Noon By Noor, feminine looks with tailored touches
Renee Minus White | 4/13/2017, 12:39 p.m.
For fall ’17, Noon By Noor’s collection was modern and effortless. Striking prints and interesting embellishments led the way. The company’s refined aesthetic fuses understated luxury with a playful femininity. Inspired by Eastern and Western influences, Noon By Noor emphasizes sharp tailoring, clean silhouettes and attention to detail.
Founded in 2008 by designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa, this womenswear label is based in Bahrain. Cousins and friends since childhood, Noor Al Khalifa and Haya Al Khalifa studied fashion design in the United States. After graduation, they returned to Bahrain to bring their business vision to life. Their celebrity clientele includes Jennifer Lopez, Solange Knowles, Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, Olivis Palermo, Blake Lively, Katy Perry and Coco Rocha, among others. Find Noon by Noor’s line at Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain, Symphony Style and Le 66 in Paris. Their online boutique facilitates worldwide shipping.
Monse, a new designer brand, made their debut at New York Fashion Week. Their clothes added a fresh force in modern ready-to-wear to the fall ’17 shows. Monse is the brainchild of Oscar de la Renta design alums Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. Here, the looks were bold and feminine. There was a particular focus on shapely black skirts and white tops. Outfits were pulled together with various belt and waistline treatments. While designing their line, the twosome was influenced by the need for adventurous women to stay true to their feminine shapes. Their customers are brave enough to tackle new shapes and
Australian designer Christopher Esber showed a tailored collection in New York. “Coming from Australia, there is a sense of ease and the undone about what I do,” explained Esber about his design process. “Even if something is more conceptional, there is always a feel of release to it.” As a designer, Esber has evolved into an award-winning brand. He has built a global reputation for precision tailoring and a purity of expression that he employs to create his silhouettes. In his line, displayed as an exhibit at the NYFW previews, there was evidence of structured fluidity that whispers style. His background in tailoring has allowed the integration of structural menswear tailoring techniques across all the pieces in the collection. He mixes masculine and feminine codes for a sophisticated approach with elements
of contemporary tailoring.
“Even looking back at our first show, it still feels relevant and will work with the fundamentals from that very first collection: tailoring, shirting, embellishments and leather,” said Esber.
This collection radiates a quiet confidence and strength that reflects an unwavering quality and innovation in cut and developed textiles. These clothes are luxurious, yet easy-to-wear. The looks provide women with elegant minimalism and a laid-back sensuality that often plays with paradox and duality.
“I design for a woman who loves fashion, but she is not willing to surrender herself to it,” said Esber.