IMG NYFW Spring/Summer 2019: Backstage Happenings with NONIE

Another season of New York Fashion Week has ended and we are all looking forward to the next one already.  The kinetic, frantic energy wasn’t effected by the dark clouds and rain that followed us daily for the week.  There were so many great shows and an amazing expanse of global representation at IMG NYFW and beyond.

This year I had the privilege of being the official backstage photographer for several production companies , some for IMG and non-IMG shows.  It was an honor and something I absolutely adore.  Production is in my blood.  I can’t run from it.  Watching the pre-show prep, the rolling racks with black garment bags to seeing the garment on the model, I am like a kid in the candy store.  There are so many aspects to capture.  The nervous brow of the designer, the pained look of a model with blistered feet after her fifth show in one day; my favorite moment to capture is of the designer, as they watch their work come to life on the runway.  It’s like a mother holding her child for the first time after carrying her around for nine months.  There are no words to describe the emotion.

NONIE by Nina Kharey(IMG/Industria Studios, NYC)

The designer, Nina Kharey,  as she watched her first NYFW IMG runway show.

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‘Welcome to Wakanda’ Black Panther NYFW Presentation for Save the Children

Marvel’s Black Panther NYFW Presentation raised monies for Save the Children foundation.  Designers created garments that represented their idea of Wakanda attire. Sophie Theallet, Tome, Ikire Jones, Chromat, Cushnie Et Ochs donated their time and efforts to the event.

Article and Video by Jovanna Reyes  http://www.jovannareyes.com

Marvel’s Black Panther NYFW Fashion Exhibit ‘Welcome to Wakanda’

Photos and Article by Jovanna Reyes www.jovannareyes.com

Marvel’s Black Panther ‘Welcome to Wakanda’ Fashion Exhibit was filled with all the top actors of the long awaited movie, inclusive of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright.  Ruth E. Carter, the movie’s costume designer was also present with a gorgeous crown of blonde curls and Director Ryan Coogler with his lovely wife, Zinzi Evans(wearing Temperley) took time out to mingle with supporters and admirers alike. Demetria McKinney and cast members of the TV show ‘Power’, also graced the red carpet.

The exhibit featured designers interpretations of attire for the people in Wakanda. The garments varied from original African print to black beaded fabrics.  Chromat opted for a Nigerian superhero tribute while Laquan Smith preferred to think of Wakandia women in black beaded pantsuits.  It was an elegant version of ‘The Matrix’ traditional garb.  Cushnie Et Ochs created a gold dress to represent the armor worn by the warrior women in the movie while Sophie Theallet gathered the natural resources of Africa and created wearable art.

NYFW S/S 2018-Cindy Monteiro

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

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Cindy Monteiro unveiled her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at the NYFW First Stage. It was the designer’s first showing during NYFW, although she has shown at Paris Fashion Week. Her collection was light and breezy made up of natural fabrics and an amazing attention to details.  Her use of diverse models exemplified the culture of Cape Verdean.  We can’t wait to see her collection next season.

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Cindy Monteiro’s Inspiration for the S/S 2018 Co

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NYFW Namilia S/S 2018 and their Vulval Collection

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The photographers were setting up super early for this show on the riser.  They knew that Namilia would deliver an extraordinary fashion event and the designers did not disappoint.  Before the models graced the runway in their sky high pearl and gem studded platforms, Disney songs from Beauty and the Beast was played and then the verse “I can get any D@#% I want” and you knew it was time.  Time for the Sultan’s magic to begin.  The Berlin designers, Nan Li and Emlia Pfohl who met as students at the University of the Arts Berlin, based the S/S 2018 collection on Denis Diderot’s tale of “The Indiscreet Jewels”.  The tale is of a sultan with a magic ring that makes women’s vaginas tell their secrets. Most of the garments barely covered the models torsos but were beautifully detailed with floral touches, fabric manipulated into vulvas, bejeweled thongs and bulbous feminine parts. There were a few Chinese traditional gowns, albeit sexily retrofitted. It was truly a ‘cheeky’ experience and we can’t wait for their next collection.

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NYFW 2017-Project Runway Season 16 Finale

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

Who made that amazing multicolor bathing suit with the removable skirt?  Who made the beautifully embroidered modest bridal ensemble?  Those are the questions left unanswered after the Project Runway Season 16 NYFW Finale.  Six of the Project Runway finalists were chosen to showcase their best collection for NYFW at the Skylight Clarkson Square.

The show began with four judges walking the runway hand in hand.  Zac Posen,  the very pregnant Jessica Alba, the newly appointed Editor in Chief of Elle magazine, Nina Garcia and the always vibrant and youthful, Heidi Klum.  Heidi wore a shimmery, large bow tied mini dress, while the rest of the group wore darker shades in black and browns.  Jessica Alba wore a body-con, off the shoulder black dress that accented her adorable baby bump.  Ms. Garcia wore a chic black beaded jumpsuit and Zac Posen wore a brown suit with an aubergine tie.  At the top of the runway, Heidi declared “fashion is for everyone”.  A perfect anecdote for the upcoming show that included models of all races and sizes up to a size 22.  Tim Gunn, mentor to the designers, made an appearance at the conclusion of the runway show.

The first collection to hit the catwalk featured metallic fabrics in blue, silver, mauve and purple in dress shapes and forms reminiscent of the nineties.  The most memorable garment of the collection was the feathered coral headpiece with matching feathered mini skirt.  The comfortable ivory sweater made the look wearable along with white bobby socks and silver heels.

The second collection was sleeker and more modern with plenty of textured pencil skirts, pretty black bow ties and waist cinching tops. The hair was styled in three cornrow braids with a slight lift in the middle.  The faves from this collection were the pearl and crystal accented fabrics made into a pencil skirt, oversized blazer and duster.

The third collection you could fairly assume is the work of Ayana Ife of Salt Lake City, Utah, a Muslim modest designer.  The first model on the runway wore a deep taupe hijab(headscarf worn by Muslim women) and a three piece tunic pantsuit in a circular textured fabric.  Modesty at its best. Floral patterns, prints, layers and ruffles were preeminent in this collection.  The bridal gown with embroidery and tulle accents was breathtaking.  You could hear the crowd gasp as the model walked down the runway.

The fourth collection started with an extra large tea length, layered tulle skirt in black, coupled with a white, loose-fitting top.  The looks in the collection varied from cotton origami shaped tops to silk camisole dresses that draped beautifully on the models of all sizes.  The stand out garment was the deep orange, layered mini dress that combined the look of a camisole dress and an eighties, pouf prom dress.  The designer chose sleek hairstyles to go with the fluid and tailored styles within the collection.

The fifth collection showcased a flamingo print textile with loose fitting design elements.  The accents were loops that trailed down the models legs or extra long strings that dangled and moved as the models walked.  The first look of the collection was the most wearable and complementary to the average woman’s body.  It did help that the model also looked like a young Whitney Houston.

The final collection was a sea of vibrant color and fish prints.  The colors were a nod to the Afro-Latino cultures found in the Caribbean.  There were beaded print feathered tunics and fish print maxi dresses, that may all seem too much on one garment but really looked amazing on the runway.  The designer accessorized the collection with one of a kind, colorful acrylic sunglasses that were trimmed with gold chains.  The memorable moment of the finale was during this collection’s presentation.  A plus model caused an uproar when she removed her ruffled skirt to reveal a bathing suit underneath.  You could assume the designer of this collection was Margarita Alvarez of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She wore a blazer in the same fabric and beading as the final collection.

After the runway show,  all the cast members of Project Runway Season 16 graced the runway.  You could see the feelings of joy and triumph on their faces.  A dream come true for all.

The finale will air at the end of the season on the A&E networks where the winner earns a prize package of $100,000 to help launch their line, an opportunity to launch a capsule collection with a department store, a trip to Japan and a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

 

NYFW First Stage-Galtiscopio

galtiscopiodesignerphotoGaltiscopio’s debut at NYFW First Stage at the Dream Hotel Gallery was a hit musically and on the runway.  The brand led by Ying Lau as the Creative Director started the evening with Ray J, R&B singer and cast member of Love & Hip Hop reality show. Christian Combs, P. Diddy’s son, also performed midway through the show.

Ms. Lau’s love of music, vibrant colors and accessories were evident throughout the production. Her attention to detail could not be missed.  The fabrics and colors were varied but the jewelry, from double layered embellished watches to crystal headphones and slick hairstyles, unified the collection.  The silks were dreamy and the leather garments had just enough edge for any downtown ‘nista.

One of my favorite shows of the week.  Ms. Lau has set the standard for the Galtiscopio girl, glamorous, edgy luxe with a touch of diamonds.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next season.

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NYFW:The Shows-Nina Tiari RTW F/W 2017

Article and photos by Jovanna Reyes

The Nina Tiari runway show for IMG/NYFW:The Shows, held at Skylight Clarkson Square was my last event for the week.  The backdrop in Gallery 3, was all white, a glossy runway and benches, perfect for the colorful collection by Ms. Tiari.  Her models were diverse and equally stunning. The finale RTW piece, of many colors, reminded me of Joseph and the Technicolor dreamcoat and was the perfect finish to an amazing collection.

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NYFW 2017:The Shows: GYPSY SPORT

Article and Photos by Jovanna Reyes

The Gypsy Sport runway show was the second time I was in Gallery One in Skylight Clarkson Square.  It was dark and extremely hot in the photographers pit.  It didn’t help that I was wearing a fuzzy black sweater I couldn’t remove.  I was standing next to photographers that were just as sweaty and pushy.  I share that so you could understand how miserable I was until the show started.  My misery was quickly forgotten.

Designer, Rio Uribe, started the show with an introduction to his collection.  His travels to Europe, Mexico and Los Angeles with their overwhelming problems of homelessness influenced his collection.  Once the drumming began, two young street performers using drum sticks and plastic paint containers, I was entranced.

I knew what was coming and I wasn’t disappointed.  At one point, I found myself looking over my camera just to take it all in with my natural eye.  It was jarring, refreshing and what is desperately needed in the fashion community.  A designer that embraces where he came from and refuses to sell his soul and artistic base for the masses.  The European photographer next to me kept yelling “bravo” from the pit, loving each and every unexpected look on the runway.

His model lineup were of varied backgrounds and represented gender without barriers.   There was fluidity and ease in his representation.  There were crocheted dresses that reminded me of Latina grandmas table covers. Pink camouflage, lace, traditional pinstripe, velvet and the most haunting  for me, a model draped like a Shaolin monk.

His outerwear replicated the tents of European refugees and the makeshift structures created by the homeless on L.A. streets. He finished the show with “EXPLOITED” AND “the BUSINESS” patches on the backs of his final two garments.

Rio won’t let you turn away and ignore them anymore. Bravo Rio…Bravo!

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