While 2015 was a year of shifts and controversy, 2016 topped the charts as a year of surprises and unexpected developments. Change is always the order of the day in the fashion industry; however, who would have expected Peter Topping to leave his creative post at Oscar de la Renta less than a year after or Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow would exit DKNY. And even more surprising was the election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the US.
Still, Fashion Reverie has been front and center throughout all the vicissitudes of change and fashion shifts, bringing its viewers all the fashion news, exclusive interviews, trend reports and coverage that makes the site one of the go-to online publications for all things fashion. And in its upcoming fifth year, expect more in-depth coverage, more exclusive interviews and a wider array and fashion and cultural features.
1) Is the golden age of fashion photography over? Well, that depends on the industry professionals you talk to. In “Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers” Michael Gross chronicles the exodus of fashion photography in the 20th Century and where the art form is the age of digital manipulation. Fashion Reverie was given the unique opportunity to be one of the first fashion publications to interview Michael Gross about his compendium on fashion photography. Though somewhat encyclopedic in scope, “Focus” is injected with lots of humor and scandal, and Gross was a joy to an interview and of the great fashion sages of the industry. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16510
2) Fashion Reverie was fortunate to interview Bibhu Mohapatra a week before his spring 2017 runway showing for New York Fashion Week: The Shows. In this interview Mohapatra revealed his passion for Belle Epoque style that he so deliciously fused into his spring 2017 collection. With Mohapatra being one of the hottest collections in the current pantheon of luxury brands, acquiring this interview as a real boon for Fashion Reverie. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16922
3) 2016 was the year for fashion books. And in a year where book sales are down and many book retailers have shuttered operations; surprisingly, there were a lot of new fashion books on the market. Fashion Reverie was primed and eager to present and review these books for its viewers.
One of the most anticipated fashion books of 2016 was supermodel Pat Cleveland’s “Walking with the Muses.” Fashion Reverie’s interview with Cleveland is injected with the supermodel’s own special brand of nuance, wit and humor; traits that are such an indelible part of Cleveland’s charm. “Walking with the Muses’” rag-to-fame story is in the tradition of America’s version of the rising phoenix cultural mythology. But for Cleveland her story goes beyond the stuff of fairy tales; it is her life. And she so eloquently communicated her journey to Fashion Reverie. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16845
4) IMG has been criticized for not maintaining and attracting luxury designers to show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). While that particular criticism may have some relevance, what is obvious about the evolution of NYFWS is the wealth of new designers from outside that US that show at NYFWS. One such designer that garnered a lot of press during NYFWS: spring 2017 was Anniesa Hasibuan. This Indonesian designer showed an entire collection of models completely attired in beautifully embellished in Muslim dress. Hasibuan demonstrated that there a women can be completed covered and be chic, sophisticated and regal. Now if only mainstream media showed these kinds of Muslim women!! View article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=17210
5) Natasha Nyanin was new to Fashion Reverie when she penned her spring 2017 trend prediction article. That said; first time out she hit the ball out of the court. With her spring 2017 trend prediction article, “Spiritual Awakenings,” Natasha tapped into the upcoming Zen-inspired designs and “Raw Coast” aesthetic that centers on references to minimalism rooted in environmental and coastal classics. Fashion Reverie expects much more from Natasha. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16891
6) One of the most exciting Fashion Reverie interviews of 2016 is when we got to conduct an interview with Patricia Gucci about her memoir “In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir.” In this seminal book about her father, Patricia Gucci from love letters between her father and mother Bruna Palumbo, Patricia Gucci brings readers into the inner life of Aldo Gucci and what it was like to be a part of the Gucci brand during its heyday. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16024
7) In this year of fashion books, another tabletop fashion book that came to the attention of Fashion Reverie was Miles Ladin’s “Supermodels at the End of Time.” Miles Ladin graciously spoke with Fashion Reverie about what it was like to photographer some of the world’s top models during the age of the supermodels. His film noir–like photos are iconic, particularly his photo of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista sitting at a table at the end of the evening looking jaded and weary. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=17365
8) Andy Warhol’s legacy lives on. And Cadillac House and the fashion industry celebrated that legacy with the “Letters to Andy Warhol” exhibit. The “Letters to Andy Warhol” exhibition features rarely seen material from the museum’s archive, including artwork and Warhol’s personal correspondence, plus artistic contributions from several modern-day cultural creators including Brian Atwood, Sienna Miller, Sean Lennon, JJ Martin, Zac Posen, Chiara Clemente, Aimee Mullins, David LaChapelle, Francesco Clemente, Nick Rhodes and more. View the article http://fashionreverie.com/?p=17554
9) Finding innovative brands is one of the core features of Fashion Reverie. When we were invited to attend YolanCris’ debut bridal collection during New York International Bridal Week, we jumped at the chance.
Like the many women and muses that inspired El Greco, Van Dyck, and Rubens, YolanCris’ Bridal Studio Collection 2017 pays homage to the many aspects of feminine charm, beauty and sophistication. And boy did the brand pay tribute!! View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=17295
10) Can you think of a better to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday than a limited edition shoe inspired by PEZ dispenser. Huh, yes you heard me right!! British shoe designer Camilla Elphick has tapped into a cultural landmark and historic occasion by introducing the latest addition to her infamous Pez collection for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday — her spring 2016 patriotic nod to the queen, The Corgi Princess PEZ. View the article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16205
11) For several seasons Fashion Reverie has pined for an invitation to attend Delpozo’s runway shows. Not until, Natasha Nyanin came on staff did the wish become a reality. This very talented young editor did an excellent job reviewing Delpozo’s spring 2017 collection. View article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=16993
12) There were many deaths across the cultural landscape in 2016, But, perhaps no one will be missed more than Franca Sozzani. Editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia for over 26 years, Sozzani with the help of photographers she personally mentored—Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Bruce Weber—elevated Vogue Italia from a fashion publications that focused on Italian fashion to a global compendium of style, innovation, and fashion-forward sophistication. View article at http://fashionreverie.com/?p=17870
—William S. Gooch