Fashion, Fashion Week, New YorkTop 5 Looks So Far from NYFW SS12

We kicked off NYFW on Thursday, September 8th and have been running around like crazy! But not crazy enough, to not pick out our favorite Top 5 looks of the day! Here are the highlights thus far from the collections and a little bit of what I like to call, fashion math.

1. BCBG Max Azria = Color blocking + Tribal elements + 70’s relaxed silhouettes – Shoulders

Always pretty and relaxed, BCBG is like the gateway designer to future luxury (and Herve Leger.) This was a dress-centric collection, playing on their strong suit, wearable beauty. I think I saw only 1 pair of pants among the 30 looks, which suited me just fine as a dress-loving girl! Azria played with large color blocks in a desert, tribal-inspired palette of dark turquoise, orange, and ivory that edged along seams, lapels, and major detailing. The silhouette was easy and 70’s inspired, with drop waists, and maxi dresses. Azria featured strategic cut-outs and slashes throughout, but my favorite was the dress above: a micro-pleated maxi dress with cut-out shoulders. It’s the perfect, airy, dress for a girl going out for a special night in the summer.

2. Richard Chai Love= Candy hued lips + Eyebrows + Hippie Layering + Soft flower prints – Shoulders

I always love the Richard Chai Love collection because I think he cultivates a Japanese approach to layering. He always pairs interesting prints and long layers together to create a multi-faceted look, like pairing skirts over trousers–not a look I think I can pull off, but something that I consider trying again whenever I visit Japan. This season, the look extended from head to toe, with an acid-inspired, surf vibe. The models had smurf-blue lips, bruised purples, and light orange eyebrows in what Chai described as a candy-inspired palette. His streetwear was easy as always, with my favorites being the lightly draped streetwear dresses and shirts with cut-out shoulders. One of my favorite pieces was a deconstructed cheongsam-inspired dress with a high collar, in a dreamy, leaf and floral print.

3. 10 Crosby Derek Lam = Easy jersey + Soft tailoring + Playful color blocks + Mixed Prints

I cannot wait for this collection to be available! The second showing of Derek Lam’s diffusion collection, 10 Crosby, named for his downtown store was an energetic, cheerful showing of softly tailored pieces. The color palette was full of life, with a mix of electric yellows, bright pinks, geometric prints, and narrow and wide black and white stripes. It sounds like it wouldn’t go together at all, but as you can see above, it does, in a fresh, exuberant way. There were smartly cut t shirts with geometric cuts of carnation pink, straight pants, and tiered, micro-plaited maxi dresses. Love the look above that plays on the idea of a black and white striped top as a neutral – what a fun way to mix up prints for work.

4. Cushnie et Ochs = Geometric cut-outs + Body-conscious + 50’s housewife + Modernity + Hot Pink + Crisp White

The looks that came out of Cushnie et Ochs this season were super sexy, sleek, and body conscious with strategic slashed triangles of decolletage and skin flashes. They were the kind of dresses Betty Draper would wear, if she went bad, in modern times. Lots of waist-nipping detail and body hugging pencil skirts, moving from a blinding space age white to hot pink and bright yellow. Loving the pink and white this season, two of my favorite colors! I love the pink dress above because it’s sleekly sexy, with its slightly waxed, hot pink fabric–its impeccable tailoring and chicness making it look modern.

5. Nicholas K= Sideswept hair + Model off duty + Clean grunge + Soft layering

You get the sense with the Nicholas K show that you could throw together any of the pieces from the looks together to make a complete outfit and that’s a beautiful thing.  As Nina Garcia always stresses on Project Runway, the looks were cohesive, with commonalities of soft edges, layering, and loose silhouettes. My favorite were the longer army jackets, modernized with hints of volume, wide collars, and tiered round hemlines. They look like just the type of thing you would see a model wearing, while dashing in between castings, for their lack of fussiness, comfort, and stylized grungy ease.

What have you been loving so far? We’re trying as fast as we can to post things to TDO, but we’re always tweeting live at @tdailyobsession and @nyckat for real-time updates!

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