Thursday Night @ NYFW

Last fall, I was introduced to Oxford Fashion Studio in Paris.  Through them, I met other designers and boutiques pushing independent, thoughtful design.  In simplistic terms- I would describe them as an events company with a sort of impresario role, offering platforms for less established designers to showcase work, within the bigger umbrella of Fashion Week.

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On Thursday night, we were kindly invited to their Fashion Week event in mid-town.

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We enjoyed a very hospitable welcome.

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Before I even finished my glass of bubbly, we were whisked backstage to meet the four designers presenting at the second (7pm) show, the make-up team, and the bevy of models backstage.

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Yangie NY got the ball rolling.  She showed 7 looks.

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All conveyed a sense of fluidity with clean silhouettes.

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The black outfit was my favorite look for the evening.

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I like that it was without fuss.

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Its lack of frivolity made it feel contemporary- chic uttered in a breath.

Next up was swimwear by Rosina-Mae.

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The line felt youthful and energetic.

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The choice of colors were playfully pastel, and carried with them, the promise of spring, of summer.

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Bruno sat up for Martha Fadel.

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The line seemed to suggest an alternative to power dressing/corporate attire.

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There were subtle suggestions of skin, with cloth cut away just here, and right there.

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A chemise-like top worn under a no-nonsense jacket may perhaps not be a novel idea, but shown together with the rest of the outfits, it made one realize, how much further we have come as women who work; that we can claim and celebrate our sexuality, on our terms.

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The evening concluded on a vibrant note, with L-O-M sending a riot of colors and every possible expression of embellishment strutting down the runaway.

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(I’m not sure if dogs see in color.  But I do know that L-O-M kept Bruno’s attention!)

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What I appreciated most about the show was the determination of these designers to explore and to express themselves, unapologetically.

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And although my London and New York closets lack exuberant color, the images presented lingered…

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Such that the very next day, I was actually inspired to shop.

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  •  For more information and tickets regarding the upcoming fall shows at Fashion Week, please refer to Oxford Fashion Studio on Facebook.
  • Barney’s New York Downtown, 101 7th Avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

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