By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography SEBASTIEN LAFOREST
Celebrated American fashion designers Mark Tango & Estel Day just presented their fall/winter 2015 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The runway show not only consisted of the signature rockstar-chic vibe that the designers are famous for--but seamlessly transitioned into a stellar closing musical performance by Tango and Day themselves. After the show concluded, I met backstage with Mark & Estel. It was then I was able to gain some insight into their unique collaboration process and design aesthetic from their points of view.
I’d like to pick your brains… What was your inspiration behind this collection?
Estel: You know with Mark and I, we always start with the music first. So we created this song called “Stairway to the Stars,” and basically the inspiration behind that was that everyone is a fashion rock star. Everyone has their own unique sense of style within, and everyone has that. And they just have to let it shine.
What was the most interesting part of the collaboration process for this collection?
Mark: When we started this collection, and the songs we heard on the runway… We basically started by making up these songs. And in the beginning it was like a mess—just a bunch of crazy guitar parts and crazy drawings. Most collections we kind of start loose like that, but the beginning everything was just colors and shapes. And then we had to take a month to turn all of that into actual, wearable clothes because they were just musings. So, I guess the craziest thing is how it transformed from our noise and musings. We then carefully took each piece of music and each design, and sculpted them into something wearable. What we want to get across is the attitude mostly—then the functionality comes second. But then the functionality becomes first during fashion week. So that is the craziest thing.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography CONTRIBUTED
 H&M Textured-Weave Blazer, $70  Banana Republic Slim-Fit Stretch Poplin Dress Shirt, $60  J.Crew Broken-In Chino In Urban Slim Fit, $75  Cole Haan Pinch Gran Penny, $168  Brooks Brothers Signature Tartan Bow Tie, $55  H&M Leather Belt, $25  Calvin Klein Watch, $310
It’s the holiday season—which means you’ll most likely be attending a Christmas or two. Instead of opting for the usual green and red color blocking, or even the ever-so-cliché ugly Christmas sweater—why not try something new?
Here at Style et Rêves, we decided to give the traditional holiday party outfit a style upgrade. While maintaining the spirit of the holidays, we created a fresh, modern look that is not only stylish, but sophisticated as well. The key is to take one or two pieces that subtly invoke Christmas, and tastefully incorporate them into your outfit. We did exactly that by deciding to opt for a tartan bow tie, and pairing it with wine colored pants, which pulls our entire look together.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography COURTESY OF LELA ROSE
Inspired by the kimono, Lela Rose took subtle elements from the traditional Japanese garb in order to create her breathtaking Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.
The Japanese impression was apparent as seen with the jackets, shawls, and wrapped bodices.
Across each and every runway look—the minimalistic ideal was very much present. The collection boasted gorgeous silk flower prints, A-line silhouettes, and lace. Rose featured triangle cutouts on a few of the dresses, which rest tastefully on the upper abdomen—providing a sense of chic sophistication.
The designer stayed true to her feminine and romantic nature throughout the collection. It’s seen not only with the garments—simple, lustrous ponytails and fresh-faced makeup pulled everything together.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography COURTESY OF MONIQUE LHUILLIER
When the name Monique Lhuillier comes to mind—we will usually just think of elegant, regal gowns. During her Spring/Summer 2015 show we saw a move focusing more towards daywear.
The designer showcased very a beautiful collection filled with interesting cellophane-like silks and shimmery fabrics. Lavender, mint, blush, peach, and soft shades of blue made way down the runway—the color scheme created the illusion of the perfect fairytale.
The iridescent designs revealed the playful side of Lhuillier, which is very refreshing to see since her Fall/Winter 2014 Collection featured more black and jewel toned frocks.
The show concluded with the most exquisite, airy dresses that Lhuillier is most famous for. She used intricate beaded detailing on a variety of gowns, including a ravishing lavender tulle dress with a plunged neckline.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography RODIN BANICA
Desert tones, fiery sequins, and detailed prints dominated the runway at the Son Jung Wan Spring 2014 Collection presented at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “My inspiration was Morocco,” the designer kindly explained.
The source of Wan’s creativity was evident as every look passed one after another—faces from first row to studio standing gleamed with excitement during the entire show. The collection featured structured blazers, hand-beaded dresses, and multicolor-hued men's shirts
Structured and classic—yet, relaxed and playful—any piece from this collection can be worn either to the office or effortlessly during vacation in Marrakesh. Wan’s ability to create jarring looks, while maintaining a clean, sophisticated aesthetic makes the collection accessible to everyone, from the busy executive to the posh jetsetter.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography COURTESY OF DEL TORO SHOES
Del Toro Shoes Boutique in Miami, FL
Lust, passion, and desire all come to mind when thinking about the sacred bond between a woman and her pumps. Nowadays, the same can be said about men. Well—of course minus the whole Carrie Bradshaw-esque Manolo Blahnik obsession.
From monk straps to wingtips there are so many styles available upon request. Although men today are taking much more of a hands-on role in their sartorial endeavors, finding one special pair of shoes—or in some cases multiple—can still be an extremely daunting task. As a young man myself, I can say at times shopping for the ideal pair of shoes feels more like being in Africa on safari.
Matthew Chevallard, co-founder and creative director of Del Toro Shoes, has made the hunt for men’s footwear a lot more interesting. Initially founded in 2005 as a men’s line, Del Toro focused solely on providing affordable customized slippers. As the company’s success grew over the years, the label expanded into styles such as sneakers, espadrilles, oxfords, boots, and various other accessories.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography © COPYRIGHT, THE CW, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Sex & the City is the show that made the character Carrie Bradshaw one of the most recognizable names in pop culture. Carrie is true New Yorker by heart with an exemplary eye for style. Every woman aspires to be just like her, while the men are smitten by her charm.
The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s latest drama and prequel to HBO’s Sex & the City, follows a 16-year-old Ms. Bradshaw during her suburban Connecticut high school years while juggling an internship in Manhattan. The new series definitely has its share of fashion and excitement. If the show is anything like its predecessor, The Carrie Diaries exhibits the potential to become an extremely influential part of fashion, society, and culture.
How does any of this relate to menswear? And why should we be interested in what is seemingly a total chick show? Well, because The Carrie Diaries isn’t just about some girl. It’s about the culture and the history of fashion, which greatly affects both men and women.
By GRACE NAPOLEON Photography COURTESY OF GIORGIO ARMANI (FALL 2013 MENSWEAR COLLECTION)
This year blazers are becoming the must have jacket of 2013. By throwing on a blazer you can create a clean, fresh and put together look in seconds.
We can begin the discussion with the issue of fit. Please don't confuse slim with snug (the blazer should fall at about your mid-hip). This does not mean your measurements will be exact in every store. Remember that the best way to find out whether a jacket will fit properly is to try it on. You should be able to button the jacket easily, without compromising its shape.
Another factor that comes into play is the fabric. For example, satin material will not have has much stretch and be more restrictive than other fabrics. Material also plays a part in the type of "look" that you are going for. Tweeds and wools can add interesting textures to an otherwise regular ensemble.
By SEBASTIEN LAFOREST Photography COURTESY OF SPOON FASHION
Designers Randi Spoon and Alexis Lawton are Manhattan’s latest up-and-coming arbiters of fashion. Recently, the duo debuted their new line of contemporary womenswear named, SPOON Fashion.
The collection itself is somewhat reminiscent of the initial fashion revolution of the 1960s, where women began donning blazers, pants, and short hemlines. The bold uses of shape and texture have been executed in such a way that the collection maintains an aesthetic of modern functionality without sacrificing the air of chic femininity.
“It’s been a wonderful journey [working side by side]. We learn something new everyday, both from each other and from the experience. When you build your own brand, every day brings new challenges and fresh excitement.”
Building a brand—whether or not it includes working in collaboration with someone—is definitely a challenge within itself. With that said, it’s also such a rewarding experience.
So far in the midst of their career, the girls are quite surprised by the amount of support received by men. Randi proceeded to explain, “Often I'm asked, ‘When are you designing for men? We want to buy something!’ It's flattering to hear how interested some of these men are in our work.”