Florals bloom in spring fashions
Renee Minus White | 12/29/2017, 1:24 p.m.
Husband and wife team Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock knocked their spring/summer Brock collection right out of the park with summery floral fashions. Based in Los Angeles, their integrated experiences in styling and design created a fashion stir at their New York Fashion Week show.
Each season, garments are constructed with the smallest details in mind. From bias stitching to their soft draping techniques on a smock-front dress, to hidden snaps on a no-frills leather jacket, these two designers work so well together. The Brock collection offers style and good quality workmanship. In the beginning, Laura worked as a celebrity and editorial stylist, and Kris trained as a tailor and patternmaker under some of the most revered American designers.
The Brock collection was launched in Paris, France in 2014. The brand made its debut at New York Fashion Week in 2015. Today, the partners sell their clothes in 35 domestic and international stores, including Barneys, Matches Fashion and Moda Operandi.
Designer Philipp Plein’s collection was a devotion to beauty and a passion for rock and roll. His clothes are inspired by the strong character traits of the artists.
Created with both unbridled luxury and edgy style, Plein’s clothes show a combination of young rock and roll styles with impeccable quality. In this collection, he experimented with leather garments and accessories. The line is influenced by his strong interest in art, architecture and foreign cultures. The looks were very sporty.
Chocheng’s spring/summer collection incorporates a Savile Row hand sewing techniques in his designs. Every detail from the shoulder pads, embroidered buttons, inseam, buttonholes to decorative silk petals were all handmade from natural materials. In fact, Chocheng forbids the use of commercial iron-on interfacing and machine finishing. All fabrics are sustainable, and sewn and produced in Europe. Jackets and coats are half-lined in the manner of traditional sports jackets allowing the customers to see all padding, stiffening, basting, binding and interfacing, which is all finished by hand. Their woven garments are manufactured in London, and knitwear is made in Scotland and Italy.
Designer Cho Cho Cheng studied fashion and costume design at Parsons School of Design and accepted an apprenticeship in Savile Row, London to study traditional British tailoring. He opened his first store at 838 Madison Ave., New York City in 2010.