February 12th, 2015 seen Style Fashion Week NY, presented by Nicolas G. Perez, raising needed funds for Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. This season, the Series of Style shows presented as part of NYFW, featured unique collections produced by designers Metal Noir, Quynh Paris, Antti Asplund, Ophelia Song, and Daiki Shimizu.
Masai Payan, creative director of Metal Noir, merged progressive ideology and classic female sophistication to create a forward approach to fashion. He is a visionary that draws inspiration from binary oppositions to create collections that are filled with tension, refinement, and elegance, tying in his understanding of savoir vivre. Metal Noir has been worn by celebrities, including Bella Thorne, Kathy Griffin, Janice Dickinson, Heather Morris, and Chelsea Handler.
A lover of fashion, globe-trotting, and arts in all forms, Quynh Nguyen is a renowned designer known for her creativity and multicultural-inspired pieces.
“So I abandoned greyness. I prefer black and white,” says Antti Asplund, a Finnish-based artist with two fashion labels: Eponymous by Antti Asplund and a political street wear collection, HETEROPHOBIA by Antti Asplund. His collection reflected his philosophy and the message he portrayed about the power of free imagination.
Daiki Shimizu studied pattern making, sewing and fashion design at Bunka Fashion College in Japan. Daiki has been featured in several publications, such as Vogue, for his previous collection, which was a 1940’s inspired modern suit collection.
Ophelia Song is a Chinese-American fashion designer and founder of Ophelia Song and Shakespeare Republic. Her bold and innovative designs combined western silhouettes with eastern delicate crafts. Her inspiration for this collection was elements of the ocean, bodies of water, and the noteworthy charitable efforts of Charity: Water.
Hair and make-up was provided by Prive hair salon, make-up artist Benny Hancock, and Priti Nails.
About Style Fashion Week
Style Fashion Week presents unforgettable performances, diverse cultures of the world, and brings in international commerce season after season. The Series of Style shows continue to be the highlight of Fashion Weeks with it’s international designers and celebrity attendance, garnering millions of impressions from local, national, and international media. Since 2009, Style Fashion Week has been premiering world renowned collections during New York, Los Angeles, and Dubai Fashion Week.
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About Charity: Water
Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. You can donate for clean water via charitywater.org.
Written by Editor-At-Large Gosia Krajewski