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The Art of Reed Krakoff S/S 2015

It’s all in the details.

This season saw Reed Krakoff opting for a presentation rather than a runway show. An uncommon decision, but one that made perfect sense the moment we saw what was done to the space on West 36th Street.

Against a backdrop of walls painted in blocks of Yves Klein-esque cobalt blue, Krakoff filled the space with a series of wall-mounted chairs that showcased variations of his latest handbag (the very stunning, top handled RK40) and monitors that displayed 360º images from his new lookbook. In a mirroring of the digital displays, the models wearing the Spring collection also rotated around the physical space every few minutes. The whole event felt more like a proper gallery exhibition than a collection presentation.

The most exceptional moments of Krakoff’s show, however, were in the details. From the minimalistic accessories to the models’ nail color matching the accent walls, every aspect of the presentation showed meticulous planning. As for the clothing, we’re absolutely obsessed with all of the honeycombing, especially as it manifested in the black macramé silk dress and the caramel jacquard skirt and pants. The t-shirt of woven chiffon with checkerboard panels is also definitely worth a mention. Most importantly, we have to call out Krakoff’s very luxe take on Spring’s ubiquitous sneaker trend. The pale gold leather platformed oxford trainer that was shown is already a favorite of ours (as you know, we do love gooooold). If we were the betting type, we’d predict that this one is going to become a street style favorite in the coming months.

If, as Théophile Gautier once wrote, “Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution,” then surely this is it.

Photographs compliments of Reed Krakoff and Rodin Banica for WWD.

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Cynthia Rowley S/S 2015

Also known as: The Lure of The Golden Helmet

Cynthia Rowley’s Spring 2015 presentation, dubbed #CRlandia, was a combination of sporty chic and girlish whimsicality. Although Rowley’s collections have been athletic-inspired for years, we were surprised by the distinct separation this season of the ready-to-wear looks from the activewear.

The main collection featured graphic prints, florals, cut-outs, and high-heel mules. While we’ll never say no to a nice trapeze dresses, the real show-stealer was the scalloped running shorts and OH MY GOD THAT METALLIC GOLD BIKE HELMET. We wants it!

As we see it, head gear was the obvious winner. Safety first, kids!

Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015 presentation, photographed by G K Lee at the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art in New York on Tuesday September 9th, 2014.

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Robert Geller on The Runway

Spring Summer 2015 Collection

Geller’s Spring / Summer 2015 collection was well beloved here at NOVASTYLE – go figure considering our own stylistic preferences and manner of dress. The easy-to-wear palette of black, navy, and tan was accented with moments of burgundy, splashes of a brushstroke inspired print, and colorful socks. Common projects on the runway? Yes, please!

And let us not forget about the hats, an important staple of any Geller show. The almost beanie-esque inspired pinched fez that went down the runway struck just the right balance between structured, modern, and casual. Excuse us while we go buy one in every color.

Robert Geller Spring Summer 2015 Show, photographed by G K Lee at Pier 59 in New York on Saturday September 6th, 2014.

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Koonhor – Revisited

Spring Summer 2014 Collection

Taking a look back Koonohr’s Spring Summer ’14 collection was truly captivating. Lavish chiffon prints and bustiers, contrasted by fierce confidence in tailored, leather cuts. ethereal white, scarlet red, fern green, patterns of both light and navy blue. Beautifully accented with Koonhor’s signature neutral makeup, boxy fitted dresses and mens blazer. And lastly, wet hair! Koonhor attempts to break the pre-made molds women are expected to fit into by showing us that femininity is multifaceted. Thinking back on it, it isn’t hard to see why this collection appeals to so many.Now that’s empowerment.

Photography by G K Lee for NOVASTYLE

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Hound & Hare – Jen Kao

Runway Spring / Summer 2014

Set within the breathtaking Skylight at Moynihan Station, Jen Kao’s Hound & Hare was a playful exchange between the strong, almost masculine, looks that opened the show and the softer, more feminine, pieces that closed it. Throughout, we find the hound represented by the work-wear inspired sturdy denim pieces, the towering mules and woven raffia, while the hare manifested in such items as the wispy georgette sheath dress – gussied up with a pretty dahlia print picked up in a silk cotton dévoré – and the airy black crêpe de chine pants that floated down the runway (seriously they floated, just watch).

Kao’s metaphor extended beyond merely the clothes however, coming to life in the tresses of the models that swayed to the same pace as the hounds that trotted down the runway beside them. The setting then, a simulacrum of the hare, which flitted about in the soft filtered lighting, rustling gently as a cool breeze amongst the suspended curtains that swayed ever so gently overhead. If we had to describe the show with just one word, it would be “refreshing”.

And, as it bears repeating, did we mention there were puppies!?

Jen Kao Spring / Summer 2014 Runway, photographed by G K Lee at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York on Saturday September 7th, 2013.

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