Fall’s functional, fashionable looks

Renee Minus White | 6/21/2018, 1:58 p.m.
New York based designer Vivienne Hu’s design concept caters to women who have a strong sense of independence and a ...

New York based designer Vivienne Hu’s design concept caters to women who have a strong sense of independence and a desire for displaying their femininity and personality in a unique way. Her fall/winter 2018 collection exhibited a classic blend of European elegance, a touch of exotic Asian taste and New York downtown style.

Before her fashion endeavors, she received her BA degree in finance from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. She worked in NYC’s investment banking industry for more than three years. Her decision to change paths stemmed from her zeal for fashion and her love of creativity and the arts. She also has a fashion degree from Parsons School of Design. She started her brand after a stint working with Oscar de la Renta and Yigal Azrouel. With increasing market success, she formally launched her flagship store in SoHo, New York in 2013. On the runway, her fall/winter 2018 clothes were well received.

Mansur Gavriel is another New York based design label that was founded by Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel in 2012. Mansur Gavriel creates elevated leather goods and ready-to-wear pieces that are made in Italy, from fine Italian leather silhouettes. Designer Mansur studied at Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a degree in textiles. Designer Gavriel graduated from the University of the Arts Bremen in Germany with a degree in fashion design. The two met in Los Angeles in 2010, and quickly became collaborators.

They both moved to New York, and their handbag collection took off. Many of their bags were used as accessories in the show. The most popular is a smart leather duffle shoulder bag. It just seemed to look functional with every look, especially street wear. These bags are sold at Net-a-Porter and other high-end retailers. In addition to ready to wear, the company will launch four collections a year from 2018. Mansur Gavriel has two New York stores in Soho and a store on Madison Avenue, Upper East Side.

For fall, they introduced street-styled outerwear and lovely knits that are selling exclusively at Net-a-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Colette and Mansur Gavriel.

Designer Lujin Zhang had a nice showing for fall/winter 2018. Born and raised in Inner Mongolia, China, she moved to New York in 2011, and graduated from Parsons with a BFA in fashion design.

Influenced by her homeland, the mountains and prairie, her concepts of design and fabric choices are derived from the motion of nature. She focuses on bringing back closeness of fashion and primitive beauty. Lujin uses deconstruction and the rearrangement of color patches to reflect the ease of tension, changing environment and the breaking of bias. In her collection, there are several beautiful pieces. Her looks explore fashion options and the importance of dressing comfortably yet stylishly this season.