Posts Tagged ‘mercedes benz fashion week spring 2011’
Johnny Weir, Veronica Webb, Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar), and style expert Robert Verdi watched front row as Isaac Mizrahi’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection came up roses, intentionally faded roses.
Before the show, Isaac summed up his inspiration with a juxtaposition – “floaty, lacey meets Xerox.” Favoring the classic flower in his core prints, the effect on the garments was that of an aged ditto. Generous beading, touches of tulle and deep back-slits kept the evening pieces glamorous
Isaac’s two big must-haves for the warmer season? Cuffs for the wrists, and “tulle puffs” for everywhere else!
Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) and Tinsley Mortimer sat front row for a peek at Michelle Smith’s next Milly collection.
Backstage, Michelle told us that she took cues from the quirky, personal style of Peggy Guggenheim, and emphasized an affection for “extreme silhouettes” this Spring – either a round, flouncy skirt or a tight, pencil-cut “wiggle dress.”
Cut for cut, we saw floral and geometric prints commingling down the runway. Cropped jackets popped up between coats galore. Tribal and nautical flourishes overlapped, from hardware to accessories. Contrasts were clearly defined and clearly working, making for a collection both eclectic and coherent at once.
Stars aligned at Nanette Lepore this morning. Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Entourage), Kristin Chenoweth, Natasha Bedingfield, Stanley Tucci, and Aida Turturro (The Sopranos) all showed up to catch the collection’s runway debut. Nanette collaborated with John Forté (rapper/former Fugees producer) to soundtrack a vibe for the event, and it was played live on-scene!
Nanette named her muse – an apron. She caught the smocked look on a woman working in the garment district and ran from there.
The result – casual chic shirtdresses and jumpers trimmed up with eyelet and beaded detailing. Stripes featured, and shades of pink, purple, white, and beige reigned. Nanette also debuted her swimwear range, previewing rose-printed vintage cuts for Summer 2011.
Nanette shared her opinion that scarce flashes of midriff work to balance out the high-waisted trend, and Kristin Chenoweth threw in some Glee-gossip after sharing her love for Nanette… (hint: next season, her character will not go to rehab. Kristin says she enjoys playing tipsy too much!)
Aisha Tyler, Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Angela Simmons and style expert Robert Verdi all rolled in for a front row look at Tracy Reese’s Spring/Summer collection.
Backstage, the buzz was a “mellow nod” to the 70s, with an emphasis on travel-inspired, non-fussy materials and fits. What came down the runway was jet-set throwback, indeed!
Be it a long, gauzy white sundress or a silk shirt dress, an airy top over pleated shorts or a knit poncho over fitted pants, we saw ensembles to transition from day to night, and from city sidewalk to sandy resort. True to vibe, floppy hats and shades paired well with every look, proving “fun and relaxed” can be done without sacrificing a jot of chic.
Always touted as one of the most anticipated shows during Fashion Week, Carolina Herrera did not disappoint.
Front row, The High Profile Elite – Vogue triumvirate Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Andre Leon Talley, as well as Hal Rubenstein (Fashion Director, InStyle), Robbie Myers (Editor-in-Chief, Elle), Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar), Joe Zee (Creative Director, Elle) and Nina Garcia (Fashion Director, Marie Claire).
Backstage before the show, Carolina told us that she was most excited about the return of bright, “happy” colors for Spring, as well as very feminine, voluminous skirts – both integral to her Spring line.
The collection blended inspirations from both botanicals and a unique icon – a Korean man’s field hat. Floral prints and flat ribbons punched up the primarily white, ginger and green palette. High-waisted trousers, billowing evening gowns and streamlined cocktail options all made equal appearances. Another running theme came in the form of small, rectangular “plaques,” which started as garment and accessory embellishments, and ended up adorning the models ‘dos and shoes as well.
Oscar de la Renta alumni Adam Lippes had one point of inspiration in mind when creating his Spring/Summer line – Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Before his show, the designer told us it was the spirit of his Anglo-French muse’s performance in The City of Your Final Destination that defines “the ADAM girl” – all self-confidence and ease. Conjuring the Anglo-French vibe, Adam was excited to demo high-waisted pants, cropped tops and the pairing of soft fabrics with structured cuts. He wow’ed us with his enthusiasm for texture, dropping the mantra “embroid!” Add some summer leather and linen into the mix, and you’ve got ADAM.
Nigel Barker, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Szohr and Kristin Cavallari were just a few of the famous faces we saw packing the promenade at Lincoln Center to see Jill Stuart’s collection today.
Kicking off with a black and white motif, the show quickly rotated into a neutral rainbow of tans, khakis and mustards. Shorts and belts made repeat appearances, as did structured jackets paired with flowing skirts hemmed at varying lengths. Lacy patterns, delicate neckline flourishes and stunning embellishments both top and bottom kept up a feminine feel to the end.
After the show, Jill talked to us about debuting her new silhouette for next Spring – mid-calf. Jessica Szohr seconded her enthusiasm, telling us she looked forward to rocking the length in Stuart’s flowing silks and chiffons.
Ali Hewson and husband Bono created Edun to help encourage trade with Africa, producing approximately 15% of the collection on the continent. Backstage before the show, Ali talked to us about her socially responsible line, and championed the natural skincare line, Nude.
Gavin Rossdale stopped in with stylin’ son Kingston before the show to well-wish, and we spotted One Tree Hill’s James Lafferty taking a prime seat on the bleachers at the runway’s entrance.
Fair Trade. Ethical. And accessible. Drapey prints, cropped jackets and layer-able separates in subdued, earthy tones took to the gravel runway in the appropriately airy location – right under The High Line in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Khaki greens, oceanic blues, and a rich burnt sienna offset the basic blacks and whites in world-friendly fabrics like paper poplin, and organic linen and cottons.
Wu wooed the likes of Hal Rubenstein (Fashion Director, InStyle), Robbie Myers (Editor-in-Chief, Elle), Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar) and Andre Leon Talley (Editor-at-Large, Vogue) at his downtown show this afternoon.
Trends like menswear tailoring and the next big Trouser Comeback were in full effect. Wu worked the mixed patterns, too. 70s inspired flower prints coupled with plaids and stripes galore came together with the standout accessory of choice – the belt.
Olivia Palermo and Eric McCormack took front row seats to witness the first Ports 1961 collection to debut under the solo creative direction of Fiona Cibani , whose collaborator/sister, Tia Cibani, sat this year out.
“Desert landscapes” being the key inspiration, we saw everything from separates to evening wear. Whether silky and gauzy or structured and geometric, fabrics and cuts all shared a romantic safari undertone sophisticated enough to translate into practical, urban settings.
After the show, Olivia Palermo expressed excitement for the overall feminine feel and gentle, wearable range of pastels. Punctuated with emerald green, rich blues and punchy pinks, the collection kept an edge throughout.