• CARLTON JONES
• HAKAN AKKAYA
• CUSTO BARCELONA
• SECTEUR 6
• RANDI RAHM
• Coming Soon ...
By Marcus Gregory Blassingame
Images Alessandro |Fresco| Cerdas
Serving up pure excellence in tradition of showcasing black diaspora at its finest, Essence Magazine wraps NYFW 2020 with an astounding bang in the second annual Essence Fashion House 2020.
Amidst the designer showcases, creative installations and speaking panels, the event also held a series of fashion shows within which showcased some truly talented designers.
Amongst those featured was the enchanting creative artist, renowned veteran stylist, capoeirsta and superb designer Carlton Jones.
The “Carlton Jones Collection” was established in New York in 2015. The well known style consultant was responsible for the imaging of many celebrities, most notably including Queen Latifah and working for prevalent magazines such as Vogue, GQ, French Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone, and Essence.
The pleasantly packed venue of elite socialites, who’s who’s and fashionistas indicated that a show was beginning by the change of atmosphere and lighting as seating was equally good wherever one sat in the maze style floor runway set up.
Like a tropical bouquet of floral hues, beauties and handsome gents fell upon the runway in Oscar-worthy dresses, cape like shaped kimonos or ponchos, flowing fabrics with gender fluid aesthetics, either in plums, sea foam green or a dégradé of pastel colors. Some of the most winning numbers, however, were in subtler hues, like an anthracite print dress with a belted detail, a gossamer floral pattern with a hologram effect, or a shear gown layered together over pant that looked like it had been touched with a light wand. Many of the looks were topped off with an array of avant-garde hats in various pastel colors by Rodney Patterson of Esenshel.
We asked Carlton (the designer) what his inspiration for this collection entailed...
“A few things,” The seasoned legendary stylist turned luxury designer explained; “(I was) led by sustainability, (while) having less than a month to create this collection, I had to incorporate the fabric on hand from Spring and make it relevant to Fall realizing my clients are frequent travelers (who visit different countries that vary in climate). In addition to my client’s lifestyle I combined form and structured shapes synonymous to a Fall aesthetic while certain aspects drape with layers of fluid “flow” which is a part of the DNA of my brand; I imagine that a “Carlton Jones Collection Woman” gets on the plane in the wool suit of look 1, and ends up in the flowing cape of look 19”.
By Marcus Gregory Blassingame
Sleek stealth black, highly fashionable forms with classic silhouettes of past and present poured onto the Pier 59 Studio Runway one by one and astonished NYFW 2020’s Fashion Elite, press, buyers and pure fans of talented Turkish born designer Hakan Akkaya. Taking on the imagination of traditional Amish garm, then meshing the rigid culture with a rebellious “Punk” vibe is best to describe this superb artist’s vision which is executed with perfect excellence. Hakan delivered an androgynous approached with a slightly religious undertone, especially the men’s wear that consisted of dresses, skirts and tunic blouses while many of his women donned suiting and collared shirts, each referencing the garb traditionally found in the opposite genders’ closets, contributing to today’s gender fluid moment in fashion. With sensation detail and superb craftsman ship that only an artist as talented as Hakan Akkaya can wield, this collection successfully astounded the world of fashion and made the impact that shook the New York ground.
Custo Barcelona FW 2020 By Marcus Gregory Blassingame
Since their launch in 1982 the Dalmau brothers, Custo and David, creators of Custo Barcelona have maintained the loyalty to the brand’s youthfully spirited yet classic aesthetic. For Fashion Week 2020, the creative team mesmerized the fashions elite with a collection of ski resort appropriate styles with superb materials and unique finishes to garments, placing precise attention on graphic design seen on each piece. A mix of a street style sporty meets ready to wear vibe is shown in some of the womens looks with asymmetric layers and texture mixes. Plenty of sheen and shimmer to reflect a disco light, the brand stays true to their fun energy with a superb fashionable edge.
In June 2019, Custo Barcelona signed a licensing agreement with Italian firm Velmar S.p.A., company of Aeffe Group, for the international development of the brand. The agreement includes the production and worldwide distribution of men’s, women’s, leather goods, shoes, accessories collections. The The Dalmau brothers will continue being the brand’s creative minds, coordinating a team of young designers while Velmar will take care of all business aspects. Custo Barcelona Thanks: Art Hearts Fashion XXL Comunicacion (Coordination & Production) Jay Arcos for Moda Tech (Show Direction) For more information or to browse current collections, please visit: www.Custo.com Follow: https://instagram.com/custobarcelona
Secteur 6 is the world’s first fully regenerative fashion brand founded by brothers Amit and Puneet Hooda. The Hoodas have played a pivotal role in establishing the Secteur 6 district of Delhi, India into a regenerative and transformative region that touts state of the art facilities with impeccable design and production. The Secteur 6 brand specializes in organic and regenerative manufacturing from dying techniques to locally sourced and organically created fabrics and textiles. The Hoodas main mission is to eliminate poverty for the people in the region, employ farmers, regenerate the environment and sell a conscious and chic collection which changes the world one look at a time.
The Hoodas set their sights on the fashion industry -- currently recognized as the world’s second-largest polluter. They tapped People’s Revolution to oversee the build-out of the Secteur 6 brand. To set the tone and direction, the Hoodas secured designer Rosemary Rodriguez -- the former creative director of Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Maje and many more.
“There is a serious change afoot and Secteur 6 is committed to changing the direction of where the earth is heading while simultaneously elevating the feminine in all her forms,” says Amit Hooda.
Secteur 6 developed and created game-changing textile innovations using bananas, rose petals, organic cotton, hemp bamboo, and plant-based viscose, all of which are utilized in the collection.
This season features classic utilitarian and intentionally relaxed silhouettes, fringe embellishments, paillettes, embroideries, appliques, and more speaking to a new generation of consumers.
The collection is fun, fresh and definitely needed in the fashion world and beyond. The collection offers both See Now, Buy Now, and Fall deliveries.