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 PR...an 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|
|back pocket detail|
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...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|
|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 wedges...in 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|
|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..|