NYFW

Monse and de la Renta Shake Up NYFW

Photo courtesy of Monse.com

Photo courtesy of Monse.com

The catwalk is continuously evolving as Monse and Oscar de la Renta combine their shows this coming February. Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are co-creative directors for both houses, a happy home coming of sorts as the duo previously left de la Renta more than a year ago to launch Monse. This will be their debut for the former. It will be interesting to see how the lines are drawn, with de la Renta known for its Upper East debuntante aesthetic, and Monse with its more rebellious and sensual vibe.
 

Garcia insists having the shows together is easier and cost effective. The separation of ideas will be very apparent, but the two will complement each other. Alex Bowen, de la Renta's Chief Executive, wants to convey that the two are part of the same brand family. A bid to attract a younger audience for the elder brand, perhaps? Garcia and Kim will certainly evolve what we've come to expect from de la Renta, and hopefully they can infuse the new modern embraced by Monse.

 

Hailey Baldwin's Best Looks On and Off the Runway: NYC, London, Milan and Paris!

Model-of-the-moment Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) has been knocking out the miles on the runway while strutting her way through fashion month. Appearing in shows for some of the worlds most celebrated designers including Prabal Gurung in NYC and Dolce & Gabbana in Milan, this street style star has grown into a full-fledged model. Alongside other fashion week maven Kendall Jenner, Hailey has been all over the "it" scene in the latest trends including off-the-shoulder looks, thigh-high boots, corsets and metallics. We’ve gathered some of her best looks from fashion month!

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Photos courtesy of Hailey Baldwin.

The Bradley Theodore Experience

Theodore's Ludlow St. mural.

Theodore's Ludlow St. mural.

Wrapping up fashion week, New York-based artist Bradley Theodore(@bradleytheodore) paid homage to fashion and its icons with his industry-inspired original pieces at the ACA Galleries in Chelsea’s gallery district. Theodore, widely known for his pastel abstract murals inspired by fashion royalty like Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and Rick Owens on Ludlow St. in Manhattan's Lower East Side, was on hand to greet guests and pose for photos with his work. Champagne flowed while guests gushed over the vibrant creations and they were treated to the opportunity to watch the artist use virtual reality technology to create one if his signature pineapple pieces on site. Theodore began as a street artist and has since worked with Sony, Universal Studios and numerous fashion designers. Theodore's work will be on display and for sale at the gallery through October 29th.

Jackée Trinidad

Theodore's Ludlow St. mural.

Theodore's Ludlow St. mural.

Photos by courtesy of ACA Gallery and BLKLN Clothing.

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