If yesterday’s peek into New York Fashion Week – Spring 2013 Collections was packed with knee-high sandals & retro inspired looks (quite understated may I add), today, for part II of New York’s fabulous Fashion Week we relish on strong basic colors & lots of black & white. Oh… and stripes. And a 60s vibe. And some bohemian feel. It’s classy. Serious. Future elegant & understated sensual.
Jason Wu, the man responsible for 1st ladies outfits (Mrs. Michelle Obama amongst) has brought upon us quite a pleasant shock: leather & lace, harness, black nails, red lips, sheer textures, sexy sleek & strong outfits. Bit of a dominatrix feel (is everyone obsessed with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?) mixed with fantastic tailoring. A collection inspired by Helmut Newton’s quote: ‘I want to do everything forbidden, everything you don’t do’. And you can breath now ladies… it turned out fantastic!
Jenny Peckham took a plunge into 60s Las Vegas and wooed us with sheath dresses exquisitely decorated with beads, sequins, crystals (a bit too much, perhaps?), but at least it was so dazzling & glam all the way. She does indeed know hot to make women stop and crave for her dresses when their trying to make a statement. Or turn heads. Who wouldn’t want to feel & look like a film star?
When you say Marchesa, a world of luxury and empress lifestyle unveils in front of your eyes. She kept a clean collection of whites, yellows and fresh tones embellished with beads and sequins in flowy textures. With an Oriental & Indian inspiration she made a display of sequined capris under long sexy T-shirt & sheath dresses. A splash of neon pink & heavy earrings, and embroidery took us all to the dark sensual Baroque Epoque. The tulle skirt with tight sequined top & bare midriff were fabulous. So was the burgundy evening gown with frills and fringes or the white bare midriff one. Ah… a Belle Epoque dame meets a 20113 rich woman.
Marc Jacobs was about pop culture, keeping it simple yet swirling us around on… stripes. Vertical, horizontal, mixed & matched. And all topped by leather, smudged mascara some sequines & loads of black & white. No embellishment, no unnecessary frills rather bare fashion. A 60s inspired yet so very modern collection that had one short line as program note: ‘Ruby Jean, T-shirt, short’. And indeed it was this simple but this fashion forward. A brilliant fashion compromise between the high class women of early 60s and the free spirit of the girls a few years ahead. And in a sea of stripes, the leopard printed dress took my breath away, and my mind still wonders to the long stripes column one & the sequined top paired with the long skirt. Ah… a girl can sure dream.
Michael Kors’s inspired 60s mod collection was absolutely stunning. Packed with all the fashion bits that make the eye & hearts melt… it had it all: digital prints, stripes, bold blocks of color, metallic buckles , black & white! ‘A geometric glamour’ as someone put it after the show. The white soft, creamy trench-coat with a golden buckle was delicious, or the green knotted T-shirt paired with the blue sky trousers. The yellow outfit with the metal front detail is still so fresh in my mind. A collection inspired by the 60s Goddess of simplicity.
Monique Lhuillier gowns are always for the red carpet. And this season her collection was no exception: sequins, tulle, strapless breath-taking evening gowns! It all evolved around aquatic motifs, digital prints & peplum to the next level. A water inspired collection with gowns dipped into the ocean’s fauna, flowy, sexy, feminine and soft. And yes, the water peacock printed trouser suit was exquisite!
Oscar de la Renta though designer of ‘politics‘, he did it all with this collection: leather, latex, thigh-high slits, shorts… The runway showcased such a cosmopolitan collection that suits 1st ladies as well as Hollywood stars. Any woman with a taste for lace, embroidery, color block, play with textures and cuts – will love Oscar’s collection. Yes… socialites and business women alike. With minimalist day ensembles & flowers that seemed to have been exquisitely stuck on tops it was a show not to miss. The retro vibe, so very much sought after and captured this season, was present here as well, with a sassy twist. It was a show where the business women met the sizzling coquette.
Prabal Gurung was inspired by the traditional kurtas, his mother and sister wear in Nepal and his show was a beautiful display of fitted jackets & slouchy trousers. Models looked fabulous in fresh tunics, and amazing textures adorned with red & white feathers & crystals. Though the dresses weren’t that much of a deal… the trousers were stunning paired with gorgeous tops.
When Proenza Schouler recently opened their 1st store on Madison Avenue we all knew they were grow-ups. And this collection was just that. A blunt (and wonderful) proof that good designers always have an ace up their sleeve. A play with the vest, sleeveless dresses, exotic skins, leather or perforated leather & over-sized coats made quite an impression on all the rows at the show. Clothes embellished with photoprints looked stunning and yes… they did get inspired by the so very famous and loved Tumblr. And they cut, and cropped and mix and matched all the prints they could and it all looked like an exquisite sublime & unique chaos.
Rachel Zoe, the celebs’ stylist turned designer had a collection that us girls can’t but fall in love with. Yet critics were a bit put off by the sunglasses, big bags, floppy hats… Too predictable, too common and keeps the eye a little too much away for the clothes. Inspired by Jane Birkin this collection was all Californian bohemian and SoCal vibe all over. With oversized T-shirts, blue chiffon maxi dresses, soft, luxurious trousers suits and expensive shades of whites & nudes. The white maxi gown with sheer bottom & black straps was purely exquisite. The sequined T-shirt paired with the pale mint green shorts had me craving for all the rich fashions in the world. And let’s not go to the dark turquoise jumpsuit & casually brown leather jacket thrown on the shoulders... Then you had the slouchy long sleeve snake textured T-shirt paired with the long fitted floor-length skirt. It all showcased a lifestyle of fun, luxury and seducing nonchalance.
Victoria Beckham‘s travels and socializing made her realize that a women love clothes diversity! So the show wasn’t all fitted simple dresses and high heels – it had its share (good thing) and not at all lacked in sensual, sexy and intriguing outfits or silhouettes. But she played around more with shapes and loved the slouchy trousers, silky blouses, airy skirts, the separates, the suits! Textures and colors used were pretty much the same, but that’s her trademark: crisp materials, lack of prints, clear cuts, solid colors. She brought a new look with the Manolo Blahnik designed flat sandals or the monk strap men shoes. Oh… and speaking of straps… we witnessed a lot of spaghetti straps, bra straps… Overall? Not too bad.
Zac Posen took us straight to Studio 54 with his collection and topped it with a 40s retro vibe, old school feel and made us all stare in awe. With the likes of Naomi Campbell & Karolina Kurkova to rock the runway, you knew it was bound to be good. The silk crepe evening jumpsuit or the patchwork floral dresses, the tulle bustier and wide leg satin trousers were all pieces to keep an eye on. And the gowns… were all duchess vibe and beauty all over.
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