Well, you asked for it, the results of our little poll said so, Dedicated will continue to provide you with our favourites from all the worldwide fashion shows, starting with New York.
Whilst I always enjoy what New York has to offer, it doesn't get me the most excited (my fashion, stomach dwelling butterflies usually save their fluttering for London Fashion Week) This season, however, was quite the exception. I had the hardest time narrowing down this list to ten, and some exceptional collections have been left off (Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jenny Kayne, Suno) – I really don't want to just regurgitate the entire back catalog of Style.com images – so I have to limit these posts to my absolute favourites.
That said – there is one very notably left off this list – and that's Imitation of Christ, the collection was so devastatingly gorgeous that it deserves it's own post. So stay tuned. And with no further ado – this is my top ten (in no particular order) from the New York Spring 2012 collections.
Once again Adam Lippes has created a collection that I would wear and wear and wear. Piece by piece the collection is simple, put together it exudes a whimsy that even the biggest sophisticate can pull off. There isn't a piece I don't covet.
Ah Luca Luca – I remember when I first fell in love with your sumptuous velveteen collection many seasons ago, and years later Luca Luca still has me salivating. The collection for the most part is an experiment in draping and layering with a palette perfect for Spring. Whilst not particularly cohesive in reality, it's eclectic "well traveled" muse kept it together as if we were peering into her wardrobe, a wardrobe I covet desperately.
Oof. Colour is not going anywhere, and neither is neon from the looks of this beyond vibrant collection from Nanette Lepore, who sent a tribe of chic, fun and modern women marching down the runway. I love the acidity of this collection and despite the bold palette she successfully avoids a potentially tacky mess with clean silhouettes and equally bold graphics.
Band of Outsiders sells California cool with East Coast prep yet again with a collection that demands a sail boat or at the very least a bicycle. The crisp, largely monochromatic collection was a stark, and refreshing, contrast to the rest of NYFW.
Ok. So all my butterflies were a flapping for Anna Sui. It was everything I'm inspired by, right now, in one collection. One might say that's overkill. I say, nope, perfection. Forties, tea dresses, Thirties bias cut dresses, whimsical prints, Hmong inspired textiles, socks and sandals, pom poms, flowers and kitschy, kitschy jewelry. The whole collection was as if my current internal mood board exploded all over the catwalk.It's both eclectic and timeless.
It's likely I couldn't afford a single piece from this collection, but should the tides turn fortune in my favour, I'll be snapping up as much as I'm allowed.
I don't think there's been a season on record that I haven't adored what Milly has to offer and this season is no exception. They exude preppy, whimsical, librarian chic like no other. The geometry and palette of this seasons collection is reminiscent of the Bauhaus movement and was apparently inspired in part by a recent exhibition of Sonia Delauney's textile work. Every detail was perfection from the shoes (part of a recent collaboration with Sperry) and the jewelry (enameled geometric shapes).
More butterflies ensued upon viewing Jill Stuart, I love this palette, muted neons and pastel shades and the graphic shapes, palm trees reminiscent of the Rorschach tests, birds and polkadots were simply fabulous. The drop waist silhouette makes me nervous and I think I'd have to lose about 50lbs to pull it off – but boy it's pretty. Inspiration is 30's meets Mid Century Palm Springs meets candy. So sweet and so very Jill Stuart.
Rachel Comey produced a collection I'd wear every day (alternating with ADAM of course) A little bohemian, a little preppy and a lot Los Angeles summer time perfection. The palette was fairly neutral which did stand out amidst a sea of brights. – I loved the one shoulder draped dresses, and librarian meets cruise ship chic ensembles – I mean this as a compliment. As always Rachel Comey excelled with shoes, on my wish list for sure.
I always have so much love for Peter Som, he always designs for the modern woman and retains a girlishness that is both wearable and fun. The mix of prints from zebras, florals and houndstooth added just the right amount of playfulness and the silhouettes kept it modern and quite frankly adorable. I want to wear the blue gown, perhaps combined with a breast reduction ;)
Last but not least was Victoria by Victoria Beckham. If you'd told me ten years ago, hell, five years ago, that Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, would have a legitimate place at New York Fashion Week, with even one show, let alone two shows, I would have guffawed. Long and hard. But with a couple of seasons under her belt and now a diffusion line, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, she's earned her spot.
I've never really been a fan of minimalism (hello, have you met me?) so the past few Beckham collections haven't really appealed to me – but this line is younger, fresher and a hell of a lot more whimsical (Beckham was inspired in part by Emily Strange) Scalloped edges, a fun palette and cartoonish prints, including cats that were somewhat reminiscent of Miu Miu, and that darned drop waist that's sending me to the gym, all create a fun and contemporary collection.
Ok one down. Four more to go! Bring on London Fashion Week!
(Images from Style.com, collages by moi)