Rachel Zoe SS12
As a fashion stylist, there is some sort of unspoken rule that expects me to slate celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. But…whatever…I love her. Writing about her Spring/Summer 2012 line was a given, and I am overly impressed with the consistency and transitional nature of her clothing line. In the words of my beloved Anna Dello Russo, “It’s really, like, L.A. β€” an L.A. collection but done in an international way.”

This season, Zoe was inspired by many things including Brigitte Bardot, the late sixties, early seventies, running around the south of France, and a nonchalant attitude that was reflected in her uncharacteristic showing of Springtime ballet flats.

Mixing stark white looks with mis-matched prints kept well-designed pieces effortlessly glam. Everyone loved it. The line to actually view the collection wrapped around 39th St to Broadway, even though the presentation was invitation only. This woman has a magic touch. View Post

Diane von Furstenberg SS12
Diane Von Furstenberg finished off her Spring/Summer 2012 show in the most brilliant way. After a brilliant showing of diverse (yet all somehow classic) garments – the “Beginnings” collection – she strutted down the runway to Nina Simone’s β€œFeeling Good” (“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day”…the ultimate shower song) while handing out tiny American flags. It was September 11th, and Diane was spreading love as far as she possibly could.

You could see it in the clothes, as well. There was a no-frills approach to ladylike silhouettes that still managed to wow with beautiful sorbet colouring, expert draping, and elegant embellishments with no agenda. It was romantic, warm, remarkably patterned, and offered an exuberant foundation for any woman’s Spring wardrobe. View Post

Zac Posen SS12
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

Christian Siriano SS12
Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.

What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others. View Post

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