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Spring 2012 Inspiration: Rebecca Taylor

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The Spring 2012 muse is contemporary, fresh, and ethereal.  The collection emphasizes cut and color with unexpected cut-outs in silhouettes.  Shades of oyster are highlighted by bold citrus colors of lemon, lime and tangerine.  Cropped slouchy embellished sweaters, long skirts and voluminous outerwear in technical fabrics add edge, while apron back dresses mixed with bone colored snake leather bibs inject a paired down cool attitude.  Rebecca Taylor will present her collection this Friday at Lincoln Center.

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Sneak Peek: Custo Barcelona Spring 2012

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“We try to create a universe based on sensations, mixing colors, graphics and materials, exploring the smallest details to the maximum.” – Custo Dalmau

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a week away and we’re already excited about the various shows we will be attending; including Custo Barcelona‘s Spring 2012 collection. Above find a exclusive sneak peek at the Gabonga collection. GABONGA is a word coined to describe something new: a collection beginning with graphic fabrics and flowing garments, and ending with more body-conscious pieces that enhance the figure; with superimposed and contrasting lengths to highlight femininity. The final product is a corporeal look, which experiments with spatial volumes.

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The body-con garments primarily include very tight graphic patchwork dresses – one of Custo Barcelona’s most distinctive designs. This part of the collection also includes shorts and trousers with chain-mail embellishments, matched with cropped bomber jackets and masculine waistcoats, over semi-transparent chain-mail openwork shirts.

Lastly, the collection will feature new items such as trench coats and swimwear – all of them in typical Custo graphics. The former are made of printed nylon, while the latter are designed with small kaleidoscopic elements and patches.

The colour palette is fresh and bright; it explores new horizons. Colours range from apple green, orangey-pink, beige, nude and coral pink, to aquamarine and tropical khaki. Metal tones with shiny Lurex are also displayed; and include yellow gold, copper, gunmetal, white gold and violet.

The fabrics are translucent and free-flowing – chiffon, silk sating, ultrafine nylon and dentelle, and prints adorned with metal studs. Metallic tricot takes on a fluid and smooth appearance. The oneiric graphic design combines different kinds of patchwork to create an illusion of collage that evokes images of imperfect beauty. These kaleidoscopic patchworks mix conflicting fabrics of different weights, textures and sheen, forming a unique and genuine Custo universe.

 

The GABONGA Collection will launch at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on September 11th at Lincoln Center.

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Missoni for Target Countdown Begins!

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It’s always a delight to see fashion collaborations- proving once again that you do not have to pay a fortune to own a designer label. This is why I love Target: the industry leader in designer collaborations. This month, Target is partnering with Missoni, the fashion label known for their signature prints and patterns in the most luxurious Italian knits. The limited edition collection will include affordable finds for women, men, children as well as home ranging in price from $2.99-$599.99. I noticed a 5-piece espresso set that I may have to snag to serve Capriccio to my guests.

Missoni for Target will be available September 13th through October 22nd at all Target stores, and target.com.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Fifth

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The American lifestyle brand Guess is bringing their trend setting denim to 575 Fifth Avenue at 47th Street in New York City. The 13,000 square foot two-story store is now the 4th location in Manhattan, and the brand’s flagship. Last week the global lifestyle brand celebrated the launch of this new gem on the last day of fashion week. Guests sipped champagne and nibbled on the French favorite,macaroons while admiring the layout.

It seems like only yesterday the three-zipper style denim, also known as the “Marilyn”, with the red triangle logo blew off the shelves at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. “We’ve come a long way since designing our first pair of jeans” noted Paul Marciano, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Guess? Inc., “New York is the fashion capital of the United States, with Fifth Avenue at its epicenter.”  The 575 Fifth Avenue space is a mix of Guess heritage and high fashion. There is a denim rug made from over 500 vintage jean patches, and a handcrafted installation of over 7,000 authentic denim buttons on a black background.

The first floor houses a denim anchor wall in translucent red glass,  along with the women’s collection including merchandise exclusive to the US flagship.  Also available on the first floor is a beautiful display of accessories, including shoes which I have to re-visit with my gift card, and a European jewelry collection sold only at the flagship and Guess accessories stores.  The second floor is home to women’s apparel, including a new dress section and a full men’s collection.

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G-Starr Raw Fall 2011

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G-Starr presented their NY RAW Autumn/Winter 2011 collection atLincoln Center at New York Fashion Week. The collection exuded a modern 3 dimensional approach to denim in a dark color palette of raw indigo, hunter green and grey.

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Rebecca Minkoff Introduces Men to Ben Minkoff

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For years Rebecca Minkoff has gained popularity with her stylish handbags, accessories and apparel worn for women that it only made sense to bring the same appeal to guys. Ben Minkoff, the new men’s accessories collection, will make its debut for Spring 2011. The collection includes the same detailing and hardware which is highly recognized in the Rebecca Minkoff brand but bringing a cool, rustic, masculine edge. “I am thrilled to be entering into the men’s market and growing the Rebecca Minkoff collection into a lifestyle brand”, noted Minkoff.

Inspired by her grandfather’s career as a combat fighter pilot in World War II and the bags used by the Air Force in the 1940’s, the Ben Minkoff collection blends heritage and modernity. The wallets and billfolds are made of leather and cotton fabrics that are durable. The standout piece is the messenger tote, available in leather and leather embroidered wax- wear and my personal favorite the navy and hunter green plaid tote. In addition to the messenger bag, the collection will include men’s belts, cases for the Kindle and iPad ranging from $30-575 retail, and will be sold at select specialty retailers nationwide.

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