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Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk to The Catwalk

By January 15, 2014 Events, Fashion News
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Coveteurs of couture, fans of fashion and pop-culture worshipers—the fifth floor of the Brooklyn Museum has been converted into a closet, filled with elaborate hand-made creations and prêt-à-porter pieces designed by one of the most iconic haute couturiers of our time: Jean Paul Gaultier. From now until February 23, wander through one of the most comprehensive fashion exhibits we’ve seen to date. Packed with everything from the designer’s signature corsets to his ubiquitous mens’ skirts, the 140-piece collection spans the decades of Gaultier’s career.

Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, are also abound in this avant-garde exhibit.

“Explore how Gaultier’s avant-garde designs challenged societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways,” implores the museum’s exhibition page. And we have to encourage the same—whether or not you’re style-savvy or fashion obsessed—this is history in the making.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

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Ryan Jordan Spring/Summer 2014

By September 16, 2013 Designers, Events, Fashion News, Womenswear
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Menswear accents met fierce feminine attitude at Ryan Jordan’s packed presentation Friday September 6, 2013 at Banchet Flowers in the fashionable Meat Packing District. It was Jordan’s unwavering dedication to female empowerment and sexuality that inspired the sharply tailored styles we saw last week.

Even with menswear-esque sartorial silhouettes, a strong-sexy femininity still showed through. The girly-girl side came out with a slip-like pencil skirt, curve-hugging frock and red haute dress complete with a plunging neckline and dramatic slits.

Fashion’s favorite material this season, leather also made an appearance in the form of a sexy-chic bustier bralette.

About Ryan Jordan

Ryan Jordan began his career in fashion at only 14, going on to attend the prestigious Parsons’ School of Art and Design. He has completed internships with W Magazine, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Visionaire, Sonny Groo, and Tom Ford. He worked under the eclectic art direction of Nicola Formichetti and is a favorite of pop icon Lady Gaga. Jordan’s impressive experience and skill have made him a rising star in the fashion industry.

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Ann Yee Spring/Summer 2014

By September 5, 2013 Designers, Events, Fashion News, Womenswear
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It’s day one of New York Fashion Week and we’re excited for the return of our favorite shows. After last year’s rooftop presentation at the Standard Hotel, we were anxious to see what designer Ann Yee had prepared for her Spring/Summer 2014 presentation.

This year we’re in West Chelsea being ushered into the elevator of an industrial pre-war building. In complete contrast to last year’s naturalistic theme, the designer draws inspiration from her Michigan roots and the slow economic decline of Motor City, Detroit. Yee takes a positive and survivalist approach by incorporating a sense of hope for a revival or better, a “Resurgence” for the once prosperous city. “Through my work, I’d like people to see the possibility of the city being something of value once again”, shares Yee.

Models sport metallic eye shadows, cornrow braids and white stiletto heels. An androgynous canvas highlights the feminine knit textures paired against mint green silk shorts, a taupe loose fitted trouser and a white full pleated skirt. A structured tweed moto jacket and a printed mix-media blazer made for great layers over open-knit tops.

Stepping away from knits for a moment, a pleated white dress and bomber jacket was a look I was most excited about. It embodied the feeling of revival and rebirth that comes with spring—and hopefully for Detriot.

-Alex Avila, Traveling in Heels

 

 

 

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Dita Von Teese: Exclusive Photos from Lifestyle Mirror

By June 5, 2013 Events, Fashion News
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Last week, Lifestyle Mirror launched a titillating cover story featuring burlesque legend Dita Von Teese. Shot by renowned photographer Francesco Carrozzini in Los Angeles, the always sensual-yet-approachable Dita talks about new business ventures on the horizon and personal beauty tips. The bombshell was styled in her latest Von Follies by Dita Von Teese lingerie collection, as well as the not yet released Fall 2013 Dsquared2 product that is exclusively available for purchase on Lifestyle Mirror until June 11, 2013.

Be sure to check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of Dita’s ultra-glam shoot from Lifestyle Mirror, only on two+seven!

 About Lifestyle Mirror:

LIFESTYLE MIRROR is a new way to discover—and instantly shop for—style online. The site offers a fresh voice in the crowded and often unedited world of online shopping. Serving as both a resource to inspire and a portal to drive readers to points of purchase, Lifestyle Mirror features original content with curated selections of the best in style.

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SXSW | The Neighborhood at 2nd Street District

By March 13, 2013 Events, Fashion News
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The Neighborhood at 2nd Street District: Preview

A series of events taking place at SXSW 

Founded by AvecMode, The Neighborhood is a style-centric showcase whose purpose is to infuse normal SXSW with a shot of style in the form of pop-up shops by emerging and established fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, panels and Q&A sessions led by industry experts, a slew of activations and can’t-miss parties—all of which are set up like an actual neighborhood, taking place over a few block radius in Austin’s 2nd Street District.

As part of The Neighborhood, our friends at @Bollare will be hosting their very own Relax & Recharge Lounge, a place to kick up your feet, enjoy a cocktail and even have your hair done! Why? Because #BollareSaysRelax! 

Stay tuned for photos from the event!

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Catwalk/Sidewalk: The Exhibition

By March 6, 2013 Events, Fashion, Fashion News, Lifestyle, Photographers
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“Galo Delgado and Liam Alexander, friends and collaborators for over 10 years, proudly present two distinct visions of fashion in New York City. Juxtaposing the runways of New York Fashion Week with the New York streets, these photographers have created a compelling series of work that encompasses New York fashion from the catwalk to the sidewalk.​”

You can stop by the exhibit at WixLounge until March 31st to purchase, view and enjoy the fashion overlap of runway and streetstyle.

All event images by: Lexi Namer

Curator, Ashley GallmanWilliams

Liam Alexander: Website, Facebook + Twitter

Galo Delgado: Website, Facebook + Twitter

http://www.catwalk-Sidewalk.com/

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From New York to Paris: Fashion Week Street Style

By March 5, 2013 Events, Fashion News
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New York, London, Paris – Fashion week streets all over the world were taken over by waves of color, prints and luxe looks that would surely drain our bank accounts! We can’t get enough of these smartly dressed fashion mavens and their impeccable style. Click through for a few of our favorites, including shots from the Sartorialist and Phil Oh. Which look would you wear?

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Naeem Khan AW 2013 Show

By February 20, 2013 Designers, Events, Fashion News, Womenswear
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Day 6 of New York Fashion Week and we’re starting to bloat with all the Fall Fashion and after party champagne. But, there’s always room for one more. The ladies at two+seven sent me back to Lincoln Center for the Naeem Khan Autumn/Winter 2013 whose program promised Modern Opulence, inspired by the illustrations of the 1920’s Erte to the Grandeur of the Byzantine Empire. Sounds fancy!

The Byzantine era (330-1453) has had its moment on the runway before with Etro’s Fall 2009 and Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2011 collections with their use of rich fabrics and decorative gold accents. But what differentiates Khan’s interpretation is how he pulls inspiration from Erte, the “Father of Art Deco”, a Russian artist from the early twentieth century. While Erte was best known for fashion and stage design, you might know his illustrations, which for 21 years (1951-1936) graced Harper’s Bazaar’s magazine covers.

Erte’s illustrations of the Byzantine fashion highlighted the intrinsic embroidery, rich colors in fabrics and mosaic beading, an aesthetic that lent itself so perfectly to the art deco fashion of the 1920’s.

Images from style.com

Altogether Khan presented 47 outstanding looks that brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. It was a true collection, with a consistent theme weaved into each piece, with make-up and hair that complimented the pieces and the time. While most of the collection stayed within the black and blue color scheme, a few red and teal pieces stole the show. The beadwork in the collection was stunning and would make your grandmother proud and a silhouette your boyfriend could appreciate.

I spy in the front row:

Matt Damon with wife Luciana, Brooks Shields, Taraji Henson, Rachel Roy and Vanessa Hudgens!

Live Tweet Deets from the show:

Hi gang stay tuned @Travelnheels is back on day 6 of #NYFW. Unbutton your skinny jeans bc we have more Fall Fashion to consume coming up.

As always the shows are fashionably late. The lineup though promises for Modern Opulance From the 1920′s. My favorite era@Travelnheels

As always the shows are fashionably late. The lineup though promises for Modern Opulance From the 1920′s. My favorite era@Travelnheels

Naeem Khan Fall’13 lots of racer backs showing off the strength of the 20′s ladies. Daring and sexy. Hair pulled back. No one is hiding.

Black & gold refinement down the runway. Rich jewel tones & lush fabrics. Now that’s how you fight the war. Make gowns, not war.@naeemkhan

Has to be his best show yet. Wow, wow! 47 looks for our Hollywood starlets to fight for. Naeem you are my valentine. That was love, lovely!

Standing ovation at Naeem Khan Fall’13. Well deserved. Beautiful beyond words. A homage to eastern opulence in the 20′s. Ladies take note.

For more Fall Fashion keep checking back and make sure to follow @twoandsevenon7.

See you next fashion week!

-Alex Avila, Traveling in Heels

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Long Tran Fall/Winter 2013

By February 15, 2013 Designers, Events, Fashion News, Menswear, Womenswear
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Anonymous was the title of Long Tran‘s Fall Winter presentation. Anonymous but by no means inconspicuous. In his fourth studio collection, Long’s show featured models shrouded in armor-like, structural shoulders, collars and headpieces. As they marched to the beat of a solemnly intensifying epic, the underlying avant garde theme and meticulous construction curiously unveiled.

Although the show opens with a “manta ray” charcoal cape, it soon became apparent that the designer had drawn inspiration from birds. Besides black crow headpieces, Long Tran went as far as featuring this completely bird suit. My favorite? The commanding Victorian raised collar coat worn by model Magnus Jonsson.

The women’s collection that followed continued channeling powerful dominance with a feminine twist: accordion ruffles. There was a rather “wearable” and beautiful number, a one-shoulder ruffle cocktail dress with a full hoop skirt. The show ended with a black “human flower,” a deserving number constructed from layers and layers of tulles and ruffles.

All images courtesy of Liam Alexander

Interested in viewing Long’s previous collections or purchasing his quirky men’s designs? Head over to LongTran.co.

- Nessa Nguyen, My Fashion Hub

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Meredith Wendell + SFK Collaboration Party Recap!

By February 10, 2013 Events, Fashion News
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Writing for my blog Traveling-in-heels is always fun, but when you get snowed in (thanks Nemo) and your plans go to shit, its kind of hard to write about the beautiful coastlines of Costa Rica from Murray Hill. Good thing my blog is one part travel and equal part fashion. So when the ladies at two+seven asked me to cover a few shows and parties for Fashion Week, I wasn’t as bummed. Tough life. I know.

We kicked the week off with Timo Weiland’s Fall 2013 Women’s Collection and just before the after party, I ran over to the Mega Mega showroom in the heart of Chinatown (Happy Chinese New Year) to get a glimpse of two designers from across the pond, the East River that is.

Sarah Frances Kuhn a local Brooklyn designer and former Teen Vogue Accessories Editor is one of very few artists giving the camera some love. Let’s face it -  when shopping for a camera you’re typically left with little aesthetic choices. Black never goes out of style, but with Sarah’s unique camera straps you can have some fun and lend your spunky personality to your new investment. Whether you’re more of a retro 35 MM or a Terry Richardson in the making with your heavy duty SLR, she’s got some awesome pieces and we caught a glimpse of her latest work. Starting at $55 her handmade straps come in bright nautical stripes made of rope or Chanel inspired chain links. If you find your photog skills go as far as adding filters through Instagram, there are even straps for you iPhone paparazzos.

 

On the topic of photography, the show also highlighted another great artists who knows a thing or two about a camera. Jacqueline de Milia is a bicoastal photographer who works between Brooklyn and L.A. She’s captured through portrait some of the most interesting artists and designers, but her latest work showing at the party focused on landscapes titled Psalms Springs. Her work offered a unique perspective of the grounds right outside sunny and dry Palms Springs. You can catch more of her projects here.

And to test your Brooklyn knowledge: How much does a hipster weigh? Answer: An Insta-gram. Get it. Okay I’ll keep to travel and fashion.

All images from Jonathan Rios

Make sure to follow @twoandsevenon7 for more deets and tweets from the latest shows and parties, plus keep checking back for more posts from Fashion Week.

-Alex Avila, Traveling in Heels

Traveling In Heels

Behind every over sized suitcase should be a fabulously chic woman ready to take on the world as she doesn’t know it. Traveling-in-Heels is an online destination for women who want to marry travel and style. Proactively, I documented my travel expeditions and created a platform to share them with others.

 

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Catwalk/Sidewalk Fashion Photograhy Exhibition

By February 4, 2013 Events, Fashion, Fashion News, Photographers
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From the sidewalk to the catwalk, CATWALK/SIDEWALK is the exhibit of the season! The exhibition is sponsored by Wix.com and designed by fashion photographers Liam Alexander and Galo Delago. Starting tomorrow the exhibit opens with a private reception that you must RSVP to attend (RSVP@catwalk-sidewalk.com)! However if you can’t make it tomorrow – it will be going on February 5th thru March 1st 2013!

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End of Century + Titania Inglis Sample Sale

By January 24, 2013 Events, Fashion News
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Score the deal of the century at End of Century, this weekend! Titania Inglis pieces will be available for “pay what you wish,” and mimosas(!) will be served on Saturday from 2-5pm.

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