Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LAFW Designer Feature: William Bradley by Rodney Jones and Brad Parnell

One show at LAFW everyone was buzzing about was William Bradley, a label designed by Brad Parnell and Rodney Jones. Their collection for Spring/Summer 2015 was a beautiful balance between strength and romanticism. It incorporated a mix of a structured silhouettes with pieces that used soft, flowy, and delicate fabrics.

I had the pleasure of meeting Brad and Rodney at the show and was able to ask them a little bit about their line. Rodney was even nice enough to follow up with me this morning and explain more in depth about what William Bradley represents and the source of inspiration behind this collection.

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 While on a trip to the New York Metropolitan Museum, Brad became entranced with Picasso's painting The Blind Man's Meal. Feeling a deep connection to this particular work and the work from his Blue Period, it was decided they had found their inspiration for this collection. "We have always been drawn and influenced by art and art history. Picasso's work in particular was so relatable because you are able to witness the ups and downs of his life."

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You can see the parallels the designers made between themselves and Picasso by the use of brushstroke and watercolor graphics, as well as the incorporation of a cotton canvas material into their clothing. "Our intention was to express the artist's day to day life in the studio, and the parallel between ourselves and that of the painter."
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Only all natural fibers were used in their clothing: cotton, silk, cotton canvas, silk faille, tool, and feathers. There was an intentional mixture of the strong fabrics with the delicate and light, as to correlate the two ideas of strength and romanticism together. This collection was intended to be a representation of strength, as this is one of the defining qualities of the William Bradley woman. "She is fashion forward, independent and carries herself with confidence and grace."

You can purchase pieces and view their lookbook on their website, williambradleycollection.com

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Pictures below shot by Hagop Kalaidjian http://hagopphoto.com. Follow @hagopphoto on insta
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

LAFW Designer Feature: Stella Proseyn by Debbie Talanian

Last week I had the amazing privilege of attending Los Angeles Fashion Week at Maker City LA. There were so many lovely shows, however only a few stood out in my mind as having clothes I would kill to wear every day. One collection I was really excited about seeing was Stella Proseyn by Debbie Talanian. The collection featured so many of my favorite trends and elements of the moment: metallic, sheer tops, water color print, and a modern minimalist aesthetic. So many of the pieces were incredibly versatile. For example, the metallic sleeveless top could be worn casually with a pair of navy jeans or as it was shown on the runway; dressed up with a fitted skirt.

After the show I even got to meet Debbie and exchange information. She was nice enough to answer a few questions I had. Be sure to peep my interview with her below.

Follow Stella Proseyn on instagram @stellaproseyn!


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Noosh: How long have you been designing and what made you want to be a designer?

Debbie: I started Stella Proseyn two years ago, after working as an assistant to another designer for a few years. Fashion has long been a fascination, from my early childhood through today. I love the transformative power of dressing, the way clothing can help you embody the traits and attitudes you wish to project. It’s a silent way of saying who you are.

N: I loved the use of metallics, mesh and watercolor print. What was the inspiration behind this collection? 

D: All Stella Proseyn collections tend toward a streamlined, minimal aesthetic. We like to let fabrics – whatever we’re drawn to in the early design stages of each season – influence our decisions about shape and silhouette. For Spring 2015 we embraced reflected light, realized in the sheen of metallic threads and foil. We also incorporated a diffused, watery print, a cotton mesh and a highly textured rayon for their properties of lightness and movement.

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N: Do you look to any designers and/or artists for inspiration?

D: I appreciate art and design in all forms, my favorite daily enjoyments include architecture, film, photography, music, painting, landscapes, food and, of course, fashion. I find that being aware of anything done really well informs my design process continually.  


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N: What fabrics did you incorporate?

D: There is a range of content is this season’s textiles, included are silk, Lurex, linen, foil, cotton and rayon.


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N: Where can people purchase your clothing?

D: Stella Proseyn is available at Myrtle, Undesigned, Weltenbuerger and CAFAM, all in Los Angeles. We are coming soon to Riley & Coco.


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 N: What is your favorite item or look from this collection? Why is it your favorite?

D: Favorites are hard, but I’ll focus on a few Spring 2015 pieces I think are exceptional: the Char Dress in foiled linen, the Cara Jacket in anthracite/gunmetal metallic and the Addie Skirt in textured cotton-rayon. These pieces encompass a range of cuts but maintain the clean lines and ease of wear that Stella Proseyn does so well.

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(photo by Ray Gene of Strait Laced Blog)
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(photo by Ray Gene of Strait Laced Blog)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Celeb Style: Rosie Huntington Whiteley

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So her movie career never took off, and she hasn't been in the major spotlight since but Rosie Huntington Whiteley is that girl that I look at and think, "Damn, please share your life with me".  Whether it be to a new event, walking through the airport, or vacationing with her super hot movie star boyfriend; it seems like she has it all and is always on the go to somewhere fabulous.

After typing her name into tumblr and pinterest for about the thousandth time, I feel as though I pretty much have her style down to a science. If there was a venn diagram of rock n' roll chic, boho, and typical LA girl style, Rosie would be standing smack dab in the center. Her style epitomizes the concept of not trying too hard but still looking perfect. She can usually be seen wearing a fedora hat, aviator sunglasses, and a designer blazer, jacket or sweater.

What do you think of Rosie's style? Which supermodels are your style icons?


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Fall Flower Tee- Free People $68
Fedora Hat - Forever21 $15
Houndstooth Cardigan - Otte New York $300
Black Peeptoe Bootie - Vince Camuto $159 Nordstrom.com
Black Moto Jeans - Topshop $75
Two-tone Leather Shoulder Bag - Saint Laurent $1690 Net-a-porter.com

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Start of a New Adventure


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I have envisioned moving out on my own and away from my home for the past two years and it has finally become a reality for me. It's one of the biggest things I have ever accomplished in my life. While it is very frightening to move to a new city where I know very few people, I take each day as an adventure and a step towards making my dreams a reality. I have been living in the San Francisco Bay area for about a month now and this feels like one of the most exciting times in my life. Each day is a constant reminder that the possibilities are limitless here.

One of my goals is to create an impressive portfolio of fashion photography and have my work published in several San Francisco and Los Angeles based magazines. Ultimately, I want to be a creative director one day. I want to be the one who envisions and executes the themes, concepts and fine details of fashion photography by assembling and directing highly talented artists and professionals.

These photos were taken on a random day while exploring San Francisco with my amazingly talented photographer friend, Kevin Figueroa; check out his work on Espumosofigueroa. The vintage motorcycle jacket I am wearing is one of my favorite new additions to my wardrobe. I originally bought it from Misc. Trading Co for the "Courage and Strength" motorcycle shoot. I have been anxiously anticipating any cool breeze in the hopes of being able to rock it myself. The artwork on this jacket has such a vintage rock n roll, bad ass vibe that I can't help but feel invincible while wearing it.

Wishing everyone the best on their own adventures.

xx
Noosh
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fashion Week: Paris Recap

 A truly exciting month of Fashion Week has finally ended and with it I can't help but being slightly heart broken. The anticipation of seeing the latest collections and creations each day was often a highlight of my daily routine. Here is the last and final recap of the spring and summer runways. Like my previous recaps, this is a collective list of my favorite shows. Paris had some of the most visionary and creative collections. The 60's style, sportswear, and metallic trends continued on strongly in Paris, yet I didn't find myself noticing as much repetition this week as I did from New York and Milan.

Which collections were your favorite? What trends are you excited about?


Valentino
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Alexander McQueenn
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Miu Miu
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Louis Vuitton
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Chanel
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Paul and Joe
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Chloe
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Vionnet
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Viktor & Rolf
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Dior
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Stella McCartney
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Saint Laurent
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Mugler
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Maxime Simoens
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Maison Martin Margiela
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Leonard
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Balmain
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Balenciaga
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Lanvin
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Givenchy
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Acne Studios
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