Friday, February 17, 2012

New York Fashion Week 2012

 	Looks from (l. to r) Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Tam and another by Ralph Lauren.

Colorful looks from Vivienne Tam (center) and Ralph Lauren. 

New York is upping its fashion game. At Ralph Lauren, looks included a mix of velvet, wool and cashmere, translated into timeless plaids, fair isle sweaters, tweeds, and flannels. Pops of colors burst in the details with purples and reds.

And let’s not forget the dramatic black-and-gold ostrich feather shawl that surprised showgoers.

Calvin Klein’s girls looked a lot tougher this year with the most leather we’ve seen Francisco Costa use in a while. Almost as if Lisbeth Salander would have donned any of the pieces on the runway. How fitting was it that Rooney Mara was front and center at the showing?

And let’s not forget what established designers like Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan brought to the runways earlier this week. Their collections reminded us why we fell in love with them in the first place.

De la Renta’s gals wore baby pinks and powder blues — the youngest we’ve seen them — with amazing short skirts, fur shawls, knits. There were also dramatic gowns that we associate with the Dominican cum-New Yorker.

Which brings us to Donna Karan, whose models were New York in every way. A perfect mix between masculine and feminine, the collection was very 1930s, inspired by “The Blue Angel.” Bustier dresses, menswear-inspired, double-breasted coat body jackets, and tailored gowns made for the strongest collection we’ve seen from Karan yet. 


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