NYFW Coverage: Pretty Preen and Some Citrus

New York Fashion Week is almost over, one day left of fab fashion straight from the Big Apple. London, Paris and my beloved Milan await! So far we have been surprised with unexpected trends, impressed by flawless execution, interesting themes and inspirations. But most of all, we are never disappointed when it comes to creativity, innovation and new materials. On my previous post I reviewed three designers (CLICK HERE TO READ IT), Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam and Jason Wu. Today we have four more, and these are taking us back to S/S basics. No sporty trend, no mesh, no bold colors, all things bright, all things floral, all things sunny, all things beautiful!

PREEN S/S 2012

Preen is my queen, there I’ve said it! Blown away, that’s the term we can use to explain what I felt when I saw this collection up on style.com. There is a simple and personal reason, this colors, this shapes and garments are exactly my style, not only the style I wear everyday but the style I like when I am to design something. It was a pastel parade, a collection where prints had the starring role and femeninity was the guest of honor.

The british duo presented one of the top shows of the season with their digital checkerboard prints, their soft and femenine palette, the peplum (big trend of the season and one I personally love), sheer, lace and some paisley all mixed in for a perfect result. A big round of applause to Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi for delivering a beautiful collection that can only be described as lovely!

Alice + Olivia S/S 2012

In with the retro, once again! With bubbly colors and vintage-looking silhouettes, Stacy Bendet took us back to the swingin’ 60’s. Cocktail dresses and cute ensembles ready for a garden party setting. Overall, a fun collection, fun to watch, fun to wear. Wide range of colors mixed in with unexpected pairings made this collection a hit. High buns, scarves and old school sunnies were among the props Bendet used to make her models look picture perfect and decade perfect. A flirty and girly display of how fun fashion should be! I think it’s safe to say Miss Bendet really nailed it!

Oscar de la Renta S/S 2012

There’s a certain something that makes Mr. de la Renta unique and immediately recognizable, his very own trademark, his glamour. This collection was no exception to the designer’s usual ways. Opening dramatically his show with a colorful trio of taffetta skirts and delicate embroidered tops, he won the attention and admiration of every single person in the room. He gave us electric blue, citrus yellow, he gave us red, but not just any kind of red. He gave us that kind of head-turning red.

Then there were the evening numbers, all stunning, all perfectly executed. Fringes and tiers, tails and trails, it was Oscar de la Renta at its best. Yes it was romantic, naturally, but it was also fresh. Mr. de la Renta reached out not only to his usual crowd, but to a new one, a younger one, and he pulled it off rather successfully.

Rodarte S/S 2012

There’s this little thing the Mulleavy sisters want you to learn, knitwear and A-line skirts together are one successful kind of romance. It was a charming collection, very femenine but also there was something magical in it. Sunflowers and skies printed to perfection in those beautifully tailored dresses (a Van Gogh homage is more than obvious), a soft and  enchanting summery palette and skirts with movement of their own were among the fabulous things the girls from Rodarte gave us for the next season. They are always one of the most expected shows in NYFW, and they definitely lived up to our high expectations.


Another day, another Fashion extravaganza! First I gave you glitz & glamour, then I gave you eclectic romance. Today, today I’m giving you some preppy with a twist. To achieve the look, I chose this waisted, flare dress with polka dots in navy, very chic! I paired it with a light trench coat from Asos. To make te ensemble more interesting I cinched both garments (the trench coat must be open) with a vintage burgundy belt with a golden buckle. My ASOS Peacock platform sandals, they have glitter (I AM MAD ABOUT GLITTER RIGHT NOW) with a pair of burgundy socks, it may sound weird but it looks lovely!

For accessories, your always resourceful and gorgeous Alexa Oversized from Mulberry and your trendy as hell Oliver Peoples, square-frame sunglasses. For jewelry, simple golden clip-on earrings and a vintage looking ring from TOPSHOP. Go for an updo to really get your prep vibe going.

There you have it. Another FWNY hit, don’t you think?

For all the deets on today’s look, go to my list of FWNY LOOKS over at Fashiolista.com and follow me! I’ll be sure to follow back!

Sweet kisses…

Photos: style.com
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis, background also Ana Sofia Alanis
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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