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On the last day of New York Fashion Week, Maturos NYC debuted their FW19 collection led by industry veteran Pam Martin. The collection captures the essence of lux-leisure with unexpected elements, creating stylish, versatile and current staples that embrace the now in a sophisticated way. The collection bridges the gap between street sensibility and femininity that is effortless, chic and cool.

Maturos NYC

Maturos Martin launched her very first collection in the Fall of 2018. It focused on women’s apparel that is effortless and versatile. Her thoughtful designs are transformative and interchangeable giving her customers ideas on how to achieve multiple looks within the garment. As she would say ” A lot of look for the price of one”.

Maturos is not only a designer but has deep roots as an environmentalist as well. She wants to use this opportunity to influence the fashion industry’s social and environmental responsibility through smart design to create products that can have multiple lives.

Every garment is designed and made in NYC to ensure the highest quality production. This also allows her to focus on ethical work environment and sustainability of fabric production. (Source cited here)

Photography: Frank Rocco @frankrocco | Stylist: Raven Roberts @stylistravenroberts | Hair: Terri Ford @hellogorgeoushairstudio | Makeup: Liz Gomez @lizmakeup // Laura J Stark @provocouture | Jewelry: Maxine & Jimmie LA @maxineandjimmiela | Shoes: Tiannia Barnes @tianniabarnes

I think I love every look in this collection. How about you? What are your thoughts and favorite looks in the collection?

Another great show took place at New York Fashion with Mark Gong showcasing his ready-to-wear Fall/Winter ’19 collection. Gong seasoned a refreshing twist on the “Wild West” aesthetic. Instead of the true grit of American west, embracing the mixture of masculine and feminine elements into the collection was a no-brainer. Scroll to see the collection.

Mark Gong Runway

Cowboy hats and boots were a steady aesthetic throughout the show. Accenting and pairing them with delicate daytime prairie dresses, structured androgynous silhouettes and of course the cuddly oversize coat. There was much experimentation and use of plaid prints and different textiles presenting wearable and functional bold looks. Not only did Gong played with prints, he also married them with neutral earth tones creating a subtle but eye-catching sensibility.

About Mark Gong

Mark Gong originally landed in California a mere five years ago to attend high school. During his time there, the school did not provide internet services to assure students focused on their studies. With little connection to the outside world, and with limited fluency in the language and culture, Mark felt as if he were thrown into isolation. He spent day after day in his small paneled room, deep in thought and introspection. The school, with all of its rules and regulations, suffocated his creative side, pushing him to look elsewhere for the source. It was during this long dark period that it dawned on Mark to lean on clothing and design, as an expression of his emotions. He began with simple sketching and remained in constant search for inspiration. It was there, in the vast outdoors that he found true solace and ingenuity.

Soaking in the natural beauty opened his mind and horizon to a colorful future with dancing silhouettes. Currently as a student at Parsons: The New School, Mark Gong draws on fashion as a medium to convey his vision of life, history, and culture. Within just three years he has managed to create four seasonal ready-to -wear collections, all while managing and growing his business.

Mark Gong’s concept is to mold out an independent and unconventional women in the most beautiful manner possible. His brand represents creativity, grace and comfort. But simple, yet sophisticated and distinct.

Credits: Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION

What did you think about this collection and what was your favorite look?

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