Interview: Decades of Sustainability with Maria Cornejo
By Robin Torres
Maria Cornejo, who has been designing for her brand Zero + Maria Cornejo for two decades, began...
By Robin Torres
Maria Cornejo, who has been designing for her brand Zero + Maria Cornejo for two decades, began using sustainable materials many seasons ago. Aside from the fact that this makes her somewhat of an authority on the subject (and for that matter, a priceless source of insight), it also goes to show...
Maria Cornejo, who has been designing for her brand Zero + Maria Cornejo for two decades, began using sustainable materials many seasons ago. Aside from the fact that this makes her somewhat of an authority on the subject (and for that matter, a priceless source of insight), it also goes to show that NYFW has designers among its ranks who pulled up their sleeves and got down to business way...
NYFW’s Future Could be an Algorithm. Are Fashion Shows Still Relevant?
By Robin Torres
Long term financial uncertainty and important structural changes tend to make companies feel...
By Robin Torres
Long term financial uncertainty and important structural changes tend to make companies feel uneasy. The fashion industry is no exception. NYFW is still finding its feet amidst it all – from the changing American fashion landscape and steady influx of young talented and progressively minded...
Long term financial uncertainty and important structural changes tend to make companies feel uneasy. The fashion industry is no exception. NYFW is still finding its feet amidst it all – from the changing American fashion landscape and steady influx of young talented and progressively minded designers, to a new generation of empowered and informed consumers, and the increasingly central role...
Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran Celebrates Weirdness
By Shirine Saad
Trained as an architect, obsessed with technology, 33-year-old designer Becca McCharen-Tran’s...
By Shirine Saad
Trained as an architect, obsessed with technology, 33-year-old designer Becca McCharen-Tran’s award-winning Chromat has dreamt up a joyous community of body-positive enthusiasts and artists. We spoke to her after her WAVVY New York show, where she sent models (plus-sized, trans, and non-binary,...
Trained as an architect, obsessed with technology, 33-year-old designer Becca McCharen-Tran’s award-winning Chromat has dreamt up a joyous community of body-positive enthusiasts and artists. We spoke to her after her WAVVY New York show, where she sent models (plus-sized, trans, and non-binary, headscarved and gloriously afroed) down the runway in Skittle-colored bodysuits, sheer dresses, and...
Where’s the Show? Not on the Runway.
By Shirine Saad
The chicest statement this season among fashion insiders? Dismissing fashion week. Unless...
By Shirine Saad
The chicest statement this season among fashion insiders? Dismissing fashion week. Unless four-hour lines in subzero temps, catfights over designer swag, mad taxi races across Manhattan and Brooklyn, screaming influencers, and paparazzi mayhem appealed to you, this season was all about staying...
The chicest statement this season among fashion insiders? Dismissing fashion week. Unless four-hour lines in subzero temps, catfights over designer swag, mad taxi races across Manhattan and Brooklyn, screaming influencers, and paparazzi mayhem appealed to you, this season was all about staying in. Following a massive designer exodus from the fashion calendar (notably Alexander Wang, moving to...
Michael Kors Creates Fashion Mixtape for NYFW
By Robin Torres
Michael Kors tends to be reliable, in a good way. It’s one of those shows you can count on for...
By Robin Torres
Michael Kors tends to be reliable, in a good way. It’s one of those shows you can count on for consistency, from a design standpoint, as far as the setting goes, and in terms of the overall mood. His collections are classic, often tapping into the appeal of all-American glamour. All in all, most...
Michael Kors tends to be reliable, in a good way. It’s one of those shows you can count on for consistency, from a design standpoint, as far as the setting goes, and in terms of the overall mood. His collections are classic, often tapping into the appeal of all-American glamour. All in all, most of those who have kept an eye on him throughout the years would most likely agree that Kors...
Interview: Sies Marjan’s Creative Director Speaks in Colors
By Robin Torres
“This collection is like an intense dream,” read the opening line of the press release, and I...
By Robin Torres
“This collection is like an intense dream,” read the opening line of the press release, and I thought to myself, “sure, like Sander Lak finding his way to Sies Marjan.” Interestingly, this was not necessarily my state of mind – or that of many in that room – when I first arrived at the venue....
“This collection is like an intense dream,” read the opening line of the press release, and I thought to myself, “sure, like Sander Lak finding his way to Sies Marjan.” Interestingly, this was not necessarily my state of mind – or that of many in that room – when I first arrived at the venue. After all, the crowded, raucous, and architecturally unappealing Madison Square Garden location could...
Fashion in a Flash #2
Trend Alert: Animal Prints Make a Comeback
By Robin Torres
Animal prints might have been yesterday’s overdone and not so suitable look – by times even...
By Robin Torres
Animal prints might have been yesterday’s overdone and not so suitable look – by times even associated to the lower and higher edges of socio-economic spectrums – but they are making a fun and youthful return. Refigured and reinserted as a way to visually break the consistency of an outfit or to...
Animal prints might have been yesterday’s overdone and not so suitable look – by times even associated to the lower and higher edges of socio-economic spectrums – but they are making a fun and youthful return. Refigured and reinserted as a way to visually break the consistency of an outfit or to add an attention-grabbing element to bold looks, the iconic print is being appropriated by a wide...
Interview: Christian Siriano on His 10-Year NYFW Anniversary
By Robin Torres
Christian Siriano’s show at the beautiful Grand Lodge marked his 10-year anniversary. The...
By Robin Torres
Christian Siriano’s show at the beautiful Grand Lodge marked his 10-year anniversary. The two-story set up was packed with excited guests, eager photographers, press from the four corners of the world, and an enviably diverse front row that included IT-lady rapper of the moment Cardi B, Meg Ryan,...
Christian Siriano’s show at the beautiful Grand Lodge marked his 10-year anniversary. The two-story set up was packed with excited guests, eager photographers, press from the four corners of the world, and an enviably diverse front row that included IT-lady rapper of the moment Cardi B, Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg, and trans-activist Laverne Cox. It wasn’t a quiet crowd either. Throughout the...
Five Looks from the Mansur Gavriel Show
By Robin Torres
Last season marked the successful debut of Mansur Gavriel’s ready-to-wear collection, so getting...
By Robin Torres
Last season marked the successful debut of Mansur Gavriel’s ready-to-wear collection, so getting to see their follow up in a much larger space – the previous venue was their own store in Soho – was something to look forward to. It was one of those shows where people lean over to whisper something...
Last season marked the successful debut of Mansur Gavriel’s ready-to-wear collection, so getting to see their follow up in a much larger space – the previous venue was their own store in Soho – was something to look forward to. It was one of those shows where people lean over to whisper something to their neighbor, discreetly point a finger, and quickly turn their heads in anticipation of the...
NYFW: Fashion in a Flash
By Robin Torres
As New York Fashion Week grows and evolves into a host of new formats, new fashion, and new...
By Robin Torres
By Robin Torres
As New York Fashion Week grows and evolves into a host of new formats, new fashion, and new designers, it still remains a stage for some of the industry’s most commercial and creative looks. Beyond skepticism and questioning, truth is, there’s a lot to go through including shows, presentations,...
As New York Fashion Week grows and evolves into a host of new formats, new fashion, and new designers, it still remains a stage for some of the industry’s most commercial and creative looks. Beyond skepticism and questioning, truth is, there’s a lot to go through including shows, presentations, show rooms, and events – and so much to look at. Here, we cut through some of the noise and highlight...
Time’s Up: Facing the Reality of Black Talent in the Design Industry
By Shirine Saad
Trinidadian-American Kibwe Chase-Marshall worked as a designer and journalist for years before he...
By Shirine Saad
Trinidadian-American Kibwe Chase-Marshall worked as a designer and journalist for years before he decided to take action against an urgent problem he witnessed in the fashion industry: a lack of support for Black designers. Last year, he began to craft a social media campaign,...
Trinidadian-American Kibwe Chase-Marshall worked as a designer and journalist for years before he decided to take action against an urgent problem he witnessed in the fashion industry: a lack of support for Black designers. Last year, he began to craft a social media campaign, #BreakSilenceBreakCeilings, to tackle the issue. Now, as America celebrates Black History Month, his petition on Color...
Telfar Clemens Ushers NYFW into the Future
By Robin Torres
Those who attended last night’s Telfar fashion show at Spring Studios might have caught a glimpse...
By Robin Torres
Those who attended last night’s Telfar fashion show at Spring Studios might have caught a glimpse into NYFW’s future; or, at least one of its possible evolutions. As designers explore new ways of presenting their collections and brands struggle to gain (or retain) attention for their products,...
Those who attended last night’s Telfar fashion show at Spring Studios might have caught a glimpse into NYFW’s future; or, at least one of its possible evolutions. As designers explore new ways of presenting their collections and brands struggle to gain (or retain) attention for their products, the manner in which Telfar Clemens – the Liberian-American designer behind Telfar – chose to share his...
Raf Simons Brings Drugs to the Forefront with “Youth in Motion”
By Robin Torres
As I walked into the setting of Raf Simons’ “Youth In Motion” – the title of his fall collection...
By Robin Torres
As I walked into the setting of Raf Simons’ “Youth In Motion” – the title of his fall collection – the first things that caught my attention were the rich scents of fruit, chocolate, and wine, which was confusing considering I had come to attend a fashion show. A minute and a few steps later, it...
As I walked into the setting of Raf Simons’ “Youth In Motion” – the title of his fall collection – the first things that caught my attention were the rich scents of fruit, chocolate, and wine, which was confusing considering I had come to attend a fashion show. A minute and a few steps later, it all made a lot more sense. As a backdrop to his runway, the Belgian designer had set up his own...
Five Looks from the Pamella Roland Show
By Robin Torres
Regardless of where she draws inspiration from, if one can expect anything from a Pamella Roland...
By Robin Torres
Regardless of where she draws inspiration from, if one can expect anything from a Pamella Roland runway show, it’s elegance, spirit, and a tactful touch of contemporary. This often adds up to a distractive and hypnotizing effect. As her dresses begin to appear on the catwalk, Roland brings us...
Regardless of where she draws inspiration from, if one can expect anything from a Pamella Roland runway show, it’s elegance, spirit, and a tactful touch of contemporary. This often adds up to a distractive and hypnotizing effect. As her dresses begin to appear on the catwalk, Roland brings us into her world, providing guests a chance to escape New York’s gloomy weather, hectic streets, loud...