5 New Designers Kym Gold is Keeping Her Eye On

Upcoming trends, new designers, and infamous debuts at fashion week are what drive the fashion industry, and newcomers that make us veterans turn our heads are definitely worth mentioning. Making a splash into the fashion realm can be a difficult feat, but these 5 designers used their unique eye for design, contrasting styles, and love for fashion to draw mass amounts of attention–and have caught my eye as well.

Jonathan Simkhai

Jonathan Simkhai launched his label after years of experience as a buyer and merchandiser. After attending Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, he crafted his brand to provide luxury ready-to-wear for the modern woman. He was a winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and through his success, continues to redefine the 21st century ideal of American fashion.

The Pre-Fall stripe one-shoulder jumpsuit offers a new take on classic shirting. #JonathanSimkhai

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I love his contrast between bold silhouettes and feminine touches, or fantastic embroidery next to a menswear inspired look. Simkhai isn’t afraid to express that the modern women has many facets. For myself, I am a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, and a fashion designer – all of these features can bring out different areas of my personality and artistic expression, and it’s refreshing to see a brand that accentuates the many nuances of the 21st century woman.

 

Katherine Polk

Malibu native Katharine Polk immediately caught the attention of press and buyers and was named by WWD as “One to Watch”. Her chic yet edgy collections of suits, separates, coats, dresses and gowns from her brand Houghton, blend menswear influences with femininity creating a stunning result. Katharine was nominated for the Fashion Group International’s 2015 and 2016 Rising Star Award.

When you’re mad and he asks if you’re hungry…

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This girl has it all – not only is Polk a rising star for her ready-to-wear line, but also for her emergence into the bridal scene. Polk takes classic designs and spins them through her own artistic lens creating fun and edgy pieces like the leather jacket below, or toned down and muted looks that are perfect for the everyday woman. Her versatility is inspiring, and is a stand-out among many of the designers today.

 

Nellie Partow

As a former boxer, Partow has an unparalleled view of the the kind of refined aesthetic that is obvious within her sophisticated luxury line with richly knit sweaters, streamlined jumpsuits and tailored jackets. The fabrics are from Italy, everything is handmade in New York, and has immaculate precision and quality. Filled with high-quality, staple pieces, Partow’s line will not be easily forgotten.

Vibe of the day….. #newyork #partow

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Quality is the name of the game here, and although her designs are a unique blend of athletic street wear and sophisticated silhouettes, the attention to detail cannot be replaced, and is a treasured aspect within designer clothing. Between a successful boxing career, and a budding fashion empire, Partow is someone to watch for.

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin grew up in Brooklyn and after time at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she found herself at Oscar de la Renta in New York City. In 2012, Rosie decisively turned back towards fashion, and her eponymous collection made its debut for Resort 2014. Her design aesthetic blurs the line between the fantastical and the ultimately practical.

Potpourri dress ! This double entendres dress ha a zip off layer!!!!

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I love Assoulin’s design taste – it’s a collection that knows not to take itself too seriously. The mix of pattern on a ballgown, or a striking embroidered bag placed with a creamy white, menswear inspired look create the ambiance of a designer who knows that fashion is all about expressive design that still holds a wearable element. Her collections have pieces that could appeal to anyone and I love the whimsical, yet realistic nature of each piece.

Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard was raised in West London, holds a B.A. in knitwear, and basically took the fashion industry by storm. She is inspired by the gingham and frilly outfits her mother and grandmother made for her as a child, and uses these silhouettes in her collections. Tulle, knitwear, ruffles, pleating, and design elements of the like are effortlessly mixed together to create her beautiful lines.

New season stock in the new @doverstreetmarketsingapore

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I love Goddard’s style! It’s effortless and extremely fun, but also has a clear artistic message that is hard to miss. I think it’s interesting that she finds herself inspired by children’s clothing and works to create silhouettes that can be worn by adults as well. Her playful mix of patterns, drastic design elements, and vibrant colors creates a collection that can hardly be forgotten. Goddard adds a much needed energetic vibe to the fashion scene and I can’t wait for her clothing to hit stores.

The best part about the fashion industry is the fact that it’s always changing at breakneck speed – but these designers have an eye for the future, and it’s one that we shouldn’t miss out on. From whimsy to sportswear; practicality to basics, I am excited to see where this new wave of designers takes us.

Fashion Designers Who Moved into Different Mediums

Fashion designers are first and foremost artists and creative minds, and we all think outside of the box in order to come up with new and revolutionary concepts. Recently, I have been thinking about all the fashion designers who have expanded their brands into other mediums besides clothes and accessories. Because we’re such creative people, you can’t keep fashion designers in a (fashionable) box. We like to think about ways to make everything around us beautiful and diverse—not just shoes, dresses, and shirts.

For instance, I have been in the fashion industry for over twenty years, with True Religion, Babakul, Bella Dahl, consulting with new designers, and much more. But I love interior design too and, in the past year or so, have begun using my creative and stylish insight to construct stunning and stylish interiors in homes.

Which other designers have expanded outside the fashion box and moved into different mediums?

Giorgio Armani mediums

Giorgio Armani. Although we are all aware of Armani as a fashion powerhouse, he and his company have extended the Armani brand to include makeup, housewares, books, and even luxury hotels.

Diane von Furstenburg. Who doesn’t love the iconic DVF wrap dress? Although we adore her clothing designs, it should also be noted that DVF also designs luggage, cosmetics, a home collection, and wrote several books.

Karl Lagerfeld. Known for being the head designer of the Chanel brand (and Fendi before then), Karl Lagerfeld is known for much more than just his fashionable insight. He is also a well-known artist and photographer, and has photographed for magazines and the advertising campaigns for the fashion houses under his direction.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta. Although predominately known as a fashion designer, de la Renta was also involved in designing fragrances, homewares, and home furnishings including dining room tables, chairs, and couches. He also designed the Tortuga Bay boutique hotel at Puntacana Resort and Club.

Stella McCartney. The daughter of Paul McCartney has proven herself as a creative being with her own fashion brand (and having worked with several big names before launching it). An animal lover and vegetarian, McCartney also launched a skin care line that is 100% organic.

When it comes to being a creative person, think outside the box! These fashion designers didn’t let themselves be labeled as “fashion-only” business people—they expanded their imaginative ideas to include products from fragrances to housewares to even hotels! Let your originality run rampant with new ideas, products, and designs—you never know where your imagination will take you!

Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia

Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp 2017

Phoenix Fashion Week

This year I hosted the Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp Class of 2017. I’m so excited and thrilled to be part of the Phoenix Fashion Week family and look forward to October when we can see all the designer’s fabulous new designs!

In case you missed my tweet up and live Q&A with Phoenix Fashion Week, you can visit Gitana Styling, who has included everything from the #AskKymGold Live Tweet-up!

Visit the link here to read about the events.

Purchase tickets for Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 (October 5th-7th) here.

Healthy Living: Why I Love Gardening

I started gardening about ten years ago, when I noticed that my backyard had space that would be perfect for planting a small herb garden. Well, that small plot soon grew into a very large garden area…

kym garden
By adding many vegetables and herbs and even fruit trees, over the years I was able to bring a wide selection of natural foods into my home. Knowing that I am growing organic greens and feeding my family and friends healthy foods–directly from farm to table–gives me a peace of mind because I know exactly where these fruits, vegetables, and herbs came from. Because I also have my own compost, it’s also environmentally conscious. So not only am I keeping a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family, but we are doing our part to help the environment, too.
kym garden

Some of my favorite plants that I grow in my garden are mint, for homemade tea; cilantro, which tastes refreshing in spicier dishes; and spinach, which is full of vitamins and minerals–perfect for a protein shake.

Kym Gardening
It’s proven that gardening is good for your health and soul – besides helping you stay mindful of what you are putting into your body, it boosts your mood! Starting a garden is something that I began doing ten years ago in a small backyard plot and grew into a sustainable living – a lifestyle that I will continue for many more years to come!

A Summer Day in Southern California

With every day sunnier than the next, it’s hard not to love summer in southern California! This week’s post is dedicated to the beauty that surrounds us in the summer – and how sometimes we need a reminder to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and nature surrounding us.
Every morning in the summer, I like to make a rejuvenation water that is tasty, fresh, and energizing – a perfect start to a summer day! Some of the ingredients, like mint, come straight from my own garden. It’s simple to make and not time consuming – just add some mint, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and a little ice to make it cold and refreshing.
Summer Kym Gold

A water pitcher is the best way to make rejuvenation water because it allows the mint and ginger to infuse into the water!

Another great thing about the season is that it’s full of color – from clothing to flowers, there is coloring bursting everywhere! My favorite colors I tend to use in my style more during the summer months are neutral, light colors in easy-flowing cotton fabrics. A bold splash of color is essentially, of course, either as an accessory or a statement piece.
Summer Kym Gold 2

The bright pansies and roses I planted are a good inspiration for fun summer colors to use!

My favorite summer activities include swimming, relaxing poolside with friends and family, and warm destination vacations like Fiji. I especially love being in my backyard this time of year, where I have a mixture of nature all around me–tall mature tress with swings, rose gardens, and a colorful bougainvillea backdrop combined with a cascading waterfall for the pool.
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Beautiful nature surrounding my pool.

Together, it creates a visually tranquil, natural setting to just sit, breath, and relax after a long day’s work.

Kym Gold on “Live Love Thrive” with Catherine Gray

I was so happy to be invited onto the show “Live Love Thrive” with host Catherine Gray, a women’s empowerment hour from 360 Karma that features women who do amazing work in the world and inspires others to do the same. 360 Karma’s ideology is about women helping women as to catapult females into positions of influence – and that having a women’s perspective at the table will help make the world a better place.

Writer and Mexican immigrant Reyna Grande also joined Catherine later in the hour, and she discusses her journey to America and her book The Distance Between Us.

Watch my interview on “Live Love Thrive” about my experiences in the fashion industry, my book Gold Standard: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire, and advice for women below!

-Kym

You can also watch the interview on YouTube.

My Fireplace Mantle: Mixing Vintage and Modern

The first object I had designed and installed when I moved into my home was the fireplace mantle in my master bedroom. I asked my contractor if we could find something like a large, old piece of wood that brings a feel of warmth and an organic element into my personal space.

We ended up finding a 100-year-old railroad tie that we re-purposed as the fireplace mantle. Taking extremely old brick and painting it a contemporary color gave a look and feel of vintage and modern elements. I love to find old items and utilize them in a new way!

Kym Gold Fireplace Mantle

We decided to give the railroad tie a wash of a contemporary shade of grey.

Even mixing the charm of the fireplace with a large TV and colorful vases adds just enough contrast that stands out, but doesn’t look out of place. Mixing old and new is a great way to add dimension and charm.

Kym Gold Fireplace Mantle

All of the elements blend together in such a unique way to create the perfect focal point.

So if your space is feeling impersonal, or just needs a touch of warmth, scouring your local antique shop or even a flea market can turn up with some unique finds that add the perfect amount of character to any room.

-Kym

 

April 2017 Color of the Month: Grey

Grey is a personal go-to color for me. It goes with many colors in my closet as an accessory or mainstay, and I also use it in my home. I love the color, because it’s contemporary. It has a steadying effect on other colors when they come into contact; it tones down the stronger and brighter colors, and illuminates softer ones. Rarely is grey a perfect mix of black and white; it often has elements of other colors with in it such as blue, green, pink, mauve, or yellow, which energize the grey tones.

This month, I’d like to show you how I incorporate the color into my home in various ways. If you have plans to paint a bedroom or dining room this spring but are struggling over the perfect color, I hope that the shades I showcase in this blog post will give you some ideas on how to use it in a fresh, modern way!

Grey Kym Gold home

I had this custom wood cabinet made from a local Malibu artist. It gives me a peaceful, zen feeling with the soft grey and creme wood undertones. The creamy white and turquoise balances beautifully against the wood and paint, and the different textures of the mirror and wood grain give the space a soothing accent.

Grey Velvet Kym Gold

A vintage Phillip Stark chair, reupholstered in a grey velvet.

Charcoal Grey Kym Gold home

A custom circular couch in charcoal leather.

Grey Seat Kym Gold Home

Using grey fabric with a lot of texture can compliment a room and other accent pieces.

Grey Kym Gold Home

Using a combination of silver and grey elements can give a very dramatic effect, like this chandelier I bought for my foyer entrance. An impressive piece!

When you use the right shade in the right way, grey is a beautiful, rich, natural, and calming hue that agrees with almost every color. Notice that I don’t just use one shade — there are variations of the color, like light, dark, charcoal, and silver. Don’t be afraid to use grey — as long as you balance it in a refreshing way!

-Kym

P.S. Visit my March Color of the Month, Purple, here!

Our Ventura Boulevard: True Religion Jeans founder Kym Gold debuts Encino Home

Our Ventura Boulevard, a regional lifestyle magazine, interviewed me about my new home. A special thank you to writer Linda Grasso and photographer Shane O’Donnell!

Ventura Boulevard

Photographed by Shane O’Donnell for Ventura Boulevard.

…”I wanted to do jeans with twisted seams, big pockets and flare. People were like what? You can’t do that with jeans!” But she stuck to her guns and it paid off. In 2012 a private equity firm bought the company for $835 million.

Kym took something of the same approach with her new Encino digs. She bought the brand-new, 7,600- square-foot spec home on a quiet cul-de-sac, south of the Boulevard, for more than $6 million. And then she did the unthinkable. She started taking it apart.

Read the entire article here.

Color of the Month: Purple

After writing my blog post about the Pantone Color of the Year “Greenery,” I decided that I want to start focusing every month on a specific color that I love. Being a fashion designer, I spent a lot of time with many different colors, and my blog is the perfect place to spotlight colors on an individual level.

Purple is a color that is so different from green that I decided to spend some time with the purple items in my house that I love. Below you’ll find a few of my favorite things!

This is one of my favorite outfits to wear, which has purple accents. You can’t go wrong with a Balenciaga purse (this one also happens to be my favorite!) or purple Jimmy Choo shoes. The subtle purples in the blazer perfectly influence the blues. Combined with a pair of jeans and fun necklace, you can’t go wrong with this outfit – which is why I love it so much!

My pool garden has a touch of purple in it. With so much greenery around the pool, the purple flowers (with a dash of yellow) give the greens and cool grey slate a pop of color.

 I absolutely love the Missoni pillows on my bedroom love seat! Not only are the patterns fantastic, but the mix of light and dark purples against the bright reds and yellows give them a beautiful, fun contrast.

 I adore this painting by my sister, artist Michelle Oppenheimer. The purple hues fused with white and blue make this wonderful painting so relaxing to look at, especially after a long day!

Check back on my blog to see what color I’ll be showcasing in April…

-Kym
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