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NYFW SS 13 Diary – Part 2
I’ve been swept up in a tornado of Fashion Week (ironic because NYC also had a legit tornado) but now that it’s Tuesday it feels good to see the light at the end of the catwalk tunnel. And so before I go any further I would like to say: Thursday, you and I are going to enjoy a big pizza.
Here’s a recap of the first few days with both my own photos and legit runway photos that I couldn’t capture no matter how hard I tried.
Ladylove Rebecca Minkoff showed a 70s inspired collection that was updated, refreshing, and 100% Sonia closet ready. White flared pants with floral brocade embellishments, slouchy shorts, vests, and breezy tunics made up the collection that will no doubt put me in major debt next season.
Take me back to the 80s why dontcha! Rebecca Taylor showcased a California-cool 80s girl with pops of bright orange and lavender purple in swingy silky fabrics and lots of rhinestone embellishments. She also brought back bleached chambray in the form of…wait for it…a jumpsuit, all topped off with Westward \\ Leaning reflector sunglasses. My cup o’ tang, indeed!
Every time I see Suno’s collection come down the runway I have to whisper to myself “be still, my heart.” Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis may as well have invented the print, and each season their textiles get better and better. This season was full of poppy floral prints, shimmery silks, and comfy white cottons that reminded me of the nightgowns I wore as a wee tot. I was also a huge fan of the silhouettes — crop tops (yippee!), A-line skirts (lady hips are happy), and waist-skimming blazers that I’ve seemed to start collecting from Suno. So, I’ll say it again: Be still, my heart.
I may have been stuck behind a giant photographer at Prabal Gurung, but that didn’t prevent me from seeing the glorious details in each of Prabal’s pieces. Peplums were featured in new areas (see below the boobs), flowy chiffon was aplenty, sportswear redefined into ready-to-wear gave the collection an edgy/youthful quality, and Prabal’s signature twindly feathers decorated his ready-carpet ready dresses. What is it about feathers that just make everything so…glamourous!
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela
I had about 10 minutes to pop by this presentation, but it was enough time for me to know those frenchies do it best. Tailored denim, slouchy sweaters, shirt dresses, and midi to full-length skirts made up a collection that defines itself on only the coolest of cool.
Well, Joseph Altuzarra sure knows about tailoring! This season he re-defined the blazer adding slits just below the shoulders so women can wear them as blazers, capes, or that cool over-the-shoulder editor way. Gypsy-inspired fabrics and layering was combined with engineer stripes reminiscent of the Osh Kosh overalls I wore as a youth. And before I move onto the next collection, let’s just us all take a moment to wipe up our drool from those delicious gladiator boots. THOSE BOOTS.
Catherine Malandrino Black Label
I kicked off Sunday morning with a bagel, coffee, and Catherine Malandrino, which had me rethinking my doughy everything bagel with scallion cream cheese. The bra tops, cinched-waists, and an array of fitted bodices already have me thinking next spring’s fitness routine. Sign me up for that kickboxing class because the outfit you see in the forefront shall be mine.
Leather? For spring? Groundbreaking! And I’m not being the Miranda Priestly sarcastic. Derek Lam sent out sculpted, buttery soft leather in the form of crop tops and pleated skirts; and on top of that he dazzled my eyeballs with swirly, hallucination-inducing textiles in figure-flattering (hallelujah!) silhouettes. Also, I wanted to touch everything. It’s not fair to have to look at woven skirts, juicy leathers, and confetti-esque dresses coming down the runway and not be able to touch them. It felt like I was in a museum. Sound the alarms!
Finally! Some buttery soft leather I could touch! Tommy Hilfiger, man of my American pride sartorial dreams, you gone done it again! This season he updated his signature preppy stripes in race car driver leathers, silky pajama suits (I never want pajamas as everyday wear to go out of style), and chunky knit sweaters that aren’t necessarily “spring” appropriate, but work if you’re the East Coast wasp sailing on a boat in Nantucket. Sign. Me. Up.
Fashion Week Diary | Part Two
Day four and five of Fashion Week have thankfully been a bit slower than the previous three days. Sunday started off with a big bang because not only was I seeing Derek Lam, one of my favorite designers, but I was seated right behind Anna Wintour. Gotta love that bob! As usual, I loved the collection which featured amazing smokey blue jackets and billowing gowns with leather bodices. Directly following Lam was Timo Weiland’s presentation which had the most amazing pair of trousers I think I’ve ever seen. Constructed out of thick wooly plaid, the pants had a sailor feel with buttons going all the way down the front. So far this season has really delivered some incredible trousers that I need to get my hands on as soon as possible. I was initially supposed to go to Lela Rose after Timo, but backstage beauty called at DKNY so I bid the tents adieu and headed downtown.
The backstage at DKNY was out of this world. Not only did I get a first hand view of the collection which had beautifully bright colors ranging in the corally reds and oranges, but I got to interview two of my favorite models, Bregje Heinen and Sigrid Agren both of whom are about fifty times more beautiful in person. I had some time to kill before my next show, so I went home to hang out with the Finn dog before making my way to Milk Studios for Cushnie et Ochs.
My eyes immediately lit up when I went backstage at Cushnie as I saw models walking around with tiger lily feathers in their hair. Had I been a dog at this moment, my tail would have been wagging profusely. My tail would have continued wagging during the collection as it featured heavily fringed dresses and lots of leather – two of my fashion favorites.
Monday began bright and early with the Jenny Packham show which I made just in the nick of time. I wasn’t wowed by the entire collection, but loved the heavily beaded dresses and pants! that had squiggly sequin embellishments all over them. Next up was the Callula Lillibelle presentation which showed a pair of black patent leather gloves and green sequin leggings that I need to get my hands on right away. Next up was Carlos Miele and Tracy Reese, both of which I enjoyed thoroughly but couldn’t swindle a good photograph of. I went goo-goo-ga-ga over a floor length lime green and royal blue dress at Carlos Miele and was drooling over the 70s overtoned dresses at Tracy Reese.
I was relieved to have the rest of the day off yesterday, but have about a zillion shows to go to today so fret not, more is to come!
Spring 2010: DEREK LAM
Derek Lam’s ss/2010 collection might be one of my favorites this season. There’s something to be said for classic designs, and Derek Lam has done just that. Piece after piece was bright, feminine, colorful, and so classically beautiful that I couldn’t help but picture Katharine Hepburn in some of these looks. No piece was like the other yet they all fit together beautifully as a collection. Inspired by the 1940′s and New England vacation spots, Lam pulled together an all American collection that makes me want to skip the fall/winter seasons and get right on to spring.