New York, Sep 11 (AP/UNB) — After two seasons in Paris, Proenza Schouler designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough are back at New York Fashion Week— and emphatically so.
With their new collection they've gone all-American in spirit: denim, denim and more denim, with almost no embellishment — no embroidery, feathers or sequins. And though the fabric came from Japan, the collection was entirely made in the United States.
"In Paris you kind of get into all the embroideries and the feather work, and you're relying on all that technique," Hernandez said. "And going back to New York (we thought), 'Why don't we do the whole collection in one fabric, and what if that fabric was denim? What could we do with that? So we really limited the scope of material in a major way."
The collection featured voluminous denim dresses, jackets and skirts, with the latter often covering thigh-high boots. In the place of embellishment techniques, there was tie-dying and acid washing. As for accessories, there were Western-style, bandanna-like scarves across the neck, and tote bags so large it seemed one could fit another human inside them.
This season, the duo also collaborated with Berlin-based sculptor Isa Genzken — "one of our idols," Hernandez said — for inspiration for their designs. When guests entered Monday's show in downtown Manhattan, they were confronted with a large installation by the German artist of mannequins dressed in bits of Proenza garments.
"We sent her some pieces, she ended up making an installation, with the clothes, and we started riffing off the installation and putting it into the collection," McCollough said. "So it was two separate bodies of work, riffing off of each other, in a way."
While the duo was happy to be back in New York, the designers weren't ruling out showing again in Paris one day — or somewhere else.
"I think the beauty of the world we live in today is that things are just more fluid," McCollough said. "Especially a company like ours. We're an independent company. We don't have to be told what calendar to follow, we can bounce around, try things out. We learned a lot in Paris both good and bad, and you kind of build off that and evolve it, you leave the stuff that didn't work behind and keep the new stuff."
"I think what's cool is bouncing around, trying different things out and seeing where it lands."
An advantage of the new pared-down style is that some items are now more affordable than some of Proenza Schouler's more elaborately embellished garments.
McCollough noted that one of the biggest sellers of a recent Paris collection was a long-sleeved, tie-dyed dress priced lower than many bigger-ticket items — which also turned out to be the most attention-getting and most photographed look.
"It got us thinking about clothes in a different way," he said. "Maybe everything doesn't need to be so embellished. Maybe everything doesn't need to be $12,000.
New York, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — A rosy hue washed over a room at the New York Public Library as models wearing vibrant pinks, greens and blues followed a winding silver line of glitter on a pink carpet. The shimmering line was an homage to late designer Kate Spade at the New York Fashion Week show of her former brand.
Spade, the creator of iconic handbags that became popular for their bright, playful style, killed herself in June after suffering from depression and anxiety for years. Though she and her husband, Andy Spade, had sold the company they co-founded, it still carries her name and wanted to honor its icon Friday as it presented its spring collection.
When guests arrived, there was a note on their seats saying "she left a little sparkle everywhere she went. in loving memory 1962-2018."
Spade, 55, walked away from the company in 2007 and its new owners — Coach, now known as Tapestry — tapped Nicola Glass as its new creative director. Glass' first collection is a modern twist on Spade classics with cheerful patterns of hearts, flowers and, of course, spades. Knee-high boots in unexpected colors that included lavender and sunny yellow popped against silk dresses and high collared blouses.
"So the inspiration really started by going back to looking at the core DNA of the brand. ... To me there was a purity of their design approach, the use of color but also there was always this kind of fun and fun joyfulness, very optimistic. ... I was trying to get the essence of that and interpret it in a new way," Glass said.
The brand known for accessories paired oversized sunglasses with glamorous silk headscarves that channeled Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Signature handbags included pink and purple clutches with bright red hearts, slouchy gingham totes, and yellow and green bucket bags with cutout leather shapes. Unconventional trench coats were sheer pink and flower-spotted. Platform shoes were aimed at style as well as comfort.
Several celebrities came out in support, including actresses Elizabeth Olsen, Suki Waterhouse and Kate Bosworth. Bosworth said she "absolutely loved" the designs.
"This is such a happy brand and she has breathed such beautiful life into the brand while respecting the heritage of it. It's fun, it's happy, it's playful, it's whimsical, and yet also it's high-end and thoughtful," Bosworth said.
Actress and fashion maven Priyanka Chopra said she loved the "spring vibe" of the show and the glittery tribute to Spade.
"I loved that the models were walking on the sparkle. It was so much fun. It was like fairy dust. Amazing," she said.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) will host an evening of Nazrul Sangeet, Rabindra Sangeet and modern songs by Debolina Sur on Monday evening at Kabi Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in the city.
Debolina Sur belongs to a wonderful cultural family background and this leads her going forward with music.
As a child artist she achieved so many awards and National awards too “Natun Kuri” is one of them.
She went to Visva Bharati University of Shantiniketan and there she completed her Modern Music (Honors) with Rabindra Sangeet.
She achieved first class there. She had a great opportunity to learn music personally from Swastika Mukherjee, Gora Sarbadhikari, Vasabi Mukherjee.
Entry for the event is open to all and there is no need to collect invitation pass, said a press release.
New York, Sep 9 (AP/UNB) — Marian Avila, a 21-year-old Spanish model with Down syndrome, fulfilled her dream to walk at New York Fashion Week thanks to an Atlanta designer she met through the magic of social media.
And she did it with flair Saturday in the ballroom of a Midtown hotel in evening looks of red and gold, her parents and siblings in the audience and other models who have challenges by her side.
"I felt really happy and I really loved the runway," Avila said through a translator after the Saturday show. "I wanted to show the world that there are no barriers."
No barriers for women of all kinds is Talisha White's mission, as a designer focused on prom, pageant and special occasion outfits and as an active pageant contestant as well.
A model White knew had stumbled on a story about Avila's fashion week dream online. She told White of Avila's quest and they reached out to Avila on Facebook.
"She's been a busy supermodel, meeting with all types of people," White said of the attention Avila and her dream have received in the United States, her home country and across Europe. "I'm very glad for her. She's been meeting with Vogue. She's been meeting with Harper's Bazaar. She's been meeting in different showrooms, different modeling agencies."
Avila is from the Benidorm area, in the province of Alicante in eastern Spain on the Mediterranean coast. She was accompanied by her parents and siblings. At home, she said, "I practice every day," referring to her love of modeling.
"I'm studying modeling and to become an actress," Avila said.
She walked the runway with models young and old, including one in a wheelchair, Tae McKenzie of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a young girl who also has Down syndrome. White's 43 looks were shown like a rainbow with glimmering beaded embellishments on some in red, pink, gold, white, black and rose. Some pageant queens walked the runway, too, with a few in the audience, their sashes and crowns in place.
White, 25, thought of a rainbow to represent "women's empowerment and beauty from the inside out," she said.
"I wanted to show not just one type of girl is beautiful. I like to showcase all types of girls, from pageant girls to models in wheelchairs, models with Down syndrome, models who are 4 feet and told they can never be a model. They are my 'it' girl," she explained.
This isn't White's first time showing at fashion week. Her first show was in September 2016, in a church.
"The pastor was mad because we came early and church was still going on and we were loud," she laughed. "You have to start somewhere."
As for Avila, White "loves giving girls opportunities to blossom and fulfill their dreams."
How will she do that?
"The mission of my business is to change the world one stitch at a time, but I know I'm not going to do that just by making pretty dresses. It's going to be the women who wear those pretty dresses," White said. "People like Marian Avila and Tae McKenzie, who are breaking boundaries in the fashion industry."
Dhaka, Dept 8 (UNB)- Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) and Access to Information (A2i) on Saturday signed a Momentum if Understanding (MoU) in the city, aiming to ensure growth and skill development youth countrywide.
The two parties signed the MoU at the 8th Communication Summit at Le Meridian Dhaka.
Mostafizur Rahman, Project Director of A2i programme, and Shariful Islam, Founder and Managing Director of BBF, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
Under the MoU, BBF and A2i will work jointly on five key areas- skill development for employment, innovation, engaging Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in the country's progress, district branding through which each district will connect their population in branding activities and Human Development Media, said Shariful Islam.
Other officials of A2i and BBF were also present at the MoU signing ceremony.
The 8th edition of Communication Summit, a flagship initiative of Bangladesh Brand Forum to bring together creative professionals from diverse sectors, is being held on Saturday in the city.
This year the theme of the summit is 'Creativity Matters' presented by Meghna Group of Industries.
Speaking on the occasion Shariful Islam, Founder and Managing Director of Bangladesh Brand Forum said, in the age of technology and social media, creativity will remain as the key driver for the communication industry and brand building.
Startup businesses and brands will play a significant role in country's economy in the coming two decades contributing to boost the GDP, he added.
This year the summit is comprised of four keynote sessions, two panel discussions, four case study presentations and four breakout sessions.
Tay Guan Hin, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, TGH Collective, Creative Director – Global Executive, South East Asia, J Walter Thompson; Jayen Mehta, Managing Director (in-charge), Amul Dairy, Anand; Ali Shabaz, Chief Creative Officer, Grey MENA (Middle East & North Africa); and Samuel Diaz Fernandez, Founder and Program Director, School of Slow Media are among the keynote speakers.
Communication Summit will be followed by Commward: Excellence in Creative Communication, the largest recognition platform for Bangladeshi advertising industry.
A total of 487 entries were submitted by 50 creative agencies for this year's Commward and across 23 categories, the award will be given to 85 creative works in three ranks.
Commward is organized in association with Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and powered by The Daily Star.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the summit, Asif Iqbal, Executive Director Marketing of Meghna Group of Industries (MGI), underscored the necessity of thinking for creative communication to play a role in consumers' lives.
Jayen Mehta, Managing Director of Amul Dairy, a renowned Indian milk brand, talked about how consistent communication play a big role to build the brand a successful one around the world.
Intersection between context, content, consistency and consumer is very important to ensure successful communication strategy to promote a brand, he added.