Posts Tagged ‘New York Fashion Week’

Fringe Benefits

September 8, 2014

It’s only been a few days since New York Fashion Week began, but already some trends are starting to emerge.

Fringe showed up on many catwalks, ranging from long fringe, to “eyelash” treatments and frayed edges.

Creatures of Comfort layered fringed knits over crisp cotton shirts:3fc3c6d72d660d7086482d6af6d9d427

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Ulla Johnson also fringed her sweaters, worn atop easy wide legged pants:

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Tibi added placed fringe to their lean pencil skirt:

 

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Can’t wait to add this look to your wardrobe? No worries! Do as Rachel Comey and Ulla Johnson did, and fray the edges of your pants to get a jumpstart on the trend.

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DIY: Cut off the hem of your jeans or heavy weight cotton bottoms. For a more refined look, stitch along the edge about 3/8″ up from the bottom to prevent the fabric from unravelling further during wear. Toss them in the washing machine, and trim the edges to take off the super long pieces and you’re good to go!

 

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Wrap it Up

February 14, 2014

With all of the snow, rain and freezing temperatures wrecking havoc across much of the country, sometimes we just want to curl up in our bathrobe and stay in.

While that isn’t always possible, designers are offering a close “second best,” showing cozy wrap coats that are chic, and practical.

Richard Chai Love wrapped it up in a softly  brushed plaid:

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Joseph Altuzarra used bold color blocking and strong proportions for his robe styled coat:

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As seen on the streets at New York Fashion Week:
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Reed Krakoff kept it minimal with a skinny leather tie, cinching his camel coat:

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What We’re Buzzing About This Week

February 6, 2014

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It’s been a full week,and people across America are buzzing about the turn of events.

First up,the newly crowned winner of this season’s Biggest Loser dropped 155 pounds in just 14 weeks, triggering an outcry that she may have gone too far. At 5′ 4″, Rachel Frederickson weighs 105 pounds, just shy of a healthy BMI. While most professionals consider 1 to 2 pounds per week healthy and sustainable weight loss, Frederickson shed 1.5 pounds per day! Did she go too far?

Discussing the weather has moved from banal small talk to a hot topic. We have been bombarded by snow, extremely low temperatures and tornadoes, with no sign of it letting up. Is Mother Nature mad at us, or is all the buzz about global climate change really not just a political issue? Discuss.

Facebook is celebrating it’s 10th birthday by offering it’s loyal followers a personalized memory video. The cheesy retrospective, set to muzak, is based on your photos, most liked posts and profile pictures generated during your time on the social network.  It could move you to tears, make you cringe and at the very least lead you to re-evaluate what you share with the world.

Sports journalists are arriving in Sochi, Russia, in anticipation of the upcoming Olympics. What they are finding is accommodations that are well below sub-standard. Broken toilets, group toilets, and brown water are among the highlights of the hotel rooms they are staying in. One reporter found a large insect preserved for eternity in the packet of honey he opened at breakfast. Between the squalor and the terror threats, this is going to be an interesting Olympics. Let the games begin!

New York Fashion Week gets underway today, so again,  let the games begin!

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Curses, Foiled Again

February 18, 2013

Fall 2013 Fashion Week has moved onto London, where the trends continue to evolve.

While metallic has been a big idea for a few seasons now, we are seeing a slicker version. These foil finishes take the metals to a whole new level of shine.

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KTZ

KTZ shows an oversized coat with a gold foil finish.

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L’Wren Scott

A ladylike pencil skirt in sleek gold at L’Wren Scott.

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Foil finish for fingernails.

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In New York, Marc Jacobs added a mix of gold and silver to his shimmery gown and fur scarf.

Jen Kao

Jen Kao

Jen Kao took an athletic approach to silver foil.

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Daks got into the act with a cropped gold leather top over a simple black dress at London Fashion Week.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood foils a deep wine hue for a shimmery dress.

Purple Reign

February 16, 2013

In a sea of black and grey, one color seems to be emerging for Fall 2013. Shades ranging  from bright orchid to inky purples are entering the fashion scene with rich fabrics and eclectic color mixes.

Rag & Bone merges orchid boucle with olive, black and a hint of royal blue:

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Rag & Bone

Catherine Malandrino works a deep orchid blouse with olive green trousers:

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Malandrino

Marc by Marc Jacobs merges shades of cool purples for a pencil skirt and top:

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

Regal satins with an urban edge at Rag & Bone:

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Raf Simons’ hot magenta anorak:

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Raf Simons

Siki Im adds a colored wrap to his slouchy menswear look:

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Siki Im

Olive and ink with a shot of orchid at 3:1 Phillip Lim:

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Phillip Lim

Narcisso Rodriguez mixes magenta and rust for a modernist top:

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Narcisso Rodriguez

Victoria Beckham adds a pop of purple to tailored menswear fabric for a sexy dress:

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Victoria Beckham

Artsy Fartsy

February 13, 2013

New York Fashion Week is in full swing, proving even a blizzard can’t keep a good fashionista down.

In a season of very somber, mostly solid clothes, a modern art sensibility is emerging from the depths of darkness. Designers seem to be channelling contemporary artists, using prints influenced by their work to complement their own. Below, see how life imitates art for Fall 2013 .

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Jean Miro

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Concept Korea

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson

Otto Freundlich

Otto Freundlich

Put Your Best Foot Forward

February 11, 2013

It’s fashion week here in New York,and that means it’s time to break out your most impractical, outrageous and uncomfortable shoes. Yes, the sky is the limit for heel height, and the more extreme, the better. So what happens when a blizzard rolls through the city? The shows must go on, but the footwear might have to change. Here are a few shots showing  intrepid fashionistas adapting to what will go down in history as the time when Fashion met Nemo: the great blizzard of Fall 2013 fashion week:

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And finally, a Twitter apology from editor Cindi Leive of Glamour magazine:Screen shot 2013-02-10 at 9.05.35 PM

Earn Your Stripes

September 18, 2012

New York designers are showing their stripes next season, with a fresh, innovative twist on the classics.

Bold stripes appeared in lean languid shapes or easy menswear silhouettes. The most notable American designers embraced the trend, with dresses, tops and suits all earning their stripes!

Marc Jacobs is arguably the most directional designer in the world right now, and all eyes were on his collection, as editors looked for the next big thing. After seasons of excess, his Spring ’13 collection highlighted clean graphic interpretations of the 1060′s, while channelling the iconic Edie Sedgewick.

Tommy Hilfiger is synonymous with all-American style. His collection featured classic and deconstructed stripes in easy feminine takes on menswear.

Michael Kors also played the stripe card, with bold sailor stripes on clean modern shapes.

As you are packing away the last of your summer wardrobe and getting ready for fall, hold on to that boat neck striped tee for one more year. It is sure to be the center piece of your wardrobe next spring.

Ab-solutely Fabulous

September 14, 2012

New York fashion week is coming to a close today, leaving us with lots to dream about for next spring.
Consider this a public service announcement; you have exactly 8 months to get those abs into tiptop shape!

Retro bra tops, cropped tops and cut out dresses ruled the runways this week, highlighting a new erogenous zone. Although we have seen some of these trends emerging, they were out in full force this season, making them hard to ignore.

DKNY returns to their roots with this sportive windbreaker over a feminine bra top and flirty skirt.

Sheer cutouts on an edgy leather dress from Alexander Wang.

Jason Wu gets girlie in leather and lace.

While the look is sexy, yet sophisticated, perfectly toned abs are the “it” accessory of the season!

Now step away from the refrigerator, and get to the gym. You’re welcome.

New York Fashion Week Wrap-Up

February 21, 2012

New York Fashion Weekhas come to a close, with more than 280 designers showing their collections for  Fall 2012-13  over the course of 9 days. While it was somewhat of a conservative season, there were overarching trends that emerged. Here are a few of the “must haves,” New York style:

  1. Burgundy was the #1 color shown by many designers. It is a deep warm red that plays well off of all the black and white shown. Also look for rich blues, and emerald green as runners up.
  2. Chunky Sweaters were abundant, whether mixed with something soft and ethereal, or back to clean leather bottoms.
  3. Leather sportswear cropped up virtually everywhere, in simple easy cut pants, lean pencil skirts and tops, dresses or jackets of all kinds. A great fitting leather bottom is a must have for the season.
  4. Military madness is sweeping the catwalks again, and the military inspired jacket or coat is a key piece.
  5. Menswear influences, through classic fabrics and new takes on haberdashery styling permeated the runways.  Mix it up, with new proportions and items.
  6. Metallic fabrics, whether in gold or jewel toned colors added an unexpected twist to the looks. Shine in general, through finishes and technical aspects to fabrics are still important.
  7. Fur is still gaining momentum with everything from shaggy outerwear, to handbags and even a raccoon tail as an accessory being prominent across designers.
  8. Black is the new black, and head to toe winter white was a showstopper.
  9. Flower power continues into fall, where the spring trend morphs onto leather, soft fabrics and jacquards.

10. Blanket stripes and patched fabrics add a cozy outdoorsy feel to fashion. 11. Below the knee looks, from skirts to an influx of cropped trousers gave a new proportion to the season.

12. Peplums made a comeback for spring, and are continuing to rule the runways in modern iterations of the vintage silhouette. Some of these items may be sitting in your closet, waiting for a renaissance. Try putting them together in new and exciting ways, and give your current wardrobe an instant upgrade!


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