New York Fashion Week 2012 - ALL POSTS
The weather may be getting a little colder, but the collections are definitely getting a little hotter. Is it the excitement of Fashion Week mounting? Of course it is, but not solely. Designers seem to really be blurring the seasonal divide again on day 2. Light dressing combined with fur seems to be a trend. And can we say peplum? Move over Christian Dior and your New Look!
On that note, Peter Som went the gamut. He really flexed his creative muscle with a line-up of ethereal and sheer-friendly looks complemented with ‘beefy’ fur pieces. The looks were feminine as expected, but, also, strong. Some of his color choices were also surprising. As they say, change is good… go for it Peter.
Casual chic can mean so many things, for Yigal Azrouël it means a strong woman who also knows when to be soft. Confused? Don’t be. Like most foreign-born designers working in the US, he loves sportswear and his collection is an homage of sorts. Again, summer-style dresses combine with imposing fur pieces. Do we sense a trend?
Easy dressing is obviously on the menu this season. Rebecca Taylor took that idea and played with it. She concentrated her creative energy on separate pieces rather than full ensembles or looks. Some of the big surprises in her collection were the furry high-heel boots, the shearling and leather pieces layered with wool knits. She’s doing it her way, and we like it that way.
The other Rebecca, Rebecca Minkoff, (seriously, they showed their collection back to back) rocked it; she, actually, had Theophilus London sing live during the show. Ms. Minkoff brought-out looks that were overtly sportswear, easy to manage and really fun separates. The Leather trimmed wool pieces, flowing silk chiffon or exotic skin pieces were so seductive. But, what really caught our eye was the sheared mink top. Talk about understated luxury… talk about luxury!
A special nod goes to Brendon Sun whose first collection under his name introduces him beautifully. His CV is impressive: Parsons, J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta. The collection was young in spirit, playing with a slight deconstructive vibe. Though, once analyzed up-close, his training showed. We foresee the beginning of something special.
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