Cars, Canines, Candy Colors: Trendspotting the Spring 2012 Ads
The past weeks have seen a flurry of SS12 campaigns come pouring in, from Givenchy's moody beach scenes to Chanel's acrobats. In the mix, we couldn't help but notice a few resounding trends, some stranger than others. On the more expected side of the spectrum are beachy seascapes and smiling models - typical summertime tropes. But more unusual trends are emerging, like models standing around cars. If the auto industry needs a reboot, maybe they should just get Gisele to stand in front of a Chrysler? Click through our gallery of trends in the spring 2012 campaigns, so far. With ads still to be released from Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Céline, there are sure to be some more kooky trends, though maybe none as weird as Helena Bonham-Carter's sickly spots for Marc Jacobs... We'll just have to wait and find out.
The Top Models of the Spring 2012 Show Season and Their Most Memorable Moments (In Their Words!)
Most people spend fashion week flipping out over the newest clothes, trends, hair styles, shoes, sunnies, and jewels, but for model lovers it's a perf
Street Style Fodder from the Spring 2012 Collections
Every season, we notice a few key designer items that populate street style blogs more consistently than others. They're those must-have, eye-catching pieces that end up on waiting lists because editors and other girls about town snatch them up first (probably on Moda Operandi, long before they hit stores). And then we see them on street style sites on the backs of people like Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt. Lately, it's been Isabel Marant jeans, Celine everything, Miu Miu booties. But what will it be next spring? We've taken another look at the spring 2012 collections to predict what we think will be catching the eyes of Scott, Tommy, Phil et al come February. Or, alternately, here is what we think those of you hoping to end up on a street style site, should wear.
The Best Shoes From the Spring 2012 Shows
While everyone else had their eyes firmly glued to the clothing trends of the SS12 season, I was fixated on the feet. Shoe trends for SS12 come in two varieties, crazy and over-the-top or minimal and functional. The most obvious extremes are Versace's see-through mega heels (6 inches or more!) versus Comme des Garçons' white, almost sterile boots. In the interim are Dries van Noten's simple strappy sandals, Chanel's mod booties, Prada's race car heels, Miu Miu's kitschy knee-highs, and Proenza Schouler's synthetic wedges. If that's not enough shoe porn for a long weekend, then I think you have a serious addiction.
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012: Sporty Minimalism
A refreshing departure from the dressy, tailored prints we’ve been seeing this week, Phillip Lim showed a collection of breezy, sporty separates in clean shapes with little embellishment. The focal points of the collection were color, movement and accessories. Kites served as Lim’s inspiration and that was evident in the way the clothes moved. Minimal, super thin blouses, jumpsuits and dresses were cut just-so with a little extra fabric on the collar or the sleeves that delicately swayed as the models walked. The effect was quite lovely. Also interesting-he almost managed to create the same light, floaty effect with dyed leathers later in the show.
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Nanette Lepore Spring 2012: The Electric Kool-Aid Cybill Shepard Test
Nanette Lepore’s vibrant Spring collection can be summed up in one word: electric. “I took a break from color last season and had a very white show, so I was recharging my batteries,” the designer told us backstage. Thus, Lepore showed 32 looks in cheerful, neon hues including yellow, tangerine, and pink. Live music by Sam Bisbee’s band added to the energized atmosphere. While the color palette was strong, Lepore created a perfect balance with soft, feminine silhouettes inspired by the 1950’s. “I love the way Cybill Shepherd was dressed in The Last Picture Show,” the designer said, recalling the classic film. “We’re moving out of that period where everything is super draped and sexy and into a more conservative era,” she added.
J. Crew Spring 2012: The Retailer Knocks It Out of the Park for Their First Fashion Week Showing (Plus Beyonce Stops By)
J.Crew presented their spring 2012 collection for the first time ever during New York fashion week at Lincoln Center yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the presentation room was packed--especially the side devoted to the women's collection--but the men's collection on the flip side didn't disappoint either, and there's an anorak we're hoping fits in XS. The models all looked like mini Jenna Lyons--particularly the one styled in thick framed glasses--as they should be; J.Crew's president and brand poster girl is the woman we all (or at least many of us) aspire to dress like. The clothes were fantastic, comme d'hab, and styled to perfection. Things we learned from the presentation: neon is not going anywhere (phew), hot pink and fire engine red should be worn together (a color combo that recalls a Prabal Gurung ensemble SJP wore recently), mint green and yellow are colors to stock up on, and don't forget to incorporate your prints--as long as they're subtle. We can say that J.Crew knocked it out of the park for their first showing at Lincoln Center, but we think it means more that a pregnant J.Crew-clad Beyonce stopped by (along with sis Solange). The Queen B seal of approval? What could be better than that.
Betsey Johnson Spring 2012: Lots of T & A
Reasons why Nicki Minaj might’ve felt more at home at Betsey Johnson yesterday than she did at Carolina Herrera: - Her seatmate, the fabulously unconventional Lynn Yaeger (instead of buttoned-up Anna Wintour). - Her blue afro, sure to get the stamp of approval from Johnson, who stocked the gift bags with scented fuchsia hair extensions. - Her song “Fly”, which played as the opening music, and drew a humble laugh from the singer. - And, of course, the clothes. If there’s a designer for Minaj other than, say, The Blonds, it’s Betsey Johnson. Last night, the hip-hop star’s outrageous rainbow ensemble helped her stand out from the audience, but the models? Not so much. Which is kinda great, because as much as we love surprising celebrity show choices, it’s also nice to see fashion week pairings that just make sense.
New Show Reviews and Galleries! Derek Lam, Helmut Lang and Monique Lhuillier
We're rolling (in the) deep with the shows right now, and this latest batch is quite spectacular. Hop over to our Fashion Week page to see Derek La
Billy Reid Spring 2012: From the South to Seventies Southern California
We're growing to love Billy Reid's presentations because they always tell a story--and this season, we couldn't help but remember the lauded designer's own inspiring narrative. Billy, who you may know as the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, actually won CFDA’s Best New Menswear Designer award in 2001 as William Reid. His company, like many, hit hard times in the 9/11 aftermath, forcing him to close up shop and head back south to Alabama, where he started over. Now, 10 years later, Billy is one of fashion's shining stars. His presentation last night drew a crowd so huge I could barely see the models. To get to the front, I ended up having to nudge my way through the beer-clutching masses and the whole experience reminded me of being at concert. Turns out, I was. Behind the models, and an absolutely gorgeous set of hanging candles and tree branches, was a full band, rounding out the late night outdoor concert vibe of the Milk Studios space. "Our friends who are playing music tonight, really they became the inspiration," Billy told us.
Wes Gordon Spring 2012: The Kate Middleton Effect for Cool Girls
The Times' Ruth la Ferla recently wrote about Kate Middleton's effect on the runway. Before I even read the article, Wes Gordon's collection struck me as an example of that. Lo and behold, he's referenced in the first paragraph. He tells la Ferla that designers must ask themselves, “How do I make elegance relevant to someone who’s young?" We think the clothes he showed at the Hosfelt Gallery yesterday were the perfect answer to that. We're not saying Wes was inspired by the Duchess of Cambrige directly, since that's been his thing since the beginning, but he definitely makes clothes for cool, young girls who want to look nice and put together, day or night--a market that has perhaps grown thanks to Middleton. Instead of going for obscure reference points, edginess, or androgyny, Wes goes for pretty and does it really, really well. One of our inaugural Fashionista 15 members, his clothes keep getting better.
BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012: Bold Colorblocking and Big-Name Models
Though its teen-approved pieces fall squarely into the contemporary market, BCBG always occupies a key time slot at the tents based on its sheer star power and enviable cast of catwalkers. This season was no exception, with a model lineup that included the likes of Arizona Muse (sadly sans Freja, her alleged significant other), Jacquelyn Jablonski, and Fei Fei Sun--major editorial stars, all. For spring, husband-and-wife duo Max and Lubov Azria sent out a mix of decidedly sporty, fluid frocks in an array of Art-Deco-paneled brights. I especially loved the colorblocked, athletic-style jackets with translucent inserts--easy pieces that would look just as smart for day as they did thrown over the crepe dresses with which they were shown. And cutouts (of both the shoulder and lower-back variety) and flyaway, fin-like panels popped up on nearly every number, giving the whole affair an airy, carefree feel.
Fashionista's New York Fashion Week Survival Guide
We've weathered many fashion weeks at Fashionista, from trudging through snow during AW10 to sunny showroom appointments for Resort 2012. In our trave