Alexandra Kehayoglou was born into the first family of rug weavers in Argentina, making her career in rug making more of a calling than a choice. “I was born into a house with virtually floor to ceiling carpeting. I was raised in a family with a heritage of rug making, my grandparents were from a city called Isparta, now in modern day Turkey, my grandmother brought over her looms and her skills to Argentina handed down from her ancestors, then taught her children.” But for Alexandra, her carpets are less utilitarian and more of an art form – each treated almost like a painting where landscapes and terrains are woven and trimmed with dynamic, three dimensional texture. Her nature inspired work is so magical, Dries Van Noten commissioned her to to create a forest-like runway for his Spring 2015 show. It’s all so incredible, it makes you wanna reach out and just feel her work.
Just before we’re able to cross off those sumptuous suede mules and that perfectly minimalist leather moon clutch off our spring wish list, we’re left feeling insatiable after falling victim, once again, to Mansur Gavriel‘s latest collection. In addition to two new top handle totes, available in glossy patent leather, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have introduced five new shoe styles that include a backless pump, a flat Venetian loafer and most exciting of all, a suede ankle boot lined with shearling. Want, want, need . . .
Ponytails have been aplenty at New York Fashion Week – some more streamlined with just an elastic tied at the nape. Some were dressed with a few twists, velvet wraps and ribbon ties. Either way, these simple and effortless pulled back looks are easy to replicate at home!
With New York Fashion Week underway in record breaking freezing temperatures, I couldn’t be happier seeing experimental layering, new knitwear silhouettes and luxurious outerwear on the runway. These are our favorite collections thus far:
Sies Marjan : Dries Van Noten’s former creative director Sander Lak debuted his first collection yesterday and had everyone abuzz with his feminine and youthful ease. Pretty pastels and abstract floral prints were offset by sophisticated neutrals and 90s inspired silk cargo pants and skirts are sure to be on many wish lists come fall. Can’t wait to see more from Sander!
A Détacher: Mona Kowalska combined elements of “cowboy, biker and oversize” into a collection that left us all aspiring to layer the A Détacher way. We’re loving the pops of bubble gum pink under sweater skirts and tailored blazers worn over long tunics and trousers. And the knit head wraps worn under beanies? Copying, stat.