Prabal Gurung SS12
To set you up for the love fest that is about to begin, I will start by telling you that Prabal Gurung designed a collection for Spring/Summer 2012 that was so incredible I was grabbing my chest as I shoved runway photos under my (completely uninterested) Significant Other’s nose. For a good thirty minutes.

Where do I start?

With a collection where purple, teal, and black ruled the palette, the variety was astounding. Gurung sourced photographs titled “Sensual Flowers” by Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki and turned them into the most beautiful, intricate prints.

Every piece felt special; spectacular red-carpet stealing dresses, sheer asymmetrical panels, handkerchief hemlines, rubber paillettes, exploding tulle, leather harnesses, ostrich feathers, digital print floral georgette dresses, cigarette pants, laser-cut leather shorts, printed blouses, latex coats – and none without the most exquisite attention to detail. He even styled in his Prabal Gurung for Nicholas Kirkwood heels and Prabal Gurung for Linda Farrow Projects sunglasses.

I cannot believe this is only his sixth collection. Prabal Gurung is the future of fashion. View Post

Orla Kiely LFW Presentation
Orla Kiely was my first presentation of London Fashion Week. It was true to form as a fabulous sixties collection, with cardboard cutouts of her designs inspired by French film ‘Les Demoiselles de Rochefort‘. Everything is easy and combinable, from chiffon tea dresses with round collars to draped knee-length dresses.

As part of the presentation, we were chauffered by Orla-kitted ladies with cigarette-girl trays to view an exclusive film in a mini movie theatre – popcorn, mini cakes, and drinks on hand. The whimsical film was actually produced by Gia Coppola, Sofia Coppola‘s niece, and starred actress Nathalie Love. With all styling done by the lovely Leith Clark (who was at the presentation), Love skips around London wearing Kiely’s shift dresses and fitted princess coats. Watch in delight here. View Post

Milly by Michelle Smith Runway NYFW Barbara Palvin
I love Milly (and designer Michelle Smith) for the happy print dresses, statement coats, and knits in bold colors – and again for spring, that’s what we saw. Nice of New York Fashion Week to remind us that stability can be a great thing.

This time, the collection inspired by Peggy Guggenheim featured an eccentric mix of striking florals, tribal accents, and strong geometrics, all mixed and matched with both slender and full skirts and dresses, maxi-dresses, knee-length shorts, and wide-leg trousers. Clothes came in a range of fun colors like kelly green, sunny orange, and tomato red mixed in with white, navy, and tan. And, with a big 10th-anniversary year planned in 2011, Milly is clearly going dress right with the launch of her handbags, jewelry, and Milly Minis, for girls age 2 to 7. View Post

Dennis Basso NYFW Runway
Known for decking out the social set in glamorous fur and evening pieces, Dennis Basso created something for everyone this spring, especially if you have a super-special fancy cocktail party on your calendar. His New York Fashion Week show was filled with beautiful flowy cocktail dresses and gowns in fabrics like taffeta or silk and luxe finishes such as hand-embroidered paillettes which glistened on the runway. For those who never considered fur for spring, there were stunning mink boleros and fine-mesh coats accented with sable or chinchilla silk. Chiffon tank and pink mink jacket? Mine please. View Post

Tory Burch NYFW Runway
As a woman who is fashionably astute and also pop-culture savvy, Tory Burch always seems to know what women want to wear right now. For spring, the spirit of the ’70s is ringing out like your favourite Donna Summer tune, and the plugged-in designer turned up volume with a parade of fun and funky offerings for her New York Fashion Week show.

Jackets and coats featured cropped sleeves and, in some cases, bold gold buttons; pants were long and flared or tight and abbreviated; and blouses were billowing but not overwhelming. Bold colors such as navy, persimmon, and gold punctuated the landscape of the presentation, including on the designer herself. Amid a sea of people, the trendsetting Burch shined like the sun in a burnt-orange blouse with a matching leather three-quarter-length skirt. Booya. View Post