Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
Top, Skirt, Belt, Shoes: Reiss
Skirt: River Island
Skirt: Alice McCall
Jewelery: Market in Santorini
Necklace: Louis Vuitton
Tights: American Apparel
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Bag: Markets in Rome
Jeans: J Brand
Dress: Herve Leger
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
If you are a PETA fan, look away, because Adrienne Landau’s show is always about fur. Rabbit, sable, racoon and mink were teamed with embossed leather skirts and skinny pants.
Luxurious silks and velvet in jewel tones of scarlett red, butter yellow, ivory, amethyst, sapphire and plum had us traveling back in time during L’Wren Scott’s Fall show. The silhouette was kept very feminine with pencil skirts teamed with cropped fitted jackets, sweeping capes and fur shrugs.
Elizabeth and James
On the last day of New York Fashion Week, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen held their first presentation for their five-year-old contemporary collection Elizabeth and James. Although I have been writing about my favourite shows, this HAD to be flagged as an absolute disaster! Yeah they may have picked up on the trend of Pyjamas but I found it hard to get past the ill-fitted trousers, terrible example of layering and yawn-worthy matching outfits.
Victoria By Victoria Beckham
It was no surprise that the lines were slim and fitted in VB’s fall show. Known to create dresses that she herself would like to wear, it was obvious that the focus had shifted from her former pregnant self to her re-found figure after the birth of her daughter Harper. Pieces were inspired by military looks and her son, Brooklyn’s sports uniform, making for an easy to wear collection suitable for any soccer mum.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
It was return of geek chic at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show with models donning super-sized specs teamed with high round neck short sleeve shirts, loose fitting trousers and combat boots. There was also a nod to the grungey school kid with hanging dresses, tailored jackets and bell skirts that hit below the knee.
Ethereal, elegant and down right stunning. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig knows how to steal a girl’s heart. Models floated down the catwalk in pieces inspired by “A Soul Brought to Heaven,” an angelic work by painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Lace, tulle and hand embroidery made for spectacular dress after spectacular dress. Not all was delicate… A leather laser cut knee length number, bronze metallic rose hip applique dress and ‘little red riding hood’ inspired gown had the supermodel FROW swooning.
Brilliant sheer pieces were paired with impressive outer wear garments in Vera Wang’s soft meets hard show. Coats ranged from sporty, big collared and sleeveless to more feminine cape-like silhouettes, while the beige, gray, pale blue and black palette had a slight contrast added to it with vibrant tangerine.
Glamour played a big part in Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s fall collection with metallic tweeds, sequins, fur, velvet, satin, shimmering gold and beads galore.
A bit of a ‘whoop whoop’ for my home country Australia, because it was the influence behind Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s fall collection. “We had a huge story to tell about the history and the landscape and the way we viewed where everything came from there,” Laura told WWD. The palette certainly reminded me of Australia’s landscape with its dusty blues and rusty tones.
One word came to mind throughout Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012 show… elegance. Fabrics were luxe, attention to detail was exquisite and the final product was perfectly polished. Turtle neck jumpers were teamed with knitted skirts and dresses were full and regal or fitted and sophisticated.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Mapping and Panneling was all the rage at Phillip Lim’s show with pieces charging down the catwalk in black, white, grey, nude, blue, green and apricot. Wool cape coats and roll neck jumpers were worn over monochrome trousers and organza silk knee length skirts were teamed with leather peplum jackets.
Alice + Olivia
Fun! Fun! Fun! Is how I would describe the Alic + Olivia collection. There was a bit of everything… everwhere. Frills, sequins, stripes, florals, leather, fur, tulle… you name it, it was probably there.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Rendezvous was the name of the collection and seduction was its’ game. Dresses hugged the body and soft over coats added a touch of mystery. Colour blocking combinations were mixed with bold, sophisticated prints. A pair of interlocking hands clasped the shoulder of a body-hugging black dress, while other pieces were decorated with music notes, jigsaw pieces, and chains.
She’s known to create her collections based on what she’d want to wear and she’s not pregnant any more, so her new collection showed it. Dense rib jersey fabrics and knits were used to pull in all the places you’d want to be pulled. The silhouette was long and lean with a touch of polo sport or military structure.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was the inspiration behind Lela Rose’s fusion of structure and movement; romanticism and functionality in her collection. Outerwear pieces focussed on the sporty lookincluding double-faced graveled wool coats over shirts and pleated skirts while beading and draping were employed for her evening-wear.
It was all about the gloss at Alexander Wang, with nearly every surface looking either lacquered, laminated or waxed. Jackets came in an array of styles with high necks, peter pan collars, buttons, zips, leather, mohair, slim fit and puffer. Mid calf length skirts and trousers were sent down the runway accessorized with fishnet stockings that matched the models’ lattice face guards.
It was all about a spiritual quest from dark to light in Prabal Gurung’s collection. The journey started off with black, traveling through varying hues of blue, eventually culminating in a finale of gold and ivory. The silhouette of the pieces were sleek and sexy with his expert tailoring joining the mix. Skin was flashed in all sorts of places and then covered up from head to toe, showing his ability to embrace all walks of fashion.
Considering it’s the year of the Dragon, it was quite fitting for Monique Lhuillier’s palette to be red and black for her Fall 2012 show. Belted knee length dresses in amazing prints swanned down the catwalk accesorized with leather gloves. Textured coats and silk tailored trousers with leather panels added a touch of masculinity to the otherwise very flattering feminine collection.