Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fashion Week: Nanette Lepore (Video)

What: pops of color in citrus yellow opened the show. This is a bright collection with a lot of youth and fresh energy.

Take away: color is here to stay this season, as in Ms. Lepore sent down the runway a yummy array of neons and shebert palettes. Each one of her creation is so bright one will be able to see a Nanette Lepore girl a mile away (doesn't hurt either to show off a little tanned skin). If one wonders if she is still worried about keeping her business mainstay in NYC's garment district, this collection seems to be perfect anecdote of that pessimism.

What we love: her bright colors, and her spirit to stay optimistic. We wish her well in getting what she wants!

Fashion Week: Michael Kors (Video)

What: African safari luxe to the sportswear Michael Kors does so well.

Take away: on the occasion of his 30th anniversary, it is as though Mr. Kors has touched on his wild side and sent down a collection that reminds us of African travel. It is a sophisticated take on the Safarian look - elegant in linen, luxe in crochet, and above all very wearable pieces. The collection exudes a certain optimism that probably reflects the designer's well being as of late - that he is at a very good stage of his life right now.

What we love: the maillots, a one-shoulder caftan in crochet, and the safari jackets. In fact, it's hard to pick something we loved since the whole collection is executed so well. Well done!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson

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What: pin-up meets Burlesque.

Take away: you know you are in a Betsey Johnson show when girls show up in pom-pom dresses. Youthful and fun, the collection juxtaposes innocence and sexy, often in the same outfit. A far cry from the prom dresses she's known for, this is a sexy girl that is fearless.

What we love: the floral prints, and a skull and bone swimsuit malliot. Now Betsey please do that cartwheel!

Fashion Week: Norman Ambrose (Video)

What: gold gold gold, like disco going back to Studio 54.

Take away: society mavens may fair well in this collection, which features shiny tailored suits and sheath dresses. The use of brocade and gold, silver pave are great for summer cocktails and evenings. A lovely print chiffon caftan reminds us of summer parties in the Hamptons.

What we love: the print chiffon caftan, a turquoise embroidered top, and a floral print chiffon dress.

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Fashion Week: Ohne Titel (Video)

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Fashion Week: bebeBLACK

What: Marie-Antoinette meets milk maid a la petite Trainon style.

Take away: lots of white with embroidered silk and laces. The collection can be easily confused with vintage due to the laces and ruffles. There is a factor of cuteness and youth expressed in the playful ruffles. However if you are looking for modern RTW look

What we love: The Misshapes DJ-ed the music. Beats going to Don Hill on a crowded Friday night.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fashion Week: DVF

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What: A departure from her signature prints, DVF opened the show with white sheer separates and color blocking. But she came back to her true roots with lovely prints - some geometric, other times floral - in shiny sheaths and trapeze dresses. It is a lovely collection that's young and fresh.

Take away: While the beginning reminds us of Alexander Wang's SS12 (with the white sheer separates and see-through pockets), the show progressively warms up to color and eventually to bright prints which is signature of DVF. The color-blocking separates remind us of Derek Lam's creations - good mix of palettes and very wearable shapes that's reminiscent of 1980s working girls (and we LOVE those clutches in matching colors!). At the end though, the shiny sheath dresses remind us of the 1960s Jackie O with a bit of a flower-child mixed in. In terms of cohesiveness this collection does seem to span through five decades of fashion with different points of references. But DVF picked all the best point of views within those decades and expand on them, making her collection all the more fresh and modern.

What we love: Her finale - she took her "bow" by handing out American flags to a selected few at the front-row. Very patriotic considering today's the 10th year anniversary of 9/11. In terms of fashion, we pick the very wearable color-blocking separates and a red and white printed jumpsuit just for the fun of it!

Fashion Week: DVF (Pre-show live blogging!)

What: an inside look at one of the hottest show during fashion week. Live-blogging begins!

3:50 p.m.: Time to check in with the Gods/Goddesses of KCD PR. Time is of essence.

4:05 p.m.: Double air-kisses are the norm this season. Wow just spotted Valentino Giancarlo - in person!! Also, Oscar de la Renta is in the front-row. DVF being the CFDA President certainly has clout. There's no better peer support than to show up to another designer's own fashion show.

4:08 p.m.: Interactive Corp's chairman Barry Diller (aka DVF's husband) now greeting guests. Bill Cunningham from the New York Times is also here. This is growing to be quite a re-union of sorts.

4:10 p.m.: Hamish Bowles, Suzy Menkes now taking turns to talk to Mr. Valentino Giancarlo, Mr. de la Renta.

4:17 p.m.: Just had my first Anna Dello Russo sighting.

4:24 p.m.: Bill Cunningham snapping pictures at front-rowers. It's amazing to see him working at this age, still so passionate about the job he does.

4:27 p.m.: Susan Sarandon, good friend of DVF, now sits in between Mr. de la Renta and Mr. Diller.

4:28 p.m.: Anna Wintour, looking every bit lovely in her big sunglasses, is chatting up with Stefano Tonchi.

4:29 p.m.: Show Starts!

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Fashion Week: Katya Leonovich

What: Space age clothes with a comic, pop feel.

Take away: while the clothes have a distinct point of view that don't necessarily appeal to the masses, overall the collection is perfectly executed with clean lines and exquisite details. A denim dress shows cut off at the right places. A pom pom dress in ethereal chiffon flows instead buking up with too much fabric. One can see the details poured into each garment, which is something to be applauded.

What we love: a spider-web sleeve gown in blue silk print, a one-shoulder leather dress with long fringe hems.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam

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What: restrained patterns, great lines, and the east meets west aesthetic which Ms. Tam does the best.

Take away: this is a restrained collection with careful use of color and patterns. While some dresses bear some of the designer's appliques and knotting techniques, overall one feel these embellishments are used sparingly. Tailoring is executed beautifully with great lines. The finale gowns shown at the end culminates to some drama of the show.

What we love: a bright red pantsuit, a white fringe dress in long sleeves, and a printed floral gown with wide, flowing sleeves. We all need a little drama in our lives!

Fashion Week: Peter Som (Video)

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Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra (Video)

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Fashion Week: Nichole Miller (Video)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fashion Week: Nicole Miller

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What: The theme of Nicole Miller's SS12 show is called "Fast Forward/Rewind." The collection literally takes us back in time - from 1978 to the early 90s. Remember, great fashion has spanned during this trip down memory lane.

Take away: You don't get more "club" than this when you have Richie Rich sitting in the front row. This is a collection about the nostalgia of the disco and club scenes, and it is certainly fun and youthful. Bright patterns bring a certain "street" aesthetic to the collection. The use of silk and flowing silhouettes makes the clothes modern.

What we love: the collection's distinct point of view, the energy and freshness coming from having fun.

Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra

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What: Could this collection be inspired particularly by Georgia O'Keefe's work? With lots of floral prints and the designers signature draping, this is yet again another breathtaking collection.

Take away: Airdye floral prints - a new method of garment dyeing that bypass water and utilize more green technology - are the strong focus this season, in addition to the signature draping on everything from tops to dresses. We are thrilled to see the use of moss greens and mauve for spring - colors typically reserved for fall. When they are paired with the delicate floral prints they become fresh again - perfect for

What we love: Everything! Down to the floral printed matching leggings. Keep up the good work!

Fashion Week: Cushnie et Ochs (Video)

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Fashion Week: Nicholas K (Video)

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Fashion Week: The Supima Design Competition (Video)

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Fashion Week: The Supima Design Competition

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What: Nurturing young design talents are in vogue these days with the formation of CFDA. This year, cotton provider Supima has partnered with FIT, The Pratt Institute, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The Savannah College of Art and Design for mentoring eight designers chosen by each school. The race requires each designer to create capsule collections using Supima cotton. The designs will be judged on originality, execution, and reinvention.

Take away: with Saks' Steve Sadove in the audience and judged by a panel of insiders including Rachel Zoe, this is a one in a lifetime opportunity for the young designers graduating into a world where unemployment rate holds a steady 9.1 percent.

What we love: RISD's Connie Weng is our top pick for beautiful prints and silhouettes. (Photo: Top 2)

Who really won? FIT's Jusil Carroll with her constructions and leather accents. With this win Carroll won a mentor ship and $10,000. (Photo: Bottom 2) Congrats!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Faashion Week: Nicholas K

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What: Sporty feminine day wear in subdue palettes.

Take away: Why can't one pair a romantic white sheer dresses with asymmetrical hems with a matching parka? Altuzura did it for AW11, so did Nicholas K here for spring. The clothes exudes an easy elegance that flow with the body. It is modern day wear for a modern woman on the go.

What we love: the parkas in trapeze silhouettes, jerseys and tees that drape to the body with a hood. And look at those colors that resemble the sky at dusk!

Fashion Week: Hyden Yoo

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What: 1920's romantic neocolonialism. Easy separates that channel a bit of the John Fitzgerald flair.

Take away: Yoo, inspired by the Oscar nominated film L'amant, created a collection that draws inspiration from "the romantic affiliation between an expat and a native," or so say the press release. What that means are clothes made of light fabrics that are great for travel and yet exudes a sense of relaxed elegance: a great trench coat transformed into a cape, white floor-length skirts paired with an easy knit, jackets thst are cropped and thrown-on.

What we love: The sense of easy elegance with a laissez-faire attitude.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Comptoir Des Contonniers Collection Automne-Hiver 2011/12 Video

I first discovered Comptoir Des Contonniers while living in Paris. The medium-priced French high-street line possess some of the best contemporary basics with a bohemian flair, a bit of the Je ne sais quoi that's typical of Parisien fashion. Now that it's Stateside, check out its latest collection in this eight minute film.