NYFW Fall 2017 - Verdad by Louis Verdad

February 16, 2017

 Photos: Noam Galai

Louis Verdad, a new womenswear brand helmed by veteran LA designer Louis Verdad, debuted its Fall/Winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sunday February 12th at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea. Fall/Winter 2017 marks the second season and the very first runway presentation in New York for the LA based label.

For its newest collection, VERDAD took its mood inspiration from Fall on the streets of LA – with tops, separates and dresses in a range of dark colors, floral and watercolor inspired prints mixed with crisp cream looks and shimmering paillettes for evening. Long knits, sheer blouses and voluminous sweaters made playful statements of volume through artful layering. Classic VERDAD design signatures include a bomber jacket and midi length, knife pleated skirts.

Models on the runway wore sleek ponytails and directional makeup – a look VERDAD created in collaboration with AVEDA for hair and makeup. Accessories provided a strong counterpoint to the runway looks. Shoes were provided by Perla Formentini with some new styles created by the Italian shoe brand in collaboration for VERDAD FW17. Lillian Shalom provided jewelry, Gaspar Gloves outfitted models with gloves, sunglasses were provided by ic! berlin and HUE provided tights and socks for the runway looks. Guests and models enjoyed sipping on Hint Water and Arizona Tea while enjoying the presentation.

The founder and creative director, Louis Verdad, whose luminous career spans 15+ years dressing the likes of Madonna, Cate Blanchett, Christina Aguilera and more under his namesake label, had his sights set on a runway presentation in New York since launching VERDAD last year. “I see the VERDAD woman as someone who travels effortlessly from LA to New York on a regular basis so it made sense for me to show my collection during New York Fashion Week,” explains the designer. “I am inspired by the women who wear my clothes in both these cities- LA for the lifestyle and attitude and New York for the precision and the playfulness.”

NYFW Fall 2017 - Dan Liu

February 15, 2017

Dan Liu Treats Guests to a Fall Fairy Tale on a Cold Winter Morning

Dan Liu is developing a reputation for putting on a show at New York Fashion Week and this season he outdid himself; Modern dance, a George Michael tribute, a model fairy, and as always beautiful fashions all took center stage at Dan Liu’s Fall/Winter 2017 runway show. Lui , dubbed the ‘King of the Cocktail’ dress, presented a fall collection complete with tweed coats, knit dresses and vibrant silk scarves teeming with wearable pieces.

The full house of chatter came to a hush and the runway went dark and from the darkness the magical whimsy began as modern dancer, Irakli Shengelia, performed for guests with an interpretive dance.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Dan Liu / Photos by: Neilson Barnard
The fashion picked up on the fall theme pulling out the red tones of foliage as a model sashayed down the runway in a vibrant red floor-length coat. The red hues continued and slowly transitioned into graphic printed, color blocked, and structured cocktail dresses that were expertly tailored. Liu’s designs all featured intricate and unexpected details elevating each look such as a “pop-art” anime detailed collar peeking out of a black double-breasted pea coat. The collection contained a mix of mod silhouettes, dresses and coats with classic feminine European styling that one could imagine on the likes of Kate Middleton.  Looks included vibrant silk scarves and bold hued shoes by Liliana Shoes that accentuated the versatility of Dan Liu’s designs.

The evening ended with a true surprise for the audience complete with a finale tribute to George Michael where the designer himself sang “Kissing a Fool” while a modern interpretive dancer in a morph costume covered in autumn leaves danced around the runway in true theatrical fashion.

Dan, best known for his tailoring that accentuates the female form with a romantic flair, modernized classic silhouettes with large flounced sleeves and embellishments of crystal and embroidery. Dan Liu is one of Canada’s best design exports and has become a household name with his successful, funky couture line, Tatsuki. 

Notable attendees included Dorothy Wang and Bianca Espada from The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Jersey Shore’s Sammi Giancola. Miss USA - Deshuana Barber, Miss Universe - Iris Mittenaere, and Serbian Singer Didi J.

NYFW Fall 2017 - Leanne Marshall

February 14, 2017

Known for stunning ethereal gowns full of fluid movement, Leanne Marshall’s Autumn Winter 2017 collection brought the packed house to its knees with jaw dropping gowns, pops of red and surprising prints. The designer kept her runway devoid of any theatrics or props, and instead let her collection act as the star of the show with intricate beading, plunging necklines and her signature flowing silk and chiffon. The runway featured elegant gowns and separates that offered a fresh twist to her signature style and a black strapless finale gown with beading and feathers that had celebs and stylists clamoring for a post-show visit backstage.

Byline: Neilson Barnard, Credit: Getty Images for Leanne Marshall Designs

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