NYC weather cannot make up its mind, and as a result, neither can we. Winter clothes or spring clothes? That is the question. Spring fashion is starting to appear more and more on the streets of NYC, and one of these trends is making a bold entrance. Literally. As we predicted for the Spring '11 trends, orange (tangerine to get specific) is the next big color coming our way. Nail polish is a great way to incorporate this color into an outfit (as seen on Vanessa Hudgens) and a subtle way to transition the color.
Tangerine lip color is another great way to master this color and is starting to appear more and more. For those of you risk takers, orange dresses are a great new trend and a fantastic way to stay up beat on those gloomy days we've been seeing in NYC.
Going native is a staple trend that resurfaces time and time again; hence, the return of the fringe. Fringe purses make a bold statement that we hear loud and clear this season. This playful accoutrement adds texture to any outfit, and accentuates the teasing nature of a piquant fashionista. Its boho chic appeal speaks to an earthy vibrance that is embraced by celebrities such as Ashley Greene and Fergie.
To achieve an effortless look, rock an oversized fringe purse alongside dark denims with a sheer sleeveless top and flats. Taking day to night is as simple as trading in your oversized purse for a cute fringe clutch and a pair of decadent stilettos. Here are a few of our picks!
Once upon a time, Coco Chanel made the little black dress an eternal staple in every woman’s closet by introducing the fashion world to her “Ford” dress. However, this spring, the LBD takes the back seat to the little white dress. The LWD embodies femininity and virtue; it instantly translates elegance to any look. Bystanders will gaze at you in awe.
From the runway:
The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).
For the fourth year in a row, Scarlett Johansson returns yet again as the face of Barcelona-based brand MANGO. The Modernist Resort photo shoot took place at La Ricarda House in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona.
The Spring 2011 line consists of simple silhouettes made to stand out with bright colours and contrasts in the designs. Long skirts in both narrow pencil and full styles are both featured in the high-energy line. The colour palette consists of yellow, mint green, watermelon, and nude and tan shades, but there’s also added flair created by the muted-gold fastenings in many of the pieces, as well as the frequent touches of bright red, orange, yellow, and blue.
Hispanic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta will be showing his Spring 2011 line at a trunk show- tomorrow! The show will take place at Neiman Marcus at 150 Stockton Street at 10am to 6pm. When you arrive, go to the Couture Salon on the third floor, which is where the show will take place. There, you'll get a first look at the Spring 2011 collection that will hit stores within the next few months! Be sure to check it out, and comment below to let us know what you think!
From equestrian to ethereal, cutting edge to costumey, the Argentine Designers' show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was an exciting, albiet undefinable presentation. Hand-selected by New York fashion editors and stylists, the designers each presented a short collection, all with very distinct aesthetics. Need inspiration for your next black tie affair or hot date? How about horseback riding or a Halloween party? You're covered.
While the designers' names may not be easily recognized, it was simple to identify Kelly Bensimon of The Real Housewives of New York City sitting in the front row with a unknown male companion. Benisom, who later tweeted that "the argentina group show was amazing," got an up-close view of the motley crew of designers that presented their Spring 2011 lines. Hot trends and head-scratchers seemed the be the theme. While you may not go for the 12-inch tall bobbie hat, leather shin guards, or a long-haired mohawk, you could definitely walk away with a few instant ideas of what the upcoming season will look like.
Timo Weiland Presentation & After-Party: Timo Weiland showed a spunky-prep collection Sunday at Lincoln Center - identifying with adventurous yuppies everywhere through muted tones, color blocking and bold horizontal stripes. After the show, everyone headed to The Ohm to celebrate Weiland's showing, with Fashionista.com. With a live band, deejay and special sake drinks available, guests hardly noticed the damp change in weather when the party moved out onto the terrace. Weiland, being the great host that he is, showcased an impressive Spring 2011 video installation, while greeting pleased guests and posing for photographers.
Last season, Minkoff presented a collection with a bit of an edge - moreso the downtown girls. However, for Spring 2011, Minkoff showed sweet glamour, as majority of the girls donned beige and red, shorts and frocks, leather and pleats - and of course, Minkoff's handbag collection.
As the music played, guest walked in circles around The Box at Lincoln center, eyeing models with natural makeup and easy-going hair, allowing not too much fuss to their face, but more on the well-made construction of Minkoff's shorts. Minkoff made it clear her girls were leaving Soho for possibly the Upper East Side.
Four days into Fashion Week, the dramatic changes in weather began - as guests scurried outside in the damp drizzle to attend Catherine Malandrino's Spring 2011 outdoor presentation. Oddly enough, throughout the show the weather lightened up to accentuate the softness of beiges and browns that encapsulated the collection. Malandrino's strength came from altering proportions - many layered-over shorts, and under tops - whilst hems battled from sweeping the floors to above the knees.
Boy scout survival. Daniel Vosivic begin his show with a film of his muse Martha, in the wilderness on a mission. Her mission: to survive - fearfully ripping discovered cloth into appropriate and wearable bikini tubes -complimenting her downtown aesthetic at its best. Vosovic's collection "Final Girl," seemed to be inspired by unsuiting circumstances and questionable perserverance.
When the runway show begin, we knew we were in for a surprise. The show opened with a slouchy trailblazer coat, immediately acknowledging Vosovic's 360 degree turnaround from his Fall 2010 collection - structured elegance to accessible cool. Models continued down the runway in moss, sandstone and deer-like colors, honoring tied, slashed and twisted details.