New York fashion week was a busy time, even just following the tweets of attendees was exhausting, and we all know how draining jealously can be… anyhow, I took a few days to ponder the visual delights and asked the other girls to do the same. The following is our ponderings and musings, complete with favourite looks.
For starters, I completely loved the girly separates I was seeing everywhere, as a lady a little too reliant on the dress I'm looking forward to breaking this cycle with feminine skirts and little sweaters. I particularly loved these looks at ADAM (fast becoming on of my absolute favourite labels) and Alice + Olivia.
One can't help but wonder how inspired these designers have been by street style bloggers, in a who came first, the chicken or the egg scenario, 'The French Ones' (my new nickname for my favourite bloggers upon realising they're ALL french) in particular. The look pictured above (middle) from Alice + Olivia would like quite fetching on Louise at Miss Pandora, non? And I can completely see Laetitia at Mademoiselle Robot (who as a side note has by far the best London Fashion Week coverage on the web this week) rocking the ADAM look (pictured far left)
I like the idea of spending the whole of next Fall/Winter running around like a WW2 child evacuee, and encouraging this WW2 fantasy… hmm odd choice of word 'fantasy' but I'll roll with it, was Marc by Marc Jacobs. With his beautiful military inspired tailoring (pictured above far right) I think I might find myself wondering the aisles at my local army surplus very soon…DIY?!
The stand out, for me, at New York Fashion Week was Erin Fetherston, I was a little anxious after someone mentioned on twitter that despite being a fan they were disappointed (wish I could remember who so I could virtually slap them) but I am not disappointed in the least. The flowy chiffon and lace dresses with delicately cinched waists, combined with loose tailoring adding the perfect smidgen of structure, the looks echoed the seventies, as did Erin Fetherston's signature bangs, sported by all the models. The perfect winter look, made all the more perfect by this amazing cape (pictured far right) I wish we had a real winter here so I could fully embrace this look.
The disappointments… too much fur, I really don't agree with fur being in fashion, and if that means Anna Wintour hates me or would never hire me, that's fine. I was really disappointed in many prominent designers showing fur on the runway. There's no excuse for new, real, fur, especially when there are so many options nowadays. Have you felt a synthetic fur? Some are so good, the lack of difference would creep me out!
Then, trending wise, I'm all for the 90's coming back, I have certain nostalgia for some nineties trends for sure, but the pinstripe tailoring at Alexander Wang…just can't do it. Sorry, to me it will always look cheap and nasty.
Then, I'm very much on the fence about two other trends… wrinkly stockings at Rodarte? I must admit, I'm oddly drawn towards them, though I'm doubtful I could pull it off, especially seen as I already have a nightmare finding tights large enough (I'm really tall not really fat) though I'm guessing these models had pretty long legs too…maybe I'll be a genuine Nora Batty yet. Lastly, sweatpant chic? It was around last season and seems to be here again…. I think I could be persuaded by it. Maybe. Maybe not. It really does go against my personal style..but again appealing, perhaps it's the comfort appeal.
Alright I'll stop twaddling on and let the other ladies have their turn ; )
Often known for bright prints and fun
textures, Anna Sui delivered a refreshing, boho-inspired collection for
the fall. Filled with brightly-printed dresses paired with textured
tights, this designer proved that mixing different prints can be done
in good taste.
Bensoni had fun working with lumberjack plaids, floral silks,
ruffled accents, and an occasional hint of tie-dye. And the designers,
Sonia Yoon and Channing Clyburn, drew further interest by dressing up
several looks with interesting fascinators.
Marc by Marc Jacobs presented a comfortable, casual collection that
could be worn on a daily basis. Even the more formal dresses possessed
informal potential if dressed down with a pretty cardigan, vest, or
scarf. Marc really seemed to define wardrobe staples for the fall.
Last but certainly not least, Milly’s collection will most likely
steal your heart, like it did mine. Much of the time the outfits came
across as very fitting for a winter in Europe—probably Paris. There was
a noticeable presence of berets, Mary Jane shoes, textured and solid
tights, and jackets in plaids and tweeds. The label’s creative mind
Michelle Smith even sneaked in a few Peter Pan collars and dared to
mixed red and pink (and did so beautifully). Milly created classic and
hip pieces that scream sophistication.
In general, I think it is safe to say that textured and solid
tights are here to say for at least another season. And it is a good
thing because they have become wardrobe staples for me!
Pictured Above – Left through Right: Carolina Herrera, Malandrino, Diane Von Furstenburg, Doo.Ri
I loved Doo.Ri’s fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection. Chock
full of structured suit separates combined with elegant draping, the clothes
looked totally chic and wearable. Not so wearable? The deep plum or black
lipstick some of the models were sporting! I especially loved the draped
cocktail dresses and pops of bright orange.
Diane Von Furstenburg is known for her
beautiful wrap dresses but her Fall collection wasn’t just confined to dresses;
in addition to some chic cocktail frocks, she used lots of luxe materials in
her separates like fur and leather and everything looked full of texture, from
piping to ribbed cardigans. Cropped pants (I’m loathe to call them capris) also
made a comeback. Neutrals and muted colors ran the runway, with some soft
pastels and metallics thrown in for good measure.
The color black and
interesting proportions were the standbys at Malandrino’s show.
Cropped and harem pants were staples, as was lots of fur, gloves and high buns
on the models. Her asymmetrical and one-armed dresses were my favorite, along
with unique ruffling and uneven hems.
Carolina Herrera was by far my favorite
collection. Her ensembles brought back the structure of the 1940’s with
extremely feminine detailing. Lush fabrics like fur were in again, as were
high-waisted wide-legged pants and one-armed dresses. I was so glad to see some
color on the runway, especially the deep reds and the different hues of blue.
Her evening gowns finished off the show with a very glamorous feel and made me
very jealous that I don’t have the budget for one of her gowns!