Bensoni's Sonia Yoon is adorable!
Michael Mente is most definitely a friend of Fashionista. Not only has the owner of e-commerce sites Revolve, Forward, Reverse, and the US Division of FarFetch been generous with his time answering our questions about the world of shopping online, he even flew out from Los Angeles to participate in our "How I'm Making It" panel last December. Since Michael's primary job is buying new fashion for his sites, we recently asked him who he's watching in terms of up-and-coming labels.
During Fashion Week, there’s only one accessory carried by editors, stylists, and bloggers at every show: the informational pamphlet. It numbers the progression of looks, making it easy to follow along and circle favorites, and details the designer’s inspiration behind the show. (After all, some collections warrant written word. Headbands + ripped denim = “Blair Waldorf does Coachella”? Oh, okay.) But sometimes the vision is niche, and sometimes it’s not. At yesterday’s Bensoni presentation, the pamphlet attempted to pinpoint the inspiration behind designers Sonia Yoon and Benjamin Channing Clyburn’s collection, but perhaps raised more questions than it answered. A paradox of “grounded and restless, traditional and iconoclastic, serene and daring, elegant and slight disheveled, sensible and spontaneous” it read. Really, what else is there?