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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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Victoria Beckham Debut’s Her Spring 2012 Collection At New York Fashion Week

14 Sep

Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 collection at New York fashion week included high-energy navy-and-orange combinations that were a departure for the designer. Photograph: Peter Michael Dills/Getty

The timing of Victoria Beckham‘s catwalk show at New York fashion week on Sunday was undeniably awkward. The scheduled start of 10am allocated to Beckham by the organisers saw her Spring 2012 collection take to the catwalk while Barack Obama was leading the nation in remembrance at the World Trade Centre site.

However, the potential for upset was elegantly avoided. Attendees were instructed to arrive early, so that the silences at 9.59am and 10.03am could be properly respected.

The show marked a gear change for Beckham’s feted second career as a designer. Figure-flattering, modern-ladylike, cleverly constructed dresses have been the heart of her brand since her first collection, and were still there – but the focus was pulled back to include a wider range of looks: oversized parka-style jackets, looser pieces, and utility detailing.

The staging of the show also reflected a move away from the tight focus on a singular look. Previously, Beckham had staged small-scale presentations of her collections, which she talked through in person. Her shows were held first in a hotel room, then in recent seasons in a private townhouse. This show was in the New York public library and soundtracked by loud music, and marked a leap in scale which seemed to display a new confidence.

The change in direction may also be designed to cede some space in the limelight to Beckham’s new lower-priced line, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, which she will launch on Monday. The few pieces that have so far been seen from the Victoria line have had a “cocktail dress” look.

Stretch fabrics, exposed zips, flat shoes and high-energy navy-and-orange colour combinations suggested Beckham had finally succumbed to the appeal of the sporty Californian lifestyle. When she arrived in LA, she was teased for wearing high heels to throw the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game – to which she replied: “I hate working out. Maybe it’s the whole getting sweaty thing, but it’s just not me.”

Yesterday she described her working method as “like juggling glass balls” and said the arrival of baby daughter Harper two months ago was a blessing in disguise for the collection, “because it made us very focused, and that influenced the collection”.

Handbags, a recent addition to the label, were prominent on the catwalk. The signature Victoria bag has been, the designer said, “squished up, to make it practical and looser”. The result on the catwalk was a chic, two-tone handbag with a sleek, understated feel, which falls in line with the minimalist diktats of recent Paris fashion weeks.

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….. 

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