After completing her studies at Istituto Marangoni a private school for fashion and design in Milan, Kris Jane knew that she had found her calling as a designer. She then traveled to Hong Kon and created her line in May 2012. Her focus is creating pieces that fully compliment a woman’s silhouette accented with A- line shapes and peplum drawn from a variety of cultures. This collection entitled “Lance and Lilies” combines medieval armor and florals and creates a “futuristic nostalgia” and a definite play on hard and soft contrasts. Check out our interview with Kris below….
When it comes to shoes big fashion names come to mind like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and so forth… Little do some know, there are upcoming brands like Aminah Abdul Jillil that are changing the game as well in the shoe category with incredible and over the top shoes.
ABOUT AMINAH ABDUL JILLIL
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska Aminah began as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, performing with some of the biggest names in music including Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. In 2012 Aminah launched her first collection of women’s shoes selling mostly online and a few L.A based boutiques including the iconic Fred Segal.
See some of her work below.
Photos: Aminah Abdul Jillil
Last but not least is fashion designer and founder of the LA Emerging Designer Showcase Kenya Jametta, the face behind the Tokio Fever fashion label. Expectations will be high on Jametta, and honestly, I cannot wait to see what she has under her sleeves for spring 15. We recently featured her on our blog. For more info on her and how you can send her your designs to be a part of the 2015 LA Fashion Week Emerging Designers’ showcase edtion, click here.
ABOUT TOKIO FEVER
For her spring 15 collection, the inspiration was complex simplicity. Expect clothes that are comfortable, easy to wear, whimsical, bold as well as very structured.
Runway show: October 24, 2014, 8:30 pm.
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Photo courtesy of Kenya Jametta
West coast based fashion label J-Chan’s Designs is on our radar as the brand preps to debut its spring 15 collection during the LA Fashion Week Emerging Designers’ showcase.
Founded by Jessica Rowell, this budding fashion designer will be showing a range of aquatic and forest-like colors. Coupled with a mixture of detailed texture, subtle prints, and fluid fabrics. Take a look at some of her past work below.
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Next up in the LA Fashion Week Emerging Designer Showcase is DYG, short for Dapper Young Gentlemen, a LA based fashion brand.
“Our Designs range from very bright and playful accessories to more industrious looks that cater to an upscale audience” is how H.S Reid, one of the founders of this menswear line would describe his work. Founded in 2009 by Reid and Jamar Canty to provide a line of distinctive ties, bow ties, and pocket squares hand crafted and manufactured in LA’s fashion district. Their mission is to inspire gentlemen to upgrade their wardrobe, along with their lifestyle.
Runway Show: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm.
As I mentioned yesterday, the LA Fashion Week Emerging Fashion Designers will be held this Friday, October 25. One of the four emerging fashion brands that has been selected to showcase its collection is LUVGEN.
Founded by costume designer/stylist, Malcolm Joris M. Bacani, this LA, California-based menswear fashion brand is hoping to re-launch its brand with a collection that targets teens and provide ready to wear pieces. With a minimalism approach and graphic prints, Bacani’s spring 15 collection may put him onto the right track to touch a new fan base.
Runway Show: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm.
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Photo source: LA Emerging Designers
If New York is the fashion capital of the US, LA Fashion Week is also one of the biggest stages/event for many established fashion brands as well as upcoming fashion designers interested in taking their brand to the next level and/or making a name for themselves. LA Fashion Week is currently in full swing and will continue until this Friday, October 25. The final day of the event is all about turning the spotlight on emerging brands with the LA Emerging Designers Showcase that brings designers into the forefront of the LA fashion scene. This year four designers will take center stage at the event: Tokio Fever (that we recently featured on the blog), DYG, JChans’s Designs and Luvgen.
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We are starting off the week with IIKNOEE, an eco-friendly fashion brand that does not use animal skins or by products such as wool and silk in their garments.
Started by fashion designers Benita and Tatjana, the two women are all about simplicity and starkness when it comes to telling the story about the celebration of space and timelessness in an overcrowded and fast paced world. It is minimalism infused with thoughtful and intentional monochromatic protection.
I really like this collection because sometimes, less is more. The cuts, shapes and the silhouettes are simple but yet elegant and feminine. Many women will definitely fall in love with some of their pieces because after all, not everyone is into intricate details and over the top fashion.
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We know that the world of fashion and art have an intertwined history as many fashion designers find their inspiration from many great artists and vice versa. Fashion week has officially ended in Milan and with that say, I would like to introduce you to KÖKLER, a fashion brand that takes the world of fashion to a whole new level when it comes to turning some of the world’s best art pieces into show stopping garments.
A fashion brand that adopts the same creative process applied in the fine arts: research aesthetics, look for inspiration, new shapes and forms with unique pieces that are manufactured manually. It is about transforming artworks and metamorphosing them into wearable fashion items with audacious cuts accentuated by accomplished craftsmen.
While many designers chose the runway to showcase their s/s 15 collection, KÖKLER chose to show theirs as an exhibit that tells the story behind each piece. Fans and interested buyers get a more personal and unique experience by getting a closer look at the collection from concept, design and production.
If you plan to be in Milan in the next few days, stop at the Spazio OBERDAN, Viale Vittorio Veneto 2, to get a closer look of the exhibit. It will be open to the public until September 28, 2014. Interested buyers can find the high-end Prêt-à-Porter collection, entirely made in Italy at the Showroom Pizzini in Milan.
Take a look at some looks from th
Special thanks to Denise.
Photo credit: KÖKLER
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With her signature blue soles, her shoes were the perfect accessory to set off Project runway season 8 candidate and Project Runway All-Star season 1 finalist, Micheal Costello’s collection of edgy and feminine dresses. If you are interested in purchasing any items from her debut collection, visit her webpage here. Just in case you want a closer look at her runway debut collection, watch the action below.
Photo credit: Stella Hues
Special thanks to Jade
Always on the look out for emerging talents, today our discovery takes us to Singapore where tailored Women’s RTW fashion brand Max Tan is based.
ABOUT MAX TAN
Serious but never severe, minimal but never simple, fragile but never weak. It is how Max Tan defines his work as a designer. Maximizing on minimalistic ideas, much of the label’s attention is paid to tailoring and draping. Playing with volume, modifying shapes, oversized, undersized, deconstruction and reconstruction while blurring the line between masculine and feminine silhouettes to provide women with an alternative and quiet fashion lifestyle.
ABOUT MAX TAN SPRING/SUMMER 15
For his spring/summer 15 collection, Tan introduces the abstract concept of everything probable and impossible. The limitless, the unbounded, and the unconventional. The idea of creating hybrid garments with no hems but lengthened and flipped up, transforming into another garment as seen on the shirtdress below extended into a jacket bodice, morphing a two-piece garment into one.
Sleeves are conjoined together with fabrics flowing one side to another, leaving a drape behind the wearer.
Inspired by the curves of the Infinity symbol, curved seams are tactically used to create the main silhouette of the collection; Volumes. Pieces are hung onto the wearer’s body lightly; yet creating big shapes and forms.
Tan’s pieces are definitely for women that are not afraid to take their fashion taste to a new level. Fashionistas that are eager to experiment with androgynous pieces and make bold statements. At any rate, please let us know what you think of Tan’s latest collection. Follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.
Photos courtesy of Max Tan
Her name may not tell you anything but soon people will be talking about Stella Maze. At 5 pm Eastern time, she is set to debut her footwear collection “Stella Hues” in collaboration with celebrity fashion designer Michael Costello during his spring/summer 15 runway show at Lincoln Center.
ABOUT STELLA MAZE
An accessory visionary and luxury footwear designer from the British Virgin Islands and the face behind Stella Hues. After launching her brand a less than a year ago, the budding designer’s shoes are uniquely crafted utilizing the finest materials from Italy. Fashionably known as the “Blue Bottoms”, the collection guarantees high-end design, exceptional quality and extraordinary comfort. For more info on Maze’s work check out her signature blue soles at www.stellahues.com.
Special thanks to Jade for bringing our attention onto Stella Maze’s work.
Photo credit: Stella Hues
Are you an emerging designer/brand in search of new ways to get your collection to the masses? In celebration of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, I would like to introduce you to Luevo, the place where emerging designers can sell their collection and consumers pre-order unique fashion straight off the runway.
A pre-ordering online platform that showcases pieces from designers including emerging ones. Founded by Ana Caracaleanu and Mihnea Stoian, this Canadian Start up is about helping fashion brands as soon as they get market recognition through fashion week events to start manufacturing their collection.
For the first time, Luevo has partnered with fashion weeks across the U.S so that fashion fanatics get the exclusive privilege to reserve their favorite looks from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections fresh off the runway. All you have to do is to sign-up to be the first to access exclusive collections, capsules and showroom looks to get your favorite pieces before anyone else.
If you are an emerging designer interested in how Luevo can help you take your brand to the next level, contact them here.
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I had the pleasure of attending the viewing of Diarra Bousso’s “two shows in one” collection over the weekend and was visually transported to places such as Istanbul, France, Saudia Arabia and Thailand. Her MINT Spring Summer 2015 entitled “Abstract Cubism” bought with it the architecture of Istanbul and artwork from Balat and Galata with a mixture of color oranges, greens and Turquoise blues. She says ” I wanted to translate all my abstract and beautiful dreams into wearable art” who has been painting since age 5.
A photographer, artist and one time bond trader on Wall Street, Diarra quit her day job after two years to succumb to her passion for art and design to launch her line in 2013. She launched her Dakar Boutique platform alongside her two brands MINT (contemporary ready to wear) and db (couture dresses and premium leather goods) . She has been published in Vogue, Glamour , the New York Times and the HuffPost. Her creations have been worn by celebrities and first ladies around the world . I spoke to Diarra after the show and she could not have been more gracious and enthusiastic about her show.
For her db collection, she was inspired by “Golden Dreams” which focuses on wedding dresses and “African Voyages”. Diarra uses Calais Lace and delicate silks from Thailand.
It was a fun night in NYC! What say you SM fam? If you want to check out more of Diarra’s pieces (which I know you do!), here’s where you can find her…
dbLine : http://www.diarrabousso.com
MINT Line: http://www.mintbydiarrabousso.com
Company Website: http://www.dakarboutique.com
New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow. While Leah will be attending a few shows for the blog, one collection that we are eagerly waiting to see is from stylist turned fashion designer, Diarra Bousso of Senegal. We will be reviewing her collection so in the meantime, you can get familiar with her work by checking some her past collections on her website here.