If you’re not familiar with Altuzarra, don’t feel too left out. Joseph Altuzarra’s line has moved pretty swiftly up the ranks of fashion, launching in 2008…and as a French-Chinese-American raised in Paris, it has a multicultural influence that is worn boldly in each collection. As you follow along, you’ll learn you can never quite know what to expect out of Altuzarra other than a collection that will explore a new dimension of fashion. So it is no surprise to me to see a collection that’s inventive and casts new characters in the New York Fashion Week lineup named fringe and tassels.
Models strutted down the runway in shiny, satin numbers…swishing tassels back and forth with each step. With a raised brow I think “Hmm, tassels?” And make a vow of support. They’re fun, they’re sassy, and are surprisingly a little bit classy! (Rhyming is an obvious strength of mine 😉 )
Tassels are maybe the younger sister of fringe, or possibly a distant cousin? Regardless, Altuzarra decided to kick them into style as well with jackets and dresses that bring the old west to high fashion. I enjoy a trend that’s sure to knock a bit of a shock into Anna Wintour and fringe seems like just the thing. When I try to picture clothing that I’ve owned with fringe, or even fringed clothing I’ve witnessed, the selection is a little dismal to be frank. So to see it embraced in a new light is exciting.
It’s a flapper meets cowgirl look that’s both flirty and stylish. I kind of hope this trend takes off in a big way. I want to see fringe everywhere! Clothing that moves and brings fun to the party should get more attention. It’s also awfully figure-flattering.
Altuzarra also played with more a messy approach to the preppy look. Clothes worn slightly sloppy, with high slits and maybe even a tassel or two skipped down the runway bringing a new look to business casual. It’s almost like a a Monday-Thursday cheat for casual Friday your boss cannot say no to.
Marissa Webb creates an element of being ‘too cool for school’ in her youthful Spring 2014 collection presented at New York Fashion Week. Collared shirts and ties might sound preppy, but these are preppy school girls with attitude. These are the girls who will probably steal your boyfriend and copy off you in math class.
A fun collection full of spunk and coolness, models skirted down the runway in teased and tousled hair and short skirts. Probably the highlight of the collection though, was not the unkempt hair or naughty school-girl look…but a delicious and sultry shade of red.
In a fashion week that’s been black and white all over, it’s a refreshing change to see red, and a whole lot of it.
Marissa Webb has a history at JCrew, where she worked for over a decade. So it’s especially fun to see her branch out on her own and into a fashion career of an altogether different direction. Where you see JCrew in this collection, you also see the anti-JCrew. It’s a yin and yang mix of preppy chic and sex appeal that blends together beautifully.
To learn more about Marissa Webb and view more of her work, visit her website.
In a time of shortcuts and technology, it’s rare to see a commitment to true craftsmanship and taking the long way. Mr. Zac Posen is that rare exception. In his Spring 2014 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week Sunday, he maintains his commitment to making women beautiful and boy is this a man that knows how to make a dress.
Watching this collection move down the runway is an experience like few other fashion shows. Women literally float down the runway in lose pastels, as if they had wings…and maybe they have. Maybe a dress by Zac Posen is today’s equivalent to wings.
In a collection that is just as beautiful from the back as it is from the front, may I present the work of mastermind Zac Posen. 360 degrees of gorgeous!
Prabal Gurung has quickly boosted up the fashion world to become one of the most must-see designers. His collections are always very strong and well, a little bit odd…but in a good way! I was really interested to see what he would do for his Spring 2014 collection, because each collection of his is very different. He’s sort of the expect the unexpected of the fashion world in a way.
So the unexpected of his Spring collection presented Saturday at New York Fashion Week, was a very Orient inspired collection that focused heavily on pastels. Pastels aren’t typically something unexpected for spring, but this collection focused so heavily on them in head to toe solid color that it added a hole new palette to the spring collections.
These looks kicked off the runway show and I had quite a furrowed brow both the first and the second time I watched through. But you know what’s interesting? Is that though I didn’t like them, this is the only collection I have watched a second time so far. So I guess that’s saying something! I think on first impression I was adverse to them because they are really overpowering. But on the second round I did warm up to them slightly because they really are so different, not to mention editorial.
But once the Easter parade of pastels passed through, we came into a very punchy line of looks that had me feeling much happier.
I love color, (which is probably why I was so opposed to the pastels) and I appreciate bold color choices. And these pieces kind of own it don’t they? I really love the shoes and sunglasses as well. They’re very architecturally interesting. They also really compliment the clothes nicely and each have their own unique look.
The makeup at Prabal Gurung, was done by MAC Cosmetics. I thought that was a perfect match before I saw the show. After viewing this collection I have to say it’s a total match in heaven. MAC’s lipsticks especially have such a broad range of color. And as Prabal Gurung sure was giving the color wheel a workout with his pastels and poppy bold colors, the two really do go hand in hand very nicely.
I love the lines of Prabal’s work. They’re so crisp and defined! And in the above looks you can see just how diversified his pieces can be and all maintain that same sharp look.
Oh, you didn’t think you would escape a little black and white action in this show did you? Because here you go:
It is becoming a tad overwhelming all the black and white of these spring collections, but I think what I like about the looks in this range of the Prabal Gurung show is that each look while black and white, is actually very different. It makes me want to just spend a day in this guy’s head because he has so much vision! No two looks were the same and yet they were in the (slightly overdone) black and white we so often see.
Overall I would say that I do really like this collection. While not everything is exactly my taste, I find all of it quite interesting which is exactly what fashion week is about, right?. Tell me, what did you think of this collection? What looks were your favorite? I’m really interested to know!
To learn more about Prabal Gurung, shop and watch this show live…visit his website!
When Girls Just Wanna Have Fun played loudly at the finale of the Nicole Miller presentation at New York Fashion Week, the spirit of fun was definitely in the air. From the beautiful collection to the smiles shining brightly on the models’ faces, fun stole the show. Like a breath of fresh air, Nicole Miller masterminded an original collection that poignantly touched those in its presence. I have to confess that I absolutely L-O-V-E this collection. It’s fun, flirty, romantic and creative. It hits every beat, as well as crafting its own. One-of-a kind.
Throwing the rule book out the window, Nicole Miller mixed florals, black and white, and fabrics together in a genius concoction to reveal these eclectic yet polished looks. The phrase ‘organized chaos’ comes to mind as bits were thrown together to somehow create a rather direct vision.
In braided up-dos and plum lips, models floated down the runway wearing intricately styled looks. Rules? What rules? Mix together prints, fabrics, tiered necklaces and even green hair. It all works in the world of Nicole Miller and the finished product is very satisfying on the eyes.
A trend that’s definitely not going anywhere, is the ongoing theme of black and white. Nicole Miller presented this staple color duo in an array of styles. From skinny ponte pants, to crop tops and pencil skirts…oh and an evening gown on top. From head to toe, black and white paraded down the runway, marching to the beat of its own drum.
But, just when you think things are becoming predictable, the looks are shaken up and we’re introduced to this line of vibrant blue print pieces.
On paper, this collection might raise a few eyebrows, but pulled together in person…its an inventive winner. Feminine and youthful, the show represents all that is fun about being a girl. I’m happy to say that Nicole Miller has stolen the show so far at New York Fashion Week and, my love for this brand has elevated to an obsession. Already, I’m dying for February to see what she has up her sleeves next for Fall 2014!
Learn more about Nicole Miller and savor this full live collection at her website.