Alexander Wang took Spring 2015 as his opportunity to break free from the reverent tones of the iconic Cristóbal Balenciaga and previous creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, which he had attentively pursued throughout the collections since his onboarding. This season, however, welcomed in a very Wang-inspired lineup, with a new venue and distinct direction.
Now at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Wang seemed to infiltrate the vibe with his quintessential athletic and urban influences, from the sleek glass-and-metal runway to the street-ready notes of sportswear. And while I’m a huge fan of Wang’s work, I couldn’t separate myself from the feeling I was looking at his eponymous label. After all, this was Balenciaga… Right?
After last season’s blatant Stars Wars motif, Rodarte’s designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy rebounded with a Spring 2015 collection filled with stunning imagery and an enchanting utilitarian workmanship.
Though underlying themes explored a fantastical underwater life, the true majesty of the season was found in the details; from a crystallized runway to the crystal and sequin embellishments, the true-to-form sister designers are back and have spared no expense in hard work or creativity.
Simply Google “Karolyn Pho,” and the search results would be bombarded with paparazzi shots of her and the “celebrity” she once dated. But there’s no chance of that overshadowing her fashion career now, especially as the fifth-season designer once again proved her talents with a remarkable presentation at New York Fashion Week.
Pho’s Spring 2015 collection blurred the lines between masculine and feminine, while showcasing a clean aesthetic that has certainly become a signature look. From mock turtlenecks to racerback tank dresses, this bubbly and talented designer is taking the industry by storm. The subtle reference of a “lost between realities” character further emphasizes her vagabond theme. Even better, The Aspiring Fashionista was able to catch up with Karolyn Pho backstage prior to the show to ask her a few questions, from Spring 2015 inspirations to what her superpower might be.
TAF: What was the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer 2015 collection? KP: The color palette is inspired by South Florida architecture. It’s a lot of pastels mixing matching together with a 60’s vibe. The story is a vagabond, so she is a girl who’s in and out of realities traveling from place to place, not really having a designated home. There’s a carelessness and charm that I’m really drawn to.
What’s the most surprising source of inspiration in your life?
Probably my environment because I’m literally a sponge. So whatever or whomever I am around, I can’t help but to take in their energy or whatever it is emotionally. As much as you are aware of what’s happening, you still get sucked into it without knowing.
What’s your superpower?
My superpower is that I can drink more coffee than anyone in the world, like endless amounts.
Has having dated a celebrity benefit your fashion career in any way?
I don’t think people have really associated the two, which is nice.
Do you have any idols?
I really respect Karl Templer, Karen Kieser, Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang.
What makes you happy?
My puppy dog Margo, my family and friends, and doing this — being able to show and do what I love every season. It’s the most rewarding thing ever. I love what I do.
Photographed by Dan & Corina Lecca
Production Press & Casting by MAO Public Relations
Make up by Romero Jennings for MAC Cosmetics
Hair by Charlie Price for Scruples Hair Care
Sunglasses by Moscot
Footwear by Dansko
What Joseph Altuzarra does best (and I truly love him for this) is how he meticulously merges modesty and sophistication with unmistakable sex appeal. His Spring 2015 collection expands on these talents by doing just that, this time with traces of a promiscuous purity and an eerie je ne sais quoi.
Perhaps it was the pink gingham skirtsuit, but the collection felt truly wholesome as the first look came out onto the runway. But it was with a second glance this number revealed an inherent Altuzarra touch: an extreme slit worthy of the next Angelina Jolie thigh moment.
Designers Chris Peters and Shane Gabier certainly had their hands full this season, with a Spring 2015 collection filled with the distinct aesthetic we’ve come to love and expect from Creatures of the Wind; but this time they’ve introduced something new: a four-piece capsule collection of footwear, including some particularly noteworthy flatform sandals and modish heels.