fall collections, new york: reed krakoff

as the creative director of coach, not many are aware of the designer known as reed krakoff. since my discovery of his namesake designer collection, based in new york, i’ve been consistently impressed with krakoff’s approach to design & admire his clean aesthetic. soft architectural lines were complimented to subtle use of print, metallics, satin, leather & fur. i love the collections coats & am very impressed by the new methods of construction within the set- innovation is matched perfectly to classical elements while both blend well perfectly. as a minimalist myself, i love this collection for it’s undeniable style. from elegant formal looks in the form of gowns to the chic casual styles presented in the form of knitwear; a wide range of looks is seen. with kasia struss closing & opening the show, jacquelyn jablonski, jourdan dunn, ajak deng, karolina kurkova, alla kostromichova, aline weber, anais mali, ming xi & sigrid agren were also among this season’s cast.

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fall collections, new york: 3.1 by phillip lim

architectural design lines were seen throughout the FW11 3.1 by phillip lim womenswear collection.  with sleek style & refined concepts, modern looks with warmly toned leather are contrasted to fall’s most desired color- blue. neutral earth tones were seen alongside beautiful use of green, with wool providing more structure for the collections coats. slight use of print was seen as a focus on tied necklines were seen throughout. one aspect of the 3.1 collections i greatly admire is construction; it’s clean through cut & beautifully simple. phillip lim has become a master of womenswear, readily demonstrating how to balance masculine form & feminine charm. this season, we see sharp tailoring & defined style- phillip lim is one of my favorites in america. a great follow-up from last season & a consistent delivery of a developed signature.

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fall collections, new york: marchesa

in speaking prematurely this season during new york fashion week, i raved about jason wu creating  collection of american couture & then i remembered- marchesa. of all the collections & designers based in new york city, marchesa stands alone, on their own level of creativity, refined style & insanely perfected glamour. as a leading label in america, the marchesa collection presented this fall remains true to what has made the womenswear label a standout in fashion. violent reds were seen against black, white & watered shades of lavender as design intricacy headlined the beautiful collection. through complex draping & daringly redefined silhouettes, the marchesa FW11 collection is a living example of skill still alive in today’s fashion industry. while many other labels are taking the minimal approach, marchesa provides an opposition of classic glamour, expert craftsmanship & elegant construction. i love what is presented this season & felt a bit of a dark forest vibe combined with hints of haunted glamour &  deconstruction never looked so chic. im standing on my feet, applauding- this is fashion.  

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fall collections, new york: elie tahari

romanticized with lace, the elie tahari FW11 collection was beautifully designed & presented on the runways of new york fashion week yesterday. high end details & refined concepts were seen as the collections overpowering black designs faded to an immaculate set of white. leopard printed trench coats were seen alongside fur, embellished blouses & an interesting fusion of digitally screen animal print was created for the collections gowns. creatively inspiring & jaw dropping beautiful whites allow the collection to soar for me- from white the palette became entrangled in a warm set of brown & caramel tones which eventually boiled to red, which closed the collection palette. there is a certain air of fearlessness felt this season from the tahari label this season; a great collection & strong set of looks that are beautifully designed.

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fall collections, new york: michael kors

celebrating 30 years in fashion, the michael kors label has evolved greatly, not just as an american design label but as a creative force in the ever changing industry of image. the michael kors label has taken on modernized concepts & a much more minimal approach to design with powerful accessories & innovative details. with a solid formed expectation, i’ve come to appreciate what the kors label is known for & am greatly inspired that im still able to feel a sense of unpredictable direction all the same. this season an expectedly tamed palette was presented with contrasts of red against the grey, neutral, black & white pieces. subtle sheer designs were seen alongside winter coats as a beautiful set of accessories perfectly complimented the innovative & simplified designs of kors this season. turtle necks, which have been a greatly pronounced trend for FW11, were seen on the runway as design lines were noticeably more elongated. i love the collection & am excited to see how these pieces will be worked into high end editorial & of course, im expecting a michael kors campaign signature.

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