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London Fashion Week: McQ Fall 2012 RTW

London Fashion Week: McQ Fall 2012 RTW

Last, but certainly not least in London is the runway debut of McQ, a more affordable line of Alexander McQueen. I have been back and forth about the newly appointed creative director Sarah Burton since she came onto the scene, but she has done an impeccable job of bringing the McQ brand to the runway. What I loved most about this collection was that it really reads a lot like what McQueen himself would create. Wanting to show on the premise that clothes should be beautiful at any price, Burton manage to translate some of McQueen’s major creative elements like romanticism, dark glamour, and amazing tailoring so that a larger audience will be able to understand them. Though it pains me to say that she has dumbed-down Alexander McQueen’s ideas, I hope that this brand will become wildly successful because it still represents the things he held dear. I look forward to seeing where the brand goes over the next few years.

 

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum

London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum

If it weren’t for Fall Fashion, I would never have left my sunshine spoiled home of Florida. However my yearning to wear coats in the fall and winter was too strong and I packed up my life for the 4-seasons of NYC. I must say, Burberry has a lot to do with my love of coats and this year’s Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 RTW collection was a reminder of why I love fall fashion so much. Called “Town and Country”, Christopher Bailey went back again to his fascination with gilded childhood. Though the town and the country were historically different, there wasn’t a huge distinction between the two in this collection save for a few field-like prints on shirts. Even still, the outerwear here was phenomenal. Beautiful herringbone coats belted with vibrant mustard paired with pencil skirts with pockets at the hips. A daring move that still appealed to me, the pockets further closed the gap between town and country. This collection makes me excited for the Fall that is to come.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

London Fashion Week: Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 RTW

London Fashion Week: Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 RTW

When I use the words “blown away” I am always completely sincere, but after looking at Mary Katrantzou’s Fall 2012 RTW Collection, I question whether I meant it is as much as when I saw this collection. It would be fair to say that “blown away” doesn’t quite cover when I felt when looking at each piece. I am amazed, bewildered, impressed, and so many other words I do not know that describe being completely and utterly impressed beyond words with this level of artistry. This is the first collection I have seen of hers, and the last time I felt so strongly about a designer, was when I first discovered the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Each piece in Katrantzou’s Fall collection seemed more elaborate than the last. The prints, the structured silhouettes, the movement of the garments combined with the beautiful colors was almost overwhelming. From what I’ve read, the patterning was extremely difficult and intensive. The looks included “magic-eye” like pictures that some would find difficult to recognize. The bodice of a rococo red velvet dress featured a red typewriter. The keys providing a coiling abstract geometry on the skirt. This collection was truly a show of fine art. My breath was completely taken away. It is a reminder to the world that fashion is indeed an art, no matter how many things you sell.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

I often refer to Vivienne Westwood as the original Betsey Johnson, but her Red Label Fall 2012 RTW Collection was much more tame than I’m used to. I’d usually be a little disappointed about the loss of theatrics in her showmanship, but the clothes really spoke for themselves. Focused on modern “Englishness”, Westwood’s take was amazingly realistic and relatable.  I have to say, my absolute favorite looks were the menswear pieces. My favorite fall trend, the suit looks here were so amazingly tailored and came in wonderful plaids and with wide-leg trousers. The mix of prints within the looks was simply amazing. Straight-forward and easy. Also, were the awesome sculpture pieces. I love structure within my wardrobe and it was definitely represented in this collection in the most impeccable way. Who needs theatrics when you make clothes like that?

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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London Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson Fall 2012 RTW

London Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson Fall 2012 RTW

Celebrating his 15th anniversary, the futuristic appeal of Matthew Williamson’s Fall 2012 RTW collection makes a lot more sense. The designs in this collection had quite the Star Trek feel. The gold leather skirt, paired with a turquoise turtleneck and organza t-shirt took me back to the days of a young William Shatner or even to the space aged family of The Jetsons. Even the sequined embellishments reminded me of a circuit board. Futuristic, yet modern and wearable. My favorite piece? A multi-colored, knee-length, fox coat. I do love a nice fur and this one was extremely unique and beautiful. I’m anxious to see what you think of this collection? Thoughts?

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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London Fashion Week: Holly Fulton Fall 2012 RTW

London Fashion Week: Holly Fulton Fall 2012 RTW

Being completely honest, I am not incredibly familiar with Holly Fulton’s past work, but am all the more impressed by her Fall 2012 RTW collection. I tend to gravitate towards collection that encourage color during these drab months and Holly Fulton chose my (right now favorite) of brights. Just because winter is dark doesn’t mean our wardrobe has to be. Fulton used some beautiful whimsy prints in bright pinks, electric blues, and just a touch of red to remind us that there is a place for color in fall. I loved the silhouettes here. Very feminine and wearable. Apparently, Fulton has streamlined her “out there” vision into something we all can enjoy.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

London Fashion Week: Mark Fast

London Fashion Week: Mark Fast

Living in New York has given me some awesome opportunities as far as fashion is concerned. I was able to catch Faster by Mark Fast’s Spring presentation at Milk Studios last year and was blown away by his creativity and vision. This season, Fast debuted his Fall Mark Fast  2012 RTW collection across the pond at London Fashion week and I was just as impressed. This collection had an amazing universal appeal. Extremely wearable while maintaining its aesthetic appeal. Fast stuck to his guns by keeping the sexy silhouettes we all know him for but added a sporty element with his choice of stripes and the sweater fabric found in a lot of the looks. A huge contrast from Faster this past spring, I still saw the Mark Fast I fell in “lahhhve” with plus a little bit more refinement.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized