Born Again Vintage stuns fashionistas at Fashion Week Brooklyn

An author, vintage expert and designer, Bridgett Artise is making waves in the fashion industry and her Spring/Summer 15 Born Again Vintage collection is just one of many successes she has seen. Her open attitude to different things has allowed her and her brand to expand and inspire others. Her career as a designer gives space for Artise to express her creativity. It is perfect as nothing binds her back from the freedom and space she has to create. Usually, it is just one component that Artise needs to birth a whole line made of numerous textures, prints, and colors. It seems that though her ideas are sporadic, there is a value to this spontaneity as the fresh appeal of her designs come organically and are produced masterfully.

“A turning point for me was receiving a phone call from New York Times about an article where I was deemed a vintage expert and about my teachings about this topic for my alma mater.”

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Called ‘born again’ vintage, the collection is centered on a theme of rebirth. Rebirth is at the essence of her brand as Artise’s design eyes continuously gain new understandings of the world around her and what her clothes should communicate. The lessons she has learnt and her persistent creativity come together to tell new stories each season.

Born Again Vintage has come a long way. It started after Artise’s hiatus from buying and spending time as a mother when one day she had an urge to create. Her productions received great responses though she never had any intentions of selling or making a business. These unexpected plans stumbled into her life and she hasn’t looked back since. We are so happy to see Born Again Vintage on the runway at Fashion Week Brooklyn, and we have the best selection of her Spring/Summer’15 designs here.

Jaefields, a look behind the emerging Portland brand

Wookie Fields is the design talent behind ultra cool label Jaefields, a fashion line that looks and feels right. Fields’ Spring/Summer 15 collections walked down the runway this season at Portland Fashion Week and drew many to long for his versatile pieces. The clothing that makes up the Jaefields line comes from a creative thought box of Fields’ background experience in programming and algorithms. He has always been a designer in essence and his foray into apparel and product design shows his well balanced aesthetic.



The Jaefields collection has an obvious streetstyle aesthetic that is strengthened by its versatility and functionality. Fields has paid attention to the tiniest details from the material to the length of a clothing item to make pieces feel at home on the wearer, and not in a boring way. His ideas are always fresh as the collection translates his evolving taste and ideas gathered from his travels around the world. Any world traveler knows her or himself, and Jaefields is what can make up the contents of a perfect suitcase.

“Fashion is one way of defining your character and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the comfort for design…From the right material to the right cut, this fall 2014 really accentuates those two words, versatility and functionality. It’s simple and essential for any occasion.”


Jaefields’ intent is to create unique, stylish and versatile garments with focus on functionality. Each collection is made of carefully curated garment, all originating from Fields’ search for the perfect pieces. Like any other emerging designer, growing the brand and gaining exposure has been a challenge, but the designer is extremely driven and motivated by the process of creating perfect designs which can only bring more success in the future.

Fashion and Technology: How digital runway took over London Fashion Week

The worlds of fashion and technology have few similarities between them. From both you can expect to see the next big thing and that was the case at London Fashion Week 2014 (Spring/Summer 2015) where the two worlds combined.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Design houses such as Burberry Prorsum and Topshop chose to showcase just how they are taking advantage of the digital wave in fashion.  As one of fashion’s digital pioneers Burberry was the 1st label to live stream its runway show back in 2010.  This season, Burberry Prorsum partnered with Twitter to sell their limited edition nail polish live for the Spring/Summer 2015 show through the “Buy New” button during the show.  It is the first fashion label to test out this particular feature. The limited edition nail polish is now available though September 29th.

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House of Holland chose a different approach by allowing viewers to watch the show live online and try on their favorite pieces via their own digital avatar at the same time as the models walked out.  It gave fans of the brand a virtual dressing room experience.


For its Spring/Summer 2015 collection Topshop took it further leveraging the popular social media platform Instagram.   The brand invited their customers to display their own looks by the using the hashtag #TOPSHOPWINDOW to be featured via a screen in the store with a street view.

If London Fashion Week has taught us anything it’s that fashion is now taking notice of ways it can stay ahead and how to become more accessible to customers.  This is only the beginning and we look forward to other fashion shows to  follow in London’s footsteps.  Technology benefits not only the labels, but also the fashion consumers eager to purchase straight from the runway.

Written by freelance fashion blogger Tamarah. You can read her blog here!

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NYFW Day 7 Trend Report

NYFW Day 7 Trend Report

(Featuring Michael Kors, Marchesa, Kaufman Franco, Anna Sui, Zang Toi, Proenza Schouler, Jenny Packham, Jason Wu for Hugo Boss, & Betsey Johnson)

Day 7 of New York Fashion Week saw collections from some heavy-hitters in the Fashion Industry: Michael Kors, Marchesa, Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Kaufman Franco, Jenny Packham and Proenza Schouler.  Reed Krakoff presented his first collection since leaving Coach as their Creative Director and Jason Wu debuted his first collection for Hugo Boss.  Hugo Boss has not shown at New York Fashion Week in 20 years! To wrap up the day 7 collections, Zang Toi presented another stunning collection using a breathtaking shade of green that stole the show.



Anna Sui’s collection had a focus on dark shades of red, green and blue. Zang Toi had a striking shade of green to highlight his grey & black color palette.  Reed Krakoff has mostly neutrals with a few looks in a beautiful shade of blue. Jenny Packham featured warm colors yellow, orange, pink and red and a few all black pieces.

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Everyone knows that Anna Sui is a fan of print. She did not disappoint with her vision for Fall. Her retro prints transporting us back to the 70s flower child. They were fun and at times a little overwhelming, but that’s to be expected from Anna Sui.

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Kaufman Franco’s use of shiny and sparkly fabrics was perfect for his gowns.  Jenny Packham also favored shiny fabrics and sequins for her skirts, dresses, pants and sweatshirts.  Michael Kors featured sheer fabrics, while Reed Krakoff had fun with fabric blocking.


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Michael Kors sent a very bohemian collection down the runway.  It might make you think of swashbuckler pirates, but in a cool, feminine way!  Boxy, thigh-length sweaters, and wide leg pants were also popular for Michael Kors. Designers have moved away from the skinny leg featuring loose fitting palazzo or wide leg silhouettes. Anna Sui had layers upon layers for her collection allowing for a lot outfit combinations.  The cape returns in full force for Day 7. It’s apparent that having a cape for the Fall will be a must.  Zang Toi had more than a few fabulous gowns with capes.  While others focused on capes, the ladies at Marchesa focused on a more Grecian-inspired silhouette. Their collection was romantic and ethereal and their draped garments might remind you of Grecian togas. There were some funky silhouettes as presented by Proenza Schouler. They must have collaborated with Thom Browne on the exaggerated puffy sleeve!  Jenny Packham presented a dressy casual collection with comfortable, satin wide-leg pants & voluminous skirts paired with embellished sweatshirts.

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Michael Kors added his signature handbags and floor-length scarves to his looks.

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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor



(Featuring Tracy Reese, Vivienne Tam, Moncler Grenoble & Jonathan Simkhai)
Day 4 of New York Fashion Week had a lot of stand out moments that may go down in Fashion history. Starting with Moncler Grenoble’s Fashion Week presentation held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The presentation was complete with singing, a 4-level structure and hydraulics. If you weren’t there to catch it live, watch it here! And how did our team fair on Day 4? Well even with some mishaps (missing charger, mic and a sick team member) we received full coverage per usual! We are also happy to report that Maryna is feeling well and back on the scene today for Day 5 coverage! Let’s check out the trends seen on the runway.


Most of us know our complimentary colors; orange and blue, red and green, yellow and purple. Instinctively these color pairings go together. But what about orange and grey? A color combination not thought of often, but when Jonathan Simkhai puts them together you remember. Tracy Reese showed us that outerwear in bold, warm colors is the way to go for Fall! Her red bolero cape, and yellow overcoat are the perfect accessory to any look.

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The forest or “in the woods” prints seem to be a popular choice for designers this season. Tess Giberson showed off a silhouetted forest Day 2 and Tracy Reese featured a forest at dawn print on a few of her looks. It truly was a gorgeous print and looked amazing coming down the runway. VivienneTam also had a unique variety of prints from animal prints (and not animal print like cheetah but prints with animals on them) to more mosaic patterns.

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Who says you have to be covered up in tons of fabric just because it’s cold?? Definitely not Jonathan Simkhai. Jonathan went all out to show that sexy is in, even in the winter! A continuing trend across all 4 days of Fashion Week has been the asymmetric hemlines in tops and bottoms. Jonathan had a very cool asymmetric sweatshirt with a zipper. Vivienne Tam kept her hemlines for the most part at the knee. She also sent out these cool pant silhouettes that would almost be harem style except they weren’t wide at the hips. They were baggy down to the ankles where they contoured down to a tapered ankle.

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If Jonathan was all about leather and alligator skin, than Vivienne tam was all about eyelet and embroidered fabrics.

Vivienne Tam enhanced her looks with really fun & abstract printed tights!

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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

Day 3 of NYFW – F/W 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, we are 3 days in, with day 4 going by fast at NYFW! How much are you enjoying all of the amazing fashion coming out of New York right now? It’s no wonder it’s been named the Fashion Capital of the world! Our Fashion Mingle team has been keeping up, battling the cold, carrying heavy equipment and shuffling from one venue to the next to bring you the best coverage from New York Fashion Week. Our young contributor & Fashion Designer Jessica Faith Marshall survived her first NYFW press pit experience at Venexiana Ltd and interviewed the designer Kati Stern. Jane and Maryna headed to Lincoln center during the day to capture more runway looks from the tents, and Melissa interviewed Brazilian designer Ivan Aguilar for his first womenswear collection debuting at MBFW. Be sure to return to for these fabulous interviews! However we also promised you a little bit of drama and what would Fashion Week be without drama! A member of our team has taken sick, leaving our media team short a player today, we have a missing (stolen?) cell phone charger and a lost microphone! Anything can happen at Fashion Week, best to always be prepared!

The Trends

Designers are having a fabulous time with red, orange and pink. Prabal Gurung sent looks down the runway in the most amazing shades of red and orange I’ve ever seen. Monique Lhuillier accented a few of her gowns with pink designs. Son Jung Wan had a fairly neutral pallet with creams and tan, but added purple and blue looks near the end of the collection.


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PRINTS – Mara Hoffman loves a good print. She had very Aztec inspired designs and cuts. She mostly choose prints with a blue base and some black and white prints. Her collection in general had a very tribal feel to it with the prints and silhouettes.


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Herve Leger stay true to their uber-fitted, body-con designs. They had a few fit and flares in the mix. They even had looks that reminded me of birds and those brushes you see in car-washes that come from the ceiling! Monique Lhuillier will have you ready for work or a black-tie, red carpet event. Wherever you are looking to go you can find something in Monique’s collection. From her signature “just below the knee” pencil skirts to girly fit & flare cocktail dress, these looks were made for a lady. Alexander favored a very androgynous collection from the look on the models to the fit of the clothes. He had very boxy styles especially in his jackets.



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ACCESSORIES: Alexander Wang sent his androgynous models down the runway in backless, slide-on boots. Yes, that’s right…in one evening Alexander Wang may have reinvented footwear. Mara Hoffman had really fun gold cuffs up and down the arms of her models, giving her collection a warrior vibe.


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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

Montreal Fashion Week: Five Emerging Designers

Montreal Fashion Week: Five Emerging Designers

Fresh off the four-day whirlwind of Montréal Fashion Week, it’s impossible to shake the anticipation for spring/summer 2014’s best pieces and trends. Even more so, it’s always exciting to see what Canada’s emerging designers have to offer – and what better launching pad than the MFW runway? From Sept. 3 to Sept. 6, over 20 designers unveiled their collections. We’ve picked five emerging designers that stood out among the rest this season.

Caroline Constas

Montréal-born, New York City-based designer Caroline Constas proves that a jet set lifestyle can be a major inspiration. After enrolling at Parsons The New School for Design and debuting her line in 2012, Constas experienced a meteoric rise to success. Her spring/summer 2014 collection is inspired by her travels to Greece and France. Using European fabrics and detailed finishes, Constas delivers impeccably tailored separates that beg to be worn on a Mediterranean jaunt.

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Pedram Karimi

Pedram Karimi first caught the fashion world’s attention when he won second place in Telio’s Breakthrough Designer Competition during Montréal Fashion Week in 2011. Fast forward two years later and you’ll find him still garnering praise for modern designs reflective of his diverse background. This season, Karimi opened Montréal Fashion Week with the launch of his fusion line, PEDRAM. Inspired by the playful characteristics of youth, the collection features Karimi’s talent for creating fluidity, movement and volume.

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Mélissa Nepton

Since being crowned the winner of the Target Emerging Designer Award in February, all eyes are on Mélissa Nepton’s next move. While her exclusive line for Target Quebec drew inspiration from the 1960’s, Nepton’s signature spring/summer 2014 collection turns the focus on Japanese culture. Exploring both traditional and contemporary elements of Tokyo, Nepton’s “Pikuseru” collection delivers pixelated prints and a playful approach to Japanese-inspired silhouettes.

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Praised for bringing a modern twist to the femme fatal, Montréal -based designers Simon Bélanger and José Manuel St-Jacques can be counted on for daring dresses and structured staples. After interning and working with renowned Canadian designer Denis Gagnon, the duo went on to form their brand in 2011. This season, UNTTLD uses mesh, strategic draping and a black and white print that was created from blown-up images of cigarette butts.

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Martin Lim

Following the launch of their label in 2010 and Mercedes-Benz Start-up Competition win in 2011, design duo Danielle Martin and Pao Lim have continued to capture the hearts of strong striding city girls everywhere. The Central Saint Martins graduates refined their design skills while working with renowned international designers like Christian Lacroix. It’s no surprise that their latest spring/summer collection delivers the goods while blending seaside elegance with urban comfort.

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Article written by Julia Eskins.

Julia Eskins is a Toronto-based writer and features editor at FAJO Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter at @juliaeskins

Bri Seeley

Introducing Bri Seeley – L.A. Based Fashion Designer

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Bri Seeley, independent fashion designer based in Los Angeles. Bri Seeley Designs brings you contemporary vintage fashion, modern apparel with a touch of classic and elegance. Bri started designing since she was in high school and she is formally trained in United States and in Italy, where she got her Master’s diploma in Fashion Design from the  renowned Accademia Italiana.

From Minnesota to Italy, from Seattle to Los Angeles, Bri Seeley is one emerging designer to follow! In 2012 she won Emerging Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week. This year, you can see Bri’s newest collection gracing the runways of Phoenix Fashion week and in Los Angeles – at her runway debut on October 10th. The runway event will  kick off a 30-day campaign to raise pre-orders for the entire collection exclusively on Luevo.


In our brief interview with Bri we asked her a couple of questions:


Luevo: What inspires you?

Bri: Femininity


Luevo: If you could go anywhere in the world,where would that be?

Bri: I would go to Bali.


Luevo: What is your personal style?

Bri:  My personal style is simple, feminine elegance.


Bri Seeley’s new “Silence collection” will soon be available for pre-ordering on Luevo. If you want to attend the fashion show on October 10th in Los Angeles please get your tickets here. If you can’t attend, don’t worry, you can still pre-order any product from her new collection, make sure you are signed up on Luevo.

Bri Seeley

Bri Seeley

Bri Seeley