Mary Katrantzou‘s is a collection that I look forward to each season. This London Fashion Week, each of the dresses in this collection were made to encapsulate a sort of ‘hotel room atmosphere‘; open verandas and windows into an eighties-inspired pop art world. Shoulder pieces were actually structured using curtain-hanging pelmet techniques, and long, wicker-looking trains were pieced to resemble chair-backs at the Café de Flore.
Every garment had a way of putting my tongue to my cheek; necklaces featured parts of chandeliers, or, where there were none, dresses had chandeliers printed directly onto the neckline or staircases refracted to form a graphic-looking necklace. What an artist! View Post
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
Busy CFDA President and international glamazon Diane von Furstenberg‘s collection for New York Fashion Week has been at the top of my Show Stream List for months. After seeing a show in Paris about dancer Isadora Duncan, she decided her collection would be inspired by “goddesses”. From head to toe, we were seeing lots of vintage-looking round sunglasses, large carryall totes in bold geometric prints, chic fanny packs (no, really), and strappy heels. The wrap dresses were perfect, as you’d expect.
While the bright seperates will sell like hot cakes, my favourite piece was a lovely drop-waist cocktail dress with crystal embroidery. Diane happily bounced down the runway with her new creative director Yvan Mispelaere for her final bow, solidifying a great arrangement between the two. It was varied and vivacious, keeping true to her legacy. View Post
Out of the twenty-six dresses Victoria Beckham showed at New York Fashion Week yesterday, I want twenty-six. The hostess with the mostest, Victoria said that her own style has loosened up quite a bit in her narration, and it definitely showed in the clothes. Opening with a draped parachute silk dress in ultraviolet that was knotted at the torso, we all just wanted more and more. My favourite piece was a shoulder-baring iridescent jacquard with ribbon straps.
At the Posh’s request, Brian Atwood made the show’s rose gold platform pumps to match her new Rolex. As for the new Victoria Beckham bags, they featured luxe materials, keeping boxy and minimal in a way that unsurprisingly reminds us of Beckham’s favorite Birkin. View Post
Oh, I hate it when a designer falls below my expectations. In all honesty, Georges Chakra is one of my favourites; his one-off designs for beautiful women like Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, and Beyoncé being the best example of his raw talent. Unfortunately, for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, we were given a shapeless lime evening dress with a horrible bustline that I never want to see again.
It definitely wasn’t all bad. Some of the dresses were phenomenal, innovative, and had the attention to detail that we all love Chakra for (see metallic brown dress below). Some of the others? Destined for the prom dress sale rack. View Post