Diesel Black Gold

NYFW S/S 2015 Favorites

Fashion month is now over! From New York to Paris, fashion experts from all over the world had been traveling non-stop to see the Spring/Summer 2015 Collections that designers have worked immensely hard on for the past few months.

Today I’ll be reviewing my favorite collections that were shown in New York, and next I’ll be reviewing the collections from London Fashion Week.

Donna Karan
Donna Karan’s S/S 2015 Collection was inspired by the urban jungle of the city, with graffitied inspired prints. “Time to show your colors and paint the town with urban chic,” which were the words that echoed from the showcard to the collection itself. I loved the silhouette of the dresses; they had elements of both hard and soft. The silk chiffon gave the dresses a feminine edge, while the leather and the graffiti print gave a masculine feel to the garment. You can just imagine a New York City girl walking through the streets of the city, complementing the graffiti walls with the beautiful gowns blowing in the wind.

Diesel Black Gold
Instead of going through the typical Spring Collection route, with pastel colors and flower prints, designer Andreas Melbostad decided to go through the 1980s feel, with leather and studs. Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane also used the 80s rock and roll influence in his past collections. The collection has sex appeal, that is much needed in the spring. I really liked the cutouts in the studded tops that Melbostad created.

Ohne Titel
“Our girl is the cool surfer girl,” said Alexa Adams and Flora Gill about their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. The collection had an interesting build to it, such as the opening look with the draped material across the front the mini-dress. As with Diesel Black Gold, Ohne Titel played with leather with body-con silhouettes with an interesting take on the knee high gladiator sandal. Overall I liked how different this collection was; the shape and the construction of the collection was en pointe!

Prabal Gurung
For his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Prabal Gurung continued his travels to the Himalayas during the springtime. The colors of the collection reflect of the Himalayas during sunset. From the whites of the mountains, to the cool tones of the sky, and then the collection fades to black. I’ve always how Gurung constructed his pieces, in an asymmetrical way. It’s still “traditional” enough that you can wear it directly off the runway, but it’s also different in a way that you’ll stand out in the best way possible.

BCBG Max Azria
Love is always in the air during springtime. What’s more romantic than wearing a beautiful chiffon gown, blowing through the wind. BCBG Max Azria designer, Lubov Azria by the muted patterns and sun-bleached pastel hues that are created during a process of over-dying rugs known as Color Reform. The simplicity of the collection was very refreshing, and bohemian inspired.

Anna Sui
Speaking of a bohemian influence, the Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was bohemian overload! And I loved every single thing about it. Sui was inspired by the free-love, hippie era of London during the 1960s. She did an enormous amount of research in regards to the styling of the era. From Mick Jagger’s brother Chris hand-painted for John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, to vintage Sanderson linens. Sui also knew how to style the collection in a manner that stayed true to the era, but with fresh twist. It is a fun, quirky collection that is wearable for day-to-day wear.

Ralph Lauren
If you needed to look high class while on a safari adventure, then look no further because this season’s Ralph Lauren Collection has everything you need. From fitted cargo shorts to bright neon blouses, going on an adventure has never looked so glamorous! I really liked the fit and the style of the pieces; a classic feminine approach. Towards the end of the show, models donned chiffon gowns and beautiful jewels, that would make any adventurer look glamorous in the hot sun.

Alexander Wang
Always wanted to look athletic while still looking good? Then sports luxe is the way to go! Alexander Wang’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is embodied the look of active wear in a sexy, everyday wearable manner. Wang was inspired by the silhouette and the feel of a sneaker, which could have been very gimmicky with the leather accents and pieces. However Wang managed to make the collection look put together; the colors are amazing and everything looks clean and polished.

Diane von Furstenberg
Any Diane von Furstenberg piece should be a staple in every women’s wardrobe. There is no reason why you shouldn’t already have the famous DVF wrap dress. You can wear it with anytime for any occasion; it’s the most versatile item in your closet besides the basics you should already have. Von Furstenberg was inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Côte d’Azur. The collection was very fresh and very DVF.

Versus Versace
The Versus Versace collection was designed by the newest collaborative designer, Anthony Vaccarello. The collection really reminded me of Versace when Gianni Versace was the main designer before his untimely death. The dresses with the large slits, held together with safety pins especially reminded me of Versace back in the 1990s. I loved everything about this collection! It was dangerous, fun, and nostalgic. And it was also very Versace, with the sexy cut-outs and slits that every Versace women would wear.

Well that’s it for the city that never sleeps. Next week we’ll take a trip across the pond to the rising fashion city that is London! Stay tuned!

-R.N

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Milan Menswear SS15: Day 2 and 3 Favorites

The saga continues of the Milan Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 Collections! Home of Fendi, Gucci, Prada and many more, Milan always has a lot to offer. Slim cuts and great colors conquer the runways of Milan. Of course with there will be hits and there will be those that completely fall off the map. But let’s focus on the positives shall we?

Tod’s
The theme of world-class travelers has been popping up with different designers these past few shows. Tod’s Spring/Summer 2015 was the embodiment of the stylish traveler, with a sophisticated balance between business and play. Stylish loafers paired with classy suits gave the collection a laid-back vibe, with neutral hues beige, blacks, and blues. Great to wear on the plane heading to Cannes, or casually shopping on Rodeo Drive, this collection will make you look and feel like a million bucks.




Prada
“Anytime I do a men’s show, I’m thinking this would be fantastic for women—or at least for me. And more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders,” said Miuccia Prada. Miuccia Prada wanted to create a menswear collection that also complemented women. The collection also had a slight 60s vibe to it, with the fit, the styles, and the sweaters. I really liked the difference in color of some of the topstitching on some of the jackets; it made it different and made the jackets really pop.




Diesel Black Gold
The Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2015 Collection had a rocker vibe to it. From the leather jackets to the slim cut pants, the collection was very well designed and flattered the male body. I really loved all the blazers and jackets in the collection. They were very versatile in a way that you could wear them as a stand-alone piece, or you could mix and match the jackets with different outfits, and it wouldn’t stand out in a bad way. I could really see myself in some of the pieces from this collection.




Gucci
A lot of the Men’s Collections this season had the influence of rock-and-roll and the 60s in their collections. Gucci also implemented this trend into their Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. But what set Gucci apart from some of the other designers, was that they also added some military influence into the collection. You could see this the double-breasted blazers and jackets. And some of the bright reds and blues made some of the clothing pop.




Fendi
If Fendi designed your school uniforms, I think this is what they would look like. The Spring/Summer 2015 Fendi Collection had collegiate vibe to it. From the headphones that the models had on and bags they carried, to the letterman jackets and tailored blazers, this collection just screams fashionable school student. If guys from my high school and college dressed like this, the world would be a better place.




What does everyone think of the Milan Collections so far? Let me know in the comments below. Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing collections shown from Dsquared2, Giorgio Armani, and Roberto Cavalli. Then it’s off to the last set of shows in Paris. Be on the look out for my thoughts for those this week and next! Laters!

-R.N.

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