If you didn’t join us last week in Chelsea for ice cream at the Hotel Americano, here are TrendCue’s highlights of the night. Walking past the DJ booth, guests met designer Isidoro Francisco whose riffs on streetwear are as delightful as they are versatile. Oversized jackets with elegant embroidery of “boys of Brooklyn” and “boys of New York” in satin are an evocative blend of vintage 50’s innocence and urban sophistication and could be worn with ease by by nearly anyone of any age. Francisco’s streetwear may be modeled by men - but women and girls can jump in on the fun - particularly as the weather cools down. Give your boring cardigan a rest.
Next in the room was Nan Seo, on hand to talk about her gorgeous drool-worthy knits which included a long grey cashmere dress, flutter sleeve ecru top and other chic pieces in a range of elegant neutrals designed to flatter the body and be a great addition to the wardrobes of women who enjoy old-school feminine pieces with simple lines. With 13+ years of experience working for a range of designers, Nan’s creations are both familiar and original, highly sophisticated yet wearable and stylish to boot.
Walking around in a well-designed organic cotton t-shirt from Stark was Joshua Stark, a former copywriter who “makes t-shirts for people who hate to wear t-shirts.” His subtle twists on the not-too-low scooped neckline, hem, baseball style contrasting sleeves and sophisticated logo were stand-outs - even with no website, instagram or internet presence of note just yet. Sustainability, quality and ultimately wearability prevail when trends become style staples. If Stark t-shirts make that leap, no one at TrendCue would be surprised.
Polet Guzmán, who designs MUZA, began her career as a designer in 2010 when she screen printed a few of her paintings onto t-shirts. Eventually she created other pieces inspired by her love of nature, Puerto Rico and the independent spirit of women who travel. Femininity, floral motifs and bare skin are the bold signature of Polet’s designs. Pieces are handmade on the Lower East Side and include bathing suits, lingerie, dresses and bralettes. The fearless, unapologetic designs put lingerie motifs front and center as streetwear offering a sexy spin on simple, easy to wear pieces.
Past the bar, with his gorgeous footwear displayed across the wall, Steven Sung’s A. Posse is everything you WISHED a sneaker was. Unsurprisingly his website describes him as “a sneakerhead of the 80’s and 90’s in New York City.” The lovingly rendered color combinations, attention to stitching detail, grommets - even the treads - show both a homage to the old school of the kid who may have walked down a NYC public school hallway in pristine Air Jordans and now wants something he can wear with a $2000 suit - all the while feeling like he rules the hallways. The sophisticated, quality leather had men and women impressed by the versatile clean styles which up-leveled what while called a sneaker commands the attention of something much more.
Congratulations to Omer A who won the multi-colored FARAI jumpsuit designed by Farai Simoyi! As soon as Farai’s work was displayed, the party gathered around to admire the sophisticated, easy-to-wear style. Her focus on the planet, ethical, sustainable practices and quality set Farai’s work apart. Evoking a Studio 54 vibe with a modern twist, she says, “Live your life with an open mind, open heart, and open arms; you’ll be amazed at what gifts life has to offer.”