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New York Fashion Week fall 2012 concludes: J. Mendel, Joanna Mastroianni, Nanette Lepore

Filed by Lucire staff/February 17, 2012/20.48

J. Mendel, photographed by Stephen Ciuccoli
Nanette Lepore, photographed by Stephen Ciuccoli
Stephen Ciuccoli/Lucire

Top J. Mendel. Above Nanette Lepore.

Here are some of Stephen Ciuccoli’s photographs from New York Fashion Week, as the event drew to a close.
   There was plenty of glamour at J. Mendel, though the designer, Gilles Mandel, kept to a fairly subdued colour palette. Think forest greens and maroons, and the standbys of black and white. Silhouettes were softer and more neutral, and luxury was communicated through materials, such as fur, tulle, wool and chiffon.
   Joanna Mastroianni’s fall 2012 collection made news for reasons that the designer would rather not see: front-row attendee Zelda Kaplan, 95, a friend of Mastroianni’s stylist, collapsed and was pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital.
   The collection itself, inspired by textile designer Iris Apfel, was actually a fun collection that reinterpreted elements of Apfel’s style, such as the oversized accessories and eclectic materials.
   Now 90, Apfel herself has recently become a cult figure, the fashion designer’s fashionista.
   Organza, silk taffeta and silk helped make the Mastroianni’s fall collection shimmer, while a variety of colours, ranging from gold and silver to magenta and teal, helped it to stand out further among the end-of-week shows. We particularly loved Mastroianni’s attention to detail.
   If we thought Mastroianni helped bring out some colour for fall, Nanette Lepore went even further. The ’60s-inspired collection was even more fun and, above all, wearable, with shift dresses, patterned skirts, cigarette pants and stylish jackets. Bright blues, pumpkin and yellow gave Lepore’s fall 2012 vision a psychedelic edge—and helped us look forward to the cooler climate that the season will bring, knowing we’ll get a chance to wear some of these designs.
   Don’t forget our live stream from London Fashion Week, which commenced yesterday. Just click the play button and you’ll see whatever is streaming from LFW at that particular moment.

J. Mendel

Joanna Mastroianni

Nanette Lepore

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