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NYC FALL 2011 COLLECTIONS: “ONE’S TO WATCH”

Just as we are itching to get out of our boots and try out some of Spring’s favorite trends, Fall Fashion week rolls around.  Tomorrow starts the beginning of the month long fashion circus that will take up every spare minute of our time.  Expect to see reviews of the best collections and designers from us as we sort through the average and present to you the most important.  We will spot trends in the making and highlight everything you need to know about the season when Fall Fashion week wraps up.

On the eve of NYCFW, we present our “Ones to watch” for this week’s shows.  In this segment, we highlight lesser known designers that we think are super talented and are paving their way into becoming the next fashion favorites. Choices were made based on their last few collections in conjunction with their unique aesthetic and design skill.  These are the designers that we think people will be talking about in the next year or two and we want to give you a jumpstart on learning about them.

Along with this list, The Sche Report has its favorites that we can’t wait to see.  What will the genius Marc Jacobs show us this season?  Last season his 70′s inspired collection set the tone for the biggest trend of Spring 2011.  Proenza Schouler, we love you and are anxiously anticipating what magical pieces you will send down the runway that every cool girl on the planet will want.  What dose of minimalism will Calvin Klein deliver this season?  Rachel Comey was one of our Top 5 picks from Spring/Summer, can she pull off the same freshness for Fall?  Mr. Wang will you show us some color or will you stick to black again?  The Ralph Lauren show is always a favorite among the NYC designers as he always reinvents classics and shows us something new.  Michael Kors is celebrating his 30th year in business, so we are expecting something big here.  A few others we will be keeping a close eye on are Cushine et Ochs, Ohne Titel and of course one of our favorite new brands Reed Krakoff. So excited!

Don’t forget to put these 5 designers on your radar for the NYFW season:

1.  PREEN

Easily one of the best show from Spring 2011, Preen’s collections have been serene while packed with visual details and its Spring collection was no different. The brand served up its own take on minimalism, but again they’ve infused their clothes with stunning details, among which is a dress Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist proclaimed “best dress of the season”. Not only us, but esteemed stores and stylists have also taken notes and the collection is being featured in stores such as Brown and H. Lorenzo and also being adored by the likes of Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chloe Sevigny.  The last season saw the designers exploring a juxtaposition between fluidity and tailored lines and we expect to see more for Fall as menswear inspired clothing bounds to take center stage.

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Looks from Preen's Spring 2011 Collection

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Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi

  • Fall runway show scheduled for Sunday Feb. 13th, 11am
  • Visit the Preen website here.

2.  KIMBERLY OVITZ

LA based designer Kimberly Ovitz is steadily grabbing the attention of NYFW attendees, and for reasons other than the fact that she is the daughter of Michael Ovitz, co-founder of talent agency powerhouse CAA. Her Ann Demeulemeester-esque architectural basics and intellectual designs are turning more than just a few heads. And for a relatively new designer, her decidedly fashion forward and modern take on everyday clothing shows an impressive level of confidence in the design and the women she designs for. As her cult following slowly develops, what will the next step be?  We wonder if she will infuse some print into her aesthetic for Fall. Either way Kimberly Ovitz will undoubtedly be one of the brightest representatives of LA fashion on the NY runways this season.

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Looks from Kimberly Ovitz Spring 2011 collection

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Kimberly Ovitz in her Santa Monica studio

  • Fall Presentation scheduled for Saturday Feb. 12, 3pm
  • Visit the Kimberly Ovitz website here.

3.  CHRIS BENZ

Chris Benz was another designer from Spring who opted to present bright colorful clothes in offbeat combinations. Offering a dose of unexpected mixes,it was a great display of prints, pattern, and playful silhouettes. It is always exciting to anticipate the Fall collection of a designer who’s not afraid to tackle colors and prints. Not to mention, his covetable shoe collaboration with Alejandro Ingelmo of playful printed lace-up wood platform wedges is probably now sitting in everyone’s closet waiting to be paraded around all summer long. His designer aesthetic is one that will go far in the retail landscape offering a balance of great design and wearability and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Fall.

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Looks from Chris Benz's Spring 2011 Collection

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Designer Chris Benz

  • Fall presentation scheduled for Feb. 14, 4:30 pm
  • Visit the Chris Benz website here.

4.  PRABAL GURUNG

It’s been a few seasons since Prabal Gurung burst onto the fashion scene and each has been more spectacular than the other. His last Spring collection’s bold colors and sharp tailoring  gave editors and buyers a breath of fresh air amid seas of white and languid fabrics. His recent runner-up effort in the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will surely boost his confidence for Fall 2011. Looking forward to seeing how his signature modern femininity evolves on the runway this Fall.

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Looks from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2011 collection

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Designer Prabal Gurung

  • Be sure to check out Prabal’s Fall 2011 runway show on FirstcomesFashion.com where the show will be streamed live on Saturday Feb. 12th, at 12:00pm.
  • Visit the Prabal Gurung website here.

5.  MATTHEW AMES

For his Spring collection, Brooklyn’s Matthew Ames charmed us all with his clean, minimalistic take on 1970′s freshness. The simple architecture in his clothing was a perfect collaboration with jewelry designer Anndra Neen’s amazing metal and stone pieces. With a degree in Fine Arts, his collection definitely has a voice of its own with an aesthetic that is distinctive and new. His clothes have a bit of a monastic feel, most likely picked up at his time under designer Miguel Adrover.  With six years and two prestigous fashion awards under his belt,  we are not the only one’s who know this designer is on the cusp of becoming a breakout star.

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Looks from Matthew Ames' Spring 2011 collection

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Designer Matthew Ames

  • Visit the Matthew Ames website here.



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