Sunday, September 11, 2011

New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 Favorites Part One

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BCBG Max Azria - I absolutely loved the abstract printed and modern approach to BCBG's Grecian theme to their ss 2012 collection. From the colors to the cut, it looked light, effortless, and chic. I loved the shoes and how all the models had slicked back here; clean and fresh to match their perfectly refreshing spring collection. View the entire collection here.

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Jason Wu - Jason's spring 2012 collection started with incredible retro inspired silhouettes with a black and white theme with touches of leaf and houndstooth patterns. No one can do classic femininity quite like Jason and I loved how he added pops of pink and lime green to the collection as well as leather to toughen his girly ensembles. The overall styling of the collection was also incredible with the models parading down with orange lips, spiked hair pieces and long dangling earrings. Jason noted that pop artist Kaws was the inspiration for this collection, which can be translated through the speckled prints and pops of color in the presentation. Towards the end of the collection, Jason really picked it up a notch with more haute couture like pieces that remind me of vintage Balenciaga via Cristobal Balenciaga. Some of the pieces are so classic they also remind me of something Jackie O would wear or even Audrey Hepburn. View the entire collection here.

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Altuzarra - Despite some Alexander Wang and Givenchy references (or perhaps inspirations) I personally see in this collection, Altuzarra created a very sexy ss 2012 collection that I think most women will want. I enjoyed the play with leather, knits, mesh, and tropical prints. I also loved the parachute harness detailing. It seems like knits are a big trend next spring and pointy toed heels are also staying next season. The coats in this collection were bananas. View the entire collection here.

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Alexander Wang - Doing what he does best with American sportswear, I think Alexander really brought out a strong ss 2012 collection. With emphasis on netting, aerodynamic stripes and road sign shaped patterns, his motor cross/race track inspired collection proved to be a strong one. Along with his eclectic presentation, Wang accessorized his ensembles with backpacks, motorcycle helmets, and perforated head scarves. Subtle hints of a tropical print in grey and and blue hues added a great touch of femininity to his sporty collection. View the entire collection here.

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Derek Lam - The variety and range of Derek's collection was great. I absolutely loved the abstract patterns that came out towards the end of the collection, and I also loved the wearability of the entire collection. His presentation contained a great deal of what I think a lot of women want, practicality no matter what age. I could totally see Anna Wintour rocking the black knit and printed skirt ensemble, while I see Diane Kruger in the sparkling number. What makes it even better is the fact that he totally added twists to modern classics; like his abstract printed pant suit or two-toned pant suits. View the entire collection here.

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Prabal Gurung - By far my most FAVORITE collection during NYFW (so far). The entire collection was genius and will probably be seen on a variety of celebrities. Not only was every piece red carpet material, but it was also very current and I was seriously yearning for more. I loved Prabal's play on purple and black; and the print that was present during the collection was absolutely stunning. The presentation also showed a wide range of pieces from shorts, pant suits, coats, short dresses to full on floor-length jaw-dropping gowns. OMGAH, and those GLASSES?! I haven't seen ferosh sunglasses since those Lanvin shades that walked the mens spring 2010 collection. The Nepalese designer has been a favorite of mine recently and from what I can tell, I'll be a huge fan for a long time. An absolute masterpiece of a collection. View the entire collection here.

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