Gustav von Aschenbach Men’s Spring 2019

In its third season, Robert Geller’s Gustav von Aschenbach seems to be finally developing its own identity.
Although a younger and more fun offshoot of the designer’s main line, the collection still has Geller’s signature, with its traditional boxy silhouettes, washed cotton fabrics and saturated tones.
But G.V.A., as the line is now being called, has more of a streetwear edge. The use of logos, slogans and appliquéd photographs spoke to Geller’s love of Swiss graphic design and typography — as evidenced by the word Basel used on garments throughout.
“The G.V.A. kid is evolving into a young artist, who expresses himself through individualistic, self-confident clothes,” Geller said.
Some of this artistic expression shone through in a creative casting mix of models and New York street dancers that added a jolt of energy and fun to the show.
Among the highlights was an array of light outerwear, from trenchcoats and cropped field jackets to utility varsities. Embellished with the graphic details, these became one-of-a-kind pieces.
Geller’s ability to create a younger alter-ego allows him to channel trendier and more of-the-now pieces. But coupled with his more romantic and mature Robert Geller collection, these two sides of his personality seem perfectly aligned.

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Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2019

Nick Graham’s space odyssey continued for spring with a collection titled “1969.” He called it “one of the most transformational years in our history, a year that had both the first landing on the moon by Apollo 11 and also Woodstock, both of which were pretty transformative events in our culture.”
A rocket-shaped 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car — the only one made and dispatched from the company’s archives in Detroit — was parked on the runway and served as the perfect backdrop for the zesty show.
It opened with a troupe of boys dancing in “Martian in Training” T-shirts, followed by a parade of traditional sartorial clothing that was super fitted to the body with cropped blazers and tapered pants. Metallic bomber jackets with NASA logos set the tone for an array of intergalactic references that included alien faces printed on shirts and atomic symbols on the breast pockets of suit jackets.
In addition to the suits— which were offered in colorful, shiny solids and exaggerated men’s wear classic patterns — Graham introduced a lot more casualwear, including logo hoodies and sweat pants.
Although Graham’s obsession with space travel is nothing new, it continues to provide a fun story line and an uplifting

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Nihl Men’s Spring 2019

In his New York show, Neil Grotzinger of Nihl, the LVMH Prize finalist, broke traditional rules of masculinity with a collection that centered around bending the rules of those in authority.
He took police officers, football players and Wall Street brokers and turned their wardrobes on their head by “exploring the qualities of borderline ephemerality and downright queerness,” according to the liner notes.

A clear example was a pair of football pants made from fine white silk he paired with a handmade chain mail tank top. An authentic crinkled painter’s tarp — black on one side, green on the other with drawstrings included — was reinterpreted as pants and a top.

Grotzinger’s use of elaborate embroidery techniques appeared as embellishments on several pieces, including the sleeves of sheer tops and a sliced-open basketball short.

The use of revealing cutouts and jock straps throughout the collection added a level of eroticism while enhancing the masculinity of the offering.

“The concepts of masculinity can be very restrictive and I like to break the conformity of that,” Grotzinger said.

In this debut, Grotzinger gained a lot of attention by breaking the rules — in the right way.

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Jahnkoy Men’s Spring 2019

Maria Jahnkoy, whose real name is Maria Kazakova, is Siberian and studied at Central Saint Martins and Parsons, has received a lot of support from the industry with her brand narrative, which is centered on preserving traditional craftsmanship and reworking it for a new generation.
She was shortlisted for the 2017 LVMH Prize and has found fans in consultant Julie Gilhart and Bruce Pask, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Kazakova also has the support of Puma, Swarovski and the CFDA’s Elaine Gold Launch Pad program.
Her goal has always been to connect larger companies with local artisans, but with the extra help she’s been able to expand on that and bring more makers from Brooklyn and India into the mix. The show, which was more like a theatrical art project, was a collective effort as well. Titled “Deceived: No More,” the performance explored how the fashion industry impacts cultural identity. The presentation, which was choreographed by Nathan Trice, was broken up into three parts: chaos, unification and order. Much like her previous presentations, she made the runway mimic a chaotic city street that was dotted with orange cones and caution signs — one read “Separation is No

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N. Hoolywood Men’s Spring 2019

This season, the N. Hoolywood designer Daisuke Obana delivered a lineup inspired by Native American artist T.C. Cannon, whose work he discovered during a recent trip to Arizona.
“The lines and the bold colors in the artist’s paintings were what drew me to them,” he said backstage, pointing to an array of blanket-like pieces, often paired with matching oversize shorts. This graphic inspiration was seen in everything from cropped bomber jackets and knitwear with fringe across the chest to oversize pants.
An added surprise was Obana’s collaboration with sportswear brand Umbro. It spanned logo T-shirts, long-sleeved soccer jerseys and elongated coats adorned with oversize Umbro logos done up in bright colors with vertical lines that tied back to Cannon’s paintings.
With their mix of deconstruction and surprising proportions, Obana’s Japanese silhouettes seamlessly blended the worlds of artisanal and active sport.

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Abasi Rosborough Men’s Spring 2019

In their sophomore showing during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough explored a desert phantom theme that referenced a variety of vanishing cultures and tribes.
The design duo paraded a diverse range, from kimono-inspired jackets and coats and fitted cargo pants to Navajo-printed parkas. The color palette included deep burgundies and burnt orange that brought an Eastern sensibility to the forefront, while a flowing white section telegraphed the desert inspiration. “We even looked at ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’” Rosborough noted.
A wrinkled cotton hybrid poncho with matching head scarf and an ethereal topcoat in the same fabric also drove the desert theme home. Likewise, a Tencel linen that was frayed to look old — employed for bomber jackets and coats — reinforced that worn-in traveler vibe.
With this effort, Abasi Rosborough continues to make its mark in men’s fashion. “We’ve seen an exodus of big designers this week, but we look at it as an opportunity for new designers to step forward,” Rosborough said.

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Head of State Men’s Spring 2019

For his first runway show, Nigerian-born designer Taofeek Abijako, took inspiration from Afrofuturism and paraded a lineup with a distinct Seventies feel. 
Cue an array of high-waisted cropped and flared pants, fitted sweatshirts and message T-shirts.
The standouts were the flared pants, worn with matching boots, which gave it a New York Seventies vibe. 
Head of State is now part of Groupe, a distribution umbrella formed by James and Gwendolyn Jurney of Seize sur Vingt, which manages and nurtures independent designers and brands. Abijako was the first brand chosen, allowing him to focus strictly on creating the collection while Groupe provides the funding for samples and production.     

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Bode Men’s Spring 2019

Aaron Aujla, owner of Green River Project, a furniture and interiors firm, was Emily Bode’s primary reference point this season. She met Aujla in New York and they’ve previously worked together on other projects. (He’s created all of the furniture for Bode’s presentations.)
For her collection, Bode drew from Aujla’s lineage. His family is from India, but he grew up in British Columbia. Bode has always outsourced her embroidery and embellishment work in India, but this season she worked with more Indian textiles that had historical significance. She made suits from Khadi towels, an Indian fabric and developed another suit from India’s government subsidized mill prints.
Bode said the Khadi fabric has a connection to Mahatma Gandhi’s self-reliance movement, which urged Indians to bring weaving back into the home as opposed to buying these goods from other countries.
Highlights included a white fringed button-up shirt made of chenille, a pair of floral print high-waisted pants constructed from curtain fabric, and a bright yellow matching set printed with a village motif that consisted of a crepe de chine shirt and duchesse-satin pants.
The furniture was influenced by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1966 “Nayak,” which was filmed on a train, and each of the pieces were

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Ricardo Seco Men’s Spring 2019

The 50th anniversary of the Mexico City Olympics served as the jumping off point for Ricardo Seco’s spring men’s collection.

The designer used stripes and optical illusions along with the late Sixties font and Olympics rings to pay homage to the 1968 Games. These graphics showed up in bombers, T-shirts and track pants that Seco reimagined in bright colors or vibrant black and white.

More contemporary visual elements such as cell phones and skates were used as accents inside jackets while the current immigration crisis was referenced by large DACA lettering on T-shirts and socks. Seco also went back to the beginning of the Black Power movement by using the now-famous fist symbol on tops.

The overall vibe of the collection felt upbeat despite the political references.

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Reconstruct Collective Men’s Spring 2019

Reconstruct Collective, consisting of five female designers, began out of necessity. After learning that the Willem de Kooning Academy wasn’t able to put on a fashion show for its graduating class, students banded together to organize their own show. And in order to raise money for the show, they needed to form a business with the chamber of commerce. Because they worked so well together, Laura Aanen, Alyssa Groeneveld, Kim Kivits, Michelle Lievaart and Sanne Verkleij decided to start a collective shortly after graduating. Now three collections in, the Amsterdam-based company opted to show in New York, which Groeneveld said made sense for the brand, which caters to the youth.
For spring the unisex line was based on a fictional place called Planet Re-4 and the fictional characters that live there. The lineup, which Groeneveld said falls between streetwear and couture, was made up of reconstructions of sporty pieces. They presented cropped bubble vests and matching miniskirts, wide-leg nylon pants decorated with multiple drawstrings or reflective material, cropped tank tops with the Re-4 logo and jackets made from strips of fabric. The waistbands displayed a graphic Reconstruct logo. They also reconfigured Converse tracksuits and pieces from The New Originals, an Amsterdam-based

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Public School Men’s Spring 2019

Call it Public School part two.
On the final night of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the streetwear-skewed brand held a party and presentation at a space on Howard Street in Chinatown with its theme kept under wraps until the doors opened.
“This is our space,” said Dao-Yi Chow, who designs the label with Maxwell Osborne. “This will be our first retail store and this is a soft launch of the space.”
Throughout the location were mannequins dressed in the new collection — although Chow said the description “needs an asterisk by ‘new.’ Everything is recycled, upcycled or dead stock,” he said, and is intended to represent our new philosophy.”
While the philosophy may be new, the lineup revisited the duo’s greatest hits.
They revisited collaborations with like-minded brands including Eileen Fisher, whose dead-stock silks became striped pajama-inspired ensembles; Levi’s, whose vintage denim was reworked into cropped trucker jackets, and Alpha Industries military fabrics made into sleek outerwear.
“It’s very much the foundation and our past and then looking into the future,” Osborne added.
The collection reflected that with a clear example being a supersharp black suit with built-in cargo pockets and statement zippers. A short-sleeve jumpsuit — also part of their DNA — was so elegant

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Todd Snyder Men’s Spring 2019

Todd Snyder closed New York Fashion Week: Men’s on a high note, sending out a feel-good collection full of bright colors and a youthful attitude that he titled “The American Tourist.”
“I played a lot with a mix of sartorial and campy references,” he said backstage before the show, where truffle popcorn and beer was served.
The opening look set the tone for the collection: a yellow T-shirt with a photo of a Waffle House that was taken by folk rocker Gerry Beckley of the group America. A series, all shot by the musician, are to make their debut for spring.
Snyder, the king of collaborations, unveiled other partnerships at the show including a line of terry-cloth bucket hats with Kangol, high-top tie-dye sneakers with Novesta, and perhaps the most striking, archival Hawaiian prints from Reyn Spooner that he used most successfully on an updated suit. “It’s the modern leisure suit,” he said.
His longtime partnership with Champion was also on display in bomber jackets, paneled sweatshirts and underwear. It even appeared as a side stripe on a plaid patterned suit.
Another play on the Americana theme came with the introduction of a new logo — “Snyder’s” in retro block letters — that he used

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Eidos Men’s Spring 2019

It’s a new day for Eidos.
The “younger cousin” of Italian luxury brand Isaia showcased its first full spring collection designed by Simon Spurr, who named creative director of the line last November, at an event at its Madison Square office Tuesday night. The lineup was called — appropriately — Contrast, which spoke to Spurr’s seamless integration of the company’s Neapolitan tailoring roots with what he described as “undertones of British punk.”
The English-born Spurr said, “Each season there will be a tailoring spine and then I’ll wrap something around the tailoring.”
This time around, that translated into Hawaiian-printed short-sleeve shirts, pink fringed suede jackets, indigo tie-dye jean jackets and Breton striped linen sweaters. Even the windowpane patterned suits were modernized. “We’ve done them in a younger way, printed them, they’re a little more graphic,” he said. Ditto for the silhouette, which was slim and youthful.
Isaia launched Eidos as a stand-alone brand in 2013, but Spurr’s addition has managed to elevate the label with an international point of view.

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Romeo Hunte Men’s Spring 2019

Romeo Hunte didn’t make any friends in his men’s runway debut in New York. His choice of a site away from the other venues and the complete chaos in the lobby of the Dream Downtown Hotel with hundreds of people attempting to access elevators to get to the rooftop site was bad enough. The fact that his team couldn’t get its act together to start his show until nearly an hour after it was planned had everyone eyeing the exits before the first look came out.
Once the show finally started, it was clear that Hunte had an underwater sports adventure as his overriding theme. He used neoprene from diving wetsuits that he reimagined as performance vests in bright colors and cropped jackets with exaggerated necklines.

Camo prints in cargo pants and bombers and the use of safety orange enhanced the streetwear flair. But while the line showed some promise, there were several missteps, including poorly executed tailoring and some unfortunate sequined embellished sweatshirts. But apart from that, the collection was youthful and carefree.

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Death to Tennis Men’s Spring 2019

Summertime was the prevailing theme for William Watson and Vincent Oshin, the duo behind Death to Tennis. The designers, who are both British, were feeling nostalgic and a bit homesick so they looked to old beachside photographs to inform their lineup, which they said is one of their most colorful collections to date.
They leaned into the old and new, utilizing a color palette consisting of royal blue, purple, yellow, olive red and navy that brought to mind Ralph Lauren and Cross Colours from the Nineties.
These colors lent new life to core items such as graphic T-shirts, hoodies and the McCarthy jacket, which Justin Bieber popularized. They showed these signatures alongside cargo pants with minimal pockets, boxy button-up shirts, cotton parkas and shirt jackets. A long, hooded, colorblocked parka that grazed the ground was a standout.
The suit or matching set was another primary component. Models wore tracksuits, relaxed cotton suits and boxy shirts styled with slightly baggy pants. It was a nice take on tailored pieces that felt hip but not too trendy.
Death to Tennis is known for its original prints and this season it presented a camo pattern, a polo motif and a paint-splattered print.
Last season, the brand put on a

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Studio 360: Appalachian Spring & Dixie – Kurt Andersen

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Studio 360: Appalachian Spring & Dixie

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Kenneth Nicholson Men’s Spring 2019

Kenneth Nicholson pulls from a varied bag of interests. The Houston native is as motivated by 18th-century dress as he is by outfits from “Soul Train” and military uniforms — after attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Nicholson spent a one-year stint in the Navy before he was honorably discharged. But his overall interest is in expanding the boundaries of men’s wear.
“Historically, men haven’t been restricted to just a shirt and pants. They’ve had more options,” Nicholson said. “I like to edify people and shake things up.”
He divided his collection into three chapters. The first chapter was a stark white, which Nicholson said was void of color to express sadness. Models wore cotton and linen long-sleeved shirtdresses with subtle swing hems, white lace shirts paired with cream high-waisted pants, and a brocade jacket with an exaggerated lapel coupled with a matching skirt. References to royalty were sprinkled throughout the lineup. Some models wore sashes, others wore crowns and a couple of the more structured, beaded looks with mock necks, nipped waists and peplums, which were highlights from the collection, brought to mind regalness.
The second chapter, which signaled better memories and featured more color, was the strongest. Nicholson doubled

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Damir Doma Men’s Spring 2019

Damir Doma changed his approach this season, eschewing the runway and homing in on the essentials: clothing for people, not editors and buyers. He’s been thinking a lot about how the fashion system isn’t working, like margins piling up at every stage of the process, blowing up the price for the end consumer.
Building on his aesthetic — poetic minimalist, in his description, which is apt — he offered a compact lineup of clever and functional pieces that introduced a breezy element to streetwear.
Doma recalled the patchwork pocket displays shown by Sheila Hicks in the Pompidou Center and put the idea to use. Crafting them out of a light, hot pink fabric — the perfect weight, not too loose, not too stiff — they added an extra dimension to the front of a jacket.
In contrast, he employed printed images of net fabric onto black to give the appearance of extra texture — the fabric was actually quite thin and lightweight.
White jeans were folded, and then printed in a peachy color, leaving patches of untouched cloth under the folds; he also applied a thin film of pink spray paint to an army green bomber jacket. Running shoes had chunky soles, offering a

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3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Spring 2019

Phillip Lim is ready for a vacation.
The designer’s spring men’s wear collection offered everything for a well-needed break from the office — tropical print shirts, shorter shorts, high-waisted pants and a new silhouette in tunics that could double as a cover-up.
“This is all about taking time off,” he said.
Elongated shirt-jackets with utilitarian details were prominent throughout the line, as were washed pastels that he used in wrinkled cotton pajama shirts that blended effortlessly with the tropical prints — an effort that could have been over-the-top in another designer’s hands. Ditto for Lim’s masterful use of layering.
Interestingly, the collection also included a selection of leather pieces — from blazers and baseball shirts to a trench — all in cognac brown. Although heavier than the rest of the offering, it too seemed to work.
In contrast, Lim was especially proud of his white suit that he offered up in an unlined silhouette with a wider lapel, strong shoulder and slightly cropped pant.
To drive home his point for the season, he created a ribbon that read: Take Time Off, that he used on hats and the straps of bags. “It’s a subliminal cue to remind us that if we don’t refuel, nothing matters,” he

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Big Uncle Men’s Spring 2019

Sabino Lebba and Riccardo Moroni put the focus on uniform dressing to great effect in this contained collection of workwear separates with a twist.
There were shorts suits, some plain, others with checks, that came with shirt jackets piped in green flouro. Other button-front jackets had Mao collars, while Velcro strips at the wrists kept folded shirt cuffs in place.
The palette of neutrals included khaki, army green and faded clay blue. Plain cotton baseball caps – made to match the suits – topped off the looks.
Lebba loves the idea of the uniform for a variety of reasons: “The lines are clean, but there’s still a heart,” he said during the still-life presentation in a small Brera restaurant called Carminio.
He also appreciates the role of the uniform as an identity marker. “People express their individuality with clothing but, at the same time, the way they dress shows what group they belong to.”
This collection is still small, selling at about 15 stores worldwide, although the duo’s dreams are big with more international retail outlets on the drawing board, and plans to bulk up the current offer from 80 to 120 pieces.    

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Front Row at Prada Men’s Spring 2019

FIRST PRADA: “Any time spent in Italy is well spent,” said American actor Nick Robinson at his first Prada show, although for the moment his time in the country was limited to the Italian designer’s event. His summer included “traveling a couple of weeks in the Northwest [of the U.S.], a beautiful area, with as many adventures as I can, but I have no plans yet — I just want to be spontaneous.” Prada tapped Robinson for its most recent 365 campaign, and the actor, seen in Greg Berlanti’s 2018 film “Love, Simon,” said attending the show was “a rare, unique experience,” as he rarely attends fashion shows. “It’s such a fascinating world, and whenever I get the opportunity, I usually take it.”
American actor and singer Algee Smith, also in Prada’s campaign, was equally star-struck. “This is my first show, I’m super excited.” He said that shooting the campaign — his first ever — was “nothing like I expected, we were in a warehouse and there was such an adrenaline rush…” The artist said his next album is coming out, as well as the movie “The Hate U Give,” expected to be released in October. Directed by George Tillman Jr.

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Iceberg RTW Spring 2019

Creative director James Long is taking the Iceberg show on the road, with London being his first stop outside Italy and future plans for New York and Tokyo. His London show, which popped and fizzed with colors inspired by energy drinks, cartoon strips and seaside clubbers in Nineties Rimini, unfolded on the eve of London Fashion Week Men’s, which starts Saturday and runs through Monday.
Long set London men’s on the right path with his high-energy brand of Italian street luxe for a new generation. He parked Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and the Pink Panther — all the faces that originally made Iceberg’s name in the Eighties — on knits, hoodies and turtlenecks in punchy shades of cobalt blue, bubble gum and  fluorescent mint green.
Languid tracksuits, tops, boxy shirts and trousers came in a mix of techno fabrics, triple-printed denim and 3-D knits, and were covered in iterations of the brand’s logo, while zip-front sweaters flashed with checkerboard motor racing patterns. Long showed part of his women’s spring 2019 pre-collection, too: It was similar, but with more flesh on show and a slick of sequins on leather jackets, tank tops and hoodies.
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Bernstein Century – Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man (Billy The Kid) – Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic

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Bernstein Century – Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man (Billy The Kid)

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Spring Goddesses – Darlene Olivia McElroy & Terry LaBelle Whitley

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Publish Date: August 6, 2016

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Spring Goddesses is one in a series of goddess books showcasing the art, techniques and story behind the artwork of narrative artist, Darlene Olivia McElroy. Each piece of art has the story behind the piece, the techniques used in addition to several art techniques pages. Darlene, a Santa Fe based artist, has written five art technique books for NorthLight and given numerous classes and workshops here and abroad.

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Clear some space on that motorized rotating tie rack. This spring, don’t relegate yourself to the stuffy office attire you’re used to seeing. We scoured the scene for the best new ties for the season.

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The Best Deals from the Spring and Summer Style Sale at Backcountry

Want to get a jump on summer style? Backcountry has a ton of stuff at up to 50 percent off right now from name brands like Patagonia, North Face, and Marmot. There’s even free two-day shipping on orders over $ 50. Here are a few choice items, and one wildcard:

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18 Awesome Pairs of Boots For Whatever Spring Throws Your Way

Spring is a time of transition, which means you need to be ready for anything. Whether you’re walking in rain or sunshine, on the sidewalk or up a mountain, arming yourself with a handful of trusted boots is a smart way to stay prepped and look stylish. Lucky for you there’s a whole spectrum of options that you can wear all year long—and on more occasions than you might think, if they’re styled correctly. Scroll down and strap up: we’ve assembled a list of the best boots you can wear in the springtime and beyond.

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Heidi Klum Takes Her Kids On The Best Spring Break Trip Ever: See Their Epic Vacay!

Best spring break ever! Heidi Klum took her four kids on the trip of a lifetime, exploring Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong and the Great Wall of China. The crew admired stunning nature, cityscapes, and historic landmarks like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City – while also exploring local cuisine, of course. After making memories on a dream getaway like this, Heidi has set a whole new standard for #vacationgoals!


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This Spring, Clean House! 4 Ways to Reboot Your Home’s Style

Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that’s ready for a spring style refresh. Spring cleaning is great, but sometimes it’s best to just start anew. If you’re still rocking the foosball table from your dorm room days or if there’s a picture of a family you don’t know hanging on your dining room wall, it’s time for a full living space reboot. These four easy home style tips will have your abode looking fresh in no time.

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Kaia Gerber Flaunts Her Bikini Body In Miami On Spring Break

Kaia Gerber is officially owning Spring Break!


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Williams Trading Co. Releases 2018 Spring Fling Catalog

Veteran adult distributor Williams Trading Company Co. has released a “spring essentials” catalog that is available to adult retailers in both print and online.
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Gwen Stefani Is Having The Best Spring Break At Blake Shelton’s Oklahoma Ranch

Home on the range! Gwen Stefani loves vacationing with boyfriend Blake Shelton and their families in his home state of Oklahoma. The rocker shared candid moments from their latest trip, which included swimming, ATV rides and walks through the woods. Talk about a “Sweet Escape”!


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Johnny Manziel Selling Spring League Jerseys on Comeback SZN Site

Johnny Manziel’s Comeback SZN is just days from hitting the football field … so naturally, the ex-Cleveland Browns QB stocked his clothing website with some fresh, new Spring League merch!! FYI — Johnny Football’s been selling clothes on his website…

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CalExotics Releases Host of New Products for Spring

CalExotics has announced the addition of a number of new products to their lineup for spring 2018.
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Travelin’ Style with Jack Spade’s Spring Sale

When you’re traveling, especially flying, you want to be comfortable. You have to be comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you get to go full-on slob in the airport. Grown men should have a little self-respect, and take our travel attire seriously. You can still have a killer look without sacrificing comfort. If you want to class up your travel look, right now you can get 30 percent off on your purchases during Jack Spade’s Spring sale.

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The 3 Coolest Spring Jackets, and How to Wear them

One sleek, lightweight layer will carry you through the season. Herein, spring’s three most iconic jackets—and how to wear them best.

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Billy Reid Spring Sale: Hot Deals on Southern Style

Billy Reid, the luxe Alabama-based clothing company known for its laid-back Southern style that’s effortlessly cool and never faddish, is having a spring sale that has something for every guy, whether you’re looking for a simple polo shirt, swim trunks, or a new leather jacket.

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About Face?: Apple Considering Offering Lower-Cost MacBook Air This Spring

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MacBook Air fans there may be hope for you yet. There were rumors that Apple was looking to kill the popular model and replace it with an “entry-level 13-inch MacBook”. According to an Apple Insider report, Apple is rumored to be considering a low-cost version of the MacBook Air for the second quarter of 2018.

It wasn’t looking good for the popular MacBook model when Apple got rid of the 11-inch version back in 2016. It’s cheaper price point extended the life of the MacBook Air because Apple customers refused to spend the extra dough on the more powerful MacBook Pro model. Our favorite reliable KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is looking to drop a cheaper version of the MacBook Air this spring. Kuo also believes “that the total shipment of “MacBook models” will grow up to 15 percent across the calendar year 2018″. It’s not clear whether that increase is specifically for the Air, MacBook or MacBook Pro.

There are few details as far as what updates are coming to the rumored new model or whether it’s just a price cut for the current model. But if Apple stays true to how they treated the previous MacBook Air a modest upgrade can be expected.  Thanks to the recent Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw that Apple revealed affects all of their iPads, Macs and iPhones a substantial upgrade to hardware might be necessary. If you are a frequent user of ports don’t expect many of them, with a lower price comes plenty of omissions.

If the reports hold true looks like Apple realizes getting rid the of the MacBook Air might not be the best course of action. Affordability is still important and just because they are Apple doesn’t mean people will break any longer. See the iPhone X about that lesson.

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Paul Smith Marks New Direction With Spring Campaign

STARTING AFRESH: Sir Paul Smith is marking the start of a new era at his label with a spring campaign that aims to channel the designer’s trademark irreverence.
Featuring Polish model Malgosia Bela and Ben Allen, the campaign takes its inspiration from the neon signs and the sandy beaches of the South of France. Black-and-white images of the sea provide the backdrop for bright colors and prints, including Hawaiian shirts and a tuna motif inspired by Smith’s many visits to the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
“Bright color and confident use of print are two things that lots of people know and love Paul Smith for,” said the designer. “This felt particularly true in my spring 2018 collection, where the ocean-inspired print was so prominent in many of my designs for both men and women. For the campaign it felt right to bring the brightness and optimism to the fore. It feels like we all need a bit of color right now.”
Smith has returned to the creative helm of his newly restructured company and said it was important to launch a campaign that telegraphs the brand’s message.
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Ermenegildo Zegna’s Spring Campaign Fronted by Javier Bardem, Dev Patel

ZEGNA’S NEW DEFINING MOMENT: Ermenegildo Zegna has tapped Javier Bardem and Dev Patel for its spring 2018 ad campaign, WWD has learned.
It is understood the campaign will be teased on the Italian men’s wear brand’s official Instagram account through a playful series of stories.
The Spanish actor, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 movie “No Country for Old Men,” and Patel, known for his breakthrough role as Jamal Malik in “Slumdog Millionaire” and Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor nominee for “Lion,” have never worked together.
The campaign is the third chapter of the Ermenegildo Zegna Defining Moments multichannel project that was first launched a year ago, which paired Robert De Niro with McCaul Lombardi for the spring 2017 season. Photos and videos were directed by Francesco Carrozzini. At the time, artistic director Alessandro Sartori said “the project starts from the values of the brand and looks to the future, speaking to the cluster of friends, clients and ambassadors that have a tie to the brand beyond the product.”
For fall 2017, De Niro was photographed and filmed together with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the founder of the LA Dance Project and

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & Other Works for Two Pianos Four Hands – Marc-André Hamelin & Leif Ove Andsnes

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Xuan Couture Spring 2018

Absent from the runways for the better part of this decade, Xuan-Thu Nguyen took the long road home, or at least back to Paris’ couture where she had first shown in 2009.
This summer collection marked her third since her return last year under the label Xuan, and in her own admission, a darker collection than is customary. The idea of a road stretching out was there, in volumes figured as deflated lengths of fabric, but it was more metaphoric than biographic. “Everything you do takes time, and that’s a bad thing. It’s the way it is,” she said after the show.
Those with long memories will recall a delicate palette and floral elements, and perhaps even the “fox” stole, her take on fur transmuted into a lovely floral wreath — and here they were. As a child, the Dutch-Vietnamese designer had wanted to become a florist, so her clothes were bouquets.
Now, they were delivered with contemporary touches. One puffy posy was a Xuan version of a puffer jacket. A snowy coatdress was festooned with white ruffles. Later, an LBD had stretched petal shapes tumbling down the shoulder — the shadow of a bloom.
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Spring 2018 Trend: Island Take Away

Romantic white attire, natural textures and tropical prints allude to a colonial island getaway spirit.

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Spring 2018 Fashion Trend: Casual Satin

Designers worked light-catching satin into casual silhouettes for day.

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These hot little minxes were getting ready for their Xmas party when the guys finally showed up. These dudes give these tight and tiny teens exactly what they want – dick in a box! The girls never saw it coming – but boy were they happy with their gifts! They sucked, stroked and fucked these holiday cocks with all the Yuletide spirit they could muster and in the end both of these slutty little elves got their mouths and faces covered in spunk! Happy Holidays from all of us!

These sexy babes were hacking away when they’re discovered by their biggest rivals! The guys were ready to fuck some shit up – but instead settled on fucking some pussy instead. There was a nerd orgy going on as two chicks were getting plowed on a table! The guys inserted their hard drives deep into some free slots and made sure the girls never tried hacking again. In the end, their faces were soaked with spunk and these chicks were more than happy to lick it up!

One of our overseas studs met up with these 3 Euro teens in the Czech Republic. Who knew that these Prague girls came stacked with such big asses? While driving they spotted a guy and got him in the van. Right away, Alexis ripped his pants off and went to town on his lovestick with her pigtailed homegirl! This lucky hitchhiker fucked Alexis’ pussy while her friend came in and took over with her mouth until he finally came all over Alexis’ face and her friend’s mouth!

Cassidy and her friends were busy making a special treat for some special dudes on Valentine’s day. They soon discovered they had the same Valentine! As payback, they blindfold him and had him taste test their muffins and cake! They each suck his cock, before Cassidy jumped on the counter looking to get fucked by that fat cock! Her homegirl got in on the action too! In the end, Cassidy and her friends made sure to get all the frosting out of his tube!

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Men’s Spring 2018 Trend: White Accessories

You can never go wrong with white and this season is no different, as fashion houses showcased white accessories once again, ranging from sunglasses to fanny packs and sneakers.

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Spring 2018 Accessories Trend: Statement Earrings

Statement earrings for spring telegraph boldness, novelty and graphic punch.
 

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Nostalgia for Seventies, Eighties and Nineties Permeates Spring

For spring, retailers are playing up the dreamy, free spirit of the Seventies; the glamour and glitz of the Eighties, and the streetwear influences of the Nineties, all topped off with a large dose of logomania.
It’s hard to pinpoint which decade will be getting the most play come spring, but those three recent decades loom large.
That’s the opinion of the fashion directors at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, Harrods, Galeries Lafayette, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Net-a-porter and Macy’s. They were asked which decade their customers most relate to and why, which decade is most influential right now and what items are customers requesting from the various decades.
Here’s what they had to say:
Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director at Neiman Marcus:
“The Seventies is always a popular decade with our customers because of the free-spirited, wanderlust, the wistful idea of a maxiskirt and a maxidress, the dreamy romanticism of a ruffle and a flounce, and the crafted quality of so many of the clothes, be it fringe, embroidery, crochet or lace. With the Seventies, not only do you get that great, hippie, free-spirited bohemian girl, you also get that touch of Victoriana, which was an important influence in

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Chillhop Essentials Spring 2017 – Various Artists

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Chillhop Essentials Spring 2017

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Genre: Instrumental

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Release Date: March 15, 2017

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Stella McCartney Men’s Spring 2018

For her third see-now-buy-now men’s collection, Stella McCartney took Ibiza as her muse, dressing her man in loose-fitting trousers and breezy knits, hippie fringes and parrot prints.
“It’s a celebration of summer with lightness and unexpected colors — and there’s a hippy-trippy side, too,” said the designer who whipped up a pastel lilac suit with loose, pooling trousers. Based on one of her father Paul McCartney’s suits it has a tighter fit with buttons that are set closer together.
Other standout pieces included a chunky cardigan with deep patch pockets and sun setting on the back, an oversize faux suede jacket with fringes, and lineup of boxy cotton shirts, some with the Stella McCartney logo, others done in fluorescent green and others still covered in parrots.
In keeping with her sustainability efforts, cashmere sweaters were made from recycled bits that would otherwise have ended up on the cutting room floor, while the fringed jacket was made from Alter Suede, which McCartney also uses for her women’s collections.
The collection wasn’t all sea, sand and Seventies sunsets, though. McCartney also drew inspiration from the artwork of Pater Sato, the Japanese airbrush artist. His bright colors and otherworldly ladies appeared on shirts or the linings of

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Notable Models Front Versace Spring 2018 Ads

Prints! Colors! Supermodels! Versace’s ad campaign for spring seems to call for exclamation marks.
Segueing from the strong collection Donatella Versace designed for spring as a tribute to her late brother Gianni on the 20th anniversary of his death, the campaign emphasizes the newly revisited archival prints. The fashion show in September ended with five of Gianni Versace’s favorite models — Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer — posing in a tableaux vivant and walking the length of the runway with artistic director Donatella Versace, which made for the social media moment of Milan Fashion Week.
The ad campaign due to bow on Dec. 18  is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by Campbell; Christy Turlington; Gisele Bündchen; Natalia Vodianova; Raquel Zimmermann; Irina Shayk; Gigi Hadid; Kaia Gerber; Vittoria Ceretti; Cara Taylor; Birgit Kos; Grace Elizabeth, and Noah Luis Brown. “Naomi had to be by my side for this very special campaign celebrating Gianni….She is family to me,” Versace said.
“It has been amazing shooting this campaign surrounded by all of my friends and some of Gianni’s to whom this collection is a tribute,” she continued. “I felt so many different emotions at the same time, but

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Tommy Hilfiger Takes TommyNow to Milan for Spring 2018

NEXT STOP, MILAN: After staging TommyNow fashion shows in New York, Los Angeles and London, Tommy Hilfiger will take his next show to Milan. The company, a division of PVH Corp., will close Milan Fashion Week with the spring 2018 TommyNow experiential runway event. The show will take place on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. CET.
The show reflects Hilfiger’s ongoing commitment to bring TommyNow to new cities and audiences globally, following productions with “Tommy Pier” in New York for fall 2016, “Tommyland” in Los Angeles for spring 2017 and “RockCircus” for fall 2017 at London’s Roundhouse concert venue. The Milan venue hasn’t been selected yet.
Hilfiger continues to show in the see-now-buy-now format, which has been successful for the firm, generating huge spikes in traffic and billions of social media impressions.
“My vision for TommyNow was to create a global platform that we could take on tour to bring our show experience to new audiences around the world,” Hilfiger said. “It’s about the fusion of fashion, entertainment and pop culture and experiences, performances and inspiring interactions that are designed around our consumers. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is the perfect place to celebrate our next TommyNow show.”
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Watches and Jewelry Spring 2018: Timeless Wonders

Complicated times call for simple timepieces: Cue retro-inspired styles with classic faces and thinner cases. Meanwhile, the bold, geometric forms of Art Deco give a timeless and glamorous allure to fine jewelry.

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Spring 2018 Trend: In the Clear

From PVC trenches to tinted vinyl jackets, transparent rainwear looms large on the horizon.

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Keisukeyoshida RTW Spring 2018

Keisuke Yoshida put his own spin on Seventies-inspired staples such as bell-bottoms, blouses with tiny, allover floral prints, and striped tracksuits. He showed jumpsuits with multiple cutouts in the front and up both sides, sometimes tied together with strips of fabric and sometimes left open. There were more conservative looks, too — such as a black-and-white pencil skirt and blouse combo, with a ribbed hem reminiscent of an athletic jacket, but they still fit the overall theme for a fun and cohesive collection.

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Toga RTW Spring 2018

Thanks to support from Amazon Fashion via its At Tokyo program, Yasuko Furuta presented her first show in Tokyo in 12 years, and it just so happened to coincide with her brand’s 20th anniversary. The designer said she views it as her job to always be creating new things, and therefore, she didn’t want to pull styles from her archives but wanted to create a collection that was as representative of her brand as possible. Her models descended via escalator to a curved runway set up on the ground floor of the National Art Center Tokyo. She added feminine detailing such as cinched waists and cropped lengths to men’s wear, while masculine shapes and tailoring was mixed into her women’s offering. Pleated skirts had a hole in the front for one leg to pass through, dresses had high slits or a single long sleeve, and trousers had wide legs and high waists. A series of subtly deconstructed suiting included jackets that were turned inside out or had cutout backs or lopped off sleeves. Furuta incorporated a variety of eye-catching textures, from clear vinyl and sheer mesh to plastic-y crinkle fabrics and a ruched metallic plaid.

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Elza Winkler RTW Spring 2018

Previously a pattern cutter for Yohji Yamamoto and in charge of tailored jackets and dresses for Alexander McQueen under Sarah Burton, Eiichiro Nakai has undeniable skill at cutting and constructing garments. He showed blazers and full-skirted trenchcoats with voluminous, structured collars, delicate pastel-colored chiffon dresses with high-low hems, and a series of statement gowns covered in crinkled wisps of fabric. It was elegant and sophisticated, even if not particularly new or exciting.

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5-Knot RTW Spring 2018

Ena Kizawa and Taketo Nishino mixed urban and rural influences for spring, showing sweet, pastel gingham skirts and floral blouses alongside slick, plasticky stirrup pants and sparkling crop tops in bright shades of magenta and lemon. For the most part, silhouettes were loose and easy, and chiffon and lace were paired with clear vinyl and metallic fabrics. The offering felt repetitive and would have benefited from a good edit.

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Hyke RTW Spring 2018

Elegant, modern and minimalist, Yukiko Ode and Hideaki Yoshihara’s spring collection showed a polish and professionalism that can only be gained through experience. They showed largely monotone looks in neutral shades of khaki, brown, black and white, with some snakeskin print thrown in for contrast. Long, pleated organza skirts were worn over slim pants with slits at the back of the ankles, and jackets were layered over calf-length dresses. A collaboration with The North Face produced outdoorsy anorak jackets in extralong or ultracropped lengths, providing the perfect contrast to the contemporary urban aesthetic of the other pieces.

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Original Penguin Taps Band AJR for Spring 2018 Campaign

Men’s wear brand Original Penguin has tapped New York-based indie band AJR for its spring campaign, to be released in February of next year. Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met were in Los Angeles this week to shoot the campaign as well as the music video for their single “Come Hang Out,” off their new album “The Click,” a version of which will also serve as the video campaign for OP’s spring collection.

Adam, Jack and Ryan Met of AJR. 
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“The shoot is some performance and some facial expressions, sort of like acting,” said Jack Met, explaining the concept of the video. “We are at a crazy party, but we are so busy performing that we don’t really notice the party going on around us,” he said.
Adam Met explained that it’s their first time linking with a fashion brand. “Original Penguin has great style, great simplicity and a throwback vibe that mirrors our style as a band. I also like the juxtapositions in the line, like a Seventies print shirt with Nineties pants. It’s sort of our like our music, a post-modern mix.”
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Viviano Sue RTW Spring 2018

Both the show notes and the runway, with its garden-like installation at the end, made Sue’s inspiration for spring clear: flowers and nature. He used a literal interpretation, turning out loose chiffon dresses, ruffled blouses and oversized shirts in a variety of botanical prints. He mixed these with black satin bomber jackets and trousers that snapped down the side like track pants. A series of monotone ensembles in dusty rose felt out of place, and the show closed with a grouping of tulle dresses with long trains and lots of gathering. In all black or all white, some of these were reminiscent of wedding dresses, and also distracted from the rest of the collection.

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Mikio Sakabe RTW Spring 2018

Mikio Sakabe has long been one of Japan’s favorite avant-garde brands, and the spring offering was no exception. Now designed by the founder and his wife, Shueh Jen-Fang, its latest collection featured quirky takes on colorful Eighties power suits. V-neck buttoned dresses were layered over ruffled blouses, and skirts and jacket sleeves were voluminous to the max. The looks were complemented by extreme platform shoes, causing the models to step gingerly down the runway. The show closed with a coat and suit jacket in a dainty floral print, each with padded, three-dimensional protrusions in the shape of hearts or stars.

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Nerd Unit RTW Spring 2018

Overt military references permeated Ronald Chew’s latest streetwear offering. A large portion of the collection was turned out in a geometric camouflage print in either green or gray, and some looks were accessorized with a flag, combat helmet or police hat. A workman-style jumpsuit for men and a women’s ensemble consisting of a black velour T-shirt and wide-leg pants provided a small dose of variety, but overall the cargo pants and parkas felt repetitive.

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Licht Ster RTW Spring 2018

Naoshi Sawayanagi formerly ran his own eponymous label, but now he has teamed with Hikari, niece of Japanese fashion designer Junko Koshino, on this new brand. It showed a mix of ath-leisure and preppy looks, nearly all in stark white, that would all have looked right at home in a country club. But the cropped racer-back tanks, tennis dresses, jogger pants, sports shorts and blazers quickly became repetitive and failed to provide excitement.

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Discovered Men’s Spring 2018

Tatsuya Kimura and Sanae Yoshida went grungy for spring, layering hooded sweatshirts, coats and loose-fitting pants in mixed plaids, denim, tie-dye and patchwork. Interspersed were a few more elegant looks of tailored black pants and jackets with flame motifs embroidered above the hems. And — likely due to the brand winning last season’s DHL Designer Award — there were also DHL branded T-shirts and bandages worn over nose bridges, which felt forced and over the top.

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Murral RTW Spring 2018

Many of the textiles selected by Ayumi Sekiguchi and Yusuke Muramatsu for their spring collection seemed to come from interior design elements, including curtains, upholstery and cushion covers. There was lots of lace, ruffles and scalloped trim on girly dresses and long skirts, while a bathrobe so closely resembled curtains that it even had a rope belt with tasseled ends. The designers also used botanical motifs, with floral accents embroidered onto the sleeves of jackets or the fronts of blouses.

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Memuse RTW Spring 2018

For her debut collection, Risa Aizawa drew inspiration from the neighborhood of Akihabara in Tokyo, which is known as a center of anime, manga and video game culture. She showed both innocent, Lolita-like looks, such as a quilted white dress with flounce sleeves and a bloomers-and-bib combo with a chiffon cape over the top, and darker, edgier pieces like skin-baring black HotPants and crop tops and body-con dresses covered in attached teddy bears. There was even a maid’s outfit, a nod to the fetishized “maid cafes” that are famous in Akihabara.

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Tory Sport RTW Spring 2018

Tory Burch’s Sport line is not for the girl who wants to blend in with the legions of fitness fiends clad in black leggings, black sports bras and black tanks with a white swoop here or there. Her line goes big with happy color, for spring, inspired by David Hicks, as was her main line. Burch brought Hick’s florals and bold, graphic color into sport with printed navy and scarlet bomber, an orange and blue sports bra and leggings, and a floral-printed Neoprene zip-up one-piece swimsuit.
It wasn’t just cute. Burch takes the performance aspect of the collection seriously, pushing her staff to infuse technical development into everything, whether it’s Coolmax cashmere sweatpants, a ruffled tennis sweater or golf vest. “I said, ‘Let’s make functionality a given, not a design detail,’” said Burch during a preview. In addition to working with fabrics with wicking, cooling and anti-microbial properties, golf skirts come with under-shorts and pockets big enough for scorecards and a yellow and navy jacket is fully reversible to a waterproof rain slicker. As for the Little Grumps frowny-faced tennis balls that have become a charming brand logo and graced a fresh white oversize sweater, pastel sweatshirts and Ts, well, that

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Black Eye Patch RTW Spring 2018

This brand, designed anonymously, put on a presentation that was part fashion show and part street performance, all set in an old Noh theater. Bikers popped wheelies in branded satin parkas, and skateboarders did laps in hooded sweatshirts, baggy shorts and oversize coats. Athletic influences were seen in track skirts and sweatpants, but the most common denominator were the logos, which were printed prominently on nearly every piece.

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Fortuna Tokyo RTW Spring 2018

Akiko Koba aims to support Japanese craftsmanship by using traditional woven silk fabrics in her collections. For her first presentation during Tokyo Fashion Week, she showed tailored suits and preppy cuffed shorts and polo shirts for men, and short suits, tweed jackets, and swing dresses for women. While the silhouettes have been seen countless times before, the textiles were beautiful.

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Yukihero Pro-Wrestling RTW Spring 2018

Cowabunga, dudes! Yukihiro Teshima said he wanted to realize one of his childhood dreams with his spring show, and so he got Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to join in the fun. Cheerleaders jumped around shaking gold pom-poms and threw each other into the air, creating a fun, festivallike atmosphere. The clothes were less exciting, with lots of simple shapes like work-inspired shirts, pants and coveralls, as well as outdoorsy shorts and rain ponchos. Teshima did his best to spice things up with color and quirky prints, including turtles, tiles, pizza and tie-dye.

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Enhance RTW Spring 2018

Masakazu Takeguchi’s first show for Tokyo Fashion Week had a rock concert vibe, with the entire audience standing, the closest members just inches from the raised, narrow runway. The clothes followed a similar vein, with long fringe hanging from tank tops, skirts, trousers and shorts. All-black looks included jeans splattered in white paint, an open-knit sweater and dresses with uneven hems. While overall the look was very street, a variety of blazers and tailored separates added polish.

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AG RTW Spring 2018

AG’s team of designers was inspired by Joan Didion for spring — everything from her personal style and writing, down to certain descriptive words she used in interviews. Didion’s balance of vulnerable writing against a fearlessness in speaking her mind translated into silhouettes that balanced masculine and feminine design, as in a boxy utilitarian jacket, men’s-inspired shirting and rigid denim with raw hems, paint splatter and embroidery. The subdued color palette of washed-down blues, desert tones and green further referenced her writings on nature.

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Spring 2018 Trend: Uncommon Thread

Topstitching isn’t only for seams anymore as contemporary designers employ it as a strong, decorative element.

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J Brand RTW Spring 2018

Staged in a sun-filled studio set with loads of green plants and wicker chairs on which the models lounged, it was easy to infer an organic, clean California aesthetic from J Brand’s spring collection. The collection’s jeans — many cropped with high waists, wide or straight legs in powdery pink, natural off-white and traditional blue indigo — will pair well with the pottery-loving, gluten- and dairy-free cool girl’s lifestyle. From jean jackets to white Ts to a black leather miniskirt, the shapes were mostly clean and classic with little to no whiskering and the only distressing a raw hem or two. For the first time, men’s was included in the presentation, with the guys playing perfect counterpart to the girls in skinny jeans and relaxed jackets in shades of white, gray and faded blue.

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Boss RTW Spring 2018

Going into his fourth year at the helm of Hugo Boss women’s collections, Jason Wu has chosen to simplify, streamline and lighten things up, not only in terms of the collection’s aesthetic but in his approach to presenting it. He’s stepped away from the runway for the past few seasons, presenting in Boss’ downtown Manhattan showroom after the madness of fashion month ends and skipped pre-collection presentations altogether.
“No one needs to see that much clothes,” Wu said. That doesn’t mean he’s not producing. In addition to the spiffy, nautical-themed spring lineup, there’s a new capsule Gallery collection that’s for Boss stores only. It’s full of colorblocking, bright tailored separates and soft pleated skirts.
As for spring, “It’s a lot less dressy and more casual,” he said, noting that he’s been focused on taking the stuffing out of Boss’ signature rigid suiting for the past few seasons, offering the Boss woman a lot in the way of chic and relaxed. The graphic print on a pretty draped and gently pleated dress was actually mini yellow and blue fish. A bright yellow boxy jacket was done in waterproof bonded nylon, like an update of a classic fisherman’s slicker. A neat navy peacoat came

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Growing Pains RTW Spring 2018

This label’s designer, who simply goes by Yulia, mixed a hodgepodge of colors, textures and influences for a collection that had no recognizable theme or cohesiveness. There was a feminine peplum top paired with metallic track pants, a pajama-like crushed velvet jumpsuit, a sailor outfit and moto jackets for both men and women with oddly placed straps wrapping around the upper arms and chest. Overall, the offering signaled that as a designer, the former DJ hasn’t yet found her feet.

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Takahiromiyashita the Soloist Men’s Spring 2018

For his first show during Tokyo fashion week, Takahiro Miyashita turned out an impactful collection of hard-edged black-and-white streetwear complemented by tailoring and outdoor influences. Models — many of their faces almost completely obscured by masks — wore layers of graffiti printed sheer T-shirts, studded shirts, and suits with embroidered sleeves and pant legs. Miyashita designs for men, but his clothes have a unisex appeal to them, as evidenced by the females who shared the runway.

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BYO RTW Spring 2018

When he was asked to show his BYO handbags in a runway show a few seasons ago, Jakarta-based accessories designer Tommy Ambiyo jumped at the chance, but he was disappointed to see the accessories taking a backseat to the clothes they were shown with. So he decided to create his own wearable pieces that would showcase, not eclipse, his bags.
The result was eye-catching, if not completely wearable, tops made from the same woven plastic and latex as his handbags. The materials were woven together to create clutches and totes, some simple, and some embellished with plastic paillettes and pieces resembling feathers.
In this case, the tops were a colorful complement to the bags, and Ambiyo kept the rest of the styling minimal, sending out models in the same navy skirts and black pumps, with slicked-back hair and no-makeup makeup.
Ambiyo has found success in is home country, selling more than 6,000 bags in the two years since he relaunched his label. He said the vibrant colors were inspired by the solar eclipse, noting, “During an eclipse you see the craziest colors in the sky.”

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Figue RTW Spring 2018

The crisp awning stripes of Positano merged with the rustic coastal flavor of Trancoso, Brazil in Stephanie von Watzdorf’s spring Figue collection. She kept her signature perennially vacation-ready, bohemian staples fresh with new languid kimonos, the coolest one done in pieces of many vibrant prints and voluminous cotton shirts — some striped, some solid, some a mix of prints — that cutaway almost to a dress length. The kimonos and shirts looked great over printed pajama pants and beachy cotton styles jazzed up with tassels but would work just as well with jeans. For accessories, she introduced a fully beaded moccasin sneaker and slip-on sneakers with decorated with fluffy pom-poms.

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Sav Lavin RTW Spring 2018

Sav Lavin designer Savira Lavinia, 25, was among several Indonesian designers making their runway debuts in Los Angeles over the weekend, and her beautifully crafted and well thought-out collection was a welcome sight.
Lavinia, who started her business two years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a meticulous planner, and she said her journals full of dreams written in blue ink inspired the motifs on her mostly white collection.
She was also inspired by the theory of connectionism, which seemed to be a way of saying that all of life’s experiences can manifest themselves in clothes.
“This collection is special for me because I did a lot of research on trends in my country and around the world, but I also researched another human being,” she said, referring to her roommate, a street artist who created the blue motifs and also hand-painted several of her accessories.
Her silhouettes borrowed heavily from traditional Japanese dress such as the kimono and yukata, because the shapes fit many body types, which she says is “more fair.” To account for dressing in the warm climate of Southeast Asia, she used a combination of breathable cotton and eco-friendly Tencel.

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Eloshi RTW Spring 2018

Georgian designer Lela Eloshvili straddled antiquity and modernity for spring and the effect was a balance of opposites.
“Eloshi’s collection speaks [to] history,” the designer explained.
Eloshvili has played with proportion in the past with her line and spring was no different. A portion of the runway looks appeared reminiscent of the Eighties with strong shoulders or boxy suiting references against a strong palette of black, white and red.
The inspiration, Eloshvili said, was 20th-century Georgia when women in the country dressed with Western influences.
In contrast, the rest of the collection looked to Georgian history with references to wine-making and traditional clothing. The mood of that portion of the collection was lighter through the use of silk fabrics and natural cotton. Eloshvili created her own prints, mixing imagery of grapes and the Georgian alphabet for a skirt with a fitted bodice that flared out or loose-fitting shirtdress.
She also drew inspiration from the Chokha, a traditional Georgian garment, with elements of the cinched-waist coat used throughout the collection.
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Jeffry Tan RTW Spring 2018

Jakarta-based designer Jeffry Tan is known in Asia for his draped eveningwear inspired by the clean lines of urban architecture. Most of the silhouettes were plays on the bias-cut column dress, several of which he spiced up with diagonal stripes or crisscross straps.
This season, Tan said he was branching out into more streetwear-inspired looks such as slouchy satin trousers, which he paired with sharp-shouldered jackets in silk crepe and satin.
These pieces were more effective than the blousy smocked dresses, which seemed too serious in black yet not formal enough to match the sophistication of the rest of the collection.
While he works in a mostly monochromatic palette, saying, “I’m a bad painter so I’m not good with color,” Tan did have a bright yellow and a fuchsia gown in the lineup. He also used his signature zigzag pattern to add interested to pant legs and side sleeves.
Tan and his fellow Jakarta-based designers were seeking a wider audience in Los Angeles, and many of their evening looks succeeded in generating attention from Hollywood stylists and bloggers.

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Oleg Cassini’s Updated Wedding Classics for Spring 2018

Layers of lace and tulle and the spirit of an enchanted garden party marked the spring 2018 Oleg Cassini wedding dress collection shown Friday at the stately Cassini mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The collection of 31 updated classics in sumptuous satins and brocades was embellished with sparkling crystals, sequins, pearls, florals, without being overdone. “Simplicity is perfection — Oleg always said that,” Marianne Cassini, president of Oleg Cassini, told WWD.

The spring 2018 Oleg Cassini wedding collection. 

 
Among the highlights was a clean and simple, shimmering white one-shoulder gown with a full A-line skirt and a big bow on the shoulder. The late Oleg Cassini first launched the one-shoulder look for Jackie Kennedy. “She had to get permission from the president to wear it. She thought it might be too risque,” said Marianne Cassini.
Another key piece had three-dimensional fabric flowers and a bateau neckline.
Peggy Nestor, corporate creative director, said the collection projects “a very romantic image spoken through florals” and incorporates “layers and layers of fabric to give an opulent feeling.”
Prices range from $ 1,200 to $ 4,000. Much of the collection is available at David’s Bridal.
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Noe Bernacelli RTW Spring 2018

Peruvian designer Noe Bernacelli made his U.S. debut at Los Angeles fashion week, but he’s already well-known in South America and Asia for his glamorous eveningwear. Having studied fashion design in Italy, Bernacelli’s intention when he returned home to found his company seven years ago was to raise the bar for designers in Peru, and the skill of his atelier was apparent in the body-skimming dresses and gowns featuring intricate beading and embroidery over sheer chiffon, mesh and lace. For spring, he stuck with an ivory and gold palette, punctuated by pops of royal blue and dark green. The lineup also featured a handful of well-tailored suits for men, with the same slim silhouettes as his evening gowns. One could easily see these clothes on a Hollywood red carpet — the dresses already populate the society and editorial pages of Hola and Vogue Latin America — and a natural next step would be to translate the already romantic looks into bridal.

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Spring 2018 Trend: Athletic Gear

Performance athletic gear collided with fierce fashion on the Paris runways, resulting in a cool mix of style meets function. At Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia’s two-way design — part alpine jacket, part denim vest — made for one of the most memorable outerwear statements of the season.

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Spring 2018 Trend: Something White

Weddings are a woman’s biggest fashion statement and judging from the spring collections, a designer’s, too, as some of the most creative moments in the runway referenced bridal attire.

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Gauchère RTW Spring 2018

Marie-Christine Statz found a new fabric to explore with this season: lace. But not the fluffy, dusty kind from granny’s closet, this was technical lace, a chic, black grid that projected a sporty look.
Statz used it to construct a sleeveless dress that gently puffed out from a gathered waist, paired with long, loose black trousers — proof that the collision between daywear and nightwear can actually work.
There was also plenty for the day job, including suits with layers, slits and buttons. The trousers on one pair could be transformed into long, wide shorts, it was just a case of tackling the ring of buttons at the knees.
“I think it’s about easy simplicity….I wanted it to not be overdramatic. This is the woman I can somehow relate to,” Statz noted. She drove the point home with her use of a fine, light gray wool that formed part of the masculine-feminine mix of this engaging collection.

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Spring 2018 Trend: Trench Lessons

Just when one thought every trenchcoat had been seen, designers fringe, corset and layer the outerwear favorite in all sorts of unexpected ways.

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Leal Daccarett RTW Spring 2018

For the second Parisian presentation of their brand Leal Daccarett, Colombian designers Karen Daccarett and Francisco Leal offered a flirtatiously Latin collection that steered clear of clichés while tapping into its home country and its layered, dance-filled heritage.
Established in 2008, the brand helmed by the married duo became a fast favorite of the current First Lady of Colombia, María Clemencia De Santos, who was spotted wearing their designs on state visits, most notably to Spain and the U.K.
La Fantástica, their summer line, ranged from bathing suits to floor-length dresses — whether these were exuberant daywear or low-key evening fare was left up to the wearer. With just enough froth to make it fun, the collection had denims adorned with charming character patches or coral pieces; a blue denim set of a long jacket and wide trousers embellished with raw-edged ruffles; tiered dresses in a navy and white palm print, and long caftans. Cottons, silk and denim came together in a palette of blues and whites.
“It’s a proud moment to be Colombian, and we’re showing who we are and how comfortable we are with that,” Leal said during a showroom appointment.

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Stella McCartney Accused Of Cultural Appropriation For Using Ankara Prints In Her Spring Collection

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Johanna Ortiz RTW Spring 2018

Johanna Ortiz chose silk as her primary material for spring, designing the flowery motifs in pinks and reds. The tropics were inspiration, which explained the fanciful golden bugs adorning her dresses.
“It’s Asia, Africa and America coming together,” she said, animated by a rush of excitement from showing her collection at the Colombian Ambassador’s residence in Paris.
She also used embroidery to embellish the formal dresses, many with tiers of ruffles.
It was cocktail hour at teatime; the macarons and truffles sat in the next room, next to a bowl of plantain chips as mint was ground for fresh mojitos. The clothes were appropriate for the stately setting, but perhaps better suited for the evening.
“I love fabrics that feel nice on your skin, I try on all the pieces,” said Ortiz, noting she has to use a stool for the long dresses because she is petite. She was wearing one of her black-and-white silk tunics over jeans, with platform heels for height.
Trenchcoats were another inspiration, evident by the flaps on the front of a polka-dot dress with a ruffled bottom.
The setting for her collection was humbling, Ortiz offered readily, looking up at the painting above her: a fat blue vase of white and

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Spring 2018 Trend: Over and Over

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking — at least at Louis Vuitton, where Nicolas Ghesquière breathed new life into Old World metallic floral brocades that were anything but romantic.

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Maticevski RTW Spring 2018

Inspired by Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavillion, Australian designer Toni Maticevski offered a wardrobe of upmarket separates alongside bridal gowns.
The rationale behind this is that he doesn’t want to frame his clothes in either couture or ready-to-wear, because Maticevski advocates a way of dressing in which occasion is of little importance. Case in point: one guest at the show wore one of his pencil skirts with an elaborate flourish down the back, paired with Chuck Taylors and a turtleneck.
So there were new versions of that skirt, floaty blouses, blazers with soft drapes falling down the front alongside long dresses and floor-grazing poof skirts. The palette had an earthy chemical reading, running from coal black to a sulfuric chartreuse, while textures alternated between silk-smooth and roughness — thick weaves, sequined gowns, graphic meshes.
One piece, a structured bodice with trailing chiffon panels, epitomized the designer’s vision: worn with trousers by day, it was a statement at night.

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Faith Connexion RTW Spring 2018

The collaborative brand, which opened its first boutique on New York’s Mercer Street last month, continued to move further into elevated sportswear territory for spring, mining its ongoing collaborations with Kappa and K-Way in increasingly elaborate ways. If this week’s front-row looks in Paris were anything to go by, items like sequin-encrusted track pants and maxi skirts are set to be sure-fire hits. Giant flag-like cape tops splashed with a giant Kappa logo with eyelet and cord fastenings tapped a similar register -just as outgoing but with less of the glitz.
Graffiti artist Vincent Dacquin mined American football references for the brand, slapping brightly colored patches across items including a high-necked white minidress. There was also plenty of the hand-painted and distressed denim and leather, tie-dye and checks, all in outsize shapes, that are part of the label’s core register.
Among the most innovative designs were a jacket that spliced vintage and contemporary military references — a combination of navy wool and camouflage fabric — with zips that could be opened up to give a nonchalant off-the-shoulder look. The brand also introduced its first bags, a line of carryalls that debut exclusively at Barneys New York this month, and collaborated with Chris

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Alexander McQueen RTW Spring 2018

The fashion bubble. We all know what it means: that from right after Labor Day until whatever date in early October, our lives are consumed by fashion. Sorry, friends; life partners; kids starting school, whether pre-K or college, fashion takes priority, the most important thing.
Only we all know that that’s not really true, that many things are far more important than fashion. Just ask anyone in the industry who was on the show circuit on Sept. 11, 2001. On Monday, a day of unimaginable tragedy in the U.S., Paris Fashion Week went on, the fashion throng assembling for the Alexander McQueen show as the Las Vegas death toll mounted. There’s no good way to transition to a fashion review, but to not acknowledge the event feels wildly uncomfortable.
Backstage before her show, McQueen’s Sarah Burton talked about her desire to deliver an optimistic collection, a notion expressed by a number of designers this season. “So many terrible things happen in the world. We should celebrate people and fashion and creativity,” she said. “I wanted to celebrate beauty and femininity. I wanted to do an uplifting collection.”
And so she did, an exquisite one based on English gardens, specifically the gardens at Great

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Masha Ma Spring 2018

Masha Ma softened the harder, sexier edges to her spring collection by introducing flowers. But not the soft, fluffy type. They came in brightly colored prints as well as black and white, stylized to project a futuristic edge. Cyber and cinematic was the official vibe, with romantic undertones.
A pair of thigh-high lace up stiletto boots came in bright yellow, worn with a short black mini-dress bearing a splash of purple and green on the front. Black netting stretched over the arms and covered the hands.
The Paris based Chinese designer chose an all Asian cast in tribute to her inspiration, Wong Kar-wai’s film titled “2024.”
She cited the references: “The flowers, the patterns, the nostalgia Asian part that we transformed into a more modern type of definition,” she explained. Red lighting and electronic music added to the urban atmosphere.
“This flower surrenders proudly to innovation,” reads the official description.
The designer played on her signature men’s tailoring. The legs of a black pantsuit had zippered openings at front, revealing pointy white boots.
The pinstripe was back, with loose trousers and a long suite jacket, cut squarely.
She also offered a refreshing take on the rain coat with a hooded Gore-Tex trench that came in bright blue and

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Valentino RTW Spring 2018

A fashion editor exiting the Valentino show needed a moment; rapture recovery takes time. When she got enough of a grip to regain verbal capacity, she offered, “I want to live on that planet.” The vibe in the courtyard of the Lycée Carnot, where Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his spring collection, suggested she wouldn’t be lonely.
For years now, Piccioli has produced some of fashion’s most extraordinary work, first in partnership with Maria Grazia Chiuri and now, on his own. Piccioli’s spring collection was out-of-this world magnificent.
At the risk of prolonging the planetary motif, the editor’s reference was more salient than she realized; featured on Piccioli’s mood board this season, along with pictures of the glamorous teenaged Brooke Shields and depictions of “The Frenzy of Orlando,” was a photograph taken by astronaut William Alison Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first to reach and orbit the moon. (OK, you Galileos out there, the moon’s not a planet. But it is up there — fashion license.)
During a preview, Piccioli talked about the moon as a physical place, but also “where you can find what’s lost in the heart, this romantic idea of the moon, the moon as a second chance.” Schmaltz? Maybe. But what’s “schmaltz”

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Comme des Garçons RTW Spring 2018

God forgive the double sacrilege, religious and artistic. (Seriously, God.) But of the highlights of spring 2018 so far, two are light years ahead of everything else: The Last Supper (a private viewing arranged by Vionnet’s Goga Ashkenazi.) and Comme des Garçons.
That’s not to suggest that Rei Kawakubo is Leonardo da Vinci, or that her models are Jesus and the Twelve. Only that Kawakubo clearly creates on a different level that the rest of the ready-to-wear world. She could just as easily show during couture or at some random time off-calendar that suits her creative fancy. While her stores are packed with clothes – real, functional, even sensible clothes – her runway features art.
Yes, there’s repetition – like every creator, Kawakubo has her signatures – and not every show awes. This spring show did. It proved her most intriguing since the remarkable “Future in Two Dimensions” show for fall 2012. Even the venue sent chills – the Russian Embassy, an imposing Cold War-era structure that had everyone going phone-camera crazy. (Its vast foyer may boast the only low ceiling in Paris.)
Whether there was a specific connection between venue and show motif is fodder for a cleverer Sherlock than this reviewer. More easily discernable: The show

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Kobi Halperin RTW Spring 2018

Kobi Halperin is often inspired by his world travels — and not always by choice, he notes, as the demands of a taxing retail cycle require constant newness and inspiration. For spring, the designer found optimism while visiting the Shchukin Exhibition in Paris, notably in Paul Gauguin’s Tahiti paintings and Henri Rousseau’s jungles, both known now to have been renderings of the artists’ imaginations. They inspired a tropical theme for the season, but also brought Halperin back to memories of his first visit to America, seeing the bright colors in Miami juxtaposed with city life, and wanting to bring that balance into his clothing.
There were slight contrasts of the hard and soft through men’s wear-inspired suiting and shirting, and between business and casual with relaxed pajama sets. But Halperin delivered on what he does best, injecting feminine separates with luxe embroidery and a European sensibility. Crochet details and lace-y motifs have become signatures of the brand, seen here as ornate embroidery on a white dress or light accents on the bottom of cropped trousers — always with an element of ease. Pattern and color were key, breathing energy into the collection with graphic florals and pops of sunny yellow and

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Balmain RTW Spring 2018

Sometimes, fashion disarms. It’s part of the wonder, one reason why those of us who love it so much love it so much. Such moments almost never occur when you run backstage for the editorial soundbite, typically about inspiration — this or that museum exhibit; summers with boho grandma; increasing likely these days, political manifesto. Not so at Balmain on Thursday when, before his Balmain show, Olivier Rousteing disarmed with emotional conversation about his childhood, his fame, his place in fashion, the shallow perceptions of him that he wants to shatter. His spring show, he offered, would be a turning point, “a big celebration, a new era.”
Its cornerstone: Rousteing is serious about being a designer. Yes, he’s a beautiful young Instagram idol. He’s also, he wants us to know, a tireless craftsman. “In 365 days, I maybe work 360,” he said. OK, he takes time in August, but otherwise, he’s at the office where he thinks, worries, obsesses over his craft. At the same time, he knows he’s blessed — by adoptive parents who have loved and encouraged him from the get-go, and because he found a platform for creative expression, which he’s known he needed since he was 10.

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Spring 2018: For the Love of Denim

Gender-fluid styles, baggier silhouettes, the return of the Nineties trucker jacket and the always-humorous Canadian tuxedo are some of the most influential denim trends on and off the runways this season.
Styled by Alex Badia
Fashion Assistant: Kayana Cordwell
Models: Karmay Ngai at Nomad Management and Kendall Harrison at Two Management; Makeup by Colleen Runné at Kate Ryan Inc. using Fenty Beauty; Hair by Brittan White at Kate Ryan Inc. using Evo

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Isabel Marant RTW Spring 2018

Now the cool boys in Isabel Marant’s entourage can rest easy: The French designer has finally come through with men’s wear, and it’s here to stay. “I gave in to popular demand,” she admitted backstage, saying the campaign had been going on since her popular H&M hookup four years ago. The guys were offered thick gauge knits that poured over their shoulders like treacle, Windbreakers and toothsome trackpants, with rope flip-flops or slides on the feet.
But back to the girls. The show started with crisp white: frilled shirts; ingénue broderie anglaise minidresses; denim with circular patterns piercing the legs; a double-breasted jacket tucked into trousers that were loose on the thigh and tight at the ankle. Sporty details started to crop up.
By midway point, the collection hit its stride, brash colors and metallic materials bringing a sporty-glam mien: boiler suits rolled down to reveal swimwear; trackpants were cut from shimmery florals and paired with voluminous tops; lightweight blousons could pass for shirtdresses, and high-cut briefs had the aplomb of daring shorts. Whenever she went too high on the leg and too voluminous on the sleeve, it didn’t quite work, like wearing stilettos to the beach. Performance water sports details —

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HKFG RTW Spring 2018

Serving as the spearhead of Hong Kong’s designer outreach in Paris, HKFG, the event formerly known as “Fashion Guerrilla,” presented its fourth runway show with brands Id, Cynthia & Xiao and Kenaxlung.
Summer fabrics and a lighter palette did not serve Julio Ng & Cyrus Wong of Id well. Filmy jackets, a burgundy greatcoat in coated canvas that showed its satin lining at the waist and shoulder, and denim spray-painted in acid colors didn’t coalesce into a fully coherent ensemble, but stood out. They also were those in which the deconstruction was done with the lightest touch.
Cynthia & Xiao’s Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao continued to mine the designers’ proclivity for knitwear while playing with youthful shapes. The best were a skirt in highly worked crochet and technical mesh tops adorned with thick thread embroidery. The rest was saccharine enough to hit the spot but did not make for a memorable treat.
A passing glance at Kenaxlung offered tropes seen elsewhere, such as louche thigh-high footwear, odd denim confections, jolie laide dress-over-trouser combinations and ill-fitting workwear. Designer Leung Ka Kin nonetheless gave a distinctive touch to his denim, suiting and workwear chop-shop that made the line-up look of-the-moment and personal.

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You Must Believe In Spring (Remastered) – Bill Evans

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You Must Believe In Spring (Remastered)

Bill Evans

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: February 2, 1981

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Spring Carousel – George Winston

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Spring Carousel

George Winston

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: March 31, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Dancing Cat Records.

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Saint Laurent RTW Spring 2018

Was it the general languor of spring 2018 to date? The cool air of the Paris evening? Perhaps the setting — beneath the on-the-hour twinkling glory of the Eiffel Tower as night fell? Did those elements shoot a three-part cupid’s bow, or was it really love?
Love — an atypical emotion for this reviewer regarding the house of Saint Laurent at show time. Interest, curiosity, fascination — check, check, check. But love? Not so much. The repetitive tight, sexy, vulgar thing — don’t get it. Or so one thought. Yet under the glow of that most glorious of monuments — zing!
Anthony Vaccarello showed a collection that did all the right things to hot and sexy. He simultaneously respected and had his way with the house codes, integrating elements of the once-revolutionary, ever-glam perspective of Yves Saint Laurent with the doesn’t-give-a-bleep audacity of Hedi Slimane. Was there a soupçon of Tom Ford’s hyper-polished dress-for-sex appeal? You betcha.
For spring, the Saint Laurent woman can get by with very little, provided she has a great pair of legs. Then, she needs only a pair of shorts, billowing blouse, bra top, ample sparkle and feathers galore, whether as wings on her stilettoed feet or a

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Cacharel RTW Spring 2018

Continuing last season’s appeal to a younger customer, Cacharel plowed familiar fields with its simple shapes and abundance of tweaked floral prints – sometimes at the risk of oversimplification. Stretch silk, cotton voile and canvas were cut in bomber jackets, drop-waist dresses and off-the-shoulder tops. Standouts included a striped suit with ankle-grazer trousers, egg-shaped coats in bright blue or white, printed pleated dresses, and a Bardot dress with buttons running down the sides that hit an innocent-yet-flirty Sixties note. Approachable and easy to read, those will do well on the label’s e-commerce site, launched in early September.

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Jacquemus RTW Spring 2018

Mom. The first influencer. At some point, many designers offer overt homage. Simon Porte Jacquemus did so initially by taking his mother’s maiden name, Jacquemus, for his collection. For spring, he celebrated a specific element of her style. “I don’t think I ever saw my mother more beautiful than on evenings after the beach and probably when she was in love,” he wrote in his program notes. Mother and son would take a walk, visiting “souvenir shops filled with earrings, ceramics, sarongs and headbands.” “La bombe,” he called her archetype.
La bombe’s vibe of upbeat, beach-y glamour defined the collection, “the idea of going down to the harbor after a long day at the beach and wanting to feel beautiful,” Jacquemus said post-show. Yet he presented in the glorious Picasso Museum, perhaps to telegraph that these clothes are polished enough for any urban situation. While so many other designers, young and not so, are racing to do street, Jacquemus’s theme let him have it both ways – dressing down as a way of dressing up, keeping the attitude cool and the look hot. What’s more relaxed than artfully mismatched drop earrings and, for heels, whimsical geometric configurations? What’s sexier that a swimsuit reimagined

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Albino Teodoro RTW Spring 2018

Inspired by an untitled poem by 17th–century’s British author Robert Herrick who celebrated imperfect beauty, Albino Teodoro played with proportions and unfinished details to convey a hyper elegant aesthetic injected with edgy touches. The first look, a feminine voluminous draped skirt matched with a sharp cut cotton shirt, set the tone for the lineup, which played with contrasts. For example, a sartorial vest, layered over a white T-shirt, was paired with an asymmetric skirt worked in a chic jacquard fabric showing an Asian-inspired floral pattern. A workwear jumpsuit revealed a sensual ruffled off-the-shoulder neckline, while a beige trenchcoat featured the front and the sleeves embroidered with a cascade of black and gold sequins. Teodoro took a couture-like approach to constructions. He twisted and draped natural high-end fabrics to create elegant, voluminous skirts and frocks, coming both in solid versions and in rich jacquard options. The whole lineup exuded a sense of unconventional luxury, which looked refreshing and charming.

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Gabriele Colangelo RTW Spring 2008

Gabriele Colangelo is a pro at manipulating fabrics to create new textures, and at mixing the tailored with the fluid. This season was no exception, although some of his trials worked better than others.
Colangelo twisted, dyed and pleated his way around this collection using Japanese techniques such as nui shibori. “I wanted a strong, artsy feel and I wanted to work with masculine shapes and feminine fabrics – my woman is strict, but gentle,” he said backstage.
Among the strongest looks were pleated knit dresses gathered at the front and back with little leather belts, a powder blue-and-white checked seersucker dress, and tie-dyed flower prints for slim, spare dresses and sparkly tops.
One dress had strips of crinkly tie-dyed flower fabric interspersed with sheer panels, giving it an artsy, paper mache effect, while a long and flowing flower print sash added a Far Eastern flair to an olive trench coat.
It’s safe to say that “Victor/Victoria” styles such as the half pantsuit/half pleated dress won’t work for most women – unless they really can’t make up their minds at 7:00 on a weekday morning.
All those long, dangling utility straps won’t work either. While they may suit a fashion shoot, they won’t look as cool caught

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Manuel Facchini RTW Spring 2018

Those mysterious crop circles served as inspiration for Manuel Facchini’s spring collection. “We wanted to focus on the idea of discovery,” said the designer, who installed his collection in a black box punctured with holes, through which visitors could peer. “It’s like getting in a new dimension [that] is open to different interpretations.”
Fashion-wise, Facchini stayed true to his inspiration by decorating the entire lineup with circles. They appeared as exquisite macramé embroideries on both a flared chiffon minidress and a black-and-white fluid gown. Laser-cut circles also trimmed the plunging V-neck of a black jumpsuit featuring a striped motif at the waist. They were also thermo-stitched on casual sweatshirts cut with a loose fit, as well as color-blocked bombers with a streetwise appeal.

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Blazé RTW Spring 2018

Blazé brought an exotic flavor to its offering of luxury tailored jackets this season, with a collection inspired by Loulou de la Falaise’s Moroccan jaunts with Yves Saint Laurent.
The spring looks melded warm sand tones with jewel colors, in a nod to the French muse’s bohemian-chic accessory designs. The brand has expanded its offering to 11 styles, including powder-toned linen blazers with contrast piping on the lapels and a hammered silk blazer dress with Lurex fringe.
“We always like the blazers to be very boxy and masculine so they’re very masculine in the fit, but we make them very sexy and feminine with the choice of fabrics,” noted Corrada Rodriguez D’Acri, who cofounded the brand with fellow former fashion editors Delfina Pinardi and Sole Torlonia.
Soigné details included precious stone buttons and silk linings printed with desert flowers.

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Herno RTW Spring 2018

Fashion and food are definitely two fields in which Italians feel quite competitive. To celebrate the high-end quality of its creations, outerwear specialist Herno teamed with Bergamo-based Michelin-starred restaurant Davittorio which welcomed the guests of the brand’s spring presentation with dishes reproducing the same colors included in the collection. Interesting idea, especially when you show at lunchtime. The lineup, which was rendered in a palette combining neutral tones of black, charcoal and white with vibrant hues of burnt orange and grass green, offered a wide range of transitional season overcoats. Feather-weight padded jackets were crafted from elegant bouclé, while collarless bombers mixed woven cotton with knit inserts, reproducing a meshlike texture. Soft suede was used for a roomy hooded style trimmed with a sporty drawstring, while a cropped peacoat featured maxi rounded buttons. Waterproof coats were coated for a glossy effect and a lightweight collarless down jacket was splashed with a multicolor geometric motif with a modernist look.

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Gucci RTW Spring 2018

The impeccably curated tableau vivant of artful, ironic juxtaposition features a too-tall putti-painted architectural panel turned on its side against romantic floral wallpaper. In front of the panel, a tapestry-covered settee awaits Alessandro Michele. He arrives with the aura of a rock-‘n’-roll aesthete: Seventies haircut and beard working in concert with his Gucci street-glam regalia: aviator shades; gorgeous bejeweled, sequined baseball jacket over jeans, the hem of one leg turned up just a casual smidgen; dragons on his boots.
The occasion — an “intimate” press conference (12 journalists) that replaced Michele’s usual backstage walk-throughs, and through which he waxed fashion-deep and philosophic. On the industry’s mind-set: “[Fashion is] the only language that wanted to keep the old codes…that doesn’t work anymore for me.” On his creative evolution: “Now it’s more than beauty, it’s more about a state of mind…an idea of community.”  On continuing his now-signature Gucci aesthetic: “I want to go deep…[with] this little swimming pool, and make the swimming pool like an ocean.”
To those who buy into deep fashion thoughts — one assumes, everyone in the room — it made for often provocative discourse. For those who don’t — had Christopher Guest filmed the session for a make-fun-of-fashion-movie, he could insert it as is. (It recalled

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Victoria Victoria Beckham RTW Spring 2018

Miami — with its Art Deco architecture, pastel colors and intense heat — was Victoria Beckham’s inspiration for her Victoria Victoria Beckham collection this season. “You just feel really alive when you’re in Miami,” mused Beckham, during a walk-through of her collection at the opulent Mark’s Club in London’s Mayfair.
But while the event’s setting might have been very British, Beckham’s sunny touchstone shone through in the lineup’s palette of pinks, oranges and blues, along with what the designer described as “the ease” of the collection. Indeed, there was an insouciant, boy-meets-girl vibe to some of the looks, particularly the loose tailoring. A fluid white pantsuit had a jacket with sloping shoulders and pants that pooled at the ankles, while a silky shirt-and-pant combo came in an orange and gray pinstripe.
Cool shirting was also a standout, with a shirtdress in a refined blue and gray pinstripe and a chic shirt and A-line skirt pairing in sharp blue cotton.
Miami’s art scene got a nod too, with Beckham noting that she’d visited Art Basel Miami Beach for the first time last year. One short-sleeve shirt in a heavy silk was emblazoned with a pink, black and green print that Beckham dubbed “Electric Bang,”

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Sadie Williams RTW Spring 2018

An exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London about The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a camping, hiking and handicraft organization founded in the 1920’s that aimed to bring world peace as a co-ed and non-militaristic alternative to the Boy Scouts, inspired Sadie Williams’ spring 2018 collection.
Williams, who has worked for designers including Marc Jacobs, J.W. Anderson and Katie Hillier, ran with it, putting her signature metallic disco flourishes to work in shimmering folkloric symbols and organic motifs.
These looked great on a voluminous maxi skirt that was paired with a sweater vest patterned with tribal motifs, and in a gray and silver checked full-skirt and matching cropped top. A silver leather jacket worn with wide-leg navy trousers with a shiny silver check will be popular with buyers.
The lace-up closures of old-fashioned tents were translated into playfully overstated red side seams on a pair of denim trousers and khaki shorts, the laces ending in the type of metal fixtures used to tie guy ropes down, while hand-dyed denim in dirty tones added a rustic element.

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Emilia Wickstead RTW Spring 2018

The Harlem Renaissance, the movement was the inspiration behind Emilia Wickstead’s spring collection. She explored the clothes worn at legendary Jazz Age hot spot The Cotton Club by the likes of jazz singer Cab Calloway (who had a fondness for bow ties) and a young Billie Holliday. “It was a glamorous place,” said Wickstead. “People really dressed up.”
She also looked to the Deep South, which informed a few wide sun hats that tied under the chin, calling to mind those worn in the fields by cotton pickers to keep the sun off, as well as  demure silhouettes and occasional dropped waistline.
Plenty of Wickstead’s signatures were at play — the high-waisted trousers, the nipped waists, the blousy sleeves — but with new touches in volume and texture.
The opening look — a white silk shirt with a long black bow tied at the neck and sleeves that crisscrossed with the same black ties, worn with white trousers in a more relaxed fit — was followed by three looks that played with transparency, the seams marked out in black, giving them a cartoonish aspect.
Among the other standouts were a little white camisole dress with bows down the front; a blue dress with swathes

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Chalayan RTW Spring 2018

The idea of despair twinned with entitlement — which Hussein Chalayan believes is fostered by the digital age — was the designer’s starting point for this collection. “I feel like it’s this peculiar situation that I see a lot. I teach in Vienna — I’m the head of the fashion department there, and I see it…in young people,” said Chalayan after the show. “They’re desperate but they’re really entitled as well. So I really wanted to create an aura of that.”
But this being Chalayan, he worked those ideas in oblique, rather than obvious, ways. Interpreting the idea of “framing the body,” there were jackets with nipped-in waists — some of which were cut to reveal the back, bringing a subtle femininity to those masculine shapes — paired with loosely tailored pants. Also intriguing was a series of body-skimming column dresses and tops in shades of black and red, whose structured, peaked shoulders lent a subversion to their ostensibly glamorous silhouettes.
Some of the models wore sheer headscarves and sunglasses over their faces, which the designer said nodded to a “chic yet peculiar” mood.
Perhaps the most direct reference to Chalayan’s theme was the finale of rectangular frames that shimmered with organic-looking Swarovski

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Halpern RTW Spring 2018

Designer Michael Halpern built on the hard-edged, shimmering brand of glamour that he debuted for fall 2017: He played with sculptural shapes and animal patterns, revealing and concealing the body via all manner of sparkling fabrics.
There were stiff, three-dimensional strips of lurex that fanned out from a sequined dress in teal, and a snakeskin bomber jacket with poufy, voluminous sleeves worn over a slinky column dress. Alongside the thigh-skimming dresses and body-hugging jumpsuits, Halpern also ventured into pantsuits. But they were still high-octane, in fabrics such as a sequined cheetah print or Chinoiserie-esque embroidery on the palest blue silk. The models’ wet-look hair and shiny faces kept the allure edgy.
Halpern said after the show – presented in the opulent surroundings of London’s Palladium theater, where the models wove in and out of the rows of seats – that he toyed with the notion of “good-bad taste” when working with the out-there animal patterns.
This line-up was certainly rooted in a  dramatic, after-dark world. “It’s a reaction to what’s happening now, currently in Europe and America,” Halpern said of his embrace of sparkle. “You have this escapism to cope with everything – it’s sort of a young brand’s reaction to how scary

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Ryan Lo RTW Spring 2018

Best known for his loud use of color and overtly feminine aesthetic, Ryan Lo did well in turning it down a notch for spring. The designer immersed himself in all things British, with a special mention of the royal family – perhaps a nod to his newly acquired British citizenship and his desire to signal a more grown-up attitude. “I have moved on,” he kept stressing backstage after the show.
Funeral black and wedding white, with occasional glimpses of powder pink, dominated a lineup that was strong on texture. Lo developed a series of playful fabrics, including bouncy strips of tulle woven onto a cotton base, which looked fresh on both a dressy, long gown as well as a hooded anorak featuring a large pussy bow that Lo said he borrowed from Lady Di.
Little black and little white dresses done up with puffy sleeves in shimmering jacquards telegraphed baby-doll cute, but as Lo matched them with feisty Doc Martens and quirky top hats designed by his buddy Stephen Jones, the visual instantly switched to rebel-chic.
Meanwhile, with thick strings of pearls meandering up their waists and across their bodies in lieu of the more conventional regalia, Lo’s princesses heralded a boastful change

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See by Chloé RTW Spring 2018

The See By Chloé girl embarked on a South African adventure for spring. She packed lightweight parkas, cropped anoraks, textured cotton baggy overalls and practical shorts for adventurous hiking tours in the mountains. Her comfortable cotton dresses splashed with tropical patterns were embellished with sporty drawstrings and her crochet cotton sweaters were cut in loose silhouettes. The colors of the varied nature surrounding her inspired the dusty, gray-brown tone of her washed denim pants and skirts, as well as the light tie-dye effect of her T-shirts.
Despite her dynamic outdoor trip, she couldn’t renounce her signature Boho-chic attitude and she brought with her airy ruffled dresses worked in micro floral prints, as well as knitted frocks punctuated by eyelet details. During a stop in Cape Town she actually managed to express her urban attitude via cotton-linen blouses enriched with macrame lace inserts and chic minidresses featuring multicolor ruffled accents.

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Spring 2018 Trend: Nine to Dive

New York designers transported beach-ready looks from the sand to the city.

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Marc Jacobs RTW Spring 2018

He’s not leaving. Period. End of story.
An exasperated Marc Jacobs made that declaration — again — when asked if his finale music carried a message of goodbye. After his models walked the perimeter of the cavernous Park Avenue Armory in total silence, they reemerged to a piece from Alfredo Catalani’s opera “La Wally.” In part, it translates, “Ah, well, then! I shall go far away.”
“It’s not ironic, it’s not sarcastic, it’s not a goodbye,” Jacobs said of the musical choice. “It’s from the cult classic Eighties French New Wave film ‘Diva,’ which I love. I don’t know how to win. I’m not that versed in opera. I’m much more versed in film. Steve Mackey, who does the music, and I thought it was a beautiful piece of music. I didn’t even know the translation. Sometimes an aria is just an aria.”
And sometimes, a fashion show delivers major fashion. “There’s tons [going on],” Jacobs said. Indeed. He insisted that the collection had no deep, intellectual or conceptual springboard. It clearly progressed from last season’s ode to hip-hop style. “We’re calling the whole thing ‘Somewhere’ — from Sofia [Coppola]’s movie,” he said. “But also, last season was all about this urban landscape,

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Marchesa inspired by Japanese garden for Spring 2018

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Cynthia Rowley RTW Spring 2018

A cheerful, happy mood infused Cynthia Rowley’s spring presentation. Models stood on swings, which the designer installed in her West Village showroom. In keeping with the setup, the lineup was infused with a cute, feminine vibe. A delicate pattern of micro flowers and geometric motifs peppered a couple of maxidresses — one featuring soft sleeves and tiny ruffles at the neckline, the other with a bodice embellished with a sweet bow. Multicolored iridescent maxi sequins embroidered on a skirt added a touch of glamorous extravagance, while a pair of pants with a pixelated print of flowers, matched with a coordinated bralette top, introduced a sporty, technical note. A less innocent, more sensual vein emerged via satin rompers with plunging V-necks and a sheer one-piece swimsuit worn under a sartorial blazer.

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Preview: Coterie Anchors N.Y. Spring 2018 Trade Shows

The women’s contemporary trade shows in New York are usually marked by flirty and romantic silhouettes. But there’s a new message for spring that speaks to a more masculine, relaxed style.

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Calvin Luo RTW Spring 2018

Calvin Luo may be young, but his work shows a sophistication beyond his years.
The recent Parsons School of Design graduate was the youngest designer to present in the official New York Fashion Week calendar when he unveiled his collection three seasons ago; for his fourth outing, Luo continued to refine what had created buzz in the past.
Before the official runway show began, Luo presented male and female models in super lightweight pajamalike outfits made from a temperature-sensing heating fabric Luo created that changes color when heated.
But the real draw was his distinct take on what he described as a “skater-girl-turned-whimsy-woman.” The story started with some sporty references such as hoodies, tanks, cropped tops and skirts with drawstring details and finished with elaborate knit dresses and a strapless blue metallic evening gown.
The line continued to showcase his propensity for deconstruction, especially as it applied to sleeves.
Although his past collections have explored more gender-fluid looks, this season showed more delineation between the sexes, at least as far as the women’s looks were concerned.
Dresses were flirty and feminine with ruching and ruffles and tulle insets on pencil skirts. But the guys’ looks were more “asexual,” Luo said, such as tan shorts with smocking

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Zero + Maria Cornejo RTW Spring 2018

A Mark Borthwick picture of Stella Tennant shot in 1997 featuring the model wearing a Mario Cornejo-striped Triangle Top inspired the designer to explore her company’s archives, which document the past 20 years of the brand’s history. In particular, the designer said that for her spring effort, she wanted to re-create that sense of youthfulness and freedom that her collections of the time exuded. “It’s a reedition of shapes and fabrics,” Cornejo said. Her Nineties’ fluid tunic dresses got a revamp in orange and hot-pink silk charmeuse, while a jacquard fabric featuring an archival bow pattern was crafted into a chic kimono-inspired robe coat. And the geometric motif of Tennant’s top served as inspiration for multicolor striped frocks and separates. The designer indulged in loose silhouettes infused with sophisticated, effortless elegance, but also played with more structured constructions. A sporty kick was introduced via a short-sleeved zippered hoodie printed with a poem written by Borthwick (Cornejo’s husband), which was first splashed on T-shirts. The range of denim pieces was also a tribute to the brand’s early collections: They included asymmetric skirts with pleated details, as well as sharp-cut pants with contrasting stitching in black and indigo hues.

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Norisol Ferrari Takes Entirely Seasonless Approach to Spring With New E-commerce Site

A LINE FOR ALL SEASONS: With a relaunched e-commerce site that guides shoppers by degrees, Norisol Ferrari is taking a novel approach to seasonless dressing.
Having “changed the vernacular” of her collection to appeal to a greater assortment of better specialty stores, Ferrari said, “I don’t believe in seasons. I never have. I’m wearing four-ply cashmere and it’s September? In this world, seasons are over. Global warming is happening whether you deny it or not. And day-to-day, you don’t know what the temperature is going to be.”
The designer has the added stewardship of two former Donna Karan executives, Carole Kerner and Stephanie Reiner who joined Ferrari’s company in February to run the business. A big believer in layers, Ferrari has created a collection that has an abundance of dresses, blouses, sweaters and outerwear that can be built upon or taken away. She is calling the concept 70 degrees. Shoppers can now buy items based on her site by browsing based on temperature ranges. During a walk-through of the spring collection at her West 28th Street studio, Ferrari said, “If you are a professional woman, you are definitely going to be freezing, no matter what time of year it is because of

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Rebecca Taylor RTW Spring 2018

This season Rebecca Taylor spoke about approaching her brand as a living organism: “It’s a development, it grows with you, it evolves…and I am feeling very excited about where fashion is going,” she said at her showroom.
Judging from the lineup, Taylor was also feeling a bit nostalgic as pieces evoked Eighties-tinged romance. There were beautiful sheer micro-floral dresses shown over bloomers; bustier shirts paired with wide-leg high-waisted pants; off-the-shoulder tops with voluminous sleeves; scoop-back leotard dresses; floral blazers; mermaid skirts and all the fun stuff Taylor reminisces about from her childhood in New Zealand. “Back then, we did not have the Internet, we had very few magazines, so my mom would have to have them shipped from England and America,” she recalls. “It would take six months because they would come on a boat. I would devour every single page, I was so obsessed. I’ve definitely been feeling nostalgic about that time.”

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Adam Lippes RTW Spring 2018

Americana meets Japonica pretty much sums up Adam Lippes’ assertive spring collection. “I just moved to Brooklyn, I have an amazing view of the water. It’s very inspiring, although it’s a construction site right now, so I brought my home here,” he explained at his showroom presentation, where he installed some of his furniture to set the mood. “I have a lot of Japanese influences in my home and that’s how my mind works — I get inspired by what surrounds me.” The lineup married both influences with subtlety and grace. For instance, classic Adam Lippes staples — the white shirt, the boyfriend trousers — featured sashiko, a Japanese stitchwork technique; the tailored jackets that he is so well-known for sported beautiful antique Japanese enamel buttons.
Sashiko was a recurring element throughout, shown most notably on a great circle skirt and matching top and a black kimono jacket. Elsewhere on pencil skirts, Lippes used indigo shibori dyed recycled blankets for an elevated sportswear vibe. Evening took a more minimal turn, via slinky silk jersey dresses. And because there always has to be a showstopper, a long silk kimono took it home.

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Anna Sui, Bed/Stu Collaborate on Footwear, Handbags for Spring

SUI STEPS UP: Anna Sui has partnered with Bed|Stü footwear to produce a seven-piece, limited-edition collection that will include sandals, boots and handbags. The collection will be unveiled at Sui’s show tonight at Skylight Clarkson Sq.
The collection retails from $ 325 to $ 1,195 and will be available for purchase on bedstu.com, as well as the Bed|Stü flagship in Malibu and the Anna Sui store in New York, beginning in February. Additional locations will be revealed in the coming months.

The collection, inspired by the late Sixties, embodies a new bohemian aesthetic with rustic elements and hand-tooled leathers that are vegetable tanned and free from harmful metals such as chrome and formaldehydes.
Roger Orozco, founder and creative director of Bed|Stü, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be doing our first collaboration with Anna Sui, who is such a leader in the fashion industry. Working with her was a great experience, and it was so exciting to see the accessories from the collaboration paired with the looks on the runway.”

Sui added, “They approached me. I’ve always admired their commitment to craft and use of pre-industrial artisanal techniques — using sustainable vegetable tanned leathers (from organic materials; plants, bark, leaves) — everything is individually cut,

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Milly RTW Spring 2018

Michelle Smith’s spring presentation, which she dubbed “Wildflower,” was a beautiful ode to femininity in all its forms. “This is about us loving ourselves as women and owning our sexuality and taking that time to really know and love ourselves, and I express that through what I create,” said Smith at her new SoHo pop-up shop. The space was transformed into a beautiful floral extravaganza with a dome installation featuring the collection’s floaty floral silk gazaar numbers. “I wanted it to be an experience for the guest — and hopefully have them have an emotional reaction to it,” she added. Fashionwise, she played a lot with folds, cascading and pleating that expanded and contracted, which, she explained, were all elements that express femininity and womanhood.
But not everything was ethereal and airy — actually, the bulk of the collection was daywear in natural fibers such as cotton and linens. For instance, flirtatious tops with lacing details and ruffles featured raw edges (“very modern,” Smith said), while slinky body-con knits revealed the shoulders and flounced here and there in subtle ruffles.

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Monse RTW Spring 2018

It’s still early in the week and the season in general, but there’s a micro trend of patriotism coming out of New York Fashion Week. After several news cycles fueled by headlines about New York’s top fashion talent defecting for a brighter City of Light, those who have stayed put are using their runways to show their American pride. Monse’s Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim are happy to be here. “We love this country. It’s the only reason we’ve been able to succeed this much,” said Garcia during a preview. “We’re celebrating showing here.”
They littered the collection with peppy stars and stripes and red-white-and-blue, but it wasn’t a Fourth of July parade. The broader theme was back-to-school, with collegiate sport references offering a solid, steady lens through which to filter updates on the brand’s signatures and hit on retailer-baiting trends. Chiced-up track pants, riffs on varsity jackets and twisted Oxford shirting abounded.
All three of those items hit critical mass trend-wise a while ago. Making them feel new was surely a challenge, yet Garcia and Kim pulled the looks into their world, stamping them with what has become a very strong house aesthetic. A classic striped men’s shirt was turned backwards

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Brock Collection RTW Spring 2018

Brock Collection designers Laura Vassar and Kris Brock set out this season to inject an air of mystery into their lyrical vernacular. “We always take this path of this raw romanticism, and this season we wanted to put an edge on it,” Brock said backstage before the show.
As edges go, this was a gentle one, the models working a slightly undone, tousled beauty as they walked a floor strewn with gardenia petals and leaves that imparted an element of lovely, wistful decay. A lingerie focus formed the collection’s core; slip, nightgown and romper shapes in intricate laces and gentle florals seemed to be culled from a grandmother’s attic treasure chest. These were worked into looks more diverse than the motif might suggest, some of the diaphanous fare cut with natural waists, some Empire-style with alluring wayward sleeves.
The most literal rendering of the intended dark romance came in the group of exquisite black lace gowns with a touch of the glamorous storybook widow to them. But what gave the collection its soupçon of essential grit was the savvy integration of tailoring with a Forties attitude, crisp and smart coats, skirts and trousers, some integrated with lingerie pieces. Cases in point: A

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Adam Selman RTW Spring 2018

Good vibes come naturally to Adam Selman. They’re a big part of his personality and his brand in a genuine and magnetic way. There’s no cloying there, even though he was a cheerleader in school. He re-upped a little of that rah-rah spirit this season on a semi-subliminal level. “I’m really focused on thinking ‘America’ is not a bad word,” he said backstage before his show. “I’m so sick of hearing ‘Down with America’ and ‘New York Fashion Week is over.’ I’m like, ‘No, no, no. We still have great talent here.’” His collection stood as proof. It was an all-American delight.
Rather than go literal with red-white-and-blue or stars and stripes, Selman focused on American ideas, beginning with Georgia O’Keeffe and her gingham shirt. “She said it’s like our only national costume,” he explained. The O’Keeffe references stopped just about there as Selman operates with none of her gravitas. Clever kitsch is his niche, and he infused it into a sexy pale blue and white gingham baby romper with a cutout back, and an adorable red and blue knit gingham trompe l’oeil wrap dress. Denim is another Selman signature and national treasure, here delivered with the airbrushed Seventies swagger that

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Rosetta Getty RTW Spring 2018

Rosetta Getty was one of several designers who saw the recent Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and was struck by the artist’s ahead-of-her-time wardrobe. “You really saw how calculated and precise she was in everything she did,” said Getty at her presentation held at her aunt Aileen Getty’s West Village town house. “It’s almost like she understood branding as we do now. She believed in a uniform and a look and staying true to that.”
Getty harnessed the power of O’Keeffe’s signature stylistic proclivities — button-up white shirts, black skirts, wrapped jackets — and tension of austerity and sensuality for the collection. She worked graphic colors and silhouettes in modernist portions that had minimalist intonations but were nowhere near clinical. There was always some extra detail or exaggerated drape or proportion that added a charge of feminine emotion to the garments.
For example, a white cotton poplin shirt had a cape back and was worn with a high-waisted black shantung skirt. A fluid interlock jersey tailored jacket and cropped trousers in scarlet red was modest yet seductive. A cape back trench, buttoned up taffeta shirt and cropped cotton trousers made a big, open-sky statement in monochromatic cornflower blue, which incidentally matched

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New York Spring 2018 Designer Inspirations: Part Three

Light, all things beach life and elegance were some of the things to help mold designers’ spring 2018 collections.

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Tse RTW Spring 2018

Tse is a quiet collection at its core. No matter how advanced the stitchwork gets, the mood remains one of calm and comfortable chic. So it was for spring, for which the design team infused the crisp range of white, putty, red and black knits and wovens with textural techniques inspired by the work of Ghanian artist El Anatsui, who is known for his suspended paintings. This played well on a black dress and top constructed from a mesh of woven circles and a soft nude top done in tacked-together squares. Otherwise, the collection was filled with breezy, sporty pieces that are probably as comfy as sweats but nowhere near as casual.

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New York Spring 2018 Designer Inspirations: Part One

Vacation, Frida Kahlo and psychedelic hallucination are among the diverse influences that moved designers for spring.

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Chillhop Essentials Spring 2017 – Various Artists

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Chillhop Essentials Spring 2017

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Genre: Instrumental

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Release Date: March 15, 2017

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DDUOGOFF Men’s Spring 2018

Daniel DuGoff used a trip to Taipei with the CFDA Incubator program to form the foundation of his men’s collection.
DuGoff, who studied architecture before working for Patrik Ervell and Marc Jacobs, said on the trip he was able to experience the urban grit of Taipei along with the tropical landscapes of Yangmingshan National Park, which is located outside of the city.
DuGoff used those contrasts to present a minimal lineup of classic men’s sportswear energized with color — green, mustard, white and navy — and prints including plaid, an abstracted window pane and a hazy leaf print.
High notes from the collection included the short shorts, which mimicked the silhouette of a swim trunk but were made from shirting material, the Fifties-inspired knot polos with embroidery on the chest, and the hooded jacket made from cotton and nylon grosgrain.
DuGoff has said his primary goal is to produce easy clothes that men will want to wear on an everyday basis. He accomplished that goal with this lineup and also introduced some new pieces into his customer’s wardrobe.
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Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The

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New Danish Models for Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring 2018

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Parke & Ronen Men’s Spring 2018

Young fashion brands can learn a thing or two from Parke & Ronen.
The men’s swimwear label celebrated its 20th anniversary on Wednesday with a heartwarming — and mildly nostalgic — runway show that showcased exactly how sticking to one aesthetic — and nailing it — can lead to a long life.
The brand seamlessly mixed some of its greatest hits with an assortment of new styles of swimsuits and casual sportswear to the strains of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High,” the inspiration for the season for designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel.
“We’ve done beaches and pools, now it’s off to the lake,” said Lutter.
The soft colors, wildflowers and pristine backdrop of the mountains were showcased in a variety of lightweight jackets, mesh tanks and drawstring linen pants.
The casual sportswear component of the collection also worked well in cotton twill shorts, breezy chambray shirts and knit tops. Lutter pointed to the mint double-face linen trouser and the lamb-suede camp shorts as his favorites.
And then there was the swimwear.
Everything from tiny bikinis to the two-, three-, four- and even five-inch trunks in a variety of prints and patterns turned heads.
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Matiere Men’s Spring 2018

For its first runway show, Matiere took a step in the right direction this season with a spring collection titled “Reflections.”
“It was about taking a step back and reflecting on what was working for us as an emerging brand and what the market wants,” said the designer Scot Shandalove backstage.
Bringing a bit of shape into the mix, he offered up more voluminous silhouettes this time around, in elongated shorts, wide-tailored bombers and an anorak with a dropped shoulder for a roomier fit — all of which succeeded in creating a cleaner look.
True mavens when it comes to fabric selection, the lineup consisted of a combination of true athleti wear and luxe loungewear by utilizing Italian reflective fabrics in outerwear, crinkled water-resistant elongated jackets and a Japanese high-shine, short-sleeved anorak with paneled technical mesh.
By offering up a true California vibe, Matiere is really propelling the ethos of the brand to a cool yet functional tech lounge-y aesthetic.
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Perry Ellis Men’s Spring 2018: The company injected performance features into its tailored clothing uniform and then layered on fashion.
Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The spring collection expanded on singular, identifiable staples in new, still breathable, fabrics.
Boss Men’s Spring 2018: Designer Ingo Wilts used

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Deveaux Men’s Spring 2018

“Nothingness is just as important as things that are there,” Andrea Tsao, one-third of Deveaux’s design team, posited ahead of the brand’s fourth outing. That philosophical outlook was taken from Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s design M.O. — whose use of muted palettes, clean lines and leanings toward raw materials parallel design elements in the Deveaux world.
The tether to Ando was light, bearing conceptual details that made minimal silhouettes feel special. An “architect” car coat that opened the show, for example, played with the idea of spacing and exposure, featuring pockets that wove in and out. “What you see and what you can’t see is a large part of his architecture,” Tsao continued. Other details like pockets-within-pockets and belts weaving through cutouts teetered on modern and luxurious design.
The overall tone was more relaxed than previous efforts, featuring an experimentation with oversize fits and vintage sensibilities. Roomy, A-line coats in black washed nylon and glen plaid erred on the side of sophistication, while color-blocked knitwear, khaki-and-white top combos, and chunky sneakers were retro and retail-friendly propositions.
The team also showed a few women’s looks, which showcased architectural references with more freedom. Standouts included a sharp tailored blazer and offbeat olive cotton shirt. It

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