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Photo: Eric Marillier

Photo: Eric Marillier

Custo Barcelona took all of the colors and prints we’re used to seeing for spring/summer and splattered them onto winter fabrics. Wool, velvet, tweed, and fur were all fabrics found on the runway, while hot pink, purple, and green grazed the surfaces of these fabrics in graphic, tribal prints. 

Long brown coats for men and women, some of the coats in a half solid color and half print were definitely surprising. The bright purple aviators some models wore definitely complimented the summer in winter feel the collection was going for. 

The makeup on models was kept simple, with shimmery ivory shadow on the lids and a soft pink gloss on lips. Skin was kept at a dewy finish. The hair on the women models was completely straight with a middle part and short blunt bangs cut straight across the forehead.

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Punk chic is the easiest way to describe Carmen Marc Valvo’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. All pieces had mixes of textures like leather calf skin with metallic, velvet with leather fitted snake skin dress with a fur scarf, the entire collection was about mixing different elements to create an edgy, yet classic look. 

For the makeup, models wore a shimmery ivory shadow on the centers of the eyelid, while lash lines bared with a wearable graphic liner. Top lids were lined from the outer half and expanded further for a slight winged liner look. Bottom lashes were also only lined from the outer half extending out a bit. The models faces were kept fresh and natural with a glossy, nude lip. 

The hair was very interesting for this show; pieces were attached to model’s heads creating a fringe cut bang but solely focused on the center of the head. The rest of the hair was pulled slick back into a mid-ponytail with hair bands securing the tail to create a stacked ponytail look.

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Photo: Michael N. Todaro (WireImage)

Photo: Michael N. Todaro (WireImage)

Israeli designer Alon Livne is no newbie to the fashion scene. He has worked at the fashion houses of Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli as well as becoming the designer for pop artists such as Beyonce for her Mrs. Carter World Tour and Lady Gaga.

The Fall 2014 collection evokes themes from George Melford’s epic silent film, “The Sheik,” treating themes of early imperialism in Morocco, when the privileged of the world – and their beautiful daughters — journeyed across the sea, armed with trousseaus, on an oceanic pursuit of culture and romance.

This season, Livné takes dimension back to the garment, reviving his fascination with art-nouveau and organic-shell-like shapes, now interpreted into elaborate hand-embroidery and intricate beading. Beaded tassels dripping like icicles swirl around silken sleeves; hand-joined Swarovski crystal headpieces net an elaborate cap; sumptuous silks in shades of rich mauve, amethyst, royal blue and cloud evoke an exquisite meditative state.

Livné’s muse this season is the oldest daughter of international royalty, an enigmatic gentle, graceful vision evoking an alluring combination of intellect and naiveté; sincerity mixed with the curiosity of a blossoming sensuality. Fall / Winter 2014 unveils her cross-Atlantic journey into unexplored lands: new countries, and the embrace of her self-discovery into womanhood.

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Photo: Dan Lecca

For Fall / Winter 2014, SAUNDER was inspired by the 1980′s BBC Miniseries ‘The Singing Detective,’ the story of a pulp novelist hospitalized for a chronic skin condition. While in hospital, our protagonist drifts into feverish dream sequences where he believes he is a Noir detective – soon enough, these dreamscapes overlap with reality, mixing our novelist’s hallucinogenic fantasy with memories of growing up in wartime Britain.

Emily Saunder’s collection explores the overlap of the film noir era with the aesthetic of the 1980s. It combines film fatale silhouettes with both a palette and geometric pattern referencing the 1980s.

The MEGAN ISAACS for SAUNDER F/W14 Jewelry Collection marks Saunder’s second collaboration with the accessories designer, in a capsule where ten new necklaces present film noir through a pop art lens. Using materials commonly found in mass production, such as the use of glitter epoxy to create smoke rings effect, Isaacs marries pop culture with handmade, manifesting the true principles of the Pop Art movement.

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Photo: Dan Lecca

SAUNDER, the contemporary ready-to-wear line by Manhattan-based designer Emily Saunders, can be best described as a reflection of the varied, worldly tastes and temperament of its designer. Saunders infuses her line with global influences, reflecting her early life traveling often to cities far and wide, but always tinges it with an overall flavor of her hometown, New York City. SAUNDER encapsulates the essence of femininity with a quirky eclectic twist, providing beautifully unique clothes for any occasion. SAUNDER is produced from start to finish in Manhattan’s Garment District, holding quality and craftsmanship to the highest standard.

MEGAN ISAACS for SAUNDER: Native New Yorker Megan Issacs grew up in the same downtown Manhattan neighborhood as Emily Saunders, and the two attended the United Nations International School together. Megan mixes her South African heritage and her New York upbringing to create wearable art jewelry line incorporating bold shapes in sterling silver, semi-precious stones and found objects into her diverse collections. Each piece is crafted by hand in the artist’s studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, using eco-friendly materials and metalworking techniques.

Check out the Saunder Lookbook now on the Memoirs FB page!


Images of the frozen tundra inspire a rich mix of modern performance fabrics with luxury and textual elements utilizing digital landscape prints. Icy tones contrasted with deep mineral shades, blending matte and shine, make for a new play on the seasonal palette. Lightweight technical suits offer modern layering versatility – balancing innovation and style. Insulated fur trimmed parkas and functional pants complete a multifaceted collection. 

This season’s Black Sail 2014 collection seems to be a lot of sweater material. Sweater style pants, cropped pants, and shorts with oversized pockets strutted down the runway. Plenty of navy and black with pops of deep red in cable knit sweaters. Gray beanies grazed the heads of the male models and some wore color reflective aviator sunglasses. If you’re looking for a skiing and snowboarding wardrobe, Nautica is your go-to.

The hair on the male models was kept relaxed and unfinished. Looked very carefree with little product in it. 

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Charlotte Ronson’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection is a modern day take on English playwright and author Frances Hodgson Burnett children’s tale of Little Lord Fauntleroy. This season tells the story of a cryptic and cute woman compelled by mystery and darkness.

Ronson’s handsome, feminine collection reprises her signature scalloped details, now accenting richly tailored separates: boucle cropped sweaters, laser cut leather dresses, A-line jackets, and black-on-black leather rose embroidery is complimented by elaborate lace, ruffles, sheer chiffon and mesh inserts.

Ronson’s protagonist-muse is creative, smart, just a little bit spooky, and a hopeless romantic, as evidenced by the flower prints throughout the collection: poppies on plush velvet and tangles on rose print on crepe.

The presentation was attended by a bevy of celebs such as Angela Simmons, Adrienne Bailon, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Miss USA Erin Brady and the Hilton sisters as Ronson sister Samantha spun tunes of the 60s and present day jams. The celebration continued at The Sanctuary Hotel where the after party was attended by Law & Order: SVU Mariska Hargitay, Joe Jonas and more.

Classic and edgy, her presentation was awesome and the collection will be something to rock on these gritty streets of New York.

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The runaway was painted red last night at the Red Dress Collection 2014 at Lincoln Center. This marks The Heart Truth’s first runway show held there.

The Red Dress Collection was formed by The Heart Truth and The American Heart Association to spread awareness of heart disease, which happens to be the #1 health threat in the US among women. These two organizations joined forces to create a great impact and help save the lives of women in America and around the world.

This year’s runway show was invaded by some of Hollywood’s best such as Taryn Manning, The Carrie Diaries’ AnnaSophia Robb, Kat Graham, Suits’ Gina Torres, Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and rock legend Joan Jett, all who wore red from some of the top designers in the world. 

With the help of the people of Macy’s, they have contributed over $46 million dollars to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement since 2004 and hope to end the fight against this silent killer. 

That’s giving from the heart.

To get involved, please visit and 

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Marc Cain Arrivals - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014/15Under the motto “Stars, Dots & Hearts” the new looks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter 2014 collections by Marc Cain were presented Thursday at an exclusive fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.

Once again the front row was studded with illustrious guests: Elizabeth Hurley, Barbara Schöneberger, Minu Barati-Fischer, Frauke Ludowig, Natalia Wörner, Mareile Höppner and Natalia Avelon were all impressed by the looks of the upcoming season.

Nineties-style grunge combined with punk and biker details is the emphasis of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, enhanced with modern, feminine and luxurious elements.

“Fabulous! I really love the new collection!” said Elizabeth Hurley, who was fascinated by the modern style mix, expressing her enthusiasm to Karin Veit, Creative Director of Marc Cain, with plentiful praise. “All is wearable, elegant, smart and perfect for every occasion. My favorite look is the long evening dress with backless cuttout and the The End embroidery”

“The show has surpassed all expectations and with our performance we have sent out a clear signal of where the journey is headed: constantly and continuously onwards and upwards,” said Helmut Schlotterer, Chairman of the Management Board and the founder and owner of Marc Cain. “Both our customers and the press have expressed major enthusiasm and we are confidently looking towards a successful Autumn/Winter 2014 season – which we have already got off to a very successful start!” 

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FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014On Tuesday night the high-end fashion label KAVIAR GAUCHE showed its latest collection “Celebrate Love” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. 200 invited guests enjoyed the runway presentation for the autumn/winter 2014/15 collection in the Former Metropol.

The designer duo Alexandra Fischer-Röhler and Johanna Kühl are looking back on a successful ten-year career and so they invited their guests to an exclusive evening to celebrate their tenth anniversary together. The collection has love as its central theme. Personalities from the German film and art scene were gathered, amongst them Oskar Röhler, Heike Makatsch, Pheline Roggan, Lavinia Wilson, Bettina Zimmermann and model Eva Padberg . As well as the chief-editor of Harper´s Baaar, the biggest names in fashion journalism were also present.

Syoss is the official beauty sponsor and together with the designers they came up with the hair and make-up look for the A/W 14/15 season. The shoes for the show were designed in cooperation with Selve. The hats are from Kiss by Fiona Bennett.

There is also an eyewear collaboration with Eschenbach Optik – however the glasses are not being presented as part of the show.

The show was musically accompanied by the band “All the Ghosts” with lead singer and model Janine Henkels who sang on the bed of flowers.

It is meanwhile exactly a decade ago that Johanna and Alexandra founded the fashion label Kaviar Gauche, pulling off their first
coup in front of the entrance of the French department store “Colette”, with their guerilla fashion show.

FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014For their ten-year-anniversary the designers have chosen to celebrate with their new autumn/winter collection, aptly named “Celebrate Love”. It is an expression of fashionable contrasts in which the complimentary poles of feminine and masculine elements, black and white, opulent and restrained, build on previous collections and culminate in a heightened form.

“Celebrate Love” is the result of clearly structured forms and avant-garde feminine fashion that condense the essence of the highpoints of an entire decade.

Light materials, like high quality silk chiffon meet leather accents, whilst heavy wool crêpe meets delicate georgette. Fine and floral macramé lace in its lightness sums up the essence of conventional femininity and reprises details from the Bridal Couture collection. Perfectly consummated with the exciting use of shiny silk.

The choice of colors also reflects the interplay of yin and yang, with black and white dominating, as the main emphasis of the collection. Whilst a striking flame red innovatively expands the color palette of Kaviar Gauche, this romantic accent also serves as an allegory for the entire collection as well as mirroring once more the motif of love.

The highlights of the collection, in addition to the glamorous evening dresses, are dinner jackets and dinner capes that perfectly FW14 KAVIAR GAUCHE BERLIN 01/14/2014highlight the striking interaction of femininity and masculinity. Feather details, again, reprising the past Bridal Couture collection, are also shown.

Condensed around the core theme of love, signature pieces are tailored to express that. In addition to heart-shaped bag designs, clutches with playful bow details round off the accessory range, in the collection palette of black, white and flame red. The aforementioned bow details are also present in the shoe designs, which again play with feminine/masculine extremes with classic high heels and an equally classic men’s shoe in dandy look. To top it all off, the designer duo go to town with opulent bridal hats in Bardolini style, echoing the 70s and referencing style icon Bianca Jagger’s wedding.

“Celebrate Love” is brought full circle in the true sense of the word with an engagement ring for the collection. The golden accessory picks up on the heart element in its filigree design and symbolically brings the collection of love to its conclusion.


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Now in its 13th season, the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in support of emerging designers, and helped to launch the careers of many of today’s best and brightest fashion stars, including Zac Posen, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung.

Embodying the idea that good taste is always in style, Ecco Domani wines are crafted to add a special touch to the everyday. With bright fruit flavors and fresh, approachable wines, Ecco Domani is an effortless complement to any occasion. To celebrate this fusion of good taste in wine and style, Ecco Domani created the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. The Foundation celebrates this notion of style where little things—just as much as grand gestures—make all the difference. This year’s winners each reflect that unique attention to detail from hand-knitwear to hidden seams and re-interpreted vintage prints.

“Through the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation, we are able to support talented fashion designers who are committed to celebrating style every day,” said Courtney O’Brien, Director of Marketing for Ecco Domani Wines of Italy. “Today, we are proud to raise a glass to this year’s award recipients and welcome them into the exclusive group of Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation alumni.”

“The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is one of the first and one of the most coveted emerging designer awards programs in the fashion industry,” said Marylou Luther, Editor of The International Fashion Syndicate and a judge for the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. “This year’s winners represent an exciting blend of backgrounds, influences and approaches that highlight the promise of today’s young designers and complement an already impressive list of winners. The words Ecco Domani are the perfect metaphor for what these awards represent to the American fashion industry literally and figuratively—here’s tomorrow!”


 DEGEN – Women’s Design

Designer Lindsay Degen began creating her quirky knits at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch. In pursuit of mastering her skill set, Lindsay attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. After graduating Degen moved to New York City to create her crafty, concept-based collections under the namesake DEGEN.

In February 2012, Lindsay launched her first full Ready-to-Wear collection that included sweaters, dresses, leggings, and even shoes. The collection, titled ASK TELL, garnered rave reviews and solidified DEGEN as an up-and-coming designer in the New York scene.

For her Spring 2013 collection, DEGEN was tapped by iconic American sneaker brand Converse to create custom platform shoes inspired by children’s roller-skates. The collaboration received critical acclaim and marked the beginning of a series of successful collaborations for the brand including partnerships with VPL, Suzanne Rae, Todd Selby, GERLAN and Victoria’s Secret.

After establishing herself as a top designer in the contemporary knitwear scene DEGEN set out to conquer another key market – baby apparel. In the summer of 2013 babyDEGEN made its debut and was both a critical and commercial success. The line features separates, onesies and accessories made from the softest and most durable fabrics incorporating the same cheeky aesthetic the designer has become known for.

DEGEN’s innovative and crafty approach to design has marked her as a designer to watch – one who is constantly cultivating excitement through her quirky and unique creations. DEGEN currently resides in Brooklyn where all of her pieces are conceptualized and brought to life.

NOVIS – Women’s Design

Jordana Warmflash is an old soul who embraced fashion at a young age – her unique blend of uptown and downtown sensibilities reflects her upbringing amidst the cultural vibrancy of New York City.

When Jordana was 14, her mother sparked her love of craftsmanship by teaching her to sew on her family’s old sewing machine. Jordana’s passion for the design and architecture of clothing matured during her time at Washington University in St. Louis, and her early career at Zac Posen, Peter Som, and Alice + Olivia.

In 2012, Jordana launched NOVIS, which celebrates her whimsical and irreverent approach to elegance. The name NOVIS is an homage to Jordana’s grandmother, Gwen Novis Warmflash. Jordana is inspired by a refined and courageous woman who, like her grandmother, is confident in her own eccentricities.

Jordana has long been devoted to constructing the perfect dress. Her garments are timeless, impeccably detailed and untouched by trend. NOVIS is defined by precisely tailored silhouettes and luxurious textures that call out to be touched, and worn with a wink.

Timo Weiland – Men’s Design

Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo Weiland expressed an early interest in fashion from his upbringing in urban and pastoral environments. Training from his mother at an early age in sewing coupled with an understanding of fabric, led to his eventual design pursuits.

Alan Eckstein was born and raised in Great Neck, New York, where he was immersed in music and art and supported by a close relationship with his grandmother who is a successful interior designer in Manhattan.

Donna Kang was born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada. She was a mover-and-shaker in the nightlife, music, and fashion scene in central Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and then worked in corporate investment banking for Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. in New York. Alan attended Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and interned for ADAM by Adam Lippes for two years where he met Donna. After internships and freelance positions in the fashion industry, Alan and Timo met and quickly developed a compelling dialogue, which ultimately led to a design partnership. Donna worked at Carolina Herrera for two years before joining the team full-time.

Timo and Alan’s mutual interest in European history, travel, and underground music as well as a shared flair for dapper dressing promoted an engaging creative exchange. Debuting their first men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring-Summer 2010, the collection firmly established their romantic, yet modern edge to dandy downtown dressing. Based in and inspired by New York City, the Timo Weiland collection reflects Timo, Alan, and Donna’s personal aesthetic sensibilities and a broader desire to spur a return to the art of dressing.

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