Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New York Fashion Week: Ese Azenabor F/W 15

So, the all-too-infamous New York Fashion Week has come and gone (sort of). Lingering events and this lingering feel of exhaustion--hello, do I even have toes anymore?!--continue on, though. I attended runway shows, events, presentations, you name it. I did not attend some of the more major shows, but of course, I've kept up with my favorite designers, perusing images that appeared online almost, if not, live. Ah, this age of instant sharing and social media. Put your phones in the air, snap and tap wildly...hashtag--voila! Posted! 

I'll be sharing reviews of many of the shows I personally attended and viewed in-person. I'll also be re-capping other favorite looks, collection round-ups, opinions and notable moments from this ever-wild ride we all spin on here in New York known at #NYFW. 

Ese Azenabor:

Ese Azenabor's Fall/Winter 2015 collection, shown at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel ballroom, reflected the designer's unapologetic passion for culture and luxury. So, who better to pay homage to with this collection than King Henry VIII and his notoriously lavish reign? 

It was rich. It was decadent. It was sensual. All of the components that please the monarch. All of Henry's wives were represented in the namesake of the looks and also included "Nemesis", "We are Victorians," and "Wars of Roses." Each look summed up Azenabor's interpretation of her appointed titles. The designer's miraculous self-taught skill sewing skills and attention to detail catapulted her to the spotlight, and this collection continued to highlight her staple hand-beading, crochet , and embroidery in striking gold, silver, and ruby bejeweling.

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Deliciously embroidered jacquard, velvet and brocade dominated the runway but didn't overwhelm. Silhouettes were strong but sexy. Plunging necklines, thigh-high slits, and one-shoulder designs gave their lavish fabrics an element of breathe-ability while also keeping the look modern rather than outdated, as in 1509 outdated.  When the design could have easily appeared heavy or overwhelming, much like those Tudor feasts, it instead moved--Pantsuits swung and dresses floated through today's version of a palace court: a New York Fashion Week audience. 

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Highlights: A striking white pantsuit with draped gold-embroidered collar, a sleeveless champagne top with red skirt ball gown, and crowning the show (all hail!), was the final number "the Golden Fleece," which featured a stunning gold embroidered floor-length gown, high-collar, and a chest of blood-red gemstones (appropriately so).

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Sleek, slicked hair and clean makeup allowed the dress-heavy collection to remain the point of focus. Over-sized clutches by Allison Mitchell accompanied a small number of looks, adding pops of bright color and print throughout the red, wine, black, white and gold palette. 

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Bottom line: Azenabor knows what she does well, and she's pretty darn good at hand (sewn) combat. Watch your necks; there's a new rising royal darling in the couture kingdom. 

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