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NEW YORK – the retail game in conjunction with high fashion is a tricky thing these days. as often seen here, there is an entire fashion roster of talents ranging from models to stylists, editors & creative directors. while the name reed krakoff might not ring a bell instantly, despite mentions praise of his work here; you’ve seen his work whether you knew it or not. most visible is krakoff’s work with leather goods company coach. with reported revenue of $3.23 billion in 2009; coach has managed to become a mainstay in the accessories market with their handbags while also extending furhter out into timepieces, sunglasses, scarves & fragrances. krakoff’s eye is seen clearly through his own namesake lable which takes the same design basis of coach & turns the luxury appeal way up while expanding beyond the confines of accessories & stretches through womenswear.

as a creative force in american fashion, krakoff has served as vice president for the council of fashion designers of america (CFDA) & has been awarded twice for his outstanding work in accessories. krakoff’s excellence in handbag design are evident when looking at his collections & an expansion of his eye is thoughtfully translated in his clothes. as a multi-talent of true vision, krakoff is also a photographer & his artistic taste is on a level all it’s own. as one of my absolute favorites in american design, reed presents yet another incredibly strong & distinct set of designs for the pre-fall season. what i love of fall is the depth of the collection palettes & those bases were covered within this set while particular attention was paid to relaxed silhouettes & strict lines. beautiful green accents drove the collections appeal over the edge for me as the palette blossomed from a set of stoned greys to an overwhelmingly chic set of green dresses, magazine clutches & a matching jacket & skirted leather look.

balanced with powdered salmon tones & a bit of oatmeal, the collection was beautifully sequenced & blew me away, even in the pre-season. upon discovering krakoff’s work on the runways of new york fashion week, i am continually inspired by his clean & modern approach to female style & his effortless ability to bring function & fashion together in such a chic manner. from palette to silhouette, considering tailoring & overall vision as a collection- i love this, completely. a stunning prelude to the fall season & another great addition to reed’s growing archives. incredible use of python & leather, sick bags, chic sheer & a dope balance along the line that separates masculinity & femininity. again, one of my favorite designers in america right now. [source]

spring collections twelve overview: new york

given the recent events, i’ve been a little more hesitant to post here. with the response of my last post, i really want to remain in that lane. for a long time i’ve been, in some ways, removed from what i was writing about, observing from the outside in. but this season, im gonna to make a greater effort to inject a much more personalized writing style into what is seen here. in others, much more of a selective presence will be seen. more in-depth pieces, much more discussion of what influences me will be presented as well. i do find it important to maintain a mystique & while some aspects will remain untouched, a much more thoughtful set of actions will serve as the foundation for what i am looking to represent, not as a blogger, but as a writer. i don’t feel that the title of ‘blogger’ is even large or well defined enough to hold all of what i feel i have to contribute. as the self proclaimed, face of fashion blogging- my aim was never to fit into this confined catagory of new talent but to re-emerge as how this shit should be done after seeing the lame ass approach taken by others- less creative, less original & less thoughtful than myself. keeping in mind the response i’ve been able to generate through the screen; i still don’t feel that i’ve done half of the vision i have in my mind. i will always be about beauty, art & creative transcendence- i represent a new breed.

fashion in new york city is cancerous. that shit spreads every year more & more with designers from around the globe all trying to crack the industry. it’s amazing though, one season you could be doing a presentation & the next season you’re at the lincoln center as one of the huge shows. america has always represented opportunity & in new york, especially in fashion, this is very evident. considering the expansion of the asian market & the exclusivity of the european market- new york is really the only other option for young designers. editors, stylists & miscellaneous fashion spectators will tell you- new york fashion week is pandemonium. you basically go from one location to the next sometimes across the city. im all about loving clothes & admiring design or being infatuated with glamour but that shit is tiring. even in managing your calender, when RSVP’ing it’s easy to double book a show or to miss something because you thought it was an hour later than it was actually scheduled. coordination is vital & im not talking about your outfit. all bullshit aside, the SS12 fashion season in new york brought a slew of new designers & our beloved veterans to the limelight. floral print, stunning solids & an army of style awaited in the form of runway shows & presentations. this season, i’ve decided to change up the way i cover runway. while i like looking & posting collection by collection- much like running around in the city to attend shows, yes, that shit is also tiring. by the fifth collection everything starts to look the same & the trends of the season are burned onto your brain. each fashion capital will have it’s own recap- first up, of course, is new york. in the grime of the city, florals & bold tones hit the runways, marking the direction of next spring.

so much of me has struggled with the idea of flipping the script. im always very wary about what you guys are receptive to but then i stopped & remembered one day- this is jeremydante.com! meaning, some form of personalization is allowed & in many ways accepted. watching rachel zoe re-runs today, she said, “fashion is subjective” & oddly, a text conversation with a model friend of mine in new york city seen the same line uttered, “fashion is subjective.” now, being mindful of the words we use in big & small instances- definitions are something i look at throughout the day, even if i already know the meaning of the word. i find that this constant reminding or clarification is what keeps you sharp. subjective is defined as “pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subect rather than to the object of thought. placing excessive emphasis on one’s own moods, attitudes, opinions”. basically, fashion is different for every person. for me, as evident through my own blog design- im receptive & most responsive to clean structure. whether we’re talking about my stack of vogue issues categorized by month or we’re talking about how i make notes for the seasonal trends- im just that way; i like order. that same discipline that is rooted to my upbringing is reflected in what i wear & define as ‘style’. now style is also subjective- the shit i think is cute you might think is ugly. but that’s fine. i’ve picked a few collections to reference for the new york recap & will provide an overview of my personal selections as well as trends.

personally, im a thorough minimalist- in every sense. my idea of personalizing something is to strip it down to it’s bare essentials. a lot of designers in america have also adapted their design approach to this concept. houses like calvin klein, philip lim, elie tahari, theysken’s theory & rachel zoe had some of the greatest minimalist influence this season. the 3.1 philip lim collection was one of my favorites in new york this season, as i loved the use of clean lines & sculpted silhouettes. in palette, the collection hosted an array of pastels which was a bit unexpected given that many other labels went for much more bold color picks. proenza schouler is another of my favorites out of new york but this season, they were slightly off. i loved the use of layering & the deconstruction of some silhouettes but all in all, i’ve loved many of their past collections much more. that said, i appreciate them changing their direction up a bit. my favorite of new york in totality for the SS12 season? theysken’s theory- without a doubt. the effortless cool of his designs, the flawless movement of the silhouettes- it was all done in a way that seemed to fit stylishly but organically as well. when looking at collections, i like to observe natural progression; considering what the designer has done in the past season & contrasting that to what he/she has done in the new season. olivier theyskens, whom is the head designer of the collection- is one of fashion’s most creative & im more than excited to see that his design genius has been well placed at theory. overall, this season was fair. nothing beyond spectacular was seen.

some ways to incorporate trend, without completely jumping shit on ship in terms of your own style; is by incorporating colors from the runway. this season, it seemed like a race of the color wheel. at the front end of the race, it seemed as though pink would be the front runner as runway shows by jason wu, badgley mischka & thakoon all showcased shades of pink. in addition, collections revealed in presentation format- jenni kayne, the gap & j. crew also included pink in their palettes. spring is often associated with color, as it mirrors much of the weather forecast. in my own observation, the runway was filled with yellow. a variety of shades was seen while i was most impressed by the use of yellow by another new york designer favorite of mine, reed krakoff. pale tones of yellow were seen as krakoff’s love for simplicity & sheer style were well represented on the runway. donna karan added yellow accessories & dresses to the trend report as did elie tahari, rodarte, derek lam & michael kors.

print was by far the biggest creative force on the runway, as many designers were able to showcase the design addition in a number of much more personalized ways. one aspect i love about show season is seeing how each designer interprets the trends. print in particular is interesting- while it can be served up in a number of ways, it can also be deconstructed or reworked season after season; moving far beyond trend. with the right design sensibility the right type or print can transcend into timeless style. iconic american designers donna karan & michael kors created more tribal collections for the spring 2012 season, as warm earth toned palettes were the base of animal print & even some forms of tie die. while most collections adapted printed design works to dresses, michael angel flipped the script & created printed coats for his collection, which i loved. jason wu & preen also took floral variations to the runway this season. surprisingly, i had expected designer thakoon to remain rested in a space of design minimalism, especially considering the effortlessness that is associated with spring. his collection was largely based on print & a bold palette was seen, to match. i appreciated the opposition, but did not find very many pieces i loved. while print can be great & provide a bit of flash in classically styled looks, it can also become easily overwhelming when paired with other pieces that appear ‘busy’. new york based label, nicole miller took another chance on the runway, continuing with her use of print that we seen slightly from her fall collection. her use of print was along the lines of thakoon, in that the collection came off as too busy or chaotic to be considered fresh. the nicole miller brand is one of intense interest for me. while i applaud the labels strategy to become much more young, the direction, season after season, seems forced. it’s almost as if the designs are adapted to the thought of what is ‘considered cool’ rather than creating something that is organically stylish, or undisputedly classic. i find that the greatest style moments often happen by accident & it’s best to not overthink it, rather than letting it flow. that said, print will be on the racks come spring 2012 & the way each designer interprets this trend, not to mention how you precieve it, is all subjective. what’s dope about print is that there are a large number of variations on the market already & come spring, an army of options will be available. fashion is what you make it; wear what you want.

in the past couple of seasons, we’ve seen 90’s style hold a greater amount of influence on the runway. this season, that same influence still seems to live on. while a large part of me is very much about simplicity, my personal taste in terms of palette can be boring in ways. while i gasped at the design simplicity & clean design lines muted in color, i was very much responsive to the amount of bold solids that hit the runway. i was incredibly inspired by the womenswear collection presented by yigal azrouël this season. beautiful use of color & the right amount of cleanliness for my inner minimalist to be satisfied, the azrouël collection served modern style vividly. the further we progress as a stylized nation, its interesting to see how silhouettes change. from body conscious to intentionally relaxed, it’s fun to see which shapes you’ll see. one aspect i’ve envied of women is the option to just throw on a dress. during hot weather, girls can throw on one piece & look stunning, while men are stuck having to pair of pants or shorts & then have to choose a top. this one piece, solid color look was powerfully present on the runway as designers like jenni kayne, derek lam & rachel roy created vibrance for the spring season. it’s always nice to add a shot of color into your wardrobe. be mindful of what colors look best on you & compliment your skin tone, hair color or even your eyes. greater style exists in greater moments of restraint- in other words, don’t over do it.

i think i’ve said it more than enough in this post alone, im naturally drawn to simplicity. this season, i noticed a lot of white but did not want to allow myself to be so immediately drawn to what feels so natural to me. i think white, of all the colors, is always stunning. it’s no secret that i go out of my way to represent models of color, considering i am of color. against brown skin, white is beyond stunning. accented by feathers or designed dramatically sleek with modern edge, white spilled onto the runways, elegantly & effortlessly chic. white is so easy because, no matter how it’s worn, it’s simple & fresh. in what i’ve described as american couture, marchesa continued to dominate with grace this season- creating a collection that was poetic, elegant & in it’s own lane in terms of trend. i don’t think it’s even necessary for people to talk about white or black as a trend- it’s there all the time, regardless of the season. i do, however, feel the need to point out elements that stand out to me & white was just one of those things this summer. granted, if we see white on the runway for the fall collections, it will be just as stunning to me. the row presented an all-white collection in hopes of presenting something ‘breath taking’ – in short, it worked. while i was impressed particularly by the effort of design that was presented, i was impressed with the direction. it showed that both mary-kate & ashley are mindful of being perceived as true designers & not simple ambassadors of trend. i always look for designers that can either represent trend well or defy it with ease. included amidst metallic footwear, white can be worn in a number of ways & is an instant show stopper every time.

taking into consideration the number of shows that i was lucky enough to receive an invite to; i was hoping that my content would be much more greatly shaped around those shows. though my attendance did not go as planned for the SS12 season, i am hoping that i will gain a better creative opportunity to cover shows the way i see in my mind; which allows you as the reader to be immersed in the creative process & not overwhelmed by scenarios of politics & impure fashion perceptions. while new york has wrapped for this season, london along with paris & milan still await. while london fashion week is in progress; i have been watching the shows & taking greater moments to soak in each designer’s vision. i will be writing about each fashion capital, as each wraps. in gratitude, i thank all of you who share this love of fashion with me & enjoy the aspects of what fashion truly is. beyond how thriving an industry it is, or whether or not we understand the financial jargon that has now enveloped it; you & i are the ones who make fashion real. there is no me without you & for that i am forever grateful.

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collection images: reed krakoff, resort

i’ve greatly admired the accessory designs of reed krakoff & have been waiting to see how much more stylized development would be seen for krakoff’s womenswear designs. for the 2012 resort pre-season, it seems as though that development is steadily in place. the collection closely mirrors what we see in krakoff’s stunning handbags- vibrant colors, a minimal aesthetic. overall, the collection is perfectly modern & holds the right amount of classical appeal while not isolating the trendy from the more sophisticated types that live & die in high end fashion. in palette, the collection began as a cool set of cobalt blue, which writhed into a set of green & boiled to a final set of red looks. a promising set for the pre-season & i can’t wait to see what is presented for new york fashion week, not to mention my anticipation for a debut krakoff advertising campaign.

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redefining american style: reed krakoff

reed krakoff is an emerging design talent who has been more visible than you think. While some are just now discovering krakoff, his stint as creative director at accessories giant, coach, has been a driving force behind the company’s rebranding & reintroduction to modern day fashion markets. during krakoff’s reign at coach for the last 10 years, his vision has allowed the signature “C” logo of the brand to become undeniably more visible, being the second most popular to louis vuitton signature LV monogram. krakoff’s attention to detail & frame of reference concerning clean style has managed to find a second home, in the form of krakoff’s namesake collection which is now entering the high fashion stratosphere. in design, krakoff displays a love for simplicity & striking design, with handbags only being the tip of the iceberg for his own burgeoning fashion empire. with of ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes & jewelry design- krakoff, i assure you, will be the name to know in the next year.

with more than 20 years in the fashion industry under his belt, krakoff graduated from parson’s new school of design & has already been awarded the CFDA for best accessories design; for his work with coach, twice. previous to his work at coach, krakoff was Senior designer in design & merchandising at polo/ralph lauren & spent three years working at tommy hilfiger, leading to his work with the brand as their chief marketing officer. with an aesthetic that is described as the, “new class of modern luxury in american fashion”, krakoff presents more than a few handsomely chic women’s bags that are able to fit a range of female consumers. krakoff’s boxer bag is his headlining piece & comes in an array of colors & textures; allowing each bag to take on it’s own individually stylish qualities. lavish materials, sensibly chic use of color, mindful references of trend & outstanding attention to timeless style are all elements seen & felt in the designs of reed krakoff. ranking as the no. 48 most influential person working in fashion today, krakoff has fully demonstrated an incredible amount of talent & accomplishment; being profiled by TIME magazine he was praised for his ability to “turn a stodgy american brand into a global fashion status symbol.” whether a classic hobo style, the cadet handbag or the 510 bag, reed krakoff is a designer to know for the future. his introductory work with coach speaking loudly on it’s own, without a shadow of a doubt, the name of reed krakoff will only become more largely focused upon in due time. With a stunning runway collection that appeared on the runways of new york fashion week, krakoff is off to an enormously beautiful start, full of fashion promise & legitimate skilled experience. what i love most about krakoff’s approach is the hard hitting influence of simplicity. you can see his vision through his work with coach & with his name sake label you are able to feel an enriched sense of design with a heightened approach to accessories & american style. personally, this is the design that i am about- it’s clean, classic & striking. reed krakoff is my favorite american designer of the moment & i greatly admire his efforts of redefinition, as an american. don’t say i didn’t tell you so.

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fall collections, new york: reed krakoff

as the creative director of coach, not many are aware of the designer known as reed krakoff. since my discovery of his namesake designer collection, based in new york, i’ve been consistently impressed with krakoff’s approach to design & admire his clean aesthetic. soft architectural lines were complimented to subtle use of print, metallics, satin, leather & fur. i love the collections coats & am very impressed by the new methods of construction within the set- innovation is matched perfectly to classical elements while both blend well perfectly. as a minimalist myself, i love this collection for it’s undeniable style. from elegant formal looks in the form of gowns to the chic casual styles presented in the form of knitwear; a wide range of looks is seen. with kasia struss closing & opening the show, jacquelyn jablonski, jourdan dunn, ajak deng, karolina kurkova, alla kostromichova, aline weber, anais mali, ming xi & sigrid agren were also among this season’s cast.

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collection images: reed krakoff, pre-fall

hushed tones normally seen for the spring were seen in the refreshingly minimal reed krakoff pre-fall collection for 2011. reed krakoff is actually the creative director of coach & designs for both companies simultaneously. his approach to design, free from the heavy logoing we most commmonly see at coach, is astoundingly beautiful & understated elegance. use of suede, leather & metallic snakeskin were all seen throughout the collection, which proved to be a fresh take on the fall pre-season. relaxed silhouettes, layering & slices of color blocking were seen- which i really loved. overall, the set is strong granted the current direction of many major fashion houses of the current time. a progressive set with strong direction.

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