Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fashion Week: Ivy Higa & Absolute Wild Tea

Fashion Week is about artists showcasing their collections for the masses specifically the fashion insiders, the movers and the shakers who determine what’s in and what’s out. Ivy Higa knows a lot of about that game as a contestant on the very popular Project Runway; she had to come up with creative designers all on the fly. Lucky for fans, Ivy H took her time designing her Fall 2011 ready-to wear collection. This is Ivy’s fourth time showing at New York Fashion week since her debut in Spring 2010.

Her 2011 collection was inspired by Kailua-Kona, Hawaii her native state. Most of the pieces featured ruffles mixed with leather or silk. Some of my favorite pieces included a backless leather jacket over a silk chiffon dress, the strapless halter dresses with leather ruffles that had a hint of ocean blue silk peaking out and the ruffle silk and leather vast with silk crepe blouson.

When asked about her life after Project Runway, Ivy explained that there hasn’t been any real change besides the notoriety; it’s “still a hustle every day.” She has the New York mentality; striving to make it to the top while still working full time and making patterns for Saks. Fellow Project Runway alumni Casanova was at the event to support Ivy. He also has a new line, which is featured, on his site.  

It wouldn’t really be Fashion Week in New York without a boundless selection of parties to attend. Absolute Vodka introduced its new flavored Wild Tea vodka at Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom. The new flavored vodka is official my favorite Absolute line. It’s a perfect blend of elderflower, red apple and citrus. As described by the company the taste is “fruity and naturally sweet with a smooth finish” and I couldn’t agree more.

Because it is Fashion Week I expected to see loads of the city’s elite stylish ambassadors. However, to my dismay, the party was filled of fashion don’ts.  Fury winter boots was the fashion choice of the night. I absolutely loathe those boots on anyone and designed by anyone. Latex tights with a collared oxford white shirt made my quiver in disgust and than there was the lion queen, need I say more.

My two fashion do’s for the night included the midnight blue velvet blazer coupled with a lavender bowtie and very fit mademoiselle in the army green tube top, fitted harem pants and tattooed sleeves.   

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