NYFW came to an end today, but since I’m no style.com (yet) I still have a few reviews in the oven. London will be kicking-off tomorrow, the Fashion destination that to me is the most interesting and eclectic of them all. Anyway, we are not going to take the spotlight away from New York. It was a fabulous opening for the coming season, unexpected and so different from Spring 2012. Long gone are the pastels and long gone is the romantic lace. Some collections even had a certain Fall feeling to it, others had Wintery coats. That’s the thing about New York, even though you are prepared to expect the unexpected, there’s always that extra element of surprise. Today I have for you Stacy Bendet’s unique glamour, Marc Jacobs and his Spring stripes, Reem Acra’s Tinseltown style, Mr. Theyskens chic nonchalance and a very Marant Sachin + Babi. Are you ready to rumble? I sure hope so!
ALICE + OLIVIA SPRING 2013
Do you follow Stacy Bendet on Instagram? I do, and all I can say is she is as fabulous as her clothes are. Alice + Olivia is not only beautiful but it has that certain uniqueness that not many brands have. Through the seasons, Bendet always puts that certain special something on her runway shows. They are not common catwalks, they are more like sets, they tell a story, they set the mood and the atmosphere. Spring 2013 was no exception, with a colorful and swirly canvas, she presented a total of 38 looks, all 1950’s inspired. Another interesting detail about her collections, they never have that expected continuance (that’s what makes them even more interesting). Cocktail dresses, flirty prints, ladylike shapes, and textures came together for a retro-fabulous result. No 50’s collection is complete without peplums and polka dots, and that’s exactly what we got! Cheers, Stacy!
MARC JACOBS SPRING 2013
I’m usually the ultimate Marc Jacobs fan, when he does Vuitton my heart stops for a second. For this collection, I wanted to see a more cheerier Marc (the LV pastel collection really hit me hard and I have not been able to forget it), but it wasn’t that cheery at all. It was all about lines, thick vertical ones, t-shirts (with no pants), cropped blouses (big trend) and jumpsuits. The color palette included white, crimson, beige and red. Textures included leather, sequins, sheer fabrics and lingerie.
The highlight of the show, the red dress gone t-shirt (or viceversa) with the collar ruffles and the beige midi dress on Miss Cara Delevigne (NYFW hottest model). Our least favorite part, the maxi dress with the brown stripes and shoulder cut-outs. As for the shoes, welcome to pointy, flat land (we are kind of liking it down here).
REEM ACRA SPRING 2013
I think it’s safe to say that Reem Acra has a thing for shiny catwalks, Fall 2012 was a flashy red, Spring 2013 a bright blue. Personally, I think it has to do with how it contrasts with Acra’s Hollywood glam collections. As expected, the last looks from the show wear all red carpet-ready gowns. No one can deny they were beautiful (and you’ll probably see one or two when award season comes next January), but it was the first part that was more interesting. It all started out with clean and ladylike silhouettes. Tailored, fitted, mid-length dresses (think Victoria Beckham’s dress of choice) appeared on the runway in white, turquoise, an eye-catching, fire red. Then it all loosened up, pleats, sheer details and panels and silk, lots of beautiful silk work.
THEYSKENS’ THEORY SPRING 2013
If someone can pull-off a Spring gone Winter collection is Oliver Theyskens. He doesn’t follow suit, he doesn’t follow trends and he always succeeds on not doing what everyone else does. As always, he presented us with a neutral and dark color palette. Each look tailored and cut to perfection, each look simple but flawless, each look so different from the other. Sophisticated like never before, Oliver went from smart bermudas paired with matching, oversize shirts to pantsuits, shifts and yes, wool garments. The highlight of the show, the sheer skirt suit, peplum included.
SACHIN + BABI SPRING 2013
Think of this collection as a more ethnic Isabel Marant. The tight jeans, the simple tanks and the cropped embellished jackets combo has that cool chick vibe with hints of indie. The three tier skirt from the opening has to be one of the most ethereal garments ever made. The idea of pairing it up with a jacket and a bikini top may seem tacky in our minds, but on that runway, not only did it work, it was fabulous. Embroidery, military accents, cropped jackets, sheer garments, volume, matching pants and more were among the elements that made the Sachin + Babi collection as dreamy as a dream could get.
LOOK OF THE DAY
Isabel Marant has the Midas touch, and trust me on this one: Western shirts with embroidery are about to become the next, big thing for Fall. I had to do a look with the blouse as the star. The leopard thing? In my mind just seemed right and I’m pretty sure that with the pastel skinnies the result is mind-blowing.
- Embroidered shirt, ISABEL MARANT
- Blush skinny jeans, RAG & BONE
- Strappy leopard mules, ZARA
- Quilted bag, REBECCA MINKOFF
- Silver horseshoe necklace, LAURA LEE
- Gold horseshoe necklace, ASOS
- Rhinestone ring, ASOS
- Chinatown nail polish, NARS
For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA
That’s a wrap! Tomorrow we will have more from NYFW and start your LFW engines because the madness begins tomorrow! Have a great day!
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Isabel Marant, Net-a-porter, Rebecca Minkoff, Nars
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