After skimming WWD online articles, I think Alerta Ferretti has my favorite collection for fall 2011. She took the retro colors from this spring, gave them life for fall and placed them on mod-60s silhouettes. Trapeze dresses galore! I’m not crazy about velvet leggings (but I really hate velvet, so…), but everything else about what she did for fall is perfection. Retro jewel tones? Yes, please! Baroque-but-not-really-baroque inspired large prints? Uh, huh! Asymmetrical sleeves? You bet! Layering dress/tunics over pants? All the time! Check it out.
I’m in NYC for my first fashion week, interning at a fashion magazine. If I were Blair Waldorf I would already have been promoted to an editor position and have front row tickets to fashion week (ok, just wait until Monday’s ep because that last bit will probably happen). In reality, none of that happens to interns – and since fashion week moved to Lincoln Center last fall, I don’t even get to see a glimpse of the excitement on my commute to the Conde Nast building, thus I am sidelined for fashion week. But for anyone who shares my sad tale, there is hope! For the last few seasons more and more designers have been live-streaming their shows. New York Magazine’s Cut Blog was nice enough to put together a list with links for all of those shows. For anyone else in my unfortunate shoes, here is that list.
Happy live-streaming! Maybe next time, fashion week.
Every day for the last week or longer this look from Leighton Meester has been plastered all over E! as a disaster. Well, I’m sorry to disagree, but I rather like this dress on her. Having read several articles where Leighton describes her style as nothing like that of her alter-ego Blair Waldorf, I think this dress suits her. I wouldn’t wear it, but I don’t have her midriff. Leighton, I think you really pulled this look off, regardless of what the E! Fashion Police say.
As I’m working on my NYFW article for the Baylor student newspaper, I’m checking out the NYT (more as a distraction than anything else…). I find an article on Brad Goreski, (published on Friday, indicative of me taking the weekend off from everything). I’m instantly sidetracked, thank you NYT for doing exactly what I had intended. Here’s the article. It’s brilliant, I just wish I could have been the one writing it. Le sigh.
Deepest apologies for neglecting my little blog during the last few days of fashion week, it’s astonishing how 13 hours can still consume my life so. I don’t want to skirt any shows that deserve coverage (at least in my eyes…) so here’s my own “reader’s digest” version, if you will.
Also, I must say I really could have a future in fashion forecasting because several things I projected for spring/summer 2011 are walking down the runway as we speak. I’m pretty proud of myself.
Retro colors and prints, seventies flair with a nod to sophistication, oversize flowers that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud. Overall, I like it. (Plus it’s straight from my “botanical delight” mood for s/s 2011).
Below the knee shirts, effortless femininity and the Garden of Eden!!! Monique may have jokingly said “welcome to the Garden of Eden” at the beginning of her show but no joke, I called my forecast for s/s 2011 the Garden of Eden – her collection looked as though it stepped out of my “faded petal” mood.
Right out of my “stepping stones” mood for s/s 2011. Easy nudes, crinkled effects on the paper thin fabrics. Oh and did you count Karlie Koss three times!
Proenza Schouler put new life into Ivy League prep. There were nods to fifties defined waist and A-line silhouette as well as the twenties drop waist.
When the style.com reviewer said that this collection wasn’t a predictable one, I completely agree. It’s a little backwoods lumberjack meets classic tailoring and the Rodarte girl, with fewer knits. I was surprised to see girly peplums paired with such stiff architectural structure.
Oscar de la Renta
Style.com doesn’t have images yet, but I caught the live stream and can we just agree that Mr. de la Renta is the kind of tulle? It was stunning, true artwork. Very fifties couture garden party. I actually kept thinking about one of my favorite movies, Funny Face, the entire time I was watching his show. Love!
Not to worry, I’ll continue posting about more shows, I just don’t want my posts to end up taking up the entire length of my page. Until (probably) tomorrow!
The countdown to a Fashion Night Out when I get to participate is finally down to zero. Next year when September 9 or 10 comes around, I will be out enjoying the festivities rather than sitting in Waco reading all about it on my twitter feed. I can’t wait!
The wide-legged trouser and short predominated Wu’s spring/summer 2011 collection, which I can best describe as a day and night collection. Smart geek-chic suits and day dresses complemented by a smattering of evening and cocktail dresses.
BCBG Max Azria
Simplicity ruled at BCBG, which was all about pushing boundaries this time last year with alluring cutouts and sheer. For spring/summer 2011 the dresses are mostly white, airy and almost nymph-like. I like the dramatic shift in point of view.
Natural makeup with a dramatic red lip. Hair in a messy bun. The style.com reviewer used the phrase “whimsical romance” to describe Stuart’s new collection. I would add that there are very obvious and quaint pastoral influences. All in all it’s a remarkably pleasant collection. It doesn’t push the envelope, but isn’t off-putting either. I rather like it.
Another designer who took a departure from their last spring collection into the white. After hearing all about the carnival at his party, I half expected A Wang’s collection to be much more lively. Albeit, there are metallics and pastels splashed on this collection. All of this was fine, but the chunky knits for spring left me scratching my head. I think I much preferred last year’s schoolyard-inspired line. I did like the shoes, though!
The long skirt returneth. Unlike the Voluminous A-lines inspired by the 1950s for this fall, Prabal Gurung practices planned obsolescence by bringing the skirt closer to the leg. The mid-calf length was also seen on the trousers in this collection, perhaps something to take note of in other collections.
On yesterday’s first day of NYFW, I got the treat of reading the Thursday Styles section in the NYT (which has always been available to me on campus, but this year it is available in the journalism department, an oversight in past years that has been rectified). The entire section did a wonderful job of both amping my excitement and instigating my jealousy that I could barely focus on class. This one article really made me wish I was there on the upper west side in the middle of all the action: Marshaling Fashion’s Troops.
In recent years fashion week has brought the elite and everyone else closer with the use of Twitter, bloggers and a smattering of live streaming now enters the next realm with far more live streaming than last season. Too bad I was in class all day and couldn’t partake, le sigh. Without further ado, here I go reviewing what I missed because I was sitting in a desk taking notes all day.
I’m always impressed with the air of sophistication that comes with Christian’s collections. I know with Christian that I can always expect refined looks in a controlled color story with luxe materials. Spring/summer 2011 did a fantastic job of incorporating subtle ruffles into most designs. However, I do feel like every one of his collections has an evening dress in almost the same silhouette, this time it was look 38. Still stunning and remarkable, but now it’s come to be expected. One thing I also expect – but love! – is how Christian’s last few looks always up the drama.
Richard Chai Love
Clicking through this collection on style.com (how great is it that ads are on the side and don’t interrupt clicking through the images anymore?!) I felt a strong middle eastern influence with the billowing layers and slouchiness, like Jasmine’s wardrobe if Disney had a fashion illustrator on the animation team. However, with the number of sheer pieces, which were stunning, any woman wearing a burqa in this style would be shot dead in her tracks. Another reason being Richard Chai’s layers highlight a woman’s chest, which keeping it completely underwraps. It’s kind of genius.
Color blocking and a slightly country take on tribal is the best way I can describe this collection from Vena Cava. The color blocking is down extremely well, so that the pieces from this line will be highly covetable, but it looks as though some pieces might not work for women with hips. Those looks are best left on the models (who even look a little hippy strutting them).
I’m really excited for this particular round of fashion weeks because I can’t wait to see how my forecasting project from last semester is going to pan out. I already see small hints of my forecast coming out and I can’t wait for more!