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What young designers show for fall ‘14

Renee Minus White | 7/10/2014, 4:31 p.m.

In Brazil, the name Ivan Aguilar is synonymous with high-end menswear. His iconic suits and tailoring are impeccable. For fall ‘14, he showed his first women’s collection in New York. Exhibiting his multitalented skills, his presentation offered a bold performance, made with a true Brazilian rhythm. His designs were created with the global quality that’s expected on the North American catwalk.

The Ivan Aguilar brand started in Vitoria, in the sunny beach paradise of Espirito Santo state. Soon he conquered the entire country, including the two more important democratic presidents of Brazil, Jose Sarney and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula is an open fan of the designer. Always in the spotlight, Aquilar is one of the top designers from Casa de Criadores, the catwalk for new designers who are moving quickly to the Fashion Rio show—Rio de Janeiro’s fashion week. With his new women’s collection, Ivan Aguilar reaches the completion of his work. His styles are elegant. His fashion sense is unisex.

Jay Godfrey, a New York-based designer, is the founder and creator of his brand. For fall ‘14, he effortlessly translates the 70s rock’n’roll spirit into edgy prints and rich textures that create body-conscious silhouettes.

His modernized rock staples of standout shifts, flirty miniskirts, bold and unexpected bomber jackets and sleek jumpsuits move with ease in stretch jacquard, ultra suede and boucle. Black anchors the palette and is highlighted by a velvety burgundy, wine, subtle olive and deep indigo.

For details, there’s vibrant fringe, stud and zipper accents, along with shots of metallic sequins. It all draws out a classy rock’n’roller aesthetic that is reminiscent, yet undeniably modern.

His looks are sleek, demure, sexy and sophisticated. Perpetually inspired by the chic, New York woman, Jay Godfrey’s goal is to meld the classic tailoring techniques with modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The result is his distinctive contemporary collection of dresses and separates that accentuate the female figure. Jay Godfrey describes himself as a minimalist who embraces color in an unmistakably sensual way.

His first summer job was working for Hugo Boss. He studied finance at Montreal’s McGill University to gain a grounding for business and accounting. An internship with designer Oscar de la Renta actually fine-tuned this young designer’s style and technique. It also helped him define the ultimate Jay Godfrey. Having only been in business for six years, he has quickly cultivated his signature aesthetic that lends itself toward the fashion-forward, yet glamorous woman. His clothes are sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Holt Renfrew.