No one ever said starting your own fashion line was easy. Just ask 24-year-old Filipino-American womenswear designer, Ryan Jordan. Lada Gaga scooped up a few pieces of Jordan's senior thesis collection from Parson and now he's working on his first collection which he presents tonight. But it's not as simple as that. Getting a few pieces worn by Lady Gaga does not an overnight success make. Jordan's learned that the hard way. We spoke to the NYFW newbie as he prepped for his first-ever show.
Yigal Azrouël Inc. has just named a new CEO with some pretty valuable experience. Christopher Candland will take over for Donata Minelli, who left in January to become a business consultant. Previously, Candland was vice president of finance and operations and acting chief financial officer of SMCP Group, where he launched the buzzy Sandro and Maje brands.
Fashion week came, and brought a feisty lil' friend named Nemo along for the ride--forcing us to consider forgoing, "Well, doesn't she look chic!" for, "Well, doesn't she look warm?!" The runways begged to differ, offering up endless new ways to bundle-up beautifully for fall 2013. Check out our top ten trend takeaways from the fashion week that weathered the storm in style.
New reviews and galleries are in! Check out Cushnie et Ochs, Pierre Balmain, and Yigal Azrouël.
Not even Nemo can stop the fashion crowd. Billy Reid, Tommy Hilfiger, Rebeccca Minkoff, Yigal Azrouel, Monika Chiang, Tocca, Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Sun Jung Wan, Ruffian, Christian Siriano and Nautica, will be showing their collections as planned this afternoon, evening and tomorrow morning, respectively, when the storm is supposed to be at its worst, WWD is reporting.
We've got even more amazing Spring 2013 show notes and galleries coming your way! Experience the sleek sexiness of Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang's new print direction, and the architectural spirit of Yigal Azrouel. Want to see more? Head over to our New York Fashion Week homepage!
The CFDA has really been diving headfirst into the collaboration game lately. There was Runway to Win, the Target x Neiman Marcus monster holiday supercollab and now the fashion organization has teamed up with New York's favorite underdog baseball team, the Mets. "Why?" you might ask.
Fashion Week isn't slowing down anytime soon and neither are we! Helmut Lang flexed their DNA for the fall collection which included some amazing jack
Yigal Azrouël's fall collection is going to make you look long and lean, guaranteed. (Though that probably isn't a big concern of Camila Alves, who was sitting front row sans Matthew McConaughy; she's sort of built that way naturally.) The runway, which was set up at the Highline Stages, was a bit of a minefield for the models. A cobblestone walk, plus lots of protruding sewers, plus high shoes means that there are going to be a few stumbles. And there were, but luckily no models went down. When I wasn't holding my breath for the models and actually paid attention to what they were wearing, this is what I saw:
What we actually want to wear on our nails and what we just like to look at on other people's nails are two very different things sometimes. The nail artistry at this week's New York fashion week actually veered both ways for us this season. While nudes are still a thing, and orangey poppy reds (see Jason Wu) had a strong showing, there were a few surprises, too. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi told us backstage at Alexander Wang to watch for super dark colors (not very spring-like) mixed with brights--for example a mixed mani/pedi. She also said that bright colors with a 70s feeling like purple and turquoise would be big come spring. The established designers went fairly minimal with makeup and nails this season, but we love that indie designers (and Betsey Johnson, of course!) are still taking nail risks.
Name: Suzy Bird Age: 21 Occupation: Model How would you describe your style? Minimal, colorful, I like to mix classic things. What is currently on your iPod? Connan Mockasin and Forever Dolphin Love. What it the most comfortable pair of shoes you own? Vintage boots, because they're already worn in!
This week our favorites all went a little vampy. Kate Bosworth did Richard Nicoll's icy pink dress justice, Amber Heard sexed it up in Yigal Azrouel and Anna Paquin looked plain hot in Versus for the premier of True Blood's fourth season. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley continued her press junket reign in Gucci, and Diane Kruger made us jealous in YSL.
Since the launch of his eponymous women's label in 1998, Yigal Azrouël has opened a flagship boutique, launched a men’s line, introduced accessories and developed the contemporary label Cut25. Yet between all of these projects, the dashing designer always manages to stay calm, cool, and collected. Last week was no different as Azrouël welcomed party goers into his meatpacking district boutique for a special shopping event, co-hosted by Rent the Runway. We got a chance to chat with the man behind the brand--clad in his uniform of a leather motorcycle jacket with jeans and a t-shirt--about his particular road to success.
In a strategic move last month, Yigal Azrouël showed his men’s collection in Paris instead of New York. But it was yesterday’s women’s show that really told how much menswear has been on his mind: For fall, Yigal’s girl is running with the boys, in tailored pants, tuxedo jackets, heeled loafers, and even bow ties. But that girl is doing so with a fistful of RIT dye, coloring the separates in cobalt, tangerine, emerald, and bubblegum. The result falls somewhere in a Venn diagram overlap of “girly menswear”, a sweet spot for smartly styled Hollywood ensembles and many a Teen Vogue editorial.
more This week was all about keeping it simple with neutrals and solids. Emmy Rossum pulled off head-to-toe orange (which Drew Barrymore recently pro
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If the spelling and grammatical errors in Yigal Azrouël’s press materials were an indicator of a collection that has not been completely thought out, there were enough innovations, and engaging pieces, to let this failing slide. The Israeli-born Azrouël, whose toying with vintage in the late nineties led him to a women’s line in 2003, followed by his first men’s collection in 2007, is known for his well-worn, salvaged, and distressed looking garments. And while he hasn’t moved too far from his base with Spring/Summer 2011, he’s playing with a cleaner look. None of the sleeveless jackets I had seen this year made much of an impression on me (same goes for the tunics, ugh), but Azrouël’s green sleeveless trench had the right balance of military and modernity, and gave me pause. His take on the short-sleeved chambray, using separate materials for the sleeves as the body, was a miss, as were his oddly zippered sheepskin vest and his dropstitch crewneck sweater. But his woven, white, roomy tees were appealing, as were his gingham apron pocket shorts (ending mid-thigh), their jersey knit counterparts, and my personal favorite, a boy’s romper, which he called a “jumpsuit” but was short sleeved and cut off at the knees (more on that later).