Nov. 6, 2015
Alber Elbaz leaving Lanvin
It has been a turbulent week in the fashion industry. First, Alexander Wang announced his departure from Balenciaga. Following the sudden report, it was announced that Raf Simons parted ways with Christian Dior. To top it all off, it was confirmed Oct. 28 that Alber Elbaz stepped down from his position as creative director at Lanvin.
Oct. 9, 2015
New York Fashion Week: SS16
Fashion Month has officially come to an end, but we are left with plenty to look forward to in the coming seasons. With beautiful presentations starting in New York, traveling to London, Milan and wrapping up in Paris, we’ve had our fair share of fashion envy these past four weeks. We will be reviewing the biggest trends on the runway in New York, as well as some fashion history made along the way!
Oct. 9, 2015
Balenciaga Appoints New Artistic Director
French fashion and luxury company Kering announced Oct. 7 that Demna Gvasalia would be taking on the role as artistic director at Balenciaga, days after Alexander Wang took his last bow. Gvasalia is currently the primary designer at Vetements, and will be designing for both fashion houses effective immediately.
Feb. 20, 2015
Student snapshot: Orcel Kounga
Orcel Kounga, a fourth-year electrical engineering major, is not your average college student. In 2012, Kounga co-founded street wear company Sprezzatura, where he heads the designing and marketing team. Today, the company mainly focuses on producing menswear pieces, but also plans to include women’s wear in the coming future.
Oct. 24, 2014
Life and legacy of Oscar de la Renta
On Oct. 20, legendary Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. Based in the United States, the designer died after a battle with cancer at his estate in Kent, Connecticut. De la Renta was mostly known for bringing the worlds of high society and couturier together. He was the first American designer to showcase his work at Paris Fashion Week.
Mar. 7, 2014
Jan. 17, 2014
Designer Profile: Black Wednesday
Everyone looks good in black. The shade is slimming, chic and glamorous — all in one color. As Coco Chanel once said, “Black has it all. [Its] beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Monochrome has the world scrambling to piece together minimalist outfits and the brand Black Wednesday was created as the embodiment of this trend. Designers Diana Bader and Lindsay Leichner founded Black Wednesday in 2011 “to bring [their] wildest fantasies to life.” According to fashion, food and entertainment website DailyCandy, Black Wednesday seems to be inspired by the girl child of Morticia and Gomez Addams. The brand takes basic pieces such as crop tops, maxi dresses and skirts to a whole new level using unconventional, sleek silhouettes and a variety of textures. Ranging from statement pieces such as the Semi-Precious Dress (a backless mesh number) to quality basics such as the Illicit Pant, Black Wednesday is a contemporary twist on gothic fashion. Their locally-made creations can be found at Urban Outfitters, Dolls Kill and Edge of Urge, as well as Kiki Hughes and the Geisha House located on North 3rd Street.
Nov. 21, 2013
Isabel Marant at H&M
Many designers have collaborated with H&M in the past, including Lanvin, Matthew Williamson, Maison Martin Margiela, Versace and Karl Lagerfeld. The latest visionary to partner with the Swedish fast-fashion company is French designer Isabel Marant.
Jul. 12, 2013
Store Profile: Laundrea
In her senior year of high school, Rachel Godwin Becker realized she could take her passion for sewing and turn it into a career. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design with a minor in fashion marketing from the International Academy of Design in Tampa, Fla., and working in the bridal industry in New York City, Becker moved back home to Philadelphia and created Laundrea, a womenswear line that solves the constant need for dry cleaning. Her machine-washable collection features looks with clean lines, bright colors and soft fabrics.
May. 3, 2013
Designer Profile: Mona Gilbert
Looking for a chic way to spice up your look for spring? Try incorporating one of Mona Gilbert’s signature pocket scarves into your wardrobe. The local designer’s scarves are perfect to layer on those breezy spring mornings, and with their unique look, you will be sure to stand out. Gilbert’s start as a designer stems from the recommendation of a serger sales representative. When Gilbert purchased a sewing machine, the representative suggested she could make scarves to help defray the cost of the machine. Gilbert began researching scarves and wraps, and inspired by her research, she took to designing. “I then grabbed a piece of fabric and made what I thought I saw. This piece became the one-sleeved shawl wrap that is now a part of my collection,” Gilbert said. “I began making scarves, and they have evolved tremendously over the years.” Gilbert created the Monalisa collection, a unique assortment of scarves that has been widely successful in the Philadelphia region. Monalisa includes scarves in various fabrics, textures, lengths and prints, but her signature pockets are a recurring ascetic design throughout. Designs include a graphic patterned blue, tan and white scarf. Military green and simple black snoods look great for this transitioning season. Try pairing a plain white T-shirt with a graphic scarf, or try the opposite — pair a graphic T-shirt with a single-colored scarf. Either way you’re sure to look fabulous with a Monalisa scarf around your neck! The shawl wrap and majority of scarves in the Monalisa collection are under copyright due to their unique design and functionality of pockets. Look for Gilbert’s spring collection in Aoki Boutique in Center City.