New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Vera Wang

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Vera Wang

Of all the shows at fashion week, I found Vera Wang‘s to be the most artistic, connecting all elements involved in the production in a unique conceptual way. From the dramatic set, to the music, to the collection, it felt united in a single creative vision.

The title of Wang’s show was Vis-à-gris – an expression of opposites, united in the middle – black and white, structure and flow, resulting in the middle ground of gray. This is a gray of both industrial sharpness and strength as well as the softness of a dove.

Playing off the futuristic architectonic set, the outerwear represented the structure of the vision and the extensive use of chiffon the flow.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Badgley Mischka

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Badgley Mischka

Using Fritz Lang’s hallmark German Expressionist masterpiece Metropolis as inspiration, Mark Badgley and James Mischka presented an amazing homage full of rich metallics and structured form.

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The set was breathtaking with a magical New York Central Park background video replete with falling snow. The architectural skyline echoed both the film’s deco influence and the sleek lines of the collection.

The first beautiful dress indicated what was to come – burnished metallics of the bronze sequin chiffon with luxe beading on the shoulders.

Interestingly, the duo mixed both their high-end collection with their younger and lower priced Mark + James line.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Naeem Khan

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan has always designed with a nod toward his native India. But this season, inspired by a trip home last fall, Kahn translated the extremes of Indian culture, from Tilaka dots to elaborate paisleys into a breathtaking collection worthy of Maharajah splendor. The title “The Body as a Canvas: From the Mughal Paisley to the Hindu Tilakas” tells the story.

From this first beautiful metallic embroidered silk faille evening coat, it was clear this collection was going to be exquisite. You can tell in these two shots, that even from where I was sitting, you could discern the intricate threadwork in the designs, which evidently took hundreds of artisans three months to make.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Tory Burch

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Tory Burch

They say you should write what you know – and perhaps it’s the same with fashion design.  Tory Burch describes her fall collection as “inspired by the idea of a prim girl who’s under the spell of the wrong kind of guy. She’s an innocent, unaware of her own sex appeal…The looks are polished and proper, but with subversive undertones…”

She clearly can relate to this story and designing from the heart agrees with her, for Tory has hit a major home run with this collection. For me, this represents a big step up for the already successful designer. It’s as if she went from light romcom to Hitchcock, from ingenue to woman.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lorena Sarbu

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lorena Sarbu

I must admit I was not that familiar with Lorena Sarbu‘s line when I arrived at her presentation, but I think we’ll all be hearing her name with more frequency in the near future. What a glamorous collection! Growing up in Romania, Lorena always knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. After coming to the States and continuing her studies in Chicago and Los Angeles, she launched her collection in 2009 and opened her NY showroom the next year.

While there was no lack of short evening dresses to choose from,

it was the gowns where Lorena really hit her stride.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lela Rose

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lela Rose

As soon as I read Lela Rose‘s inspiration in the show package, I had a feeling I was going to love the collection. Inspired by the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Rose’s show centered around “the fusion of structure and movement”.  As an architect, sculptor and engineer, Calatrava’s merging of form and function spoke to Rose. It was this balance of geometry and fluidity that she translated into the collection. As a result, this was one of my favorite Lela collections I’ve seen at fashion week. Anchored by stronger day and outerwear pieces, I found the sporty tailored approach totally appealing .…

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Black & White Carpet: Stéphane Kossman

Black & White Carpet: Stéphane Kossman

Between fashion week and the upcoming Oscars, the latest offering at the Samuel Owen Gallery is perfectly timed.

Last week I attended the opening for Black & White Carpet, an exhibit featuring the candid red carpet photographs by Stéphane Kossman, below. For the past 20 years, he has been covering the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, first for “7 a Paris” and then for “Cinephage” magazine.

He quickly became known for his black and white photos of celebrities and directors caught off guard in candid moments.

During the festival in 2004 and 2005, the city of Cannes blew up several of Kossman’s shots as 100 square meter posters on buildings around town as a thank you to the photographer for his work.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Monika Chiang

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Monika Chiang

Monika Chiang continues to her hone her vision as I saw in her capsule spring collection. With strong tailored lines, her clothes are feminine and sexy for the confident modern woman. Many sport classic lines but with a edgy or sometimes revealing detail. For fall she mixed fabrics with leather and fur for a luxe contemporary look. As with spring, I liked many of the outerwear pieces such as this felted wool funnel neck coat with leather yoke and scarf.

Here are side and back views

While I tend to prefer longer coats and jackets, there were some very tempting shorter ones.…

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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Wednesday evening I was thrilled to attended the New York Botanical Garden‘s annual Orchid Dinner. This year’s event honored Tiffany & Co. for their foundation’s decade of support as the Founding Sponsor of The Orchid Show. There was also reason for celebration as the iconic company is about to celebrate its 175th anniversary. In addition to Tiffany, BNY Mellon and Veranda Magazine were again sponsors for the evening. I had heard what a beautiful event this was but must admit I was not prepared for the truly spectacular tables and centerpieces that were designed for the evening. Although I didn’t make it to every table, here is a round up of several I loved.…

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Wood Shop

Wood Shop

This past week I visited the fun concept store, Wood Shop, in NoLIta. The brainchild  of David Stark, the art installation has “ambushed” fellow RISD grad Nina Freudenberger’s stylish shop, Haus Interiors on Elizabeth Street. The temporary month long exhibit cleverly walks the line between gallery and retail experience  (you can also shop for items online on Haus’ website). David Stark is no stranger to creative concepts. The amazing artist, masquerading as a celebrity event planner, has executed the most extraordinary affairs for clients ranging from Beyoncé to The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to designing collections for West Elm, Stark has mastered the art of the pop-up with temporary stores for such iconic brands as Target.…

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