Monday, May 28, 2012

NOUVEAU PR: Shui Chen, TO Long Nam, Bevel, A.F. Vandervorst, Odlion, Pedro Garcia, Barbara Briones, Mandy Coon


words/images Judith Ecochard

Showroom visits are always worth the time, especially when the designer represented are as talented as the ones we checked at Nouveau agency we first met in Berlin, a few years back.


New to us, NYC based/made, Taiwanese native Shui Chen---showed edgy separates that would work in some work environment-given the classic modern shapes...
including our favs-the knit pieces...

leather trim/ alpaca wool/silk lined

Shui Chen knit poncho edged with leather

A.F. Vandevorst-a married couple---had a pop-up shop at the most recent NYFW---modern separates, and a well thought out design mantra, as it were...

Here, we marveled at the shoes/belts-part of their "Fetish" collection...really artistic creations as these bejeweled shoes/boots were clearly embellished by hand.

A.F. Vandevorst belts, wedges, boots, 

To Long Nam-exquisite tailoring
TO Long Nam is aVietnamese, German raised, now Paris based, fashion designer  ---who had some of the most precisely designed/constructed/sewn modern trousers,  jackets, suits---inspired possibly by butterflies...that we ever saw...and we noticed them minute we walked into the showroom.

back pocket detail

Handcrafted pieces...silver items---like modern armor-we thought but aka the artist's "Bevel"-taking a philosophical cue from Joseph Campbell---(read the 411 on the website)

...Loved these items by jeweler Jonathan Lloyd Goldstein---who is Manhattan based. Reasonably priced too...set-up for e-commerce and also sold downtown boutiques.

We missed ODLION's presentation (by Stacey Clark) during NYFW---and gladly caught up with her autumnal pieces...including these grown-up bomber style shearling jackets with leather toggle enclosures...that war shown with matching wide leg trousers. (Presentation pics)

satin floppy bow peep toe-Beverlyl

Sophiel-bamboo satin frayed floppy bow ballets
Spain's Pedro Garcia has a glamourous collection of silk, leather, and bedazzled shoes/sandals/boots...sold at posh stores like Bergdorf's...
open toe Penelope -with heels-and Ivana flats-in black and birch with crystal details

Helenel-blouson boot in napa leather

Pedro Garcia-suede FAINOL chelsea soft neutrals charcoal grey + dusty mauve/ pink

pull-on tall boot=Holland, zip-up bootie=Fedora-both w/ crepe wedges

Hermion wedge, shearling boot-cuffs can roll down

Brenda -wood wedge monk strap

Clary-criss cross elastic open toe

Fergie-extreme elastic suede ankle strap on wedge

Erika-wood platform pump

large tote-


Abbie-banana peel heel-open toe bootie

Barbara Briones incorporates shiny metal, textured leather/skins to great effect in her sexy shoe collection...made by artisans in her native Chile...though her cobbler background includes high-end stints at Ferragamo in Florence, Italy and Mulberry in London. It shows---these are sophisticated kickers that are keepers!

suede flats---with an eye

pretty pleats too
Mandy Coon sheath

MANDY COON had marvelous digital prints on her sheaths---inspired by the insects/wildlife and topography from a Nicaraguan trip.
Another big plus-the designer's fabulous collaboration with Barbara Briones---for these terrific steel toe, block heeled boots and platforms---softened with delicate straps.

Mandy Coon-Barbara Briones

A.F. Vandevorst leather gloves..