New York City, one of the most populous cities in the world, exerts a significant impact upon culture, finance, commerce, entertainment, technology, art, and fashion. It was a great pleasure to journey here in summertime, endless interesting places to visit, lots of entertaining events, festivals, activities and more.
We took the chance to engage the most anticipating and inspiring annual exhibition in the fashion world, the Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the theme of this year is called Heavenly Bodies - a dialogue between fashion and medieval art to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.
Throughout the galleries, you will find papal vestments shipped from the Vatican, religious artworks and couture pieces from the early twentieth century to contemporary haute-couture and ready-to-wear designs, including original pieces from Gianni Versace and Cristobal Balenciaga featuring Catholic iconography, also the most influential designers and fashion houses in the world: Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen.
Magical night views in Manhattan
New York is so fascinating, one of the reasons is its ethnic and cultural diversity and vibrant mix of world influences, with immigrants making up the majority of the residents in some neighborhoods, all five boroughs illustrate this melting pot through music, activities, shops and restaurants, and the most appealing part for us was being able to sample exotic cuisine and products!
Another exciting event that we attended was Macy's 4th of July fireworks. We decided to watch the show from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City where we could have a panoramic view of the captivating Manhattan skyline. The venue was totally packed hours before the show started, but the overwhelming fireworks display was absolutely worth it!
Despite all the fun and pleasure, the main reason to travel to NYC is to visit AIMEEKU stockist in SoHo - Dreams On Air, such an adorned boutique store with vivacious representatives and acclaimed designer brands which is located on the absolute prime block with Chanel and Balmain luxury fashion shops.
Our last day in NYC happened to be Manhattanhenge which is a circumstance that occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun or the rising sun aligns perfectly with New York City’s street grid, creating a glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons. It's a pity that it was a cloudy evening, so we didn't capture a radiant sunlight, but still a beautiful memorable moment!
As printed fabric is our design inspiration, we consequently appreciate all appealing color combinations in our surroundings and life. According to Asia Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies, color is useful in influencing human behavior, decision making, health and much more with or without our realization. In other words, color is a subtle stimulation with salient impact has been highly affecting human lives physically, psychologically, physiologically and sociologically.
Let's take a look at some variations of polychromatic scenes in our environments and see how colors increase the joy of our lives!
Beautiful floral tablescapes
In this Millennial generation, an electronics-filled, aggressively online and socially-networked world, marketing influence is no longer merely the domain of journalists writing in the main daily newspapers or magazines, there are now diverse participants in many different fields who compose online social media content. Some of them are bloggers, vloggers, social media users and others are specialized digital journalists. Whatever the case may be, they are proficient at relevant information and skilled at propagating trends online. They are influencers who have the significance to make an impact in their specialized fields with their web content to create value for their communities.
Here are some of the fashion bloggers / digital Influencers that we love and would like to introduce to you!
Aimee Song - one of the most successful fashion bloggers who made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List of 2016 with her fashion blog Song of Style where she is very down to earth to share her daily life, the journeys of fashion weeks, tips for her styles and also her long-distance relationship with her Italian lover. She was recently invited to join Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2017 ready-to-wear runway show in Milan Fashion Week, she also blogged about the process of being in a catwalk show on her website.
Aimee Sun - the prestigious Taiwanese entrepreneur who is also a wife, mother, commercial actress and jewelry designer. Through her social media platform, we get to perceive how she keeps her balance between family life and career.
Shiona Turini - fashion editor and stylist based in New York who is one of the most familiar faces during fashion weeks and events, her Caribbean background flourishes in her splashy yet elegant style that we truly appreciate. Her creative consultant works are presented in her website.
Leonie Hanne - the German sweetie who masters fantastic pictures and fashionable outfits, created Ohh Couture that she often teams up with companies like Lufthansa airline or Victoria's Secret to conduct fascinating visions through travel and fashion events.
Soraya De Carvalho - the Angolan-British stylist with her blog Style Is My Thing authenticating curvaceous women with phenomenal styles. As a new mother, she also astonished Prego style with sophisticated and chic looks.
Desiree and Jennifer - it is impossible to neglect these two gorgeous model-like twin sisters born in Vienna who often appear during fashion weeks. Their fashion & lifestyle blog Des & Jen discloses their exploration of beauty and fashion projects.
TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann - another set of twin sisters of Urban Bush Babes who rock their over-the-top natural hair that magnify their stylish look. They are not only fashion icons and brands ambassadors, they are also talented with art and music and are devoted to cultural issues.
Lauren Bullen - an Australian blogger Gypsea Lust who travels the world and narrates her adventures with tremendously wonderful photos.
Creating "Style Board" is a fun way to get inspirations of fashion styling! As there are plenty of online shops and websites where you can get pictures of clothes, shoes and accessories, put different pieces into one squared board to create a unique style or try different combinations to be creative of how to style and dress.
For easier ways to create your own style boards, you can either use the app STYLEBOOK or POLYVORE which includes gadgets as clothes and accessories within its fashion database. If you simply want to be inspired by others, you can also browse lots of style boards on Pinterest and Instagram with hashtag #styleboard, definitely a superb way to advance your styling skill, additionally, you will have a clear mindset of knowing what essential pieces to buy to add to your wardrobe.
Another method to get your wardrobe organized - take pictures of all your clothes, shoes and accessories, make outfit collages with some of the collage maker apps and save them in your smartphone, in this way, you don't need to worry about what to wear each day, and in special occasions, you will have a better idea of how to dress to impress!
As John galliano said : "The joy of dressing is an art." Style boards are amusing and practical, as well a form of creation of art. In this Ecommerce generation, it is also a way of window shopping!
I started to have the thought of creating my own label back in 2012 when I was working as a fashion PR, during that time I attended a lot of fashion events, so it constantly stirred up my dream of being a fashion designer. After 2 years of planning and preparation, AIMEEKU was finally established in August 2014. My pastor told me my name Amy is a good name because it means "beloved", I like the spelling of Aimee because it also means "loved" in French, and Ku is my last name, that's how AIMEEKU was created.
The area I grew up in Taipei is a nice exotic neighborhood where there are a lot of foreigners from all over the world, I feel very fortune to live in this area that I’m able to make friends from different backgrounds and cultures, it is something that inspired me the concept of AIMEEKU label that we want to create a world of no borders where fashion is the common language.
One of my friends gave me a traditional African dress which was a simple loose fit. I really loved the fabric and the pattern on it, but it's just not a modern style that I could flaunt with, so I changed it into a spaghetti maxi dress which was perfect for summer and beach time, after that, I started to create more dresses with African fabrics. Whenever I put them on, people always asked me where I bought those dresses, that inspired and developed the style of AIMEEKU.
I get my inspirations from all kinds of art works, exhibitions, movies and travel experiences. I really appreciate any forms of beauty in life, whether it’s a beautiful sunset or blooming flowers.
One of the best things as being a fashion designer is to travel the world in your own design! I love to travel, and I used to be the type of person who plans everything beforehand, but recently I learned that don't plan things so well, because beautiful surprises happen when you least expect them.
I believe one of the definitions of being successful is being able to contribute to make it a better world and to give helping hands to the needy. I hope that one day when I reach a great level I will still remember these intentions