Weekend Fashion News Alert: Lanvin Rescued, Teyana Taylor’s New Gig, Job Cuts at Cond Nast and Hearst, and Cushnie et Ochs Split

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Teyana Taylor is now taking on the beauty industry. Most consumers know Teyana Taylor from her star turns in Kanye West’s 2016 video “FADE” and her appearance on MTV’s show “My Super Sweet Sixteen.” And those who follow Taylor on youtube.com, Taylor slayed opening The Blonds spring 2018 show in jacket of many hues and colors with turquoise bodysuit underneath.That said; Taylor has now become a beauty ambassador for nail giant OPI. This comes on the heels of Taylor opening her own 90s-style nail salon, ‘Junie Bee Nails,’ in Harlem on February 15.

“I’ve been a fan of OPI for years, and I couldn’t be happier to be partnering with the brand,” Taylor told nailsmag.com. “I’m looking to experiment with my nails and showcase them even more with the new salon and latest OPI products. I’m taking my experience in music and entertainment to give Junie Bee a distinct style.”

Teyana Taylor has over 5.9 followers on Instagram and with this new job, expect her followers to increase.

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Lanvin gets an injection of cash

Anyone who has been following all the goings-on at French iconic fashion house Lanvin are probably aware that the brand was short on cash flow due to very low retails since Alber Elbaz was forced out in 2017. Lanvin was so short on cash that it was speculated that the iconic fashion house would be challenged to meet payroll in March.

All this uncertainty has forced the iconic house to look for a huge infusion of money. Several fashion holding companies had expressed interest in Lanvin with Mayhoola and Fosum International being the most viable.

Fosum International won the bidding contest over Mayhoola, signing the agreement on Friday. Fosum International will invest over 100 million euros into Lanvin, using its new acquired shares as controlling interest in Lanvin. Chinese media mogul Shaw-Lan Wang along with Swiss entrepreneur Ralph Bartel formally held controlling interest in Lanvin. Many believe that Shaw-Lan Wang was responsible for the ouster of former Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz in 2015, replacing him with Bouchra Jarrar who lasted less than nine months at Lanvin.

Fosum International is an international holding company controlled by Shanghai billionaire Guo Guangchang with interests in insurance, trading and many other businesses including French holiday operator Club Med and knitwear band St. John in the US. Because of financial issues Lanvin has cancelled it show during Paris Fashion Week that was scheduled for February. Lanvin also recently had to pay Alber Elbaz 10 million dollars in euros for compensation due to ending his contract at Lanvin before his contract was up. This financial award was decided in arbitration in a French court in December.

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Bye, bye Michelle

Sadly, Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs is leaving the company. The fashion label founded of 2008 was the brainchild of Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie, and according to WWD reports that the design duo’s business relationship had “run its course and came to a natural end.” Cushnie et Ochs’ chief executive officer is also leaving the company.

The brand developed a sizable following as a women’s wear brand who strong design aesthetic focused on a feminine, modern approach to design. Cushnie et Ochs was a finalist in for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award as well as nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award.

Cushnie et Ochs celebrated its 10th anniversary during New York Fashion Week: The Shows spring 2018 collections. Cary Cushnie will stand in as CEO temporarily.

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There was enough sadness to go around this week at Conde Nast and Hearst Publications. Both publishing giants have let go some key editors which include Vanity Fair’s managing editor Chris Garett, features editor Jane Sarkin, and deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown, as well Vanity Fair’s executive director of communications, Beth Kseniak.

It was well known for some time that Glamour magazine was not doing well. The round of layoffs include Glamour’s deputy fashion editor Jillian Davison, deputy fashion editor Sasha Inglehart, West Coast editor Jessica Kantor, and sex and relationship editor Cady Drell.

—William S. Gooch




New York Fashion Week: Bust or Dust?

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All good things must come to an end. Or, so the adage goes. And though we mourn the passing of people and circumstances that promote positivity, goodness, and mirth, we often understand, with great difficulty sometimes, that everything in life is temporary; every phenomenon has its moment. This is the circle of life!New York Fashion Week (NYFW) or in its original form, Press Week, was launched in 1944 by the industry’s first fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert. Eleanor Lambert started Press Week because American press and fashion industry professionals were not able to attend the European couture shows due to World War II. Being cut off from Europe facilitated a unique opportunity for Lambert to promote American designers to the American press and consumers.

Since its inception in 1944, Press Week, or New York Fashion Week as it now called, has evolved beyond anything Eleanor Lambert envisioned. This bi-annual event has grown from a mostly press and fashion industry event to an international phenomenon that has global coverage and merges the worlds of fashion, music and entertainment. 

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At its peak, NYFW was widely attended and covered by international press, major media outlets, and top celebrities—Beyonce, Rihanna, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Paris Hilton, Grace Jones, Nicole Ritchie, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown, Whoopie Goldberg, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Martha Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Bette Midler, Jessica Alba, just to name a few. Add to that the proliferation of supermodels strutting in the shows and the variety of corporate sponsorship, from Mercedes Benz, Olympus, DHL, Amazon to Samsung, Papyrus, Skin Lab, and others, the CFDA, and later IMG produced a media event that was unparalleled and one of the largest on the planet.By the late 90s, Europe took notice and European and other world-class designers wanted to take advantage of the great press in the US, press which had surpassed international press at other international shows in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Milan. (Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti, Diego Biletti, Georges Chakra, Antonio Bernardi, Versace Versus, Carlos Miele, Thom Browne, Hugo Boss, Vassa, Venexiana, and many others have showed at NYFW.) Additionally, international press began to take over the photographers’ risers and backstage at NYFW. This confluence of pop culture, international press, and glamorous fashion made NYFW one of the premier fashion events of every season.

That has all changed now, not only have the European brands jumped ship, but many top American designers are no longer interested in presenting during NYFW. (Tommy Hilfiger, Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Altazurra, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, and many others have opted out.) In fact, some American brands are throwing their hats more heavily into overseas markets, presenting their fall 2018 collections during Paris and London fashion weeks. And celebrities, well, they are few and far between at the shows. With the exodus of top celebrities, most of the major media outlets have disappeared as well.

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The decentralization of the shows is another big challenge. (Gone are the days of the tents at Bryant Park or Lincoln Center.) Add to that the almost complete disappearance of the international press, as well as the defection of top models to runway shows in Europe, China, Russia, and South Korea because of better pay, and you have a fashion week that is a shadow of what it was ten years ago.Why the exodus from NYFW, and has NYFW come to end as we know it, has the moment passed? “In fashion—and in a way, everything, but fashion more than anything else—there are these cycles. It’s true that we’re currently in a cycle where New York fashion Week has tended to be more realistic; more commercial, and so, for that reason, maybe, quite a few went to Paris this year … I think that New York, sometimes, isn’t the best place for growing the more creative of the brands, the less commercial ones, and that is probably the reason Rodarte went, and Proenza, and Altazurra, and maybe a few more,” explains Alexandre de Betak, creative director and founder of Bureau Betak in a vogue.com article.

Prabal Gurung agrees in the same vogue.com article, “ NYFW and Fashion Weeks worldwide have changed. The disruption through digital media has shaken the industry and has brought a rise in new voices, a new authority … while there certainly has been some shake-ups, change is a good thing as it inspires greater creativity …”

Still, one questions if the changing face of NYFW is a good thing. All change is not good, at least, initially. And is this change the result of the ever-evolving, peripatetic taste of the American consumer, or a reaction to America’s declining status as the premier world power. Interestingly, most of the brands that recently defected from NYFW are luxury brands that are finding more retail traction in Europe and Asia where luxury brands are have more appeal. According to a 2016 New York Times article, “[t]oday, Chinese shoppers account for nearly half of the global luxury market, providing invaluable demand to brands in every segment.” With Asian consumer’s luxury taste becoming more sophisticated and less label defined due to global travel, Asian consumers are always on the look for new, innovative, luxury garments that employ high quality fabrics, and have a distinct point of view.

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Combine the exodus of American luxury brands to greener pastures oversees to the stark reality that US consumer spending is down and Generation Xers and Millenials are far less likely to spend expendable dollars on pricey garments, opting for brands associated with pop culture collaborations—Off-White x SSENSE, Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger, Coach x Disney, Victoria Beckham x Reebok, just to name a few, and you have a very different retail environment compared to that market twenty years ago. As expressed in insider.utelier.com, “[t]he landscape of fashion has become increasing democratized, and the formula of offering limited edition pieces designed in collaboration with another brand or person proved to be extraordinarily lucrative and beneficial for both parties.” (Think of all the luxury collaborations in recent years with H&M, mostly with European brands, sold at way below luxury market levels.) This panoply of influences has created a landscape that is not so welcoming to US luxury brands.That said; many of the brands debuting at NYFW for the fall 2018 season are more commercial US brands—Juicy Couture, Carlisle, Land of Distraction, Saks Pott, and Alice McCall—or commercial Asian brands Peacebird (the Zara of China), KA WA KEY, VLEEDA, Clot, and Chen Peng—that are backed by big money machines. (Steve Kolb of the CFDA was spotted in China recently scouting Asian brands to bring to NYFW: Men’s.) Though some of the those brands already have market traction in the US and Asia; unfortunately, a significant amount will die the early death that most emerging brands experience in an over-saturated US market, fading from memory just as quickly as they emerged.

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Still, the challenges around NYFW continue, and one cannot but pause to reflect if the moment has expired or what we are experiencing is an expected, cyclical fashion malaise that will evolve into something more exciting and revolutionary. “The Fashion Weeks are changing and the whole way we look at fashion is changing completely, not just in New York,” details legendary hairstylist Guido Palau in a vogue.com article. … “The great thing about fashion is that it never stays the same in any [fashion] medium … It’s all being mixed up to keep the whole thing exciting, and I think if we try to keep it in a certain way, it just becomes stale …” Hmm, I guess we have to wait and see.—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of January 29, 2018


Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Katya Dobryakova Multibrand Sample SaleWHEN: 2/01–2/04; Thurs–Sunday (11am–7pm)

WHY:  70%–80% women’s clothing, vintage and fine jewelry. Katya Dobryakova clothing will be priced from $40 to $400, including furs, outerwear, jewelry, and ready to wear items. The sale will also feature merchandise from Raul Penaranda, Meredith Marks, NY Charisma, and Ariana Boussard-Reifel.

WHERE: 463 Broome Street

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BRAND: Eli Tahari Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/2–2/11; Daily (10am–9pm)

WHY: Up to 75% off women’s wear, menswear, and accessories.

WHERE: Elie Tahari Woodbury Commons, 960 Adirondak Way, Suite 960
Central Valley, NY


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BRAND: Nanette Lepore Blowout Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/06–2/08; Tues.–Thurs. (9am–7pm)

WHYWomen’s clothing at a discount; tons of one-of-a-kind samples and Holiday productions. Prices starting at just $30, all sizes available.

WHERE:  225 West 35th Street, 17th Floor Penthouse


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BRAND: The Cashmere Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/06–2/08; Tues.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s cashmere sweaters and accessories at a discount 

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor


BRAND: Alyson Eastman Sample Sale

WHEN: 2/07; (11am–7pm)

WHY: Shop your favorite archives from Alyson Eastman’s collections

WHERE: 4 Lexington Ave, #1R





Celebrity Fashion Sightings: Week of October 23, 2017

This week’s Celebrity Fashion Sightings it is all about the pantsuit or pant ensemble. Fall celebrity fashion can be a tricky and sticky situation. Depending on where the event of red carpet is located, it could be too brisk for very revealing outfits but not cold enough for velvet, fur embellishments or too be dripping in mink or sable. And if you are on the East Coast, the weather could be appropriate for the season or Indian summer in later October; thus celebrities in pantsuits.

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Speaking of pantsuits, who would have thought that tennis great Maria Sharapova could look so good and red and in a Styland pant ensemble at the Ad Age Summit in Los Angeles?

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Though she may not be donned in a pantsuit, Kerry Washington is beaming and shining in a Mugler asymmetrical, padded shoulder dress with plunging décolletage dress at the 2017 FGI Night of Stars with a Borgioni diamond double finger ring. Washington proves with this hot look that you don’t need fake anything to look good.By the way, Kerry was awarded the Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle Award. Hmm, interesting. Isn’t Lord & Taylor letting go of their flagship location in NYC? Nice award, but timing is not good!!

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Now, let’s go back to the pant ensemble roundup. Some celebs overdo the tattoos, but with Ruby Rose’s gorgeous face, Fashion Reverie overlooks all the tats. Ruby Rose looks good, tattoos and all in a Victoria Beckham ensemble with black tuxedo jacket, beautifully accessorized in MARLI interchangeable diamond drop earrings and ear cuff at the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Show and Tea.

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Eva Longoria proves that if the jumpsuit is right, you will look good, even wearing a foot cast. Eva Longoria wore an Elisabetta Franchi fall 2017 navy pinstripe one-shoulder jumpsuit while attending the opening of the new Ken Paves Salon on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles. Now, who wore it best, Eva or the model?

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“Transformers: The Last Knight’s” Isabela Moner pushes the proverbial fashion envelope in a fall 2017 John-Paul Ataker black gown at the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala. Isabela is beautifully accessorized in a Joelle diamond ear cuff, Le Vian diamond earrings, and diamond rings by Borgioni and Djula.

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“E! News’” Maria Menounos with a hair upsweep stunned on the red carpet in a Maria Lucia Hohan fall 2017 gown at the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s Angel Ball 2017 in New York City.

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Jessica Simpson wore a polka-dotted Alaia dress, Saint Laurent shoes, and Edie Parker clutch to the 2017 Princess Grace Gala. Jessica set this very commercial look off with a Hearts On Fire diamond bracelet and a Heub diamond ring.

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Bringing up the rear, “Shooter’s” Shantel Vansanten wore a blue suit with gold chair star belt Elisabetta Franchi suit while attending the Platt Boutique Jewelry and The Kit Vintage Opening Celebration.—Staff



Fashion News Alert: Karlie Kloss’ Talk Show, Bye, Bye Shayne Oliver, NYFW: Men’s Revamp, and RIP Mychael Knight

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Welcome to the new world of fashion!! The new world of fashion is a universe where fashion is just a launching pad for something more lucrative. And fashion models epitomize this new fashion trajectory.Bella Hadid is becoming a cosmetics mogul, Cara Delevinge is a burgeoning actress, and now Karlie Kloss is primed to become a talk show host. The talk show centers on Kloss watching movies with her celebrity friends. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” will air on the Freeform channel.

Karlie Kloss revealed on Instagram that some of her celebrity guests will include Ashley Graham, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner. “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” premieres in the winter of 2018.

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Helmut Lang’s new creative director

Shayne Oliver’s tenure at Helmut Lang appears to be over. It was announced on today that Mark Howard Thomas has been creative director of the brand’s menswear division.

Though Shayne Oliver was only pegged to create a capsule collection for the brand’s women’s wear collection which debuted during New York Fashion Week: The Show’s spring 2018 season, that was hope that Oliver would hold a permanent position at Helmut Lang. However, according to fashionnetwork.com Andrew Rosen, who oversaw the acquisition of Helmut Lang over ten years ago, announced today that the Oliver collaboration was “a one-off project.”

Mark Howard Thomas comes to Helmut Lang with an impressive resume. Thomas has held senior positions at some very important fashion houses, including Givenchy, Neil Barrett, and Joseph. Mark Howard Thomas first collection for Helmut Lang will be for the brand’s fall 2018 collection.

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A changing NYFWM

New York Fashion Week: Men’s (NYFWM) is going through a major overhaul. As recently announced by the CFDA, NYFWM will reduce its fall/winter 2018 shows from four days to three days. Also, NYFWM’s schedule will precede New York Fashion Week: The Shows by three days starting on Monday, February 4, 2017.

This reduction of days will leave a lot of menswear designers out of the fold of NYFWM, forcing some of them to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows fall 2018 season. There was no explanation by the CFDA for the reduction of the shows, but wagging tongues suggest that with sponsorship for NYFWM being much reduced, this reduction of shows cuts down of the cost.

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Mychael Knight transitions

The fashion industry mourns the death of “Project Runway” contestant Mychael Knight. Mychael Knight finished fourth on season three of “Project Runway” and later appeared on the “Project Runway: All Stars” in 2009 and “Project Runway: All Stars in 2013. Knight debuted his fashion line on BET’s “Rip the Runway.”

The Lifetime network released a statement to CNN. “ We are saddened to hear about the passing of a member of the “Project Runway” family, designer Mychael Knight,” the statement said. It’s a loss of a great talent and we wish his family peace and solace during difficult time.”

Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Knight grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and was educated at Georgia Southern University, earning a degree in merchandising and apparel design. Mychael Smith died at his home on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

—William S. Gooch


The Blonds Spring 2018

Chanel, Thierry Mugler, Oscar de la Renta, Zhandra Rhodes, Calvin Klein, and many other designers established their brand with a signature design aesthetic. And though most iconic brands have evolved their signature look by incorporating a wide array of influences, there are always a few garments in their collections that reflect the signature design aesthetic.

Now, one would not place The Blonds in the same constellation of Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel or Mugler; however, there is no doubt that the design duo of David and Phillipe have established their signature look with their heavily embellished bustier/bodices.

True to form the bedazzled bustier/bodices are back for The Blonds spring 2018 collection. And their fans love it, which was obvious from all the celebrity fans in the front row—Cardi B, Patricia Fields, Deandra Forrest, and others.

Still, this season The Blonds aspired to take their spring 2018 collection beyond bedazzled bustiers and bodysuits. There were glammed-up torn jeans, a head-to-toe gold bedazzled moto jacket with gold jeans, as well as the multi-colored, rainbow fluorescent jacket that Teyana Taylor opened the show in. (Unfortunately Teyana Taylor’s boob-bouncing, turquoise body suit under fluorescent rainbow jacket ensemble did not enhance the show; in fact, it brought a classless patina to a collection that was already heavy on glitzy call girl vibe.) Add to that thigh-high boots, Miss Kitty saloon-inspired garments, as well as a few curvy models, and you have an entertaining show. Not as eye catching as last season, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Still, does all this bling add up to a fashion collection, or is it just media-grabbing, spectacle moment? Fashion Reverie thinks it is a bit of both. And the both fits right into what New York Fashion Week: The Shows has become, a six-day diatribe on spectacle with a little fashion thrown in for good measure.—William S. Gooch




Alice + Olivia Spring 2018

The line to get into Alice + Olivia’s show was so hectic, a bystander who knew nothing about fashion would walk by and think they were giving away free money in there. But, alas, there was no free cash; however, but was a spring 2018 collection rich in patterns, bold statements, femininity, and style.

Stacey Bendet, the creative brain behind Alice + Olivia, was inspired by the Chelsea Hotel and all its iconic rock n’ roll history for this spring 2018 outing. Bendet attempted to create a collection that projected what the Chelsea Hotel’s iconic female guests would wear now if they were still residents of the Chelsea Hotel. (Think Nancy of the tragic rock couple Sid and Nancy alive and updated.)Bendet’s friend, the artist Lola Schnabel, daughter of downtown iconic artist Julian Schnabel, lived in the Chelsea Hotel at one point. After some extensive research, Bendet invited eight other artists to design rooms for the presentation based on what their rooms would look like if they currently lived in the Chelsea Hotel.     

The collections was a unique blend an homage to the worlds of art and fashion The collection could be described as the late punk 1970s shares a bed with with a contemporary art.    

The collection featured beautiful, bold colors, but there were so many messages lying underneath gorgeous layers of fabric, some more blatant than others. Subtle statements were done in a kitschy way, such as a tee shirt in rainbow sequin letters that said “The World Needs More Sparkle.” Still, other messages were more blatant, such as a backdrop that had the word “FEMINIST” scribbled all over it as two models dressed in pure white perched against the backdrop.          

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A creative reinterpretation of a hotel turned into a story about women, the power of fashion and American cultural motifs. Here in Bendet’s world, women thrive and survive in bright, colorful prints, pussy bows, and ruffle-tiered dresses. Bendet’s talent should be most admired for her ability to bring together eight different artistic visions and create one cohesive collection with cultural and political messages.       In summary, the collection was a mix of rock ‘n roll, color explosion, modern feminism, and art. This cornucopia of boldness, vibrancy and design, all message driven leave a fashion audience wanting more.

—Kristopher Fraser

Laurence & Chico Spring 2018

New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS) was created in 1944 by Eleanor Lambert—the first American fashion publicist, and an iconic figure in American fashion— to showcase American fashion designers because the American press could not get to Europe to see the couture shows due to World War II; thus, the original name of fashion week, Press Week.

While that does remain a function of Fashion Week, the week-long event has grown into something so much bigger. In its current incarnation, at NYFWS, simply presenting a collection in the traditional way isn’t enough, it must come with great spectacle to grab attention from editors, bloggers, social media influencers and other industry professionals. The big danger in spectacle presentation is the clothes getting lost in the shuffle.

Laurence & Chico, met while students Parsons School of Design. They both later worked at several luxury houses, launching their own line in 2016. The results of their spring 2018 collection were mind blowing and walked a fine line between eye popping and eye gouging.

The show was a presentation rather than a traditional runway with models perched in a pre-ordained tableau. The room was heady with an earthy green smell that came from the live moss that covered the stage, interspersed with sparkling brightly colored gravel while eerie atmospheric music by Zeng Bohao reminiscent of recently revived “Twin Peaks” played in the background.

One’s eye was immediately drawn to the wild styling. Models wore hat/wigs 2 ft. high and weighing excess of 20 pounds, which cause considerable discomfort. The heat from the wigs and lights nearly overwhelmed some models who were repeatedly brought water of our fear they’d pass out. Some of the wigs were accessorized with gigantic candy wrapper bows. The makeup was feathers glued to lips, pearls glued to eyebrows and some of the models were ‘weeping’ yarn; many of them worse metallic ruched elbow gloves.

It’s easy to see how the clothes can get lost in all that theater, but fortunately the clothes shone brightly enough to find their own spotlight because they were stunning. Unique silhouettes of oversized bomber jackets made entirely of metallic ruffles, worn over dresses of interwoven with pearls, flower embroidery and feathers. Jackets and skirts made of metallic candy wrap interwoven with pearl embellishments. A full-length vest made of red and dark denim tweed with front ties, over a pair of navy skinny jeans that Miley Cyrus was born to wear. Once you look past the eye popping styling the outfits were Avant guard and playful, bursting with color and personality. Even the blazer and skinny pants with their traditional silhouettes were created with fun cartoon prints.

Some of the clothes did look like they might be difficult or uncomfortable to wear but worth it for the look. Keep your eye on Laurence and Chico as Fashion Reverie suspects they may become the next big fashion superstars!

—Cameron Rose

Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2018

Bibhu Mohapatra continues to push the proverbial fashion envelope. Bibhu Mohapatra has demonstrated for several seasons that he possesses a unique understanding of how the modern, sophisticated woman expresses her elegance, sexiness, and femininity. Her sexiness doesn’t have to be in your face, but it could be; her elegance is understated, or it could be front and center; and the modern woman’s femininity could be kittenish and saucy, or it could be an androgynous mélange of masculine silhouettes mixed with architectural construction.

In other words, the contemporary woman is hard to define and her tastes are varied. And that explains why so many designers have a hard time appealing to the modern woman and holding her interests. Bibhu Mohapatra doesn’t have that dilemma.Mohapatra, in his spring 2018 collection, created a collection that hits all the right notes. Inspired by that somewhat indefinable modern woman who is accomplished in her right, but hasn’t received just recognition, Bibhu Mohapatra’ spring 2018 collection pulled from all the definable and indefinable elements that causes that sophisticated, contemporary woman to shine and sparkle. All these seemingly disparate elements were mixed in Mohapatra’s petri dish of creativity to produce a collection that was relatable, but fashion forward, steeped in familiar design elements, but reconfigured for contemporary consumers.Mohapatra in this collection continues to play with the demimonde as expressed a lens of modern sensuality and sexuality. For spring 2017, Mohapatra looked to the Belle Epoque era and the style of high-class courtesans of that period. In this outing Mohapatra drew inspiration from Asian courtesans (geishas) of the 19th century seen through a contemporary prism. 

True to Mohapatra’s design aesthetic there was some layering of silhouettes and fabrications, and Mohapatra brought back the striped motif seen in his “Belle Epoque” spring 2017 collection. There were also the structured corset-like bodices, and the tea-length gowns, as well as Mohapatra’s three-quarter length skirts. However, what set this collection apart from previous outings was the adventurous nature evidenced in Mohapatra’s mix of rich embellishments, unusual fabrication layerings, and redefinition of modern sensuality.That said; Bibhu did include some recognizable trends; off-the-shoulder treatments; statement sleeves, and cross-dressing elements. But he incorporated these elements with his own particular design aesthetic. Additionally, Mohapatra mixed in some East meets West elements. There were Nishiki Kabuki tops combined with crepe trousers and pencil skirts, as well as other Asian silhouettes—obi belts, kimono tops, and silk Mikado dresses—made even more relevant by all the innovative textile techniques that were employed in this collection.

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Standout looks in this collection were Bibhu Mohapatra’s silk Matsuri print and lace dress with Shibari under bodice, Okobo lace and crepe dress, silk Ramie stripe Nishiki gypsy dress with lace insets, silk Mikado Matsuri embroidered courtesan dress with origami petal sleeves, andtulle and lace nomad widows gown.—William S. Gooch

Summer Beauty: It’s Time for Sunshine and Romance

Three_Graces_Beauty_TrioBring the romance of summer front and center with soft twisted hair in classic shapes and rosy-hued cheeks.  Since summertime means longer days, sunshine and hot humid weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some gauzy and unstructured styles.

Soft natural waves are the perfect look this time of year.  This no fuss style is ideal, as it doesn’t require sitting in front of a mirror with a hot curling iron or straightener.  If your hair is naturally straight, fake a wave by sectioning your hair into four pieces and braiding each one before heading to bed.  Spray with a little hairspray to keep the style.


In the morning, simply un-do the braids and brush out the waves with a soft bristle brush or your fingertips.  You don’t want to completely loose the effect, so make sure only to run the brush or your fingers through once or twice.  Keep the hair off your face by making a deep side part and pinning in back sections for a light and easy half up-do.  You can accent with optional twists and/or braids to enhance that classical romantic aesthetic.

Another option that is great for both long and shorter hairstyles starts by creating a large loose French braid around the crown of the head.  Make sure to pull pieces of hair out to keep it from looking overdone.  To give the look a little something extra, try braiding in ribbons of lace.  Then with the remaining hair, make a side ponytail or bun at the nape of your neck for an easy style that not only looks beautiful, but will also keep you cool and comfortable when the temperature rises.

Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com/Ken Jones

Images courtesy of fashionreverie.com/Ken Jones

Finish the look off with a flush of soft pink on the cheeks and lips for the perfect dreamy warm-weather beauty look.

—Janine Silver

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