Capsule and Axis at Pier 94 in NYC
TGIF! Rounding out the week, here is a recap of international style standouts at last weekend's (capsule). Lately, there has been a noticeable rise of European and Korean designers in the American Marketplace; buyers in LA, Chicago and NYC are looking Eastward for a fresh take on fashion. Consumers are reaching for brands that push the envelope--with better materials--to create a balanced wardrobe of fast fashion and luxe labels. As the European Fashion Weeks complete their cycles, inspirational energy spills into the marketplace with emerging designers. Keep reading for a few foreign favorites...
A palette of brown from Rosa Mosa, Italy (Vienna)
Founded by Simone Springer and Yuji Mizobuchi, Rosa Mosa relies on local suppliers and artisans in Austria for materials. Their shoes combine textile and leather and create a "balance between craftsmanship and artistic thought" [source].
Love the shiny blue of Rosa Mosa's SS 2016
Cashmere by Hector & Lola, France
Hailing from France, Hector & Lola debuts their collection at (capsule). Focusing on high quality cashmere, Hector & LoLa "has chosen to reimagine cashmere, the most luxurious of materials, as deliberately young, fashionable and, above all, affordable" [source]. I'm told the cashmere is so high-quality that it can withstand the washing machine!
Flora Amazona x Charles Phillip sneakers
Jewelry maker Flora Amazona collaborates with Charles Phillip on a line of sporty-yet-stylish sneakers. The PunkWearsPrada collection is definitely a show--and sidewalk--highlight!
Soon Il Kwon, Korea
Soon Il Kwon is an emerging Korean designer whose style reminds me a bit of Miu Miu and Prada. The quality of the materials and usual color scheme is especially notable. Soon Il Kwon is on my watch list for upcoming collections.
Yeah Bunny, Poland
Smitten by the cute cacti and cartoon pugs, my show favorite is Yeah Bunny. The sheer silkiness of the cotton clothes and fun illustrations have inspired me to download their emoji keyboard! Based in Poland, Yeah Bunny items are handmade in limited editions, sold via Easy and made in Europe with water based colors. Fun!
Socks and undies too from Yeah Bunny
Bags by Samo Ondoh, Korea
French Rebellion fashion incubator with represented brands (e.g. Moka London)
New this year to (capsule) is the appearance of international collectives like French Rebellion, Touba London and ELEMENTs. Read more about (capsule) in Part 1.
Bubble Mood as part of French Rebellion