“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



Inspired by the vibes of 1970s Soho, Elie Tahari’s collection at NYFW September 2019 emits an electric energy that melds the industrial and creative worlds into one. As an ode to The City That Never Sleeps, textures and patterns evoke a vibe that contrasts urban with artistic, lighting the stage with a vibrancy that can only be described as “New York.”


Keep your Summer 2019 Wardrobe Staples on Trend

Spring has sprung and that summer breeze is starting to blow through. How’s you wardrobe? Is your closet summer ready? Comfort + Style never looked and felt so good this season… Maxi dresses, blazers, the LBD, wide-leg pants - well you know all the staples that should be in your closet but lets give them a refresh by embracing some of the most popular trends of 2019.

Classics like florals and stripes are trended hard on the runways this year. The LBD mets its rival, the versatile LWD! And finally we’re seeing less tight, body-con and more loose fitted and casual dressing.

Atlanta-based fashion designer, Abbey Glass, has been stylishly dressing women with her label which offers the perfect balance of casual to chic. See slideshow above.


Metro Look Bridal Fashion Week

At New York Bridal Fashion Week F/W 2017 the Metro Look hair team, lead by hairstylist, T. Cooper, were sponsored by ECRU New York and ISA Professional to create fun, yet elegant hair for the Fabulous Philippines show for Bridal Fashion Week at the beautiful Central Park venue, Landmark on the Park. Fabulous Philippines: A Perfect Wedding Destination, is a collaboration between two of the country’s most respected and internationally recognized fashion designers, Albert Andrada and Barge Romas. The talented Filipino designers have consistently brought pride and created significant contributions the fashion industry.

Barge Ramos’ models where styled in textured ponytails using ECRU New York products: Setting Spray, Sunlight Styling Spray, and Texture Spray. The style was named the “Piecey Pony” for its effortless appearance. “Barge wanted something classic, but he also wanted to keep it youthful” said Cooper. The hairdo was created by making a deep side part and spraying the hair with Setting Spray to smooth it, before securing the hair into a ponytail. The ponytail was sprayed with Sunlight Styling Spray, and then loose waves were made with an ISA Professional 1” flat iron by bending the hair in alternate directions, leaving the ends straight. The look was finished by using Texture Spray and fingers to create a fun, undone texture.

Albert Andrada wanted his models to look classic and regal. The designer’s collection was complimented by beautiful headpieces, so the models were given large buns using ECRU New York products: Setting Spray, Acacia Protein Oil, and Dry Wax. The hairstyle was called the “Crowned Queen”. The style was created by securing the hair into a ponytail with a side part, and spray omg the hair with Setting Spray. The hair in the ponytail was then curled with a ISA Professional 1” flat iron, and Acacia Protein Oil was used to smooth the hair and create shine. Next, the curls were brushed out, and their hair was shaped into a large bun. This style was finished by using Dry Wax to tame baby hairs and flyaways, and placing a headpiece on top. “Beyond gorgeous” Cooper says of the look.



Diplomacy NYFWM FW Collection


A new urban men’s line hits New York Fashion Week. The Diplomacy Fall collection by designer Eric Archibald offers a variety of cultured-inspired clothes.

The purpose of this clothing line is to keep a fresh reminder of the art of diplomacy and the practice of consideration and courtesy. The brand firmly believes in individuality. Its logo represents the notion of living by your own rules. The brand states that the panda symbolizes peach, friendship, and strength. Its attire is the perfect representation of street culture, and it’s definitely attention grabbing!

Most of the attire is loose fit, oversized hoodies and spandex with various patterns. It’s ranging from solid colored to plaid and other designs. Its color tones range from vibrant yellow to cool tones such as gray and black.



Photos: Elvia Gobbo

Photos: Elvia Gobbo

The snow falling outside couldn’t dampen the upbeat, celebratory spirits of those that braved the elements to support three Turkish designers who made their NYFW debut on the runway of Industria Studios in the heart of the West Village.  Under the simple moniker “The Turkish Group Show”, Buket Özkalfalar, Gökhan İldeniz & Firat Neziroglu, each showed strong visions that truly demonstrated their place in the show, which was sponsored by the Turkish Government as well as the Turkish Textile Council, was truly deserved

Buket Özkalfalar – Buket Ozkalfalar seemed to be channeling a Goth version of the Great Gatsby when her pen took to the sketch pad.  Inventive versions of flapper dresses mixed seamlessly with futuristic frocks, many finished off with red carpet worthy Black evening coats.  Feather accents softened the collection & provided an overtone of whimsy & added yet another dimension to the collection of this notable newcomer 

 Gökhan İldeniz – Gökhan İldeniz presented a casual vision of menswear for his Fall 2019 collection NYFW debut.  Based mostly in denim with a serious dose of hand hewn, artisanal detailing like whip-stitching, patch-work, & inventive dying techniques that gave a broken-in, pre-worn, comfortable feel.  The roughly cut, raw pelt-like furs added a rugged, almost costume like fee

Firat Neziroglu – Menswear designer Firat Neziroglu, presented a collection that was pleasantly conflicted between dressy suiting & artsy-craftsy handmade separates.  In some cases, the dichotomy coexisted on one piece such as the rope closures on suit jackets or the yarn-based details on jackets & at other times, the two worlds were artfully mixed in an ensemble like the heavy, hand woven scarves worn over tailored outerwear & giant, open gauge hand knit cardigans over suiting jackets & trousers.




Was it a 1970’s “Glam Rock” concert or the Hakan Akkaya Fall 2019 collection?  That was the question on everyone’s mind as they sat along the U-shaped runway at Spring Studios on Sunday.  The Istanbul based designer presented his 3rd collection as part of NYFW in the cavernous Gallery I.  The massive space was filled to the brim with an audience dressed to impress, perfectly complementing the show-stopping looks that walked.

 Black, White & Metallic Silver, with a small dash of Metallic Pinks thrown in as an accent, made up every look of the collection of a Women’s & Men’s full designer range.  The cameras & phones went a-flutter when the key looks appeared.  The various looks in Black with Silver studs & spikes for Women proved to be audience favorites as did the range of inventive, body-con dresses, some with incredible sleeve and super strong shoulder details.  A range of Black & White, bold-striped faux furs for both Men & Women had every person in the room taking notice. 

 As the finale walk-around commenced, the entire audience shrieked their approval, only to ramp it up even more when designer himself, Hakan Akkaya, walked the entire runway, nearly floating with pride as he blew kisses to his legions of fans, new & old alike.