Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New York Fashion Week S/S 2012: On the runways

Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang is still channeling the tough girl aesthetic this season in the form of bombers and vests made from mesh; bodysuits and shorts in bleached, manipulated botanical prints and of course leather dresses and two-pieces. Kudos to Wang who still manages to remain true to himself after so many seasons.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Moving away from the whimsical take on the bygone eras, Jacob's collection was pared down to a bare minimum. Subtlety and simplicity in shapes enhanced the body without being overly trendy. There was a hint of sportswear in some pieces - for outerwear, it came in the form of a cross between a trench and parka; then they were drawstring skirts (not shown here) and models tromping down the runway in visors. My favorite has got to be the oversized shirt dress - reminiscent of the boyfriend shirt trend that was hot a few seasons ago.

Derek Lam
An effortlessly chic collection influenced by the Sixties. This was apparent from the architectural references and the simple yet sophisticated silhouettes. The kaleidoscope print separates and dresses in orange, coral, peppermint and marine combinations definitely has my nod of approval.

Zac Posen
Standing out amongst the other runway shows was Zac Posen's. Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, there was a focus on cut and fit. The accent was on the waist and this was complemented by pencil skirts, mermaid gowns, elongated jackets and flared dresses with a hem that reached the knees. The result was elegance and lots of drama.


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