September 18, 2014

Fashion Week Part 2

Welcome back for part two of our NYFW wrap up! Today we'll cover the rest of our Fashion Week circuit and continue to introduce you to more must-know emerging labels hitting the New York fashion scene this season.

photo via Peter Roessler

While attending Manufacture New York's 2nd Anniversary Party, we were super excited to hear that the company will receive a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to further support independent designers that produce locally. In response to the announcement, CEO/Founder Bob Bland delivered a heartwarming speech about how they are one step closer towards creating a better future for our world. The event took place at an intimate walk-up space at the RePopRoom in Chelsea and was packed with an eclectic group of guests from professors to health care professionals to fashionistas.

We also had a chance to have a quick chat with Chief of Technology and Research, Amanda Parkes as she explained how the future of the Brooklyn facility will house 30-35 emerging design labels as well as 110,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and a R&D lab for new textile and fashion research. Please stay tuned for a full length interview with Amanda about what else is happening at Manufacture New York over the coming weeks.

video via Ploosh

Ploosh handbags caused quite the hype at Fashion Week with their whimsical hippo and elephant shaped bags that are reminiscent of your favorite childhood toys. Their playful one-of-a-kind fashion accessories are available in three sizes and handcrafted using genuine Italian leather, embellished with Swarovski crystals, and even given a special tummy pocket.

Rinat Brodach, a designer from Israel that came to America to pursue her passion for fashion design, is another name to add to your watch list. This was her first time showing at NYFW and her collection took a simple dark palette of black and purples, dramatized by expert draping and sheer fabrications.

Also at Nolcha Fashion Week, was a friendly food inspired design competition called the Subway "Veggie Couture Challenge." Designers were invited to create an innovative outfit inspired by vegetables found at Subway restaurants. The winner, shown above, constructed a layered tulle dress inspired by an onion and took home a cash prize as well as the opportunity to display their design at a New York Subway restaurant.

photo via Lyla Jarn

Newcomer Lyla Jarn definitely created some buzz on the fashion scene this season and has already been picked up by Good Morning America. With a background in the Legal and Compliance sectors of the Financial Services industry, the designer is influenced by powerful women and creates her collection based on her exotic past in Sri Lanka, Zambia, and Australia.

B'VENAJ is an eclectic brand dedicated to the individual styles of designer Venessa Teye's siblings. The label is literally an acronym of her brother and sisters names: B (Brandi), V (Vanessa), E (Eleasha), N (Nathalie), A (Abigail), J (John). Her Spring/Summer 2015 line, entitled Dippo, is inspired by the puberty rights of Ada Foah, a tribe in the Greater Accra region of Ghana which is also know as her home. While the collection takes a contemporary approach and has added elements like scallops, it is still reflective of the garments usually worn during such rituals like beads around the waist and cloth covering the private areas.

Dharma Eyewear Co. is an eyeglass company that offers affordable and fashionable eyewear with an emphasis on quality. The Founder, Dhruv Jagasia, reigns from a family of eyeglass makers, which gives him the expertise to differentiate the brand from similar businesses. Not to mention, five percent of their proceeds go to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraiser that is committed to helping those in developing countries afford proper eye examinations and glasses.

The high-fashion millinery brand, Monstrousite commonly uses music as their main form of inspiration by creating a story of dark fairytales through their hat and headpiece designs. This season's collection, "The Rise of Ostara," was conceived from the Pagan religion's Ostara celebration of the spring equinox honoring the sacredness of both life and rebirth. The 23-year-old designer Dolly Donshey is currently based in Florida and just opened her own boutique in Tarpon Springs this year. 

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