Alexander McQueen PFW Runway Alana Zimmer
To quip it, the Alexander McQueen show was solid gold. Sarah Burton‘s first show for Alexander McQueen was as touching and eerie as the late designer could have produced. There was a reassuring familiarty with her designs that was surreal to say the least. With grandiose, hand-crafted pieces to stun the masses, it was also quite clear you were seeing ‘McQueen’ through a woman’s eyes – the vision was respected and forward strides were made. Brilliant craftmanship and a riveting display. View Post

Alice Temperley London NYFW Runway
Showing both her high-end namesake line, Temperley London, and her newish diffusion line, Alice by Temperley, Brit-tastic designer Alice Temperley called on larger-than-life European characters – Queen Guinevere and Marie Antoinette – and gave their wardrobes a modern twist.

The more worked and luxurious Temperley line featured gothic-tinged dresses and separates in tough leather, soft ruffles, and wildcat prints, all in dramatic silhouettes and paired with metal and leather harnesses. A hooded metallic dress reminiscent of chain mail took the King Arthur theme to its most literal.

More light and airy was the younger and more accessible Alice line, which was spun from Antoinette’s taste for decadence and romance. Girly, cool-girl pieces included slouchy trousers, skirts, and overalls in white and pale pink, billowing hand-embroidered blouses and maxi-dresses, and classic toile du Jouy prints slapped on playsuits. Many of the looks were finished with adorable studded hip belts with attached coin purses that we want very badly.

Overall, both of Temperley’s collections were extremely original and completely covetable. View Post

Jason Wu for TSE Runway NYFW
Jason Wu is in his second season for luxury knitwear house TSE, and showed a stellar twelve piece capsule collection for them on day seven of New York Fashion Week. Inspired by collages and the mixing of textures, Wu presented flowing, collarless blouses tucked into rigid linen wide-leg trousers, as well as half-leather, half-knit blazers, while abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman inspired Wu’s digital prints splashed across dresses, shirts and skirts to resemble hand painted fabric.

He also continued some of the sure-to-be-trendy themes in his namesake collection, putting pleated high-waisted shorts, buttoned-to-the-top blouses, and extra long blazers into the mix at TSE. It was an infinitely wearable collection for a variety of ages – my favourite being a knit light gray skinny suit worn with a collarless sheer white blouse. View Post