Unexpected and full of surprises, that’s how this Fashion Week has been so far. Out are the brights, the fruits and the stripes from last S/S season, in with the sporty, the jackets and sweaters, the leather, the mesh and bold colors. And in the same fashion of the last A/W, where pastels and vivid hues were in full bloom, this S/S is feeling a bit more on the wintery side. We have seen some wonderful creations on the catwalk, so to start Sweet’n’Raw’s Runway Review here are some of the designers that have already showcased their collections in the Big Apple.
PRABAL GURUNG S/S 2012
This man just keeps blowing me away (and not only me, but everyone who has an appreciation for fashion). Prabal Gurung has done it again, this time in purple perfection. Embracing the spring spirit but sticking with this season’s trends, the designer gave us 38 beautiful looks. He took in the sporty trend, giving mesh his own ladylike twist. Pixelated floral prints, perfectly executed cut-out details, laser cut leather in all the right places. Dresses that dropped form the waist, cigarette pants, a selection of evening gowns (hello Karlie Kloss working that black, sexy number) we will be seeing often in the red carpet…
Feathered hemlines, sheer madness and that latex! That hand-painted latex in metallic purple, that seemed to be dripping down the garment. Surreal, that’s the perfect way to describe this collection by one of fashion’s future stars. Yesterday Prabal was an emerging designer, today he is part of the big leagues (and this is only his 6th show)… And if he keeps going as he is doing right now, we might as well be looking at one of the legends of tomorrow.
DEREK LAM S/S 2012
Talk about California retro! Inspired by Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann house in Palm Springs,Derek Lam gave us that california vibe but also a lot of fabulous knitwear. Hand-knitted sweaters paired with A-line skirts, crisp and perfectly tailored dresses and jumpsuits in warm, sunny hues. Pretty prints in trousers, jackets and dresses. Of course, he had some leather looks, signature of his brand. Overall, a fresh and slick collection, attractive to the eye, yet comfortably chic.
JASON WU S/S 2012
Short shorts and peplums? Tell me more… Pink, sheer and petals? Now you’re talking! Jason Wu’s collection was all things chic and lavish, but with a sporty and laid-back vibe to them. Bright colors, such as pink, lime and blue toned down with black and grey, lovely floral prints! From the first look with the bow-tie to that gorgeous bubblegum volume skirt, Mr. Wu’s woman is a sophisticated one that knows cool, and isn’t afraid to play. This is femenine but with an attitude. J’adore!
FWNY LOOK OF THE DAY
For my second FWNY look I chose (at least in my mind) to wear this lovely white lace dress from TOPSHOP. It’s flippy skirt and waist detail make it both, flattering and flirty, perfect combo! That waist detail I mentioned above, makes it a perfect cinching candidate! I went for a thin, snakeskin belt, also from TOPSHOP. To add some edginess, this leather vest in taupe seems to fall perfectly into place. For the shoes, I have been wanting to use this Jeffrey Campbell benched platforms, you can get them over at Nastygal.com (they have an amazing selection).
For the accessories, we want to add more drama to the outfit. This Chloé crystal-embellished clutch is perfect! There is nothing that I love more than to wear “night” bags in broad daylight. Two bangles, one with spikes in gold and the other one with crystals to match up with the clutch. And for the final touch, an Alexander McQueen silver, skull ring!
Voilá, an outfit in pale hues but with all the fierceness NYFW requires!
For more deets about today’s pieces, go to my FWNY Fashiolista List.
That’s all for today folks! Check back for some more NYFW madness!