Archive | September, 2011

Spring/Summer 2012: Zac Posen

12 Sep

Zac Posen came back to NY for this season and really focused on some historical styles. In fact, he channeled old Hollywood in a way that was a little too much for me at some points. There is a difference between modern takes on old styles and antiquated fashion. While the colors and cuts of many of the dresses were stunning and really modernized the beauty of that era — many could have been pulled from my grandmother’s attic, dusted, pressed and worn identically. The drop waist with the bustle in the first look I selected highlights some aspects of the style of the past with some slight modernizations. The emerald green dress is actually to die for in my opinion as well as the red. Other than that, Posen either tried too hard to modernize or didn’t try hard enough. There was a completely different understanding of the body of a woman back then as well as a different physical presence. The embodiment of this style on the stick thin models of today creates a really horrendously unflattering look (see below):

Posen didn’t slay me this season. He’s never been one of my consistent favorites and this collection kept him in pretty stable sights in my book, no movement.

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Zac Posen Fall 2011

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NYFW SS12: September 12

12 Sep

Monday, September 12, 2011

Time

Show

10:00 AM

Carolina Herrera

11:00 AM

Preen

1:00 PM

Rebecca Minkoff

2:00 PM

Donna Karan

3:00 PM

Reem Acra

Rachel Zoe

5:00 PM

Alice + Olivia

8:00 PM

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Streaming:       youtube.com/liverunway                    -Carolina Herrera

                        style.com/live                                      -Rebecca Minkoff

                        facebook.com/donnakarannewyork    -Donna Karan

                        live.marcjacobs.com                            -Marc by Marc Jacobs

Spring/Summer 2012: Yigal Azrouël

10 Sep

Azrouël never really strikes a chord for me — until this season. This collection incorporated aspects of many Fall shows but put a spin on each of them. The spring collection completely bored me last year and the Fall collection very tailored and sophisticated — and utterly lacking in edge. There was an intensity of color permeated throughout. The boxy and bowed white look I loved as well as the Thakoon-style yellow and black print — clearly copied almost identically but still really fabulous. Everything was so well cut and executed — an all together great collection with everything from couture-ish to relaxed, almost sweats. Definitely a revitalization of Yigal Azrouël in my book.

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Yigal Azrouël vs. Stella McCartney

Yigal Azrouël Fall 2011 Review

Spring/Summer 2012: The Row

10 Sep

The Olsen twins do it again. This was an absolutely stunning show. The way that the pieces fell in such elegant form and the pure sophistication of the all light neutral pieces — I love every little detail of it. Inspired by Tibet, this was honestly one of the most exquisite shows I have ever watched.

In the beginning there was definitely a lingerie vibe, which I dug. The pale, pale aqua was the only color throughout the show other than the creamy off-white of the rest of the pieces. This is just some of the most amazing workmanship I have ever seen. When the pieces move from very casual into more designer pieces I get a bit of a Philip Lim, Spring 2011 vibe — although since that is one of my favorite shows ever, I am not surprised. It’s the way that the material literally comes off of the pieces themselves. The way that in the Lim show, the thick rope-like cross-hatching rises from the one layer mesh to create a real visual experience. The material here does the same thing. It’s dynamic and alive.

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The Row Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

The Row Fall 2011 Runway

Spring/Summer 2012: BCBG Max Azria

10 Sep

I have mixed feelings about the BCBG show — that’s one of the reasons it has taken me so long to do any type of review on it actually. While BCBG was ahead of/right on the trends for Fall 2011, this show took it to an extreme that didn’t really work for me.

The color blocking and deconstructed, strewn all over the place sportswear in a very Wang-esque fashion. The tribal prints were new for BCBG but they were so over done last season that I’m really surprised to see them carry over to this one. The maxi dresses in the fall colors are pretty nice and some of the more sensible cut outs are really beautiful. Mostly, this show is just unimpressive. It’s an attempt to build on to the success of last season without any forward progression. It really does not do it for me, a rough start to fashion week my friends.

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BCBG Max Azria Spring 2011 Runway

BCBG Max Azria Fall 2011 Runway

NYFW 12: September 11

10 Sep

Sunday, September 11  , 2011

Time

Show

10:00 AM

Victoria Beckham

12:00 PM

Derek Lam

1:00 PM

DKNY

4:00 PM

Diane von Furstenberg

6:00 PM

Thakoon

6:30 PM

Zac Posen

Streaming:       youtube.com/liverunway                    — Derek Lam, DVF

                        facebook.com/DKNY                         — DKNY

                        style.com/live                                      — Thakoon

NYFW12: September 9th

9 Sep

Friday, September 9, 2011

Time

Show

9:00 AM

The Row

1:00 PM

Jason Wu

2:00 PM

Rebecca Taylor

3:00 PM

Yigal Azrouël

5:00 PM

Rag & Bone

6:00 PM

Nicole Miller

Streaming:       youtube.com/liverunway                     – Nicole Miller

                        style.com/live                                       — Jason Wu

                        rebeccataylor.com/stream                    — Rebecca Taylor

Spring/Summer 2012: The time has finally come again.

8 Sep

Hey guys! It’s been awhile. It was a wild summer. I’m now at Cornell University, doing Art History left right and center while meeting great new people and enjoying the last few days of nice weather! That said, I’ve obviously been counting down the days until the start of the best month ever. The schedules have been lining my desktop since they were made public (I’ll post them again like last season since you guys liked that so much).

So…today. The shit hit the fan with the beginning of fashion week and I’m not going to lie, I have a few complaints. The schedule for today was pretty slow…

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time

Show

9:00 AM

Nicholas K

10:00 AM

BCBG Max Azria

11:00 AM

Richard Chai

2:00 PM

Tadashi Shoji

After indulging in my post-show browse through the collection photos, I was a little disappointed. There was a lot of regurgitation from past seasons. I’ll do a BCBG and Tadashi Shoji review later and I can focus my intrigue on the Richard Chai show and a little on Nicholas K. I’ve never been a big Richard Chai fan but I have always really appreciated his work. He grabbed from so many fall collections — prints, ideas and entire themes. While there are not many reviews up yet, there didn’t seem to be any theme throughout.

1. Cuts: I know that it is not exact, but the cut of Rodarte’s fall show was pretty identical to many Richard Chai pieces. The crossover style was all over Chai’s show. I know that Rodarte does not have exclusive rights to this kind of cut but the style completely reminds me of Rodarte. The attitude behind the piece and everything reeks of the ideals of the Mulleavy sisters.

2. Prints: need I say any more? I mean…Obviously a discrepancy with cuts but the prints and idea behind the style is identical. From the orange eye make up to the brunette girl in a strappy, loose wrap dress…I don’t even know how to look for differences.

I have more to post but I have to get to an event… I’ll do more later.

Get ready for fashion week guys…It’s always an amazing time.

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