Last weekend, Saturday April 26, was the 62nd annual DAAP Fashion Show held at the University of Cincinnati’s campus recreation center. Every year, students from UC’s college of Design, Agriculture, Art, and Planning create their senior projects and present them … Continue reading
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This season, Phillip Lim’s collection has an eclectic vibe to it; you can find patchwork details, mixed prints, and modestly placed sheer paneling all on the runway simultaneously. Somehow, the diversity of these looks is what makes them so unified. … Continue reading
Jason Wu’s Spring ’13 collection was among my top five. I love how he is able to balance such feminine fabrics (organza and lace) with an edgier construction (bondage, backless, cropped tops). While Wu did go in a different direction … Continue reading
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Street style with a slight twist of colors and patterns was Hiromichi Ochiai’s approach for his label Facetasm for A/W 2012-2013 collection. The show took place at Tokyo Fashion Week and was entitled “Because I Was Certain That It Must Be Something Ahead of This, I Made It”, featuring a captivating selection of outerwears, knits, dresses and accessories that unmistakably gave the audience a visionary moment during the show. Ochiai was still with his essentials: impeccable tailoring, edgy aesthetic, unconventional cutting, texture, pattern and material mishmash–from the wild animal print to the sophisticated scottish plaid–the leopard peacoat, the wool oversized biker vest and the burgundy robe, evidence that outerwear was still his main vocabulary.
What felt new this season was the vivid color palette, bold pattern and the androgynous silhouette compared to the Spring collection. The biker jackets were the collection’s headliner–there was a delicate and subtle touch in the salmon asymmetrical sleeved biker jacket, same with the gray cape-biker cotton blend jacket with little pocket on the front–reminds me of Gucci cape meets Perfecto jacket in the 1970′s; an unsual-yet-cool blending.
For the boys, almost all the looks were paired with a short; oversized baseball jacket, plaid shirt, leopard gradation sleeved parkas, shearling cuff peacoat and mostly came in pretty strong colors for men in winter– although it would’ve been nice to see more trousers. The Tokyo street style notion of this collection may not everybody’s cup of tea and frankly sometimes it was over the top, but nevertheless, the designer made his point.
Images via Tokyo Fashion Week
It was Dowon Kim (DO) & Yk Kim (YK) exceptional-cool label Human Potential that got me thinking how androgynous pieces can make someone look cool in either gender. It was a rare situation when it comes to a collection that will work for both. If it was not too feminine for the boys, then it would be too masculine for the girls; Human Potential triumphantly break my expectation to that issue. Graduated from Parsons, YK carried an extraordinary vision of New York to build an innovative fashion brand when she decided to return to Seoul. Until one day she met DO who shared the same vision and decided to join forces in 2008 under the label, Human Potential.
Human Potential based in Seoul, South Korea signed a licensing agreement with Flux Apparel Inc to manufacture and distribute their masterwork in the U.S. in 2011. With vast interest from both consumers and artists from UK, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, New Zealand, Brazil and Singapore, Human Potential is set to spread the crazy Human Potential virus to larger market in the coming decade. A smart step to face the global fashion scenario.
For Spring Summer 2012, the collection entitled “FISH OUT OF WATER “ a deep thought of the designers on how they perceive life meaning. “When a fish is out of water, Its life will depend on water drops its received, but it will ultimately die. Just like us human beings” said YK to emphasize Human Potential’s Spring collection. The duo interpreted the rock -n- roll aesthetic by adding digital print element into the everyday wear as their trademark. For instance, the printed leather biker vest and the rayon long-sleeved tees were illustrious representations of how the duo translated their love of books into an inspiration.
There’s something a bit spaceship-invasion feeling in its dark patterns: the printed tees paired with wrap skirts, provided a darker side in simplicity shape compared to their Spring outing–but somehow you’ll love the coolness vibe on every piece. With many Korean celebrities wearing Human Potential pieces on the stage and even in their real life–it was a breakthrough moment of a label who struggled in a city where fashion is one of the big aspects of life and also a fresh infuse to the global fashion scene from Eastern talents. All in all, Human Potential proved their potentials.
Bold prints were all the rage on the Spring/Summer 2012 runways. Designers like Peter Som and Mary Katrantzou were among many who took to this trend in their collection (see the videos below for their runway show). While these loud prints can be hard to pull off, there’s something enticing about them that draws us in. My advice on how to pull this off? Start small and wear Aztec or floral leggings, then build up to the daring, statement jackets and dresses. This spring is going to be FUN!