles and bows. The designer said he chose the bow motif because he wanted the collection to represent his gift back to the people who made him. “I just want to bring joy,” he said simply. Mission achieved.

Source: VogueRunway

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Opening Reception: BEYOND THE CATWALK

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You’re invited to the opening reception of Beyond The Catwalk on Friday April 12th 7-9PM at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Beyond The Catwalk is an editorial photo essay of fashion and dogs - a creative collaboration between Art Institute students and alumni and industry professionals. The project came to fruition through a series of beautifully staged, styled and created images.

Beyond The Catwalk is a product of Doggies on the Catwalk [DotC], a 501 c3 that supports pet-based organizations. The exhibit runs April 7-May 13th with proceeds from the sales of the images benefitting DotC. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

This project and exhibit was made possible through the efforts and support of great partners: photographers Taylor Bareford, Kris Burris and Andrew Segovia, Jenni Lubo Click Models, Nyssa Green The GreenRoom Agency, Atlanta Pet Life Magazine, Brugal 1888, Emerald Hare, The Goat Farm, Tula Arts Center AND a very special thank you to ALL the Art Institute of Atlanta designers, models from Click and all the doggies and their parents!

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THE BLONDS X DISNEY VILLIANS SS19 NYFW

Designer Phillipe Blond Spring 2019 NYFW

Designer Phillipe Blond Spring 2019 NYFW

“Often misunderstood, Disney Villains are flawed, imposing and mysterious, and we loved the idea of taking these characteristics and translating them in a glamorous way, making them the heroes of our story.” David Blond

The Blonds put FASHION back in Fashion Week with their Spring Summer 2019 collection. The show-stopping runway was dynamic, theatrical and wickedly fabulous. Their collaboration with Disney included NYFW glammed out interpretations of the most infamous kind: Maleficent, Evil Queen, Ursula and Cruella.

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Paris Hilton portrayed a sequined, bedazzled Cruella De Vil with dog in hand and Loubs on feet.

The Blonds SS19 shined, shimmered and sparkled with a series of catsuits, jackets and feathered coats. The rock-glam vibe of the collection will translate quite well with chic night-lifers and edgy socialites.

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KENZO Presents "Le Renard Bleu"

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KENZO continues its exploration of culture and global identities with the second installment in its Folio series. “Le  Renard Bleu” is a multi-disciplinary endeavor working across music, video, dance and print by talents  including: musicians  Midori Takada & Lafawndah; directors Partel Oliva; krump artist Qwenga and  photographer CG Watkins. The film and folio present KENZO’s – La Collection Memento N°2 and Spring-Summer 2018 collections.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 began as a rhythmic discussion between musicians Midori Takada (of no relation to Kenzo Takada, founder of the eponymous fashion house) and Lafawndah on the subject of the fabled myth, The Blue Fox. As transmitted by Takada, the fox appears in both ancient Senegalese and Japanese folktales as the trickster archetype; belonging both to the heavens and to the earth, the fox is the agent of chaotic good, shaking the world up when its energy has become stagnant. Above all else, the fox is famous for its cunning nature. This is the first piece of music on which Takada has worked in close to 20 years and its creation originated in her preoccupation with the legend of the fox. After constructing a vivid instrumental composition dramatizing the spirit animal’s journeys, Lafawndah responded – in her inimitable mix of fairytale and undertow—with lyrics capturing a dialogue between her and the fox himself.

Shot in Tokyo, Partel Oliva imagined a contemporary cinematic frame for the myth of the fox to reappear, creating a hybrid of choreography and narrative around Takada and Lafawndah’s performance of their joint composition (also titled Le Renard Bleu.). Qwanga expresses original movement within the piece as the titular fox.

KENZO FOLIO N°02 will be available from kenzo.com and later on the Antenne Books website antennebooks.com This is the second edition of KENZO Folio. The first issue “Gidi Gidi Bu Ugwu Ze, Unity is Strength” by photographer Ruth Ossai and director Akinola Davies Jr. was released in April 2017.

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PIERRE HARDY- MEN SS19 COLLECTION

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The Summer collection introduces a new informal and emancipated elegance articulated around two types of models. 

First, a folk spirit is given to lightweight classics developed in supple leathers – often unlined – and mounted on thin leather or rubber soles. Desert boots, “espadrille” slippers and slip-ons refer to a drifting Jack Kerouac look or an unlaced derby evoking a Gyspy Rock Jimmy Hendrix type. These shoes reflect a feeling of travel, wandering, from the Mediterranean Sea to Orient. Black, cobalt blue, Havana and black stripes, kaki … these colors take us to solar places.

The sport models refer to a more urban aesthetic. Two new sneakers, the Vibe and the Trail, play on graphic constructions. Pierre Hardy designs extremely striking models in contrasting tones.

Casual or sporty, these models are often punctuated with colorful lines, whether it’s in black and Havana leather for the dressed models or in overlapped leather bands for the sneakers.

Pierre Hardy defines a new dynamic tempo.  

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Moncler 5 Craig Green Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear

Moncler 5 Craig Green Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection from Milan Fashion Week.

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