Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 Wraps Successful Year!

At Phoenix Fashion Week 2017, 19 International emerging designers graduated from #DesignerBootCamp and debuted their Spring 2018 collections during its runway show.

This year, I was so thrilled to again participate in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp. Although I was not able to attend PHXFW’s three-day event celebrating the conclusion of its intensive three-month training, I was with you all in spirit! PHXFW Founder Brian Hill and his team hand-selected 19 designers that had been preparing to launch their collections for #PHXFW.

Every year, I am amazed at the upcoming talent emerging in the fashion world from PHXFW Bootcamps, and this year’s contestants were no exception. These designers, whether younger or older, reinvent the essence of this quickly-changing fashion industry by capitalizing on social media marketing and outreach, and searching for new and innovative ways to use fabrics, textures, and colors.

I love the “out-of-the-box” thinkers who are using sustainable fabrics or eco-friendly products. This is a new medium evolving in fashion, and these trendsetters of the future are making the fashion industry stand up and take notice!

This is not an easy business by any means, so my hat’s off to not only the winner, but to all the hard work, time, and energy that these designers put into building their brands and designing their collections. I was proud to be a small part of this large team at PHXFW, and lending my expertise and experience during the boot camp will hopefully help to propel these new designers to reach their own dreams one day soon.

The winners in each of the categories for Phoenix Fashion Week 2017:

Couture Designer of the Year: ACONAV

Accessory Designer of the Year: Multi Colored Animal

Lifestyle Designer of the Year: Qmulative

Contemporary Designer of the Year: Nouvelle Palm Beach

Models of the Year: Milan Ishmael and Amanda Meza

-Kym

Why You Should Watch Out for Served Like a Girl

served like a girlServed Like a Girl is a documentary that chronicles the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. I am proud to be an executive producer on this amazing film, which was an Official Selection of the SXSW 2017 Film Festival and was a Best Jury Documentary in the 2017 Bentonville Film Festival. It was a great opportunity to be asked by Lysa Heslov, producer and director of the documentary. I knew she would do a great job as a director, and she certainly did—Served Like a Girl has been well-received!

This is such a significant documentary that I urge you to see for its important subject matter. It is so important to finally have a film that focuses on female veterans who have bravely served our country, and the difficult path they have after returning home. It’s a subject that gets little attention, and I wanted to participate in helping to give a voice to these incredible women.

These female veterans, who were wounded in action as soldiers serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq, struggle with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and sexual abuse. Lysa’s debut follows these powerful and amazing women through the Ms. Veteran America competition as they adapt to emotional, social, and economic challenges with humor and honesty.

These five women veterans have endured trauma and service, and they create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into this competition.

All proceeds to the soundtrack (releasing November 11th) from Served Like A Girl, which includes songs by Linda Perry, Pat Benatar, P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Natasha Bedingfield, and Christina Aguilera, will benefit Final Salute, a female veteran focused charity.

For more information about Served Like a Girl or to get involved in supporting our female veterans, visit www.servedlikeagirl.com.

Why You Should Watch Carrie Pilby on Netflix

Executive producing Carrie Pilby and having the opportunity to work alongside an amazing crew, including director Susan Johnson, Screenwriter Kara Holden, and of course all of the wonderful actresses and actors, was such a great experience! My good friend and producer, Suzanne Farwell, came to me with the script, which I found so inspirational. I loved the main character and the cast they were choosing—and wanted my first feature film to be with her.

Starting this month, Carrie Pilby is available for streaming on Netflix, and I highly recommend watching it. Overall, I just liked the story of a young girl trying to find her way in the world, and how she deals with the personal issues that life throws at her.

Here’s more reasons why you should watch Carrie Pilby on Netflix:

  1. If you’ve read the book. Carrie Pilby is based on the much-admired young adult novel of the same name by Caren Lissner, which the New York Times called “hilarious” and Booklist called “utterly charming and unique.”
  1. The superb acting. Rising star Bel Powley, who is known for the critically acclaimed film Diary of a Teenage Girl alongside Kristin Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, does an excellent job as Carrie Pilby. And who doesn’t love Nathan Lane? He plays her family friend and therapist that tries to get Carrie out of her box.
  1. If you’ve ever felt like a social outcast. Carrie Pilby is a child prodigy who graduates Harvard as a teenager. When she moves to New York City to live in her widowed father’s apartment, she has no friends, and a cast of characters helps pull her out of her awkward shell.
  1. If you like indie movies. If you like quirky, independent films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower you’ll love Carrie Pilby–which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.
  1. It’s a female-led film. With a female director, female head writer, female lead, and largely female production team, Carrie Pilby is proof that women in Hollywood can make successful movies. In fact, it was the most-watched iTunes film in the independent films category for the first three weeks of its release!

I can’t wait to see what you all think of the movie!

-Kym

Kym’s Fall Fashion Favorites

For this year’s fall fashion, the focus is on luxe basics with dynamic and elegant accessories. Focusing on plush fabrics and neutral tones will make anyone’s wardrobe ready for fall—plus, adding an adorable kitten-heeled mule or a timeless pair of gemstone earrings will have everyone wondering how to capture your style. Some of these designers and pieces have been long-time favorites, while others are trending hardcore for this upcoming season. I hope my favorites for autumn can become your favorites, too!

Kym’s fall fashion favorites for 2017:

Clothing

Anthony Thomas Melillo

ATM always does the basic look best with luxurious fabrics and incredible fits. You can never go wrong with a classic look composed of basics, and the best place to turn to for such is ATM. Melillo takes basic silhouettes and uses high quality material, striking texture, and rich hues to turn them up a notch. You may be wearing a classic white-tee or a staple trench coat, but with ATM clothing, you’ll still be turning heads.

Photos: Barney’s

Raquel Allegra

I love Raquel Allegra! Born and raised in California, Allegra has a style that definitely speaks to me. Her collections are comprised of breezy silhouettes and creamy colors that mimic the classic SoCal vibe, but she also has amazing tie dye prints that are coveted among fashion industry. She’s always pushing the limitations on fabrications, and if you want a mix of laid back and edgy, Allegra might just be the designer for you.

Photos: Barney’s

Norma Kamali

I buy Norma Kamali every season—she’s a veteran in fashion and not one to be missed. Creating designs for the strong and powerful woman, Kamali’s pieces have strong cuts, dramatic details, but also a hint of playfulness that balances work and fun. Kamali’s designs remind me of a powerful executive that isn’t afraid to show off some creativity, and will definitely add a punch to any wardrobe.

Photos:  Norma Kamali

Isabel Marant

This French designer always has the perfect mix of girly and rock & roll, and her fall/winter 2017 collection is no exception. The mix of the flattering mini-skirt in a beautiful fall inspired leather, mixed with a fun pattern or pearl-adorned textiles makes her juxtaposed outfits simply perfect. Her style oozes ‘cool girl’ confidence, and is definitely a must have for this season.

Photos: Barney’s

Shoes

Booties

I am a huge proponent of the classic black bootie for fall time. These three boot styles from Alexander Wang and Officine Creative are the perfect accessory to take you from summer to fall. Intricate details such as buttons, or a gold cut-out heel, add dimension to the boot and will add the perfect amount of flair to any ensemble. Not only are these boots beautiful, but black leather is a hard worker and will withstand any element season after season—just make sure you protect them with some leather conditioner!

Photos: Saks Fifth Avenue/Farfetch

Mules

I love a good mule! You can wear them with jeans to transition from day into night, or pair them with your favorite trouser and wear them around the office. They are extremely versatile and have been a huge trend this year. The flirty flair they add to a more casual outfit elevates your most basic pieces, or they can add the finishing touches to a more done-up look. Mules come in so many shapes and sizes, and they even come with faux fur or delicate and detailed embroidery, so there is certainly a pair out there for everyone.

Photos: Barney’s

Accessories

Gabrielle Sanchez

I’ve been buying Gabrielle Sanchez for years. Her earrings are made from gorgeous stones, and also come in a pearl variation. They are simple and classic enough to be worn everyday, for any occasion. However, they are a bit upscale and add a touch of elegance to a basic outfit. These pieces are staples that you will wear for years to come, and Sanchez’s designs are definitely some of my fall must-haves.

Photos: Gabrielle Sanchez

When the weather changes, although admittedly it doesn’t change much here in California, I always get the urge to add some new pieces to my wardrobe. These pieces and designers have always been favorites, but their new seasonal collections never disappoint, which always justifies a little autumnal shopping. I hope that this list inspires your next purchases and helps to enhance your wardrobe!

xo,

Kym

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.
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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.
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