It’s New York Fashion Week, which means the Fashionista team is running around town like crazy to bring you the best of what’s new from the city’s brightest designers. Read on for our first-hand report on the latest from the runways.
The "Parisian girl in Brooklyn" look is definitely a thing right now, and Sylvie Millstein’s spring 2015 collection for her line Hellessy definitely embodies that nonchalant aesthetic. The Paris-born, Versailles-raised (NBD) and now New York-based French-Japanese designer was inspired by a painting by Brooklyn artist Rachel Pontious for the collection. “I wanted to dress an aesthete," Millstein said. "A woman who loves art and beauty, who browses art galleries in Brooklyn and Chelsea. And this is her.” I can definitely see a Bedford Street resident—by way of the Sorbonne—sipping a cocktail at a Greenpoint gallery opening in the candy striped, shirred waistline maxi-dress, the streamlined, drop-waist white shift (with a leather jacket thrown over her shoulders cape-style) or the houndstooth macrame rise-fall top paired with tailored board shorts.
Millstein also made a point to add statement-making accents on the backs of pieces, like a flounced pleat detail on a nipped waist army green jacket. “I think it’s an interesting way to have people take a second look at you,” Millstein explained. She styled the military-inspired topper over a black and white printed, minimalist ball gown-type dress for that unfussy, yet sophisticated vibe. As Millstein put it, “I think there’s nothing chicer than to look like you made no effort to dress the way you dress.”—Fawnia Soo Hoo
Every so often, Tiffany & Co. holds a breakfast event for press at its 5th Avenue flagship. The latest of these “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” events took place Wednesday morning to unveil the new “Tiffany T” collection, one of the first under newish design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, whose vision for the iconic jewelry brand sounds quite promising. The assortment of necklaces, rings and bracelets in 18 karat gold and sterling silver is refreshingly subtle and chic, with each piece featuring a literal “T” shape in ways you may not notice if you didn’t know the name of the collection.
In a discussion with Miroslava Duma, Amfitheatrof said she wanted the collection to feel effortless and perfect, like your favorite shirt or dress that you take with you everywhere — and with prices ranging from about 500 to $5,000, they’d better. Going forward, Amfitheatrof wants to experiment with more color and new types of gems. A trained jeweler and silversmith, Amfitheatrof clearly has the skill and taste level to pull it all off and we can't wait to see what she does next. —Dhani Mau
Zac Zac Posen
You may know Zac Posen for his over-the-top, voluminous, red carpet-ready gowns, but he also does a slightly lower-priced, more wearable line of dresses, separates and accessories sold in doors like Neiman Marcus and Shopbop.
While it may be more of a commercial line, Posen is not afraid of taking risks with it, as evidenced by ultra-bright dresses in not-easy-to-wear hues like yellow, pink, orange: one dress even featured all three. It was a lot. We were more into the popcorn knit cropped sweaters, which also come in bright yellow and pink. When paired with jeans, it would make for just the right amount of color. —Dhani Mau