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NYFW Photo Diary #2

February 18, 2012
tags: , , fall 2012, , , georgina chapman, guns n roses, Jack McCollough, keren craig, Lazaro Hernandez, marchesa, olivier theyskens, photographs, , , recap, rooney mara, , , , , theyskens theory,
by Sonia

I apologize for this wonky posting schedule, but I checked out for two days after Fashion Week. This brain needed rest.

But now I’m back. Brain turned on. Fingers ready for keyboard tickling. So without further ado, here’s a recap of NYFW round two (love when I accidentally rhyme).

Three of my favorite designers found themselves in my schedule for the last few days of Fashion Week. Olivier Theyskens of Theyskens’ Theory (doy), Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, and of course, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. I’m convinced they save the best collections for last because let me tell ya, the pieces and trends I saw earlier this week — oversized jackets, dropped hemlines, fur and gold embellishments, Asian-inspired silhouettes — all came together and became official in the following collections. Proenza Schouler really nailed the whole oversize, kimono-esque pieces, while Theyskens’ Theory made gold work in a non cheesy, blinged out way. And as for Marchesa, those two ladies may as well be the fairy godmothers of ballgowns, creating things only maids-turned-princesses-by-way-of-magic could wear.

My fashion week ended with a Guns N Roses concert, which was a simultaneously awesome and weird way to end such a high-heeled, pencil skirt week. But I was perfectly happy to trade in my stilettos for a comfy t-shirt and jeans.

Here are some photos from the last few days (I cut it down to just my favorites otherwise you’d be scrolling for two hours of photos…):

Theyskens’ Theory

Hooray for gold(en heels) and furry arm(pit)s!

Alice & Olivia

Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia sure knows how to throw a party presentation. I only wish I could have attended in that green Beetlejuice suit


Once again Marchesa kills me with beauty. That red dress is what my dreams are made of…that and puppies

Polyvore Live

One of my favorite bloggers, Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules workin’ it on the runway

Proenza Schouler

That’s a skirt people. A SKIRT!

Structured jackets. Powerful silhouettes. Fur bags. Woven leather heels. Proenza Schouler, you make my life complete.

Calvin Klein

The only somewhat focused photo I could capture. But just know this collection had Rooney Mara all over it (she was also in the front row. sha-wing!)

Nothing says the end of Fashion Week like a Guns n Roses concert…or does it?

Gold Member

January 17, 2012

Alexander McQueen

As someone who dresses a little more simply on a day-to-day basis, details are really important to me. For example, I love it when pants are lined with a bright color or when a collar is decorated with studs. The Spring 2012 runways were full of details but the gold adornments were the ones that caught and nestled in my eye. I mean, who doesn’t love a little gold bling in their everyday wear?

To put my art history major to good use, let me just say that Balmain’s collection was like Art Deco meets Byzantium with its angular lines decked out in gold. And then there’s Valentino with those perfect gold studs that seem to be the brand’s new defining factor. Jill Stuart may have been an Easter egg in fabric and colors but the nails were bedazzled in gold dots that I’m officially dubbing my next DIY. Dries Van Noten dabbled in the metallic hue with hints of copper on their shoes and Gucci had an Art Deco 1920s collection that I’d give my first child for. But if I had to choose a single gold embellishment for my Spring 2012 wardrobe, I’d have to go with Yves Saint Laurent’s gold-plated pepto bismol pink loafers that I hope to buy the second they hit stores.



Jill Stuart

Dries Van Noten


Yves Saint Laurent

Looking Ahead

January 2, 2012
tags: 3.1, , altuzarra, balenciaga, barbara bui, bcbg max azria, Burberry Prorsum, camilla and marc, , Christopher Bailey, , cotton candy, , , , , giles, j. mendel, Jason Wu, , karl lagerfeld, , , , metallic, , olivier theyskens, , pastels, phillip lim, pinks, prabal gurung, , , , , , , , , theyskens theory, , tribal, ,
by Sonia

{ From left to right: Mary Katrantzou, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Camilla and Marc }

To me, the new year is about looking ahead; thinking about how you want the year to turn out, things you hope to accomplish, and of course the clothes you’re going to wear. Since fashion is always a season ahead, I’ve been sitting on my favorite trends and looks for spring since last September. Suffice it to say, my buns are sore and it’s time I stood up and shared them!

Take the floral prints above.  At first all I could think was “flowers? for spring? groundbreaking.” (we all know that Devil Wears Prada quote) but then as I reexamined I realized that these aren’t your average peonies and roses, these are some crazy city chic flowers that are as vibrant as a tropical school of fish!

And while we’re on the vibrant note, let’s discuss the jazzy tinfoil treats below. I’m a big fan of metallics - on my feet, on my body, on my silverware - and I am loooovin the colorful metallic tones from last season’s runway. The holographic iridescent leather trousers from Theyskens’ Theory (second from the right) had me totally transfixed on the runway and ditto goes for the Prabal Gurung dress on the far left. Both have that sleek feminine look while still being entirely unusual and daring.

(Keep reading! More trends and descriptions below!)

{ Prabal Gurung, Suno, Balenciaga, Theyskens Theory, Giles }

Now, I’ve never been one for pastels; they wash me out and have always felt a bit too Easter eggy for me. But oh, these cotton candy hues had me droooooling and it’s not just because I love me some cotton candy. The colors seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jill Stuart, Versace, etc. had a crisper feel that made them sophisticated instead of baby-chick-in-a-basket-cheesy. Though I’ll have to see how they look on my skin tone, I’m looking forward to trying out some mint green and strawberry sorbet hues come springtime.

{ Prada, J. Mendel, Jill Stuart, Versace, 3.1 Phillip Lim }

 Give me a tribal print any day of the week and I am as happy as a beaver in a dam. Alexander Wang (far left) went the sportier route while BCBG (far right) took me on an island cruise with resort ready dresses and kaftans. And you gotta love Christopher Bailey for putting all those embellishments and rich tones on the staple Burberry trench coats! As much as I love the signature trench, it’s refreshing to see the switch up, especially with crazy collar and lining ornamentation.

{ Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Burberry Prorsum, Barbara Bui, BCBG Max Azria }

Last, but certainly not least, we have the heavily structured and detailed candy colored dresses that dominated (and I mean dominated) the runways at Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Again, normally something I would shy away from, but hot diggity dog if Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty were getting dressed today this is most certainly what they’d be wearing. Between Marc Jacobs’ broderie anglaise at Louis Vuitton (far left) to the lacey details at Oscar de la Renta (center) to the razor cut outs at Valentino (far right), I’m going to have to give my spring evening attire a complete and utter makeover!

{ Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Valentino }

Can we just go ahead and skip winter?

Crunching Leaves

November 21, 2011
tags: autumn fashion, clutch, fall fashion, , , , , la coco clutch, , , , skinny, , stella & dot, , theory, ,
by Sonia

I never used to be much of a clutch person. Aside from my wallet being larger than most clutches, I was always afraid I would lose them, mindlessly leaving one on a table or in a bathroom. The other day however, I picked up this Stella & Dot clutch and now find myself looking for reasons to wear a clutch more often! I love it for it’s simplicity and versatility and of course, the buttery soft leather is perfection. Using a clutch has also made me reevaluate just how much I really need to carry around with me all day (i.e. is it really necessary that I carry FIVE chapsticks at the same time? I think not).

Now, here’s something even more exciting about this clutch - Stella & Dot would like to GIFT one of you darling readers this buttery soft gem that’s changed my handbag life. All you have to do is:

  1. Like Stella & Dot on Facebook
  2. Like Runway Hippie on Facebook
  3. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Thanksgiving dish

I’ll announce the winner on Black Friday!

{ Theory blouse, Madewell skirt (also worn here), Giles Deacon x Nine West boots c/o, Stella & Dot clutch c/o, J.Crew belt, Forever21 & vintage bracelets }

//Photos by Emily Malan

NYFW Photo Diary Numero Dos

September 16, 2011
tags: Alexandre Herchcovitch, backstage photos, charlotte free, footage, j. mendel, karen elson, Karolina Kurkova, Lazaro Hernandez, marchesa, , , rachel roy, , , , today show,
by Sonia

Ok, I take it back, I’m really happy Fashion Week is over. I’m exhausted. I need sleep, and I desperately need to do my laundry cause I’m almost out of underwear…too much information? Deal with it.

Here’s round two of my New York Fashion Week photo experience featuring Rachel Roy, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Marchesa, J.Mendel, and Proenza Schouler. I’m actually pretty excited about the spring collections from what I’ve seen thus far. I love the geometric color-blocking, the all white silhouettes, and the tropical patterns - particularly the ones from Proenza Schouler.

I’m really looking forward to a weekend of absolutely NOTHING. I hope to feel rejuvenated by Monday and I think a massage and a pedicure are most certainly in order this weekend. Have a great weekend and I can’t wait to get back on track with ya’ll now that Fashion Week is over!

Ok…maybe I miss it just a little…

{ Rachel Roy }

{ Alexandre Herchcovitch }

{ Marchesa }

{ J.Mendel }

{ Proenza Schouler }