Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology


As a designer and fashionista, I look for inspiration in art and culture. In May, on my day off in New York City I ended up at the MET exhibit on Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter fusion. Seeing this exhibit filled me with lots of ideas for my new collection.

Whenever I start designing a new line, I begin with selecting colors and prints.The exhibit was filled with rich charcoals, creamy whites, black, and vibrant pops of hot pink. These were the colors I selected for my fall 2016 line.


When selecting my pivotal print for the Fall line, Maison Margiela’s patterned dress had the sophistication I look for when choosing prints for the Yaffa line. It mixed together the sleek color palette of Yaffa’s cornerstone color picks.


The neck protectors’ trapeze silhouette was inspired by House of Dior. I wanted to bridge the elegance of the designer world into the sweaty world of athletic wear.  Protecting our skin from the sun is crucial. I designed the elegant high neck lines with UPF 50 fabric to serve as bust coverage from the sun.


For Yaffa’s Ruffle Skirt, our sophisticated design was inspired by the fuller scalloped layered dress by Iris Van Herpen. These ruffles were perfectly placed much more sophisticated than the typical ruffles seen on most tennis courts.

Whether you’re hitting the streets of NYC, or going from the courts to the resorts, you can always find a little inspiration from everything around you.



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