Author: Yegide Matthews

PH5 Makes Knitwear Playful, Sexy & Way Better Than Grandma’s Knits

New York Fashion Week is the red carpet event for designers to show off their coveted collection; it can make or break upcoming designers. While it seems anyone can float around the Garment District of New York City and whip up a few pieces, only the innovative and most talented creators will cross the minds of publications such as Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and Forbes. PH5—a contemporary womenswear label focused on cutting edge knitwear—has done just that. Recently wrapping up their sophomore season at NYFW, founder Wei Lin and designer Mijia Zhang take a moment off their busy schedule to talk PH5’s “story of art meets science.” Lin and Zhang seem to have mastered what happens “when an artistic designer has direct access to high tech” materials for their production. PH5’s autumn/winter 2017 collection features drapey and fitted silhouettes against colorful asymmetric skirts and dresses to sexy jumpsuits with a crisscrossed back. Stripes and abstract patterns also played a central figure over cream colored tops and bottoms in the brand’s assorted collection. YHM: Knitwear can …

Anndra Neen: Modern Jewelry for the Next Generation

Most people can describe in detail their “aha moment” of finally discovering what it is they want to pursue in life. Sometimes a simple moment from their childhood is the exact instruction or motivation they need to take on the world. Annette and Phoebe Stephens are on a nostalgic journey—following in the creative and stylish footsteps of their father and grandmother—Annette and Phoebe launched Anndra Neen, an haute accessory line in April 2009. Their collection has become a serious game-changer for heirloom jewelry and wearable-tech. After traveling to Japan in 2009, Annette and Phoebe were inspired by the country’s sensibility and storytelling in style and culture. They immediately began fulfilling their artistic calling in jewelry design after this trip. “It chose us. It happened so organically. We knew we wanted to do creative work and be in fashion,” Annette said. Once they returned home to Mexico City, Mexico, the sisters connected with local artisans who shared their vision of designing organically. Anndra Neen is a culturally diverse brand. The sisters draw inspiration from their artistic …

Editor’s Letter

March/April 2017 | Hey Mod Girls! Is it just me? Every month; no wait—every week feels like the perfect time to start over and just give life another shot. While spring continues to play peek-a-boo over here in the Northeast, we’re going to jump right into the season. Our team is excited to do a little spring cleaning. Over the next few months, you’ll find subtle changes on our site and our social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook. So be sure to follow along as we dish up some new stories and campaigns. I’m currently regaining my strength after a few winter runs around the city for New York Fashion Week. It seems as though no matter how hard I try, I’m never dressed warm enough for fashion week in February! Nonetheless, I had a blast; I felt like I was invited to an exclusive-ultra-cool-yaas party at Chi Zhang’s autumn/winter 2017 show hosted at the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Museum. The music, lights, and the dancing models definitely made this show one …

Letters to Hillary: You Are Our Champion

The 2016 United States presidential election results have left a bitter, cold, and sad feeling amongst many. While it might feel too soon to move on and accept what has happened, we can cherish the monumental movement Hillary Clinton has started for women in America. Whether you agreed with her stance or not, you cannot deny the success she has obtained: professionally and socially. She has changed the standards. She has transformed the game. This was more than politics for women and for that we thank you, Hillary. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. My team and I strive to make Young Hot & Modern a place where the voices of women can be heard and after the election results were announced our job has never felt more meaningful. Below are notes from young women expressing how Hillary Clinton has inspired and impacted them. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO SHOWED ME TO BE STRONG. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. THIS …

Vivienne Hu Spring/Summer 2017: For the Confident and Sexy Woman

New York-based designer, Vivienne Hu, opened her fifth New York Fashion Week show with an upbeat pop melody from live performers. Soft ruffles, masculine silhouettes, and an array of prints and textures drifted down the runway for Hu’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. Her line paid tribute to New Yorkers after the 9/11 attacks with her color palette taking on the hues of the Tribute in Light photo, the “two light beams illuminating the Manhattan skyline.” Hu played with minimal fabrics – only showcasing a delicate approach to spring style with sheer, lace, and silk textiles. While her selection of fabrics was narrow, Hu’s prints, color scheme, and texture made for a wild assortment. We asked the designer who is a ‘Vivienne Hu’ woman and she replied a “woman who knows that fashion is a powerful weapon.” The military green and masculine silhouettes that flaunted the runway also put a spotlight on Hu’s mention of ‘confident’ and ‘sexy’ women are who she sees wearing her pieces. Hu’s SS17 lineup truly gives the modern woman a great number of choices …

The Other Festival: Women Empowering Women

The sun is out and it screams summer more than a cool spring day. Although I’d love to rest across the grassy fields of Central Park, the busy streets of Lower Manhattan is calling me to The Other Festival. If you haven’t yet read our story about Dee Poku, the creator behind the pop culture meets business festival, head on over before you continue reading! Okay, great you’re back. For many, going to an early morning conference is not the highlight of his or her day, but The Other Festival, well it’s different. It has all the “other” stuff you would not expect from a branding or entrepreneurial meet-up. The first all-female festival in New York brought together leaders from the music, food, fashion, and tech industries. We talked to a few guests and jotted down a handful of quotes so you can feel inspired too. The weekends are made for shopping and The Smart Shop Village at the festival had our pockets crying for joy with the ethical and sustainable brands on showcase. And like many festivals, …