June 19, 2018

Alexander Wang Launches “Collection 1”

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1; images via Vogue.com

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Alexander Wang Spring 2018

Alexander Wang Spring 2018, Collection 1

Downtown Americana grunge defined yet another effortlessly cool Alexander Wang collection —  “Collection 1” to be exact. And what better way to mark the beginning of Wang’s newly timed, off-schedule shows than with the inspiration and pride in Americana through Wang’s immigrant roots.

In true American fashion, a melting pot of patriotic references had its moment in the spotlight, from oversized football jerseys and championship rings to literal stars and stripes graphically painted across otherwise minimalist makeup looks. Embracing Wang’s signature nod to sportswear with hints of femme finesse, each look evoked a rock ’n’ roll edge that could easily be translated to the city streets. Re-imagined moto jackets complimented playful bandanas and biker shorts that peeked under pale washed denim cutoffs. Sheer bras and fuzzy cashmere jackets softened the otherwise masculine looks, featuring lavish leather and gratuitous layers of wide chain belts with auto hood ornaments.

A hodgepodge of American influences from Western bolo ties to Hawaiian leis coexisted with one another. Diverse cultural inspirations extracted from the United States map were abundant yet each look implicitly honed in on the downtown grit of New York City. Case in point: “Chinatown” emblazoned flannel plants and shimmering bodega grocery bags that elevated each look to make it current and dare I say, Instagrammable.

Check out some of the key looks from “Collection 1” in the gallery above.

May 29, 2018

Customize Your 2018 Look with Nicole Frank

Nicole Frank Shoe Straps, Images Courtesy of Nicole Frank

[Nicole Frank Shoe Straps, Images Courtesy of Nicole Frank]

Nicole Frank Carol Top

[Nicole Frank Ruth Top]

Nicole Frank Skirts and Dresses

[Nicole Frank Skirts and Dresses]

Nicole Frank Ruth Top

[Nicole Frank Ruth Top]

Nicole Frank Scarves

[Nicole Frank Scarves]

There’s a rising trend and increasing necessity in customization and multi-functional versatility within the fashion industry. Brands like Mansur Gavriel, Burberry and Goyard are placing increasing power on consumers through the freedom of customization. Women’s ready-to-wear apparel line, Nicole Frank is also built on customization but with an added layer of innovative ease and comfort to express your style, no matter the season. All pieces are made of high-tech, Swiss-imported fabrics that are wrinkle and stain-resistant for a consistently luxe and polished look.

For a must-have transition piece from day to night, opt for stylish shoe straps that elevate your heels and add a pep to your step. Available in emerald beaded embellishments or a preppy striped bow, the straps conveniently fit in any clutch so you can ease from dinner to drinks while also transforming your favorite pair of shoes.

Traveling to a summer getaway? Inject a vibrant yet playful boost of pattern to any handbag with multipurpose scarves that look just as eye-catching on your neck as it does as a bag strap. You can even braid it into your hair or use it as a belt to accent your outfit. Lightweight yet bold, each unique scarf is reworked from vintage fabrics so you can avoid sacrificing your style or suitcase space.

Transition from summer to fall with your clothing thanks to zip-on additions like a posh fur collar or leather cuff so you can wear your favorite pieces all-year-round. Browse through the slideshow above for some sartorial inspiration on styling the pieces.