Project Runway Olivier Green

Olivier Green


One the most interesting shows of the season is Project Runway‘s Lincoln Center extravaganza. Since the show ends with the final three contestants battling it out at New York Fashion Week, yet the show is released roughly two months after filming, all nine remaining designers showed their final Spring/Summer 2012 collections yesterday morning.

Since we don’t know who will win until the final episodes roll around this November, I’m going to hazard a guess based purely on talent. I think Olivier Green will take the cake – his craftmanship is unreal. Apart from that, I really enjoyed the collections of Anthony Ryan Auld and Viktor Luna, but picked my favourite design from every collection for the gallery below. Enjoy! View Post


As I’ve already mentioned, I think the tribal trend is going to reign supreme for Spring/Summer 2012. So far, apart from that, it seems like everyone is yearning for a LPD – Little Pink Dress. Last season (Fall/Winter 2011), designer’s replaced the everygirls favourite dress (The Little Black Dress) for bright, stark whites. Things are now looking a little more saturated.

The best thing? There seems to be a “Pretty in Pink” moment to suit every taste. Cushnie et Ochs presented a criss-cross halter with a second skin feel, Jenni Kayne added thigh-baring slits to a sleek – and otherwise classic – sheath, Kevork Kiledjian played with multiple pink tones on a body-conscious minidress, and Peter Som blew us all away with a multi-tiered feather dress. I can’t wait to see what other designers have done with the typically femme hue.

Peter Som SS12
Peter Som showed a kaleidoscope of colour and playfulness for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The spectrum was gorgeous; shocking fucshia, khakis, tantalizing tangerines, and cobalt hues danced around strong patterns and florals. Watching models walk brightly down the runway to “Heart Is a Beating Drum” by The Kills and “Face in the Crowd” by Cat’s Eyes, not a second of the show left me dissatisfied. With the risk of a truly floral collection becoming overly girly, Som used sixties mod shapes with an optimistic edge. I would wear everything. View Post

Joan Smalls Grafitti
I absolutely adore this vivacious October 2011 cover of Elle UK. “The Model Issue“, as it is otherwise being offered, is fronted by the always-effortless Joan Smalls who appears to have graffitied “Girl Power” onto the wall in one way or another. Her Alexei Hay-lensed, velvet-heeled stance just screams all the sorts of fierce that Tyra Banks tries to drill into the Next Top Model wannabes.

BCBG Max Azria SS12
If Max and Lubov Azria had to make one thing for the rest of their lives, I would hope they’d opt for dresses. Even when they take a slight departure from glamour and head towards Sporty Town as they have for Spring/Summer 2012. The move from minimalism is finally here. As wearable as their designs were last season, the duo have done a great job pulling in the athletic chic; sheer panels, then hoodies, chiffon pleats, then drop-waists and low slung pockets. The balance was flirty and extremely contemporary with angled panels, spliced fabrics, and a casual feel that represented a loosening of the industry’s belts.

Transitioning from bra-like straps towards the end of the show, accessories such as wooden, bronze-embroidered platform print sandals and edgy envelope clutches seemed to resonate with the style sense of megafan (and front-row guest) Sophia Bush. There were definite hints of a tribal theme that I predict will be the major trend of Spring/Summer 2011. View Post