Halloween Costumes 2021

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Happy, Happy Halloween! Halloween is happening this year! Last year, everything was cancelled. It really was a shame as Halloween was on a Saturday and it was a full moon—a rare occurrence. But this year the haunted houses are open and the East Village Halloween Parade will take place. Randy Rainbow is the Grand Marshall and isn’t that just awesome?!

But if you’re going to go out this Halloween, you’re going to need a good costume. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of some of 2021’s hottest costumes. Get them before they are all sold out.

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Black Widow

The smash hit of the summer is now one the hottest costumes for Halloween. You can choose between the white jumpsuit from her self-titled movie or the black jumpsuit from Avengers.  Don’t forget your red wig and “don’t eff with me” glare!

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Olympic Gymnasts

Looking for something super comfortable? Get a red track suit, slick back your hair, pin it in place with barrettes and apply eye shadow with a putty knife. Too much is never enough! Don’t forget your Olympic medal! If you can safely throw in a few cartwheels, go for it.

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Cassie from “Promising Young Woman”

Looking to take the classic “sexy nurse’ costume up a notch? Add a rainbow wig and you’re the vengeful Cassie from the Oscar-winning film “Promising Young Woman.”  If you decide to include a scalpel, make sure it’s not sharp!

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Daphne from “Bridgerton”

The Netflix hit “Bridgerton” will no doubt inspire a lot of outfits for Halloween. Daphne will probably be the most popular one and it’s not a difficult look to recreate. A pale blue dress with an empire waist and a red wig is really all it takes.  You’ll be ready to start dancing with Simon in no time!

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Harry Styles at the Grammy Awards

Pop star and style icon Harry Styles made an appearance at the 2021 Grammys singing his hit “Watermelon Sugar High,” but his Gucci designed outfit really stole the show. You can get the look by donning a leather suit minus the shirt and rocking a long feather boa!

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Cruella Devil

You’ll have a lot of looks to pick from if you go with Cruella this Halloween. Going all the way back to the 1961 original, the live action reboot with Glenn Close, up to the most recent version released this summer with Emma Stone. As long as you have a black and white wig to pull the look together, you can let your imagination run wild!

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Bernie Sanders from Joe Biden Inauguration

Worried about being cold this Halloween? Why not go as Bernie Sanders at the inauguration of Joe Biden? Heavy Brown coat, bald cap and of course those famous mittens! You can buy them from the original source Vermont Teddy Bears. If they are sold out (they are hard to keep in stock), replicas can be found on Etsy.

Couples

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Meghan and Harry

They are arguably one of the most controversial couples of the year. Replicate their famous look from their now infamous Oprah interview with a long black dress and a casual grey toned suit. Add a baby bump for true authenticity.

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Wanda and Vision

“Wandavision” was the runaway hit that shot Disney Plus into the streaming stratosphere. Plenty of costume companies have several versions of this attire ready and waiting for the ultimate power couple. Looking for something to make this extra special? Find a friend to be brother Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver!

 

—Cameron Grey Rose

 

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 Fashion Collaborations Roundup

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The “Fendace” show during Milan Fashion Week garnered a huge amount of attention and praise in the world of fashion. “Fendace” is essentially Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace, as Kim Jones and Donatella Versace link together by golden chainmail. The pair make it very clear that “Fendace” is not a collaboration as Versace writes, “This is not a collaboration. The coming together of two iconic fashion brands in this way presents a unique moment in fashion and a first for the industry. Both a celebration of Italian fashion and a disruption of the established order of things, the swapping of roles stands for freedom, fun and friendship.” Fashion collaborations have snowballed, starting with Karl Lagerfeld’s line with H&M in 2004 as designer luxury and accessibility met. As collaborations became more popular, they also became less unique as “logomania” took over and brands simply slapped a designer logo on a lower price point clothing piece. Now, as it has been over 15 years since the H&M x Karl Lagerfeld collection, the fashion landscape is changing.

The “Fendace” show marks a shifting gold, Italian-printed landscape wherein sincerity in fashion trumps competition. Similarly, Balenciaga “hacked” Gucci earlier this year for Gucci’s 100th anniversary “Aria” show. Max Grobe for highsnobiety.com commented on the shifting competitive landscape: “the brands [Gucci and Balenciaga] would frequently edge one another for the spot of world’s hottest fashion label, but now they have realized they don’t necessarily need to compete.” Consumers are no longer looking for a simple luxury logo, they are looking for unique designs and carefully curated collections which arise from these fashion “swaps” and “hacks.” Below are Fashion Reverie’s list of fashion swaps that demonstrate this shift in the fashion world!

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Adidas x Marimekko

Marimekko is a Finnish design house founded in 1951 following WWII. Marimekko writes, “Much like the rest of post-war Finland, much of women’s fashion in the 1950s was monochrome and uninspired. Clothes were physically restrictive and stylishly subdued, but underneath it all, there was a bubbling desire for change. The abstract patterns, architectonic shapes, and vibrant colors of the Marimekko dress proved a perfect recipe for free-spirited women of all ages and sizes.” The brand’s specialty is in printmaking, specifically bold-colored florals, stripes, and checks designed by artists. The brand recently hacked Adidas to create a collection that is “built for movement by Adidas, designed for joy by Marimekko.” Marimekko’s iconic 1964 Unikko (poppy) grows in a new garden on sportswear as it blooms across the collection. Adidas x Marimekko is carefully curated to represent a lifestyle of happiness, light, and fitness going into the fall season! The collection officially dropped on September 30, 2021 and is available here!

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Mulberry x Richard Malone

Mulberry and Richard Malone’s pairing grew out of a shared love and care for ethical fashion and sustainability. In an interview between journalist Laura Jordan and Richard Malone at the Mulberry headquarters, Malone shares that he often turns down collaborative projects, but he wanted to work with Mulberry as they have had an ethics manifesto in place for over 50 years. The collection’s bags are constructed with Scotch-grain which has a leather-like texture made from waste from the cereal industry. Malone is an Irish fashion designer and re-interpreted iconic Mulberry pieces like the “Bayswater” and “Darley” bags to reflect his aesthetic vision to then present the Mulberry X Richard Malone pieces alongside his collection at London Fashion Week. The collection’s palette is rich and perfect for fall in hues of red, blue, green, and white, encompassing Malone’s aesthetic. The full bag collection dropped on September 19th and is available here!

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Target x Victor Glemaud, Sandy Liang, Nili Lotan, and Rachel Comey: 4 Fall Designer Takeovers

Target recently teamed up with four designers to create a “fall essentials collection” that is linked by bold prints but is also representative of four distinct aesthetics. Each designer was tasked with translating their aesthetic and style to Target’s everyday-wear clothing range. Victor Glemaud’s designs for the collection “pair his love of multicolored stripes and color blocking with thoughtful details to create vibrancy within the everyday for his wearers.” The color palette is mostly made up of lime green, pink, orange, and purple in striped and polka-dot patterns on knit silhouettes. Nili Lotan’s pieces “bring her sophisticated, minimalist approach to Target by blending European simplicity with ’70s Americana cool.” Her designs are the most tailored and classic with a neutral color palette adding a chic element to the fall capsule. Rachel Comey’s designs present “a modern take on femininity with her understated, everyday glamour. At once, both urban and elegant, her thoughtful designs are universally loved for their sculptural silhouettes and playful details.” Her pieces add a high fashion element to the collection with marble prints, dip dye, quilted fabric, faux leather, and tailored pants. Finally, Sandy Liang brings “updated ’90s hometown nostalgia to Target with a sweet-meets-sporty approach, Liang mixes fun style with wearable comfort to create iconic pieces with a sense of luxury and wit.” Her pieces are made for the chillier days of Fall with sherpa and heavy quilted cargo pants representing much of the collection. To shop the full collection, visit Target’s website here!

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Adidas by Stella McCartney

Adidas has allowed Stella McCartney to hack them for quite some time now, with their long-term relationship being born in 2004! McCartney is known for being one of the first American fashion brands to champion sustainability. Her recent collection with Adidas is called “EARTH EXPLORER” which offers “a versatile range of multifunctional, sustainable pieces supporting next-generation change-makers as they reconnect with nature and the outdoors.” The collection includes a bright orange multi-purpose sleeping bag puffer jacket made from 100% recycled fabric and drying technology. To view the full collection that infuses McCartney’s activism into Adidas activewear, visit their site here!

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GCDS x OnePiece

GCDS, or God Cannot Destroy Streetwear, is a luxury streetwear brand known for unexpected collaborations, intense graphics, and a ‘90s vibe. The brand focuses on youth culture and first became popular in the celebrity sphere at its launch in 2015 with designs being worn by Hailey Baldwin and Rita Ora. In 2019, GCDS debuted a collection inspired by manga and cartoons, which makes their 2021 upcoming partnership with OnePiece intriguing yet appropriate for the brand. Collection previews have been shown on several celebrities, especially Dua Lipa. Textured skull and emerald crochet pieces, sequined anime designs, printed signature sweaters, and pink sequined floral pants are just some of the pieces that have been unveiled. Fashion Reverie is looking forward to this gorgeous collection set to launch in early 2022! If you like the preview pieces, GCDS also recently created a Fall Looney Tunes collection that can be shopped here!

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H&M x Iris Apfel

A designer partnership article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning H&M. H&M has always sought-after high-end designers that would make their creations accessible to a large number of consumers. It was recently announced that the brand created a collection alongside Iris Apfel, fashion icon, to celebrate her 100th birthday. In a quote for H&M’s magazine, Ann-Sofie Johansson describes the collection as “playful, opulent, and rich with vibrant colors, vivid prints, and opulent fabric choices. The looks are indulgent with a more is more attitude and crowned by over-the-top jewelry, which is very signum of Iris.” While the collection is set to drop in early 2022, there will likely be collaborations coming out in the meantime, so keep an eye out!

—Tessa Swantek

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 Ladies’ Coat Round-up

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With temperatures dropping and leaves falling, now is the time to assess you closet and see what coats are missing in your wardrobe. Coats bring a whole outfit together, which is why it’s so important that you are properly suited up for the months ahead. Fashion Reverie has some great options that are sure to fill the gaps in your closet.

Crew Blazer-Jacket in Italian Fall Blanket Wool $298

With Blazers being everywhere this season, J. Crew takes the classic silhouette and makes it more versatile. The sleek lapels and belt elevate this look to create an even more polished look than the blazer already is. Crafted in Italian Wool from Mario Belucci Mill this jacket is sure to keep you warm as the temperatures start to decline.

Eloquii Plaid Shacket Coat $169.95

Shackets made their debut last fall and are back again in varying silhouettes and fabrics. Eloquii’s take on the shacket is midi length in a gorgeous green plaid with a belt that is removable. With Eloquii being at the forefront of stylish accessible styles for plus size women this coat comes in sizes 14-28.

Veronica Beard Inigo Quilted Coat $695

Quilted Coats whether they are solid colored or in a quilted pattern can be found all over. Veronica Beard translates this trend into a mid-length coat in an army green color that is easy to pair with many other fall items that may already exist in your closet.

Deadwood Kara Recycled Leather Coat $400

Deadwood is a brand from Sweden that takes rescued deadstock skins, repurposed vintage clothing and upcycled post-production waste and creates incredible leather pieces. This Leather coat is a nod to the 90’s style making a comeback. Pair this with trousers, a simple tee and loafers and you have a chic yet simple fall look.

Burberry Coleshill Camel Coat $3550

Everyone needs a classic camel coat, and no one pulls off classic silhouettes like Burberry, which is a British Fashion Institution in of itself. The single-breasted coat is updated with color blocking on the sleeves in a darker beige color. A camel coat like this is sure to last seasons and goes with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a dress and boots.

Loro Piana Loreen Reversible Cashmere Coat $5840

Recently seen on Meghan Markle while visiting a school in Harlem in New York City, this Loro Piana coat in cashmere is reversible and sure to carry you through the season. The detachable collar and reversible feature make this coat an easy item to throw on top of any fall outfit.

Zara Oversized Wool Coat $219

A black coat is a necessity in every woman’s closet, and this oversized wool coat from Zara is effortlessly cool. The lapel collar and double-breasted button closure make it a silhouette that is easy to pair with existing items in your wardrobe.

Junya Watanabe White Sequin Organdy Double-Breasted Trench Coat $4060

Junya Watanabe who is known for studying under Commes des Garcons, Rei Kawakubo puts a spin on the classic Trench Coat silhouette by adorning it in sequins which makes it even more glamorous. Because of the sequins this trench can be worn in so many ways and instantly makes an outfit standout.

Vivienne Westwood Bat Coat $1835

Known for bringing modern punk and new wave into the fashion mainstream, Vivienne Westwood shows off her punk roots by choosing a quite simple silhouette in a bold check pattern. The coat is made from a blend of mulesing-free wool and recycled nylon that is sure to keep you warm. The combination of the check pattern and metal press studs make this a bold coat that is sure to wow others walking by.

Rick Owens Gethsemane Jumbo Tatlin Coat in Wool Crepe $5545

This groundbreaking silhouette featuring modulator jumbo shoulders and long contrasting knit sleeves, is in typical fashion when in regard to Rick Owens who is an American-born, Paris-based designer. The colors eggplant and carnelian are beautifully paired and highlight the design details which include a slim lapel, two button front closure, and thin cotton webbing disco strap.

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MaxMara Teddy Bear Icon Coat $3790

No one can ever go wrong with a Teddy Coat and MaxMara creates the best coats, so look no further. In a gorgeous Tobacco color this coat is ready to be worn all through the colder months and is guaranteed to keep you stylish and warm. If Tobacco isn’t your color of choice it comes in an assortment of colors including Beige, White, Red and Black.

—Phoebe Howard

 

 

 

New York International Bridal Week Fall 2022 Season Pre-coverage

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Are we nearing the end of the COVID-19 pandemic? Though infection rates and deaths in the US are starting to show a decline and over half of the US population is completely vaccinated (56%), no one can quite say that we are nearing the end. That said, all the weddings that were cancelled or put on hold because of the health pandemic are now being rescheduled. And with that rescheduling of nuptial ceremonies comes the quest for that perfect bridal garment.

In just a few days, New York International Bridal Week will take place in New York City. After two seasons of digital presentations, there will be some in-person viewings of bridal garments for the fall 2022 bridal season for fashion editors, stylists, bridal boutique owners, and industry professionals.

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For the past two seasons, industry professionals experienced rather lackluster bridal collections and bridal designers/brands struggled to keep their business afloat and revenue flowing as the COVID-19 pandemic made any get-togethers or wedding parties almost impossible. This clampdown caused some bridal designers/brands to abandon any risk-taking and adopt the tried and true as they waited out the pandemic. Hopefully, bridal collections for the fall 2022 season will contain a bit more innovative design aesthetics as we seem to be slowly coming out of the quarantine.

This season we can expect to see some interesting bridal collections from Reem Acra, Ines di Santo, Rita Visneris, THEIA, Pat BO, and emerging bridal designer Charles Dieujuste and his bridal brand, Scorcesa. Fashion Reverie will be front and center, bringing its viewers all the great bridal fashion from the New York International Bridal Week’s fall 2022 season.

—William S. Gooch

Pre-NYFW Spring 2022 Brand Roundup

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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is scheduled for September 8th-12th, with several shows being held in person this upcoming season. With COVID-19 safeguards in place (proof of vaccination status), New York City is set to be bustling with fashionable street looks as city-goers head through the flashing lights of street photographers’ cameras to select runway shows, invites and Telfar bags in hand. IMG’s creation of the Fashion Alliance has solidified NYFW’s in-person presence this year with guaranteed collections by Joseph Altuzarra, Brandon Maxwell, LaQuan Smith, Alexandra O’Neil of Markarian, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Monse, Prabal Gurung, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Sergio Hudson, and Telfar. While these collections are ensured to make NYFW feel magical again, there are a multitude of collections set to show across the city that Fashion Reverie readers need to know about, so here are the brands to look out for this season!

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SYREN LABS

Carlos Valles, avante garde shoe designer, is debuting SYREN LABS’ collection at NYFW on September 11th and 12th. Valles started his brand over a decade ago in 2010. His electric, blue-colored dream defied gender norms and seemed as fanciful as his Lady Gaga inspired designs that he called “completely insane” with towering heels, sharp pointed toes and rhinestone, wooden construction. Valles tells us, “I first started posting videos on YouTube showing what I could do with unconventional materials and my ideas. That sparked some controversy on YouTube with men wearing heels.” Now, 10 years later, his dreams are surfacing from a sea of liquid metal and are far from fanciful as Valles tells us. “Using the technology and the resources we have nowadays, it is a completely realistic dream.” We are ready to be entranced by SYREN LABS’ siren song as we follow the pointed heels down the reflective runway.

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Valles shared a statement with Fashion Reverie about SYREN LABS’ upcoming collection:

“The brand will be heading to New York Fashion Week on September 11th & 12th to showcase some unique heels and a very limited collection for the brand. While we won’t focus too much on the clothing, it is necessary to complete the look. One thing that will set us apart from the rest is not only the creativity that we put behind each shoe but the storytelling through photography, custom pieces, and marketing. It’s going to be an experience along with some insane designs. SYREN LABS will feature a 9-piece collection that will complement the 2 styles of shoes that will be released with the brand. While only one of them is ‘runway ready,’ the other one will only be sold online because of its height and complexity. It will feature a timeless black and white color palette with a metallic blue that will capture viewer’s attention, along with some other fun things to entertain the crowd!”

SYREN LABS Showcase

LOCATION #1

SHOW DATE: Saturday, September 11th, 2021

Bryant Park Hotel

The Loft (25th Floor) and the Terrace Loft (24th Floor)

40 West 40th Street

New York, NY 10018

PRIVATE INVITED SHOW GUEST LIST ONLY SEATS FOR THE DESIGNER SHOWCASE.

LOCATION #2

SHOW DATE: Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Caelum Gallery

526 West 26th Street – #315

New York, NY 10001

Gallery District in New York

PRIVATE INVITED SHOW GUEST LIST AND LIMITED ADVANCE BAR-CODE PUBLIC SHOW SEATS AVAILABLE AND CAN ONLY BE ACQUIRED ONLINE FOR EACH DESIGNER SHOWCASE.

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JUNNY

Junny Ann Hibbert, Harlem-based designer, is set to show her newest collection at Spring Studios on September 11th. Design practically struts through Hibbert’s veins as her mother was a seamstress and created clothing for Hibbert and her siblings from newspapers. On her website, she writes that she thinks “in color, fabric, and texture” and “each piece is a tribute to the sight, sounds, style and vibrancy of my hood, Harlem, NYC.” Her upcoming collection is likely to follow suit in a vibrant caftan-wrapped celebration of New York City and her Jamaican heritage.

She describes her most recent FW19 collection as “a more refreshed museum installation, than catwalk” featuring warm tones, mixed patterns and textures, and signature caftans. In an interview with the CFDA, she speaks of her inspirations that flowed across the streets of Harlem to the mind of Hibbert; “I became inspired by the colors, the sounds of the neighborhood, the beautiful flowing robes of Africans going to prayer… and on 125th Street, sitting there, the idea that I needed to create a beautiful caftan literally came to me. I love the kimono! And through my process of reinvention, I came up with an idea. I wanted a piece I could just wear over a tee and jeans that could take me from basic to glam effortlessly. I started with one caftan.” All JUNNY creations are also available to be custom-made while many feature upcycled natural fabrics!

JUNNY SS22 NYFW Showcase

SHOW DATE: September 11, 2021, 10am-6pm

Showroom at Spring Studios

6 St. John’s Lane, Floor 5

New York, NY 10013

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Perfect Population By: KL Allen

KL Allen, Atlanta-based designer is set to show his upcoming collection at NYFW on September 11th at R&A Cycles in Brooklyn, NY at 1PM.  Perfect Population By: KL Allen is a Black Owned Fashion Label, with design’s being infused in celebrity and TV culture. Looks by KL Allen have been worn by Fantasia Barrino, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Mya Harrison, Mary Mary, and Kari Wells among many others. The brand’s most recent collection was shown at Milan Fashion Week and featured an artfully constructed black and white vignette of leather and belt buckle detailing followed by a jewel toned metallic vignette of sparkling fringe and metallic texture.

Perfect Population was created in 2011 and is modern at its core but infuses 1950s-style elements, present trends, and a futuristic aesthetic. These elements interlace to write the brand’s slogan in thread; “The key to a lifestyle of perfect fashion. Where fashion is perfection.” KL Allen tells Fashion Reverie that the upcoming collection will focus on this idyllic destination where fashion meets perfection. He says, “The Collection titled ‘Perfect Universe’ is inspired by the future and explores a world where fashion is perfection. Perfect Population By KL Allen Ready 2 Wear Collection is inspired by futuristic prints and unique silhouettes that embodies the labels unique aesthetic.” Fashion Reverie is looking forward to seeing the world’s creation!

Perfect Population By: KL Allen Spring/Summer RTW 2022 Showcase

SHOW DATE: September 11, 2021 @1PM

R&A Cycles

105 5th Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Press, media, influencers, and buyers may request an invitation at info@perfectpopulation.com

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Melke

Emma Gage, NYC based designer of Melke, is set to show her upcoming collection at NYFW on September 11th at 7:30pm. The brand has a gorgeous aesthetic that is green, fresh, and natural. The brand revolves around aspirations for a clean Earth, focusing on all aspects of sustainability. Gage is passionate about combatting human trafficking and educating children and is persistent in her work as she co-chairs an advisory board focused on rescuing women and girls from human trafficking and forced prostitution. Her aim is to sew fashion and activist causes together to form pieces that are made kindly and ethically.

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An inspiration board for Melke’s upcoming collection features an earth-toned color palette of cool blue, earthy green, fiery red, amber, amethyst purple, and black. First sketches tease asymmetrical hems, flowering ruffles, picturesque prints, swaying fringe, oversized jackets, and airy palazzo pants. The upcoming collection is set to use sustainable materials, and designers will be gender fluid. Fashion Reverie expects Melke to be a swiftly rising brand, so we cannot wait to see the NYFW showcase!

Melke SS22 Showcase

SHOW DATE: September 11, 2021 @7:30PM

For collection details, contact Melke@melkenyc.com

—Tessa Swantek

Models to Watch for the Spring 2022 Season: New Faces, the Men and the Women

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For this second edition of “models to watch,” we enlisted the help of two of the fashion industry’s top casting agents, Chad Thompson from Communa-k (communa-k.com), and Maurilio T. Carnino of MTC Casting (mtccasting.com). Chad has been an ace model casting director for over 15 years as has Maurilio. Both generously shared some of the new faces they have their eyes on with Fashion Reverie.

Chad and Maurilio pointed out that agents are having to scout aggressively in the USA, which they support. They see this as one of the silver linings that has emerged from the “new normal” fashion is grappling with. Fashion, they say, is becoming more regional due to travel restrictions. The result is that agents are considering models coming out of local US markets and smaller feeder agencies including some in Mexico. Prior to COVID, these models were eclipsed by international models who made the circuit from New York to London, Paris, and Milan. Says Chad, “More Americans are finding opportunities to model but the look that everyone is favoring is still very multicultural and diverse, like the US population trends in the most recent census findings.”

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Although most castings are still virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, things are heating up again now that we have some live shows to look forward to. Maurilio estimates that he looks at 150-180 models a day prior to shows, for the three most intense days of casting before the meeting with the designer. At that point, he and the designer look at 50-60 models. Although Maurilio is not casting for the upcoming NYFW, he has been busy all summer working on ads and photoshoots. At the time we spoke, he was working from Turin, Italy.

Both agents confirmed that a vast majority of their castings have been virtual. Instagram serves as many models’ portfolios, which also fits nicely into the new “no touch” restrictions. What’s new from last season is the increased use of the TikTok platform, which serves as an additional way for models to express themselves and their unique personalities. Agents find the platform valuable as it also highlights how the models move. One thing that has not changed; however, is preferences for certain heights. For female models, 5’11” is still what’s desirable. For men, the target height is 6’2”. There are of course exceptions, such as James Baek, who we feature below. Size wise, they state that the trend for designers including a girl of alternate size in their shows continues. Overall, Chad and Maurilio believe that this NYFW will prove to be a very diverse runway, and base this on the European men’s shows, which are known for being fashion forward and directional.

Meet our freshman class for fall 2021!

The Men

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Adonai

Agency: NEXT Model Management

Instagram: @adxonai, 808 followers

So far, Adonai has done the JW Anderson Persol campaign and has a great character face.  This, coupled with his darker skin and fashion’s ongoing interest in diversity, is one of the trends the agents think we will continue to see. Adonai has an abundant mop of hair that can be styled like a Seventies’ afro or a futuristic sculpture, as was done for JW Anderson.

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James Baek

Agency: DNA Model Management New York/ Select Los Angeles.

Instagram: @jamesbaekk, 4,063 followers

James is based on the West Coast where Chad saw him at a casting in LA. James has a Greg Lauren look book for spring/summer 2022 and fall/winter 2021 under his belt and has also done Hugo Boss with Russell Athletics. This would be his first fashion week for this slight model who, at an even 6 feet, falls slightly short of the desirable 6’2” mark. His strength is that he can morph from a tough guy in a tank and leather jacket to a modern day prepster with only an outfit change and by altering his facial expressions.

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Jequiel Sykes

Mother Agency: Wilson Model Management/New York, The Society Management/Milan

Instagram: none

Jequiel is mega model Jecardi Sykes’ little brother. While Jecardi (@cardaveli) has a refined studious look, his little brother presents as tougher, and more brooding, not unlike a young James Dean. Jequiel has his work cut out for him; Jecardi has already walked for Off-White, Fendi, Iceberg, Prada, and Ermenegildo Zegna, to name just a few of his clients.

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Niccolò Geuna

Mother Agency: Elite Paris

Instagram: @011.nico, 1,351 followers

One of Maurilio’s new favorites is this handsome Italian seventeen-year-old he calls “one of the hottest new faces in Europe.” Nicolo’s gorgeous bone structure and mop of wavy hair firmly place him in the “pretty boy” category. Despite the diversity on runways and ads, Maurilio believes there will always be work for handsome men on the skinny side such as Niccolò, particularly at brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, and Prada. Although he’s a newcomer, he’s already getting traction in Europe and is already a favorite at Etro and Fendi and has shot the DSquared fall/winter 2021 men’s look book.

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Tyler “Ty” Hogan

Mother Agency: Marilyn New York

Instagram: @official_ty_hogan, 822 followers

This young model hails from Georgia. He has appeared in T Style magazine and the JW Anderson Persol Campaign. He has long strawberry blonde hair which is unique now and shows fashion’s ongoing interest in androgyny. 

 

The Women

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Adesola Adeyemi

Mother Agency: One Management, New York

Instagram: none

Although this Nigerian beauty has only been in the modeling game for slightly under two years, and most of it in the pandemic, she has already shot the Saks Fifth Avenue spring/summer 2021 look book with Brendan Wixted and walked two Bibhu Mohapatra shows. Her symmetrical features and arresting almond shaped eyes have already landed her work with MAC Cosmetics for their Mac Pro spring 2019 ads. We look forward to seeing more of Adesola in the coming months on the runways and in fashion editorials.

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Hallie Hummer

Mother Agency:  New York Models

Instagram: @halliehummer, 1,263 followers

Like Ty Hogan, this Saint Louis beauty has red hair, which makes her stand apart from other models.  She can appear as regal as a young Queen Elizabeth I in full-face makeup or as accessible as someone’s cute little sister in a torn pair of jeans, with her naturally wavy hair and little to no makeup. Hallie has already appeared in the Prada fall/winter 2021 show and video that took place in Milan last season. As Chad says, “Anyone who does Prada their first time at the rodeo, well, that’s a good indication of a career that will be successful.”

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Jolie Chang

Mother Agency: The Identity Models Inc., New York

Instagram: @jolie_chang

This Asian beauty shows a sense of humor on her Instagram page and describes herself as “Comedian” in her bio. Jokester or not, she takes her career seriously and has appeared on the cover of Marie Claire Taipei, and walked for Dolce & Gabbana. Furthermore, she possesses the elegance to work as a fine jewelry model for the likes of Bulgari and Cartier.

 

The Mexicans: Tindi Mar, Sara Esparza, Marsella Rea

Tindi, Sara, and Marsella (below) are among the group of Mexican models that has benefitted from the pandemic. As stated earlier, Mexico was not widely looked at as a place to find new talent, prior to COVID-19.  Ford Models discovered Sara and Marsella, who work well together and have appeared in an editorial for the February 2021 issue of Vogue.

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Tindi Mar

Mother Agency: The Industry New York

Instagram: @tindi.mar, 12k followers

TIndi’s career is off to a promising start, and she has one of the highest Instagram followings in our freshman class. Her pretty looks make her a shoo-in for beauty work as well as walking the runways. She had already had a runway exclusive for fall/winter Louis Vuitton and has shot with Ethan James Green for Dazed.

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Sara Esparza

Mother Agency: Ford Models

Instagram: @saraesparz, 15.2K followers

Sara has the classical face of a sixteenth century Spanish princess combined with the strong Aztec cheekbones and generous lips also make her a contender for beauty and eyewear work.  This coupled with her boyishly slim physique makes everything from a black bikini top to a couture dress look elegant and elevated. She’s already a favorite at Mexican Vogue and we look forward to seeing her appear in other issues in the franchise soon.

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Marsella Rea

Mother Agency: Ford Models

Instagram: @maresellarea, 6,226 followers.

Marsella rounds-out the group and is perhaps the most compelling of the three women.  Her look is strongly androgynous, yet she can morph into a pretty socialite as she did at London Fashion Week 2020 in a ruffled red dress and hat. Her lanky physique makes her the perfect clothes hanger for anything from the classic camel coat she wore at the Theory fall 2020 presentation to the all-black ensemble she wore to walk for The Row.

*A big thank you to event producer, Christina Neault, for the introductions she provided which made this piece possible.

—Vivian Kelly

Influencer Culture’s Changes Affect How Brands Should Market During NYFW

Influencers Emma Chamberlain and Charli D’Amelio for Louis Vuitton; Image courtesy of Louis Vuitton on Instagram

Over the pandemic, there has been a general rise in disdain regarding celebrity and influencer culture. Sub-par celebrity efforts to sympathize come off as out of touch. Gal Gadot’s “Imagine” project is such example of insensitivity, with influencer’s product pushes during such a sensitive time are deemed disingenuous. Much of the general public have lost trust in celebrities and influencers alike as many have also been caught throwing massive parties while simultaneously pushing social distancing and mask wearing on their social media channels. This leaves many to wonder, is celebrity and influencer culture officially dead?

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As we near New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and the MET Gala, this question is increasingly more important as the guest lists of both events are often just as important as the events themselves. Traditionally, the front row of NYFW had been taken over by the press, stylists, celebrities, and retail buyers; however, in recent years, fashion influencers and bloggers have filled up the coveted front seats as other industry personnel are pushed to the back. Rumors of this year’s MET Gala guest list floated around social media recently, and there was significant backlash. A viral tweet with over 60,000 likes and comments on the rumored influencer guest list by writing, “You could’ve told me this was the Kid’s Choice Awards guest list, and I wouldn’t have questioned you.” With an event as prestigious as the MET Gala, this comparison makes it clear that influencers may be diluting its reputational value, which may have implications for NYFW brands as well.

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According to a 2017 Statista graph about worldwide Instagram influencer marketing, the United States accounted for 49% of worldwide influencer sponsored posts. This was during the peak of influencer marketing in the US. A recent 2021 Statista global consumer survey focused on “the influence of influencers” to spur consumer purchase decisions by country, marks the United States at a meager 13% transactional influence. This is comparative to 41% influence in Brazil, 35% in China, and 31% in India—all significant emerging market economies. These statistics signify that influencer marketing, in a traditional transactional sense, may have reached saturation in the United States as traditional influencer marketing is rising in emerging economies.

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Despite clear reputational damage and a decline in traditional influencer marketing/product pushes, influencer marketing has certainly not evaporated in the US. According to a 2021 survey conducted by Influencer Marketing Hub, “59% of companies have a budget specifically allocated to content marketing, and 75% of that group plans to dedicate funds to influencer marketing.” This, however, does not mean that influencer culture has not evolved drastically. The same report notes the increased engagement with micro-influencers (less than 15,000 followers) over mega-influencers (1M+ followers); “On Instagram, there is a clear preference (57.78%) for micro-influencers, followed by 23.57% for regular influencers.” An extensive annual report by Launchmetrics entitled, “The State of Influencer Marketing 2020” helps to rationalize this shift towards micro-influencers on social media, specifically Instagram. In their predictions for future influencer trends, the report states, “Now, more than ever, consumers are looking to brands and influencers who they can connect with and relate to. The content that is being produced as a result of this will become less product-focused and will start to tell more of a story that sheds light on how brands fit into creators’ lives. Those that recognize and empathize with the situation that many of their followers are in, whilst remaining honest with their audiences will win out.” Micro-influencers tend to have more of a niche and intimate following which allows for better storytelling and authenticity.

Leonie Hanne wearing Dior; Image courtesy of Leonie Hanne on Instagram

Leonie Hanne, a fashion influencer with a longstanding partnership with Dior, asserts this same notion as she states in an interview with Launchmetrics, “Currently, a lot of high-end brands work with the people they think are cool—they always just show how amazing influencer relationships are with brands, but they don’t actually communicate with people. I think this is now the massive difference—I can still post fashion, but I need to incorporate storytelling, it’s all about communicating.” This means that there is a major shift in influencer’s taking the lead in brand partnerships for an outcome that is mutually beneficial and aligns with the influencer’s personal values.

Naomi Elizee, Vogue Market Editor, wearing Christopher John Rogers; Image courtesy of Naomi Elizee on Instagram

The definition of an influencer has also broadened as the line between traditional media editors and influencers has blurred. This means that during NYFW, the traditional seating delineations are not so straightforward. Many fashion editors like Julia Sarr-Jamois, Naomi Elizee, Kat Collings, and Nikki Ogunnaike have become influencers in their own right. Fashion editors can get in on the immediacy of social media by posting NYFW behind the scenes stories while also sharing lengthy story-telling pieces in their respective publications. This allows for a more complete look at a brand’s collection which is a unique advantage that brands should be cognizant of.

Kat Collings, Who What Wear Editor in Chief, wearing Givenchy; Image courtesy of Kat Collings on Instagram

NYFW has transitioned towards a more global focus prompted by Tom Ford’s open letter from the CFDA to rename the NYFW calendar the “American Collections Calendar” to include American designers showing in other countries. As previously noted, traditional marketing is at its peak in emerging markets like Brazil, China, and India, so brands promoting their collections in these countries may benefit from traditional product placement influencer posts. Brands showing in New York City; however, must be aware of the changing influencer landscape and should look to fashion editors who double as influencers as well as micro-influencers who can tell a unique story with the brand. While trust of influencers and celebrities has declined in the US, brands also need to carefully curate who they choose to work with to promote authenticity and a storytelling approach or else they may suffer serious reputational damage evidenced by the uproar following the MET Gala guest list.

—Tessa Swantek

New York Fashion Week Pre-Coverage Spring 2022 Season

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With all that is going on in the country and the world at large, the crisis with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the COVID-19 Delta variant wrecking global havoc, and global climate crisis, and retractive abortion laws in Texas, it is sometimes a challenge to put a focus of fashion.

Still, when has there ever been a time or era without crises and upheaval. We soldier on, and so does the fashion industry. And as fashion is inspired by current events, it would not be surprising to see some spring 2022 fashion collections that use these trying times as a reference point.

It should be noted that this is the first time in two seasons that some fashion designers have produced live shows due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. And with live shows coming back to New York Fashion Week (NYFW), the CFDA and IMG have put some precautions in place. For all approved CFDA/IMG venues, staff, models, and attendees will have to produce verification of COVID-19 vaccination. And while industry professionals are scoffing and critical of this development, the authorities understand that safety is crucial.

This return of live shows presents a new set of challenges for the producers of NYFW. First, there is a new venue on Fifth Avenue where several shows will be housed. Spring Studios will continue to be a location for several shows; however, Pier 59 is no longer an approved venue for NYFW.

Backstage at Jason Wu RTW Fall 2021. Image courtesy of viralnigeria.com

Because of the current health pandemic, runway and presentations cannot hold more than 400 people. This reduction in attendance vastly decreases media coverage, which had already experienced a sharp decline over the past five years. Social media influencers who had become an important factor and source of coverage for NYFW are no longer being given the huge financial compensations they once received prior to the current health pandemic. So, expect their presence to be greatly diminished.

Some top brands have decided to continue using the digital format for the spring 2022 season, eschewing live runway shows. Still, there are a plethora of brands that will showing at NYFW for the first, as well as brands returning after an absence.

You can expect the NYFW stalwarts—Anna Sui, Bibhu Mohapatra, Michael Kors, Gabriela Hearst, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Naeem Khan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Sergio Hudson, Coach, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Brandon Maxwell, Veronica Beard, Zero Maria Cornejo, LaQuan Smith, Khiry, Telfar, Rebecca Minkoff, and many others. There are some newcomers to the NYFW roster—Connor McKnight, Oak & Acorn, Tombogo, Dur Doux, Fried Rice, Callas Milano, Marrisa Wilson, Carter Young, The Stolen Garment, and several others.

—Staff

NYFW and The MET Gala Meet to Change the American Fashion Cultural Narrative

Image courtesy of Prabal Gurung

Fashion industry experts have called for the “revitalization of NYFW” this upcoming season in September. Following a year of virtual showings, the absence of prominent designers from New York Fashion Week (NYFW), and a massive decrease in retail footprints due to COVID-19, it feels like 2009 all over again. In 2009, Anna Wintour along with the CFDA debuted Fashion’s Night Out following the 2008 recession. Fashion’s Night Out began in New York as a celebrity-filled event that kept more than 800 stores in the five boroughs open until 11 p.m, in a bid to revitalize the retail industry. Instead of looking to retail stores and celebrities to keep New York alive, the CFDA is debuting a much more tailored revitalization plan this September, with a global mentality that seeks to retain a unique American fashion identity. With the MET Gala scheduled the day after NYFW, there is a unique composition this season that allows for both events to underpin each other and create a new pattern to follow.

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In an open letter to the CFDA, chairman Tom Ford stated that “New York Fashion Week is always a celebration of American fashion, but this will take on a whole new meaning in September. After two challenging seasons with no in-person gatherings, we anticipate a significant return to live shows. This season’s shows are an opportunity to reaffirm the resilience and independence of American fashion and New York City as a global fashion force.” IMG has taken the first heeled step onto the revitalization runway through their “fashion alliance” sewn together with 11 diverse American designers that form the billowing fabric of NYFW’s future. Designers include Telfar, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, Sergio Hudson, Monse, Jason Wu, LaQuan Smith, and Markarian. All have signed onto a commitment to show collections at this upcoming NYFW as well as the next three seasons. The designers will be backed financially by IMG which makes it possible to produce shows that have more of an impact. Notably, not all designers are born in America, which not only redefines what it means to be American but underscores the designer’s individual stories that brought them here.

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Prabal Gurung, for example, was born in Singapore but has been outspoken about his American identity. For his spring 2020 ready-to-wear collection, he sought to identify the meaning of “Americanness.” In an interview with Asia Society, he states, “an investor asked me to express what I felt my brand stood for. I began explaining that American style had always been seen through a white lens. As a first-generation Asian immigrant, a minority, and a queer person of color, I wanted to redefine the country’s style, because our experiences have been underrepresented … after telling me I don’t look American, it was clear to me that he meant that because I wasn’t white, I had no authority to shape the American ideal.” The narrative of Americanism through a white lens is one many have subscribed to; however. the aim of the fashion alliance is to dismantle this narrative and form a new one that redefines and rewrites a story of American fashion culture.

Image courtesy of Prabal Gurung.

Americanism through a global lens is also displayed through the CFDA’s official renaming of the fashion calendar. In an official statement, the CFDA wrote, “it is our job as the CFDA to honor our original mission statement and to help promote and support American fashion. Therefore, we will publish on the schedule not only the schedule of designers showing in New York during New York Fashion Week but also those of American designers showing off-calendar and abroad. To that end, the show schedule that is released by the CFDA each season will be renamed the ‘American Collections Calendar.’” This means that American fashion can still retain its identity outside of country bounds which is an important part of reframing American fashion culture.

Image courtesy of Laquan Smith

This cultural reframing is precisely the intention of IMG, NYFW, and the MET Gala this upcoming season. New York City has often been characterized as the melting pot of America due to the diversity of people and cultures that call it home. The term, however, has really been a form of cultural tokenism as a melting pot implies assimilation, homogeneity, and anonymity. New York City, like IMG’s alliance, is more of a potpourri. Various people and cultures express their individuality and the unique aspects of their identities, enhancing the whole rather than melting into it, resulting in a colorful, bright beautiful fragrance that carries on a breeze, inspiring celebration. The MET Gala strives to capture the celebration this year with its two-part exhibit entitled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

 

The theme has garnered large amounts of criticism partially due to decades of American fashion being told through a white lens along with faux diversity efforts bubbling over from America’s melting pot narrative. To see American Fashion; however, as red, blue, and whitewashed denim, is to see only a chapter of a story that, if told in a way that redefines Americanism, can be rich and compelling.

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Luke Meagher, or HauteLeMode, well-known social media fashion critic, commented on the MET’s theme via Instagram. He writes, “Painting ‘American Fashion’ with a broad brush of just jean shorts and red, white, and blue regalia makes us forget about some of the true revolutionaries that have come out of it. Ann Lowe’s story of talent and design expertise that led her from Alabama to making Jackie Kennedy’s first wedding dress is a story that needs to be known. Her courage to stand up for herself as a black woman prior to segregation’s end shows that white-washed fashion history needs to not be the narrative of this exhibit.”

 

While exhibit details will not be revealed in depth until its opening, Andrew Bolton, MET exhibit curator told Vogue, “I think that in the past a lot of descriptions about American fashion focused on the fact that it’s non-narrative and it’s not about stories, and that’s diminishing the emotional side of American fashion. So, part of the idea of the exhibition is to give American fashion its due, to give back its storytelling abilities.” NYFW and the MET Gala aim to join forces to write new chapters of this ever-evolving story, introducing new main characters that represent more of the truth of what American fashion is or strives to be, and to share this freedom globally.

—Tessa Swantek

Fashion Reverie’s Tokyo Olympic Fashion Roundup

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Many 2020 Tokyo Olympic athletes have packed their dazzling medals of bronze, silver, and gold in suitcases and are back at home after achieving their athletic dreams. With the meeting of athletes globally in the bright lights of Tokyo, cultures mesh forming a vibrant technicolor of styles and symbols.

 The Olympics, other than being the highest level of athletic competition, are also the pinnacle of where function and fashion meet.  Functionality in fashion, especially when it relates to athletics, is not often perceived as traditionally fashionable; however, this year’s opening ceremony immediately proved otherwise. Notably, Misia’s “Kakigori” ceremony dress by Tomo Koizumi was one of the biggest fashion moments of the night, closely rivaled by Telfar’s designing of Team Liberia’s ceremony outfits.

This year, athletes and designers carefully curated uniforms that carried stories of inspiration and symbolism for the eyes of viewers globally. Fashion Reverie has selected the top Olympic outfits that prove functional fashion can have a backstory that is much more than simple utilitarianism.

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Kiran Badloe, Netherlands Windsurfing 

This Olympics, fashion proved the sprawling nature of media pop culture influencing young athletes on a global scale. Kiran Badloe from the Netherlands’ windsurfing team won gold in a viral fashion moment inspired by “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Badloe writes on his Instagram, “This haircut is a tribute to the one and only true wind master. The avatar, the last air bender known to be alive. I hope the spirit of this great warrior gives me the power to sail well this week and use the wind in my favor. One day I dream of becoming a master of the wind myself, a true air bender.” He paired his stand-out hairdo with a Fila color-blocked navy and orange tee, Netherland’s country colors, and a color the Last Airbender also wears in the popular show.

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Nuria Diosdado and Joana Jiménez García, Mexico Synchronized Swimming

Another team that embraced the beloved resurging anime is Nuria Diosdado and Joana Jiménez representing Mexico in synchronized swimming. The two wore one piece swimsuits intricately bejeweled with Tui and La, the moon and ocean spirits that represent Yin and Yang in the show. Designed by Mexican Brand Gilling Activewear, it was a symbol of the harmony and “push and pull” of their performance.

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Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina, Russia Synchronized Swimming

While team Mexico did not medal, the Russian duet won gold. Also wearing swimsuits that aided their performance, the pair dressed in spider-embellished, cream-colored one pieces as they contorted their arms and legs to look like an eight-legged creature. Without their outfits, the team may not have been able to evoke the creepy atmosphere that they created. If the Olympics were a fashion contest, they would each have two gold medals around their necks.

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Tom Daley, Great Britain Diving

Daley, an extremely well-known diver, won gold alongside Matty Lee in men’s synchronized 10m diving. In another viral Olympic moment, Tom Daley was found in the poolside stands knitting a fashion masterpiece. He owns an Instagram page dedicated to his knit and crochet pieces, and recently posted his final product. He writes, “When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to make something that would remind me of the Olympics to look back on in the future. I designed a pattern for the [color] work that would signify everything about these games! On the back I went for a classic @teamgb logo, the shoulders have a flag and GBR on them. For the front I wanted to keep it simple and I tried my best to embroider TOKYO in Japanese!” He also made himself an adorable Tokyo and Great Britain themed medal case! 

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Naomi Osaka, Japan Tennis

Another Olympian paying tribute to her country through fashion is Naomi Osaka. Osaka, representing this year’s Olympic home country, wears a monochromatic red Nike tennis outfit paired with red and white hair scrunchies and dyed red braids. Her dyed braids were also one of the most prominent moments of the Opening Ceremony as she was the torchbearer. With all of her statements advocating for mental health lately, there is no better torch bearer.

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Athing Mu, USA Track

Athing Mu, American runner, won gold in the 800m dash (no American had won gold in the 800m for over 53 years!) while wearing a Nike blue and white striped bodysuit. This piece is notable for its contrast against the outfits of competitors who all wore pieces that exposed their midriffs. The sleek bodysuit added to her powerful look as she raced past the finish line.

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Fashion Reverie’s Gold Medal in Team Fashion: Germany’s Gymnastic Team

Fashion Reverie’s gold medal winning team for fashion is Germany’s gymnastic team. Their choice of attire was a powerful statement embellished by fashion. They opted for full-length leotards to combat unethical sexualization of female athletes, notably in gymnastics. Fashion being used for the purpose of equity and justice is extremely important and something to be immensely appreciated. The team took a leap forward in the battle not just for gold, but more importantly, for equity.

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Fashion Reverie’s Gold Medal in Fashionable Sport: Skateboarding

Skateboarding is the most interesting summer sport for fashion as it allows for the most freedom fashion-wise. The sport allows for street fashion to meet with cutting edge designs that represent the sport’s aesthetic. According to Teen Vogue, Nike teamed up with Piet Parra, Dutch artist and former skater, to create prints for team USA, France, Brazil and Japan. Some outfits included oversized monochromatic white button downs and trousers, vibrant geometric landscape prints on tees, and white canvas sneakers.

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Fashion Reverie’s Silver Medal in Fashionable Sport: Gymnastics

Gymnastic uniforms are almost always the most talked about fashion at every summer Olympics. GK Elite custom made all of Team USA’s uniforms with the theme “Modern Warrior,” according to Bustle. Each uniform was embellished with thousands of Swarovski crystals and color palettes were in the traditional red, white, and blue colors as well as more modern lavender and black combinations. A particularly striking gymnastic look; however, was not from team USA, but was worn by Rebeca Andrade of Brazil as she won silver and gold. The look is a dreamy flower embellished pink and yellow sunset gradient piece.

—Tessa Swantek

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