LOUIS VUITTON – VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ // Exclusive Review

 

This is my second experience visiting a Louis Vuitton exhibitions. The first time was in Los Angeles in 2015, which seems to be so long ago in the fast pace market of fashion. That exhibition blew my mind in the fact that such a traditional brand from the 1800s could transcend itself in an exhibit encompassing multimedia elements floating above an antique steamer trunk. This exhibition ran from October 27th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018.

The exhibition in NYC also did not disappoint. With multimedia elements along side the traditional curated “museum” style collection, but focused more on the traditional side, somewhat fitting for the Eastcoast clientele. It was presented in a Wall Street neighborhood across the street from the Trinity Church.

It seemed as though we were in a traditional brownstone walk up to some degree, because of the multi-floor instillation. The exhibition begins with a moving train of the NYC subway covered in LV graffiti, then goes into a more tradition museum like gallery.

Standouts among the exhibition was the vintage train car with video windows of the country side as mannequins are adorned with vintage LV. This brings the collection full circle from the modern subway to the vintage train car.

LV is a master at not only the longevity of a luxury brand, but embracing contemporary elements while staying true to the history of the brand. One example of this is the use of the Capital V logo that originated, “More than 100 years ago the CAPITAL V, originally belonged to Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the grandson of Louis. Regarded as the visionary of the family, Gaston-Louis made this letter,” according to the Louis Vuitton website.

Another example is the recent collaboration with streetwear label Supreme. One of the stand out items especially for kids that skate, like my 13 year old son, is the skateboard retailing for a staggering $68,500 USD.

Business of Fashion describes, the world’s most elite luxury houses, like Louis Vuitton, have driven strong financial results by creating iconic products as high price points, which, paired with elaborate marketing campaigns. With streetwear designers on the rise especially with millennials and heritage luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton embracing not only their history but the future, the fashion environment continues to push the boundaries while staying true to their roots.

A Place In The Woods // Exclusive Editorial

Photographer: Malcolm X Johnson
Wardrobe Stylist: Stacy Ellen
Makeup Artist: Justin Patterson
Model: Tara Heal
Wardrobe: Knitty KittyCouture Mask

I Was Dancing // Exclusive Editorial

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR|STORY|STYLING: Stacy Ellen
PHOTOGRAPHER: Dale Marks
MAKEUP|HAIR: Krisi Vaughn
MODEL: Unique Jenkins

The latest collection from Mondo Guerra has been described by his publicist, Richard Galvin of Galvin PR as a “cleansing” of the designers palette. Guerra’s all white collection has a breath of heavenly spirit at the same time displaying his great sense of detail.

Guerra, an alumni of the “Project Runway” competition is originally from Denver, CO and recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY. His depute on the popular fashion competition show was on season 8, where Guerra finished as runner up, he also appeared on the “All Stars” competition which he won.

Looking back on Guerra’s earlier designs, he is the master of using unusual color, texture and patterns to create unique pieces that work. As described in an “Access Hollywood” story, “Guerra created a collection based on therapy with the reoccurrence of designs inspired by the Rorschach inkblot test.” Not all designer’s can accomplish this task with mastery, but Guerra does.

The latest collection from Mondo Guerra tells a different story. One of cleansing, rebirth possibly, simplicity, with detailed accoutrements such as the use of lucite triangle plates that adorn dresses and skirts from this collection.

According the “Fab Fashion Report,” Guerra, “His new collection is sold at Neiman Marcus, [he] became a milliner’s apprentice, a NYC junior wear company’s designer, and a costume designer. The article also goes on to say, “The AIDS/HIV activist also has an eyewear collection called SEE Eyewear.

For more information visit Mondo Guerra

 

WATER & POWER // Exclusive Editorial

 

By Stacy Ellen
Photography Vince Tabora
Hair & Makeup by Krisi Vaughn
Model Anneka Tabone

Showing his collection for the first time in the United States is designer Juan Pablo Martinez at the Moda 360 international show in Los Angeles, California. His collection catches my eye right away with its classic lines, impeccable tailoring and edgy detailing of metal studs and zippers.

Juan Pablo Martinez appears to be a British gent as he introduces himself to me, as I mention this observation, he says, “My grandfather was from the UK.” He is dressed in an impeccably tailored suit, wearing sophisticated wire rim spectacles.

The AUTUMN WINTER 2016-17 COLLECTION is fittingly named MILITARY VS. HEAVY METAL which works perfectly with the location for this editorial shoot. “Water and Power” was shot on location at the pool that wraps around the LADWP building in downtown Los Angeles as well as the metal sculptured structure of the Disney Concert Hall. Martinez describes his love of the music genre of Heavy Metal as part of his inspiration for this collection. Interpretation of the words “heavy metal” can mean many things as displayed even in this article.

As I take a closer look at his womenswear collection, Martinez’s hang tags, display the dedication he has as a designer to not only use materials that are Eco friendly but also his collection is produced mainly from local artisans in his native land of Columbia.

For instance, the “TANK DRESS” was hand knitted by Yessenia Rodriguez, from end of the roll cotton fabric. Another example of this consciousness to the environment is Martinez’s use of “zero waste” 100% local wool fabric and satin short huipil sourced from the last rolls of Columbian factories before they closed due to unfair competition from Chinese suppliers.

This is a testament that not only the United States has participated in non-fair trade deals, which ultimately effects not only the country as a whole but the people that strive to making a living as well.

The “DOUBLE BREASTED VEST” was hand knitted by Erika Marin, a young artist from Zipaquira, Columbia. Showing again the strength and integrity it takes to be a conscious design that employees people which deserve to make a fair living. Yet again another example of this consciousness to Eco friendly design is in the “MILITARY INSPIRED WHITE SHIRT” made from recycled cotton + pet in Envigado, Columbia with Tagua buttons, sown individually with cotton thread by local homeworkers.

As stated in Martinez’s bio on his Not Just A Label profile, “It seems like a lot of ideas for a small collection, but it´s just the drive and the need to push forward that I have as a fashion designer.”

With all this said, the collection encompasses must have staple pieces with a modern edge to anyones wardrobe and it doesn’t hurt that the pieces are so lovingly made as well.

For more information on Juan Pablo Martinez, please visit the prestigious website showcasing independent designers Not Just A Label 

 

 

NYFW:Men // Style Exclusive

NYFW: Men 2016:

With menswear sales surpassing womenswear in recent years according to, “EDITED” it’s no wonder that NYFW: Men’s 2016 shows were the hot ticket for February.

EDITED goes on to describe, “There is a generational shift in which consumers are becoming incredibly image-conscious, this translates into shoppers favoring retailers stocking wares aligned with what is being shown on the runway.” There are many independent designers that are doing just that at moderate prices.

PLAC: NYFW- FW16

The trend that seems to be permitting the fw16 menswear collection shown in New York this season is turn of the century 1910s to the Great Depression of Americana. This season seems to take from years gone past and interpret it in a truly nostalgic version of military/utilitarian with a unisex silhouette.

MaxnChester: NYFW-FW16

 

WWD describes Max ‘n Chester, “The collection was inspired by the sophistication of Twenties pre-war Italy.” The modern tailoring and esthetics makes collection such as, Max ‘n Chester, Matiere, Hvrminn, Loris Diran and PLAC, must haves for anyone looking to incorporate runway fashion into their everyday wardrobe.

 

Matiere: NYFW-FW16

Media influences such as i-D magazine reiterates, this “High Street-style” by saying, “the concept of shoppable runways emerges.” With many unisex pieces throughout incorporating the ongoing trend of military influence in a utilitarian high street-style application.

American menswear is borrowing from previous decades much like womenswear has for many years. It’s no wonder that menswear has been out performing womenswear in resent years with this traditional, but undated, sophisticated silhouettes that are always timeless and cutting edge at the same time.

With millennials, baby boomers and everyone in between craving runway fashions that are available direct to market, NYFW: Men doesn’t disappoint and fashion forward men will be clambering for these latest styles before the FW16 season commences.

Photo Credits: NYFW:Men PR Companies