Sunflowers and Silk

Scene: A week in the life of a scarf. DiFiore New York sunflower silk scarf and sarong which are part of the ‘Floral Seas’ collection. Their eco-friendly scarves are 100% lightweight silk twill printed by fine Italian artisans. Ms. DiFiore’s seasonless wearable silk art scarves are modern classics with a luxurious feel. For day or night, casual yet elegant. They are produced in small batches for quality control. Her passion for the ocean and water at a young age, and now her dedication to preserving our oceans, keeping them clean, and helping marine life from being decimated by pollution inspired her ‘Floral Seas’ collection.
The origins of the scarf goes back to Ancient Egypt, precisely to Queen Nefertiti, who was believed to have worn a woven wrapped scarf under an extravagant jewelled headpiece in 1350 BC. Scarves are one of the most essential versatile clothing accessories for both men and women.
Special thanks, Model and Opera Singer Sonia Fortezza, Locations Bluestone Lane 55 Hudson Yards Café and Hudson Yards.

Scene: DiFiore New York website. Learn more about the brand and shop https://difiorenewyork.com.
DiFiore New York will be donating a percentage of each Sunflower scarf sold to Save the Children – Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
 
 
 
 



Summer

Scene: Summer wear. Bold colors, some like it hot. Pinks trend and a celebration of hues. Maxi and midi dresses, mini and micro skirts. Light weight designer coats and tailored blazers. Black and white of course and beigh too. Airy sheer fabrics and subdued flashes of skin. Florals and patterns, but mostly solids. Underwear outerwear and printed chiffon. Kicks, slides, sandals, clogs, Birkenstocks, Doc Martens, and high heels. All on a summer day.

 
 
 
 

NYFW Perry Ellis America

Scene: The relaunch presentation of Perry Ellis America at New York Men’s Day (NYMD) Fall/Winter 2022. It was a rebranding of an American fashion classic with a modern fusion of iconic and bold pieces. The reimagined heritage brand by Perry Ellis’s VP of Design Thomas Harvey was inspired by American landscapes – whether that be a beach in the Northeast, the urban cityscape or out in nature. Kicking off New York Fashion Week was NYMD sponsored by Perry Ellis America.
The brand’s contemporary sportswear reinvention took on a new form with woolen overcoats, track suits, tops, bottoms, and accessories. Bold knitwear was designed with a reimagining of the American flag, recycled cotton denim was presented in contrasting blue-and-white chalk stripes, and bomber jackets received sleek fabric treatment. Collection highlights included a red-and-white hooded logo tracksuit, fleece full-zip jackets, insignia bucket hats and beanies, and oversized tote bags.
Talent for the show: Hair by lead hairstylist Jenelle Oldham and team for Oribe, Makeup by lead makeup artist Jessica Marisol and team on behalf of Aofmpro using Dermalogica, Styling Jim Moore, Casting Trew Productions, Public Relations Agentry PR, Footwear Sperry, and Venue Canoe Studios in Chelsea.

Scene: Leather invitation, with debossed logo and event information, and craft paper string and button envelope for the original Perry Ellis America launch which I designed and produced. The invitation was for the press and guests.
I worked with the fashion designer Perry Ellis. Heather from the advertising and marketing department called my advertising and design studio to set up an appointment to review my work in an interview with her and Perry. A few days later I was asked to join them to discuss various projects they wanted me to be involved with.
The invitation was inspired by the leather Levis label on the back of the jeans. In 1984, Perry Ellis America was created in cooperation with Levi Strauss.

Scene: One of the ads I art directed for Perry Ellis America. Photographed by Douglas Keeve in Coconut Grove, Miami.

Scene: Perry Ellis America Fall/Winter 2022 Presentation.

Scene: VP of Design Thomas Harvey (center) with models wearing his new Perry Ellis America collection. Photo courtesy of Perry Ellis America.

“I don’t make fashion – I make clothes. The clothes cross all the points of my personal lifestyle. They’re to wear in the city or the country, to work, or to go out” Perry Ellis.

Special thanks to Helen Oppenheim, US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine, archivist, blogger, and hair historian, for asking me to collaborate during Fashion Week.
 
 
 
 



NYFW Tanner Fletcher

Scene: Design duo Tanner Richie and Fletcher Kasell’s Fall/Winter 2022 presentation “Housewarming Party” unveiled the brand’s first official in person presentation at New York Fashion Week. The stylish house party was a throw back to the late 60s and early 70s blending fashions of home and wardrobe, both modern and nostalgic. Tanner Fletcher is an emerging genderless brand based in Brooklyn specializing in responsibly designed ready to wear, handbags, pillows, and other small accessories that push the boundaries between masculinity and femininity. They are inspired by bygone eras, prints, and vintage interior materials such as upholstery fabric and wallpapers.
“It’s fun to almost redesign something that was meant for a kitchen wallpaper into a piece of clothing. For example, the Ivy trellis pattern is a reference to a 30s kitchen wallpaper”.
Talent for the show: Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler/Redken, Makeup by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team for C.omak Makeup, Casting by Eric Cano of Cano Casting, Public Relations Jane Lerman of L.E.R. PR, Footwear Suzanne Rae Nomasei, and Venue Georgia Room at Freehand Hotel.

Scene: Moodboard F/W22. Photo courtesy of Tanner Fletcher.

Scene: Thea wearing Edmond Contrast Double Breasted Blazer, Eloise Contrast Button Stripe Pant with Laurence Silk Pussybow Shirt.

Scene: Saysha wearing Rita Double Breasted Floral Comforter Coat, Laurence Organic Cotton Pussybow Shirt with Fefe Flare Denim Pant.

Scene: Jjanga wearing Georgie Contrast Button Short Dress.

Scene: Colt wearing Rochelle Deep Neck Sweater, Winnie Lace Trim Boxer Short, Laurence Organic Cotton Pussybow Shirt with Trimmed Socks.

Scene: Suzanne Rae Nomasei footwear and Trimmed Socks.

Scene: Makeup by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team with Calvin.

Scene: Makeup by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team with Thea.

Scene: In the process. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez for Cutler Salons with Spencer.

Scene: In the process. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez for Cutler Salons with Spencer.

Scene: Spencer with his finished look. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez for Cutler Salons. Makeup and freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team.

Scene: Spencer wearing Simonette Pinstripe Belted Jacket with Sherpa and Simon Pinstripe Flare Denim Pant with Shearling. Keyshila wearing Tootsie Lampshade Fringe Blazer and Ruth Lampshade Trim Trouser inspired by a vintage lampshade.

Scene: Colt wearing Sylvester Lampshade Fringe Coat. The stand out and signature design at the Tanner Fletcher Fall/Winter 2022 Presentation was this Coat and Tailored Suit, above, both inspired by a vintage lampshade.

Scene: Calvin wearing Charlie Ivy Trellis Sweater Vest with pleated bell bottoms.

Scene: Madeleine wearing Ivy League Moire Track Jacket. Makeup and double eye liner by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons.

Scene: Anthony wearing Orville Ivy Trellis Cardigan, Darcy Smocked Button Down Shirt with Rhonda Pleated Denim Pant.

Scene: Anthony wearing Chandelier Crystal Earring, Darcy Smocked Button Down Shirt with Orville Ivy Trellis Cardigan. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons. Makeup and freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team.

Scene: Joe wearing Carlyle Floral Jacquard Pussybow Shirt and Clemence Floral Jacquard Pleated Trouser with Alvina Hand Knit Floral Sweater Vest.

Scene: Marcy Latch Leather Shirt and Trimmed Socks.

Scene: Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons. Makeup, double eye liner and freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team.

Scene: Phil wearing Toxic Masculinity sweater. “Growing up as feminine gay boys in the Midwest, we have seen a lot of Toxic Masculinity and still see it today. It comes down to gender norms and the pressure for Men to “act” a certain way to maintain a certain amount of masculinity. In this collection, the Toxic Masculinity sweater was styled on a model with a beard and more masculine facial hair with a short pleated tennis skirt. The statement we’re trying to make here is that toxic masculinity is still running rampant and there is simply no room for it in modern culture”.

Scene: Spencer wearing Rita Double Breasted Plaid Comforter Coat.

Scene: Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez for Cutler Salons. Makeup and freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team.

Scene: Diarra wearing Elton Double Breasted Shag Carpet Coat, Barry Diamond Knit Polo Sweater and Pheobe Diamond Knit Lounge Pant, Dimitry wearing Foliage Hanging Basket Intarsia Sweater with Gus Corduroy Cargo Pant. Madeleine wearing Ivy League Moire Track Jacket and Ivy League Moire Track Pant.

Scene: Diarra wearing Elton Double Breasted Shag Carpet Coat. Makeup and double eye liner by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons.

Scene: Dimitry wearing Foliage Hanging Basket Intarsia Sweater with Gus Corduroy Cargo Pant.

Scene: Anthony wearing Orville Ivy Trellis Cardigan, Darcy Smocked Button Down Shirt, with Rhonda Pleated Denim Pant. Madeleine wearing Ivy League Moire Track Jacket and Ivy League Moire Track Pant.

Scene: Frances wearing Marty Spread Collar Silk Shirt with Beverly Flare Plaid Pant. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons.

Scene: Michael wearing Sandy Tapestry Blazer, Mauricio Long Sleeve Cotton Turtleneck, and Fran Tapestry Pant. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons. Makeup and freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team.

Scene: Diarra wearing Otis Gingham Double Breasted Blazer, Bianca Wide Leg Belted Trouser with Terrell Angora Knit Tank Top.

Scene: Samantha wearing Clementine Lace Trim Blouse with Frederick Wide Leg Belted Trouser. Michael wearing Otis Gingham Double Breasted Blazer and Connie Gingham Belted Mid Length Dress with Trimmed Socks.

Scene: Angel wearing brown and white dress from this collection.

Scene: Frances wearing Barbra Lace Trim Ribbed Stretch Shirt, Wilson Smocked Turtleneck, Fefe Flare Denim Pant with Suzanne Rae Nomasei footwear.

Scene: Saysha wearing Rita Double Breasted Floral Comforter Coat, Laurence Organic Cotton Pussybow Shirt, and Fefe Flare Denim Pant with Suzanne Rae Nomasei footwear.

Scene: Thea wearing Edmond Contrast Double Breasted Blazer, Eloise Contrast Button Stripe Pant, Laurence Silk Pussybow Shirt with Suzanne Rae Nomasei footwear.

Scene: Many of the male models had freckles by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons.

Scene: Samantha wearing Marty Spread Collar Silk Shirt and Etta Elastic Waist Silk Pant. Jjanga wearing Georgie Contrast Button Short Dress.

Scene: Makeup and double eye liner by lead makeup artist Cici Chang and team. Hair by lead hairstylist Mike Martinez and team for Cutler Salons.

Scene: Dimitry wearing Marlton Floral Wrap Blazer and Midge Floral Pant with Suzanne Rae Nomasei footwear.

Scene: Samantha wearing Marty Spread Collar Silk Shirt and Etta Elastic Waist Silk Pant. Joe wearing Clara Closure Trail Oversized Shirt and Sebastian Closure Trail Trouser.

Scene: Fletcher wearing Irving Oversized Chandelier Blazer, Kenny Tweed Trouser with Barbra Lace Trim Ribbed Stretch Shirt. Tanner wearing Sandy Tapestry Blazer, Fran Tapestry Trouser with Matteo Lace Trim Ribbed Tank. https://tannerfletcherstudios.com/

Scene: Freehand’s neon signage at the entrance.

Special thanks to Helen Oppenheim, US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine, archivist,blogger, and hair historian, for asking me to collaborate during Fashion Week.
 
 
 
 



NYFW A.Potts

Scene: Fall/Winter 2022, A.Potts designed by Aaron Potts. His collection was entitled “Skinfolk” as a tribute to the creativity and enduring spirit of diversity. Aaron was inspired by skin tones with a palette from pale blush to jet-black, sculptural shapes, and noir-romantics. The genderless collection featured 27 looks. The textures, which ranged from patent leather to sports mesh, with horsehair and boiled wool in between, created depth, especially in the 14 jet-black outfits.
Opening New York Fashion Week was New York Men’s Day (NYMD) with five-brands in the morning including A.Potts and another five brands in the afternoon. It was sponsored by Perry Ellis America who showed at both sessions.
Talent for the show: Hair by lead hairstylist Ken Hoang and team for Oribe, worked with the model’s natural texture for volume and freedom, Makeup by lead makeup artist Jessica Marisol and team for Aofm Makeup, Hats A.Potts x Caleb Ryan Wells, Bags A.Potts x Deirdre Wiggs’ YoursbyDee, Hosiery Hue, Footwear Sperry, and Venue Canoe Studios in Chelsea.
Above photo, Jack Sajwaj wearing turtleneck and two layer cape with pants. Lead hairstylist Ken Hoang included headbands and bobby pins with cut and shredded horse tail and orange tubes of wire mesh, adding another dimension to his hair and to other models in the show.

Scene: A.Potts lookbook film.

Special thanks to Helen Oppenheim, US Correspondent for Peluquerias Magazine, archivist, blogger, and hair historian, for asking me to collaborate during Fashion Week.