With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City,Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and London Fashion Week wrapped a few weeks ago. As usual we saw the “Oh Yes” and the “Oh No” the Fall 2013 Collections had to offer.Just as important as the designs is accessorizing and completing the looks, the hair, make up and nails.And something I have noticed, there has to be an “it girl” you know. That hot and in demand model that just takes over the catwalk and walks every show. For Fall 2013 Collections, Cara Delevingne 21, British fashion model was the “face” at every fashion show.
I am not a model groupie so I don’t know too much about her except that she wants to win a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and Nobel Peace Prize. I don’t know about all that but I do know she has a mean walk and a killer stare and she destroys on the runway. She walked the hell out of that Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show.
Slick back or Messy Braid.
The 1960s Cat Eye.
The Red Lip lives
on. Artsy Nail Creations.
I knew nothing about Oscar de la Renta until Rachel Zoe introduced him to me on her show. I mean I watched the mega stylist turned designer front and center at his runway shows and in his show rooms. I still don’t know much and honestly I need to educate myself. All I know right now is that he is a genius, a gentleman and he knows a woman. He knows exactly what women want in clothes, he understands their bodies. From the “First Lady”, to the “Ladies who lunch”. The Hollywood “glamour girl” to the Hollywood “it girl” and let’s not forget the “street chic girl” and the modern bride. His touch magical and his Fall 2013 Collection made you want to be all those girls.
I love Michael Kors first because he is so accessible. His designs are cool and wearable.
You can mix and match the separates to fit any occasion. I love bright colors so I am living for his Fall 2013 Collection, that fresh take on old camouflage pattern. That oversize bright orange knit sweater did it for me.
And who doesn’t love this American Classic. Ralph Lauren’s runway show was a frenzy fuzzy fur hats, cozy knits and gowns for days. The Russian Military Inspiration was present and made a statement. Whether it’s on the runway, department store the bargain basement you get your money’s worth.
I wish, it’s only in my dreams or when I don’t feel like going to work, which is all the time now. I wish I had Caroline Palmer’s job hoping from one front row seat to another in New York City or jet setting to Paris or London living it up at the Fashion Shows. Thanks to her I can hop around and jet set “virtually” with her.
Maybe it’s better that way because I can imagine hoarding everything from the fashion shows. Which makes sense why I loved: 3.1 Philip Lim, character /globe-trotter and collector of things.That’s how all the Runway Shows looked the designers went around the world collecting things. They ended up with lots of black and white and some color a lot of stiff and execrated shoulder. Alexandra Wang went André The Giant with that shoulder and arms”too much”.At least he added a little color but Michael Kors made me smile with that Blue Camo so fresh.I am living for that oversized orange sweater Michael. His designs you can take them right off the runway and wear them on the street. I want to see those colors in his designs at the department store, he is not the only one who caught that department store bug.
Vera Wang did that Kohl’s thing a long time ago and it was a genius move. Regular people with regular money can’t get to wear designer clothes but more and more now even people with money are not spending on high-end designs. The recession has almost all the high-end designer at Target, H&M, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penney just to name a few. I am glad Vera Wang saved those structured volumes, exaggerated arms and structured collar for her runway show. Can you imagine going to a restaurant wearing those shoulders and you would get a stink eye
for wearing those collars at the movies.
Severe and over done was the common theme. When I think of Marchesa I think girly, romantic,
soft and ethereal. This 2013 Fall Collection gave me severe black and the liver reds, over embroidery and stiff fabric. No sorry I can’t do it. But I have to say I will be surprised if I don’t see some of their gowns on the Oscar red carpet tomorrow night.
Where ever some of these designs are worn and by whom ever there were definite hits and definite misses for me.
Ever since I watched stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe go to New York Fashion Week(aka Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)on her Bravo tv show I was hooked.She had total access to the fashion designers,their show rooms and front row seats at their fashion shows.
Now every February and September during Fashion Week I scour the internet for daily updates.Fashion blogs,videos,photographs of runway shows,designer interviews,celebrity guests it’s all mesmerizing.My favorite is the backstage access, that’s where all the creativity is in full force and new fashion trends are introduced (new hairstyles,new make up trends and nail polish colors for the season). It’s crowded, energetic, fast paced and looks a little stressful and I love it.
This year was no different September 6-13 2012, I was scouring the internet for updates and thanks to my Vogue Magazine subscription I also received daily email updates on the New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 Collections.This season I was less interested in the glitzy designs and glam fashions. I was looking for trending colors,fabrics and patterns on the runway inspiration for my jewelry. Lots of bright colors(go Marimekko) which I loved and lots of leather (gross Jason Wu)”warm weather leather” is he serious.
Jewelry is never a focus at these shows unless it’s part of the designer’s story on the runway and minimal is used.It’s not inspirational because it’s specific to that collection and it makes it difficult to translate to everyday wear. When I saw pictures of Dannijo Spring 2013 Presentation during Fashion Week, I was exited to see a complete jewelry presentation of that kind and creativity. A jewelry designing sister duo from New York, their jewelry is all hand-made in their studio. Danielle and Jodie Snyder make high-end statement pieces that are show stoppers. Their Spring 2013 Collection a Tribal theme inspired by Native American (feathers reds, blues,yellows) African Safari (wood beads, earthy colors) with a bohemian feel and rock ‘n roll twist (chains lots of chains).http://twenty2.onsugar.com/New-York-Fashion-Week-Dannijo-Spring-2013-Presentation-24791632
Although beautiful, I felt it was a little severe to wear everyday or for regular person. Their Tribal theme was diverse enough to break down and translate to everyday wear and not to mention the easily accessible materials. So to tone down the over the top costume feel here’s my take.