If you’re a trendy shopper like us, (and we know you are!) you’re always trying to find designer goods for less than an arm and a leg within your price range. Whether it’s the perfect accessory to complete a look or a gift for a fashionable friend, a designer label takes almost any item from sweet to chic. This holiday season, our haute hopes are answered by eBay’s debut of limited edition designer gifts—all featuring price tags marked $100 or less. And just wait until you hear who’s on board!
It’s unanimous; boldness dominated Resort 2013 collections in the form of extreme silhouettes, stripes, and florals—and we like what we see. The in-between season offerings give designers an opportunity to reach a broader range of consumers, incorporating wearable trends that appeal to those seeking the perfect vacation wardrobe as well as the rest of us those forgoing exotic destinations to afford said ready-to-wear. (We’ll have our Resort right here at home, thank you.) The trends abound from oversized ensemble to lively prints and among the looks we are dying to make our own, there were also a few encore appearances by styles that aren’t going anywhere.
Coming off Fashion Week we are both exhilarated and exhausted. What a huge season, not only for the designers, but for us! We worked around the clock, resulting in our biggest, most extensive fashion week ever. We covered a combined total of nearly 100 runway shows and parties over the course of the week. We also attended the Fashion 2.0 Awards, Socialyte.co's Bloggers Brunch, Elle & Style360's Accessory Lounge, and CFDA's IMPACT exhibit. If you're wondering if we've slept, the answer is "No!" In addition to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, we also covered NOLCHA, also known as Independent Fashion Week. There we discovered standout, lesser known designers who have been flying under the radar; including Danilo Gabrielli, Vassilis Zoulias, and JetSet Collective.
The promenade at Avery Fisher Hall became an evening at the cabaret for the Chris Benz Fall 2012 presentation. Glitz and glamour, big hair and bigger fun surrounded the collection; its models perfectly poised on stage with prop-like crates in front of a glimmering gold sequin backdrop. It wasn’t just a kitschy theme. With childhood memories of watching his mother “get all dolled up while listening to The Judy Garland Holiday Special,” Benz believes women are ready to make an effort for that same old Hollywood glamour in their lives. Vintage footage of Judy Garland and Dolly Parton became the inspiration for the collection with the hopes of channeling their iconic spirits into a wardrobe for today. The jazzy, cabaret soundtrack (think Moulin Rouge) put a little shimmy in everyone’s step as we mingled with Gossip Girls Jessica Szohr and Kaylee Defer, figure skater Johnny Weir, and—an icon in her own right—Debbie Harry.
The New York–based Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced the induction of 31 new members. Among the inductees this year are several California and New York based designers, including Marcella and Johan Lindeberg of Justin Timberlake’s line William Rast, Koi Suwannagate of Paris 68, whose intricate line earned her a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination last year. Also among the inductees include Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose The Row and Elizabeth & James collections are based in New York and Los Angeles. Others include Alexander Wang, Chris Benz, Christina and Swaim Hutson, formerly of Obedient Sons and Daughters, Jenna Lyons of J. Crew and Jason Wu.
Chris Benz Fall 2009 Collection Trunk Show, Beckley 8620 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Corner of Huntley and Melrose (6-8PM).