The Big Tent: Anna Sui Fall 10

NYFW is a colossal event & this fact is even more evident when you’re able to experience a show at Bryant Park in THE BIG TENT. Bryant Park is made up of 3 tents that vary in size i.e. the salon, promenade &  THE BIG TENT– obviously humongous. My first introduction to THE BIG TENT, was last year when I attended the Ports 1961 show for She Breathes. Imagine a massive space with a sea of people all there with a common goal to see a fashion show in real-time. This year I tagged along with a few new friends and gained unexpected entry to the Anna Sui show in THE BIG TENT! I can’t explain the feeling that overcomes you  when you walk over the threshold into what seems equivalent to an NBA game at MSG(okay I’m exaggeratinga bit, but its HUGE :)). This post is my ode to Bryant Park, now that NYFW shows will be held at Lincoln Center I wonder if they will be able to recreate THE BIG TENT experience. Anna Sui delivered a collection that felt like deja vu, then I remembered why the sense of familiarity was so strong. It was an upgraded version of the capsule collection she did for target with lush furs, textured leather & sparkly sequins amongst the usual mash-up of bohemian prints. Here are a few of my favs taken from the standing room section which in my opinion is sometimes better than sitting unless your in the first or second row :). I’m glad that I was able to be a part of  New York Fashion Week history!

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NYFW Is Ova Kids!

Yesss henny NYFW is finally OVA, fun times but I am exhausted! Last night I covered my last round of shows for She Breathes & was invited to another show by a friend that I did not plan on attending, but that’s how fashion week goes SPONTANEITY. I’ll be doing a brief re-cap of some shows I attended here on Nuvany Nice next week & you can always visit She Breathes to see some of my coverage as well. This year I really reflected on how far I’ve come with this blog & my personal progress in regards to my career path. When I started this blog my intention was to sell  all of the excess clothing & accessories I would buy & never use but gradually it has evolved into so much more. I’m very critical of myself and at times don’t acknowledge what I’ve accomplished. Those that have been with me from the beginning will attest to my growth :). I’m saying all of this to say, that if you have a desire or passion stick with it, work hard to pursue it by any means(legally :)) , immerse yourself in/around it, above all DON’T GIVE UP and believe in yourself. These words may sound cliché, but we use them repetitively because they prove themselves! Ok enough sappy, sappy ha ha! I didn’t go hard with the street style photos this time around but here’s a small snippet of what I saw this year, ENJOY! Oh & thank all of you for your wonderful comments,emails,visits it’s definitely a part of what keeps me going :).

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Buckler Fall 2010 & Thiago Santos

New York Fashion Week is always an adrenaline rushing adventure for me, this year has been no different. Schlepping around in the snow from show to show,gawking at all of the fabulously dressed attendees, meeting new people, & the icing on the cake seeing those that you admire firsthand! If you’re an avid reader here at Nuvany Nice then you will know my infatuation with brazilian Model Thiago Santos! Of course Thiago is extremely handsome, but I adore him even more for his historical feat of being the first black model featured in a Dior ad campaign(OK TRUTHFULLY THATS ONLY HALF THE REASON :)). I was very disappointed that he was not cast for any shows in Milan last month, but that’s  a discussion I will tackle later.

Last Friday I unexpectedly got the opportunity to attend the Buckler Men’s presentation & to my surprise Thiago was one of the models cast for the show. Designer Andrew Buckler unveiled an amazing collection inspired by Jack Kerouac’s book On The Road, which in a nutshell chronicles the characters many journey’s and metamorphosis. It was immediately apparent to me that Mr. Buckler marches to the beat of his own drum, which in this day in fashion is always a breath of fresh air. Buckler referenced the 1950’s beat generation which celebrated the uncanny alternative to rules of the norm.  Dense washed twill chinos, worn leather bomber jackets and my fav the drop crotch selvage denim are just a few of the key pieces incorporated into the line.

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Amy Martino Giveaway Winners & NYFW What I Wore

Helllllllo, I’m so sorry for being MIA but fashion week is underway & I have been on the go-go-go! First off let me start by announcing the two winners of the Amy Martino Giveaway drum roll pleassssssse: Estasha Goodwin & Yah! Please check your email & thanks to everyone who entered. There will be more giveaways soon :)!

Ok so back to NYFW, I’ve been covering a few shows again this season on behalf of She Breathes & let me tell you I’m having a ball! You can check my coverage of the shows over at She Breathes & I’ll also be posting some NYFW happenings here at Nuvany Nice as well. I thought I would give you a peek at what I’ve worn so far, my obsession with faux glasses lingers on :).  As you all probably know I adore brazilian model Thiago Santos, well I had the pleasure of attending the Buckler show where he modeled & will be posting a review here soon! Lets see I’ll be attending the IFB conference today so check back for a recap of that too! So much to do so little time, these are the days I wish I drank coffee for an ongoing adrenaline boost. Are you attending any shows, let me know who your favorites have been thus far! I’m off to a show this morning so I have to run & get ready but I’ll be posting more from NYFW soon, thanks for hanging in there with me!

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Fresh N Fierce: Study NY S/S10

Study NY is a new sustainable line created by designer Tara St. James in Brooklyn NY!

NN- You’ve been in the “game”(fashion industry) for a while now, can you give us a brief timeline of your career from beginning to present?

TS- I started in the industry about 12 years ago after graduating from college.  I spent the first six years of my career working in the denim industry (Parasuco, Dex, Azzure).  Then I moved to NY and started Covet.  After 5 years of building that brand, I split from the backer and started Study on my own.  I wanted it to be a focused, sustainable sportswear brand that wasn’t cluttered with extra styles or unnecessary items.

NN-  Study NY is a creative collective that you recently launched. What prompted you to embark on this journey and can you explain what the collective encompasses?

TS- I have been working with very creative and imaginative people in NY since I first moved here, photographers, graphic designers, filmmakers, illustrators.  I wanted to bring everyone together (hypothetically at first, if not physically) to create a forum where we could work together on projects, and independently on our own work

NN- You formerly worked at Covet as the Creative Director. What are some of the most evident differences working for someone and now being your own boss in regards to creating sustainable fashion?

TS- While it’s nice to have someone supervising and directing the focus of a brand, it’s liberating to work for myself and create only the pieces I really want to put out.  I can focus all my attention on a more edited collection now that I don’t feel I’m trying to satisfy many different people.  I can just make the clothes I want to make.

NN- I was very intrigued to learn more about the unique concept behind your debut collection The Square Project. What exactly did the idea stem from?

TS- I crave constraint and love the idea of self-imposed limits.  I was working with the square shape prior to launching the Spring collection and wanted to see how far I could push the idea.

NN- From the beginning was it always imperative for you to show during NYFW and how did your relationship with the The Green Shows come about?

TS- I had worked with Bahar Shahpar on several projects prior to the Green Shows, so when she was brought on board to be the style director for the shows, she brought me along with her.

NN- Eco-fashion is becoming extremely popular at a faster rate more and more everyday. Aside from the current economic climate,what do you think holds designers back from creating sustainable lines or at least entertaining the idea?

TS- I think a lot of mainstream designers think it is difficult or expensive to source sustainable textiles and production methods.  While that may have been the case 5 years ago, it certainly is no longer relevant.  Factories and textile mills are tripping over each other trying to produce new sustainable products in order to keep up with the trend.  I hope more designers will start to re-examine their products and make an attempt to add at least one new sustainable item to their collections for next season.

NN- I see that you will be showing again this February at The Green Shows, can you divulge anything about your upcoming collection?

TS- Actually I won’t be showing at the Fall 2010 Green Shows.  The first Green Shows were a very positive experience, but they made me realize that if I do show my collection again, it will not be with a traditional runway show and I’d like to use many more outlets than are currently available to me.  So I’ve withdrawn from the Fall shows in order to put together a presentation that more accurately represents the identity of the brand I’m trying to build.

NN- Why are you so passionate about sustainable fashion?

TS- I don’t think it should even be an option any more.  I think all design should be sustainable.  From textile design to architecture, I think we all need to look at the everyday choices we make and products we create and question whether they are necessary.  If we deem them so, then they absolutely should be sustainable

Be sure to check back next week for a really special giveaway sponsored by Study NY!

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Photo of the Week

(Vogue China June 09 photo via TFS)

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Affordable Plush Accessories: Black Lily

Theres nothing better than a durable leather bag.  And thats exactly what you’ll find among other accessories with Danish line Black Lily. Designers June Maria Carlsen and Inge Kindberg have created an affordable line of  exclusive accessories made from various materials like leather, cashmere, wool & silk. I enjoy that the line offers more than just bags you’ll find snazzy socks, cute scarves, cozy knit hats, swimsuits, even shoes. I’m hoping to see this brand stateside sooner than later, but until then you can browse their site & drool over the current and past collections!


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