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! (more…)
Fashion Week for us here at TDO has always been about picking our favorite looks, prettiest dresses and spring trends for women (after all, that is what we obsess about!) This year, however, we attended a few shows that showcased the look for men. So whether you just want to be in the know, or help style your favorite guy, check out some of the looks below for what’s happening next season. (more…)
Yesterday was my first full day to kick off New York Fashion Week at its new venue in Lincoln Center and I was thrilled to check out the new location and to catch the Vivienne Tam, Charlotte Ronson, and ZPosen shows (reviews to come tomorrow). Here are my 5 favorite things from the second day of NYFW:
1. The new venue at Lincoln Center: Airy and spacious with plenty of open windows and light, I love the sleek new digs and the use of Fashion GPS, which cuts down on the whole PR check-in nightmare. It’s also far away from the madness of Times Square, and the beautiful fountain outside and the lovely courtyard garden inside make it an ideal place to snap pictures. Great idea to change it up and I hope Fashion Week stays here permanently!.
2. The long belted floral dresses at Charlotte Ronson: I love these 90′s grunge inspired long belted floral dresses at Charlotte Ronson with their soft pastel prints, paired with combat boots and slouchy hoodies and sweaters. A perfect, throw-on outfit for a rainy day, that reminds me of the My So-Called Life days that looked so good on Charlotte when she came out for her runway bow.
Even with the darkening rainclouds overhead on the dreary June early afternoon, the “Jordan almond” colored pastels and airy confections that Zac Posen presented at his Resort 2011 collection were lovely and beautiful enough to give anyone a rosy colored view of the world outside.
Holding an intimate show of 23 looks at his showroom on Laight Street, Zac Posen featured designs of delicate contrasts; he juxtaposed boucles with transparent silk crepes, feathers with chiffon, fur with tulle, and soft Liberty florals with silks. Inspired by “transparency with an edge,” and Cecil Beaton, Zac started off the presentation by showing us his mood board, tacked with pictures of dreamy White House flower arrangements, soft 50′s style Edith Head costumed starlet head shots, and romantic, soft laces. Despite the filmy crepe de chine and candy inspired color palette, Zac’s frocks still exhibited his signature architectural structure, with closely fitted panels, and flattering bias cuts. (more…)
By Liz Anthony
The Story: “A trip to another reality. A tribal oneness of purpose: to lose ourselves in dance under the musical spell of DJ Larry Levan.”
The Celebration: “The coming together of everyone, to relive and share the experience and to provide the experience of those who were there at the time.”
The Collection: “To pay homage to our friend Keith and to keep his name alive among the young who most understands him.” ~ Patricia Field, February 11, 2010
The event for the “Paradise Garage” collection by the House of Field was certainly a throw-back to late nights/early mornings at Studio 54. Good Units served as the perfect raw space to showcase Patricia Field’s latest designs in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation. Complete with lightshow and dancing underwear-clad models the presentation was fun and flirtatious. The Mannequins were displayed wearing bouffant wigs, daring ensembles and donned custom jewelry by nOir. My favorite look was modeled on a glamorous mannequin dangling from the ceiling wearing a hot pink wig. It featured a sparkling sequin one-shoulder dress cut just below the breast and included a matching sequin pasty – a far cry from the typical Fashion Week look. The colors were vivid, the prints were loud and the company delightfully eccentric. (more…)