spring 2016

Banana Republic x CFDA x Timo Weiland

BANANA REPUBLIC & CFDA CELEBRATE: PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH FEATURING TIMO WEILAND WITH BANANA REPUBLICLast September, Banana Republic and CFDA announced a partnership dedicated to supporting emerging designers based in the US who design and produce in America as well. For the first collaboration, Banana Republic decided to work with Timo Weiland, an alumnus of the CFDA Incubator on a womenswear collection for Spring 2016 and last night was the launch event for the collaboration. Stay tuned for collection pieces

Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein, Chanel Iman, Donna Kang, Michael Anderson

Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein, Chanel Iman, Donna Kang, Michael Anderson

Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman

Alicia Quarles

Alicia Quarles


Rag & Bone Sneaker Game for the Spring


Looks like it’s time to clean out your shoe collection and make way for the fashion-girl staple primed to take over this spring. Don’t worry, it’s not a fussy sandal or blister-inducing heel (the athleisure trend is eliminating the need for those). Nope, we’re talking sneakers. And rag & bone is making it that much easier to slip into a minimal pair with its new Standard Issue Sneakers. Coming in a number of clean colorways, the canvas lace-ups are equal parts comfy and sleek—perfect whether you’re in for some weekend adventuring or off-duty chilling. They’ve already dropped in store so check out https://www.rag-bone.com/ to scoop  your pair!

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2016 Electric Men’s & Women’s Eyewear + Watch Preview

kelly slater 1The California based eyewear company was in town this week and took over the Gucci Showroom on Fifth Ave. Electric makes quality products that enhance active lifestyles – offering ‘Style that performs’. By building upon what has stood the test of time, Electric reengineers classics.

kelly slater 7It was premier release of Electric by world famous surfer Kelly Slater. The brand designs and markets sunglasses, snow goggles and helmets, watches, backpacks, luggage and accessories. They can be found throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan, China and Australasia in Lifestyle boutiques, department stores, sports shops and online, including Electric’s own e-commerce websites. This year, Electric plans to continue expanding in other geographies and channels, working with new distribution partners. Electric’s premium collection of eyewear, watches and small leather goods will be marketed to premium Lifestyle boutique and department store channels, while its technical and Sport driven products will be targeted towards its existing action sports, premium Sporting Goods and outdoor channels. Electric’s female focus will also be expanding with new colors in existing styles, smaller watch and goggle sizes, and a communication plan dedicated to women. See the collection here.


Stella McCartney’s Star Studded Fashion Fiesta in a Garden

stella 5So yesterday Stella McCartney was going to be my WCW but I decided a little throwback Thursday would suffice as it was literally hands down one of the best fashion presentations I have ever attended. Alicia Keys tugging at her hair to one side and shaking maracas and Liv Tyler being silly with the cut out cardboard photo stand, what more could you ask for. Well maybe hanging with the likes of Maxwell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cara Delevinge, Miranda Kerr, Hannah Brohnman, Amber Valetta, St. Vincent, Dree Hemingway, and Alexa Chung. It was a fiesta filled with signature drinks, men on stilts, ice water refreshments, models running around in the grass in full length dresses in spring colors and a full live band showcasing her Spring 2016 collection. My favorite pieces were the cool I-phone cases. I was about to tell Alicia Keys and Maxwell to sing “Fire We Make” lol.  (more…)

Men’s Fashion Week Coming to NYC

mens fashion weekWell I know this isn’t the first time you heard me talk about menswear but now I have 3 full days to immerse myself in nothing but menswear. It’s been talked about but now it’s official. Get ready New York, July 13th through July 16th will be bustling with gorgeous men models as The CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It’s a standalone showcase for American men’s fashion kicking off at Skylight Clarkson Sq. with the Spring 2016 collections.

“American menswear has never been stronger or more creative,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “There are many reasons the CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It gives the designers a business platform to show during their market dates and is an opportunity to demonstrate the collective talent of an important segment of our industry.”

The CFDA will organize the shows in conjunction with New York Men’s Market Week. Amazon’s fashion sites – including Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit amongst others are sponsors for the event.

New York Fashion Week: Men’s will feature a mix of runway shows, presentations and special events. CFDA Board Member Tommy Hilfiger was an early champion of New York Fashion Week: Men’s and will participate in the inaugural event—so will Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons, Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Orley and Kent and Curwen, with more names to be confirmed.

~Akela Moore