The Revival Series, Benthic Collection, Moana, Vortex Collection and more - Day Two at Art Hearts Fashion
by Ivanna Woods
The second day of Art Hearts Fashion opened with a six piece installation from the spunky, feminine and whimsical designer Betsey Johnson. The presentation represents the iconic designers' 50th Anniversary Collection - celebrating decade by decade her lifetime of design. Art Hearts attendees were encouraged to take photos next to the statuesque mannequins donned in six of her signature looks from over the years. From brilliant floral patterns to corsets, decorative arm sleeves, studded belts, teeny tiny hats, embellished chokers, polka dots mini skirts to full fledged tutus, Johnson's signature style speaks to a piece of the inner girl that lives within us all - as did the representation of her design aesthetic in the entryway of the Taglyan Complex.
Opening the 7pm show was Vis a Vis - meaning Face to Face, is a contemporary women's wear brand focusing on innovation through design and textiles. Making their debut at at Art Hearts, Vis a Vis showcased a collection made of various natural materials themed around natural hues. Similar tie dye prints were used throughout to unify the look of the collection.
Responsive Textiles Spring/Summer 2016 Collection The Revival Series is comprised of knitwear - and as their motto states, the collection certainly explored ideas and told stories. The Series was sophistication with a twist - effortless, lightweight with the use of materials such as bamboo and cotton yarns, and versatile to intermingle the plentiful options to mix and match within the collection. I loved when the models walked back down the runway, onlookers could see how their hair was french braided going up the back of their head, leading to a simple chic bun on top. What a lovely twist!
Dan Richters Benthic collection was certainly the most unique exhibition of the evening - as his inspiration derives from the unexplored ocean floor. He's fascinated with the ocean and the textures and shapes in the Benthic collection are a reflection of his vision. "If there is a people that reside there, these would be their garments", he says. The material is a silicone based material, thin light and strong. It begins as a liquid and ends a stretchy detailed material that can be worn by people of various shapes and sizes. Themes throughout the collection include fringe, spikes, fish fin details - some fins went down the back that could come together to create a hood, large armholes to appear winglike, and fish scales. The models' look was finished with glistening skin, wet hair and liquid silver liner around the eyes.
LOLLY Clothing truly tore at my bohemian chic heartstrings. They created a fun and free spirited runway experience with the delicate use of lace, appropriate jersey knits and graceful silhouettes - and an understated street-chic aesthetic as rather apparent creating balance throughout the collection. I particularly loved the use of bold necklaces, earrings and bangles as well as the delightfully colorful flowers in the models' hair. It was apparent that great attention to detail was paid to each piece, even with the more simple creations. From delicate side ruching to scooped backs, off the shoulder looks to mini skirts with trains, each piece was in line with the vision of their brand. The LOLLY girl is fearless and feminine - a woman who judges fashion both on art and form.
Life's a beach for Koco Blaq! Last week, the duo appeared on ANTM Cycle 22 for a #TikiTakeover and Tuesday, they showed their second installment of The Tiki Collection - Moana at Art Hearts Fashion. What an incredible week for Koco Blaq! The line exudes a love for fashion and particularly the culture of the South Pacific. The Koco Blaq woman is a modern woman that not only embraces her culture and history, but a woman that wears it proudly through her attire, accessories and expression of natural beauty. I particularly love how the tiki motif lends such strength to the Moana Collection. With the use of such brilliant colors and mix of patterns and prints, the line is so appealing and fun - there's virtually something for everyone and for any occasion.
Surf's up and boardshorts for everyone! Just Bones Boardwear have reinvented the boardshort. Originally designed for boys with waists 21-30", the brand has expanded to collections for toddlers, girls and men. A mix of bright and muted colors of boardshorts were shown on the Art Hearts runway - colors emulating the beautiful sunrise or sunset on the beach and the captivating blue of the ocean. With the expansion of the girls line, trending prints such as the paisley skull, floral camo, cobra and tropical prints are now included. The men's shorts are a 4-way stretch for performance and quick drying - perfect for surfing or hanging out.
Bold, sophisticated and edgy - House of Byfield. 'A world of classical designs with inspiring innovation.' The overarching goal of HOB is to inspire the 'classic refined men to wear challenging sportive classic suits and mix it up with their own style.' And execute they did. HOB partnered with bag and luggage company Carat 23, JOS Eyewear, and Molinis shoe wear to create a runway filled with stand out, relateable and unique looks. The cerulean blue hue in the sportcoats and pants was a great touch and choosing ANTM contestant Bello as a model was a wise choice, as his crystal blue eyes were captivating when worn alongside House of Byfield's exclusive look.
Tuesday night's finale designer was none other than Mister Triple X himself. Undoubtedly, Mr. Erik Rosete is an incredibly innovative visionary being a triple threat in the in the industry. His lineVortex was sexy, unrivaled and overall badass! Not only do I absolutely love the bunny ears, but I find the use of silver to be an attractive theme to carry throughout his collections. The silver arm cuff worn on one model was an edgy touch that took a chic bikini and sheer pant look to the next level - rockstar status! Layering, accessories and killer heels truly take Mister Triple X's already out of this world high-end streetwear and swimwear to the next level and I simply can't wait for his finale show.
Photos by Robert Silver
Vis A Vis
Just Bones Baordwear
House of Byfield
Mister Triple X
Photos by Robert Silver
Photos by Robert Silver