For three days in September, the parking lot of Citi Field in Queens, New York was transformed into a concert goer’s paradise, as thousands soaked up the late summer sun at The Meadows Music and Art Festival. The event, which was held on the former location of Shea Stadium, featured headlining acts that included The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Foster the People, Weezer and Jay-Z.

The Crowd
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Comfort was the order of the day when it came to dressing for the event, with attendees predictably wearing tee shirts, jeans, cut-off shorts or flowing summer dresses. At the other end of the style spectrum was the natty attire of Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of the alternative rock band, Weezer, who performed his set in a coordinated shirt and tie.

Family Style

Vicky Zhang collection
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Family oriented fashion was a major theme on the runways at Skylight Clarkson Studios on the last day of New York Fashion Week. The day opened and closed with the shows of Vicky Zhang and Jia Liu, respectively. Each of these collections was highlighted by adult ensembles that were accompanied by coordinating children’s wear.

Vicky Zang collection
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Chinese designer, Xu Xinyin, named her Vicky Zhang brand after her four-year-old daughter. Xinyin’s couture sensibility was apparent throughout her spring/ summer collection, which featured classic, parent/ child eveningwear looks made of fine Chinese silks with elegant detailing.

As You Are collection
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Beijing native, Jia Liu, took a more light-hearted approach to mommy, daddy and me looks with the debut of her SS18 Comme Tu Es (As You Are) collection.  Her colorful sportswear was inspired by the experiences encountered during family travel. Liu showed designs ranging from Emoji Movie print shirts to playful party dresses.

As You Are collection
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Happy Birthday GILT

Original Gilt website
Photo: courtesy of Gilt

Gilt, the online retail and lifestyle website that features everything from on-trend brands to travel experiences, celebrates its tenth birthday this year. To celebrate being ten years young, Gilt has given itself a makeover: updating their website for a whole new look.

Footwear & accessories
Photo: courtesy of Gilt

The new site offers users a better, more personalized shopping experience, with added visual recognition and machine learning technologies. Navigation and search functions have been improved, with increased inventory and exclusive full price and discounted products. Customers can receive $30 off their purchase of $150.00 or more with the code: NEWGILT30.


School Project

Danielle Rueda Designers
Photo: courtesy of AAU

Oh, to be a recent fashion school graduate showing your designs at New York Fashion Week. This dream has become a reality for a select few student designers from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University since their first Fashion Week show in September 2005. This season’s talented group includes ten recent BFA and MFA graduates, presenting five womenswear and two menswear collections (two of the collections were collaborations). The designers include: Hailun Zhou, Eden Slezin, Dina Marie Lam, Carlos Rodriguez, Rheanna Oliver-Palanca, Saya Shen, Joanna Jadallah, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu and Jelly Shan.

Saya Shen
Photo: Bob Toy

Chinese designer Saya Shen, holds an MFA in Fashion Design, and drew upon her own photographs of natural scenes of trees, waves, the San Francisco landscape and the snowy mountains of Japan, to create her unique designs.

A Saya Shen design
Photo: Rhonda Erb

Shen worked with Kornit Digital, a leader in the digital textile industry, to digitally print her photographic images directly onto her fabrics. Her silhouettes are oversized, reminiscent of the snowy scenes she shot in Japan. “We were in the mountains where everything was completely covered in snow, Shen explains, “We were surrounded by nature and the snow was untouched and beautiful. I designed the collection to be oversized like the snow forms, and to be comfortable as the scene was so peaceful”

– Rhonda Erb
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Rhonda Erb

Rhonda Erb writes about fashion, travel and lifestyle from a New Yorker’s perspective in Better Bets. A self-confessed Instagram addict, her work has also appeared in such publications as Runway Magazine. Follow her at: Instagram: @betterbets Twitter: @betterbetsny tumblr: betterbetsny.tumblr.com

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