Day One for the Designer Whisperer started with a bang. While we had a full docket of events that day, it’s always fun to talk a little about the up and coming productions during Fashion Week. Our day started with Concept Korea, a show that I had previously attended and still love to this day. While our photographer was unable to attend, it still proved to be quite the experience. Hosted by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), this season’s showcase represented the best of women’s Seoul based fashion and included designers: YOHANIX by Yohan Kim, KIMMY J by Heejin Kim and GREEDILOUS by Younhee Park.
The music was not surprisingly very K-Pop and the designs in typical Korean fashion very a mixture of street and more contemporary looks. I was definitely in love with looks from Greedilous by Younhee Park, which contrasted pretty greatly with the looks from Yohanix. I did like the flow of the production, going from more grungy, rocker “glam” street style runway of Yohanix, mixing t-shirts and lace to give a feminine touch to a rocker style, to the more mixed Street Style look of Kimmy J, evoking feelings of 90s trends with bucket hats, popping neon colors and a mixture of silks, suede, denim. Finally, although also holding to more of the retro patterns of the past, Greedilous was definitely the show’s most contemporary collection. Ruffled shirts, tasseled shoes and modern interpretations of prints, which Younhee is well known for stole the runway in my opinion.
Fashion Palette comes to us by way of Australia and was the second production we attended. Australia is definitely a hotbed of amazing designer talent and for it’s fifth Fashion Palette New York Fashion Week, that talent was definitely on display. Names like AlphaBe the Label, Sara Roiles, Ark Swimwear, Stephanie Chehade (loved her collection) and Lil and Emm graced the runway for the this production, but to me Natalie Roti is definitely beyond ready. With so many amazing designers, it’s hard to speak about each one, but in general, a top notch production. I vote for Sydney to be the next stop on the fashion week calendar.
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Oxford Fashion Studio
Despite being an Event produced by the London team, Oxford Fashion Studio remains a high quality production that always features local NYC talent ( which compared to mainstays like Couture Fashion Week and even Style Fashion Week is welcoming ) and usually smaller designers. For their second NYFW production, OFS moved to the beautiful Studio 431, which looks enchanting during the twilight hours as the hazy glow touches the runway and makes for a perfect night of conversation.
We were able to catch the second showing of OFS, as it was roughly divided into an early evening and nightime production. The nighttime production included the amazing work of Martha Fadel (Lebanon), Rosina Mae, Yangie NY and LOM (UK). I’ll just say that all four ladies were amazing and their quality was befitting of the show.
Yangie NY kicked off Oxford Fashion Studio’s second presentation following a beautiful sunset that was the early conversation piece over champagne from the OFS team.
Rosina Mae had a beautiful line of swimwear which was in contrast to what we are used to seeing today. Bright neon colors dazzled against nude pink / flesh palettes creating nothing less than an kaleidoscopic presentation of grace. As far as swim designers go Rosina is ahead of the pack and we’d love to feature her in the future.
Martha Fadel presented second to last with a presentation equally at home in a UES cocktail party as it would be a downtown rooftop lounge. The stark contrasts of white and black dotted the runway as models glided across with enviable beautiful garments. She was easily our fave of the night.
LOM ended the night with a rather fun collection that was slightly reminiscent of Candyland with bright fuzzy little balls affixed to the gorgeous sheer garments in the most inconspicuous of places.
Prive Fashion Group
Every year the Prive Team holds a fashion event meant to kick off the festivities and bring attention to a few emerging designers while promoting a worthy cause. This year’s worthy cause was the Georgie Badiel Foundation, a charitable arm of the supermodel by the same name.
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Star Vodka again was the beverage of the night as guests were able to enjoy all manner of vodka-infused delights and meet and mingle prior to the models hitting the show floor.
But hit the show floor they did. When the appointed hour came, we were treated to a litany of beautiful faces and figures representing the likes of Ferret Campos Designs, Unity Vintage Denim, House of Peter James and a few other up and coming designers.
Image Credit: House of Peter James IG
As always with the Prive Group, these productions are more about having their guests enjoy the party as they do put on a number of events throughout the year ( their last major fashion event was in February 2016 and featured Miss World America 2015 supermodel Victoria Mendoza ), but nonetheless it would have been great to see and hear a little more about the designers.
While it might not sound like a crazy long day, the Prive Group event was still going on when we left the DL. Day One of NYFW SS17 was in the books, but we can’t wait to see what Day Two holds for us.