Monday, February 20, 2012

NYFW Wrap Up

New York Fashion Week seemed to pass by quickly, but not without notice of the lovely Fall 2012 collections below. All of these designers have me yearning for fall, where red hues, fur details, leather accents and updated, feminine silhouettes will be filling our wardrobes.

1. Proenza Schouler

Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler have a knack for creating new silhouettes, while retaining artisanal touches in each piece. The collection was inspired by the East. Lazaro said, “It’s Asian, but in a New York Way.” One thing is for certain: the oversized clothes and black leather will be key elements for fall.

2. Tory Burch

Tory Burch created her Fall 2012 collection around a narrative where a prim and proper girl falls for the wrong guy. The woman is “polished and put together, sexy but not overtly sexy.” The clothes were lady-like, embellished and brought life to traditional silhouettes.

3. Marchesa

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig know how to design gowns for the Oscars and Galas. This season it was lovely to see dresses that were shorter and lighter, possible to wear during the day. According to, the inspiration for the collection was the 19th century French Painter William Bouguereaus’s “A Soul Brought to Heaven,” which depicts two angels spiriting a woman through the clouds. This translates to the collection with the feathers and winged embroideries.

4. Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s Fall 2012 collection was the definition of glamour. His latest batch of sculpted skirt-suits and gowns can dress women for any special occasion. While these pieces aren’t the most wearable, they are beautifully crafted and inspiring.

5. Rodarte

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sister act behind Rodarte, struck the right balance between art and commercial fashion. Each piece was unique, yet entirely wearable. A very special collection, as always.

6. Oscar de la Renta

It’s hard to believe that Oscar turns 80 this year; as his Fall 2012 collection seems to speak to a younger generation. The pastel hues, full skirted silhouettes, ribbons and crystals create a sweet, youthful spirit. The program even read, “#theboard,” so viewers can submit inspiration to the board for Oscar de la Renta’s next collection. Elegant and Engaging as always.

7. The Row

Mary Kate and Ashley Olson know what women want. Beautifully crafted, and effortlessly chic clothes with clean silhouettes. They might just be the next best American designers, creating serene and timeless pieces that would be the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe.

8. Reed Krakoff

Reed Krakoff is evolving as a designer. He will be highly regarded for his smart, minimalist style that is polished with texture. The leather and fur details have me yearning for fall. The only thing missing from the collection was evening wear, but I suppose it will give us something to look forward to for Spring!

9. Michael Kors

For his Fall 2012 RTW collection, Michael Kors channeled a luxurious, woodsy cabin vibe. The clothes had buffalo checks and loads of fur, yet all of the pieces were glamorous and practical- the essence of American fashion. Kors can take his clients to the city or Aspen with this collection.

10. 3.1 Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim touched on the dark vs. light duality in his collection. The clothes were minimal, monochromatic and beautifully constructed. Lim also continued to touch on his superhero theme from his pre-fall collection; the theme was likely used to portray that these clothes are designed for strong women.

Now it's time to jump the pond and catch up on London Fashion Week :)

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