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Fun Trend This Season The Art Of Layering Bracelets Seen At New York Fashion Week

16 Sep

When it comes to jewelry here at New York Fashion Week, more is more. Front rowers are layering up their wrists with five or six bracelets at a time. The key to the perfect stack? It’s fashionmatics! Just take one chunky watch, add some Eddie Borgo spikes, throw in a few friendship bracelets and you’re good to go.

A fun trend to try this season is the art of layering bracelets. The key to making this look work with your outfit is to choose a color in your outfit you want to highlight. So if you’re wearing mostly casual neutral/beige hues, you’ll probably want to steer more towards earthy tones. Earthy tone accessories also go well with corals, orange, yellow, brown, grey, denim and any prints that consist of any of the above colors. Try mixing and matching different materials like leather, enamel, metal and rope.

If your outfit consists of bolder colors, like red, pink, blue or black, you may want to consider more silver or gunmetal tone pieces.

The trendy way to layer bracelets is to layer with a watch (or two) from the same color family, along with a couple statement rings.

To add some more interest, try painting your nails in a funky color, like a matte creamy seafoam or pastel yellow. Have fun with it!

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NYFWK: Rachel Zoe RTW Spring 2012 – Brigitte Bardot Inspired Collection

15 Sep

After years of attending fashion week as a stylist, Rachel Zoe found herself on the other side of the coin with her very own slot on the calendar this season.

On Monday she staged her first presentation, 30 looks that she said were inspired by Brigitte Bardot when she was dating Serge Gainsbourg. That was clear in the sheer white tie-neck blouse and high-waisted palazzo pants (which Zoe was wearing in black), leopard prints and a vaguely retro khaki cargo coat and matching shorts, but at this point Zoe’s own look is probably as well known as Bardot’s.

The gauzy Seventies dresses, jumpsuits and long, flared-leg trousers that are Zoe signatures were there, too, styled to a T with her shoe and bag collection.

The skeptics out there were no doubt wondering if the world needs another celebrity-branded collection. Probably not, but Zoe’s clothes are just as good as — and, in many cases, better than — her competition’s. Stores want items that sell and Zoe’s got a name on her door that millions of loyal, fashion-loving viewers know.

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Designer Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 Fashion Show Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

13 Sep

Designer Betsey Johnson walks the runway at the Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. Photos/Gettys

Betsey Johnson has never been one to follow trends and her spring 2012 collection was no exception. While many designers are leaning towards textured tops and mid-length skirts, Betsey chose sheers and loosely flowing bottoms, which were a pleasant divergence from her typical bubble and tulle skirts.

The sheer was, assumedly, to showcase her newly-blossoming lingerie line, to which she featured in her final walk , having the panty-clad models carrying A and T balloons (which stand for A Tisket, the lingerie line).

Betsey complimented her ultra-feminine style with ultra-high platform stiletto heels (giving a few of the models a run for their money). The collection was filled with Betsey’s go-to patterns like floral, cheetah print, and skulls, printed onto full-length skirts, wide leg pants and harem-style rompers. And, of course, Betsey’s fabulous line was not the sole entertainment of the night. Surprising audience members, Betsey danced down the runway, skipping up and down as the models took their final walk. At the end of the night, Betsey Johnson entertained.

Spotted Front Row: Nigel Barker, Nicki Minaj and Niki Taylor

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Designer Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 Fashion Show During Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

13 Sep

Designer Cynthia Rowley walks the runway at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2011 in New York City. Photos Gettys

Cynthia Rowley is over the understated muse the fashion world rallied behind during the recession. She’s ready for flash — and flowers.

The collection she presented Friday on a full-on mirrored runway at New York Fashion Week was about “the optical exuberance of gold,” Rowley said in her notes. She threw in “flash mobs of florals and animated shapes.”

The outfits certainly had spunk; no shrinking violet is going to wear an Asian-inspired “bouquet” tuxedo jacket with second-skin leggings in a zigzag print.

From there, Rowley moved on to a mesh leather T-shirt with tight, tiny trunks, and a metallic sweater with gold shorts adorned with black appliques.

Rowley seemed to tap into her personal interest in surfing, pairing embroidered swim trunks with an orange T that had perforated leather sleeves.

Some looks had more of a balance of boldness and wearability, including a botanical-print dress with a henley-style neckline, and a gray sweatshirt-style top worn with a black skirt that teased the crowd of editors, stylists and retailers at the Lincoln Center tents with a printed lining that would peek out as the model walked the runway.

Dressier outfits included the finale, dubbed “a forced perspective dress,” which featured a short-yet-full — and flirty — A-line bottom.

Lindsay Lohan, wearing big sunglasses, sparkly high heels and a brand new outfit from Rowley, nodded approvingly throughout the show.

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Designer Raul Melgoza for Luca Luca Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

10 Sep


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Designer Raul Melgoza attends the Luca Luca Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2011 in New York City.


Summary: Raul Melgoza, chief designer of Luca Luca, described before the show how he wanted the Spring 2012 collection to be all about sensuality. This is what he delivered and to a great standard.

Raul combined beautiful feminine and relaxed pieces with bold vibrant colours, including lime green and aqua. Raul also cleverly adopted one of Prada’s old tricks and used turbans throughout, this addition added extra class and zing to the designs. The silhouettes were generally relaxed, yet sensual. He used open backs, exposed shoulders, and took advantage of the models gorgeous legs with sexy thigh-high splits.

The material consisted of everything that is sensual, from silk to satin, all of which achieved a beautiful finish to his great tailoring. I loved the high-waisted trousers tucked into Raul’s perfect looking jackets. Some of which included stripes and prints.

Towards the end of the show, Raul presented us with a few gowns, including a white polka-dot piece and a luxurious aqua blue gown paired with a tiny metallic gold belt and bracelet. Raul wanted to give us sensuality and sensuality is what we got.

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New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show

9 Sep

Designer Max Azria walks the runway at the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Sept. 8, 2011, in New York.  Photos/ Getty Images

NEW YORK (CBS) While many designers were prepping for their Fashion’s Night Out appearances Thursday, Max Azria and his wife and co-designer Lubov Azria unveiled their BCBG spring 2012 collection.

One of the biggest trends of the season – color blocking – was the hallmark of the designs that came down the runway. Dresses continued to dominate, and both designers said that they liked the way their dresses are able to address real women’s body types and fit the wardrobe needs of a diverse group of women. Read More….. 

10 Top NYC Fashion Collection Trends For Spring 2011

31 May

Above, from left: Spring 2011 fashion week trends and runway looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Tommy Hilfiger. Photos courtesy of the designers.

1. The Re-Return of the Wide-Leg Trouser—For some of us, the high-waisted, wide-leg trouser will never really go out of style. So, when we saw it popping up on practically everyone’s runways—the sidewalks outside the shows, included!—we knew these ’70s-inspired bottoms were back with a vengeance. And Marc, Tory, and Tommy all fashioned them to perfection.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Carlos Miele, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Chris Benz. Photos courtesy of the designers.

2. A Zest For Orange—Rich mango, persimmon, ripe pumpkin—however you slice it, bold orange was one of spring’s sweetest color trends. And whether paired with white at Marc Jacobs or with bad-girl booties at Chris Benz, this intense shade feels fresh once again.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, Altuzarra. Photos courtesy of the designers.

3. Futuristic Militaristic—We have to honor Victoria Bartlett for planting the seeds of this trend when she first launched her line VPL in 2003. And this season, a venerable army of otherworldly whites, straps, and harnesses all pointed to a more ethereal, somewhat abstract take on the more traditional military trends of seasons past.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Suno, Vena Cava. Photos courtesy of the designers.

4. A Full Skirt Moment—The mini craze that has swept closets and women’s gams for the past few years has slowly given way to longer hemlines (could that century-old connection to a conservative economy be true?). But spring’s skirt obsession wasn’t so much about restraint as it was about elegance and sophistication. And the styles we spotted at Marc Jacobs, Suno, and Band Of Outsiders were nothing short of serious statements themselves.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Suno, Band of Outsiders. Photos courtesy of the designers.

5. The All-Day Pajama Party— We’re not sure how practical it is, but we really, really loved all the many plays on pajama dressing, from Karen Walker’s sleepy-time head-to-toe look to Suno’s slouchy dotted silk trousers.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Vena Cava, Calvin Klein Collection. Photos courtesy of the designers.

6. The Old-School Halter Neck— Something about the many appearances of gorgeous halter-necks and unusual necklace-like cinching methods reminded us of a certain someone’s mom from her very glamorous summer days spent by the sea in Ibiza. Almost universally paired with long, languid summer gowns, this little detail yielded lots of impact.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Richard Chai Love, Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone. Photos courtesy of the designers.

7. Another Study In Neutrals—Maybe it’s Phoebe Philo’s influence at Céline permeating everyone’s mood-boards, or perhaps it’s just the chaotic energy out there in the world that’s driving designers to simplify their palettes, but spring was no stranger to neutrals—especially those warm and soothing shades of sand, camel, and ivory all nicely framed with dark swipes of black.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Prabal Gurang, Rag & Bone, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection. Photos courtesy of the designers.

8. Long and Longer—Again, instead of showing more skin—during a season that loves a lot of it!—designers like Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, and Tommy Hilfiger all chose to show less with lots longer skirt and dress lengths. Skimming the floor with knee-high slits or sheer fabrics, these ankle-grazing styles gave the season a much more grown-up, almost serious appeal.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza, VPL. Photos courtesy of the designers.

9. The Prettiest Chartreuse Ever—No shade seems to garner as much controversy as chartreuse. No, it’s not for everyone, but thanks to Miuccia Prada back in the day, we’re occasionally introduced to this somber green shade in surprisingly chic ways. And such was the case this season, when designers like Rodarte, Jason Wu, and VPL all ventured into chartreuse territory with abandon…and wonderful results.

Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Karen Walker, Yigal Azrouël, Vena Cava, Rag & Bone. Photos courtesy of the designers.

10. Dolman Sleeves, Please—Blouses have been gravitating to fuller, boxier, cropped cuts for some time now, so it was no surprise to see so many designers playing around with even fuller silhouettes and classic dolman sleeves. Some of the blouses we saw referenced vintage surf hoodies, while others felt very modern and almost evening-like. Our favorites: Yigal Azrouël and Vena Cava, who managed to give this typically casual piece an old Hollywood sophistication. We loved!

 

 

Summary: The days following New York Fashion Week are always somewhat schizophrenic. The dust is barely settling from all the shows, the taxis, and the very late nights, and we’re already wondering what’s to come from London and the rest of the shows on the horizon. But what NYFW does that none of the others do, is lead the way for all those big ideas that anchor the season. The New York collections come first, so we naturally applaud all our favorite designers—from Phillip Lim and Jason Wu to Rag & Bone and Marc Jacobs—for making all of these bold declarations first…and so beautifully. So, herein lies our list of the spring 2011 fashion trends that made the fashion week shows so unique and iconic. And if you’re like us, you’ll want to start giving some of these looks a whirl right now…those high-waisted wide-leg trousers and the dolman sleeve? We’re on it.

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