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fall collections, new york: prabal gurung

as karlie kloss opened the show, the FW11 direction taken by prabal gurung was instantly felt & greatly represented. a rich series red looks ensued the runways as black & white entered the collection palette. unexpectedly chic dipped furs were seen alongside sheer textiles, beautiful use of leather & impressively intricate details which broke some of the strict sophistication up a bit. deconstructed necklines, wide legged trousers & slim tailored looks were seen as well as the models walked with bold brows & multi-layered nylon stockings. as the collection progressed the palette cooled to grey & eventually to white, as shades of neutral swelled to pink; leading to beautifully beaded gowns that closed the show. creatively, the collection makes a promising mark for the FW11 season & further proves the talent & skill of prabal gurung, who has had quite the buzz in new york fashion circles both this year & last. as stunning as the show itself, the gurung girls of the fall season included, frida gustavsson, ming xi, liu wen, alla kostromichova, our beloved joan smalls, jacquelyn jablonski, patricia van de vliet, anais mali, hanne gaby odiele, valerija kelava, jourdan dunn, fei fei sun & constance jablonski in addition to this season’s opener, previously mentioned, ms. kloss. a beautiful collection of thoughtful & powerful details, a stunning approach to the fall.

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fall collections, new york: rag + bone

barbaric chic mixed with a bit a varsity cheerleader & a bit of new age  marching band were the insanely creative concepts i felt from the rag & bone womenswear collection this fall. from the first look the collection wasted no time projecting a visually stunning vision that really blew my mind. though a bit more wild compared to some of the american designer labels that have opted for more conservative or refined direction, the rag & bone collection achieved it’s goal in presenting a refreshing take on the fall with fur sleeves, stylish layering, leather pants, geometic color blocking, plaid & even padded leggings. i was very inspired by how wild & tamed the concepts were- very creative & outrageously innovative. in cast, valerija kelava opened the show while liu wen, karmen pedaru, joan smalls, fei fei sun, jacquelyn jablonski, lindsey wixson, edita vilkevicute, sigrid agren, anais mali, hanne gaby odiele, jac walked as arizona muse closed. everything from military style coats were seen alongside ponchos. a super stunning collection of imaginative design & exciting execution. fearless & fashionable all at once.

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fall collections, new york: jason wu

stunned completely, the jason wu collection presented in new york was american couture. incredibly refined down to the last thread, jaw dropping by cast- every aspect of what a runway show should be was seen in this collection. im am beyond astounded at what was created by wu this season, given my initial hesitation at his development early on. wu’s interpretation of sophistication is at it’s peak this season as refined use of lace, metallics & feathers are seen. an all star cast including an opening daphne groenveld that followed sigrid agren, karmen pedaru, ming xi, rose cordero, hanne gaby odiele, fei fei sun, liu wen, jacquelyn jablonski, alla kostromichova, valerija kelava, lindsey wixson, anais mali, barbara plavin, frida gustavsson, joan smalls & karlie kloss with a final look worn by ms. jourdan dunn. based on design aesthetic alone, this collection is a clean cut winner- the cast drives that victory to the next level. the collections palette consisted of black & soft neutrals, with shots of blue, red, yellow & grey coats which were seen at the entrance of the set. i love, love, love this collection & am standing on my feet in applause for the vitality that is seen displayed as the vision of jason wu. new york fashion week just keeps getting better & better- this collection, is the best of the season thus far. an astounding show of sharp tailoring & gorgeous gowns.

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fall collections, new york: peter som

sophisticated style was presented with metallic accents in the form of the FW11 peter som womenswear collection. less than perfect beehives sat atop the models heads as they walked down the runway clad in well tailored dresses, formal pants looks & floor length gowns. much of the collection, stylistically, reminded me of oscar de la renta- it’s that same approach to dressing women that is so timeless. with a palette consisting of cameos of orange, red, blue, grey & black- the collection is one of solid direction & promising concepts. strong not only in design direction but in cast, as anais mali walked alongside tao okamoto, ming xi, valerija kelava & rose cordero. i loved the use of fur on some of the collections coats & while i readily identify a likeness to oscar de la renta’s design style, i also admire the sense of youth seen in the clothes- though classic, the concepts aren’t dated & are given a slight tinge of modernization, which will only enhance the som labels marketability.  

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fall shwpckg: ford models, new york

as one of the most prominent agencies in fashion, ford models has represented some of the baddest females in fashion for over years. karmen pedaru, anais mali, valerija kelava, ming xi, rose cordero, alana zimmer, tao okamoto, hanne gaby odiele, anna jagodzinska, julia hafstrom & crystal renn have dominated the world of high fashion in editorial & through campaign bookings in the past five years. for the fall show season, im anticipating seeing all of these females in the biggest & best shows of new york fashion week. established in 1946, by eileen & the late gerard w. ford, ford models has offices in miami, san francisco, toronto & chicago while representing men, women, children & artists alike. under the direction of paul rowland, the ford agency has gone though a modern make over providing a much more edgy model option to brands & luxury clients in fashion.

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valerija kelava for jil sander navy, spring

in allowing fashion to become more wide spread & available to all, many designer labels are resorting to other opportunities to produce moderately priced goods on the heels of retailers like H&M, zara & forever 21. the jil sander solution to this issue is the release of jil sander navy, which is a lower-priced capsule collection that is an additional component to the jil sander empire. through the lens of david sims, the debut campaign for the capsule collection stars ford model, valerija kelava. seen in black & white with a bold red backdrop, the image showcases that the price tag won’t affect the creative worth of the collection through advertising. while i personally associate hard core simplicity with the jil sander label, the image speaks to me, stylistically. thought not completely polished, there is a feel of organized chaos that i love with this campaign. great execution.

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editorialesque » valerija kelava for italian vogue

represented by ford models, valerija kelava appears editorially for the october issue of italian vogue. shot by paolo roversi, kelava showcases depth through image & styling. with styling by jacob k., the spread is expectedly poetic with the involvement of roversi & kelava shines as a prominent face in fashion’s modern age. it’s interesting to contrast the physical appearance of kelava with the supermodel icons who rose to fame during the early 1990’s. as the supermodel era continued & seemingly lost steam; a new breed of females entered the game ushered in by kate moss who paved the way for the heroine chic model movement. aesthetic beauty became much more interesting & almost an opposition the of the commercial beauty we became accustomed to during the reign of linda evangelista, naomi campbell & christy turlington. i love the spread & can always appreciate a shift in stereotypical behavior. kelava ranks no. 20 within the top 50 female models in fashion.

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