Written By Intern Zafirah.
Now that spring is here sandals are becoming a key piece to everybody’s must have shoe. The shoe of the week this week is gladiator sandals seen in the pictures above. The first picture is from one of Alexander Wang’s recent fashion show. He showed off a trend which is still going strong. Chanel Iman wore a pair of his gladiator shoes at the 2013 Coachella Music festival in Indio, California last year. Personally gladiator sandals are my favorite shoes to wear during the spring and summer season. These shoes are a simply yet fashionable way to spice up your outfit. Photos from here.
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I haven’t been posting about New York Fashion Week like I usually do because
1. I’m not there to attend the shows this season and…
2. I have been doing school projects and studying for midterms!!!
But have no fear, the lovelies at Fashionmingle.net have been reporting on the whatnots and the here heres at fashion week in New York. I can tell from all of their reports thus far that New York Fashion Week has definitely been bringing the heat despite what the polar vortex might be trying to pull.
My sorority sister’s favorite comedic character Bon Qui Qui tried to get a job at the Alexander Wang flagship store in SoHo. New York’s fashion elite were not ready for what Bon Qui Qui had to offer. Check out cameos from Alessandra Ambrosio, A$AP Rocky, Shannan Click, Simon Doonan and Natasha Lyonne while dying of laughter. The video was done for the Spring 2013 T by Alexander Wang collection. Enjoy! 🙂
Pair this outfit with a white tee or a white button down and you will be set. This is the kind of outfit where you can switch the pants out for dress, keep the shoes and jacket, and again you will be set. I love outfits where you can find multiple uses for it. Plus the jacket gives you a classic Chanel type look that you can wear again and again. Photos from the various links below.
1.Petite Knitted Cream Contrast Stitched Open Jacket Topshop 2. Slim Crop Pants Gap 3. Alexander Wang Fabiana High Heel Sandals Shopbop 4. Women’s Charmeuse Tie Waist Dress Old Navy
Above: Bottega Veneta Resort 2012, Style.com; Chanel Resort 2012, Style.com; Sportmax Resort 2012, Style.com. M Missoni patterned wide-leg pants, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew Irene orange linen wide-leg pant, Net-a-Porter.com; Tucker printed silk blouse, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew striped jersey top, Net-a-Porter.com.
While older generations may find the wide-leg trend evoking images of Janis Joplin and peace sign-wielding Vietnam protesters, we who live on the chic side of life see otherwise. Denim and pant alike were stretched out and lengthened on the Spring 2011 and Resort 2012 runways. Paired with a sheer top and classic blazer, the look that comes together oozes luxury. Plus, wide-leg pants are extremely flattering on women of all body types. And, unlike the denim leggings of fall and winter, wide-leg pants can be perfectly light and airy for summer. Pick a pair in a bold color for added effect and compliment with a favorite pair of skinny wedges (chunky will definitely give you the 1970’s effect) and a structured, lady-like clutch and you’ll be turning sun-burned heads all summer.
Alexander Wang is one of America’s hottest designators. At the age of 27, he has already mastered the art of designing cool garments with a sleek, sophisticated design edge that models, hipsters, fashion mavens, and the chic adore around the world. The downtown NYC look is a staple of his main line Alexander Wang , and his basics based men and women’s line T by Alexander Wang.
Like I said in the other review post, the woman that these designers are creating clothes for is growing up. Even when she is edgy, she is mature in the way that she dresses. Honestly I think it is great, because women have to mature in their tastes and sense of style. That doesn’t mean that you can’t keep the same sense of style or taste. You just have to mature and embrace change. There are a lot of looks this season that are great for ladies who lunch, young business professionals, and those women that want to look pulled together without looking fussy. This post is going to be long, so I am going to break it up into little bits. Photos from Style.com.
Prabal Gurung’s latest collection is one of his best yet. He used bright color when he needed it and used neutrals when he needed to tone down things, and yet there was a balance between the two.
Jason Wu showed another wonderful collection. Another trend that I have noticed this season is the sheer look. I think it started at Richard Chai and moved on from there. So if you are comfortable going bare…DO IT!!!!
Z Spoke by Zac Posen is Zac Posen’s new lower-priced line that is aimed at young customers. This line still features loads of color and crazy prints, and is young and flirty. While I do think Crystal Renn’s weight is her business, she was looking a little hungry (no pun intended) as she walked in this show.
Doo.Ri’s collection was beautiful and ghostly. Sometimes mostly white collections can get to be a little boring, but this one was full of one beautiful piece after another.
With A Détacher, Mona Kowalska created a collection that reminds me of fall. It irks me when designers design for the wrong season, but this collection actually looks really good.
Alexander Wang showed a dark, dark, dark collection last season, but this season he decided to go the lightest light he could go. Like Doo.Ri show, the clothes were mostly white with a few muted colors sprinkled in the mix. The whole collection was very natural.
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I would be so BANGING in this dress! Gotta find a cheaper version…STAT!
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Last night I went to the University of South Carolina’s Fashion Week Fashion Show. It was great to see the show and people I know. I can’t wait to bring you that post.
In the meantime check this out! It is a video teaching you how to do Alexander Wang’s side braid.
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If you have been following the shows in New York, you have probably seen lots of leather, velvet, fur, menswear for women, and leggings. New York is telling the world that those are the trends that are in for the fall. PETA will not be happy about this. Two collections that used a bit of all of those elements were the Altuzarra and Alexander Wang collections. Photos from Style.com
The Altuzarra collection had lots of leather, velvet, menswear influences. A lot of the pieces were very tight and structured. Some of the tuxedos and fur coats reminded me of Tom Ford’s run at Gucci There was one catsuit that reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman catsuit from Batman. Many of the leather pieces had stitching criss crossing along the outer parts of the garments.
The Alexander Wang collection had plenty of menswear, leather, and velvet to go around. Velvet was draped over the arms or made into short dresses. Some velvet hung from backpacks. Chunky platform heels were draped with the bottoms of extra long leggings. There was an excellent motorcycle jacket that Wang elongated all the way to the floor. Some people were put off by the menswear look in the collection. It was either a you like it or not collection. I must say, the unwearableness of the collection caught me off guard, but I can appreciate the art of it all.
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Doesn’t this trench coat from Urban Outfitters
remind you of something Catherine Denueve would wear in Belle de Jour. It reminds you of all the Yves Saint Laurent she wore in her movies, especially doing the 60s and 70s. I think this trench coat is fabulous for the spring. The Lark & Wolff By Steven Alan Trench also cost $88, which is great because I saw another great trench coat by Alexander Wang in Nylon Magazine, and it was over $800. So you can get a chic coat for less less less. Great, right?!?!
Here are some sales for this week.
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Friday 2/5 – Saturday 2/6 – Carol Malony, Underglam
All of our sales begin at 8am PST/11am EST and end at 11:59pm PST/2:59am EST.
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Pre-Fall 2010 collections came out last week and they are pretty interesting so far. I usually don’t pay that much attention to resort or pre-fall but everyone kept talking about how cool pre-fall was. I decided to give them a chance. So far everything looks good, but it looks like a continuation from last spring and fall. Photos from Style.com. Part two comes tomorrow.
This collection was a very sharp and serious turn for the young designer. He usually creates funky, laid back sportswear that you can wear anytime and almost anyplace. It reminded me of grown up work wear with a twist because there were a lot of trousers and shorts with trousers underneath. Wang said this collection was for the girl who has “to go to work sometime.”
Christopher Bailey did an awesome job with Burberry’s pre-fall collection. I thought the muted blues, khakis, plums,and blacks were great. The lines were crisp and the tailoring was sharp.This military themed collection went back to the company’s roots, and it worked out great.
Karl Lagerfeld showed a collection in the city that inspired it, Shanghai. The collection was also inspired by the military, so there were Asian prints mixed with Communist military uniforms. I liked how a good majority of the outfits were mostly dark with little bursts of yellow and red. I can also tell you that over the knee boots aren’t going anywhere.
DVF’s collection was colorful and very very youthful. It reminded me of something that the girls on The City or Gossip Girl would wear. The collection was full of cute colors and nifty patterns. There was also an abundance of cropped coats, pants, and shorts. Furstenburg designed a collection that was fun, hip, and cool.
The thing that caught my eye in this collection was the use of orange and the use of patterns. Patterns were used heavily throughout this collection and popped up on blouses and dresses. The color orange was barely used in this collection but stood out to me because of its brightness in a sea of black clothes that I could see women wearing either to work or out at night for a fancy dinner. It was a good solid collection.
It’s all about the DETAILS!!!
This is why I would love to go to fashion week. SEND ME INVITES! SEND ME INVITES! SEND ME INVITES! I need to see the details of the garments in the flesh. Both the Christian Siriano and Alexander Wang shows were full of little details that really brought the whole masterpiece together.
Alexander Wang delivered yet another knock them out the park collection. It featured his signature separates that look great dressed up or way down for the edgy girl who doesn’t care, but this time they were football themed. Maybe the fall football season was calling him. I don’t know or care because the collection was amazing. The purses looked like footballs, and the shorts looked like vintage football uniform pants.The leather used throughout the whole collection reminded me of football pigskin. I also liked how he had the models wear exposed underwear that were basically sport bras and panties. The capes, leather jackets, and sweaters are great to wear on a cool spring night. Wang’s shoes caught me off guard because they are not what you would expect from a football themed show, but I loved them too. They were leopard print shoes. OMG! I can hear Rachel Zoe screaming “I DIE!” right now.
Christian Siriano’s collection was just as amazing! His collection was totes for that girly girl who loves their outfits to have hats and heels with the purse to match. The color story was amazing as well. The colors ranged from warm oranges, to neutral creams, and then to cool blues. This was another Spring 2010 collection that featured the graphic print. Obviously everyone got the same memo that said “Graphic prints are going to be huge. You snooze, you lose!” I missed that memo, just like the US Postal Service missed my New York Fashion week invites. Siriano’s draping was fantastic, as usual. I also like the rough details on the hats because they were a nice contrast to the soft draping shown in his clothes. Oh and did I tell you that the uber hot shoes with the curved heels are totally supposed to come out in January for Payless, but will probs be toned way down. I am giving Payless the sad and happy face.
Photos from NY Magazine.
I love Henry Holland’s voice, and I totally think Alexander Wang and I could be best friends. LOL! Enjoy this video from VogueUK.
I thought the Hervé Léger by Max Azria was interesting because they finally veered away from the collections that had been so over and done with. They also recopied what Balmain and Alexander Wang copied from them if that makes sense. Anywho, I liked it.
Victoria Beckham’s fall collection was surprisingly good, but really, should we actually be surprised?
Erin Fetherston collection looked like something out of a Alice in Wonderland ballet. I don’t know who would wear this on a regular basis, but it was still cute.
Photos came from Style.com
I’ve got more Spring 2009 fashion tips out there for you. Remember when I said nudes, pastels, blacks, whites, and light, floaty colors were in? Well they still are, but this spring is going to be the spring of contradiction. Bright, bold colors are also in. One-shouldered, body conscious, wrapped (not banded) dresses are in for the spring. If you need a hint, just look at Alexander Wang or Balmain for Spring 2009 to get a hint. You also need to be on the lookout for ripped jeans in all kinds of colors, tints, and dyes. Something that is going to be big is the trend of shopping your own closet or swapping with a friend. That is something smart fashionistas do.
Spring 2009 Fashion Trends Take 3 by koalaqutie