Kara Laricks Spring 2013 NYFW

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By Jaja Nwokeabia

Kara Laricks distinctively genderless designs won her top prize on the first season of Fashion Star. For her much-anticipated debut Spring 2013 presentation, she stayed true to her design philosophy, unveiling a 15-piece collection rich in masculine elements, and starved for color. Perched on podiums inside a raw industrialspace on Pier 57, models in  black lipstick and slicked hair pulled back into frizzy ponytails  displayed conservative high necklines, loose fit shorts and midi-dresses. Although Laricks has cleary mastered an androgynous aesthetic, she still seemed to be struggling with incorporating femininity into her pieces. Some models seemed to drown in shapeless shift dresses and  baggy rompers. The collection could certainly have also done without a dowdy and bulky skirt-pant that cropped above the ankle. But the grade school teached-turned-designer did achieve a alluring balance with a few pieces. For example, a beautiful white organza maxi dress layered with a silk charmeuse slip lent a romantic touch. A tangerine collared dress in organza and silk added a much welcomed burst of color toLarick’s otherwise monochromatic choice of black, white and pale yellow. And one could just imagine the perfectly cut navy blue organza/silk playsuit on a Hollywood starlet. Clearly Laricks’ talent rests in having created a strong brand identity anchored by genderless garments, like the ones that made her a reality TV retail “fashion star.” But in the real world, there are no VIP retailer judges on stage critiquing garments and tweaking details to make them easier to digest for the mass market. This is Fashion Week and all training wheels are off. Perhaps, Laricks could have benefited from a friendly reminder that at the end of the day her menswear-influenced garments still must be wearable by women who also seek to embrace their feminine side, not hide it.

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Win tickets to our NYFW event Dore Designs Spring 2013

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This NYFW Spring 2013, 5 lucky Women’s Mafia members have the chance to win  tickets for the Dore Design fashion show and after-party on September 12th.
Write to rsvp@yellowskyagency.com with the subject “Win Dore” to be entered in the contest! A limited number of tickets will also be available for sale if you don’t win. Respond by September 6th for your chance to be at New York Fashion Week!

Dore Designs Spring 2013  –  Wednesday September 12th at 7pm.
ARENA, 135 West 41st Street, between 6th and Broadway

Dore Designs has long been the leading purveyor of the finest couture ballroom dance gowns in the United States and is now launching their evening gown collection. Dore Designs can be seen on the amazing young dancers of the reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on the global stage in national and international dance competitions.  Dore Designs and CEO / Head Designer Dawn Smart are bringing haute couture to American shores with striking custom made gowns, which are highly coveted by ballroom dance champions and private clients alike.

In keeping with the French tradition of haute couture each Dore Design garment is an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore Design garments are produced in jersey, crepe, silk, elastin and various types of Swarovski crystals or hand painting for glamorous embellishments. Gowns are all draped and hand crafted for a stunningly singular look that allows the wearer to feel confident, comfortable and elegant.


NYFW: Cynthia Rowley SS12

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By Melissa Moschitto
The liquid gold runway at the Cynthia Rowley show was an apt metaphor for her Spring/Summer 2012 line.  The collection was fluid and playful, with one magnificently created piece flowing seamlessly into the next. The key motif for the evening was floral, from intricate patterns etched in gold to vibrant, colorful illustrations.  The color palette was primarily blues, yellow, black, white and gold with an occasional splash of aubergine, orange or red for contrast.  Models were styled with long textured, carefree hair and fresh faces, a clean look on which to display the dynamic collection. Accessories were not necessary – aside from the wild and whimsical gold shoes and the poppy alt-punk soundtrack at the show.

From sleek printed leggings in the suiting collection to a flowing mid-thigh skirt paired with a structured neutral sweater, the lush prints and patterns kept reappearing in varying formation, offering many surprises in this modern and forward-thinking collection.  My personal favorite was an exquisite black structured dress emblazoned with a lacy gold pattern – divine!  Cynthia Rowley is able to transcend place and position with her lush designs and it will be exciting to see what influence she has on the upcoming season.

My only quibble?  Within the bevy of models, there was only one Black model and one Asian model.  I hope in future collections, Ms. Rowley’s models will be as diverse as her design.

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Ports 1961 Fall/Winter 2010

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by Elisha Dang and Sonja Leix

The Fall/Winter 2010 collection, by Tia Cibani, consisted of a palette of delicious colors that included mulberry, chickory, clover and ginger, to name a few. Combinations of silk, leather, chiffon, tweed and knits created gorgeous silhouettes with unusual shapes that accented the female body beautifully.

Inspired by the theme of past meets future, it’s easy see how Cibani combined classic styles with a futuristic look throughout the collection. A unique combination of draped fabrics, embellishments, and accessories portrayed her theme perfectly.

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