RAGTRADE ATLANTA - OCT. 14

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RAGTRADE Atlanta in Partnership with the Art Institute of Atlanta Returns to Host a Week of Fashion in Atlanta

RAGTRADE Atlanta will host their 2015 Featured Runway Show on Oct. 14 at the Georgia Freight Depot. The premier fashion event will include an industry-quality runway show featuring the latest spring/summer 2016 collections from a hand-selected group of today's top emerging designers and students in the Southeast. Featured designers for the RAGTRADE Atlanta 2015 Runway Show will include Project Runway Season 14 contestant, Edmond Newton, 2015 Belk Southern Designer Showcase Winner, Natt Taylor, The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs 2015 Emerging Fashion Designer Grant recipient, Kenya Freeman of Sylvia Mollie, SCAD alumni and Charleston Fashion Week 2014 Emerging Designer, Zachary Howell of Zachary/Nathaniel and SCAD alumni and protege of National Design Award winner Behnaz Sarafpour, Brendan Combs. RAGTRADE Atlanta in partnership with the Art Institute of Atlanta will also present an exclusive student show titled, Fashion's Next Voice, which will showcase designs from two top talents from the Art Institute of Atlanta's world-renowned Fashion Design program. The Fashion's Next Voice student designers will include Andre Bryson and Zonia Santander. Doors open at 5pm and runway shows begin promptly at 7pm.

For complete event information, schedules, details & to purchase tickets, check HERE!

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LOEWE MEN 2015

I must admit that this collection offered greater appeal when I thought the model on the left was female. I thought, how genius to produce a totally unisex collection. Well, I guess in a way it still is. Jonathan Anderson for Loewe subtly rebranded the fashion label through his use of linens, silks and leathers. I love the striped knits with matching scarves, adore the suede trench coats and lusting over the bags. But what I probably love most is  the overall styling and art direction of the images. Gorgeous. 

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PUNK at the MET

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened on May 9th with an exhibition titled PUNK: Chaos to Couture. Earlier this week they hosted the annual celebrity studded, Met Gala to kick off and slam-dance the festivities. [Images.] PUNK: Chaos to Couture presents and looks over the influence, impact and relationship between the punk movement and fashion.

"Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk's visual symbols."

PUNK: Chaos to Couture / May 9 - August 14 / VIEW Exhibition Photos:


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Project Runway "Wearable Art" Challenge

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How fabulous is the Guggenheim? Of course it is, designed by the masterful Frank Lloyd Wright, the space is as magnificent as the masterpieces it houses. So it was quite appropriate that the Guggenheim would serve as the source of inspiration for

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"wearable art" challenge. The popular HP + Intel fabric challenge was integrated, heightening the level of creativity from the designers. Naturally, some did better with it than others. They are still working in teams and the only contribution "teams" are making to Project Runway at this point in the competition is making drama. One team member designed the art look while the other made a commercial counterpart.

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Daniel was hit this week. He needed that because the last few challenges were (big) misses for him. [But] for me, he's done. Go home.

AUF!

I want to see nothing else from Daniel.

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Layana was Daniel's team partner. She created this mess of a dress. The symbolism here, artistically speaking, is that the dress captured Layana's inexperience and lack of art / cultural references due to the fact that she's like 12. This isn't art. She created crap wrapped in tulle. Layana, you do not know better than Tim Gunn or the judges, acknowledge that missy.

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And while you're at it Layana, learn from Michelle. Yes I know the dress is weird, but this was NOT the ready-to-wear look, Michelle's partner Stanley was working on that design. Michelle successfully created an artfully cohesive gown made out of leather and painted bubble wrap!

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Patricia: EDIT! Too much is too much... I loved the bold graphic patterns she created and there are aspects of the dress that I appreciate, like the silhouette when I squint my eyes. But to say that the chiffon head piece made the model androgynous tells me that you are clueless! The model looks like abstract-expressionist tragic bride.

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Richard went home, yay! Too bad he didn't go packing the challenge before this one because Samantha would have soared at the Guggenheim. Richard became such a pain in the ass about everything and everyone that it just consumed him and his abilities. His emotions overshadowed good design and behavior!

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Stanley took the well-deserved win and $10K!! [I hope he gives Michelle a little bit of that cash!] The dress is hot. I love the shape, pleating, structure and styling. I was not a fan of the print, however.

We are down to 5 designers.... I'm pretty good at nailing the top three but I must admit, I'm having a little trouble this time around.

Who do you think will make the top list??

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VALENTINO COUTURE Spring 2013

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Valentino's

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli graced the Parisian runway this week with an exquisite couture collection. It took a reported 500 hours just to hand-roll the piping that embellished so many of the garments. Valentino presented an absolutely breath-taking collection. So incredibly, magical and beautiful were all the pieces which were heavily layered with organza, lace and embroidered with crystals. View Collection: 

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