Halpern - Glamour Returns In An Explosion Of Multicolored Sequins

People are celebrating the discovery of the 30 year-old designer Michael Halpern who is selling through at Bergdorf Goodman in his first season. “I’m not really quite sure I’ve seen this happen, straight out of the gate, for a designer who isn’t known,” said Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman. “That is special.” Born and raised in New York, Halpern studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design, before working at J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta, and later studying at Central Saint Martins in London. His MA collection at Central Saint Martins in 2016 won him the attention of everyone from Donatella Versace (Halpern now consults on Atelier Versace’s couture collections) to US Vogue’s Sarah Mower and Beyoncé. His debut presentation followed in February 2017 – a hot ticket at London fashion week. (Excerpts from Vogue and MatchesFashion.com)


“When the world started going a bit crazy, that’s when I started doing more colour ... I felt like it needed to be there”

Halpern's rose-gold sequin-embellished trousers are the perfect fusion of disco glamour and couture-salon sophistication. Under artificial light at night, his clothes come alive. The collection is now available at Bergdorf Goodman and MatchesFashion.com.


"To be able to put something shiny on, it’s almost like armour" 

"I love Bob Mackie, I think he was super revolutionary... The collection is absolutely very niche, you have to have a certain look and mentality to wear it for sure... it has a chintz factor, but it’s meant to be subversive and not so literal. In London, NYC and Los Angeles, I see people wearing the pieces with a vintage concert T-shirt and sneakers – I think that would be great. Or wearing a jumpsuit with a denim jacket over it, that would be cool."

The Halpern Spring/Summer 2018 RTW collection was shown in the London Palladium during London Fashion Week:

Images Sources: Vogue.com and MatchesFashion.com

Elizabeth Kennedy dazzles with her gowns at NYFW Spring 2018 RTW

Elizabeth Kennedy ’s Spring collection dazzles. At the urging of Bergdorf Goodman, Elizabeth debuted her first evening wear collection in 2012. Prior to that she designed in-demand couture for BG’s clients and headed Donna Karen Atelier. For the Spring 2018 RTW collection she mentions René Magritte as a creative influence.

Highlights from LFW: Temperley London Spring 2016

Alice Temperley took the cue for her Spring 2016 RTW collection from Havana and other hot Latin American climes. 'The mood reflects Cuba and the forbidden yet tempting fantasy of island life – its decadent cultural heritage and the nonchalant and mysterious attitude of its capital city Havana.'

"I wanted this to be romantic and decadent, but also colorful and happy,” said the designer. “Clothes should be about escapism, and for summer they should also be easy, comfortable, cool and eclectic.”


The designer sent out a lineup of dresses covered in embroidery and other needlework done in a summer garden color palette inspired by the images of Robert Polidori. There were belted cotton dresses, many with circle skirts and a ruffle around the neckline.


The heart of this collection was Temperley’s heavily embroidered sundresses, and likewise embellished sundress like ensembles. Backed in crisp white or navy cotton, these pieces came in a variety of relaxed silhouettes and played host to a virtual fireworks display of floral and abstract embroidered patterns.


Others silhouettes were more inspired by the region’s folk doll figurines, as in a loose-fitting black dress with orange sequins, and the dark, patterned knitwear.


Image Sources: Umberto Fratini/Indigitalimages via vogue.com   temperlylondon.com

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