Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fashion Week: Georgine SS15 Collection at MBFW

Another stunning show by Georgine! The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection delivered beachside sophistication directly to New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the glamorous demimonde who descended onto Saint-Tropez during the summers of the 1970's, the collection consisted of luxurious golds, rich creams, shimmering metallics and fresh mint. Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design. GEORGINE has crafted gorgeous bathing suit inspired evening wear, elegant beaded chiffon caftans and trench coats worthy of a stroll down both the boardwalk and Fifth avenue alike. 

Throughout the show I saw so many pieces that I need for my closet and daydreamed of the various places I'd love to travel and debut these amazing creations by designer Georgine Ratelband. Below are some of my favorite looks. I had a problem narrowing it down, so I picked 12. Each collage shows different elements throughout the show with color, accessories, separates, dresses, and swimwear. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Fashion Week: Luis Antonio SS15 'MARITIME' Collection at MBFW

Loved this collection! The prints and textured fabrics were fantastic. There wasn't a piece I didn't like from beginning to end. It felt like a collection that had something every woman would want to wear and the prints were done so well that the boldness of them were more subtle. The fit and accessories for styling each model were executed flawlessly. Well done Luis Antonio!

More about the collection:
MARITIME is an effortless and chic collection inspired by nautical colors and motifs. Luis Antonio combines graphic art and symmetric forms to create unique fabrics for his entire collection. This collection is inspired by all things nautical, but with a twist. Sea workers and shipbuilders have been a main source of inspiration for the the graphic and abstract prints Luis Antonio designed with a team of graphic designers. Silk Organza, Silk Crepe, Silk Gazar, Canvas and Twill will be spotlighted this season to turn traditional nautical elements on their heads. Everyday can be luxurious with his new Spring/Summer collection.    
(All runway photos by Randy Brooke)

Luis Antonio

Fashion Week: Son Jung Wan SS15 Collection at MBFW

Son Jung Wan's Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by the concept of yin and yang and the idea that contrasting elements do not conflict, but exist in harmony. What was interesting about this collection was the use of fabric and design elements that dress up the ensemble while using a more relaxed fit. I particularly enjoyed the rich jewel tones and the bold gold both were not featured much in other collections during fashion week.

Son Jung Wan used the blues of the Danube River, jungle green, deep purple and cool mint give a fresh feeling and stand out against chalk white and tan neutrals. Metallic threads and sequins bring to mind the glint of the sun, and add unique detailing to each look. Many tangible dualities arise when rough-textured fabrics like hemp are made into sinuous silhouettes. Shapes are soft and feminine in washed linen and sheer silk. 
(All runway photos by Rodin Banica)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fashion Week: August Getty SS15 Collection at MBFW

The debut of August Getty collection was magical, every look was gorgeous! The color palate of the spring/summer collection featured various white, pastel, metallic and black ensembles. The tailoring was impeccable adding to the exquisite styling of each model. The collection felt very cohesive including separates to gowns. I felt very privileged to be at their first show, they will be a household name in no time!

More about the designer & collection:
August calls upon memories of wildly delightful European Heiresses, Statues and his family’s botanical gardens. He would sit for hours and draw Hydrangeas, Peonies and Wisteria -- flowers that abundantly appear throughout this season’s collection. Glamour, power and prestige push the envelope of Getty’s designs that include drop dead, head turning dresses and gowns. Monochromatic gowns in Black, White, and Oxblood create architectural lines complemented by a palette of Lavender and Muted Rose, while fierce metallics flash light throughout the collection. Fabrications include French custom made lace, leather and silks.

The Designers: Natalia Getty Williams, August Getty, Ariadne Getty
 Perez Hilton & Whoopi Goldberg at the show

Fashion Week: Stella Nolasco SS15 MBFW Collection

One of my favorite this season was Stella Nolasco. This was her first show in the states and we're bound to see more after this stunning collection. Stella Nolasco experiments with elaborate fabrics made of bright, metallic sequins and sheer, delicate laces to add an element of surprise to her feminine pieces.  In tasteful pastels and ivory, Nolasco creates exciting, refreshing textures using thick and thin lace appliques to create form-fitting light gowns that create beautiful movement. Her play on “the visible and invisible” is fascinating to see and interpret with the prevalence of exposed backs and torsos mixed and expertly placed details to maintain lady-like air while having strong character with her daring silhouettes. It truly is a beautiful, Spring dream to see Nolasco’s creations walk down the runway this season.  

The designer herself: Stella Nolasco

Friday, September 12, 2014

Food Review: Washington Market Tavern

New restaurant with a downstairs private lounge, Washington Market Tavern is the new Tribeca hot spot! I had the pleasure of coming for a networking event and decided to stay for dinner with my roomie. I had so many great things about the menu while I was there that I couldn't pass up trying some of the menu items for myself. What's unique about Washington Market Tavern is that the menu is ever changing based on what is in season(being that it is a farm to table restaurant) and what inspires the chef. Also not a bad way to keep customers coming back for new tasty meal options.

They have a delicious array of cocktails and fun facts. Each signature cocktail has the name and date of the first cocktail pioneer that invented it. I chose The Font cocktail and it was nothing short of amazing! Bourbon is growing on me with its huge comeback in the cocktail world and the fact that my roommate is from Kentucky, haha. Besides that The Font is more than a drink its an experience; they light cloves and trap the smoke for it to release when you uncover it table side before your first sip!

As for dinner we decided to share three items: the heirloom tomato salad, the maine lobster with squash and zucchini  and the amish chicken (cooked 2 ways). I can't describe how delicious everything was and how the staff was incredibly attentive and helpful. We finished it all! Freshest, tastiest tomatoes I've ever had and who doesn't love lobster especially when there's an ample amount. Before I say this you need to know that I'm not a chicken fan (i know, insert gasp). I say this because its rarely extraordinary which makes me feel like whats the point in ordering it. I'd rather have something extra scrumptious. But the Amish chicken at Washington Market Tavern was juicy and cooked perfectly seared on one side making the skin extra crispy. I understand why it was highly recommended. We were too stuffed to get dessert sadly. Definitely plan to go back for the deconstructed s'more, I heard its similar to the presentation of The Font cocktail in terms of the smoke presentation.

Since this wasn't a planned restaurant review, I didn't have my DSLR camera. So please excuse the quality of my iPhone pics, lol. Everyone knows the camera in low-lighting isn't that great.
The Font (left): bourbon (I chose Larceny), sweet vermouth, oloroso sherry, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, clove smoke. - Larceny on the rocks on the right - 
 Heirloom tomato salad
 Maine Lobster with squash & zucchini 
Amish Chicken: corn & hominy succotash / corn nectar puree / house corn bread / roasted jus
A view of the upstairs decor
Some of their other specialties from their website

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fashion Week: DESIGUAL 'IN BLOOM' for SPRING 2015 MBFW

You can't help but smile during Desigual collections, the clothes are always so cheery! To continue that same aesthetic Desigual and designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix presented their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection 'In Bloom'. It was a definite compliment to the warmer temps and summer vacays and if that wasn't enough supermodel Adriana Lima kick started the show!  

More about the collection:
The collection was inspired by nature’s flora and fauna, this season presented a colorful, multi-cultural bouquet.  A cool Mediterranean spirit was combined with South American motifs; classic English garden blooms met the Iberian Peninsula’s landscape; and a western countryside was influenced by sweeping European geometry.

Events: Gareth Pugh Featured at Lexus Design Disrupted Kicks Off MADE Fashion Week

Another spectacular game changing Design Disrupted event put on by Lexus for MADE fashion week featuring British fashion designer, Gareth Pugh. This time instead of having one performance there were three. It was setup up as three separate areas in the massive Basketball City arena. Each setting utilized gigantic screens displaying different artistic dance sequence that were a delight for the eyes. After one would end the next location would start. The 2nd and 3rd performances included not only film installations on screen but also live dancers performed. The night left me thinking how amazing a concept it was and the all the time and effort it must have been to create it. Gareth Pugh should be very proud of his work and I can't wait to see what else he will do in his career.

From sequence #2

“At Lexus we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of design, performance and technology, and we strive to work with innovative people, like Gareth Pugh, who take similar creative risks,” says Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate marketing communications manager. “This year’s Lexus Design Disrupted defies convention and invites guests to experience both brands in an unexpected way.”

"This is an opportunity to elevate my work and present it in a more innovative and meaningful way," says Pugh, who is premiering a collection in New York for the first time. "I hope to explore a new visual language — something that transcends the nature of a traditional fashion show — where images penetrate and the audience have a deeper understanding of the story I want to tell."

From sequence #3

Unfortunately my phone was low on battery and space so I wasn't able to capture a snippet from the last sequence, but I hope you enjoy these short glimpses into the first two performances.

My quick instagram photo before the entertainment starts
Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker & Adrian Grenier
Coco Rocha
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tyson Beckford & Amber Valletta

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Week: Gigi Burris Millinery Spring|Summer 2015

Gallow Green was the perfect setting of whimsy and garden fantasy for Gigi Burris' new Spring/Summer 2015 "Millinery" Collection. If you haven't been to Gallow Green its a must see, it feels like you've been transported out of New York and back in time. As you can see there were plenty of styles for hat lovers and a few hair accessories for those that are less bold (like myself). The collection was stunning and left me making plans for the next Kentucky Derby hat that I will need next year.

More about the collection:
For the SS15 season Burris was drawn to the shade of blue, as seen in Yves Klein’s Anthropometries. Inspiration was also found in the linear movement seen in Robert Mapplethorpe's floral photography and sea urchins. Both hold a sense of tension and delicate texture that the milliner references in the SS15 collection. A palette of black, natural straw, blue and white is met with the elements of sewn shiny Racello Braids, Swiss Star bright straw, ostrich poofs and peacock flue. The SS15 Gigi Burris Millinery collection has a sense of easy elegance and irreverence to it; an emotional reference sourced from 1950's beach photographs and illustrated by the milliner through her whimsical couture feather work fascinators, and wide brimmed straw hats.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fashion Week: Mercedes~Benz Fashion Week SS15 Live Stream

Now that September has started, its time for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! All the fashion you can handle will be available to live stream right here on Exclusive Kat. Watch every runway show from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 Collections, held in New York from September 4th to 11th 2014. Don't miss a thing! Experience the runway from the front row like a true VIP.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Giveaway: Win a new pair of Ryka sneakers courtesy of People StyleWatch

Here's your chance to win a new pair of Ryka sneakers! One lucky winner will receive a pair of their color choice of Ryka's Flextra Training shoe. Winner will be chosen on September 8th. To enter simply comment "pick me" on this post. Please do not comment anonymously and check back at 10 am est on 9/8 to see winner selected. You can also enter via Facebook click here.

Good Luck!

* A winner has been selected. Congratulations Carolynn! *

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fashion: Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing: Phresh Out the Runway in W Mag Featuring Iman, Rihanna & Naomi

I'm loving this new Balmain spread in W Magazine featuring Iman, Rihanna and Naomi! All three look effortlessly fierce and the illustration made by Hayden Williams is utterly fabulous. Balmain's styling is impeccable and the outfits are exquisite. I feel with Balmain you have to realize that taking the time to exam each piece to fully capture all the beauty inside the details of their intrinsic features is a must! 
Go ahead an marvel at these beauties!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fashion: Kipling Launches #Back2Kipling Campaign

Kipling has a new colorful and organize-tastic collection for all your school supply needs! In case you are not familiar, Kipling is an international handbag, travel and accessories brand. They officially launched their #Back2Kipling Campaign with Youtube darling Megan NicoleOffering a range of backpacks, totes, cross-bodies, luggage, and accessories in Kipling's signature, crinkle nylon, the Back-to-School Collection has something for everyone. “Kipling always had an energetic vibe that I was excited to bring with me to school. The patterns are fresh and unique, which is what I look for in back-to-school style,” expresses Megan Nicole.

The Kipling Back-to-School Collection is now available on Kipling-USA.com, in select Macy’s department stores