Trunk Shows at Hester Street this Sat and next

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Harlequin&Lionhead

Come say hi at my trunk show at Hester Street this Sat and next.
Hester Street August hour is actually from noon-10pm with live DJ and special events. But I'll be there up to 9pm only.

The Rose bouquet ring shown here is only available as samples at the trunk show with limited sizes only. So come grab it before it is gone! Some items will be on sale too at sample prices. Don't miss it ;)

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Fashion Trend Update - Fall2012 / Spring2013

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Harlequin&Lionhead
Image credit: http://newagexbrainwash.com

If you have read my trend summary from earlier this year, you will see that the early prediction for Fall  has become a guide for mainstream commercial fashion and some of these trends may have already taken over your wardrobe. And a lot of it are here to stay for spring 2013!

First off, a recap of Fall must haves:

1) Silhouettes - iron lady (update - suits, peplums are still here, adding full skirts now, restraint elegance, specifically buttoned up or closed colars), modern military, global aristocrate, chic sportsman (sportswear rules!), matrix PLUS roomy 20s and 80s jacket and slouchy pants look (updated)

2) Materials - FUR, or rather faux fur! (update) Leather, ultra-feminine lace, velvet, AND lots of jeweled embellishments! (updated)

3) Colors - Stark black and gold contrasts, white, burgundy and LOTS of RED

4) Patterns - (updated) Opulent floral patterns are more romantic and dark. Also latticework or tiled toned down smaller patterns on suits, coats and pants. Symmetrical images or geometrical shapes creating curvy illusions

From top to bottom, left to right: Balmain, Rick Owens, Givenchy, L'Wren, Jason Wu, Dolce&Gabbana,  Max Mara, Lavin, Giles
Where do I get a good look at the designers examples of these trends:

Where do I get a good how-to-wear guide of some of these trends:

Then a quick snapshot of Spring/Summer 2013 from the ongoing NYFW:

So far it is a bit sedated compared to the popping colors of the previous SS collections. There are some colors here and there but used quite strategically in the shows. Seems like it is all saved for the crazy nail art! Ok, here are some key highlights so far...

1) Tough romanticism (or BDSM inspired) leather and lace (really?!)
2) The Jazz Age is here to stay
3) Sportswear
4) Globe Trotting (it kinda faded out in the fall, and I'm not exactly sure if I like the latest DVF collection so you decide...)
5) African influence in color
6) Black fading into blues, coral, and nude
7) White
8) Flowers
9) Color blocking and geometry

From top to bottom, left to right: Tibi, Tracey Reese, Giulietta, Prabal Gurung, Helmut Lang, BCBG, Lela Rose, Rachel Zoe, Calvin Klein

Where do I get a good look at the designers examples of these trends:

Where do I get closeups and goodies about NYFW:
Go to MBFW Facebook page!

More to come after the FW and remember, you can watch it from the comfort of your desk (no tickets required!) on the Fashion Week youtube channel!

And I'll be putting together my new collection pinterest boards soon. So go check it out later.

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In the shadows of the sun

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Harlequin&Lionhead
Last year I went to Storm King Museum, my all time favorite. That was my second time there. I went there first on 2010 during fall. I have decided to return to the installation part every year. I will be visiting it probably in October again when the leaves are yellow and red once more. These are 2 pics from last year. They are on my mind when I work.

I love my mom! She is totally Harlequin&Lionhead!

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A look back at my Henri Bendel trunk show

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Harlequin&Lionhead

On a cold February morning, I lined up outside of Henri Bendel on the corner of 56th St and 5th Ave, nervously waited to see the buyers inside. The line went around the block and I stood in line for a few hours right outside of Harry Winston's front gate (fate, isn't it?) I had my Rose and Whirls Collections in my bag and it was quite a chilly morning. I met some really talented designers on the line and it was an eye opener. And I felt honored to be picked for a trunk show.
In the next few months, I slaved myself, my husband, my suppliers to get the inventory ready. Along the way learned a few new tricks, a few painful lessons, and left with ten battered fingers. 

Fast forward to early morning on a sunny July day, I ran towards the same employee entrance to get ready for my trunk show on the second floor of Henri Bendel. 3 days went past like a dream, now I am still excited, with a still numb toes after standing for 13 hours a day, and have a long to-do list left. It was quite a surreal experience.

Henri Bendel is known for high end fashion accessories and statement jewelry pieces. I was put on 2F among the likes of Miriam Salat, Pamela Love, Kenneth Jay Lane, Dannijo and Vita Fede...etc. Recently, they have introduced designers like Tai that focuses on more versatile everyday wear as well.

At the beginning it was like a girl in a candy store. I couldn't even focus on my table.  Overall, it was a humbling and inspiring place to be for an emerging designer like myself. By observing the customers and what they want, I got some great ideas on how to amp up my lines for an accessories centric retail environment. So more to come in the next few months. Fall will be an exciting one!

By the way, have you seen the new finish on the Feather/Heart pendant Whirls #6?  It has a darker bronze finish on the front that is achieved by not only the usual oxidization process but a manual application of 4 antique color treatments. And inside, the hollowed out space is bigger so the pendant is lighter, and the veins and little heart is given a brushed up. I like a heart of gold...what about you?

I also learned a few tricks from the helpful staffs there...Can you see the difference between day 1 (left) and day 2 (right)?

The bracelets got a better horizontal display unit which helped showcase the flowers and catch light better. All the tall displays on top drawing the eyes to the center and down. All the Whirls rings and the large heart/feather pendant were moved to the front with the rest of the Rose rings. Sometimes I can be too focused at grouping my collections rather than thinking through how a customer shops. These were simple changes but it made the table so much more attractive and each piece had a chance to shine. I will applied these principles to the my shows in the future!

So talented designers out there, go to Henri Bendel website and check out their open see section about the next date in Fall. Go line up with your best work that will sit well with Bendel's featured designers.

And most importantly, believe in yourself ;)

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2012 Fashion Trend from Spring/Summer to Fall

Posted on March 02, 2012 by Harlequin&Lionhead

Being in US, I look to the New York Fashion Week for inspiration and reality check. Jewelry usually plays a supporting role and my fear is the more exaggerated the clothing, the less interesting can the jewelry pieces be. Afterall, it accessories instead of fighting for attention.

BUT, I design for everyday women, not the runway. Similar to you, I look at the runway for the big trends, and internalize it so not only can I wear them off the runway (and during the day!), but also keep to my style and call it my own.

Spring 2012 from Elle.com

So here they are,
a quick snapshot of how the year panes out from spring to fall for you girls.
Spring/Summer Fall
Silhouette 40's inspired feminity, esp PEPLUM (also a big trend at the Oscars)
20's inspired flapper/Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby with drop waist and sequins.
Thus long strand necklaces and art deco inspired floral shape jewelry are in
The Iron Lady.
Layered, regal, tweeds, shawls, even brocades
50's Don Draper's women.
Floral, sherbet hues/pastels (also seen in the Oscars), even princess-like.
Modern military.
This cannot be more different from spring - from softness to strength. But more refined than 2011 military. Almost a hint than literal
Safari influence.
African tribal including stacked large bracelets; bird prints
Global aristocrat/elevated nomad.
Ethnic/eastern influenced, exotic and royal, with mbroideries, textile patterns. Blanket coats and even street-look inspired
Sports couture.
Hoodies and mesh etc used in a sophisticated way
Chic sportsman/outdoor preppy/hunting heritage, with fur and feather accents
Architectural; Geometry, e.g., asymmetrical shoulder or skirt length; Color blocks
Minimalistic using black and leather
Color White(Everywhere at the Oscars!) and bright orange
Pastels Black and burgundy
Other Specifics Earrings! Especially dangles and statement pieces
Yellow gold is back!
Lots of lace, stripes, print on print, knit dresses, tailored short suit, center part hairdo, furturistic accessories and shoes, retro funky sunglasses Mini-florals, strong collars, ultra cropped jackets and vests that are textural and cool, surprising makeover of suits by mixing prints and unusual fabrics, wrap dresses, gold glam with sequins, bigger belts, statement hats or hairpieces, and elegant long gloves

Fall 2012 from FrontRowMag.com
Show us your take of the trends with what you have in your wardrobe! Post pics on my FB here.

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