Rodarte’s Fall ’12 runway show had a very creative flare to it with styles and themes that came from all different directions, yet still seemed to be the perfect puzzle pieces to fit into the collection as a whole.
The shape of the clothing mixed with the bob hair-dos and blushed cheeks created a delicate baby doll appearance to the models. The large-and-in-charge wedges and heels made the perfect girly statement to counterpart the multiple power-charged aspects of the collection. Our prediction is that the strong shoulders are going to be a big trend. The Mulleavy’s certainly showed this style everywhere, in the batwing bouquet sleeves, as well as the stiff panels atop the blazers’ shoulders.
Although there was little to no color in Proenza Schouler’s Fall ’12 collection, the angular cuts for the clothing made each and every individual piece look so abstract and artistic, yet so wearable at the same time.
The big boots and boxy collard tops were very mod looking and with the 1970’s Yoko Ono music blaring in the background, the theme, the pieces, and the models on the runway combined forces to create a powerful show. Everything was oversized but in a stiff way; where we are used to seeing this look on the runway with pieces just kind of drowning the models, these were different. They were extra large but rigid and angular, creating just the right amount of emphasis on the fact that oversized clothing is and will always be a high-fashion trend, but not necessarily with flowing and draping materials.
It looks like black and white monochrome is going to be a big hit this fall, folks! 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Fall ’12 collection did a fantastic job of incorporating this look in with the simplistic pieces of his line. The androgyny behind the suits kept them looking sleek and chic with clean lines and straight fits. However simple his clothing is, there had to be a pop somewhere. Towards the middle of the show in came brighter blues, turquoise, and dark greens, mixed with geometric shapes. We loved the sharp lapels and collars as well as the exposed zippers at the bottom front of the slim fit trousers. It’s the little things like these that help to give the looks a modern rawness.
Nanette Lepore’s play on the primary colors in her fall ’12 collection was bright and cheery. With her usual intensely embellished and decorative pieces, Lepore left everyone feeling satisfied. While she had a bit of darker colors like maroon, brown, and burnt orange bring sophistication to the palette, her use of bright, metallic colors in her accessories kept the collection lighthearted and fun.
Everything from the colors and prints, to the cuts and trims, were exactly what her super girly-girl fan-base was hoping for. With tulip high-waist skirts, tassel trim scarves, mini dresses and of course, lots and lots of pink. The collection started with slim-leg trousers, structured coats and blazers and moved into crazier, less structure, more loosely fitted dresses leaving the show with a gypsy/1970’s aftertaste.
With Fashion Week in full swing, we already feel like we’ve had a three-day weekend! Kicking off our weekend party scene, Scoop NYC transformed into a neon black-lit party for the Hudson Phosphorescent Invasion. If fluorescent denim and glowsticks is you thing—Friday’s event, hosted by DJ/model Leigh Lezark, was the place to be. DJ Harley Viera Newton spun the perfect electric pop set to keep the party as energetic as it’s brightly hued color scheme. An eclectic mix of stylish fashionistas and their savvy counterparts filled the retail space, congregating around the Double Cross Vodka sponsored bar, of course. Although the beats were bumpin, the Hudson party was all about socializing.
Presented at the Highline Room of the Standard Hotel, Misha Nonoo debuted her third collection for her eponymous Nonoo line.
With an eye for structure, tailoring and other details, the young designer’s collection evoked a chic, feminine Parisian flair; refined and sophisticated while remaining youthful and fresh.
Strong, structured jackets predominated the collection in various shapes and materials, making it clear this was her signature. Boxy and cropped, sleeveless, lightweight blazers, and heavier belted versions all made a commanding presence during the presentation. Also included were sharp ankle-grazing pants and skirts, floor-length maxi dresses, shorter flared-hem skirts, and versatile blouses.
A big new collaboration with Perry Ellis for next spring; big patterns; big pants; really, really big hair—Hometown heroes Daniel Silver and Steven Cox have clearly decided 2012 is the time to embrace their personal aesthetic and use it forge their own way into the big leagues. Duckie’s 2012 line has an air of mad scientist to it—almost like the design duo snuck into J. Crew’s shop and went to work with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch. They took a classic herringbone coat and spliced it together with a hoodie—why? Because it’s awesome and you just didn’t know it yet. They took a classic plaid pattern and “exploded” it onto an overcoat—wherefore? Because your life has been sorely lacking in exploded plaid and you had no idea.
New York Fashion Week is unlike any other. It is where designers, models, and really anyone else in the creative cluster come together for a 60-minute stint to show if they will make or break it in the industry. Important people will be in the crowds to love or loath designs and, with over 250 designers showing this week, the rookies are going to have to step it up in order to leave their imprint in this crazy-cool and chaotic biz we like to call the fashion industry.
Although a veteran to the industry, Gemma Kahng is making a comeback this NYFW and has been the biggest buzz of the hour. Kahng’s designs were a hit back in the early '90s but, like many, her 15 minutes of fame was up once the Y2K hit and thus, she went into hiding. Now that she has arisen from hibernation, we are expecting her to come back with a bang and show us that she is here for the long haul. During an interview with StyleCaster, she was quoted explaining, "My work is getting more complicated and at the same time, more refined. What I am doing now requires a more difficult process but at the end it is more thought-out." It will be interesting to see what Kahng has in store for us, but we are confident it will be a cohesive presentation.