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.
Diesel Black Gold shows in the same warehouse as Alexander Wang, but lately, that’s not all the two houses have in common. Since Sophia Kokosalaki took the helm four seasons ago, Diesel’s ditched distressed denim for sleeker fabrics, while keeping the brand’s rock & roll beat alive. Voilà: this season’s leather jackets, corseted harness dresses, and boyfriend trousers, all rendered in luxe metallics.
Happy second-to-last day of fashion week! A new batch of fabulous reviews and galleries are up for your perusal. We have the Nicki Minaj-appropriate
Next up on our fashion week page we have Kate Middleton-approved Jenny Packham's sparkly goddesses, Giulietta's mod 60s Vogue inspiration, and Rebec
What we actually want to wear on our nails and what we just like to look at on other people's nails are two very different things sometimes. The nail artistry at this week's New York fashion week actually veered both ways for us this season. While nudes are still a thing, and orangey poppy reds (see Jason Wu) had a strong showing, there were a few surprises, too. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi told us backstage at Alexander Wang to watch for super dark colors (not very spring-like) mixed with brights--for example a mixed mani/pedi. She also said that bright colors with a 70s feeling like purple and turquoise would be big come spring. The established designers went fairly minimal with makeup and nails this season, but we love that indie designers (and Betsey Johnson, of course!) are still taking nail risks.
Click over to our fashion week page to catch reviews of Timo Weiland's New York-artist-on-a-surf-trip collection, Rachel Roy's masculine/feminine vi
They're bringing out the big guns now. If you head to our complete Fashion Week page, you can revel in the Warholian-prep brights from Tommy Hilfige
Tracy Reese undoubtedly knows how to do flirty and feminine, and that’s what her Spring 2012 collection was all about. “It’s a very romantic collection, very colorful and lighthearted,” she told us backstage. “I think that’s important, especially today,” she said referring to her 9/11 show date. The collection did serve as a happy distraction, offering pretty floral patterns and pops of bright neon colors. Romantic lace umbrellas and chic hats by Jennifer Oullette—slightly reminiscent of Kate Middleton— added to the cheerful aesthetic.
OK, so maybe we were getting tired of seeing easy, beachy waves and braids on runways, but we never dreamed this would be the alternative. We've see
Diane Von Furstenberg's Spring 2012 show, titled Beginnings, was all about that clean slate--that tabula rasa--that comes with spring; the new year and the season for, well, beginnings. It's perhaps no coincidence that Furstenberg was slated to show on 9/11's 10th anniversary. Diane herself finished the show to Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" (the chorus is: "It's a new dawn, it's a new day") and handed out mini American flags to the audience, underlining the hopeful start of a new season, not just for DVF but for America.
Zac Posen is back, y'all. After a several season exile stint in Paris, Posen returned to New York, the city that made him famous. Perhaps too famous, at least according to a recent rather scathing Page Six article that painted him as a petulant child who antagonized the fashion industry to the point that he was ostracized from the people that once adored him. Perhaps this collection will bring them back. The European contingent, Emmanuelle Alt and Anna Dello Russo, were at Posen’s Sunday evening show, as was Hamish Bowles. The show, which was held on an outdoor balcony overlooking the Lincoln Center fountain, was a lovely way to spend a cool Sunday evening. Once the lights dimmed and the chamber music soundtrack started, it got even lovelier.
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
You always know what to expect from Helmut Lang and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, when it comes to Lang's signature slick, architecturally cut garments--it's almost always a good thing. For Spring 2012, husband-and-wife design team Nicole and Michael Colovos, who've been at the helm of the label for five years, kept the theme going, with another urban-cool collection. Shown at pier 57 in an industrial warehouse that could certainly use a fresh coat of paint, the parade of monochrome looks only shone brighter set against cement floors and exposed pipes.
I always look forward to a Derek Lam show--the man does sporty and sleek chic like none other--but after seeing photos of the graphic stripes at his new 10 Crosby presentation from earlier this week, I was particularly eager to see what Lam had up his sleeve. Would the two collections overlap thematically? Could the designer balance the weight of his signature line plus his still new, lower-priced project? The balance was there. In place of the simple sailor stripes shown at 10 Crosby, "Lam proper" was a more buttoned-up, knit-heavy, and (appropriately) luxe affair. The designer had been inspired by architect Richard Neutra's famed Kaufmann house in Palm Springs, and it showed in the sunny desert palette and modern geometric lines he incorporated into the clothes.
Sitting behind Mandy Moore and Julianne Hough at Monique Lhuillier is several things. Blinding, of course, due to flashbulbs incessantly snapping the former pop star and Dancing With The Stars champion. A bit surprising, too: who knew Mandy Moore was that tall (runway model height, basically)? And last but not least, prophetic. Six months from now, we're pretty sure both starlets will be dueling in a tabloid “Who Wore It Best?”, posing hand-on-hip in look number nine. "I love it," said Hough as the black, off-the-shoulder cocktail dress with leather side paneling slinked down the runway, and Moore nodded wide-eyed, eager.
The latest shows are up on our lovely fashion week page! Among them are Adam's High Line-inspired candy-colored confections, Jill Stuart's ladylike
Remember that City episode where Bergdorf's Linda Fargo sort of rips apart Whitney Port's clothing line? Well, in the realm of things that might be awkward, the two now sit on the very same judging panel. Along with Chris Benz, Iman, Joe Zee, and a dozen other industry insiders, they're part of Elle Fashion Next, a pretty cool program that (like GenArt) helps open doors for emerging fashion designers. In addition to connecting promising design students with industry mentors, Elle Fashion Next selects a handful of students to show at Lincoln Center during fashion week, and awards the two most outstanding finalists with individual $25,000 grants.
See Christian Siriano's sea creatures, editor-approved VPL, and Lyn Devon's ladies in our latest reviews here. Keep checking back for all the NYFW n
There's no doubt that "fierce" former Project Runway winner Christian Siriano has done an admirable job of working his flair for the dramatic and utter quotability (not to mention that reality TV recognition) to his advantage. In addition to earning celeb fans like Victoria Beckham and Christina Hendricks and rolling out shoe collections for Payless, the pint-sized mogul was one of the first designers to master the Twitter game. But despite his likability, many of the intricate evening dresses for which he's known are, in the words of his Runway mentor Tim Gunn, "a lot of look."
Despite the fact that Victoria Bartlett consistently sends interesting, futuristically fashionable clothing down her runway, most are quick to admit that she never strays far from her signature athletic aesthetic. The look must strike a chord among those in-the-know, though, because a number of editorial heavyweights were in attendance at yesterday's show. From Vogue's Tonne Goodman and Lisa Love to Elle's Anne Slowey to Glamour's Anne Christensen, tons of masthead-toppers turned out to support the British designer. There were a large number of pieces in bright kelly green, from a short-sleeved neoprene jacket to a bra-and-brief duo layered beneath a sheer, webby black knit. In terms of prints, the designer played with an abstract "cartography" pattern which, at least to me, looked more like scenic horizon prints than actual maps--though they were certainly pretty.