Peter Som SS12
Peter Som showed a kaleidoscope of colour and playfulness for his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The spectrum was gorgeous; shocking fucshia, khakis, tantalizing tangerines, and cobalt hues danced around strong patterns and florals. Watching models walk brightly down the runway to “Heart Is a Beating Drum” by The Kills and “Face in the Crowd” by Cat’s Eyes, not a second of the show left me dissatisfied. With the risk of a truly floral collection becoming overly girly, Som used sixties mod shapes with an optimistic edge. I would wear everything. View Post

BCBG Max Azria SS12
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

Fashions Night Out

Guest post by Elle Delfine

Since I have been working roughly 18 hour days this week, Fashion’s Night Out London was a no-go! Thankfully, my stylish U.S. counterpart (and love of my life) Elle Delfine decided she’d check out the fashion happenings in Indiana to see how Fashion’s Night Out worked outside of the fashion capitals.

Enjoy!
Lela 

The highly anticipated Fashion’s Night Out kickoff of New York Fashion Week was an event celebrated worldwide. As anyone can imagine, I was ecstatic and had the date set in my planner for weeks. Living in Indiana has its fashion downs, but this event had created quite the buzz. The Fashion Mall at Keystone is literally the only Hoosier mall one would visit to find something “high fashion“. As soon as I arrived (just a few minutes early) at the Saks Fifth Avenue entrance, I could feel the hum of excitement. Saks Fifth Avenue was definitely the place to be Thursday night. They had a DJ set up and “Sakstinis” being served by an adorable bartender. I believe the “Sakstini” was a cosmopolitan mix.

Makeovers were being given to every woman in the room who wanted one (me included, thanks Kelly!). The photobooth was even set upstairs with funny hats, boas, and sunglasses as props. However, my favorite makeup spot was Sephora, which was doing mini makeovers. I was given a fabulous bold eye and of course had to purchase the shadows to copy the look at home.

Fashions Night Out

I walked the length of the mall to Nordstrom where the fashion shows were taking place to get a quick scope of the area. I gathered my “Swag Bag” full of coupons and goodies and surveyed the area. While it was extremely beautiful, I was not impressed. I had expected a lot more, however, I acknowledge that this event – for Midwest tastes – was not for the rich and fabulous. It was the for the average women with the thought in mind that those less fortunate would like to attend as well. The area also held an abundance of food sampling; delicious food from Maggiano’s Little Italy to Chik-fil-A.

Most of the stores inside the Fashion Mall were having amazing sales for Fashion’s Night Out. For example, Caché was giving 20% off regular priced merchandise of $100 or more, if one shopped at Nine West there was a 10% off of the entire purchase, and White House Black Market was giving 20% off the entire store.

Sephora set up a station for people to try their airbrush makeup (so awesome!), and MAC were doing free demonstrations. Also, there were plenty of giveaways.

Four different fashion shows took place that night: Fall Fashion Forecast, Red Carpet Ready, Jeans 4 EveryBODY, and Runway to Real Life. These fashion shows were not meant to show off the runway wear of the most fabulous and outrageous designers, but to show the women of Indiana how to dress “Indy Ready” but still keep their wardrobes looking current. The models appeared to be associates of particular stores, which was neat because it kept the shows very relatable.

Shelvin Mack was there signing autographs. For those who do not follow college basketball, Shelvin was a graduating senior of the Butler University Bulldogs who signed on with the Wizards.

I cannot wait until next year. After their first year, there will be better planning since there will now be expectations in place, and they can improve from the Fashion’s Night Out premiere “test run”. People will know what they want from it. Events such as these will surely help the retailers in not only the Fashion Mall, but any mall in Indy. That is what is most important.

And, also, people realizing they can love fashion without overspending their budget.

Fashions Night Out

Richard Chai Spring Summer 2012

Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012

Though it kicked off today, not all of us can be at New York Fashion Week (after workaholicly adding yet another job title to the business card, AHEM) right now. Good news for those outside of the industry (or country)? More labels are live-streaming their shows than ever before! I have compiled a list of over fifty Spring/Summer 2012 presentations that you will be able to view in real-time as they parade collections parade down the runway! This is a post worth bookmarking, fashionistas.

• Nicholas K: 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

• BCBG Max Azria: 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at bcbgmaxazriagroup.com

• Richard Chai: 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 8 at youtube.com/liverunway

• Cushnie et Ochs: 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/cushnieetochs

• Supima: 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Tadashi Shoji: 2 p.m. on on Thursday, September, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Kevork Kiledjian: 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/kevorkkiledjian

• Peter Som: 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/petersom

• Luca Luca: 11 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Jason Wu: 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at style.com/live

• Rebecca Taylor: 2 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at rebeccataylor.com/stream

• Costello Tagliapietra: 3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/costellotagliapietra

• Tommy Hilfiger (men’s): 5:15 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

• Nicole Miller: 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

• Cynthia Rowley: 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

• ELLE Fashion NEXT: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at elle.com/fashionnextlive

• Lacoste: 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

• Jill Stuart: 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at style.com/live

• Vivienne Tam: 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

• Alexander Wang: 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at livestream.com/alexanderwang

• Charlotte Ronson: 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

• Suno: 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at livestream.com/suno_fashionweek

• Jeremy Laing: 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/jeremylaing

• Derek Lam: 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway

• DKNY: 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/DKNY

• Tracy Reese: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

• Edun: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at milkmade.com

• Diane von Furstenberg: 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

• Simon Spurr: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/simonspurr

• Thakoon: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at style.com/live

• Custo Barcelona: 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

• Tommy Hilfiger (women’s): 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

• Carolina Herrera: 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Carlos Miele: 11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Rebecca Minkoff: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at style.com/live

• Ohne Titel: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/ohnetitel

• Donna Karan: 2 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at facebook.com/DonnaKaranNewYork

• Zero + Maria Cornejo: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/mariacornejo

• Betsey Johnson: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at betseyjohnson.com and facebook.com/xobetseyjohnson

• Perry Ellis: 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at perryellis.com

• Marc by Marc Jacobs: 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at live.marcjacobs.com

• Badgley Mischka: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Frank Tell: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/franktell

• Vera Wang: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Herve Leger by Max Azria: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Sophie Theallet: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/sophietheallet

• Oscar de la Renta: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at style.com/live

• Tibi: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Narciso Rodriguez: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

• J.Mendel: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Jeremy Scott: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/jeremyscott

• Milly: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at millyny.com

• Anna Sui: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Wayne: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/waynefashionweek

• Elie Tahari: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

• Proenza Schouler: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at style.com/live

• Calvin Klein Collection (women’s): 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at style.com/live

• Marc Jacobs: 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at live.marcjacobs.com

Enjoy the streams, and enjoy Fashion’s Night Out!

Besos,
Lela
xo

Backstage Fashion Week
In only one week from today we will be kicking off the Spring/Summer 2012 collection previews from the four major international fashion cities – New York, London, Milan and Paris – with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Not even Hurricane Irene could keep the crowds away. For your fashion perusal, here is a compilation of all the New York shows from the 8th to the 15th of September. After that? LONDON’S TURN! (Blog chaos, essentially.)

September 8
09AM Nicholas K, Studio |LIVE Stream|
09:30-10:30AM Porter Grey, BOX
10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11AM Richard Chai, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01PM Supima, Studio |LIVE Stream|
02PM Tadashi Shoji, Stage |LIVE Stream|
02:30-3:30PM Candela, Box

September 9
09:00AM Emerson, Studio
09:30-10:30AM Electric Feathers, Box
09:30AM Project Runway, Theater
11:00AM Luca Luca, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM General Idea, Studio
02:00PM Rebecca Taylor, Stage |LIVE Stream|
02:30-03:30PM Mara Hoffman, Box
05-07PM Helen Yarmak, 730 5TH Ave, 23RD Floor
05:30PM Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage, 14th St At 10th Ave
06:00PM Nicole Miller |LIVE Stream|
06:30-07:30PM Joy Cioci, Box
06:30-08:30PM Concept Korea, Avery Fisher Hall
07:00PM Cynthia Rowley, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Academy of Art University, Theater
09:00PM Falguni & Shane Peacock, Studio

September 10
09:00AM Ruffian, Studio
10:00AM Lacoste, Theater |LIVE Stream|
10:30-11:30AM Pink Tartan, Box
11:00AM Jill Stuart, Stage |LIVE Stream|
12:00PM Son Jung Wan, Studio
02:00PM Adam, Stage
03:00PM Vivienne Tam, Theater |LIVE Stream|
03:30-04:30PM Farah Angsana, Box
04:00PM Honor, Studio
06:00PM Charlotte Ronson, Stage |LIVE Stream|
07:00-08:00PM Rafael Cennamo, Box
07:00PM Monique Lhullier, Theater |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Eva Minge, Good Units, 356 W 58Th St
09:00PM Venexiana, Studio

September 11
10:30-11:30AM Katya Leonovich, Box
11:00AM Lela Rose, Studio
12:00PM Derek Lam, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM DKNY, 547 W 26Th St
02:00PM Tracy Reese, Studio |LIVE Stream|
02:30-03:30PM L.A.M.B., Box
04:00PM Diane Von Furstenberg, Theater |LIVE Stream|
05:00PM Jen Kao, Studio
05:00PM Y-3, 82 Mercer St
06:30-07:30PM Guishem, Box
07:00PM Custo Barcelona, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Tommy Hilfiger, Theater |LIVE Stream|
09:00PM Timo Weiland, Studio

September 12
09:00AM Jenny Packham, Studio
09:30-10:30AM Callula Lillibelle, Box
10:00AM Carolina Herrera, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11:00AM Carlos Miele, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM Rebecca Minkoff, Studio
01:30-02:30PM Pamella Roland, Box
02:00PM Donna Karan, New York, 547 W 26Th St
03:00PM Vlov-Qingqing Wu, Stage
04:00PM Yeohlee, TBA
05:00PM Norman Ambrose, Studio
06:00PM Betsey Johnson, Theater
06:30-07:30PM Jad Ghandour, Box
07:00PM Perry Ellis, Stage |LIVE Stream|

September 13
08:30-10:00AM Michael Angel, Box
09:00AM Tory Burch, Alice Tully Hall
09:30-10:30AM J.Crew, Studio
10:00AM Badgley Mischka, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11:00AM Vera Wang, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM Diesel, Black Gold, 711 12Th Ave
01:00PM Zang Toi, Studio
01:30-03:30PM Bibhu Mohaptra, Box
02:00PM Herve Leger by Max Azria, Theater |LIVE Stream|
03:00PM Argentine Designers, Stage
06:30-07:30PM Improvd, Box
07:00PM Tibi, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Narciso Rodriguez, Theater |LIVE Stream|
09:00PM Malan Breton, Studio

September 14
09:00-11:00AM Norma Kamali, David Rubenstein Atrium
09:30-10:30AM Rochambeau, Box
10:00AM Michael Kors, Theater
11:00AM Nanette Lepore, Stage
12:00PM Ports 1961, New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
01:00PM J. Mendel, Studio |LIVE Stream|
01:30-02:30PM Nomia, Box
02:00PM Chado Ralph Rucci, Theater
03:00PM Milly by Michelle Smith, Stage
05:00PM Shamask, Studio
06:00PM Anna Sui, Theater |LIVE Stream|
06:30-07:30PM Juan Carlos Obando, Box
07:00PM Elie Tahari, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM B Michael America, Museum of Natural History, W79th St

September 15
10:00AM Ralph Lauren, 275 Hudson St
12:00PM Guli, Studio
12:30-01:30PM Sergio Davila, Box
02:00PM Calvin Klein Collection, 205 W 39TH ST
04:00PM Naeem Khan, Stage
05:00PM Made In Africa: By Arise Magazine, Avery Fisher Hall
06:00PM Elene Cassis, Studio
08:30PM Marc Jacobs (not officially listed on NYFW Mercedes Benz Site)