Inspired by a mutual love of architecture and similar childhoods, surrounded by fashionable role models, Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant Zecchetto focus on two important things while designing collections for their LA based footwear label LoQ: design and timelessness. This explains the quirky little details that has allowed them to reinvent the classics, while still maintaining quality and comfort. Block heels are just slightly oversized, jutting out from the under the soles of shoes and suede ankle boots have zippers that run along the front. My interest is piqued and I’m excited to see more from this duo!
Ruffles upon ruffles, cut out shoulders, deconstructed shirts, stripes and more stripes, and best of all, real women . . . these are just a few of our favorite things from our favorite collections during New York Fashion Week:
Rachel Comey: In celebration of her brand’s 15th anniversary, Rachel Comey took her collection to the streets of New York, just like she did for her very first show. Models of all ages and genders donned engineered denim, ruffled blouses with interesting shoulder details, quilted jackets, embroidered rompers and textured trousers, showcasing the effortless vibe that draws us to her clothes season after season.
Hellessy: There was a refreshing sense of softness to Sylvie Millstein’s spring collection. Silhouettes of statement blouses, with swelled poet and elongated sleeves, and tops baring a single, or even just the slightest of shoulders, were carried over from previous collections. This season carried a more tender vibe, however, especially when tops were paired with fluid silk skirts and lightweight cotton trousers. Feminine, wearable and simply beautiful.
I’m 110% on board with the recent resurgence of rattan beds. Just like natural wicker lighting, rattan beds can infuse the right amount of airiness and tropical charm to a bedroom. Treasure seekers like Elsie Green have been hunting down mid century originals from Southern France. Other retailers like Serena & Lily and Anthropologie have modeled modern versions off vintage discoveries. I’m personally on the hunt for a rattan crib for little Coco. So if you happen to sniff around and find one, let me know!
Husband and wife duo Maria Diaz and Pepe Romero started their LA based handbag label Cuero&Mør without any background in design or fashion. They simply shared a deep desire to make bags that they felt were lacking in the market. The result is a collection of luxuriously simple bags, with a minimalist design approach and a strong focus on quality. The design duo works closely with a leather tannery and factory in their native Southern Spain, where each bag is handmade, hand stitched to last a lifetime. So far, so very good – though I’d love to see more unique and distinctive shapes in collections to come!