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February 2017

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Fashion Week Chronicles:

NYFW FW17 Edition 1


Editor’s Letter. . . . . . . . . 3 Cover Photo: Son Jung Wan NYFW FW17 Runway; Photography by Danny de la Cruz

Son Jung Wan. . . . . . . . 4 Denibi Barcelona. . . . . 34 Namilia: Backstage . . . 44 Katie Gallagher. . . . . . 52

We’ll be adding more collections... Nicholas K Desigual Marcel Ostertag Lan Yu Berenik Paul Andrew Dan Liu Hakan Akkaya Francesca Liberatore Leanne Marshall Saku New York Gypsy Sport Calvin Luo Laurence & Chico and more...

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t seems just like yesterday that the team and I were in the sweltering heat of NYC last September for the Spring/Summer 17 fashion shows. Flash forward to February and this time, Mother Nature dealt us with a snowstorm to kick off the festivities. It’s never a dull experience at NYFW! Fortunately for us, the snow wasn’t enough to stop the designers, models, fashionistas and media from converging onto the runways. With each season, our fashion adventures continue to grow and fortunately for us (and I’m sure for many), the consolidation of the shows to Skylight Clarkson Square made it much easier rather than having to crisscross NYC north and south and everyplace in between. And one thing I’m excited about for this season is that we have more backstage moments from various shows to share with you. You’ll get to see the controlled chaos that somehow comes together for each show, from hair and make up to dress rehearsals. Finally, I’m thrilled to work with and introduce the team from New York City Peoples and share the wonderful images they helped to capture for this issue. Enjoy NYFW through our lenses and next stop, London!

Fashion Week Chronicles Volume 2 / Number 1 Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Danny de la Cruz Creative Director MJ Cadiz Contributors Contributing Photographers Paul Lim, Andrew Park and Hansol Kim of New York City Peoples Contributing Style Editor Mabel Gago Contact Us VRAI Magazine LLC P.O. Box 62 Techny, IL 60082 General Inquiries editor@vraimagazine.com Advertising Inquiries advertising@vraimagazine.com

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or the Son Jung Wan FW17 fashion show, we had the pleasure of following the journey from backstage hair and makeup, to runway rehearsals, to the finale unveiling of the collection in front of an eager crowd in Gallery III at Skylight Clarkson Square. And finally as the pieces came down the runway, it became apparent that we were a witness to a master class in the manipulation and artful blending of patterns and textural beauty -- a feast for the both visual and tactile senses. From champagne hues, to vibrant teal and bursts of deep crimson, South Korean designer Son Jung Wan once again brought her unique style of sophistication and shimmer to both women and men this coming Fall/ Winter season.

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By Mabel Gago / Photography by Danny de la Cruz

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riting about fashion is my adrenaline. When you have the chance to breathe in the wonderful chaos of NYFW fashion week, you feel like a child, happy with her new toys. And when you also discover that one of the most interesting and brilliant new brands to emerge this NYFW is originally from Barcelona, Spain -- needless to say that this fashion editor feels extremely proud. The clean shapes and colors remind me of the glorious architecture and designs of Barcelona. The accurate precision either in the patterns, materials and techniques, shows the hard work which comes from an artistic mind. Designer Fadel Denibi has been a wonderful discovery. Fadel was born in Senegal, but moved to Barcelona when he was 2 years old with his family in search of better opportunities. His African heritage and the essence of Barcelona, one of the most relevant capitals of design, are an excellent marriage of a classic, minimalist style for a woman who desires functional pieces but with a personal and distinctive style. Fadel’s second collection at the show is the proof that he won’t stop his creativity and passion towards transforming a design into wearable and timeless pieces of art. He has become an expert leather maker with skill and craftsmanship learned from knowing the bests maestros of the Spanish leather industry. His leather backpack in the shape of a tribal mask has been one of the most commented and shared pieces in social media and magazines. And, the iconic piece represents the expectations towards his latest collection. Fadel's passion for learning has also brilliantly reached the clothes. Plain colors bathed in sophisticated patterns: a wool futuristic kimono in ivory white; high-neck, pale blue jackets in foam; camel asymmetric cashmere coat; structured shoulders between the futuristic and the modern architecture. The confident, contemporary woman who aims to enjoy the classic in a new level will love to fill her wardrobe with this brand. Denibi Barcelona has transcended the meaning of Utopia.

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By Danny de la Cruz / Photography by Shawn Punch Setting: Autumn in New England Theme: Hallow Verdict: Wickedly Good

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rom sunrise to a full moon, Katie Gallagher has managed to capture the essence of one of our most quintessential Fall holidays and transformed it with modern elements of militaristic inspiration, casual play, hints of bondage and sheer evening elegance. The overt orange and black color palette are softened with Katie’s signature design elements and make these pieces versatile throughout the entire Fall/Winter season.

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