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NYFW FALL 2011: TOP 5 PICKS

Today might mark the end of New York Fashion Week, but we have only just begun to see what will be revealed for the Fall 2011 season.  NYC brought us a lot of new ideas, but also left us wanting a little more.  It seemed that not many took risks this season, many opting to go back to their roots to regain their customer’s attention.CLASSICISM, FEMININITY and LUXURY were three over-arching themes to take note of.

We saw many of our trend predictions come true with RED, BLUE and ORANGE dominating every runway. FLOWY fabrics were paired with a sense of casual styled with utility coats and parkas.  Fabrics were soft and languid and very feminine in nature. SHAPES were strong with Marc Jacobs leading the pack showing cocoon shapes and strict lines. MENSWEAR SUITING was presented on almost every runway with the double-breasted jacket leading the way.  PLAID once again became a Fall trend used in unexpected ways and the 90′s GRUNGE look was channeled in many collections.  TUXEDO looks saw a new life at Jason Wu and Ruffian with others re-inventing the look.  STATEMENT COATS will be the item for the Fall 2011 season with all designers putting their best foot forward in this department producing Long versions, Parkas, Fur chubbies, Cocoon shapes, Toggle styles and impeccable double-breasted versions.  FUR TRIMS were strong seen on coats, accessories, shoes and skirts. PRINTED PANTS remained strong from spring paired with classic tailoring.

Overall, the NYC season brought us some great fashion to look forward to.  We chose our top 5 collections based on innovation, wearability, individuality, trend direction and Wow factor.  Let’s face it, we all just want to wear beautiful clothes that make us feel special, and all 5 collections offered just that.

1.  MICHAEL KORS

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This season marks Michael Kors’ 30th anniversary in business and after his Fall presentation, we are sure everyone is secretly hoping there will be another 30 years to come with his display of minimal, sexy, and classic offerings. It is only fitting for an anniversary show to display a designer’s signature style and this show was nothing short of classic Michael Kors at his best. It was luxurious, simple, yet compelling and appropriately sexy. From a silk blouse to a well cut pair of pants and the coats, oh the coats! It was mature yet not old, minimal but interesting in silhouettes and material, and the whole collection is something that can sell, something that will last a long time in a wardrobe,  and very much on trend with what is happening at the retail level (which is the main reason for Michael Kors’ success, his commercial viability). I cannot see a single item in the show that any women will not want to wear and that’s not something we can say about most collections.

View their Fall 2011 collection here.

 

2.  PROENZA SCHOULER

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The official cool kids in town, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough do it again and this time with a touch of craftiness. The duo never fails at delivering cool, downtown chic clothing that girls want to own. From the design, to the styling, the brand has a trademark sense of contained quirkiness that will make the person wearing their clothes stand out for all the right reasons. This Fall collection saw the duo exploring Native American prints (right on trend!), which they made themselves by blowing it up and pixilating it to make it into another print. The colors are striking and their offerings of coats can stand on their own against the million other ones on the runway this week. There was the blazer coat with fur/print panel on the bottom, and who can look past the patent leather coat in burnt orange? The whole collection was colorful, creative, and most importantly, the clothes, while intricate, also has a sense of ease; it is precisely this combination of style and ease that makes the customer wanting more.

View their Fall 2011 collection here.

 

3.  ALEXANDER WANG

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Alex Wang is at the height of his game. Ever since the Wang-mania hit all the cool girls in town, it has only gotten bigger, and even with the designer veering off course ever so slightly with the past few seasons, he is clearly back to his best and black-est ways. The collection makes it into Top 5 because it shows innovation and Wang’s usual sense of humor. Besides hitting all the key trends like capes and parkas and fur, he does it all with a sense of humor that markets so well with his target audience. He saw that there’s a slight movement back toward opulence and luxury, so he decides to embrace it with humor, “poking fun at it”. And he surely poked fun at luxury by interjecting “extreme sportswear” into all the poster-boy categories for luxury – skiwear, lounge-wear, and the tux. There was a double breasted tux jacket with sporty puffy sleeves, and tuxedo pants that unzip to reveal sweatpants. And possibly the best of the show were the satin dresses with strips of fabric flowing resembling a cummerbund being untied.  We can’t forget his fur covered heels that the designer deemed “rich housewive bitch” which might turn every downtown girl into wannabe uptown housewive.

But what was most impressive is the designer’s poise as a top of the game-er. The production was elaborate and the innovation in fabric technology impressive. There were variations of meldlng of fabric from silk to knits or from jersey to polyester with all the knitwear being produced in Italy this season. With his first store opening in Soho, Alexander Wang’s return to form puts him at the top of not just his game, but the fashion industry’s as well.

View the Fall 2011 collection here.

 

4.  MARC JACOBS

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There is a reason why Marc Jacobs continues to be THE show to watch during fashion week, and it is because he consistently produces focused, beautiful, directional collections. Fall 2011 was no exception as models paraded around the catwalk heralding a strict and regimented ladylike aesthetic.  Coming full circle and referencing himself for Fall,  MJ’s continued pursuit of innovation is admirable especially for a designer of his fame and fortune. He produced rubber to look like sequins and laser discs fused onto rubber, faux and real fur, and a glorious ode to lace and crochet. References included Dior, Balenciaga, Gaultier and Paco Rabanne but the collection was all his own with spectacular details and impeccable cutsThe hats designed by Stephen Jones were a genius addition and the shoes and bags were to die for. The designer says he “Just wanted to have fun” and was “sick of all the easiness”. Well, there were nothing easy about this collection and it demands us to “take fashion seriously” again; and to that Mr. Jacobs has our full attention. By far, this was one of the most spectacular collections I have seen in a long time and I can’t wait to see what photographers and stylists will do with it editorially.

View the Fall 2011 collection here.

 

5.  THE ROW

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The Row is an interesting brand started by two celebrities and had all the makings to be a short lived experimental fad. But, and it is a big BUT, the Olsen twins have proven themselves to be quite the connoisseur when it comes to desirable, high end fashion.

The Fall collection is a much expanded outing than the brand’s previous seasons. Not only was the number of looks increased, but the variety is nothing short of impressive. There seems to be something for everyone ranging from a 1920’s inspired frock, to a grey flannel dress, an impeccable take on the tuxedo and a crocodile sheath. The fabrics are luxurious, the coats are impeccable and the silhouettes very modern.

This season is also the start of their new luxury handbag line, which is priced at the same level as Hermes( the designers vow to be representative of the level of quality presented). The duo also collaborated with TOMS shoes this season to produce cashmere versions of his “buy a pair, give one away” slippers that I will anxiously be awaiting to hit the retail shelves. Overall, the collection did not appeal to trends but rather classicism and luxury that will last generations and that is a true predictor of longevity and success in this business.

View the Fall 2011 collection here.


 

1,705 Comments

  1. Fabio

    Carolina Herrera will always be one of my faitvroes. Such classy and beautiful clothes. Loved her use of unexpected fabrics in some of her dresses. She just rocks. I’d have liked to see Behnaz Sarafpour’s collection moving..the clothes just looked a little sad standing there and I wonder if they look better in motion. I’m so excited that Christian Siriano is still around and hasn’t slid into post-reality show obscurity like other Project Runway alum

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