PERMITS people from the industry to come together and celebrate
new trends while exhibiting designers new seasons collections.
The fall 2011 shows kicked off with the Heart Truths Red Dress
Collection a day earlier, on the evening of February 9. Two main
factors represented this fashion show: women and heart disease.
Twenty starlets walked down the runway, each wearing a red dress
designed by various designers from Zac Posen to Marchesa.
Early next morning, the chaos and motion in the tents
began to set in. Lincoln Centers spark of fashion illuminated
the Big Apple, creating the city into a virtual fashion district
for a week. The new seasons collection ranged from classy,
chic and alluring to sophisticated, elegant and graceful.
Venexianas designer, Kati Stern, put together a fantastic
fashion show. Some models wore silver sparkling tights, fantastically
glimmering and glistening, accompanied with delightful dresses and
charming coats. Many of the designs were tight on the waist, perfectly
embracing the body. As soon as eveningwear came out on the scene,
an array of colours emerged. Invigorating bare back gowns and one-shoulder
dresses appeared. The style focused on high quality fabrics and
intricate detailed work.
Flaming red lips and black-outlined eyes with considerably
long eyelashes beautifully came together to form a spark of radiance.
Tightly held back hair, worn into an elegant high bun, matched the
style of the collection. It was a lovely and spectacular show; towards
the end of the show, the designer merrily walked down the runway,
attaining a well-deserved standing ovation.
Sterns rock and roll haute couture
style created an absolute stunning and breathtaking effect, with
edgy details and modern appeal. A wedding gown accompanied by a
white flower headpiece, wonderfully concluded the show, a perfect
cherry on the cake!
Music and fashion have long been well acquainted bedfellows. Nowhere
is this stronger than in the label by musician and designer Gwen
Stefani with her label LAMB. Closing
off NYFW, the show ran the gamut of
Stefanis own personal back catalogue of trends she has sported,
from rasta girls to mod, high glamour to military. Pattern was a
strong focus in the collection, with everything from leopard to
spots, checks, plaids, tartans, and stripes were all shown. The
stand-out pieces of the collections were the Navaho inspired prints
worn by the Rasta Girls, and the impeccably tailored check suiting
hitting all the right trends of masculine tailoring for the female
Key colours were military green, navy blue, fire engine
red, taupe, camel, grey, inky black and pure whites.
From the padded walls to the reflective runway, Marc Jacobs went
severe on us all, with plastic and Latex mixed with cashmere and
fox and mock croc ensembles. Models sported Stephen Jones Latex
berets strapped under their chins, kinky but sweet. Spots big and
small were everywhere from the hosiery to the tops and dressesalmost
nostalgic, considering his first show 20 years ago was very similar.
Rubber was made to look like sequins and there was almost a Dietrich-esque
feel to the collection. Precision at its best.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
For his Marc by Marc Jacobs line, Jacobs travelled back in time
to the 40s, taking Studio 54 with him.
Flared, wide legged trousers were teamed with oversized
fox fur trenches. Satin culottes were paired back with sequinned
tanks, clothes for the glamorously young. Mustard, fawn, petroleum
blue and grey were injected with splashes of acid orange, jade green,
Nicole Millers fashion show was a breath of fresh air. She
beautifully put together a casually refined, comfortable and stylish
show. The main colours Miller worked with were black, grey, red,
blue and white. Such tones formed delicate and artistic patterns.
From hair to make-up, everything was kept simple and natural, emphasizing
a very professional, modern and graceful woman. To jazz up the show,
many of the outfits included a slight touch of glimmer with metallic
material glistening on the runway. Miller successfully designs clothing
to fulfil a highly feminine look for both young and older women.
The kings of Hollywood glamour, Mark Badgley and James Mischkas
fall collection showed off what the duo do best: knockout eveningwear.
There were, of course, the diaphanous draped gowns in fuschia, turquoise
and violet, but this season saw a return to glamour with the 30s
and 40s inspiring the silhouettes. Dropped waists and sunray
pleating were all shown, as were exquisite beading and lacework.
The noir, femme fatale theme followed through in the choice
of their colour palette of subdued black, inky blues and greys,
which dominated. The show also allowed the designers to showcase
their diffusion line Mark and James, at the same time adding a much-needed
dimension to the show. Gauzy knits and cropped bombers injected
a more casual and real world approach to the clothes.