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TREND Report: pretty in prints

Above: Model images from Style.com. Missoni Spring 2011 RTW, Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 RTW.  Thread Social Flutter Paneled Romper, Shopbop.com; Tibi Paisley Chiffon Long Dress, Shopbop.com; Etro Printed Silk Shorts, Net-a-Porter.com; Diane von Furstenburg Layland Embellished Camisole, Net-a-Porter.com; Wayuu Taya Foundation Susu Bag, Shopbop.com; Chan Luu Multicolored Beaded Bracelet, Shopbop.com; Missoni Large Zigzag Ballet Flats, Shopbop.com; Stella McCartney Citrus-Print Skirt, Net-a-Porter.com; Alexander McQueen Tiger-Print Scarf, Net-a-Porter.com.

I’ll be the first to admit, the magnitude of prints that arrived on the Spring 2011 runways this past winter was a bit of a sensory overload.  But, now that the weather is (slowly) becoming more like summer weather, the idea of bright, bold prints seems less overwhelming.  The key to prints: if you’re uneasy about wearing more than one print at a time (mixing different prints is not longer a fashion faux pas, in case you were wondering), then stick with one piece with an interesting or bright pattern while keeping the rest of the pieces neutral.  If, on the other hand, you’ve been waiting patiently over the past few years for fashion to take a turn from bleak minimalism, then now’s your time lady!  Pack on the prints and make the streets your catwalk.

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Pre-Fall 2010

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.

Highlights from the October Issue of Harper’s Bazaar

  • Diane von Furstenberg: Unwrapped

In this candid profile, the legendary designer gets personal about her loves, her career, and her style. Coquettish, strong and outspoken, Diane von Furstenberg opens up to Harper’s Bazaar about the secrets behind her prolific success and glamorous life.

Below are some quotes from the interview and the full story is available here:
On her career: “I have great satisfaction because the older I get, the younger my consumers are. And that’s kind of fun, and that’s kind of keeping me young and making me relevant.”

Her mission is… “To empower women. Why? Because I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.”
On her designs: “I like to think that my style and the clothes I design are effortlessly elegant and sexy. I think the word effortless is very important. I think that that creates an ease and a confidence, because I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who’s confident.”

  • Tim Burton’s Magical Fashion:

The season’s dark delights are reimagined in a lush photoshoot, featuring iconic looks inspired by Tim Burton films. The glamorous styles featured include Oscar de la Renta, Nina Ricci and Alexander McQueen. Photo credit: Tim Walker. The full slideshow is available here:

  • Cheap and Easy Fall Fashion: Make Cheap Chic:

While the fall season has offered a copious number of fashion trends, it has also refreshingly heralded the return of easy elegance that can make a statement with simple styles and neutral hues. Harper’s Bazaar shares affordable finds and shows you how to transform inexpensive pieces into timeless treasures

Hunt for rich-looking fabrics, mixing textures with an emphasis on contrast – for example, a leather jacket teamed up with a silky dress or a Banana Republic satin trench, with an organic knit. Plus, make a masculine-feminine point with a tailored jacket over a striped knit dress. For more looks, please visit this site.

For more fall looks, straight from runways and in stores, please see Runway Report, Harper’s Bazaar annual bonus issue, a who’s who guide to the hottest new designers, biggest fall trends, must-have accessories and much more. This issue comes out on September 29th.

New York Spring Fashion Week Post 5

Fashion week is still rolling on and everyone is patiently waiting for the big Marc show tonight. While you wait, check out my reviews of these collections.

Victoria Beckham’s collection was a little bit of the same from last time with a few changes. I think she is becoming more confident with her collection and herself. For those of you who don’t know, the reason she doesn’t smile is because she is really shy and trying to avoid people. According to a few tweets, she actually came out and explained her collection to people, so I think that is a great move for her. You are going to see the same 50’s housewife, Dior’s New Look, sharp geometric shapes, but you are also going to see a pattern splashed in there and some lacey cut out mesh fabric. Do I think the last two elements should have been added to the collection…NO, but she was trying to break up her collection. I can see some potential in the future. Overall it was good and I can see people buying it.

Diane von Furstenburg’s collection was more summer oriented than spring, but I loved it. I thought it was awesome how she mixed neutrals with neon colors. the whole collection was very tropical. The prints and fabrics really made you feel like you were on the beach. The model’s wavy hair and bright makeup make me miss summer already. I also applaud DVF for being one of the few designers to use ethnic women in her show. As president of the CFDA, she has to take stands on what she believes in. Hopefully other designer will follow suit. I doubt it though.

Erin Fetherston gets a big round of applause from me. I usually like all of her collections because they are youthful and unique, but there is only so much of the Minnie Mouse and Alice in Wonderland look, that she presents year in and year out, one can take. Well I think Erin got the memo. Her collection, while maintaining its youthful charm, is very much grown up. There are no Lolita’s here. The collection was inspired by her childhood in Japan, and I can totally see that in the floral prints, cut of the garments, and flowing gowns. This collection was one of her best because she actually took the time to mature.

Photos from Style.com.
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