Gigi Hadid

Vans: The New Standard

Vans have long been a part of the casual American lexicon since its inception in 1966 in Anaheim, California. The rubber soles and checkered prints have stood the test of time and proved to be a timeless part of American fashion and a symbol of youth, spirit and attitude.  This year Vans celebrates 50 years of business, and today Vans have become a staple among young Hollywood and the fashion set. Paired with everything from Baja East to Vetements and seen on models, celebs, and social media personalities alike. Vans seem to be a part of our everyday routines and worn during realest moments of our lives. Just ask Damn Daniel! I know I personally own five pairs myself. 

Jim Duran.

Just Say MoschiNO!

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

Since taking the reins at Moschino, Jeremy Scott has maintained a perpetual need to surprise and delight our inner child. It's this impulse that has enabled Scott to deliver another unparalleled collection for Spring/Summer 17'.  Dramatic, burgundy velvet curtains framed the stage as the fashion world buzzed, wondering what whimsy we were about to behold. The show opened with Gigi Hadid wearing a gown with a print motif rendering her a paper doll ready to be adorned with the most sumptuous of designs.  What followed was a triumph in ingenuity, engineering and imagination. 

Model after model showcased sketches that literally jumped from the page onto the models.  2D illustrations were screened onto fabrics and constructed to keep their form on the models, like life size paper doll clothing complete with tabs!  Iconic Moschino looks from the teddy bear shoulder dress to the leather and logo clad vixen were sprinkled among the classically glamorous paper doll looks.  The construction kept the pieces in a perpetual state of static motion, so that even when standing still, you would be surrounded in glorious movement.   And the fun did not stop there!!  Bags and accessories followed suit with attached tabs, even the stilettos! 

Stand out pieces were a black dress with a tromp l'oeil trench draped on one shoulder worn by real life doll Anna Cleveland and a stunning sky blue gown, worn by Irina Shayk, that was so full of regal glamour it could serve only as the shows closing piece.

Anna Cleveland

Anna Cleveland

Irina Skayk

Irina Skayk

My personal favorite was the capsule collection within the presentation, something Moschino has become known for.  This 'capsule' collection, which was available to the public immediately following the show, lived up to its name!  Prescription pill bottles dresses, capsule print backpacks, and pharmaceutical motifs were made instantly chic.  Giant pill bottles became small purses and phone covers!  Pill blister packs yielded to become purse cover flaps and, my must have piece, an envelope clutch!  A t-shirt emblazoned 'Just Say Moschi NO' made me laugh out loud and I immediately knew I needed it in my life!  Teased with the idea of fashion as a drug, my heart raced with excitement over these pieces and I was reminded, that like all fashionistas, I do it for the rush. 

Joey Arias (@treuvius)

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid

Photo by Yannis Vlamo courtesy of Vogue.

For more information about Jeremy Scott and Moschino please visit www.moschino.com/us.

Kayne's Casting Call

Image courtesy of Kim Kardashian West

Image courtesy of Kim Kardashian West

On Saturday night, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce an open casting call for his upcoming show during New York Fashion Week. West had a few specific requests- he was seeking “multiracial women only” and advised hopefuls to show up makeup-free stating, “come as you are.”

The casting took place in a busy studio in West Chelsea Sunday morning where a legion of New York beauties showed up and waited in a line that stretched for several blocks by 11am. Groups were taken into the studio and asked to provide basic details including their race and Nationality. Some girls fumbled over their own ethnicity, and a few straight up lied about their heritage in an attempt to be selected for one of the coveted positions. A photographer then snapped a few photographs and sent the ladies on their way. The atmosphere was empowering, energetic and competitive. Supermodel friend Gigi Hadid made an appearance and famed make-up artist Pat McGrath was seen running in and out at the audition site.

While the location and time of the show has not yet been released, West has been kind enough to announce he will show Sept 7th, the unofficial first day of NYFW. West received a ton of backlash when he debuted Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden without any formal announcement, creating scheduling conflicts for designers and reporters. West has used his previous shows as a platform to showcase new music and had over 1000 models in his Season 3 show. Ever the multi-takser Kanye kicked off the first of two performances of his Life of Pablo tour on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. While we are still unsure of what West will do for Yeezy Season 4, it is sure to be a spectacle full of New York's finest.

Jackée Trinidad

Images by Jackée Trinidad for BLKLN Clothing