Baja Babes

Tucked away in a steamy parking garage in Tribeca on one of New York City's hottest September nights, a crowd sits and waits for beautiful boys and girls to stalk the runway showcasing the latest collection from Baja East (@bajaeast). Amidst the moody pink and turquoise lighting, reminiscent of a Francis Lawrence music video, slightly dewed fashionistas, artists and editors fanned themselves while waiting for the show to begin. When the first look hit the runway it was lust at first sight. Opener Irina Kravchenko cruised the runway in a plunging, lightly frayed, pin stripe jacket tucked into fringe trimmed trousers. The look was slightly oversized and loosened, yet rich in sensuality. Each looked that followed was a brilliantly maxed out evolution of the Baja aesthetic. Pin stripes, reduced jackets and oversized trousers lent a relaxed formality to the collection while bold prints, luxe fabrications and casual footwear stayed true to the brands original philosophies. The models styled with dampened hair and an array of tie-dyed headbands looked as if they came straight from a late night bonfire on the beach. It was a bountiful collection produced by designers John Targon and Scott Studenberg and easily one of my favorites from NYFW.

Jim Duran.

Photos by Umberto Fratini for Vogue.

For more on Baja East please visit www.baja-east.com

Pliner's Empire State

Donald J. Pliner welcomed guests into his Empire State Building showroom to present his Spring/Summer ’17 collection during New York Fashion Week. The collection featuring both women’s and men’s footwear was an intelligent nod to modern sophistication. Pliner's statement making metallic floral appliqués leaned towards a romantic notion for Spring while studded cross-straps provided that edge that every shoe closet needs. With chic wearable evening heels and classic styles including slides, mules and wedges, Pliner has covered his client for every ocassion.

The men’s Pliner collection was a real standout. His men's dress shoes are stylish and sophisticated in variety of skins and shapes. An innovation exclusive to Pliner is a loafer with a silicon band rather than the traditional metal. A favorite style was the hombred patent and suede loafer with horsebit detail. A contemporary twist on a classic style fit for any closet.  Pliner rounds out the men's collection with boating shoes, slides and modern classic the oxford/sneaker. The collection was overall stylish, strong and very wearable.

Jackée Trinidad

NYFW: Rosenthal Tee

Emerging designer Rosenthal Tee drew in large crowd at the New York Fashion Week debut of her Spring/Summer ’17 collection entitled The Girl, Sisa. This was the designer's sophomore season at Fashion Week and Rosenthal wanted to create a strong collection reflecting her Filipino roots. The designer incorporated traditional Filipino accents such as butterfly wings and lace details to the 33 look collection. Beginning with separates and garden dresses and ending with dramatic evening wear, the collection featured reworked halters, beaded rosettes, oversized bow accents and fringed feathers. Rosenthal kept to classic black and white for most of the collection with pops of periwinkle and aquamarine. Sheer made a strong statement from beginning to end with the popular “naked dress” as the finale. Rosenthal’s designs were strong, stylish and effortless, a perfect fit for any stylish girl about town. Much like the music industry a sophomore collection to a well received debut is pressure filled and heavy with expectation. Rosenthal Tee met that challenge head on and broke through the proverbial glass ceiling. We look forward to what the young designer comes up with next season.

Jackée Trinidad

Photos courtesy of Rosenthal Tee.

NYFW: Irina Vitjaz

Vienna-based designer Irina Vitjaz debuted her Pure Couture collection at New York Fashion Week instantly establishing herself among the notable newcomers. Vitjaz is mostly recognized for her work across the European market, where numerous celebrities have graced red carpets in her original designs. The designer began collecting fabrics at a young age and designing for herself, paving the way for future collections. Today Vitjaz sets out to create garments that are extravagant and elegant, classic but with modern twist. She achieves this balance by mixing strong graphic prints, bejeweled gowns and bold colors. This season Vitjaz attached 40s-era veils to baseball caps for a contemporary take on her classic style. Vitjaz made a mark on fashion week with her U.S. debut and we can be sure to see her again.

Jackée Trinidad

Images and video by BLKLN Clothing.

Jeremy Scott delivers Slime City for Spring/Summer 17

Jeremy Scott has always brought a refreshing dose of exuberance to the runway and his Spring/Summer 2017 collection entitled 'Slime City' delivered just that.  A blanket of anxious quiet came over the hungry editors, stylists, buyers, celebrities, and fans alike as the lights dimmed.  When the first beats hit our ears, our eyes and minds were filled with tongue in cheek sensuality that only Jeremy can concoct. 

Leather and vinyl fetish inspired looks combined with peep show promotion posters to give us a sexy start.  Cutout leather dresses and stilettos structured with his name floating across the side of the foot were intoxicating.  Bags and jewelry made 80s new wave geometry feel fresh and current.  Some of my favorite prints featured an expanse of business building windows dripping with slime and a portrait close up of an 80s new wave vixen that was featured on my personal dream girl, Anna Cleveland

An outrageous duffle bag in the shape of toothpaste tube emblazoned with Scott's name is on my Grail List!!!  Men's wear was ultra sexy, showing leather pants with O-Ring built-ins across the waistband and tops with a nod to the naughty underbelly of NYC.  And then...the evening wear.  Sheer paneled jumpsuits and short dresses giving a kaleidoscope effect of flesh and jewel toned fantasy. 

Just when I thought we had reached the climax of the collection, he sent down an army of geometric femme-fatales that dared you to try to stop them.   Jeremy blew my mind with sequined bodysuits, triangular prism skirts, and dresses with circular structured that were part sci-fi, part Studio 54, and all dripping with his seductive, bold, signature style.  It's apparent Jeremy's heart bleeds a type of pop glamour the world desperately needs; and we could all use an infusion.

Joey Arias

@treuvius

 


 

 Joey Arias outside Jeremy Scott / @treuvius

Joey Arias outside Jeremy Scott / @treuvius

Show images by Joey Arias / Runway images by Umberto Fratini for Vogue

Timo Weiland and All His Friends

On Sunday mornings most people are getting up early for their morning jog, leisurely reading the Sunday Times or enjoying a quiet cup of coffee. But lets face it. Its fashion week and by early Sunday morning most fashionistas are lucky if they have gotten to bed yet. But not for Timo Weiland. The designer held his presentation Sunday morning at the Samsung 837 event space in the Meatpacking district. Weiland presented a small collection of twelve looks in a primary palette of red, blue, black and white, that was inspired by "all the friends the team has made along the way." Weiland's homage included playful animal and abstract chevron prints that accented the silk and knit collection. A collection that also consisted of floor length animal prints, suede jackets and knee length silk cardigans. A favorite was the blue tiger print drawstring pants with blue and black paneled zip-up silk shirt. Must haves for any closet. One reason among many to love Timo is that he always stays true to his aesthetic and does not give in to whats trending. He continues to produce effortlessly cool clothes that are sure to become season-less classics.

Jim Duran  

Images provided by Timo Weiland

NYFW: Cynthia Rowley Spring/Summer 17

Cynthia Rowley wowed guests with a festive Spring/Summer 2017 presentation on Friday evening. Attendees walked into an open studio where they were welcomed with music, cocktails and fashion. Bloggers and celebs walked the floor in their vibrant Rowley pieces honoring the designer who wore a simple black tee and large grin while she chatted with her guests.

On one end of the studio, models danced and twirled while sipping champagne in their fashionable frocks behind a sheer white curtain. The collection included bold embroideries and flirty florals, 70s inspired denim and embellished pastel dresses. Notable attendees included designer Whitney Port, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star and newlywed Morgan Stewart, actress Jessica Lowndes and blogger Rocky Barnes who donned a floor length skirt from the SS17 resort collection.

The fashion was playful and flirty and the atmosphere was energetic and glamorous. Rowley’s presentation captured the true spirit of what NYFW is and used to be. Guests left the party in cheerful moods slightly covered in white feathers that floated delicately from the model display. It was a true wonderland presented by Rowley that was much appreciated by attendees.

Jackée Trinidad

Pictured from top to bottom: Whitney Port and Morgan Stewart, Jessica Lowndes and friends, Rocky Barnes and Jocelyn Chew.

Photos by Jackée Trinidad for BLKLN Clothing and Cynthia Rowley

What We Learned from Yeezy Season 4

Kanye West debuted his collection for Yeezy Season 4 on Wednesday, Sept 7th. West unofficially kicked off New York Fashion Week with nothing short of a bang. But it wasn't the glory filled fireworks he might have been hoping for. To date, Kanye has kept us on our toes waiting until the last minute to provide show details and so far this has worked for the Yeezy brand. Season 4 was broadcast live, with models standing on a lush green lawn on New York's Roosevelt Island where West continued to deliver muted separates, neutral bodysuits and oversized jackets paired with sneakers and heels. The models revealing the “multicultural” image he sought at his open-casting call just days before. However, due to the lack of proper planning and execution the show took a stumble and has found itself caught in a barrage of backlash from fans and critics.

The insufficient organization lead to the absence of much needed EMS when several models fainted while standing in the unusual heat on the park lawn. Ill fitting shoes and broken heels presented themselves as a major problem just moments before the show started and during the show as one model chose to remove hers mid-runway. At the end of the show, models were exhausted, security was loose, and fans and critics were left unimpressed.

While the line continues to have a safe apparel target, Kanye's money-maker shoe line needs to be refocused. Adidas has made it known publicly that they did not produce any of the heels for the Yeezy collection. A Yeezy spokesperson released a statement ensuring the high level of quality control testing the heels will go through prior to production. But has the damage already been done?

So what did Yeezy Season 4 teach us? That proper preparation and respect for the industries general standards can aid in producing a better show. Like most of the readers of this article, we love Yeezy and understand its influence. BUT, if Kanye wants to continue to pursue fashion and be taken seriously, he needs to understand that above fame and celebrity we appreciate and respect a thoughtful, well-executed show rather than one thrown together haphazardly for publicity and glory. As fans we are all rooting for you Kanye, but we just deserve a little more than what you've been delivering. The same conceptualization and execution that goes into your concert performances that you so kill it on, should go into your collections and runways shows.

Jackée Trinidad

Images provided by Kanye West/ Yeezy

Desert Dwellers at Nicholas K

New York Fashion Week is one of the most exciting time slots on the fashion calendar. The raw energy, excitement, and street smart fashion are unlike London, Milan or Paris. Nicholas K kicked off this season and with a collection continuing their urban nomad inspired aesthetic adding a desert twist. The collection inspired by the Wadi Rum, a desert land nicknamed "the valley of the moon," was filled with organic cottons, linens, and vegetable dyed leathers. Nudes dominated the runway and billowing dresses and matching safari visors completing the look. Crop tops paired with track pants and oversized asymmetrical jackets finished with oversized accessories added to the desert inspired vibes. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach sat front row while fashionistas readied their Snapchats and Insta-stories while waiting for the show to begin. It was a great and deserving kick off to NYFW! 

Jim Duran

 Pia Wutzbach front row at Nicholas K.

Pia Wutzbach front row at Nicholas K.

Images provided by Nicholas K