Fashion, Fashion Week7 Things I’ve Liked So Far from FW11

    

There’s only 1 more day left of the craziness that is Fall Fashion Week 2011, and I’ve picked out my favorite 7 things from this week from both in and outside the tents:

1.  Fur-hooded parkas were ubiquitous on the runways this season, and officially on my lust list for Fall/Winter.  Fortunately (or unfortunately), the weather in NY this week has been frigid, arctic tundra cold, making the outerwear shown this week especially appropriate.  Altuzarra, Vera Wang, and Cynthia Steffe had some of my favorites, balancing the ruggedness of the fur parkas with delicate-cut, feminine dresses.  Altuzarra showed one with almost every one of his 37 looks, in the army-green hue, varying between cropped and longer lengths, and Vera Wang preferred her usual raven-black, mixing the fox-fur trim inside and outside her outerwear. 

2.  Speaking of Altuzarra, this fascinating profile of the designer from the NYTimes is a great read, and really cements a fact that’s been proven to be true since the recession: that  is, to be a successful designer these days, it’s not just about the fashion design or the celebrity front-row seating plan, but also smart business.  Based upon his cool smarts, his packed show and my first-hand witnessing of the madness at Milk Studios the day of his show, I would say that Altuzarra is definitely a definitely a designer to keep looking out for and I’m excited to see what he has to offer for the future!

     
3.  A buddy of Altuzarra, I loved the  modern dishabille and deconstructed, ghostly gowns at Altuzarra’s buddy, Prabal Gurung.  From the horizontal tights that reminded of a gothic Beetlejuice to the strips of filmy chiffon that airily floated untethered to a few of his macabre chiffon creations, I loved the romantic-apparitional effect of it all.

4.  The hot pink accents at Tibi’s show, popping up in extra-long sleeves below cropped sleeve jackets and knit ski beanies.  The hot pink was a hot flash of color among the mostly neutral gray and black color palette that didn’t look gimmicky.  It was like the beauty equivalent of adding a dramatic lip color to a neutral face.  I can’t wait to try this look out myself.  Also, as those of you saw on Twitter: love this cropped shearling motorcycle jacket.

  

5. The debut of the diffusion Erin line from Erin Fetherston. Despite the craziness that night at Milk Studios, I’m glad that I stuck it out to see Erin’s show.  The Erin line still displays all the signatures that are Fetherston staples: gorgeously pleated chiffons, loose, relaxed silhouettes, and her dreamy, romantic little-girl gone grown-up aesthetic.  There were lots of wearable party dresses that would fit in anywhere in NYC and LA,with my favorites including a loose off-the-shoulder ivory dress, with a dramatic, floor-sweeping, diaphanous bow. Prices for pieces range from $100-$600.

 


6.  One of the most fun parties for Fashion Week was the “Celebrating Ken” party at Christie’s, a cocktail party featuring life-size Ken models dressed in date outfits provided by CFDA designers such as Yigal Azrouel, Simon Spurr, and Billy Reid.  I indulged in doll-size hors’douevres that brought a new meaning to bite-size with mini Kobe beef burgers, shots of strawberry milkshakes, and  itty-bitty grilled cheese sandwiches. Guests left with custom designed Magnolia Bakery pink-frosted cupcakes with a hot-pink wrapper that had proclamations of Ken’s undying love for Barbie (printed on a chocolate heart ‘You are the only one for me—Ken’).  In equal sweetness, waiters passed around Dylan’s Candy Bar favors, such as Belgian chocolate caramel bars imprinted with wrappers like ‘Insert Boyfriend Here’ and ‘Every doll needs arm candy.’ 


7.  I’ve gotten a few incredulous responses when I told some people I was a fan of Anna Sui’s cat hats that she showed last night, but I personally think they are cute.  They are a little Man-Repeller, but as she says, why wear a hat, when you could wear a cat?

You can see pictures of the full-length shows online at NY Mag’s The Cut.

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