New York Fashion Week S20 RTW - Trend Review Part 1

Have you been keeping up?

The NYFW Spring20 shows are in full swing! This year’s fashion week calendar is looking a bit different than usual as more designers are straying from the regular schedule, but the energy in NY around this time each year is still unmatched!

We’re barely halfway through, but the trends flying off the runway are so fresh that I’m popping in early with a quick trend report to get your appetite wet. [A full NYFW Trend report is coming up later this month so look out for that too!]

Future Vision: Looking at Spring 2020

At a quick glance:

The usual spring neutrals are making a reappearance. Denim is especially strong again for this 2020 season. Boxy tops, long skirts, wrap overs and belted waists are just some of the patterns to be found in many of the shows.

Now on to the sketches! (Pay attention to the bold trend words below!)

Mara Hoffman and Nells Nelson - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Mara Hoffman and Nells Nelson - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch Above:

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman’s Spring Line had me thinking ‘Vacation in the tropics’. She used a beautiful parrot print and many warm colors—but the outfit I pulled out to sketch is this sage safari dress with a utility vibe. (Do you have a parka in your closet right now that sort of looks like this?—I think most of us do). I want to note the sleeves here. It’s a sleeve shape I’ve also seen in many of the other designers shows. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of it too now.

Nells Nelson

Nells Nelson showed some clean cut, gorgeous long wrap skirts. I loved the d-ring sashed belt here— and of course, the cargo pockets.

Alexander Wang and Red Valentino - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Alexander Wang and Red Valentino - Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch above:

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is always on the top of my list. His collection took two different directions. I tried to sketch a piece from each so you can get the gist of it. Wearing fringe and denim, his models came down the runway with long dark braids. There was definitely a western vibe. He also showed a lot of leather and suede. This black look above is a studded mock wrap skirt paired with a masterfully draped cowl neck top. Many of the looks, the above two included (though it may be hard to tell in the sketch), were topped off by multiple layers of belts around the waist.

Red Valentino

My favorite piece from the Red Valentino line was this beautifully seamed dress. Doesn’t it look like it would fit like a dream? Tonal denim blues are pieced in to create the A line shape. The bodice has a multi-seamed bow panel, which ties back into the more obvious bows sashed across the waists of other items in the collection. The thin strapped black dress next to it has a sheer over layer and oversized bow belting the waist.

Tadashi Shoji- Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Tadashi Shoji- Spring 2020 NYFW - Sketch by DeannaKei

Sketch Above:

Tadashi Shoji

Tadashi Shoji showed a beautiful spring gown collection in iced pastel tones of pinks, blues and greens. The floral embellishments and tonal sheer layers carried the very essence of spring down the runway as the models walked in them. His pastel gown collection was mixed with some darker looks and also included beautiful satin brocades. Many of his looks had cuts and shapes reminiscent of the kimono. This inverted black and wine colored look has a high low wrap skirt with a contrast liner. (The sleeve shape here matches up with the Mara Hoffman dress above, doesn’t it?)

A zoomed view on my favorite Tadashi Shoji Look

A zoomed view on my favorite Tadashi Shoji Look

Do you have a favorite look from the Designers shown above? —a trend you’re already in love with? Sound off in the comments below!!

Making History with the WeJustWorkin Fall Fashion Show

This past weekend one of New York’s most historic events got a fresh update—and made history all over again! In it’s 40th year, the Richmond County Fair took on a whole new level when WeJustWorkin hosted the first ever Fashion Show and Urban Stage!

I was excited to be there along so many creative, talented and fun people and to watch my Illustrations come down the run way on my collection of Fall Totes!

Seriously, how cool is this venue?!

Seriously, how cool is this venue?!

Set in an open air open brick structure deep in Historic Richmond Town, (who’s historic preserved buildings date back as far as the 1600’s), WeJustWorkin brought together Artists, Musicians, Models, Djs, and performers from all across New York for a full schedule of entertainment. The party continued all weekend but the runway show took place on the Sunday, mid day.

Fall Fashion Forward, the many men’s and women’s looks were a compilation of pieces from all local and New York brands. Warm tones, graphic sweatshirts, heeled boots,—and my personal favorite for Fall 19: Glen Check Plaid— ,and gorgeous jewelry by ShervaJewels made their way across the stage. (*Men’s suiting prints, like the Glen Check are a key player in this season’s women’s trends)

Pictured below are just some of the many fun looks that were shown that day. (These four below featured some of my Illustrated totes!)

Model/Face Painter Lori with the ‘ Fall Stroll’ Tote

Model/Face Painter Lori with the ‘Fall Stroll’ Tote

Model/Actress Erica poses with a DeannaKei Tote

Model/Actress Erica poses with a DeannaKei Tote

The worn stone and brick walls created a beautiful setting for photos. Art by local painters can be seen in the background and was displayed through out the structure.

Weeks earlier this location had been an mess of over grown weeds but it was cleared out just for this occasion! I hope it will continue to be a unique venue for future events.

Model Katie carries my  ‘Fifth Avenue Girls’ Weekender

Model Katie carries my ‘Fifth Avenue Girls’ Weekender

Musical Artists  Prema777  with a DeannaKei tote, and CosiPari (Left to right)

Musical Artists Prema777 with a DeannaKei tote, and CosiPari (Left to right)

The runway was set inside the stone walls, lined with artwork

The runway was set inside the stone walls, lined with artwork

A window from the past, a window to the future: New design collections displayed next to the stage are shown through this window (originally built many decades ago)

A window from the past, a window to the future: New design collections displayed next to the stage are shown through this window (originally built many decades ago)

The Fall Fashion Show in the Richmond County fair was the perfect close to this Summer! — Now who’s looking forward to New York Fashion Week!?!

Having or Attending a Wedding soon? Here's what's trending for dresses!

Spring is a beautiful time to have a wedding (and a great season to attend one!). Spring 2020 is looking especially promising with it’s gorgeous selection of elegant new Bridal gowns from the top Bridal Designers.

With so many unique options, choosing the perfect dress can become quite the challenge. To help you out in your selection, I’m going to give you a run down of a handful of Spring 20 ‘s top Bridal Gown trends, straight from the New York runways of Bridal Fashion Week. Even if you’re not currently searching for that once-in-a-lifetime dress, you can still take away many of these key trend points that will carry over into wedding guest dresses and even Ready-to-Wear fashion for next Spring!

Ready? Here we go!


Soft Belted A-Line - Oscar De La Renta S2020

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This first dress is a delicate romantic look from Oscar De La Renta. The bodice of the dress has a deep V neck with scalloped edges. It has a sashed waist for flattering definition and then it opens up into an A-Line skirt. My favorite part about the design of this dress is the balance between the embellished florals, sequins and beading, and the clean, un-decorated hem. Although the top of the dress is heavily garnished, it blends together well with the simplified bottom for an overall effect that is both light and airy. [Fun note: cited this dress as being 280 hours of work!]


Tiered Combo - Zuhair Murad S2020

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Elegant lace with a scalloped edge frames the deep V neckline of this Zuhair Murad gown. There’s a sashed waist which acts as a meeting point for the dress’ two moods. Sheer, ruffled tiers of tulle overlay an opulent lace column skirt.


Volume sleeves and Cape - Anne Barge S2020

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This Anne Barge dress is the perfect statement gown. It’s off-the-shoulder volume sleeves blend into a floor-length cape. It’s embellished with a floral lace motif and scalloping along the hemline. This dramatic look is somewhat reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s Valentino gown from the 2019 Golden Globes.


Structured Softness - Lela Rose S2020

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With its high-neck lace overlay, and sheer lace sleeves, this Lela Rose dress is already quite unique from the others in this trend report. It’s embellished corsetted bodice extends over the hips for a controlled waistline and then relaxes into soft mini-pleats. That’s not even the best part—can you believe this dress actually has pockets?! I haven’t met a bride yet who didn’t wish her gown had pockets.


Draped Minimalism - Oscar De La Renta S2020

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I included two Oscar De La Renta gowns in this report because they were both so different yet each beautifully designed. This second dress has a clean, classic, draped silhouette with a high slit and a long train. Again, the waist is defined but the cross over top and asymmetrical skirt give it a ‘mock wrap dress’ look. Although this gown lacks the typical bridal lace or beading, its precise drapery adds the perfect amount of interest for the Bride who wants effortless elegance.


Victorian Romance - Vera Wang S2020

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This Vera Wang gown was my favorite to sketch. In fact, I loved Vera’s entire 2020 collection and suggest that you check it out on Vogue. This particular gown has a cream white top with an opaque dusty warm-grey tulle skirt. Vera Wang often strays from the traditional white bridal gown and this ethereal piece is no exception. The tulle skirt is draped and collected at the hip. A pink silk rose adorns it. The right strap if this dress is decorated with soft, grey layers of chiffon. The thin straps drop into a plunging V neck.


Spring 2020 Bridal Trend Summary

In case you gotten too caught up in all of the beautiful dresses, here’s a summary of the main Spring Bridal Trends covered in this report.

  • Deep, plunging V necks

  • A delicate balance of opposites:

    • Volume & Defined

    • Heavily decorated & Clean

  • Soft floral lace and beading

  • Sheer layers

  • Waist definition

    • Sashed, bowed, or belted

    • Cinched, seaming and corsetting

Do you have a favorite trend? Is there one you’d never wear? Which of these dresses would you try on? —and how much do you love dresses with pockets?!

I’d love to hear! Tell me in the comments or send me an email!

Also, check out my new custom Bridal Packages - perfect for the bride-to-be that wants a unique, personalized wedding experience.

Runway Review - Marc Jacobs Resort 17

The Marc Jacobs Resort collection was everything good abut the 80's! It's decade inspiration was unmistakably vibrant, whimsical and fun without being the least bit tacky. It's rare I see an 80's inspired show that actually looks current but he pulled it off beautifully. The line pairs prints with solids, tulle underskirts with oversized bombers, gold with animal print and everything in between. Each look comes to life with it's own distinct attitude yet manages to remain completely wearable at the same time.

(I think Jem and Kimber would agree.)

Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17

Sketch: Jem and Kimber in Marc Jacobs - Resort 17