Fashion - #TheRealRunway at College Fashion Week with Her Campus

October 26, 2018

Boston, MA, USA
Models modeling Primark outfits 

 On Saturday, October 13 the annual College Fashion Week was held in Boston. The event was sponsored by  Her Campus, a media brand for empowered college women. It celebrated diversity, confidence, empowerment and entrepreneurship. It featured the must-have, buy-now fall styles. Forty college women walked the runway showcasing looks from Primark, Ulta Beauty and more.



Almay lounge 


 The event took place at Liberty Hall located in Revere Hotel. Before the show the attendees were welcomed with cocktails and special gifs from sponsors.

Ulta Beauty Bar 


The Runway 

Her Campus is committed to keeping things real: real college women and real diversity.

 “Her Campus has always been a mission-based organization with a goal of serving college women across every platform,” says Windsor Hanger Western, president and publisher of Her Campus Media and host of College Fashion Week®. “We are driven by – and for – the empowered college woman and are thrilled to showcase #TheRealRunway at College Fashion Week® this October.”

Photo credits: Annie Wang 

Fashion - Phylyda Swimwear SUITING FOR ALL

October 18, 2018

Phylyda (pronounced phil-le-da), a line of swimwear and après-swim loungewear by Lydia Maurer specializing in suiting for all—emphasis on all.

A collection that offers a pleasing array of beautifully printed and boldly colored swimwear ranging from sizes 4 to 18, and up to a 42F cup.

Phylyda aims to redefine fashion-forward swimwear for all, crafting the perfect-fitting separates that are made to mix and match and celebrate the nuances and diversity of the female figure. Pairing aesthetically-driven designs with fit-focused techniques and technology, each item in Phylyda’s collection is customizable and current. A pleasure-seeker first and foremost, the Phylyda woman knows she’s beautiful because she knows herself and reaches for swimwear that lets her truly dive into life.

The German-born 33-year-old designer, who studied at Studio Berçot in Paris and has brands such as Yves Saint LaurentGivenchy, and Paco Rabanne on her résumé, is back in her hometown, Berlin, and fearlessly taking the plunge into swimwear. “For the first year, it was all about funneling the great inspiration and knowledge I had gained throughout my career,” says Maurer. “Essentially, I think as a designer, it is my job to make pieces that work with the natural shape of different bodies and to bring out the best of what’s there!”

Where to find it: Phylydia 

NYFW - CAAFD Collective Showcases for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 19 Season

October 5, 2018

CAAFD Stages Two Highly Lauded Collective Showcases for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 19 Season

New York Fashion week always surprises me every season. This September was not different. I attended CAAFD Collective Showcases Spring/Summer 19 Season and was surprised by so many talented designers. 

CAAFDThe Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers, brought some of the best rising and emerging designers from around the globe to the fashion capital of the world for a spectacularly received set of Spring/Summer 19 Collective Showcases. CAAFD, in collaboration with iFashion Network, presented this Collective Showcase at both the renowned Pier 59 venue as well as the world famous Industria venue on September 10th, 2018. The Pier59 collective showcase’s lineup proved a thunderous occasion with designers and brands MOUTON BLANCZabetta Couture, Ayni and Thunyatorn, and the Industria collective showcase featured designers and brands Helena Bajaj-Larsen, Yufash, Sania Studio and Patricia Wijaya, both of which mark yet another successful and couldn’t be missed continuation of CAAFD’s long running series of NYFW showcases. Those in attendance were thrilled with the offerings, including several well-known models such as Madeline Stuart and actors including Mario Van Peebles.

I attended four designers shows at the Industria, which kicked off with an impressive introduction performance by musician Yoav Shemmesh, featuring the musician on a keytar and launchpad device which provided the rhythm sections for his playing. Following the performance was the first designer for this showcase, Helena Bajaj-Larsen. Featuring striking colors that remained consistent with through each design. Each piece featured unique designs, with no one inspiration, there were bits and pieces from various different countries and regions represented. 

Following that came Estonian born designer Kadri Klampe with her Yufash brand. This collection featured extremely unique cuts and sheer materials, creating an entirely unique look. Yufash played with colors and designs throughout each piece, featuring almost glitch-like patterns. 

Next came an intermission played by Yoav Shemmesh once again who played a custom CAAFDinspired piece which thrilled the audience goers, which led into Sania Studio and designer Sania Maskatiya with her Pakistani influences clear in her collection. The cuts in this collection remained modern, but the designs and colors were clearly inspired by Pakistan influences. 

Finishing this showcase came Patricia Wijaya, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, who closed NYFW with a bang. This showcase left New York City awed with an extraordinarily unique collection featuring fantastical inspired cuts and eye catching headwear. This collection had an underlying dark color palette, with dark blue and golds represented heavily to great effect. The shoes for this collection were provided by Cava Prive and jewelry was done by Dale Beevers.