NYC Study Tour

#3, New York Fashion Week – Marcel Ostertag Show

Today instead of class, we were all invited to attend the Marcel Ostertag fashion show as a part of New York Fashion Week that is currently going on.

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The show was for Spring 2018 and was a collection of what seemed to me as 70’s – inspired, retro and happy. Full of bright colors like orange and emerald green paired with navy and beige. Multiple different sheer, gauze like looks strutted down the catwalk in full-length evening dress style that I also could imagine being seen on the beaches of somewhere exotic like Tahiti.

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What I wore to the show: CDG Converse, St.John’s jacket, Gucci silk scarf, wedgie fit Levi’s, Tory Burch cross body.

Something that I noticed about all of the looks was the detail of all of the models going braless underneath. With the current “#FREETHENIPPLE” movement ongoing and feminism growing in this day and age, it seemed like a not-so shocking choice, but would have been seen as very daring just a few years or even seasons back.

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Another great detail that I found exciting was the large use of sequins in bright colors such as a gold toned orange. I’m so happy that glitter and sequins are still going to be on-trend this year. I can never get enough!

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The high-energy at this show was so fun to experience and I loved every minute of it. I am so grateful to my professor and Kent State for giving me the opportunity to attend such a gorgeous production during NYFW.

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#2, Comme des Garçons Exhibit 

For this weeks class, we were assigned to visit the MET Museum and view the Comme des Garcons exhibit designed by Rei Kawakubo.

For the exhibit, there were multiple sections or parts. Including my favorite, Then/Now. This section was about the past, present and future. Also described in the exhibit as birth, marriage and death. Inside this section was collections entitled Modern Sweetness, Sweeter Than Sweet, Body Meets Dress—Dress Meets Body, Inside Decoration, and White Drama.

In these collections, the silhouettes represent the 19th century style. Her collection is full of bustles, crinoline and hoop skirts, which can be seen in the photo below.

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The exhibit in its entirety is very inspiring and creative. Full of what seems to be Rei Kawakubo’s dreams and whims. Being able to be so close to such amazing pieces that almost seem too cool or magical to be real was a very humbling and exciting experience for me. I was very happy that my study tour class received this assignment and I left feeling inspired and ready to start creating again.

#1, Garment Center Tour

Today for class we took a small tour around the Garment District. We visited Elegant Fabrics, MOOD Fabrics and Around the World Fashion Publications.

Elegant Fabrics showcases premier materials at premium prices. While the prices are very high-end, the fabrics sold here seem to be worth it. A massive selection of every type of material, in every color and finish can be found at Elegant Fabrics. High-end designers such as Vera Wang or Ralph Lauren could be thought of when walking through the endless aisles and touching the luxurious pieces. A few of my favorite fabrics could be found in the tweed aisle.

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After leaving Elegant Fabrics, we stopped at the famous MOOD Fabric store. Sadly, I didn’t get to meet the renowned dog, Swatch, but it still was a cool and friendly experience. I had no idea that MOOD sold so many other products, other than fabrics. Such as embellishments, buttons, snaps and books. Plus their own branded products such as tote bags and T shirts.

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The last stop on our first day touring the Garment District was the Around the World Fashion Publications. This store holds every VOGUE magazine along with over 1,000 other fashion magazines, and then some. Pictures sadly are not allowed in this store but the magnitude of the different brands, types and magazines sold in this store is slightly overwhelming, however very cool to see. I know where I will be shopping when I need magazines for my Fashion Media class.