By RENEE MINUS WHITE
Fashion & Beauty Editor
For this season’s Fashion for Peace designs, all eyes are on India and New York. A first-time fashion initiative, this brand’s mission is to promote consciousness and sustainable designs while simultaneously supporting global artisans/designers and their work.
The designers Norma Kamali, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, MaraHoffman and Mimi Prober unveiled their designs in a live presentation format at Spring Studios Gallery 1. Spearheaded by Sadhguru, the show featured exclusive looks that were created by each of the designers. It was a magnificent exhibit with each designer’s models just standing still, together and posing for photography. They utilized Indian textiles woven in a generations-old tradition. The intention is to create an event that will help the world to understand the imprint of the fashion industry today. They also provided media and consumers with a platform that celebrates consciousness, creativity, community and commerce. “Fashion is a universal language that has the power and potential to create inclusiveness in human beings around the world,” said Sadhguru.
Hellessy, another young company showing at NYFW, continues to redefine what separates mean to a woman’s wardrobe. In this collection, there were statement signature trompe l’oeil silhouettes, textured fabrications and bold rich color combinations. These pieces created a modern yet glamorous approach to dressing with ease and comfort.
Originating from the first syllables of her and her son’s names (Hendrix, Lennox, Sylvie), Hellessy was launched in 2012 in NYC. Millstein moved to the city with her family after wrapping a 10-year career as a senior merchant with institutional houses like Chanel, Givenchy and Harrods in Europe and Asia. Millstein built a strong understanding of the luxury space through analyzing design, fit, quality and price. These key components along with her stylish lifestyle and multicultural French/Japanese background have provided a unique formula. Her collection meets the context of a woman’s day into night style.
Brooklyn-based designer Luar is known for immaculate tailoring and garment construction. They promote the constant curiosity of tomorrow. Their clothes are unique, fluid and offer a post-gender message. Celebrities like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Venus X, and Solange Knowles covet the line.