(BCBG, Tadashi Shoji, Mara Hoffman, Ralph Lauren)
This was the first season in a while that I didn’t see too much boho on the runways. But not to fear my hippie loving fashionistas. There were designers who delivered a gypsy chic collection. The nomadic traveler looks were relaxed, layered and in a darker color palette that represented the season.
(Christian Siriano, Tadashi Shoji, Ralph Lauren, Clover Canyon)
Russia provided inspiration for designers across the board for Fall 2013. Christian Siriano looked to the Russian Opera, resulting in opulent velvet, faux fur and metallics. Tadashi gave his clothing a snowy feel, inspired by pre-revolutionary Russia. Ralph Lauren’s looks had an imperial touch, topped with large fuzzy hats, while Clover Canyon went into excess with lavish prints.
(BCBG runway, with Lubov Azria, Timo Weiland runway, Tadashi Shjoi runway, Vente-Privee wall, Candela presentation)
Today was my first day and the tents, and I kicked it off with one of my favorite shows, BCBG. Last season, Max and Lubov Azria showed black and white (which I wore for my fashion week Day 1 look). But for fall, it was all about soft neutrals and rich navy and burgundy. Yes, ladies, oxblood is still in for next year! Long layers gave a bohemian vibe and the beanies looked oh so warm.
Over at Timo Weiland, a similar color palette came down the runway, with the addition of olive green. Next it was on to Tadashi Shoji, who was inspired by Russian opulence. Translation? Lots of luxe velvet and lace with high necklines and long sleeves. I particularly liked the red dresses, which I immediately imagined for Kate Middleton. Finally, I popped into the Candela presentation and loved the edgy contrast of leather and tulle.
I ended the day with a meeting at Vente-Privee and just had to share their innovative shoe wall. Their team spray painted vintage shoes, securing them to the wall with push pins. Can you say genius DIY project? After a delicious dinner at Barbuto it was time to end a wonderful first day of fashion week.
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(Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Tadashi Shoji, Michael Kors)
As a Pisces, I was particularly drawn to all the water references for spring. There were oceanic prints, reflective pool patterns and colors that made you wish you were sailing on the Mediterranean.
Photo credit: Style.com