Inspired by the natural beauty of her Italian homeland Italy, Emanuela Duca’s jewelry unites the classic forms of ancient Rome with the sleek, geometric lines of Manhattan. The end result is a strong but delicate, minimal but romantic.
Here, she models one of her favorite pieces: a Roman cuff with a hint of sparkle. “Jewelry is a more accessible form of fashion,” she says. It’s true - the pieces contain a subtle elegance suited to any style or occassion. Her careful focus on the balance between natural earthiness and urban sophistication reveals a resounding, universally perceptible beauty.
Although her Italian roots have had a huge influence on her artistic development, Emanuela’s work and her heart have both committed to New York City. “Once, when I was feeling homesick, my friend took me to the Brooklyn Heights Promenades,” she says, “It was so beautiful that it made me love New York and want to stay.”
It’s easy to see why Daniel Vosovic - a former Project Runway finalist - was among the group of talented upcoming fashion designers in this year’s CFDA Incubator Program. At the Open House event today, we were lucky enough to get a chance to meet him to find out more about his vision and inspirations.
Daniel’s work for the Fall/Winter collection was inspired by the 90s schoolgirl look, but there’s no Britney Spears to be found here - this slouchy, romantic edginess is unique to Daniel alone. The end result is a feminine, vintage style with evocative patterns and fierce, understated silhouettes. The raindrop pattern, a key staple of this collection, complements the casual, edgy aesthetic without overpowering it.
His personal AHA! moment? When, at the age of 18, he realized he didn’t want to be an architect, and instead took a summer fashion course where he designed clothes for the first time. Daniel learned to love seeing the skeleton of his pieces come together as his artistic vision slowly came to life. But the greatest part of being a designer, he says, is seeing the look on his best friend’s face when she tries on his new designs. Daniel declared that the greatest feeling of being a designer is knowing the impact that he can make on a woman. It may just be fabric, but it can totally change everything about the way we look and feel.