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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: CAPSULE SHOW NEW YORK WOMEN'S

August 24, 2015 BY CAPSULE

With so many great designers under one roof, we’ve asked some influential fashionistas, editors, and digital gurus to preview the upcoming women's collections and select their favorite pieces and looks. Get to know these powerhouse ladies and stay tuned for their picks during Capsule Show New York Women’s September 17-19.

Nicola Fumo, 26

Style & Shopping Editor, Racked

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Influentials is kind of a nebulous term, sorry we know. Describe how you’ve influenced someone (in a good or bad way) recently.

I influenced my friend to stop sweating a dude who wasn't acting very fast on setting up an actual day for their date. “He's cute and seemingly cool, but so are lots of people.” She chilled out immediately.

What or who influences you?

Visiting new places (I have a soft spot for really mundane places like Iowa and the things you can discover along the way, like a bar whose house “cocktail” is orange Crush and vodka—genius), Kylie Jenner's Snapchat, my grimey teen years on the fringe of the DIY punk scene, restaurant menu typography, what the people loitering outside of the VFILES store are wearing, Monica Garza's paintings, the paper illustrator Lorraine Nam.

What are some exciting influences you’ve noticed in fashion collections recently?

I've enjoyed watching this lounge-y '70s silhouette come into play and get more and more relaxed: the long tunics over wide leg pants, the loose kimono-style tie belts, bell sleeves. With all of the slipper-style shoes out there, too, we're invited to dress like we're constantly hosing a fabulous but chill cocktail party in a sunken living room while vinyl records play and we collectively disregard monogamy.

What’s the strangest, funniest or rudest thing someone has said to you via commenting on your social feeds?

The most amazing reactions I've ever gotten on social actually came after I was on a podcast hosted by fellow Vox Media property The Verge. It's a tech site, and the audience is so different from what I'm used to on Racked. One guy “RLRT”-ed everything I said on the podcast over Twitter; another person called me a "wonderful orator." They both were, like, men in their 40s with ten followers who live in Florida and Australia, respectively.

JiaJia Fei, 28

Associate Director: Digital Marketing, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Influentials is kind of a nebulous term, sorry we know. Describe how you’ve influenced someone (in a good or bad way) recently.

I think art is very influential; it addresses some of life’s most common questions, many of which have not changed throughout the history of art and you see repeated in the way people revisit the same subject matter over time in visual culture, i.e. self-portraiture and selfies, landscapes and sunsets, still life and food porn. On social media, I try to take my followers to museums, galleries, and art spaces normally inaccessible to the average person (because let’s face it, most of these places are not), and make art meaningful and influential to them.

What or who influences you?

I am influenced by compelling image-makers who create lasting images (in no particular order): Nan Goldin, Sarah Moon, Louise Bourgeois, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Francesca Woodman, Carrie Mae Weems, Alex Prager, Marilyn Minter, Linder, Egon Schiele, Yves Klein, Man Ray, August Sander, Lee Friedlander, Nam June Paik, Ryan McGinley, Camille Henrot, Lucas Samaras, Guy Bourdin, Wong Kar Wai, David Lynch. I use my Tumblr as a running list of people/images that inspire me.

What are some exciting influences you’ve noticed in fashion collections recently?

I think it’s great when designers are influenced by visual artists and vice-versa. In some ways clothes tell the history of culture more openly than art. Some favorites are Yves Saint Laurent’s legendary Mondrian dress and more recently Kenzo’s collaboration with Toilet Paper Magazine. Opening Ceremony’s Magritte line was a really cute take on my favorite Surrealist.

What’s the strangest, funniest or rudest thing someone has said to you via commenting on your social feeds?

Every time I post a picture of my cat Coco, I get comments from strangers claiming she looks exactly like another cat they know. One day I will meet these alleged doppelgänger cats.

Liana Weston, 26

Talent and Bookings Manager at Into The Gloss / Glossier, Entertainment Editor at Tidal Magazine

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Influentials is kind of a nebulous term, sorry we know. Describe how you’ve influenced someone (in a good or bad way) recently.

I've been very lucky to have worked in diverse but related fields—editorial, fashion, photography, music, entertainment, and now beauty. Looking back I realize the most treasured takeaway from each of these experiences was having mentors who let me benefit from their mistakes. We all make them.

I know I certainly do. So I similarly try to pass on to those with whom I work and manage, lessons as to how they can learn from my missteps. When I’m asked the inevitable ‘How did you get to where you are?’ or ‘What advice do you have for someone trying to break into the industry?’, I tell people not to be embarrassed by setbacks—without them, moving forward would not be nearly as meaningful.

What or who influences you?

I’m starry-eyed when it comes to good life story. One of the most rewarding parts of what I do is that oftentimes I meet and get to know talent through assorted anecdotes about how they ‘made it.’ This spans from the visible faces to the not so visible who are working behind the scenes in makeup, styling, production and so forth. I’m enamored and heavily influenced by these narratives and the people sharing them, including millenials of the phone-limbed generation. There’s usually more rhyme and reason to that —highly curated— Instagram than just a pretty filter.

What are some exciting influences you’ve noticed in fashion collections recently?

Collections and their respective designers have always found inspiration from life’s obscure crevices. What fascinates me the most is observing the revolving door of seasonal ingénues. They not only dictate the aesthetic of the brand, but also impact the watchful tastemakers who eagerly wait on the sidelines to decide which new muse they and the industry will champion next. Perhaps the most significant of those noteworthy names to make editorial, runway, and campaign cameos of late are trans women and men who are bringing fashion back to its cerebral core. It’s beyond exciting to be able to work with talent who are more than just a trending topic, but transformative figures whose influence transcends what oftentimes feels like an insular community.

What’s the strangest, funniest or rudest thing someone has said to you via commenting on your social feeds?

“Are you deleting my comments? They’re not showing up anymore.” – @mymother, on multiple occasions.