fall collections, new york: marc jacobs

marc jacobs is a living legend of american design. with an outrageously distinct style signature, marc understands, completely, how to keep a fashion audience on the edge of their seat. admittedly, i have not been too fond of the design direction taken by marc’s namesake collection & don’t particularly love his signature campaign images. that aside, i was stunned this season to see such sophisticated wild style on the runways of new york fashion week. it’s almost contradictory, you see a strict collection of style being projected while the details allow the collection to be more modernized than can properly be explained. an extension of the trend of print that we’ve seen from other collections was magnified & made larger than life as an all-star cast of the best models in fashion walked the runway. i am completely impressed & insanely obsessed with this collection- first look to the last. the mirror of classical design shines greatly upon the pieces in this collection & you can sense relativity to the pre-fall collection we’ve seen from the house of vuitton, which jacobs also creatively directs. it’s refined, it’s wild, it’s sophisticated & sharply executed. a stunningly strong direction for the fall; in love with this season’s collection beyond words. in allowing greater creativity to be felt, marc jacobs may very well be the greatest designer in new york city.

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fall collections, new york: preen

with noticeable influence from american quilting, the FW11 presented by preen is creatively inspired. the technology that is used to create clothes & prints in today’s industry allows an insane amount of ideas & concepts to become one. im very familiar with the prints that are seen here because they mirror that of my grandmothers quilts. i love the combined creativity of something with a rich tradition, like quilting, to that of something more modern & still sophisticated. i’ve been loving the preen collections for a couple of seasons now & this collection is a genuinely fresh take on what has been presented as trend for the FW11 season. very sleek designs & strong lines were matched perfectly to bold tones & thoughtful details, a great collection.

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fall collections, new york: chris benz

revealed presentation style in new york city yesterday, the chris benz FW11 collection is one of charming concepts & vintage style notes. seen in this look book set, the surrounding elements of the actual photos of the collection incorporate a greater sense of design poetry. a marbelized cloth backdrop is seen loosely draped as the models stand atop couch cushions allowing elements seen in the collection to take on a bit of aged elegance. hats & print are two elements many of designers are pushing this season & those trends are seen here. expert styling of the collection creates a feeling of comfortablity & organic style. nothing is too forced or up tight- even in the use of fur, it’s very relaxed. well tailored suits are seen alongside floral gowns, soft blouses & fur coats as floppy hats provide a cherry on top, in terms of translating a vision. a wide range of looks are cohesively presented & i find the execution of the collection to the presented images as picture perfect. a strong collection.

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fall collections, new york: derek lam

as arizona muse opened the FW11 derek lam show, use of print, strict design lines & cleanly translated style was felt on the runway. i felt a sense of mod style in the clothes this season, in the piping used on the soft coats & the silhouettes that were created. beautiful use of wool & chic use of leather was seen in the collection as a bit more masculinity shined through the collections coats. as the collection progressed, the masculinity soon smoothed to feminine elegance as a dramatic set of gowns was seen worn by jourdan dunn, mirte maas, juju ivanyuk, aline weber, karlie kloss, joan smalls & jac. simple style was presented & still a powerful statment was made. modern interpretations of familar designs were seen particularly with the dresses of the collection & i loved the use of fur within the set. a solid direction of clean style in understated fashion.

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fall collections, new york: diane von furstenburg

a wide array of prints in a multitude of colors were seen on the runway for the FW11 DVF collection. relaxed dresses were seen with a transfixing mix of patterns. this season, i had gone into reviewing this collection expecting something young & fresh- along the lines of what we had seen for the past two seasons & i was a bit disappointed. i admire that many of the diane von furstenburg style signatures were represented but my expectation of the set was not met. i feel like many of the elements the were introduced this season have been seen by many other labels last season; i dont feel any real sense of new. in fashion, i really look for how design can affect- how is it moving you, how is style being reinterpreted, how is it being reinvented. karmen pedaru, joan smalls, tao okamoto & anais mali were spotted amongst this season’s cast but this set was a miss for me.

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fall collections, new york: y-3

created in black & white, with red accents, the Y-3 fall collection taps into progressive concepts & forward fashion elements along with a stunning cast. fei fei sun opened the show as jac jagaciak, hanne gaby odiele, jacob coupe, mark cox, ajak deng, frida gustavsson, constance jablonski, mathias lauridsen, liu wen, tao okamoto, lasse pedersen, clement chabenaud & armando cabral followed in the 60 look collection. the Y-3 collection is yohji yamamoto’s modernized approach to design with a usually dark aesthetic. this season, in a sea of black, elements of white & khaki were seen but for the most part, the collection remained dimmed through palette. plaid was seen in the collection as well along with few shots of grey & blue. overall, the collection is one of great direction & solid execution. nothing too spectacular, but it’s an overall fare presentation.

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fall collections, new york: max azria

as the main line of the max azria empire, the FW11 proves to be a season of strength for the label on the runways of new york fashion week. a earth toned palette of clayed browns, greys & darked shades of charcoal were seen alongside warm fudge browns, orange & shots of red with one white dress. elongated design lines & relaxed fits were seen in the collection this season as 90’s style elements continue to dominate, in this collection that’s evident in the use of chokers. crisp & beautiful statement coats & chic leather pants were seen as melodie monrose, jacquelyn jablonski, arizona muse, tao okamoto walked the runway leading to jac, whom closed the show. simplified style in understated elegance is what this collection is- mindful selection of textile & powerful style are pronounced greatly this season. well developed concepts for fall.

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