Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of September 24, 2018

Fashion Reverie’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings is back after a month’s hiatus. And we are back with a vengeance. This was a week of a bevy of top celebrities with sightings from the London premiere of “A Star of Born,” the Los Angeles screening of “The Oath,” the Q85: A Musical Celebration of Quincy Jones.

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Tiffany Haddish is everywhere!! With three films in the mix “Night School,” “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Secret Lives of Pets 2,” Haddish is definitely on her way to mega stardom.At “The Oath” screening at the LA Film Festival, Tiffany makes a statement on the red carpet a color blocked red and pink Cushnie dress, accessorized in Ruwaya pink sapphire diamond hoop earrings and a Le Vian ombre pink sapphire ring. Now, who wore this dress better, Tiffany or the model? Sorry, Tiffany Fashion Reverie votes for the model!!

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We all loved Jennifer Hudson’s vocal performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral, and we also loved Jennifer in this Marc Jacobs’ red tartan and black dress on the “Ellen Show.” Jennifer pairs her look with Djula black diamond hoop earrings.

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“A Star Is Born,” a remake of the Judy Garland classic promises to be a big hit for Lady Gaga. And Gaga showed off her attention-grabbing style wearing an Alexander McQueen Queen Elizabeth–inspired style on the red carpet of the London premiere of “A Star Is Born.” Gaga accentuates her red-carpet look with Anabela Chan pearl and sustainable lab-grown diamond single earring.

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Vanessa Hudgens stunned on the football field of the Vikings and Rams football game in a Ronny Kobo Galina white dress and L’Dezen earrings.

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“The Walking Dead’s” Christian Serratos made all heads turn in a diaphanous Galia Lahav blue gown at the “The Walking Dead: Season 9 premiere in Los Angeles. She is beautifully accessorized in L’Dezen sliced pave diamond earrings.

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Chrissy Teigen wore Marco Bicego earrings and ring and Le Vian diamond rings to her Cravings: Hungry for More book signing in Los Angeles.

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R&B sensation Fantasia wore a Borgioni diamond ear cuff and Harry Kotlar diamond studs to Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones in Los Angeles. She wore a black velvet ensemble with dipping décolletage. Not a good look Fantasia; better look next time around!!

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Amal Clooney always has great style. During UN Week, Amal Clooney was chic and sophisticated in a red Oscar de la Renta sheath dress, accessorized with Maxior yellow gold earrings. Later in the week, Amal donned a black polka-dotted number with Le Vian black diamond stud earrings.

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Bringing up the rear this week, Bella Hadid wore a vintage pink Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, accessorized AS29 diamond earrings to The Naked Heart France Gala Dinner in Paris.

Fashion Tea with Kristopher: September 2018

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Hey you style mavens, it’s Fashion Month with spring 2019 collections being shown in New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. Of course that means that Fashion Reverie’s tea is full of fashion truths, in other words, the inside gossip. Join us at Fashion Reverie as we show you all our new flavors for the season. Get it while it’s piping hot!Fashion Tea item #1

Rumor has it that Anna Wintour is in talks to hand over the Met Gala to another top fashion editor. (Is Andre Leon Talley at the top of the list to replace Wintour at the Met Gala?) While the event has been her baby since the 90s, and Bob Sauerberg has made it clear she isn’t stepping down from Vogue, she appears to be reducing her duties. Wintour has also been making less public appearances this year amidst rumors of her departure from Vogue. Perhaps, she is just waiting for Edward Enninful to pay his dues at British Vogue before she names him her successor?

Fashion Tea item #2

A top fashion designer has been selling off his summer homes because his hard partying summer habits were proofing detrimental to his currently struggling fashion line. Hopefully, a break from the summer vacation towns will help him get his act together and get his fashion brand back on track. It’s never fun to watch a fashion icon fall from grace!!

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Fashion Tea item #3 Karl Lagerfeld, the grand maestro of Chanel, was front row for Celine’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week, and rumor has it new designer Hedi Slimane is being looked at as Lagerfeld’s heir to Chanel. Slimane has quite the fan base, and wherever he goes, they will go. Slimane also has worked at major Parisian labels, including Dior and Saint Laurent, so he’s no stranger to the French luxury game. Lagerfeld is getting up there in age—he is in his 80s—so, it might not be too much longer before he names a successor.

Fashion Tea item #4

A top women’s magazine is currently gone out of sorts with their fashion department since their fashion and style director took a leave of absence. Their editors have had trouble securing tickets to fashion shows, and their ad dollars have been in a slump. In this competitive market of digital media with publications closing left and right, they better get it together and fast!!

—Kristopher Fraser


Weekend Fashion News Alert: Michael B. Jordan’s New Gig, Versace for Sale, and Bye Bye Henri Bendel

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The House of Versace is up for sale. The company has declined to comment; however, the company, founded by the late, great Gianni Versace with sister Donatella now as vice president and creative director, could be sold to Tiffany & Co, or US fashion group Michael Kors Holdings Ltd’s as earlier as Monday morning.

Donatella has called a staff-wide company meeting for Tuesday morning. Versace is valued at $2 billion dollars.

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Another celeb brand ambassador

Actor/Producer Michael B. Jordan has a new job. Michael B. Jordan has been named Coach’s first menswear brand ambassador.

“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” said Vevers in a press release as reported in fashionetwork.com. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Michael over the last couple of years. He always looks great in Coach, so it felt really natural to build our relationship.”

Michael B. Jordan will be featured in Coach’s spring 2019 global advertising campaigns for the brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances. The job will also include special design projects with Creative Director Stuart Vevers and philanthropic endeavors with the Coach Foundation.

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Another store bites the dust

All good things must come to an end. And after 123 years, it is the end for Henri Bendel New York. The iconic Fifth Avenue luxury retail store will close its doors and all of its 23 stores and online store in January 2019.

Opened in 1895 by women’s hat maker Henri Bendel after he moved to NYC from Louisiana. Henri Bendel quickly began catering to NYC’s elite with its recognizable brown and white stripped shopping bags. Henri Bendel moved from its first location in Greenwich Village to the current flagship store later in the 20th Century.

Henri Bendel was the first retail stores to create its own fragrance, offer in-store makeovers, and stage its own fashion shows. And at one time Andy Warhol worked at Henri Bendel as an in-store illustrator. In the 80s, Henri Bendel opened more than two dozen stores, selling high-end handbags, jewelry and accessories and became a favorite store of celebrities.

Acquired by L. Brands Inc in 1985, in recent years Bendel’s has struggled to keep with consumers’ evolving shopping habits.

—William S. Gooch


Beauty Tips from Backstage at New York Fashion Week: The Shows Spring 2019

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Fashion Reverie spoke with the top stylists and makeup artists backstage at New York Fashion Week: The Show’s hottest shows to find the best new trends, top beauty tips, and the styles that the professionals are “so over.”

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Warm Shades of PolishWe spoke with Jin Soon Choi of JINsoon to find the shades you’ll be gravitating to. “I see a lot of unusual colors, burnt orange, vintage … also dark red is great [for a modern mani].” As for nail shapes, Choi thinks there’s not a trending shape and suggests you wear what makes you feel the best!

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Step Away From the Contour Palette“The biggest trends I’m seeing for spring are a return to soft luminosity. Soft, almost muted color … it’s almost a halo effect. We’re getting away from heavy contouring and the heavy foundations. We’re getting back to people’s personalities, what works best for you,” shares Rick DiCecca, Global Makeup Artist for Artistry Brand cosmetics. “I always joke that many of my clients want to be contoured and then I give them the ‘I told you so dance’ when they have to blow their nose and they wipe it off. It’s not ok for real life, it doesn’t make sense.”

While it’s clear DiCecca is sick of contouring, he is a big fan of draping. “I love seeing blush draped on the neck and around the face. It adds a lifting effect, a glow. That to me is much more modern than contouring.”

While not completely over contouring, Carly Giglio, Lead Artist at Stila, likes a softer approach too. “I’m a big non-tour girl, someone called it sculpting once and that resonated with me. So the hard contour can maybe move away, but sometimes it works for people. Done in a way to shape your face the way you want it’s beautiful.”  Giglio explains, “Beauty is just so individual that I don’t want to hate on it because there are no rules and so many different things you can do. Contouring works for some people, but for me it doesn’t,” she explains.

Take Care of Your Skin

“My biggest makeup artist tip is making sure your skin is in good shape before you do anything. Anything you use on your face has to be done after good skincare. If you don’t have great skincare, it’s not going to look good,” DiCecca confides. “I teach my team about how to take care of your skin and how to prep the skin properly. I teach them about ultimate skin prep, Artistry makes this product called Intensive Renewing Peel that I use backstage and onset all the time.”

Overly Lined 90s Eyes

“I think everyone is coming back to the 90s.” Cassandra Garcia, Lead Makeup Artist for Bobbi Brown shares backstage at Tibi. “The 90s [makeup looks] are definitely coming back, but we’re also evolving them, making it more modern for today.” Which is why we added a nice natural stain on the lip at Tibi to pair with the heavy black lined eyes—rather than a full on 90s brown lipstick,” Garcia explains.

Pretty Pastels and Warm Hues

Garcia sees “…a lot of pastels of course this coming season too. Amy [of Tibi] always does it really well keeping the look interesting and not letting it go overly pretty.”

Showing off a gorgeous new collection, Giglio also notices the upcoming trending colors are “… pastels, those warmer tones, plays on purples, pinks, russets are classic and staying there.”

Images from Pamella Roland, Badgley Mischka, and TIBI courtesy of Janine Silver

Textured Makeup“I definitely think trend wise it’s a lot of plays on the textures and different finishes,” Giglio exclaims. “I think glitter’s not really going anywhere, but also working in that shimmer as well. I think it’s a lot of different textures … Certainly glimmer, glitter, glossy, texture is not going anywhere for a while.”

Pro Tips

Garcia shares some of her favorite tricks of the trade. “… in a pinch you could always paint your eyelashes with a little eyeliner if you need …” and don’t have mascara on hand. “Then using a lip stain you could apply it on the cheek for a nice blush in a pinch.”

“Biggest tips, well the [Weleda] Skin Food is a great trick and the BeautyBlender, which is like a magic trick in a little pink sponge” Giglio shares in reference to a technique she and her team used at Badgley Mischka, applying the product with a damp BeautyBlender on the high points of the face for an all around glow. “I use that all the time,” Giglio shares.  “I’ve also been doing a lot of underpainting and illuminating underneath. Sometimes I’ll do a liquid illuminator under my concealer or right on my cheekbones and do my concealer over. It really gives that lit from within look.”

The Products Makeup Artists Can’t Live Without

The one think Garcia could not live without would have to be “concealer … you can put it on your eyelids, on face, then just pinch your cheeks and go.”

“To choose one that I can’t live without is hard,” explains Giglio. “… but I definitely think mascara would be it, especially [Stila’s] HUGE mascara, I can’t leave home without this. A formula like this is voluminous, but also it lifts your lashes and it curls them. Mascara in general opens your eyes so you can be looking real drab and just throw on a little moisturizer and run out the door.”

Tibi spring 2019 barrette images courtesy of Janine Silver

Tame Hair with Barrettes“This season we’re seeing a lot of hair accessories,” Allen Ruiz Global Artistic Director for Aveda exclaims. “I think for spring/summer it just makes sense throwing your hair up in a clip… There’s a lot of ways to do so for the do-it-yourself look, random clips and bobby pins placed in the hair in a different non-traditional way.”

Images from Prabal Gurung spring 2019 courtesy of Janine SIlver

Add Texture to Your Tresses for Interest“Use the Aveda’s Texture Tonic, it’s something that adds texture to your hair. If you have straight hair, you just put it in your hair and scrunch it and it gives your hair a bit of bend, a little bit of a kink and that’s what you’re seeing here [at Tibi].” And on rainy days, Ruiz suggests not fighting with your hair, but putting it into a low ponytail, “a nice sleek low ponytail.”  

—Janine Silver

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco

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It is amazing how one person can touch the lives of so many people. Antonio Lopez is just that person. Though Lopez only lived to the ripe age of 44, his influence in the fashion industry is immensely important and still felt thirty years later.The documentary “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco” carefully and brilliantly details Antonio Lopez’s rise from humble beginnings in Puerto Rico, and later the Bronx, to his prolific, though short, career as a fashion illustrator and designer. Interestingly, Lopez’s ascent in the fashion industry—in the mid 1960s—came at time when there were few people of color in positions of influence. Still, Lopez with his magnetic charm was never an outsider, always pushing the proverbial fashion envelope, ultimately expanding fashion’s palette of what is beautiful and relevant.

Lopez, singlehandedly, used his familiarity with urban and street culture and infused his illustrations with that specific influence. This was perhaps the first time that major fashion publications had a person of color in their employ that paid homage to diversity and urban culture.

“Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco” gives a purview into how the worlds of urban street culture, pop music, and the downtown arts scene were beginning to influence the fashion industry. Lopez was at the epicenter of this particular cross-pollination of cultures and infused his art and craft with this mélange of influences.

From his fashion illustrations that demonstrated that black and brown is beautiful to his renderings that expressed male sexuality and sensuality in ways that were both erotic and sophisticated, Lopez helped forge a new consciousness in fashion that went beyond the fashion elites and well-heeled ladies with deep pockets. And this documentary gives credence to Lopez’s mastery of fusing a plethora of pop cultural experiences.

Director James Crump carefully examines Lopez’s unique ability to excavate inchoate talent and pushing that talent to the forefront of fashion. Without Lopez there probably would not have been a Grace Jones, Pat Cleveland, Patti D’Arbanville, Corey Tippin or Jerry Hall. And it was Lopez and his partner Juan Ramos that sparked that creative fire and sensibility in Karl Lagerfeld early in his career. Without Lopez and his coterie of creative merry people, perhaps, Lagerfeld would not have developed into the genius who could masterfully combine a variety of influences and popular trends into a seamless expression of beauty and adventure.

Blending video footage, photographs, Lopez’s fashion illustrations, disco music and some very well-placed interviews from Jessica Lange, Grace Coddington, Bill Cunningham, Pat Cleveland, Joan Juliet Buck, Andre Leon Talley, Corey Tippin, Bob Colacello, and others, James Crump artfully creates the mood and motivation of the late 60s and 70s. This collision of cultures and aesthetics is set against the backdrop of New York City and Paris. In fact, Crump creates such well-collaged kaleidoscope of images, sounds and colors that is almost like being in the New York City and Paris of Antonio Lopez. Still, Crump does not leave out some of the vices that drove Lopez’s creative genius. Though these vices—sex, sex, and more sex—are not the focus of the documentary, Crump does detail Lopez’s excesses without simulating titillating voyeurism.

Sadly, like many artists of Lopez’s ilk, his glorious flame burned out way too early, succumbing to HIV/AIDS in 1987. Though Lopez is gone, he most certainly is not forgotten. And “Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco” shows us why!!

“Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco” is currently playing at the IFC Center in New York City through October 4.

—William S. Gooch

Libertine Spring 2019

Libertine creative director, Johnson Hartig has made his feelings on the current state of politics clear. He’s no fan of the current political administration, and he even once said that the state of the fashion industry reminds him of Trumpism, less than promising. However, Hartig has not let that stop him from churning out his usual maximalist, colorful, eye-popping collections. For his spring 2019 collection, Hartig didn’t leave his fans disappointed.

While Libertine is no stranger to sequins and embellishments, this season Hartig brought us something new with hand-painted and hand-beaded coats in a blue and white color palette. He also looked to the past to give us inspiration, as he also created a 60s–inspired Balenciaga coat with a pleated back.

There is something that sees almost universal about Libertine’s collections and the brand’s coterie of followers; followers that be easily spotted in Libertine’s eclectic mix of fabrications and silhouettes. Libertine’s collections are not for those shrinking violets or self-conscious folks looking to hide their fashion glory under a bush.

Each season at the brand’s runway shows, Libertine gifts all their seated attendees a kit of stickers, often used to adorned things like cellphones and electronics. These same stickers appeared on the models arms and legs this season, with Hartig showing us a way to wear his sticker art alongside his fashion creations.

It’s always a statement at Libertine, from the mixed-maxi patterns, to the heavily decorated jackets, and even the smoking baby print featured on jackets and blazers. Hartig has this approach about making a statement about consumerism without really making a statement about consumerism. For Hartig, particularly in this spring 2019 collection, more is more, a comment on capitalist excessiveness.

As we currently have a reality TV star with a gold-plated penthouse in the White House, so has the culture of flaunting your wealth returned. Moderation is over. In 2018, Libertine emphasis on excess fits right into the cultural landscape better than ever.

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While the end of goal of fashion is to always sell clothes, this collection was also a cathartic exercise for Hartig as he explored his cultural and political observations expressed through fashion, from capitalist consumerism to anti-Trumpism. Fashion is his form of rebellion, and onward Hartig marches.—Kristopher Fraser

CHOCHENG Spring 2019

It’s true that classics never go out of style, and can still have relevance for modern audiences. For her spring 2019 collection, designer Cho Cho Cheng of CHOCHENG was inspired by late fifties and sixties movies, and television series, namely “The Best of Everything,” “Sex and the Single Girl,” and “That Girl,” in addition to classic movie icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, Natalie Wood, Yvette Mimieux, Joan Collins, Sandra Dee, and others.

As a result of the classic Hollywood inspiration, classic style of the late 50s and 60s ruled supreme with this spring 2019 collection. Her most notable looks were these Jackie Kennedy inspired skirt suits, one of which came in a beautiful blush pink, reminiscent of the former First Lady’s iconic Chanel replica tweed suit. This collection wasn’t just about dressing the fashionable women who are a part of the ‘First Wives Club’, but also about those ladies who have to work for a living.

Long before we had “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” there were the female prototypes found in “The Best of Everything,” three ambitious working girls of the 1950s who shared their secretarial work and home. These women all knew the power of good tailoring and would have quite enjoyed CHOCHENG’s statement-making shoulder pads, cinched waist bodices, and pencil skirts.

Other silhouettes displayed caped, curved and streamlined design aesthetics conjuring up hints of Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Ross projections seen in “Butterfield 8,” ”Lady Sings the Blues,” and “Mahogany.” Certain pieces seemed to float down the runway, like the mauve cotton knitted lace dress and a coral cotton ribbed and knitted dress. The color palette had a modern femininity that included pink, violet, coral, black, and white. There were moments for women to be understated with approachable black and white and to be a bit adventurous with bolder colors.

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CHOCHENG’s consumer is easily more of a minimalist, but this spring 2019 demonstrates that CHOCHENG is expanding her base to that woman who wants to be noticed for her fashion choices. She’ll grace the streets with all the class of classic Hollywood actresses, but has no interest in being loud about it. Remember, sometimes subtlety is the best kind of attention, which was the end goal of CHOCHENG this season.— Kristopher Fraser

Son Jung Wan Spring 2019

Sometimes, with Son Jung Wan it is hit or miss. Son Jung Wan has made a name for herself in the New York fashion market as a fashion designer that pushes the proverbial fashion envelope with leanings toward a Korean version of Japanese Harajuku. Lots of bold color, a mix of fabrics, a hodgepodge of silhouettes and lots of cultural influences; that is Song Jung Wan.

All these mixes of color, fabrications and silhouettes apply to the brand’s spring 2019 collection. However, where some seasons, Son Jung Wan was able to make this collage of perspectives work for her collection, for spring 2019 the brand’s kaleidoscope of influences produced a disjointed collection.

This “dramatic moves” collection was highlighted by glamour and exaggerated silhouettes. Son Jung Wan conjured up influences from the 1970s and 80s with also a glance backward to the 1940s and 60s.

Son Jung Wan attempted in this collection to marry the heightened volume found in silhouettes from the 70s and 80s with romantic fashion elements from the 40s and 60s; all seen through a modern lens of minimalism. Puff sleeves rendered in prints of Green Flash and Liberty florals meet fuschia rose A-lines wrapped in dandelions. Throughout the collection are bold, passionate pops of poppy contrasted by stark clean white. Finishes of 3D laces and holographic fabrics projected onto to vintage-inspired tailored shapes keep the collection contemporary; while spangle and beading evoke glamour as florals bring a sense of luxury.  These romantic and chic silhouettes, through draping and tailoring, produce a vibrant rhythm for spring 2019.

Though Son Jung Wan’s intention for this collection should be honored, in real time the collection was all over the place, rendering little retail value in the States. Then again, Son Jung Wan’s major consumers are not really in the US, with most of her consumers in Korea and other Asian markets. So, perhaps, US tastes don’t really matter that much.

Photos courtesy of Deborah Hughes, Inc.

Still, there were some standout looks. This spring 2019 collection’s best looks were those looks in neutral or off-white tones which included the brand’s multi-color one shoulder dress, dandelion yellow sleeveless top with ling skirt and gold-sequined shorts, nude beige silk tulle dress with floral lace and gold-sequined shorts and nude beige silk tulle sleeveless dress with floral lace details.

—William S. Gooch

Self-Portrait Spring 2019

The stylish sixties were given a modern update by designer Han Chong of Self-Portrait. The man known on Instagram as Mr. Self-Portrait, created a collection that was inspired by the spirit of the 1960s, but was for the modern, confident woman. Where many designers look to the more hippie style/bohemian mood of the 1960s when being inspired by the 60s, Chong created a wardrobe for a woman who was the modern urbanite who is sun-kissed and liberated at work.

In contrast to the “borrowed from the boys” or standard secretary dress that would be so popular among women of that era, Hong created a collection that was both cosmopolitan, but also resort ready. Texture is one of the trademarks of Self-Portrait, as evidenced by the brand’s signature lace cocktail dresses, which never fail to disappoint. For spring 2019, the collection also featured pleated silk gowns, poplin blouses, and mixed-media coats.

This is a collection for women who want to make a statement and it is on trend with the maximalism we have been seeing for the past several years. No, it does not push the envelope of maximalism in the realm of brands like Gucci or Comme Des Garçons, but this was a collection for the woman who wants to be noticed for her fashion choices.

Chong did step outside of his comfort zone for this collection though by using a lot of prints. In the past, he never strayed beyond stripes or polka dots, but this time around Chong went for geometric florals, with patterns spliced and combined together, and paired with crochet and lace. This collection was a lesson in the importance of movement in clothing, especially as contemporary women have no desire to feel restricted in their clothes.

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The Self-Portrait world is also expanding. This season, the brand introduced swimwear. As their fan base has grown, they are able to stay true to their old customers, while bringing in new ones. Those women who wanted Chong’s minimalist approach to color the brand’s appreciation for texture will help to continue consumer’s affectation for Self-Portrait. However, with the spring 2019 collection, Chong has pinpointed the consumer who wants to be in head-to-toe graphic prints and even pick up a swimsuit for resort season. It’s a newer, expanding portrait for Self-Portrait.— Kristopher Fraser

Fushá Spring 2019

Marie Claudinette Jean is back!! Well, her fashion brand Fushá Designs is. After an absence of over ten years, Marie Claudinette Jean has reinvented Fushá from a brand that centered mostly on urban street wear to a brand that is all about glamorous luxury. In other word, bling without the bling; well, almost.

Originally launched in 2000, Fushá had a sizable celebrity following. Marie Claudinette Jean could count Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle, and the late great Whitney Houston among her celebrity fan base. And after showing for four consecutive seasons at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week, Marie Claudinette Jean took a long, extended break to raise her daughter. Now, she is back in the fashion fold, and if not with a vengeance, then with a particular fashion point of view.

For spring 2017, Marie Claudinette Jean sought inspiration from a magical forest, which was made evident in the lush, glittering foliage that decorated the background to the brand’s spring 2019 presentation. That said; there were a few carryovers from the Fushá Designs that fans of the brand from the early 2000s grew to love. They bling is still in place, but more understated in this iteration; the collection contains several statement-making garments—something that was always front and center in prior collection, and there is still lots of bold color.

One thing that was worth taking note of in this collection is that Marie Claudinette Jean recognizes that her woman has changed. Gone are the days of blatant in your face glam. Perhaps, the Fushá consumer has matured.

Photos courtesy of Paul Bruinooge

This time around Marie Claudinette Jean has opted for looks, though still glamorous, that are more subdued with the emphasis being placed on the fabrication and silhouette. And this is exactly the right direction that the brand needs to project to. Though most of the silhouettes and fabrications have been seen before, Marie Claudinette Jean aptly understands that she must update her brand with changing fashion trends. And the change in Fushá is refreshing.Bling without the garishness, who could ask for anything better!!

—William S. Gooch

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