Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New York Fashion Week Favs FW 2012: Part Two

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3.1 Phillip Lim // Refined, sexy, and cool. That's what comes to mind when being mesmerized by the latest collection from the Cambodian-American designer. From sheer, leather, oversized sunnies, slouchy turtlenecks, phenomenal jackets and coats, to his drool worthy bags, the show had me yearning for more. The collection was styled beautifully with a finesse that was all effortless, strong, and classically sexy. Another job well down for Mr. Lim. View the full collection here.

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Y-3 // Layering is proving to be one hell of a trend and Yohji Yamamoto proves, if done right, that it can create one killer look. Yamamoto took a less sporty approach to his Y-3 collection by enhancing it in more defined pieces with relaxed silhouettes. With an urban twist, baggy fits and loose trousers were the base of the ensembles while shirts paired with incredible jackets and coats created the perfect finishing touches. The play of proportion was definitely a key in the collection and was done beautifully, especially with touches of leather, leopard, and fine wools; all of which created a cool, contemporary flare for this season's collection for Y-3. View the full collection here.

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Theyskens Theory // The ultimate Models Off Duty attire. Olivier Theyskens brought edge and femininity through leather, knits, sexy boots, sheer, and well tailored trousers from skinny to boot cut. The designer has definitely come a long way since his Nina Ricci days and I think he's found his niche with his own Theory. View the full collection here.

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Preen // I'm a sucker for fabulous prints and Preen sent out an array of them from start to end. The collection was thoroughly chic and feminine with a color palette of oranges, greens, blues, blacks, and whites. From fabulous dresses, printed shoes, incredible fur coats, and well tailored separates, Preen has been on a role presenting another mature yet relevant collection. View the full presentation here.

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Marc Jacobs // OMG! How incredible was Marc Jacob's FW 2012 collection?!! From the set, the music, to the clothes, it was pure fashion fantasy land! After taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss, exaggerated furry type Mad Hatter hats, large knit shawls with oversized pins, and outrageously beautiful coats and patterned skirts and dresses paraded down the runway. And the shoes?! Those were another fabulous story. Marc Jacobs is to the US, what Prada is to Milan. Equally quirky and classic, but always fresh. Thank jeebus we have MJ and his talent to represent one of the greats of American Fashion. Truly one of the BEST and one of my personal favorites of fashion week. Bravo! View the full collection here or watch the FULL presentation below!

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Simon Spurr // When it comes to mens fashion and presenting a great collection, a designer should always incorporate some sort of suit or business casual pieces despite the fact that American men these days dress more casual. Simon Spurr has been on the mens fashion radar for quite some time now and for good reason. How amazeballs is his zoomed in houndstooth printed suit and overcoat?! Well tailored, modern, and a little quirky which is something I definitely like in a collection and in my personal wardrobe. View the full collection here.

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Rodarte // I've been a huge fan of the Mulleavy sisters since their CFDA days back in 2008 and since then, the dynamic duo has continued to reinvent themselves collection after collection and their FW 2012 collection is no different. Kate and Laura definitely took a more refined approach to this collection, yet still emphasized soft romanticism with 40's inspired silhouettes. Touches of leather and shearling in forms of aviator jackets and a dress toughen up the Rodarte girl, while gowns adorned with Swarovski crystals illustrated a more feminine touch. One of their more wearable collections to date with several separates and dresses with a less artistic look, but nonetheless one of my favorite collections of the season. View the full collection here.

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