Tamae Ishii, the Japanese American designer behind Ishii New York, may have learned the trade in Rome and New York working for Valentino, Calvin Klein and Zac Posen, but she knows what women want. “As a female designer, I always remember which body parts women complain about the most, and try to design and cut the styles to minimize those common problem areas,” she says.
Comfort is fine, but Ishii also knows you’ve got to look good to feel good. So she culls her luxurious fabrics from the finest mills in Europe and Japan, and makes sure to add a dose of heady femininity to all her designs.
And her striped jersey dress with belt doesn’t get much easier. Forgiving, drapey, with heather grey stripes that reference the sports-chic motif seen all over the spring runways. Dress it up with a blazer for the office. Wear it all weekend with boots. It doesn’t get easier.
Yet another easy, breezy dress from Joy Han. The perfect berry hue for spring with touches of ethnic flair. Wear it layered now with a de rigeur utility coat, tights and boots for the urban nomad look. Wear it alone come summer for the easiest throw-on imaginable.
Tiff, a Singaporean-Chinese Parsons grad, is obsessed with woman-children, food, stuffed animals and sticky situations. So when she met like-minded Deb while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, the two couldn’t help but collaborate. The result is Death by Drone, the darkly whimsical, ironic clothing line.
“Our work is created for the mischievous woman-children of the universe who live in candy thatched huts and enjoy wandering through overgrown forests with a toy scottie,” says Tiff.
Eccentric? In the fashion world, that’s just another word for interesting.
It shows in the designs. Like their “The Birds of Mastyivus” dress. Oh-so ladylike in its construction, but with a kooky bird print that from far away looks like cute little cherries or flowers.
With detailed, gotta-see-it-up-close illustrations hand-printed on their clothing and accessories, Death by Drone merges children’s stories with psychedelic rock for a very grown-up aesthetic.
TLé is a petite girl and she’s got no bones about letting the world know.
After all, at just 4-foot-11-inches, the Vietnamese American designer has had to deal with some serious fashion dilemmas throughout her life.
Which is why her line of bold dresses — perfect for anyone, but especially those, ahem, vertically challenged — is just the answer.
Who says you can’t wear bold prints or long lengths? TLé offers pieces precisely cut just for the more petite among us.
And just in time, too, because prints are huge this season. Wear it as is for your island getaway this summer, cinch it with a thick tan belt and a utility jacket for weekend romps, or layer a boyfriend blazer over it and don with tights or tucked into slouchy pants and you have the perfect work outfit.