Anyone call for red carpet glamour? New York, apparently, as Zac Posen recently returned from his two season stint in Paris. All it took was a second’s glimpse at his Spring/Summer 2012 collection to have the City That Never Sleeps welcome him back with expertly toned arms.
Anyone with an aversion to hourglass shapes and corsets…it is time to jump ship. Posen can give Coco Rocha mega hips, elongate and flare like the best of them, and charm the Spanx onto any woman. He knows how to work a woman’s body. As always, much of the inspiration was from Old Hollywood, and the most impressive pieces were the – strapless, ombre, bustier, tulle, halter, satin, etc – gowns. I’m sure this post will be linked a lot during awards season.
On top of the voluptuous drama, the accessories were also a treat. Charlotte Olympia provided the complimentary footwear (in black, gold, nude and silver with a silver heel), Elizabeth Cole jewellery provided the ‘cherries on top’, Judith Leiber provided clutches, and sunglasses were provided by Illesteva. I wish runways would install shopping cart software. View Post
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
and Georgina Chapman
knocked themselves out again with gravity-defying dresses (a Marchesa
staple at this point), laser-cut fabrics, and embroideries so royal they would have looked grand in the Topkapi Palace
. Like many of their peers (such as Rodarte
), the designers showed harem-pant jumpsuits for evening; will we see celebrities crossing over from gowns to dhoti-pants
on the red carpet?
In any case, there are enough mind-boggling confections for Marchesa’s starlet fans to choose from – mostly in white, cream, and blush (all proving vastly popular colors for Spring) – with details in lace, teased and gathered chiffon, and sparkling webs of jewels. A black-and-white ombré tulle hand-painted gown with a skirt the width of a crater was a definite crowd pleaser. Closer to the end, there were deep, rich colours – painted with Spring flowers – in purple iris and midnight blue. Accessories obviously consisted of Christian Louboutin‘s fantastical creations – mostly shoe-boots and heavily embroidered sandals which were all made to match the gowns. These were paired with Marchesa clutches. What will they cultivate next season? One can only marvel. Hence the photo overload. Don’t hesitate to grab a glass of vino and click on everything.
Erin Fetherston employed some great accessories for her New York Fashion Week show; straw hats by Eugenia Kim, brown leather heels with gold hardware by Aldo, crystal encrusted starfish and shell-shaped clutches by Judith Leiber, and lots of outfit-perfect jewelry by Yazbukey.
It was super reflective of my personal style, with billowing poet sleeve blouses tucked into sharply tailored shorts and trousers, and a respectable attention to details with great additions like rose-colored silk underlays. The best piece? A lemongrass-hued short suit worn with a light yellow top. Baby, I like it. View Post
Images of the first look at Matthew Williamson‘s new handbag collection for Bulgari have been released. This is just a taste of what lies ahead – the full line of hobo bags and clutches won’t be unveiled until September during Milan Fashion Week. It’s so Jetsons!