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New York Fashion Week

Ralph Lauren S/S 2012

Ralph Lauren has determined that the era to emanate next season is the roaring twenties. I couldn’t be happier about it. Double breasted menswear jackets, dropped waistlines, high shine satin dresses, metallic trim. I’m elated. 
My favorite 18 looks from the collection.
The daytime attire in this collection includes neat sweaters with silk shirts paired with bias cut chiffon skirts. The platform sandals, espadrille platforms, cloche hats, floral embroidered long fringe bags exudes a walk in the city during springtime in the 20’s. For evening, Ralph included the gowns with metallic fringe beckoning to the flappers of the 21st century, but he also included his signature masculine tailoring showcasing wide mannish trousers and boxy strong shouldered jackets worn with club collared shirts, satin ties, and cricket sweaters. There were also the form fitted slip dresses with feather fringe trim, deco-style beading, and silhouettes that slinked the body. The long earrings, country floral prints, and feather plume brooches provided a direct line to the days of Eddie Cantor, Belle Baker, Scott and Ella Fitzgerald, T.S. Elliot, and my very favorite historical figure, Gertrude Stein. This line was special because not only are the clothes fantastically gorgeous, but it painted a vivid picture of a time passed. Now perhaps everyone will understand why half of my entire wardrobe is Ralph Lauren, it’s timeless. 
Zach.

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Proenza Schouler S/S 2012

My favorite four looks from the collection.

Proenza Schouler’s most recent collection has carried on the tradition of the fashion house’s impeccable eye for prints, and tailoring. This eclectic collection combines motif’s from African, and Hawaiian culture. The colors ranged from neon royal blue, neon yellow, and neon orange, to muted yellow, blacks, browns, and greys.

My top 16 looks from the collection.
Given the high waisted silhouette throughout, this collection is able to be worn by shapely women, and runway models alike. Most of the pieces are cropped at the midriff, flattering almost every woman’s figure. This season, Proenza Schouler had a wide array of pieces in the collection: Beginning with high waisted A-line skirts paired with cropped shirts, which had sophisticated Hawaiian prints buttoned all the way up to the neck. Then came crocheted raffia dresses with full skirts, and cutaway bodices. Perhaps the most traditional part of the collection was the fitted forties-style dresses. There were also wrapped pencil skirts paired with bandeau sports bras, not my favorite look, but it could be fun with a white blazer on top for the right event. My favorite looks in the collection were the embroidered floral tops, paired with the brightly high waisted A-Line skirts with contoured paneling. Fabrics and knits for this collection included the crocheted raffia (mentioned above), the elbow length cloves were made of sheer leather eel skin (who doesn’t have leather eel skin now a days?), and finally techno neon gabardine. Most of the footwear consisted of flatform slingback sandals, or brogues. My favorite accessory in the collection was the highly curved peak framed sunglasses. This collection had a hodgepodge of themes, but I loved every single one. 
Tell me what you thought! Did Proenza hit the mark, or was the collection too confusing?
Zach.


Oscar de la Renta: King of Spring

Neon chartreuse was just one of the bright colors to electrify the runway, but it was my favorite.

Oscar de la Renta never disappoints on the runway, but this collection was taken to another level of fantastic. The waisted silhouettes, saturated colors, and bold textures are perfect embellishments for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.

 The collection is the epitome of femininity as Oscar showcased perfectly cropped cigarette pants, full blown taffeta ball skirts with simple lace tanks, and summer tweed jackets paired with waterfall blouses. The array of fabrics include lace in all different weights, chiffons, summer tweed, silk tulle, silk taffeta, beaded sheer, fox fur, sequins, feathers, and crochet. Basically every single fabric you need in your wardrobe to be a certified glamazon. The accessories were equally titillating; costume jewelry, bowling bags, multi-stranded necklaces from bright colors to blacks, wide belts, and floral scarves, all were featured. Oscar’s prints included seemingly painted on vertical stripes, poppy motifs, and the ever present florals. The colors of the clothing for this collection translated just as well onto the footwear. The high multi-laced sandals, and transparent high-laced brogues were showcased in bright colors often times corresponding to the look with which they were paired.

I think we can start to appreciate the fact that this may be one of the best Fashion Weeks the industry has seen in years.

Do you think Oscar de la Renta knocked this collection out of the park?

Zach.


Alice + Olivia S/S 2012

Top four looks from the collection.
I just got my hands on the Alice + Olivia S/S 2012 collection, and I am proud to say I have another contender for my favorite collection of this Fashion Week. Here’s the full collection (minus two repeat tunic dresses in different colors.).

Simplistic vintage silhouettes enriched with bold colors, textures, and prints makes for a tantalizing feast for my eyes. There isn’t a single piece in this collection that doesn’t bring something interesting to your look. From full a full ballet skirt to to a drop crotch jump suit in bone white with gorgeous silk chiffon draping, this collection combines statement making fashion with vintage simplicity to perfectly embody the season of spring. I am salivating over the saturated oranges and the vintage pastel color palette.

What do you think about the A + O collection? Worthy of shop therapy?


Rachel Zoe S/S 2012

I know it’s late, but I couldn’t help myself! I had to post as soon as I got my hands on the photos from Rachel Zoe’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection! The NYC presentation was so not RZ, very simple. Also, did I mention some of the models were wearing FLATS?

Images via New York Post

RZ said this collection was inspired by  “Brigitte Bardot. Late sixties, early seventies, running around the south of France, being her glamorous self, but never kind of trying to be glamorous, she just is because she’s like the coolest thing ever.” 
I am in love with the collection. Rachel stayed on trend with the kind of burnt red’s and the royal blue jumper, but she remained true to her own aesthetic. Its a very vintage L.A. feel, mixed with an international projection. 

The only problems I have with this collection are: The bag in the look with the brown blazer and the maxi dress, it looks like a Celine rip off. I also am not a huge fan of the gold sequined mini-dress. It looks like it is out of a Kohls collection. Maybe if it was paired with a leather jacket and presented as a day look it wouldn’t look like such a filler. Otherwise, I love how Rachel hasn’t compromised who she is for the sake of making sales. Although, I do miss her promoting other designers other than herself on twitter. I guess that’s what happens when stylists turn to designers!

All criticisms aside Rachel Zoe is one of my great loves, and she will always be ba-nan-as.

Zach.


Fashion Week: Trend Report

Four days of fashion have kept us on our toes this week, and the trends have become extremely apparent to those of us who have been diligently paying attention. 90’s grunge has made an interesting companion for the ethereal flowing fabrics that always come with spring. Designers either rose to the occasion or missed the mark. The Row had a colour palette of bone white, with barely there layers of silk, and satin on the bottom, paired with structural pieces on top. Their collection was clearly inspired by the orient, sadly it translated into what most would call pajamas. The Row was my favorite collection from F/W 2011, and this season was short of amazing.

Images via WGSN.

Designers are cranking out color this season, specifically orange, yellow, and blue. So if you don’t have any, it’s time to start saving for Spring shopping.

My break out designers this season so far are Doo.Ri, Thakoon, and Rag & Bone. All of these fashion houses have honed this season’s trends while remaining true to their own aesthetic. Thakoon remained true to his polished uptown silhouettes, while incorporating funky prints, and western themes. The classic feminine silhouettes paired with the western cowboy hats defines his look as “cross cultural traveller.”

Doo.Ri stuck with her signature draped looks while incorporating structural pieces like blazers with oversized shoulder pads to bring the 90’s theme into her collection. Her draped and twisted jersey dresses are done perfectly while allowing for imperfections in the body to be hidden.

Rag & Bone has been one of my favorite collections for men and women season after season for years now. This season is no exception. The designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville harnessed the trend of 90’s sportswear, bringing in their signature copious amounts of layers, and this season’s bright color palette. Gorgeous.

More updates to come later this week.

Zach.


Fashion Week is Up and Running

Fashion Week day three is happening. Day two was kicked off by one of my very favorite designers, Nicholas K. As soon as I get pictures from their show, rest assured there will be a full rundown.

For now, I’ll show you a few street style nuggets of the trendiest of show goers. Ready? Okay!

Joanna Hillman Senior Fashion Market Editor at Harpers Bazaar. Polka’s and stripes on one pair of trousers? We are meant to be friends. 

Jessica Schroeder of WhatIWore.com
I don’t know who this is, but I fully appreciate her print mixing abilities.
Jane Albiter, buyer from ShopBop. Her leather booties are killing me, I NEED COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF RUNWAY PHOTOS.
Zach.