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Recap of FW15 Fashion Weeks

INSPIRATIONFiona LeahyComment

Fashion weeks have come to a close for the season, and I'm assuming that you didn't sacrifice your life responsibilities like I did to lay in bed and appreciate my high speed internet with live streamings. I put my Netflix binge watching of Gilmore Girls on hold and would fall asleep watching Ralph Lauren in hopes of  dreaming about attending a polo match wearing a chiffon skirt and a floppy hat while bumping into Carter Baizen.   I try to lay low during this time of year since I rather go to bed early to wake up on EST to watch Zimmermann before heading to class. I watched some of New York, Paris, Milan and then attended some shows myself in Los Angeles.   After watching various shows this Spring, I've sifted out my personal favorites and the most important aspects to look out for this Fall:

1. Zac Posen

I've actually put a lot of thought into this and came to one conclusion. While Zac Posen's collection was nothing short of glamorous (as always), everyone knows what really stole the show. Naomi Campbell walking the finale in a full-volume gleaming ruby blush ball gown. I have been brainstorming theories of this how someone/something could look so perfect, and this the only sane settlement I came up with. I truly believe that Naomi Campbell was living in a Barbie box and they had her limbs wrapped up in zip ties and then they untwisted all the wires and unleashed her onto the runway. 

2. Chanel

Lagerfeld back at it again. He sets the bar high for himself season after season; last spring he had my jaw dropped when he transformed the runway into a full on grocery store and had the models strutting down the aisles with shopping baskets as if they were just casually strolling looking for whole wheat tortillas. This time around he took you to a Parisian cafe. Cappuccinos on the house, handsome dapper waiters, wooden oak furnishings and elaborate tile floorings. He named his faux cafe Brasserie Gabrielle after Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel herself. Lagerfeld talked about his collection and explained: "This is really what I would love to see someone wearing for dinner, lunch or breakfast...But not ladies who lunch, huh? That's another era." Yeah Karl, I'd love to go out for buttermilk pancakes wearing head to toe Chanel too. 

3. Anna Sui

The 70's are back! And it's so boho breezy chic vibe I can't even handle it. Of course, it's Anna Sui so her floral patterns are to die for in every shape or form. I loved the mixed textures with the brightly colored fur shearing vests and accents on shoes. I wish I could style myself to dress this chic everyday. She is the queen of interbreeding patterns. 

4. Valentino 

OH MY GOD. As if Valentino couldn't already be more perfect, they ended their show with a finale having Derek Zoolander and Hansel close out the catwalk. I was at school and when I saw this I actually made a scene by jumping out of my seat from shock and excitement. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson ILYSM!

5. Oscar de la Renta

I watched the live streaming of this, and as the camera panned the audience as everyone took their seats and celebrities were being interviewed...I was just sitting here s w e a t i n g. Completely ruined my fresh manicure with my excessive nail bitting prior to the show starting. Nervous. Excited. Worried. Sad. I was going through all possible emotions. Oscar de la Renta passed away last October, and this was the first show that was in the hands of the new appointed creative director, Peter Copping. I had my fingers crossed, legs crossed, arms crossed just praying for Peter to be able to live up to the fashion icon's legacy. And he so did. This show was so spectacular. The gowns were stunning as they flocked down the runway. All together, an amazing tribute and collection to start off a new chapter of the brand. SO well done, Peter. 

 

 

LA Fashion Week: Camelia Skikos

SO LAFiona LeahyComment

This is my first ever LA fashion week show I’ve ever attended where I wasn’t on the runway. And I am so overly excited to be invited back and this time on the sidelines as ‘press’, which makes me sound really fancy. And I'm really not that fancy tb completely h, but having my first fashion week as a blogger rather than being someone's walking mannequin is invigorating.

This was also my first ever concept show I’ve been to, which was quite the experience. Usually during runway shows it’s hard to see the details on garments; there are models that are walking way too fast because the only thing that’s on their mind is how fast they have to change into their next look and how they’re going to get their bright white silk blouse over their head without smearing their foundation onto their neckline (I’ve been there).  I attended Camelia Skikos for Concept Fashion Week, and since LA fashion week isn’t really recognized as a global phenomenon (except Tom Ford having participating this year I think will be a game changer) it isn’t always common for you to be familiar with the designers. But on the contrary this wasn’t my first time hearing about Camelia Skikos, and after watching her show she is definitely a name you have to know. Camelia has quiet the resume. From working for luxurious brands throughout London to being the head designer of Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Camelia launched her line in 2010, and the following year won San Francisco Fashion Award for Best Women’s Wear Designer. Her pieces are geometrically configured; looking at her past collections the best way I could describe it in comparison is that it has a similar modern feel like Alexander Wang if he wasn’t voluntarily color blind (I’m aware that not everything Wang is black and white, but it kinda seems like it). For her concept show, models would parade out then stand still for periods of time so you could really examine the apparel. Camelia used a greyscale color palette with a splash of metallics to add some luster. I feel that her pieces are special and extraordinary because they look so clean-cut even if they are asymmetrical. My favorite pieces actually came out of the men’s line. It takes a certain brand for me to look at a men’s wear garment and think to myself: “I would totally wear that.” And coming from a girly girl (I wouldn't usually classify myself as a girly girl but my dad would say that I totally am) like myself, it just shows that these pieces were that amazing.

And one of the best parts about her line is it is all designed and made in this pretty city, Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by this new app called Fyuse, which I then caught myself downloading and talking multiple selfies with my fellow blogger gal pals.  I’m so happy I got to be a guest for this show; I can’t wait to see it come out this Fall! Check out her collections: www.cameliaskikos.com