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The Split-Second Preview: Suno

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As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.



WHO: Suno, designed by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis

WHERE: New York, NY

WHEN: Friday, February 8

WHAT: “Medieval tapestries + dark heavy brocades inspired modern armor. Sporty tech fabrics, intricate seaming + varied proportions create contrast.” —Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis. The designers sent us an inspiration image, above.

Each In Her Own Way: A Conversation With Women Designers

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On Friday afternoon, Tracy Reese (left), Maria Cornejo (center), and Suno’s Erin Beatty (right) assembled for “One of a Kind: Individuality, Integrity, and Innovation in Fashion,” a panel discussion hosted by Style.com’s own executive editor Nicole Phelps as part of the 14th annual Initiatives in Art & Culture fashion conference. The three designers touched upon topics ranging from social media to personal time management to dressing Michelle Obama, which each speaker has crossed off her bucket list. Of the latter matter, Reese (who most recently outfitted the First Lady for her Democratic National Convention appearance) said, “That evening was huge for my business, but people kept talking about the dress and I was like, what about her amazing speech?”

The designers are all keenly aware of the pressures facing working women—i.e., those without the time for several outfit changes a day. “Wearing the same thing all day long is the definition of a modern woman,” Beatty opined. “With social obligations in the evening, you get up at 6:45 a.m. and go until midnight. You change your shoes and put on lipstick, and that’s it,” Cornejo said. “I keep a curling iron in my desk,” chimed in Reese, “and assume our customers’ days are just as busy.”

The Internet cropped up as both a positive and a negative. With new collections posting instantly online, Cornejo said, “It’s very hard for anything to feel surprising anymore.” Reese concurred. “It’s difficult to focus the customer on what’s available in stores now because she’s thinking about what’s next. By the time the clothes hit stores months after the show, they’ve already been so exposed on the Web.”

But ultimately, that pressure to keep going back to the well is what drives the designers forward. “It’s indescribable how empty you feel right after a show,” Beatty said, “but that’s what makes us do it again every season.”

Suno’s NYFW Diary

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In the leadup to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Up first: Suno’s Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty.

“Adding a little airiness to our inspiration this Spring—we’re softening up.”

“Discussing the order of the show.”

“Playing with toned-down colors and hyped-up texture.”
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Getting CFDA-Ready With Suno and Liu Wen

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By the time you read this, Liu Wen may already be rushing off set with Inez and Vinoodh, slipping into the dress and shirt you see above, and racing toward Alice Tully Hall, where she’ll accompany Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis—nominees for the Swarovski Award for womenswear—to the CFDA Awards. But on Friday afternoon, choosing the outfit for her first CFDAs with Beatty, things were a bit more relaxed.

Beatty and Suno stylist Brian Molloy were leafing through racks of Fall and brand-new Resort pieces, searching for the perfect look. A first try, a blush pink dress with a placed print from Resort had already been deemed too cute. A winner was in the offing: a graphic, leaf-printed dress with a flared skirt from Fall, cut in a nylon outerwear fabric. It was sweet, but with a harder edge. “There’s always a girliness to what we’re doing,” Beatty said. “The question is always, how do you temper that and turn it on its head? How do you take these different concepts that lead to your print and make them into something that feels cool and now for someone to actually want to put on their body? That’s the hardest part about designing in prints. People thing of it too graphically or too conceptually, and it’s important to maintain that, but I think, as a female, most important is that other girls want to wear it.” Continue Reading “Getting CFDA-Ready With Suno and Liu Wen” »

Is Africa Fashion’s Next Big Thing?

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What’s the next big thing in fashion? Lately, signs are pointing to Africa. For starters, Franca Sozzani dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to celebrating the continent’s intrinsic allure and creativity. This year’s International Herald Tribune Luxury conference will examine the growing African middle class as an emerging consumer as well as the region’s potential for manufacturing. And last night, Essence editor in chief Constance White led a panel discussion entitled Design Africa, where she and political journalist Chika Oduah held forth with Rogan and Loomstate co-founder Scott Hahn, Suno head of production Nadiyah Bradshaw, and Bantu swimwear designer Yodit Eklund about the future of design on the continent.

The consensus: There’s plenty to be done, but the potential is great. “China did not become China overnight,” Bradshaw said, going on to explain how at Suno, she helps Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty find ethical workshops and factories and effectively create needed job opportunities in places like Kenya. Panelists mused on the potential of African manufacturing and hoped that one day, a “Made in Nigeria” tag would be as highly regarded as a “Made in Italy” or a “Made in France” one.

In the meantime, people like panelist Enyinne Owunwanne (the founder of online African fashion retailer Heritage 1960) are working to promote Africa’s rising design stars. Owunwanne works with promising up-and-coming designers including Jewel By Lisa and The Summit, as well as artisans in South Africa, Nigeria, and Rwanda, which she features on her site. “Until recently, Africa has largely been underserved within the global fashion and design scene, but the continent has always been chock-full of amazingly talented designers and artists,” Owunwanne told Style.com. “It was only a matter of time before the world stage started to give due recognition to the talent stemming from Africa. Diasporan trailblazers such as Duro Olowu and Ozwald Boateng set the stage for an appreciation of African designers. The fashion industry has barely tipped the iceberg with African designers and inspiration coming from the continent, though. There is so much more to discover—this is truly just the beginning!”

Photos: Courtesy of Passion Projects NYC