Monday, September 21, 2015


Collecting marketing materials + magazines from (capsule) show

After a stretch of searching for career stability, the decision to replace visionary volatility with superficial success is fully in effect. As a bi-product, late nights and last minute deadlines limit my intake of Fashion Week activities. Life as a Libra leans towards ensuring balance, and so a portion of my weekend is set aside for stylistic exploration. Returning to the (capsule) and Axis shows this year, I spy new faces in fashion presenting progressive Spring/Summer 2016 styles. Keep reading for a few of my domestic designer favorites (and stay tuned for international picks)... 

A handful of trendsetters (e.g. Liana Weston) showcase their style favorites from the show

As Fashion Week fades, Market Week fires up in full force. From September 17-19, the (capsule) and Axis shows return to Pier 94 for a showcase of Women's RTW. This year's assemblage features favorites from Racked Young Guns, Greg Armas, ELEMENTsTouba London and French Rebellion. Themed Le Nouveu, this year's NY (capsule) showcase includes "leaders of the street luxe movement and members of a new avante grade, together with key pioneers of underground movements that teeter at the edge of mainstream" [source: (capsule) guide]. Having only 30 minutes to spend before I am whisked off to a weekend in Connecticut, here are some highlights.

Whit Spring 2016

With familiar shapes in soft shades, the first brand to catch my eye is Whit. Mimicking a large part of my dream closet, the playful nature of the Spring 2016 pieces are unexpectedly appealing. Perhaps representative of designer Whitney Pozgay's experiences at Kate Spade and Steven Alan (not to mention 5 years as a stand-alone label), Whit's very wearable silhouettes reflect modern cuts and 'just-right' patterns. 

Laser-cut statement pieces by I Still Love You NYC

Across the way, laser-cut accessories and paint-by-number garments congregate at International Playground. I Still Love You NYC's Aesthetix collection pushes the envelope in a remix of 80s styling and current day technology and subject matter. Using the latest in 3D technology, I Still Love You NYC's fancy frills make for a fun addition to any outfit. In the same space, International Playground's paint-by-number separates (even a jumpsuit) incorporates the wearer as part of the design process.  

Aesthetix by I Still Love you NYC for Spring 2016

Paint-by-number at International Playground

 Rachel Weisberg, handmade fashion

The hand-dyed ombre bodysuits of Rachel Weisberg (over on the Axis side) warrants an up-close touch-and-tell. From buttery leather bags to super-soft hand dyed garments, serenity exudes from Rachel Weisberg's SS 2016 collection. Emphasizing sustainable materials and manufacturing, minimized waste and a living wage, Rachel embeds an ethical philosophy into her namesake brand. 

Statement necklaces from California Collective

Familiar NYC favorites include Dusen Dusen, 7115 By Szeki and Hershal. Other notable names in show include Timo Weiland and Albertus Swanepoel. In fact, Swanepoel mans his own booth! 

Albertus Swanepoel -- a man and his millinery

Looking down an aisle in accessories

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