NYFW Gets Political On The Runway

Fashion is making their political voice heard this week and quite loudly. NYFW designers and models on and off the runway are utilizing their talent and art to speak up about the current issues we are facing. It was to be expected with women’s rights being challenged, immigration injustices and the talk of walls and bans in the White House. We were wondering just a few weeks ago why there was so much silence from the fashion industry. Well, it looks as though they decided to let the clothes do the talking. Shows like Prabal Gurung, Public School, Christian Siriano just to name a few, made their beliefs quite clear on the runway. We are all living in a world that is completely different than it was ten years ago, five years ago or even five months ago when we last had fashion month. With so much divisiveness and uncertainty, the one thing that we can do is spread kindness, solidarity and strength. The fashion industry has a list of designers from countries from around the world and has always had a strong female presence. The statement of inclusiveness is so important right now as is staying united as a collective.  With three more days left of NYFW and many eyes on the headlines, it will be interesting to see who else on the fashion roster will rise to the occasion. What do you think fashionistas? How do you feel about the fashion industry taking a political stand during fashion week?

Creatures of Comfort

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Top 5 Best Dressed at the 2017 Grammys

Awards season is in full swing and last night the music industry celebrated some of music’s top talent. Adele was the big winner of the night as she swept the Grammys with five wins for her five nominations. Beyonce was nominated for nine awards and took home only two. It seems the Grammys continue to receive backlash and can’t shake the controversy of not awarding Beyonce for best album again and again. Her fans were less than pleased. One of her biggest fans last night spoke up and that was the very winner of the award for best album, Adele. She was gracious and really gushed about how incredible Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album was. It seems award shows are never going to live up to everyone’s expectations because someone in the end, is always going to lose. I think the biggest award for any artist is one, the gift that they have to share with the world and two, the love of their fans. As long as the fans continue to show up to their concerts and love their music, that in itself makes you a winner. Now, with that said.. on to the fashion of the night!

Let me preface by saying that it’s time stylists remember the type of award shows their clients are attending. Why are celebrities showing up in evening gowns and dresses that are fit for more elegant occasions. The Grammys is the time to bring edgy rock and roll and creative expression. With that said there were a few looks that were deserving of the best-dressed award.

Kat Graham in Jean Paul Gaultier

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Modern Day Amelia Earhart – Rihanna

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Amelia Earhart was such a dynamic force in her industry, setting multiple aviation records in her time.” Rihanna

For the March cover of Harper’s Bazaar Rihanna channels Amelia Earhart, first American female aviation pioneer and author. To say Rihanna has broken down barriers in music and fashion pretty much goes without saying. Beautiful and talented she makes quite a statement in this photo editorial, especially during a time when women are fighting harder than ever for their rights. We live in a time when women are stronger, smarter, capable and more successful than ever, but still battling to be seen as an equal in a man’s world. The photos capture the theme of Earhart’s fashion at the time but all the while distinguishing Riri’s edgy allure and oh tons of high fashion glam! This has to be one of our favorite magazine spreads that Rihanna has done (and she’s got many noteworthy ones to date).

Photography by Mariano Vivanco for Harper’s Bazaar

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NYFW Day 1: Brock Collection/Ulla Johnson

Day one at NYFW has concluded. Today we bring you some highlights of what opening day at the tents looked like for Fall/Winter 2017. We start with the Brock Collection. Never heard of them? Ok here is the rundown. The design team consists of a husband and wife, Laura Vassar and Kris Brock who won the top prize at the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund award. Here comes their first presentation since their big win. We enjoyed this collection and once again from the looks of things, textures and luxe furs continue to make strong statements for next fall (although we prefer faux, we’ll take the real deal as inspiration). There were lady-like looks including pencil skirts, poufy dresses and polished daywear. We loved the cinched waistlines, plaids and gingham patterns with nude and camel tones. Another collection that we enjoyed was Ulla Johnson. Her pieces had bohemian elements with exceptional outerwear tailoring. Knit ruffled dresses, florals and velvet boots all were part of the story in this collection that was not just uplifting but ultra feminine. A solid start to New York Fashion Week!

Brock Collection, Fall 2017

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NYFW Provides Alternative Diversion

We can all agree that many of us are suffering from political fatigue as of late. Even if you never touch upon the topic, somehow you have come across the endless daily headlines. Trying to decipher what is real and what is not in the news is a daily occurrence and using our best judgment has certainly become almost a superhero-like power. With so many polarized points of views and contentious discussions, we all need a bit of distraction and for all those who love fashion there are some ‘alternative options’. Today marks the official first day of New York Fashion Week, which has also been hit with 2017’s first big snow storm. We are also in the midst of award season, with the Grammy’s on February 12th (we will have all the fashion best dressed on the blog), and the Oscars on February 26th. Oh, and FYI there are a handful of quality movies like Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures and La La Land to detract from the world’s chaos.

Now it’s true that the Fashion Industry is going through some transitions. We just learned last week that Riccardo Tisci has said farewell to his post at Givenchy after 12 years (he’s rumored to be headed to Versace). For the past couple of years, the shuffling of head designers at fashion brands have been fast and furious. It seems everyone is trying to find what works best for them in this economy. More American designers are opting to use the ‘see now – buy now’ motto for their fashion shows in order to connect with consumers and drive more sales. European high-end brands have not agreed to go in this direction, yet. And talk about more changes, more shows are presenting downtown as well as some major names have dropped out of the New York schedule. Tommy Hilfiger has moved his show to LA, as well as Rebecca Minkoff, Tom Ford and others. It does leave more room for new designers to find a spot on the calendar in the big apple so that should be refreshing.

Nevertheless, there is an excitement to seeing new collections, ideas, inspirations and yes even the political and social messages mixed with creativity that designers may provide. We can’t wait to see what comes down the runway. So come on board the One Style at a Time fashion train and together let’s enjoy what’s on the horizon for Fall 2017.

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