Dec 29, 2012

Michael Kors is a Mixture for Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Michael Kors had a fabulous day at Wall Street the day before his show, with his company's shares rising 27.5 percent. The collection was definitely in the spotlight and it did not slow him down in a NY way from going onward and upward. Being in business for 30 years Kors has his formula down and it is definitely working. Of course there have been some rough years within these 30 years but Kors has always been happy to give his ladies glamorous, sporty clothes that are sexy and practical.

"What does American beauty really mean?" he asked in an interview. "At the end of the day, it's roughly elegant." This certainly was what Michael Kors sent down the runway which were looks that were highly luxurious and had an extravagance. All of it can be worn in Manhattan or up in Aspen. The furs came in shearling, Mongolian lamb and raccoon. For the women who want tamer outerwear can opt for the tartan chesterfields and striped blanket ponchos with deep fringe. There were accessories that included hats, neck ruffs, and a pack-for-a-week shoulder bags.

Daywear had quite a mix that was unexpected for example an almost conservative midi-length skirt paired with a knit lace tank bustier, or black leather adding edge to a grey plaid dress. Kors also worked  in a more ladyfied approach for smart dresses, one a strapless black wool stunner; another in black leather with black lace insets.

Evening had some wonderful stunners. The crystal beaded stretch jersey gowns in red and black with keyhole backs were beautiful.

Michael Kors

Dec 28, 2012

Anna Sui Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Anna Sui showed a collection full of clothes that told there own story. The clothes had precision and polish. The stories within the collection were caftans inspired by those worn by Elizabeth Tayor, commercial art of Fellini favorite John Alcorn, the valentine card illustrators Walter and Naiad Einsel and the Todd Oldham book about textile designer Alexander Girard. Plenty of stories but it all worked well in this presentation. There were also some folkloric touches that Sui is good at like the handcrafted owl applique which was attached to a velvet varsity jacket over brown corduroy shorts that is a look perfect for Twiggy.

A beautiful glittery plaid shift topped by a matching coat and paired with kitten heels looked perfect for the Jean Shrimpton type. Anna Sui on the long run in this season made sure she created clothes that would walk off the runway and be worn in the streets. And you know what? That she did a great job!

Anna Sui

Dec 12, 2012

J.Mendel is Ultra Elegant for Fall/Winter 2012

Antonio Gaudi was the inspiration that led Gilles Mendel to design his ultra elegant fall collection. It was filled with mixed textures, rounded shapes and most of all, mosaic like details and the palette was mostly neutral. The experiments were mostly centered on the construction on his furs of which there were up to eight different kinds. Coats were knit together with various fur textures, and voluminous yet  lightweight dégradé furs mounted on tulle. The white group in Mendel's show was a stunner and really set the tone for fall and cold winter days or nights. His sportier looks were a hit such as a black tiered shearling jacket and flippy short skirt.
 A great deal of eveningwear was displayed. Mendel certainly did not skimp out in this section. It was all sophisticated and beautiful. A white column slashed with gold accents was modern and chic. The beaded and hammered charmeuse bias-cut gowns were nice and a strapless, gold beaded sheath was stunning. There are many more that were shown that were luxurious.
J.Mendel is a fashion house that truly represents high luxury looks and quality that is a treasure here in New York. Mendel did a great job in designing clothes that are perfect for his fans and clients. Yes, J.Mendel is a treasure and this season it shows.


Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2012 is Moodily Gorgeous.

At the Narciso Rodriguez show there sat Gloria Estefan at the front row and her Latin beat was playing on repeat. This led to thinking that Rodriguez would show some of his passionate roots for fall. It turns out that he had something else in mind for his collection. "There's so much inspiration that went into it," Rodriguez said after the show. "Collaging, collecting, color, film stills, many artists, the film world. A lot of thinking."

The first look that came out was a chartreuse coat that was architectural and tailored in a modern bell shape. What followed were dresses draped around the torso, where there was a playful mixture of matte and shiny that accentuated the figure.  Coats had a bell shaped volume that started at the waist and falling in A-line shapes from the shoulders and had a nice twist of a look at them. A pair of beaver coats were color blocked in warm autumn shades and looked fab. There was a saffron and burgundy dress that looked as though it had two looks in one.

Sexy looks such as a double layered tweed and flannel bustier and a tank stitched from black lace and embroidered silk were slightly awkward yet they were attention getters. The same lesson was applied to narrow bias cut silk evening skirts that fluttered and gave runway wind a good name. Pants were not so much on Rodriguez's mind yet the ones he presented were beautifully crisp, tailored and perfect. The introduction of his show and handbag collections debut here and they were precious and were a strong addition. They were a mixture of alligator, lizard, and python with suede in geometric ways.

Rodriguez used his strong sense of construction skills, layering different colors and fabrics that only he can do so successfully. The minimalism was sensual and the looks were all clean and polished. The colors in this collection may have looked moody but they were absolutely gorgeous either together or by themselves. Narciso Rodriguez is a name which is a stamp in American Fashion and it is a pleasure seeing it every season. 

Dec 7, 2012

Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Eccentric Edwardian Mix.

This collection by Marc Jacobs went through quite an adventure. A wonderful fashion fest of clothes that were wonderfully sculpted and made with beautiful custom fabrics, all punctuated by furry hats designed by Stephen Jones. The shoes were tricked-out with holograms and sparkly buckles.

After a fabric delay, due to snowy weather, an involvement of a Learjet and a spur-of-the-moment conversation between Jacobs and Rachel Feinstein that resulted in the intriguing set she designed. "I'm thinking about Puritans and Pilgrims and kind of fake melancholy," Jacobs told her. "That's right up my alley," she offered back. The result were paper thin grottoes made of a series of paper thin wood, their decrepit arches encompassing several stairs from which the models would descend. The designer said that he was also inspired by the likes of Anna Piaggi and Lynn Yager, fashion eccentrics of the first order and mash-up artists long before the Sartariolist arrived on the scene.

Stoles over coats over skirts over pants over egg shaped dresses, fitted brocade jumpers over crisp shirts came out that were pretty lyrical and quite interesting in a modern way. A subtle Edwardian silhouette with the curvature were created not with any crinoline achieved through cut and construction. Colors were many and were sprinkled throughout the collection with prints that ranged from oversized paisleys to floral pencil doodles, and holographic appliqués dripped off dresses.

A daring collection full of play of textures. colors, prints and silhouettes. Marc Jacobs is a force of nature and every season he steps over the line of 'just right' to the area of 'just fabulous'. This fall and winter season can be enjoyed with the bold creativity of Marc Jacobs.