Swimwear Trends 2019

Summer means pool time, beaches and travel. Have you shopped for swimsuits yet? Let’s look at some of the latest swimwear trends that will keep you styling all summer long and maybe turn heads, in a good way! One (or two) of our favorite designer labels are Trina Turk and Mr. Turk for men - they bring the pop & chic to every collection season after season.

1-    The one piece is back! But did it really ever go away? Every major designer featured one piece bathing suits on the runway this year so now it’s your turn. They came in all colors, from nude to brights and featured interesting elements such as one-shoulder straps, lace-ups and cut-outs.

2-    Which brings us to another hot trend: cut-outs. A little peek-a-boo around the side, back or mid-section will keep you on trend this summer and let you have a little fun with your own personal style. It’s a great option for showing skin while sporting a one-piece.

3-    Animal prints (and all prints in general, like florals and paisley) are everywhere in fashion from ready-to-wear, couture and swim. Embrace prints!

4-    For MEN: go short or go home! Enough already with knee-length swim trunks. Tan those legs! (And remember that a little manscaping goes a long way.)

There are many looks and many wonderful styles to choose from this summer in swimwear. Other womenswear trends are high-waisted bottoms, 80s-90s vibes, ruffles and sleeves, yes sleeves… Don’t forget a good cover up too! When just lounging around a pool, it’s nice and classy to throw on a cover-up over your swimsuit. So many choices. Have fun with them and we suggest about three swim suits, men also, so that you have variety this summer.

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HAKAN AKKAYA’S GLAM ROCK COLLECTION – NYFW FALL/WINTER 2019

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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.

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Lela Rose Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear

Lela Rose Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear

Lela Rose’s fashion week presentations (and Resort presentations, and bridal presentations) can make your day. It doesn’t matter how stressed out or sleep-deprived you are; you can always expect to feel fairly revived by the good vibes, great music, delicious treats, and even better cocktails at her shows. The waiters at today’s unveiling were passing out greyhounds—i.e., grapefruit and vodka over ice—and it was the first of many puns related to the main event.

The runway was covered in artificial turf, with a low picket fence around the perimeter and a series of pedestals. It was also the first time this reviewer has ever been asked if I was “okay with dogs” before going backstage. We all had an inkling there’d be something particularly cute about this show, of course: The invitation was a blue first-place ribbon with “Roseminster Dog Show” printed in gold. The official Westminster Dog Show happened in New York tonight, as luck would have it, and as a lifelong dog lover, Rose decided to host her own version. Along with a dozen models, she cast a variety of pups—some show dogs and some who are famous, like Riley Bean, an orange Brittany with 33,000 Instagram followers.

If you’ve frequented Rose’s shows, it wasn’t a huge surprise to see beagles mingling with Dalmatian minis backstage. She’s done garden parties, boat parties, and even a “Tribeca takeover” back in June, which was essentially a parade on the streets of downtown New York. If today’s campy setup distracted from the clothes at times—a few pups were too excited to sit still, and Jenna Bush Hager and Robert Verdi were on hand to deliver witty commentary—a closer look revealed some charming touches. Rose’s fellow dog lovers won’t be able to resist the navy dress with canine cameos for buttons, and there was a black-and-ivory “man’s best friend” print illustrated with bulldogs, Yorkshire terriers, and dachshunds. On a long-sleeve silk dress with pearl smocking along the bust, it looked surprisingly elegant, sort of like toile.

Subtler nods were the coats and box-pleated dresses in multicolored “King Charles” plaids. Silhouette-wise, Rose is feeling for higher necklines, longer sleeves, and leaner, more body-conscious silhouettes, like a slim camel wool dress and a cherry-red pouf-sleeve blouse with matching high-rise trousers. That look was part of the “Non-Working Group,” announced by a model holding a giant placard (a funny riff on the categories in a dog show: working, toy, hound, non-sporting, et al). Earlier in the show, there was a “Ladies Who Lunch” group, and the finale looks were “Cocktail Companions.” Told you it was campy! Rose’s customer will shop from all of those groups, but the best-in-show award goes to the knife-pleated midi dresses and column gowns with peaked pearl edges; they were at once vintage and modern.

Source: VogueRunway

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MARIA ARISTIDOU COUTURE SPRING SUMMER 2019

You don’t always know what ‘s hidden behind a closed door and even when you think you do, you always wonder if you are right. A closed door is, more often than not, a mystery to all of us. We are humans and curiosity is, whether we like it or not, a human imperfection. And when that door has an arch and a keystone, intertwining to form a coherent symplexis, it becomes a mystical and wondrous gate, behind which imagination can run wild! So, open it. If you dare.

Maria Aristidou’s Spring/Summer 2019 knit couture collection was quite the challenge. Inspiration for the pattern came from a single vintage arched door found during a walk inside the old city walls of Nicosia. The simplicity of the door’s facade, together with the complexity of the engineering behind it, gave rise to a series of design trials that lead to this fine timeless pattern for the fabrics of SS 2019 collection. Hand embroidery embellishments on a colorful palette of luxurious knit fabrics made by the designer, capture the beauty and the essence of a woman. Unexpected cuts on timeless classic designs with modern details are the signature of the designer's Spring/Summer 2019 "Symplexis" collection.

In 2015 Maria Aristidou introduced her first A/W 2015 Limited Knit Scarf Collection, a beginning of a new concept in her designs. The magic of knitwear inspired her to first explore and then create, using luxurious threads and elaborate techniques, various knit patterns. The craftsmanship of detailed hand embroideries adds to the uniqueness of Maria Aristidou's fabric collections for the couture evening and accessories.

The process of fabric production for each collection starts from the very beginning. Yarns such as wool, viscose, lurex, cotton, silk and velvet (depending on the season the designer works on) are ordered from Paris and Italy. Then, a series of patterns, first designed on paper, are passed on to the computer knit programmer to be then processed by the programs set for the knitting machines. What follows is a series of testings to establish which yarn will be used on which machine and for which pattern, how thick or thin the fabric will be, color sampling combinations, hand-embroidery design testing, quality and durability checks etc. The only fabric that is actually bought, and not produced by the designer, is the lining needed for each garment.

Once the desired patterns are developed, and the fabric samples are finalized and tested, the fabric production takes place. That is, cutting and sewing (with finishings done with knit trimming on each piece of the garment) along with hand embroidery. All production takes place in Cyprus.

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Interview: DAYO Luxury Loungewear with TLC's Chilli

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Meet the stylish women behind luxury loungewear brand DAYO -

DAYO, which means happiness has arrived, is a luxury loungewear brand created for women to look beautiful, while finding harmony between home, functionality, luxury and comfort.

Yolanda White, former Coca-Cola marketing executive and CEO of DAYO , has made it her mission to deliver functional style that inspires women to be their most confident and beautiful self when they arrive home after a long day.

While rooted in fashion, DAYO is more about elevating a conversation about the role of women at home and getting to the root of self-love.

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OZLANA SS19 NYFW

Runway Credit: Jonathan Lapada / Fashion Nomads

Runway Credit: Jonathan Lapada / Fashion Nomads

Australian brand Ozlana presented their much-anticipated new collection DREAM STILL____ at New York Fashion Week. An edgy yet romantic take on street couture, the new collection highlighted their experimental textiles, quality fabrics, and sustainable artisan techniques.

The mood at the runway was serene, with a naturalistic set design featuring dried wildflowers and pampas grass, soft fur overlays, and lightweight cloud props hanging from the air, illuminated in soft hues. The sound of chirping birds and projected moving scenes of waves and stars created an immersive experience, as if within nature, in the heart of midtown New York.

DREAM STILL____ translates a tale of nostalgia as a woman builds her life in the city, recalling her beautiful countryside youth, and lapsing into a sweet recollection of what has been. Presenting an All Seasons collection, and subverting the traditional fashion calendar, OZLANA brings a new moment to their audience, combining highly wearable, practical fashion with an idealistic, dreamy mood.

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YAJUN SS19 NYFW

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Strange loop: Humans habitually live in a well-defined world, and everything they do has reasons and meaning.

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For Spring Summer 2019, Yajun examined the "isomorphic" relationships of men, women and clothing. Inspired by the art of M.C. Esher where everything seems to loop with no beginnings or endings, this collection attempted to push the conformity of design and practicality to greater heights. Presenting menswear and womenswear on the runway this season, Yajun invited the audience to rethink how garments are worn and viewed, offering endless possibilities of interpretation. Jackets, shirts, pants and pockets were wrapped in "strange loops" leaving you to decide its placement, form and function. Yajun SS19 is a collection for the modern thinker with an open mind and a great sense of style.

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