There’s so much more to be said about New York Fashion Week. We’ve been alluding to the hottest trends on the Spring 2012 runways, and…
10. The Retro Swimsuit
Vintage-style swimwear is one of my favorite fashion trends. Bandeau tops, high-waisted bottoms – I’ll take that over a barely-there string bikini any day of the week. And in this gorgeous color, with the matching sweater and shoes? Who could possibly say no to this?
9. Lady in Red
From the way Project Runway is going, I’m not sure Valerie will actually make it to the top three, but her collection said otherwise. Architectural and feminine, like season 2 winner Chloe Dao. I hate the fake-looking wigs she used on every damn model, but this dress is truly stunning. It’s got complexity and intrigue but still feels classic.
8. Mad Men Meets Babydoll
The fabric choice is mod-chic, but the babydoll length is totally 90s. I love the sleeves and the way it flares out, flattering her teensy waist. A classically beautiful shape and print.
7. Architectural Chic
Totally modern, totally gorgeous. All those lines would be overwhelming if the dress wasn’t broken up by the clean white stripes in the middle. And that white sheer underlay? Delicious.
6. A Skirt for the Ages
Well, looks like I’ve found my new lawyer-chic ensemble. A crisp button down and a skirt with serious attitude is all a professional woman needs. That draping is so meticulous and it completely modernizes a classic outfit. I love the black bow at the waist, and I like that the skirt has some volume without making her look hippy.
5. Color Me Fabulous
Marc wins the award for best use of color. He didn’t hide behind taupes and whites – Mr. Jacobs went all out with gorgeous, rich, unique colors (and it happens to match my Ted Baker purse perfectly). Say what you will about the prairie-girl silhouettes – those colors are the only ones I want to wear this spring.
4. A New Silhouette
I’m just obsessed with the shapes of these pieces. Totally fresh and totally Vera. And that hair is so perfect for a Vera show – a pumped-up, volumized classic.
3. Hervé Strikes Again
Hervé Léger is beloved by celebrities for making skin-tight, incredibly body-conscious dresses. His infamous “bandage dresses” have been worn by the likes of Elisabeth Moss, L, Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway, Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively, and countless more starlets. He also nailed the number three spot in my post last season about the ten best looks from Fall 2010 (for a dress later worn by Lea Michele). And he’s back with a vengeance this season, with more awe-inspiring designs that show off a woman’s body like never before. Gorgeous, architectural, and above all, totally smokin’.
2. The Perfect Print
Fabulous silhouette and fit, but it’s the print that makes this truly unique. Those colors are beyond incredible. I hope this print shows up all over the runway this spring.
1. The Modern Classic
That fade from nude into navy is gorgeous. Such a dramatic effect in such a simple and timeless dress. Voluminous on the body, angelic on the top – a beautiful dress for any woman.
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The heat index in DC will reach between 105 and 109 degrees today, so let’s fantasize about cool breezes and brisk fall days, shall we?
Fall fashion is my favorite, and this Nanette Lepore look is precisely why. Tweed miniskirts and tights? I’d wear that every day if I could. This skirt is just perfection – the impeccable pleats, the high waist with the thick band that flatters everybody, the way it curves out to enhance your figure, and that perfect color. We see so many eggplants and cranberries in fall fashion (colors, not fruits and veggies) that it’s easy to forget that other colors are also perfect for autumn. This dark teal color is just amazing; best of all, it can go with brown OR black OR grey, so accessorizing it is easy! Such an enviable piece of fall fashion.
Welcome to the wild, wild west.
Farmers, cowboys, and Native Americans were the inspiration for many fabulous ensembles and even entire collections this season. Dozens of designers took the themes of the west to the runway this week, so I’d like to take a look at their different interpretations of the west.
Some designers emphasized cowboy-style shirts, buttoned up to the neck, as an homage to the west.
Posen went simple, elegant, and trendy with his satin urban cowgirl (and her particularly adorable shoes).
Herchcovitch went more exaggerated and less wearable than Posen, but did a nice contrast of the hard studs with that beautiful purple print to nail the gritty-meets-pretty, cowgirl style.
The Period Pieces
Other designers weren’t afraid to go costumey, and dressed their models in full-on prairie girl and Native American garments.
Theallet’s model is straight off of the Oregon Trail, just with more cleavage and less petticoats. Well done.
I could do without the colored strings tied around her waist, but I love Rast’s indigenous feel, the beaded accessories, and their contrast to the combat-meets-couture boots.
Native Meets Modern
A few designers threw in just a little element of Native American style into an otherwise modern look.
I doubt this lady had a curling iron and slim-fitting corduroys on the reservation in the 19th century, but the beaded top is simply beautiful.
This was certainly the most surprising and innovative use of the west; Rodarte went daring with a bright, traditionally western print in an otherwise soft and modern outfit.
A Class of Her Own
But nobody, and I mean nobody, did the west the way my girl Betsey did.
She’s got Betsey’s interpretation of a cowboy hat, a gangster’s mask, a sherrif’s badge, and a toy gun. Leave it to Betsey to throw all those contradictions together and call it an outfit.