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NYFW Spring 2012 Favorites

I have clicked through every single fashion show from New York Fashion Week for Spring 2012 via NY Magazine, and wow.  I loved so many.  It is of course fitting that on the first day that really feels like fall, boots and sweater weather, I have identified so many trends that have me beyond excited for Spring 2012.

But, such is life. I identified a few lust-worthy favorite collections as well.

I loved Elie Tahari’s take on what I deemed gilded abundance.  It was dripping with gold, and whether in black and white or velveteen blues and oranges it was elegant and modern.

Elie Tahari, Spring 2012

I am loving Christian Siriano’s Spring collection.  It is completely wearable, relatable, and lovely.  I love, love, love the pairing of sportswear silhouette on top with the a full skirt, and that trend was seen a lot on the runways.  Great use of color, fluidity and silhouette.

Christian Siriano, Spring 2012

I love the elegance and edginess out of Reem Acra’s Spring 2012 collection.  Dripping in sequins and beading, and studded with leather and fur, this collection is elegant but still refreshingly fresh, and feels almost a big ageless.  Any of these looks would work for 20’s – 30’s – 40’s – 50’s…

Reem Acra, Spring 2012

More Spring 2012 trends coming soon – you’ll love them!

Day 8: The End of Fashion Week

Yesterday was the end of Fall 2011 Fashion Week and it has been quite a glamorous few days.  Yesterday was no different. 

Day 8: Malan Breton, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, Son Jung Wan, L’Wren Scott, Calvin Klein Collenction, Adrienne Landau, Joanna Mastroianna, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Elene Cassic, WTB by Nikki Lund & Richie Sambora, Naeem Khan, Lublu, L.A.M.B.

A favorite from yesterday was the beautiful gowns by Naeem Khan, a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyonce, the cast of SATC, and many more.  His gowns had classic shapes but were elevated by their intricate detailing and beautiful fabrics.
Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan

 Within Khan’s collection, I noticed two rivaling themes an ode to old art-deco glamour and an appreciation for full bodied Bohemia and exotic prints.  Those themes were also mirrored in the L.A.M.B. (Bohemia and prints) and Ralph Lauren (art-deco) shows.
Ralph Lauren
Another dress worth highlighting was the beautiful colors in the column gown from Oscar de la Renta, whose show was on Wednesday.  
Oscar de la Renta
In reviewing eight days of fashion shows and looking ahead to Fall of 2011 a few recurring themes seem to stick out: plunging neckline gowns and their counterpoint of high collar/crew neck dresses, jewel tone shine and rich burnt yellows, reds, oranges and plums, a playful mashup of sportswear with dressier items, complete looks in varying shades of one color in either neutrals or big bold hues, suiting, ladylike dots, sequins and feathers.  What an inspiring and exciting season ahead!

Day 7: Not Basic Black

Day 7 was a great reminder of the many, many ways to wear black that is anything but simple, boring or staid.  On Sunday’s runway’s black was full of volume, sexy, daring, masculine, feminine, classic and strong.

Elie Tahari
Milly by Michelle Smith
Michael Kors
Day 7: Yigal Azrouel, Reem Acra, Vacca, Helmut Lang, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Douglas Hannant, Oscar de la Renta, Jeremy Scott, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Vittadini, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Milly, Marchesa, Reed Krakoff, Helen Yarmak, Christian Cota, Bebe, Anna Sui, Odd Molly, Elie Tahari, The Blonds, Proenza Schouler, Indashio, Susan Cianciolo

Day 6: Just Vera

Day 6 was full of variety, but for me one designer really stuck out, Vera Wang.  Wang’s style is consistent season and after season, and I really enjoyed her entire collection of pretty pleats, diaphanous chiffon, and gentle muted colors. And besides, you know I am a sucker for a deep v-neckline.
Vera Wang
Day 6: Kate Spade, Helmut Lang, Rachel Roy, Trias, Badgely Mischka, Karen Walker, RAD by Rad Hourani, Vera Wang, Rodarte, Diesel Black Gold, Jen Kao, Bibhu Mohapatra, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Risto, TSE, Dennis Basso, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sophie Theallet, J. Mendel, Juan Carlos Obano, Concept Korea, House of Waris, Halston, Tibi, Daniel Vosovic, A Detacher, Frank Tell, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Bouwer, Mackage.

Day 5: Evening Glamour

Day 5 was the day of the dress for me – lots of glamor, glitz and shine! 

The runways featured the following designers: The Row, Jenny Packham, Callula Lillibelle, Carolina Herrera, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Carlos Miele, Woolrich John Rich & Bros, Theyskens’ Theory, Tracy Reese, Ohne Titel, Barbara Tfank, Donna Karan New York, Sachin +Babi, Monique Lhullier, Yeohlee, Chris Benz, Pamella Roland, Alice + Olivia, Chadwick Bell, Betsey Johnson, Chado Ralph Rucci, Marc Jacobs

And here are my favorites:
In the category of full on color evening wear, I love the subtle shine and fully saturated colors from Alice + Olivia, Carolina Herrera – a longtime favorite, Pamella Roland and Tracy Reese.  These looks were full of real lady like glamor and major color.
Alice + Olivia
Carolina Herrera
Pamella Roland
Tracy Reese
For golden glamor I loved the soft color and full on beading from Donna Karan, the Grecian goddess from Jenny Packham (anyone else noticing that hip twist is showing up EVERYWHERE?!), and Monique Lhuillier’s retro, textured, golden gown.  Also, of note, Lhuillier’s runway featured dotted stockings – cute trend to watch, perhaps?
Donna Karan
Jenny Packham
Monique Lhuillier

Fashion Week, Day 4

In reviewing the runways from Day 4 here was some great real bursts of vibrant color and grounded by fall mainstays of muted greys and neutrals.  I also found a new love, Lela Rose.

Day 4: Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Timo Weiland, Alice Ritter, Lela Rose, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, Maison Martin Margiela, Preen, Simon Spurr, Malandrino,  DKNY, Yuna Yang, Tory Burch, Yoana Baraschi, Max Azria, Diane von Furstenberg, CYNTHIA STEFFE, Romas by Linda Rowe, Thakoon, Allison Parris, Bensoni, Cushie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Moncler Grenoble, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tommy Hilfiger, Katie Gallagher, Duro Olowu, Nomia, Zang Toi

I was never before a follower of Lela Rose, designer of Jenna Bush’ bridesmaids’ dresses, but that all changed in reviewing her Fall 2011 show.  It was everything I love about fall – sophisticated, glamorous, but grounded in comfort.  I love the pairing of a slim sweater with a gorgeous printed skirt, a wooly draped cocktail dress, a warm, aubergine evening gown and the plum lips on the models were fabulous, too.
Lela Rose
Lela Rose
Lela Rose
Another favorite fall trend was the pairing of bold colors within the same color family; sort of monotone 2.0.  Thakoon and DVF did a beautiful job of letting each color stand alone in its boldness.
Diane von Furstenberg
For fall traditionalists, one needs to look no further than Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham.  I liked Tory Burch’s play on the classic Chanel jacket with mixed media fabrics and the way that Beckham’s line continues to come into its own, with more grace and ease.
Tory Burch
Victoria Beckham

Fall Fashion Week, Day 3

Mark and I have been out of town and so therefore, away from the conveniences of home and more importantly I have only intermittently been able to keep up with Fashion Week to give you my favorites.  Fear not, I am going to bring you up to speed with the best of the best from Days 3, 4, 5 an 6.

Let’s do it!
Day 3, Saturday, February 12, 2011:Suno, Altuzarra, G-Star Raw, Band of Outsiders, Elise Overland, Gant by Michael Bastian, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang, Charlotte Ronson, Erin Fetherston, ADAM, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Mandy Coon, Araks, United Bamboo, Prabal Gurung, Heart Truth, Kimberly Ovitz
I am digging really, beautifully, well tailored pants.  This pair from Prabal Gurung and the beautifully, sort of kissed with embellishment blouse are sophisticated, sexy and wearable.
Prabal Gurung
This doesn’t exactly feel fall, but the pieces from Erin Fetherston were so light, ladylike and sweet that I couldn’t resist.  Love the muted colors and hints of blush in the blouse and the kicky, mod style of the dress.
Erin Fetherston
Erin Fethrston
For the urban warrior in all of us, I really liked these pieces from Charlotte Ronson and G-Star Raw.  Fall is more appealing when you know you can be fashionably chic in warm and comforting chunk knits, tailored outerwear and tough girl boots.
Charlotte Ronson
Charlotte Ronson
G-Star Raw

Moving on to Day 4!

Fall 2011 Fashion Week – Day 2

Friday was Day 2 of Fashion Week, probably the day I would have wanted to wear outfit #1 from my packing wishlist.  Alas, I am not there, no big deal – still keeping up with each day and sharing my favorites!

Day 2 featured the following designers: Ruffian, Tess Giberson, Perry Ellis, Farah Angsana, Norman Ambrose, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, Nicole Miller, Joy Cioci, and Cynthia Rowley.

And, so, without further ado, my favorites:
I love this pop of bold color – the entire collection felt very dream wardrobe for a trip to Italy, but this simple dress was an especially a stand out.
Costello Tagliapietra
Jason Wu’s collection started with playful menswear and then went into sublime and beautifully feminine clothing and gowns.  These pants and lacy sweatshirt were a really example of completely wearable runway.
Jason Wu
Jason Wu
Jason Wu

So, I think it has been determined for certain that the skinny pant is OVER. And, Nicole Miller illustrated just how glamorous that change can be.  She showed bootcut pants, wide leg and these paper bag cinched oversized pants that looks as comfortable as they are fabulous.

Nicole Miller

On to Saturday’s Shows…

Fashion Week – Day 1

I am very excited about this week’s fashion week.  It’s a funny thing to be looking at fall clothes when it is still so cold out that I get angry when I receive emails about raffia and cork espadrilles.  But in any case, fall runways are glamorous, saturated with warm colors, and so far, so good.

New York Fashion Week started yesterday with the following designers: Lyn Devon, Nicholas K, Steven Alan, Porter Grey, Christopher Raeburn for Victorinox, BCBG Max Azria, Richard Chai LOVE, Vena Cava, Duckie Browne, Jenni Kayne, Whit, Wes Gordon, Luca Luca, Mara Hoffman, Marlon Gobel, Tadashi Shoji, Hyden Yoo, Rachel Comey, the Vessel. by lois, Alisha Trimble, Wayne, Dominic Louis, Kate Ermilio, Christian Siriano, Irina Shabayeva and Tim Hamilton.

BCBG Max Azria
Christian Siriano
Jenni Kayne
Luca Luca
Lyn Devon
Tadashi Shoji