Vantan Tokyo was born in 2009, as part of Vantan Design Institute’s incubation. Its goal is to help students launch their careers in the fashion industry. Vantan has already presented three times at the Paris Fashion Week and this was their first New York show. Four designers showcased their collections this season: Cheryl Chee, Masato Miyata, Yuya Kubohara and Cheung Siu Yan. It was interesting to see that most of the clothing was very reminiscent of the hottest fall/winter 2012 trends forecasted by both New York and Tokyo. The collections seemed to perfectly reflect the daytime wear of a fashionable big city resident. Trends: turtlenecks, leg warmers, sleeveless jackets, patterned leggings, knee-high boots. FAJO‘s favourite piece: orange, oversized blazer with abstract prints.
Kati Stern’s latest collection focused on eveningwear perfectly fit for the Red Carpet. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, Stern put a spotlight on a variety of cocktail dresses and gowns, producing a show that consisted of … 70 pieces! Many of them were either tight-fitting, body-hugging numbers, or pieces that gently draped around the models’ bodies. Crystal decorations and trimmings were also popular, including appearances by oversized bows and draped peplum-style dresses. Trends: Lace, silk, chiffon, fur, velvet, strapless or single-strap dresses. FAJO‘s favourite piece: a black sheer bustier top with black feather collar, paired with a floor-length skirt.
This runway presentation was an explosion of colour. One of the strongest fall trends is creating a collage of several fabrics in a single piece of clothing, and no other designer did it better than Custo Dalmau. The collection consisted of true attention-grabbing statement pieces. Think sequined/wool mini-dresses for women and multi-zipper/multi-patchwork jackets for men. Trends: multi-fabric combinations, knee-high open-toe boots. FAJO‘s favourite piece: a fringe-filled, green-hooded, coat-like dress.
Nomia’s collection was, perhaps, one of the most comfortable, classic and wearable ones. It consisted of many pieces that would be perfect for a business woman, while simultaneously adding a touch of elegance and femininity. Skinny pants, soft fabrics and collared shirts were combined with muted colours. There was a recurring use of black, royal blue, fuchsia and forest green. Trends: Blazers, multi-fold dresses, patch-like multi-fabric stockings. FAJO‘s favourite piece: A little black dress with a thigh-high slit (this one is not for the office) and cut shoulders, paired with a fur collar.
Miele is an established and well-respected designer, whose fabulously exotic collection drew its inspiration from Brazilian cowgirls, called gaúchas. The runway showcase had a strong Latin feel, including boleros, ponchos and plenty of embroidery. Peep-toe mini-boots added a sexy feel, while hats provided a daring touch. Trends: Capes, skinny pants, multi-coloured tie belts. FAJO‘s favourite piece: A taupe fur cape, paired with skinny pants.