PH5 is a New York City based advanced contemporary womenswear label founded by Wei Lin in 2014. Designed by Parsons-trained Mijia Zhang and backed by a solid knitwear manufacturer, PH5 redefines knitwear by adding colorful and playful techniques. To meet the needs of a generation of creatives, PH5 offers innovative knit and knit-woven garments that reflect a sense of individualistic and cool sophisticated personality. Their inspiration this season is artificial flowers and focuses on human influence and manipulation of nature. Inspired by the works of Mark Quinn, Thomas Stim and Dieter Huber, their SS 18 presentation pushed boundaries against the relentless desire in us all to control nature through fashion and beauty. The models were diverse, a mix of body types, ages, and heights (yay), there was even a male model. Can you tell which one? This collection I found to be very beautiful.
CAFA 2016 Womenswear Designer of the Year winner Greta Constantine is an accessible luxury line of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong have quickly accumulated a clientele comprised of international socialites and celebrities alike. The SS 18 presentation pleasantly surprised me as I know their work and this was something quite different from what they normally do. 80s disco-glam inspired sequins with pops of neon, big hoop earrings, and fierce stiletto nails. The inevitable product of their focus on the female form is design emboldened by sexuality. And you can definitely say this collection is ultra-sexy, glamorous and fun. Truly effortless with modern sensibility,. The glitterati have arrived!
Noon By Noor is a Bahrain based womenswear label founded in 2008 by designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa. Cousins and friends since childhood, they studied Fashion Design in the United States and after graduating, returned to Bahrain to bring their vision to life. Modern and effortless with a focus on striking prints and intricate embellishments, Noon By Noor’s refined aesthetic fuses understated luxury with a playful femininity. Inspiration is drawn from both Eastern and Western influences with an emphasis on sharp tailoring, clean silhouettes and attention to detail. What I loved most about their SS 18 collection was the input of color! More especially, red. This trend will be hot, hot, hot - from head to toe!
Well-dressed women worldwide continue to flock to the brand’s new designs that are both modern and fresh. First Lady Michelle Obama, Octavia Spencer, Kate Hudson, Miranda Kerr, and Katy Perry are all fans of the line. The inspiration behind Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji's SS 18 Collection 'Golden State of Mind' was the pure bliss of the West Coast. It was a wonderful blend of bohemian and luxury, and being it was the first time seeing this designer, I was so in love with the collection. Everything was so well-made right down to the set design. Stay tuned for a lot more upcoming NYFW content! I'm even working on a vlog this season! Coming soon... :)