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Beneath Rhinestones & Rainbow Buttons: Patrick Kelly, A Pioneer of Intersectional Fashion in the 1980s

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1980s Fashion Designer Patrick Kelly in his “Paris” baseball hat. Photo credits: https://www.mcnayart.org/blog/fashion-nirvana-patrick-kelly

Oversized bows, rainbow button embroidery, rhinestone Eiffel Tower motifs: American designer Patrick Kelly was an iconoclastic visionary in the 1980s fashion scene. Born in Mississippi in 1954, Kelly’s exuberant aesthetic especially shaped Parisian and New York nightlife culture, offering young men and women a novel form of self-expression. Inspired by his own cultural heritage and an exploration of his sexuality, Kelly’s work served as powerful racial statements in his time, albeit conveyed with humor. Though short-lived, Kelly’s decade-long career was prolific; a catalyst for audacious new forms of dress, his legacy is manifested in the wide range of intersectional celebration in the fashion industry today. 

Raised by his mom and grandma, who introduced him to the world of fashion magazines, Kelly cultivated an interest in fashion at an early age. By his early 20’s, Kelly had become an independent couturier. His designs paid homage to Parisian culture through humorous references to French fashion and art history. For instance, his silhouettes emulated iconic styles of Parisian namesake labels, such as CoCo Chanel’s slinky black dresses and the gender-bending silhouettes of YSL’s suits. At the same time, many of these ensembles were accessorized with overt references to his dream hometown such as berets and avant-garde headdresses and decorated with ironic embellishments, such as rhinestones in the shape of The Eiffel Tower, red lipstick patterns, or a framed Mona Lisa motif placed sporadically across the fabric. This playful approach to celebrating Parisian culture was unprecedented at its time; Kelly articulated to the press at a runway show in the late 80s that his central goal as a designer was for “his clothes to make you smile.” 

Patrick Kelly “Love” gowns, which represented his love for art, fashion, and expression, 1988. Photo credits: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303678404579533602198595352

Kelly moved to Paris in 1979, where his avant-garde aesthetic attracted instant media coverage. The publicity from his widely-admired 1985 spread in Elle France precipitated the establishment of his own commercial business, and, by the end of the 1980s, he was a namesake label in the New York and Parisian nightlife scene. As Dilys Blu, curator of The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 2014 exhibition Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love wrote, his work was greatly influenced by the “the heady, inventive, and often-subversive urban milieu” of New York and Paris’ subcultures namely, queer and African American communities. His ensembles featured overt references to queer pride, such as rainbow buttons embroidered in the motif of a large heart, a “I Love Patrick Kelly” pattern swooping across the front of a gown, and rainbow tulle and pinwheels as accessories.

Kelly’s designs grew increasingly adventurous and complex over the course of his career trajectory. Though his work was predominantly recognized for its aesthetic novelty, it also served as a tangible manifestation of his cultural identity. For instance, his most seminal pieces were inspired by African American folklore and his Southern roots. The influence of his heritage and cultural identity were evident in the poofy skirts, voluminous silhouettes, usage of denim, and overalls featured in the collection.  

Patrick Kelly SS89 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani. Photo credits: https://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/19678/1/the-secret-history-of-patrick-kelly

Patrick Kelly SS89 Collection, photographed by Oliviero Toscani. Photo credits: https://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/19678/1/the-secret-history-of-patrick-kelly

Kelly’s runway shows brought his racial and cultural pride to life, as they celebrated racial diversity and body inclusivity. Some of his models’ walks were also inspired by drag culture; they danced down the stage and performed gender-bending acts such as removing a traditionally-female wig while wearing extravagant makeup during their walk. This could be due in part to Kelly’s involvement in and creative inspiration from the gay nightlife scene in Paris and New York. Additionally, many of the collection’s most striking details  such as the Golliwog logo, Aunt Jemima bandana dresses, and black baby-doll brooches — served as satirical yet playful racial statements. For instance, the Golliwog logo, which became a part of Patrick Kelly’s brand logo, was prevalent throughout many of his designs. In his 1988 runway show, the motif is scattered across one white, body-con gown from 1988. On the black version of the gown, its placement seemed more intentional, as it sat on the bust and backside of the model. Another design, a pair of denim overalls with colorful buttons, was embroidered with a large Golliwogo motif; it was styled with a white t-shirt printed with red hearts and the silhouette of a woman in a crinoline skirt and a baseball hat embroidered with the word “PARIS.” Modeled by an African American male, this multifaceted and dynamic piece opened a dialogue about the intersection of race, sexuality, and cultural identity present in his work. 

A young prodigy, Kelly passed away from AIDS on January 1, 1990, but his influence on New York and Parisian culture are long-lasting. He was not only the first African American designer who rose to fame in France but also the first American designer who was invited to join the Chambre Syndicale, an exclusive body of professionals within the French ready-to-wear community. His legacy in the fashion industry is also manifested in the designs of several contemporary designers, such as the whimsical New York-based streetwear label, Gerlan Jeans. Founded by fashion designer and graphic artist Gerlan Marcel, Gerlan Jeans pays homage to Kelly’s unapologetically loud and vibrant aesthetic; featuring reinterpretations of Kelly’s iconic oversized bows, colorful buttons, and quirky embellishments, the label strives to dress those who are fearless in the way they dress. What is perhaps most powerful about Kelly’s impact on the industry was his commitment to diversity and cultural pride. In addition to offering new, avant-garde forms of self expression, his work opened a dialogue about the intersection of identity, sexuality, and fashion, as it challenged racial and cultural boundaries within the fashion industry.

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Photo Credits: Brooklyn Museum, Dazed Magazine, Wall Street Journal, McNay

From Le Smoking to Pantsuit Nation: The Legacy of the Power Suit

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Gabriela Hearst Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear Pantsuit at NYFW. Photo credits: https://www.tag-walk.com/en/look/124918

In September, 2018, Grabriela Hearst’s lux pantsuit was greeted with an uproar of applause during her Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear NYFW presentation. Sleek, architectural, and minimal, yet elevated, the silk ensemble pays homage to the notion of the “feminine mode” in everyday reality. It pairs a single-breasted blazer with tailored trousers, straddling the line between everyday workwear and high-end luxury. In fact, just one out of many that took the runway by storm these past two years, the pantsuit has become one of the most powerful trends of the decade.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and a cultural shift towards greater female representation in the political realm, a resurgence in feminist tropes have become ubiquitous in the fashion industry. The “power suit,”in particular, heralded by Harper’s BAZAAR as a staple trend of the year, has become a pervasive motif for women’s empowerment in both the workplace and popular culture. It has trickled across various consumer demographics and price points, a staple on both the red carpet and in the millennial closet. 

While the pantsuit might seem like an established garment category today, it was practically perceived as a crime just one century ago. Mere pants did not emerge as a trend for women until the early 1900s, when French designer Paul Poiret designed womenswear pants that were inspired by a harem costume. Few women in Europe and the US wore them, however, as they were viewed as outrageous and inappropriate. In Puerto Rico in 1919, social labor organizer Luisa Capetillo was even sent to jail for being the first woman to wear pants in public. As Marjorie Jolles, a women’s studies professor at Roosevelt University, articulated, “It was just top-to-bottom sex. And that, I think, can be traced to the fact that for at least some of our recent Western history, a divided crotch—so pants as opposed separately encased in fabric—was thought to be the height of immodesty.”

Following the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, women began to harness new agency in not just the political realm but also the social sphere. As able-bodied men left for World War I, women took their places in the workforce, which offered new opportunities in terms of dress. In 1918, for instance, Levi Strauss introduced the “Freedom-Alls,” a women’s trouser-style cotton tunic over balloon pants. Similarly, in the luxury sector, French couturier Coco Chanel launched her 1923 “signature suit,” a two-piece set inspired by menswear and designed for post-war women to enter the workforce. A symbol for women’s growing agency in the workplace, the bottoms consisted of a knee-length skirt instead of pants but laid the groundwork for the modern pantsuit.

As the film scene skyrocketed in the 1940s, many Hollywood stars — most notably, Audrey Hepburn — began to adopt fitted tuxedo-esque jackets with wide-leg trousers. Menswear-inspired apparel did not become ubiquitous in the womenswear market until World War II, however, when the percentage of women in the workplace rose from 27% to 37%. Levi’s womenswear finally gained consumer appeal, and women’s workwear began to emerge as a segment of the industry.

Le Smoking, 1967. Photo credits: https://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/yves-saint-laurent-le-smoking-couture/

In the 1960s, a decade of great political upheaval and particularly huge strides in women’s rights, French designer Yves Saint Laurent pioneered the modern day pantsuit in 1966. Known as Le Smoking, this first tuxedo-suit for women consisted of a dinner jacket, trousers, a white shirt, a black bowtie, and a cummerbund. It received mixed responses, as YSL was the first couturier to present pants as a form of women’s evening wear. Many women who ventured wearing this bold look were denied entrance at restaurants and conferences. When New York socialite Nan Kempner was refused entry at restaurant Le Côte Basque in New York, she removed her pants, donning her blazer as a mini dress. Heralded as the epitome of the YSL woman, she received widespread praise, helping to popularize Le Smoking and challenging regulations against antiquated gendered dress codes. 

Throughout the 1970s, Le Smoking became an increasingly ubiquitous evening-wear staple, especially when actress Bianca Jagger adopted the look on her wedding day in 1971. Four years later, the look was shot by photographer Helmut Newton, personifying the power and modernity of the YSL image in a captivating editorial for Vogue Magazine. As Saint Laurent himself articulated, “For a woman, Le Smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion. Fashions come and go, but style is forever.”

While in the 1930s, actress Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrick dismissed the pantsuit as “mannish” and inappropriate, its widespread appeal in Hollywood trickled down into contemporary culture in the 1970s. It became a workwear staple in upper-middle class America. Many Italian and French ateliers, in particular, became renowned for their sophisticated, form-fitting, and professional attire. It was really in the 80s that the pantsuit became a lucrative garment category in the fashion industry; between 1980 and 1987, annual sales of women’s pantsuits rose by 60 million units. The 80s also catalyzed a wave of women pursuing higher education, and the pantsuit became a symbolic uniform for the movement. Designers such as Giorgio Armani popularized pantsuits with oversized lapels, sharp cuts, and broad shoulder pads, which blurred traditional gender roles and emulated power and authority. 

Hillary Clinton at North Carolina State University for the last campaign stop before election day on November 7, 2016. Photo credits: https://www.bustle.com/articles/194023-hillary-clinton-wrote-pantsuit-nation-a-heartfelt-thank-you-note-it-sets-the-tone-for-her

In 1993, Senators Babara Mikulski wore pants in the Senate in defiance of the rule forbidding women from wearing pants. Later that year, Sergeant-at-Arms Martha Pope amended the rule, allowing women to wear pants on the floor as long it was paired with a jacket; thus, the tradition of pantsuits in the political realm was born. In the 2016 Presidential election cycle, Hillary Clinton’s well-known pantsuit became a battle cry among her supporters, many of whom wore pantsuits to the polls in her support. After referring to her campaign team as “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits” at the Democratic National Convention, “Pantsuit Nation,” a Facebook group that was eventually composed of 2.9 million Clinton supporters, was formed. 

In the wake of the election, the pantsuit became a feminist rally cry, infiltrating both the runway and the mass market. It has come a long way since the groundbreaking invention of Le Smoking, when an androgynous uniform symbolizing power and authority was perceived as outrageous for women to wear. Reigning as one of the top trends these past three years, the pantsuit has become a powerful motif for women’s empowerment in both the workplace and on the runway.

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Photo credits: Tagwalk, InsiderW Magazine, Bustle

New York Fashion Week 2019: Unwonted Makes A Debut On The Runway

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This past Sunday, Nolcha Shows had a jam-packed New York Fashion Week kick off. Eight designers had their collections showcased to an eager audience in West Chelsea. One of those designers included was Lu Jin Zhang, who had her Fall/Winter 2019 collection of Unwonted finally unveiled. Members of the audience were given a pamphlet that described what we were about to see and the inspiration behind it. According to the pamphlet, the theme of this collection was: Balance. “Our designs embody balanced aspects of yin and yang in Taoism. Unwonted strives to create [a] harmonious design using the philosophy of balance”

As the show began, it was easy to see the clothes were intended for an inclusive demographic. The designs included clothing for women, men, and even children. Many of the pieces were asymmetrical and the dresses had a gorgeous A-line silhouette. Every so often a model would strut down the runway with a suitcase in hand, emphasizing that these pieces were meant for those who are ambitious and always on the go. The stunning hair was done by ECRU New York. The styling of the model’s hair and the bold pops of color from their makeup brought a futuristic aesthetic onto the runway. With the hair, makeup and clothing, all of the models looked ahead of their time. Even many of the pieces had a touch of grey and metallic colors, giving us a glimpse into a future fashion trend.

The collection was beautifully cohesive, with each piece having the same loose fit, which allowed the fabrics to take the main stage. The fabrics included wool, velvet, leather, silk, and corduroy. The Unwonted collection proved to accomplish what it set out to do which according to the designer was “finding balance between clothing and dresser themselves.” 

 

 

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New York Fashion Week 2019: Unwonted Makes A Debut On The Runway: Image courtesy of Paul Newland fashionstock.com

How Does Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Integrate Humor Into Fashion?

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Moschino is a brand that instantly grabs attention, and keeps people guessing. One of the biggest reasons Moschino has become a brand that so many people are fans of at the moment has a lot to do with how Jeremy Scott takes the ideas of the founder, Franco Moschino, of poking fun at high fashion, and making it seem much less severe, to an entirely new level. Franco Moschino’s take on fashion humor was somewhat traditional, for example, printing “WAIST OF MONEY” on the waistline of a blazer, or adorning a boucle jacket with silverware. His attention to detail, and unwavering love of being unconventional lead to him creating a respected brand. With this in mind, some wonder if Jeremy Scott even stays true to the brand’s dedication to making fashion humorous at all, but we at Cliché believe that Scott isn’t disregarding the brand’s original intention, but updating it for a new generation!

 

Jeremy Scott took Moschino’s absurd fashion humor and updated it to the 21st century. We believe the biggest example of Scott’s innovation was during Scott’s first collection as creative director of the brand. The now iconic Ronald McDonald and Chanel inspired looks that paraded down the runway mix the silhouette of one of high fashion’s patron saints with the epitome of consumerism and pop culture, the fast-food chain McDonald’s. The collection also featured multiple Spongebob Squarepants looks, and a finale of beautifully created couture gowns printed like junk food wrappers. A collection such as this one is a rather instinctive reaction to what one would call “fashionable humor” in today’s world. It mixes high-end staples with low-brow humor to break up the seriousness that is usually linked with the fashion system.

For a generation that thrives on internet “meme” culture and nostalgia, Jeremy Scott’s version of Moschino plays directly into that fantasy. Scott can play with these things freely, as well as add in a touch of subversiveness. Scott, much like Franco Moschino, both use humor to also speak on the issues of excessive waste and consumerism within the fashion industry.  Moschino’s fall-winter 2017 collection speaks to this heavily. Comically dubbed “Mousechino”, it featured a capsule collection of shirts featuring cartoon mice donning gowns made of garbage. It also featured dresses and suits that looked as if they are made of cardboard, collaged magazine editorials, and even trash bags. This collection was not only a commentary on the fashion industry’s problem with waste but also a way of showing the fashion world that, as Scott puts it, “Couture is an attitude, it’s not a price point.”

 To summarize, when looking at the direction that Jeremy Scott has taken Moschino, it is definitely within the world of fashion humor. Scott, like his predecessor, is very easily able to make familiar concepts and ideas within the realm of fashion, and play with them in a way that is unique, and almost tongue-in-cheek! Humor and subversiveness will always be a part of Moschino, and Jeremy Scott’s interpretation is one that we cannot get enough of!

 

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How Does Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Integrate Humor Into Fashion?  Photo Credit: Vogue

Recreate These Runway Looks by Cutler Salon

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Spring/Summer NYFW 2018 is undoubtedly a time when all fashion lovers rejoice, but this time we have our eyes on those gorgeous locks models are sporting down the runway. Hairstylists for Cutler Salon show us how to recreate some of these looks and we couldn’t be happier to try these looks ourselves. One thing is for sure: hair has never looked this good before. 

 

Recreate These Runway Looks by Cutler Salon

Cowgirl Side Braid at Anna Sui x INC
Linh Nguyen shows us how to take our side braid game to the next level this season. Not only does the cowgirl side braid look glamorous on just about anyone, but this tousled ‘do creates a look that’s effortless and sexy at the same time.

  1. First, prep hair using the Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray. Blow dry and set hair using Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray.
  2. Depending on your hair’s natural texture, take horizontal sections of hair using either a 1 ¼” or 1” iron and curl hair vertically. When done, top it off with Redken Fashion Waves 07 for a more collapsed looked or Redken Wind Blown for more body and volume.
  3. Add a touch of Fatboy Sea Salt Pomade to break-up pieces of hair for long lasting curls.
  4. Once you’re done curling and ready to make the braid, sweep hair to one side and create a deep side part on the opposite side.
  5. Start at the nape of your neck and loosely braid hair into a three-strand braid. Bring it forward so that it’s sitting at the front of your chest.
  6. Time for final touches! Start pulling out some pieces, and as needed, spray them with Redken Wind Blown 05 and Fatboy Sea Salt Pomade for piecey strands and extra hold.

Recreate These Runway Looks by Cutler Salon

Naughty Knot at Badgley Mischka
Reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s bouffant, Peter Gray’s playful spin on a classic hairstyle serves as a reminder that hair can dress up any casual outfit to be a tad more polished.

  1. Start with damp hair and spray Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray and Redken Full Frame 07 evenly throughout locks.
  2. Apply a small amount of Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray around the crown area at the roots. This will add volume, necessary to create a bouffant.
  3. Turn head upside down and blow dry hair while finger combing. You’ll achieve maximum texture by using your fingers instead of a brush.
  4. Starting at mid-length, curl hair all the way to the ends in 1-2 sections using a 1 ½” curling iron.
  5. Then spray Redken Wind Blown 05 over the surface of hair to add body.
  6. Part your hair down the middle and then pull back hair over ears and tie a double knot (single knot if hair is shorter). Leave ends loose and tousled.
  7. Pin the knot low and use your fingertips to add a small amount of Redken Powder Grip 03
  8. Take a comb and use the end of it to pull pieces at the crown. This will create a more modern take on the classic bouffant style.
  9. Use Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Hairspray for maximum hold.

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Recreate These Runway Looks by Cutler Salon: Images courtesy of ©Jane Kratochvil

Fall Boots You Should Own For Each Occasion

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Nothing signals the start of autumn like falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, except maybe the arrival of classic fall boots. Each year as Fashion Weeks around the globe declare the upcoming fall trends, die-hard fashionistas eagerly wait for top designers to release new collections and determine what will be ‘in” as the heat rolls out. Even the most seasoned style gurus can have a difficult time taking these runway trends from catwalk to sidewalk, however. Luckily, we have you covered with runway-inspired boots for every occasion.

 

Okay, maybe not the most original boot, but a classic nonetheless. If you don’t own a pair of knee-high riding boots by now, this is the pair to splurge on. Perfectly distressed, with lace-up detailing, these chestnut boots will become a staple companion to your favorite pair of leggings or skinnies.

Mod is back and better than ever this season, and what better way to hop on trend than with a killer pair of patent leather boots? Pointed toes and a thin heel give off a retro, yet totally sophisticated vibe. Pair these with ripped jeans, a stylish romper, or that LBD collecting dust; the possibilities are endless.

Embroidery has been in since the beginning of festival season, but as concert-goers head home from the desert, the trend will take shape in a new form–booties. Platform heels are the perfect vehicle for this unique floral, metallic design. And no, floral is not just for summer.  Whether you’re an active art show attendee, or just looking for a fun night-out shoe, these fashion-forward heels should be the first thing you reach for.

When it comes to fall fashion, you just can’t beat suede. But suede in a dusty rose color? Now that’s showstopping. Simple, yet colorful enough to pack a punch, these booties are an essential for every wardrobe.

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Fall Boots You Should Own For Each Occasion: Featured image courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Monochromatic Makeup Trends We Love

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“Matchy-matchy” is not a negative phrase in the eyes of beauty lovers any longer. Instead, we are welcoming coordinating eye shadows, highlights, blushes, and lippies in makeup looks with open arms. Now, before you say coordinating makeup is so 1950s, stop yourself. Monochromatic makeup has gotten much more tender loving care since then and has turned into something with a fresh, fashionable, and daring aesthetic. Tested and approved by celebrities we love—including Taraji P. Henson at the SAG Awards with her pink and berry tones and Rihanna during NYFW with caramel mocha hues—this method isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

 

If you’re not sure where to begin when trying your hands at this trend, it’s easy; just start with your outfit. Coordinate your makeup choices with what you’re wearing, such as soft lavender pigments with a purple dress or bright blue tones with denim. Fashion and beauty come together with this trend to create an overall complementing look. Everything is made to come together like a work of art, and there is no limit to what you can come up with—including matching whatever print you may be sporting. For example, with a floral summer dress, choose one solid color that is making the biggest statement within the pattern and revolve your makeup around it. Here are some of our favorite products for creating that perfect monochromatic look; no YouTube tutorial needed. Just pick a color, lay out your products, and grab your makeup brushes for a beauty trend you’re certain to be hooked on once you try it.

Blushin’
Can’t get enough of blush this season? Neither can we!

  • Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Highlighter in Monster, $8, colourpop.com
  • Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves Palette, $32, ulta.com
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick, $20, sephora.com
  • NARS Blush in Orgasm, $30, ulta.com

Dan Liu’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

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Canadian fashion designer Dan Liu founded his label for the mature fashionista and his new collection plays on the setting of a Parisian cafe. He focuses on lace, crochet, and knit detailing and his collection features dresses almost exclusively. The designs evoke a sense of whim and romance with pastel colors and floral designs frequenting the runway. In the height of summer, we wanted to bring you these designs straight from the New York runway and inspire you to take on the season like a Parisian.

 

The runway show commences with a model sitting down at a small café table stage right. She picks up a rose in a glass vase at the center of the table and holds it to her nose, smiling to herself. She wears a pastel pink dress with floral lace embellishments and seems to engage in conversation with someone off-stage. Finally, she gazes at the rose as she rises from her seat and walks the runway. The dresses that follow are visually similar—conservative with cap and mid-length sleeves and cut just above the knee. One main element of the collection is the marriage of black and dark blue colors with pastel designs giving an edgy vibe to otherwise fairly traditional dresses.

In an interview with New York Fashion Week Live, Liu opens up about the relationship between designers and models. He discusses how the success of the show depends on making the models feel beautiful before they walk the runway. He comments, “Fashion, from my point of view, is so who you are. So if they feel it’s not who they are, and they just walk out for their job, the show will never look good. My dress will never look good.”

He goes on to say how when he designed these dresses, he had real people in mind and believes his dresses are very wearable on and off stage. Liu calls his runway show “New Path” and in an interview with CCTV America’s Michelle Makori, Liu says, “It’s not just a new path for my company. It’s a new path for my design, for my clients, for my customers.”

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Dan Liu’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection: Images Courtesy of Pedro Alcantara

Naeem Khan Bridal Spring 2018 Collection

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When designer Naeem Khan was creating his Spring 2018 Bridal collection, he had one thing in mind: luxury. Instead of just focusing on current trends, he wanted to create “important” dresses for women of all different backgrounds, tastes, and cultures.

“This woman really wants the best, and these brides come from all across the world, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to Santo Domingo, Peru to North America,” he said backstage. “It’s the crème de la crème.”
From sequined tea-length dresses and embroidered jumpsuits to flapper-esque beaded and feathered gowns, there is truly a look here for every bride, one that will truly make any woman feel like a queen on her special day. There are also more traditional dresses, like Guadaljara (a silk embroidered raffia ball gown with peplum) and California (a hand-cut sequined one-shoulder number). Our favorite? The Laguna: a crystal-beaded, long sleeve, high-neck gown.
The hair and makeup from the runway show also complimented these looks to the fullest. Make-Up Pro directors Chika Chan and Cheve Chan stuck with beige, nude, and peachy eyeshadows and a soft lip for a romantic, ‘70s look. Jon Reyman for Salon Pro RX also gave the models romantic, loose waves to complete the look.
Click through to see some of our favorite dresses from the Spring 2018 collection!

The 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Raise your hands up if you’re one of the many who look forward to the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show. This time around in New York City, the “sexiest night on television” presents new faces and massive collections gracing the famous glittery runway.

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Photo Courtesy of GETTY / Jamie McCarthy


As if the descent of the new angels such as Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Sara Sampaio, and many others wasn’t exciting enough, Victoria’s Secret knows well how to make an explosive runway show with its six show-stopping collections—Boho Psychedelic, Portrait Of An Angel, Exotic Butterflies, Ice Angels, Pink USA, and Fireworks.
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Photo Courtesy of Michael Stewart


The $2 Million Fantasy Bra worn by Lily Aldridge in the Fireworks segment was one of the main highlights in this year’s show. It has been said that it was adorned with over 6,500 different precious gems making the bra lit up and steal the scene during the finale.
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Photo courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris


Musical guests Ellie Goulding, TheWeeknd, and Selena Gomez have also captivated the audience with their own hits surrounding the runway. What is a fashion show without some killer music, right?
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Photo Courtesy of Justin Bishop


Let us not forget Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, besties for life, who made headlines when they made it to their first Victoria’s Secret runway show. Because of their immense popularity, Kendall and Gigi instantly grabbed the attention of the viewers. Both freshies in the VS runway have walked in two separate segments.
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Photo courtesy of Eli Schmidt


If you’re itching for some backstage deets, we’ve got some for you. According to creator of BLAWNDE.com and co-founder of Suja Juice, Annie Lawless shares that the models snack on healthy food as they prepare for the show and have a glam squad (20 hairstylists and 20 makeup artists on hand) help them look picture-perfect and runway-ready. But most of all, the Angels only have room for positive vibes backstage no matter the anxiousness. There wasn’t any “catty girl vibes” going on between them instead they were supportive and sweet to each other.
So, that’s a wrap! Now that the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show has come to an end, I know we’re already excited of what’s in store in 2016.
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Jacqueline Quinn Fall 2015 Collection

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If you are looking for fashion pieces and accessories that will make you look and feel like an all-around glamazon at any event or social gathering, look no further than the Jacqueline Quinn Fall 2015 Collection. Set to be showing February 2015 in both Dublin and London, before hitting the streets of New York the very same month, Quinn’s line is exquisite. Inspired and influenced by the Nifty Fifty films and their wardrobes, Quinn herself sits down with Cliché to talk inspiration, design school, and the oh so infamous “I made it!” moment.
Cliché: What is the inspiration behind your line of gowns, evening purses, and jewelry?
Jacqueline Quinn: I’ve always been inspired by Old Hollywood, 1950’s movies, and Grace Kelly. For me, they epitomise glamour and uber feminism—a trait which I try to harness in my collections, whether it be a jewelled clutch or evening gown.
What is the best and hardest part about designing products?
It is not hard so to speak, but time consuming. I’m a perfectionist and I try to put my complete attention into each piece I design. Every bead or stitch in a garment needs to be faultless for me to sign off. In that regard, it takes a lot of time to execute a full collection, especially when you’re working associates overseas. The best part is when you see it finished in its entirety; all those months of work finally pay off when your vision has come to life.
Did you go to school for design? If so, what was your favorite class?
Yes, I studied at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in Dublin, Ireland. My favorite class was Illustration. I love the art of envisioning a design and then being able to create it through illustration. At the time I really disliked sewing, but ironically enough I love it now.
Is there a specific routine that you have for designing?
For me there is no routine, but there is the discipline of the season. For fall collections you need to be presenting in February and for spring collections you need to be ready by fall of the previous year, so there are very regimented time restraints, and developing a time routine in order to have everything ready is one which comes with experience!
What do you typically wear while working and designing?
I love wearing something comfortable when I’m working. For me, a casual Red Valentino or Missoni knit is ideal. They have a casual approach, but are fun, too.
If you were to go back to the beginning of your career, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think I would change anything specifically. However, I do wish I had balanced my career more equally between the United States and Europe. For a long time, I leaned towards the US market, living in New York and basing my collections accordingly. I think if I were to do anything differently, I would have maintained my European heritage more, possibly open a shop there, or split my time evenly between the two continents. There is so much diversity in the US, from New York style, to California casual—and, I love that, but I also adore the Italian and Parisian influences. I am happy to say I will be launching my new collection in Europe in February and in the US at end of 2015.
Describe the moment where you thought: “Wow, I made it!”
Honestly, I’ve never experienced a “Wow, I made it!” moment, but there have been times in my career which I felt a huge sense of achievement. I remember when I first presented one of my collections in New York, just seeing the runway, my collection, the models—it had all come together just as I had imagined and it was a really special moment for me.
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