nyfw started a while ago (sept 10th), but i've been so busy that i haven't had enough time to post everything and make collages and whatnot! anyway, here we go: the first post of a series of posts devoted to the four fashion weeks (ny, london, paris, milan). it's weird looking at summery/springy clothes now that we are heading into colder months where i live but i'm still thoroughly enjoying the collections and can't wait to see more. i hope you enjoy this too.
jenni kayne- i really like jenni kayne's aesthetic and i usually always enjoy her shows. i loved the bright yellow and black used in this collection. i didn't like some of the house slipper shoes though, but i'm going to overlook that. all of the looks i chose from the show are amazing, from the clothes to the shoes. these are all work appropriate and party appropriate as well, depending on your taste.
vena cava- sophie buhai and lisa mayock said they were tired of everything ripped and distressed. at the same time they didn't totally get away from the edgy look in their show, adorning their models with big, 80s looking black glasses and unflattering purple lipstick. however they did produce some really awesome clothes to frolick around in while basking in the summer sun! the clunky shoes in the show are growing on me the more i scowl at them.
prabal gurung- *exhales a satisfied sigh* ya'll KNOW how much i love me some prabal gurung! this is only his second major collection and oh my god, this boy is one of my favorite designers already! i experienced pure enjoyment clicking through these looks and i would be more than happy to wear them. this suits my style so well. it's so chic, classy and a bit whimsical--yet every piece has such a great freshness to it. i don't feel like i've seen this somewhere before. you go prabal! we will DEFINITELY be seeing these looks on the red carpet.
monique lhuillier- someone else who never dissapoints me: monique lhuillier. the people at style.com say these piece wasn't cohesive, but this collection made perfect sense to me. i loved the clunky shoes, the variety of texture, color, print, and embellishment (all while still keeping the collection classy). this collection reminded me of a younger and more accessible version of oscar de la renta. these pieces are great for the red carpet, or special occasions like spring/summer weddings, cotillions, really special dates and whatnot.
elie tahari- i loved the bucket hats and soft colors. every look was styled perfectly!
preen- the people at preen are always ahead of the curve and have so many other designers copying them for their original and yet not sickeningly trendy designs. the pink ruffly dress is just crying out for a red carpet appearance. i would also love to see every other ensemble featured here on the red carpet and i think that the black and nude dress would look great in editorial work.
nicole miller- nicole miller JUST qualified to get a collage, i was kind of on the fence with this show but i realized that her designs from spring 2010 were young and fun and you didn't have to think too much to enjoy the show.
luca luca- everything was so wearable and pretty! i felt that the show was a bit watered down though and that more attention could have been put into it, but i'd love to wear everything in the show.
jason wu- he never dissapoints! i loved the explosion of color and the youthful, frothy, fun feel of the collection. i'd love it if my wardrobe only contained jason wu items. isn't that curry yellow dress so divine? all of these pieces are so nice.
cynthia rowley- i loved the cool color palette of black, white, purples and blues and the feminine feel of all the clothes. tres chic!
costello tagliapetra- ok, i don't understand why ali stephens is blonde and why every model and their cat is dying their hair blonde but what i do know is that i liked this show. i really liked the varied color palette, the lace up heeled booties, the soft silky fabrics, different necklines and scrunchy waistbands on some of the dresses that made them look really fun and cute.
extra fashion week commentary:
wayne- this collection featured a lot of laidback pieces. fuzzy vests, jersey minis, an oversized metallic leather jacket and bags, and opentoed flat sandals as well as slicked back wet hair. the pieces were nice, and perfect for the cool and young but it was nothing groundbreaking and reminded me of what we've been seeing at alexander wang and a very dumbdowned version of preen.
rachel comey- very nice show that catered to the young and carefree. lot's of jumpsuits, prints, loose shapes and cute tea dresses.
helmut lang- i know every fashion blogger and their dog is going to love this, but seriously...fashion designers and their makeup people are beating the bleached eyebrow thing to death, and this collection didn't show my anything new. short, tight, slashed mini dresses/skinny jeans/clunky shoes/pale skin...whatever.
L.A.M.B- gwen stefani is still so coooooool! she and her casting panel picked the most beautiful models! they all looked so original and pretty and different without being cardboard cutouts of eachother. the collection didn't blow my mind but it was nice to see! and gwen looked great walking the runway at the end!
bcbg max azria- i did enjoy viewing this show...but i was expecting more. unfortunately...this is not collage worthy. :/ but kudos to the azria anyway, because i'm sure lots of youngins will be wearing your very sheer and very tight pieces!
yigal azrouel- this show reminded me a lot of preen. it wasn't very inspiring...
william rast- denim, denim and more denim.
ruffian- the makeup was so, so pretty and the shoes were amazing: strappy and high with red platforms! there were definitely some really cute looks and the models all looked so beautiful...but again, nothing groundbreaking. the fall show really blew me away though if you guys can remember.
rag&bone- only models could look good with wet, tangled, disheveled hair--greasy faces, baggy sweatpants, blazers and untucked shirts.
juan carlos obando- this show was REALLY interested and featured models with heavily contoured faces, their faces and legs had sandy dirt on it, their clothes were dyed in deep browns and purples and seemed to have bleach stains. then, of course, were the beautiful "twisty, pleated dresses" which style.com says is obando's signature.
gary graham- i really loved the presentation. the models looked so awesome in their smoky backstage dressing room setting, standing in superhigh heels with carelress layers that included old school trousers, jackets and poofy dresses.
erin wasson x RVCA- this show was definitely an improvement from her past ones. i liked the more hippie than rock chick vibe (that's getting a bit played out...even though i still appreciate the look when done right). still not collage worthy though :/
cynthia steffe- shaun kearney at cynthia steffe managed to produce a cute, young, very girly collection full of pastels, uber short hemlines, ruffles and frills. it was very cohesive and very wearable, so i would imagine this would sell well...but i want to be excited a bit more! no doubt about it though, this was a great collection.
cushnie et ochs- this collections was very body conscious...think: showing as much leg as possible without showing your private areas, or think showing as much boob as possible without showing the nipple. yes, that body conscious.
charlotte ronson- the collection had a tough french girl vibe. some individual pieces were nice but i didn't like the styling.
alabama chanin- this is the first i've seen from alabama chanin, and the head of the line:natalie "alabama" chanin is a vogue fashion fund finalist. the clothes were simple, clean and they are made from recycled quilts and sewn in the U.S.A
part II coming soon!