By Arnoldas Smitas (NYC)
The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD), in collaboration with iFashion Network presented several showcases during New York Fashion Week (NYFW), including a collective showcase on September 10th in support of four US based and international designers, Fesvedy, Frances Jerard, Mikelsen and Samantha Leibowitz. Fashion Bloc New York contributor Arnoldas Smitas brings you the insights from a collective show.
A compact show, among the big names at NYFW, still attracted major media titles and well-known fashion editors from international Vogue editions, such as Vogue Brasil or popular contemporary titles such as Popsugar.
Our eyes were set on the Georgian fashion brand Fesvedy. The designer stood out with a collection featuring traditional Georgian prints and textile that was produced in-house, in her Georgian studio. The overall look of the collection embraces Georgian culture and history.
“I’m from Georgia, my collection is about Georgia. It’s inspired by the ornaments, cracks in the walls and frescos of the 12th century Georgia when kings and royals wore clothes based on their family culture and traditions.” Fesvedy (Georgia)
“Why not live and dress your life at the full[est]. That’s what my clothes are about. About making people happy. About wearing a color. I only had one black item. I love pushing boundaries with the combinations and collection colors. Life to me is about color.” Frances Jerrard (New Zealand)
“I travel a lot in Europe and when [you] see those elements in Paris [and] Amsterdam it drives you to think about the things [that] are glittery, gold, royal and maybe contemporary. I like to put a twist [of] minimalism into it. The main idea is to be minimal and at the same time elegant.” MIKELSEN (US)
“Our collection is al about texture. We have black, ivory, white denim and metal fabrics that are silver. We wanted to bring [together] all different quilts and textures that have been inspired by all the different areas of the New York City” Samatha Leibowitz (US)
In between the shows we also managed to witness a political statement. With a current political situation in America, with no surprise came a demonstration from DACA (the DREAM act) protecting undocumented migrants who were brought to the US as children. It seems that anti-Trump agenda is present throughout the country, across the industries.
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