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The Dichotomy of Myth & Modernity


Michael Fausto, a luxury evening and ready to wear brand, centers on the dichotomy of myth and modernity.

Trained in the ateliers of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Badgley Mischka, designer Michael Fausto Oliu was able to hone his design skills under the tutelage of master artisans. Just after graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology and working for prominent fashion houses of New York, his gowns were donned by Robin Roberts at the Oscars, Allison Janney at the Emmys, and Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards. With designs featured in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, and WWD, he decided to embark on creating a collection of his own vision.

Launched in October 2019, the debut presentation was hosted at the illustrious Baccarat Hotel in New York. Over the following months, his fantastical silhouettes and crafted textures garnered admiration from industry and media alike. In addition to features in WWD and a partnership with luxury silversmith, Christofle, his designs are consistently pulled by stylists for editorials and red- carpet dressing. Celebrities such as the iconic Carmen Dell’Orefice, Emmy-winner Laverne Cox, Oscar-winner Julia Kennelly, and starlet Bailee Madison have been dressed in his designs.

The brand’s latest collection plays on a similar idea of modern-age couture; combining structured silhouettes with vibrant colours and intricate detailing. From unparalleled, flattering silhouettes to swing dresses that act like modern-day ball gowns, Michael’s undeterring ability to combine his learned skill set and expertise with a thorough understanding of the market creates pieces like no other.

Michael Fausto aims to serve the modern heroine. Delivering a refined sensibility coupled with a flare for drama, this clothing is made to exalt women. Since the world began, women have worn the title of creator, mother, lover and countless more; and it is our goal to celebrate every incarnation.

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Images provided by Michael Fausto

Patuna Bushyhead SS 2015 Collection


Couture Fashion Week 2014 graced us with all the elegance and fine details a fairy tale princess and modern day fashionista could ask for. Among the new and returning designers whose impeccable visions walked the runway in the past weeks, Patuna Bushyhead—a couture designer originally from the Republic of Georgia—made her return with her SS 2015 collection that dazzled everyone. The show made its debut right after an upbeat performance from Nini DeRossi, which had everyone in their seats bumping to the beat and ready for more. Patuna’s latest collection left little to no room for wanting more after its fabulous runway show featured models wearing gowns draped in silks or lace. Each piece fit beautifully to the models wearing them, showing off every detail that Patuna puts into her designs. Touches of crystals, Swarovski stones, beads, and layering of different fabrics were present in this year’s line, creating an almost romantic 1920’s effect. Sounds like fashion couture love, doesn’t it?

Check out some wardrobe wishlist looks below from the show, and visit Patuna Bushyhead’s website, patunafashion.com, for more information on her line.
Patuna Bushyhead SS 2015 Collection: Photographs courtesy of Michael Doroc 

VARNHH by Sakshee Babbr SS 2015 Collection


Debuting her first line at Couture Fashion Week was a fashionable success for designer Saskshee Babbr of VARNHH. Her eveningwear collection, feturing colors in Sanskrit, represented just that with each vibrant and intricate gown that lighted up the runway. Nothing but silk was used in each design, creating a fluidity in the line with the various colors. Each colored, full gown wowed the crowd with the attention that went into creating such well-done and high-quality pieces. From pleated details on waistlines to gorgeous neck pieces on some the gowns were the definition of couture fashion. VARNHH no doubt brought some color to the runway that was positively received. This was indeed a sophisticated, elegant, and strong first collection from Sakshee Babbr! It’s safe to say that Cliché cannot wait to see what else is in store for this young, talented designer. We wish her the best of luck!

Check out some of VARNHH’s beautiful looks below that we loved, and visit Sakshee Babbr’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Varnnh, for more information on the line and upcoming news.
VARNHH by Sakshee Babbr SS 2015 Collection: Photo credit goes to Julian Alexander  and Michael Doroc 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Goes Punk


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The early 1970s gave birth to the punk style and way of life, characterized by its dark, edgy, and do-it-yourself trends. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently highlighting the trend and its aesthetic to show the influences it has had on fashions, past and present, in the exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The exhibit is organized into seven galleries designed to provide a multisensory experience for viewers with animated clothing, music videos, and audio techniques from several time periods. Each of these galleries serves to tell the story of the punk trend and its origins in London and New York, as well as highlight the ways in which it has impacted the high fashion trends that have become so popular today.

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The showcase features one hundred  designs for both males and females that show the convergence of the punk “do-it-yourself” trend and the couture “made-to-measure” motto. It examines the materials, techniques and embellishments of both the punk style itself and the manner in which it is incorporated into current high fashion designs. The exhibition highlights the presence of the punk aesthetic in modern fashions in highlighting its characteristic  “do-it-yourself” themes such as Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy, which are represented in one of the galleries.

Expect to be dazzled by the international fashions of today that keep the punk trend alive! The exhibit runs now through August 14th. Don’t miss the chance to release your inner punk and learn about fashion while doing so.
Feature Image and Post Photos Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org