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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 …

Carefree Glam was the Motto for Rack Addik’s AW17 Runway Show

The self-taught designer, Kelly Dempsey, also known as the runner-up on Season 14 of Project Runway scores big with her autumn/winter 2017 “Glitter and Grunge” collection of Rack Addik. Dempsey’s runway show produced by AMCONYC for New York Fashion Week last month showcased vibrant styles, drenched with splashes of sparkle and edge. The collection brings meaning to the words “carefree glam.” The designer successfully transitions opposing prints and textures for male and female pieces. The collection allows us to have fun with color and fabric as we tie together our inner glam with our outer street experience. Dempsey was able to explore her creative side in fabric from a young age while growing up in western Massachusetts and visiting her mother’s craft store. She combines life experiences with her inner creativity to put together eccentric everyday street-wear—her motto for defying the rules of fashion. Rack Addik’s ‘Alecia’ dress is a feminine number with shimmery accents but follows up with edgy midriff links to bring about an extra element of cool. The ‘Courtney’ dress invites us …

Ivory Couture’s Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection Makes a Bold & Elegant Stance

Ivory Couture’s “The Women” Autumn/Winter 2017 collection was a breath of bold French Victorian fashion. Creative Director and owner Bella Ivory did an amazing job with her revolutionary line that sported a very classic chic design for the season. From bold black fabrics with hints of delicate light lacework to splashes of passionate color, Ivory’s fabric combination exposes female strength, while preserving her elegance. Her abstract designs draped beautifully across fresh-faced models that confidently strutted down the runway to performing artist Chris Porter. Performing his newest party vibe single ‘Catwalk Killer,’ Porter kept the audience moving in their seats as the models blew us away look after look. There was much excitement floating around the room as the audience realized that although Ivory Couture is elegant high-fashion, it’s designed for individuals of all sizes and backgrounds. With bold colors—white, black and red, and pink being the focal hues—for her line, Ivory makes strong statements, but it’s the way she is able to mix robust fabrics like leather with delicate lacing that truly tells the story. …

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 …

6 Last Minute Beauty Tips for New Year’s Eve

2016 can safely be deemed the year of the glow up where extreme highlighting, galaxy makeup, and more was never crossing the line. As the New Year quickly approaches, will we leave the glow up behind as a fad in 2016? Glowing was NEVER a trend to ditch, especially on the night of New Year’s Eve! In memory of the great trends that graced us in 2016, here are 5 ways you can continue to glow and sparkle into the New Year. Starting with our absolute favorite of the year. #1. THE HIGHLIGHT Jackie Aina, a YouTube beauty vlogger, listed highlighting as the trend to not keep in 2017 in her Trends We’re Ditching in 2017 video. We’d like to respectfully oppose as we admire the subtle highlight on Jasmine Tookes, a Victoria’s Secret model. #2. GLITTER ON THE EYES Whether you rock it on your entire lid, the inner corners, or on your wing, there are many ways to add glitter to your eyes to give it the right pop. Of course, if glitter on your eyes is too …

A Talk with Paxyshia Yang: Fashion Trends and Shopping For Your Figure

Fashion blogging is an art and something that takes talent and ingenuity, but most of all, style. Paxyshia Yang is the clever brains behind a budding YouTube channel and Instagram. Yang has been perfecting and sharing her personal style with the world since she was in high school. The Minnesota native tells us who inspires her and how her style has evolved over time. YHM: Who are your style muses and inspirations? Paxyshia Yang: I always said Rihanna was one of my style icons. The things she wears are overwhelmingly cool. Also, Shay Mitchell and Karreuche Tran; what they wear are new and trendy and what’s happening right now. YHM: Can you condense your style in three words? PY: Affordable because of how I grew up and where I’m at right now; comfortable and current. Those are three really important words to [my style.] YHM: Do you face any struggles shopping for your fashion taste? PY: Yes; I think because I am a plus-size blogger. It’s hard to find clothes for myself that aren’t expensive. …