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Naeem Khan NYFW 2016

February 19, 2016

When we were much younger, we all envisaged ourselves whilst reading fairytales to be a princess, wearing beautiful silk dresses that were endlessly beaded. Naeem Khan an American designer has created this picture however today our fairytale princesses now include Beyonce, Diana Kruger, Carrie Underwood and the First Lady Michelle Obama. It was complete chaos behind the scenes, not only were there over twenty models, the dresses commanded a lot of space, making it a room that is really hard to describe other than pure magical. How production lined up the girls in between eager photographers while still keeping the run of show, seem to be an impossible task but they did it so gracefully. Since 2003 Naeem Khan has created some of the most delicate and intricate embroidery designs and by adding his own signature, Mr. Khan conveys elements of his Indian heritage.

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For this particular show, Mr. Khan showcased how talented and diverse he can be as a designer.  With a selection of velvet gowns and vests, Khan used geometric shapes and floral patterns that were far from his usually predictable display of beading. Mixing colors from Violet, black, blue and pink velvets with a small presence of embellishing, it was the perfect opening unlike anything I had seen all week. Front of house before the opening was layered with daring red theatrical curtains and oversized tassels. While everyone was finding their seats the once vibrant red curtains soon turn to grey, layers upon layers were drawn back and Khan was ready to put on a show. Tulle dresses were also present but of course not without Khan signature shimmer. Two in particular stood out for me, the first was a black-layered tall dress with a gold bodice. The other was a bright red layered tulle dress however with this dress, the bodice was laced and delicately beaded onto sheer fabric. Many at the show were from the film and fashion industries and there was also this year’s newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. However for me the star of the show was 11-year-old Trinity Faith Moran, who sadly suffers from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Trinity walked hand in hand with Mr. Khan, as they walked through the finale with over twenty models. Trinity’s dream was to walk the runway and she did so, effortlessly wearing her custom designed red dress made especially for this big occasion. It truly was a show not to miss but young Trinity stole the show with her infectious smile and elegant walk.

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

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Feature, NYFW, On the Set

Vera Wang NYFW 2016

February 19, 2016

 

New York is full of surprises and if you had told me on Friday last when I landed in JFK from Mexico, that I would be given a press pass to Vera Wang, I wouldn’t have believed you. One of the main reasons I love being in this amazing city is you can make anything happen in a day. New York is an opportunity just waiting to happen. There is always a way in this city to grow and network. So this Tuesday, I had the honour of getting to see one of fashion weeks most elite and famous designers Vera Wang. This years collection was simply breathtaking, my favorite part was watching the full production of the show come to life. Models were walking onto the catwalk from every angle, it definitely achieved the element of surprise. With a selection of black gowns , olive greens suits and embellished nude dresses Vera Wang’s collection will be a hard one to out stage. Inspired by the 20’s and 30’s, Vera Wang wanted to convey a collection that represented strong and charismatic young women and she achieved this.

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I will admit there was a beautiful tall gown that would be a hard one to carry off for most ladies. If I was to wear it, I think a pair of jeans and an undergarment would be necessary. But then again, fashion is a matter of opinion and that’s just mine. My favourite was a nude tall column gown with a bib neck that was embellished with numerous panels of crystals and metallic sequins. It was a very diverse collection, from bold black suits to dreamy gowns. Vera created a magical show that was strong from the start to finish. One thing that I really adored when looking through the endless racks of clothes, was how the collection was styled. Layering was a big factor and I loved it. Patchwork was also a strong element and was used beautifully in a variety of colours from soft greys, olives and chartreuse in numerous fur jackets. This experience was one to remember and I am just so happy I got to witness a true fashion legend behind the scenes. Thank you to my lovely and talented friend Annis, who gave me front row pictures from the press box. A rising New York photographer who has brains, talent and beauty. Follow her on Instagram to find more amazing behind the scene shots. To see the full show for yourself visit www.verawang.com

Stay Lawless,

Niamh X

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