Final Thoughts: New York Fashion Week

So I know I am behind. London Fashion week is in full swing—only a few days remain before the glitterati move on to their Milan hotel penthouses to do the exact same thing they have done for the previous two weeks, this time only with a different backdrop. And yet here I am, giving my out-dated opinions on the second half of New York Fashion Week. But how can I not? So much amazingness went on on those runways that it would be cruel to not give those designers their deserved attention. I also learned that fur, velvet, and leather are the materials that will define fall fashion. So while other bloggers may be focused on the [stunning] collections from Peter Pilotto, Burberry Prorsum, and Erdem, I am hitting rewind in order to share my favorite collections from days 5-8 of New York Fashion Week:

Marc Jacobs/ Zac Posen

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Oscar de la Renta/ Carolina Herrera

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Diane Von Furstenburg/ Ralph Lauren

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Victoria Beckham/ Calvin Klein

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Reem Acra/ Jenny Packham

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Reed Krakoff/ Proenza Schouler

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To view the entire collections, my go to is: Style.com

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Kate Spade New York + Craig Redman

Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd loves her some buzz-generating collaborations. For the KSNY Fall 2012 collection, she tapped Garance Doré (aka French photographer, illustrator, and fashion blogger extraordinaire, as well as Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist’s significant other) to create a number of sketches and patterns to print on a variety of separates. This year, Lloyd looked to Craig Redman—the creator of the adorable character Darcel Disappoints, who chronicles both the highs and lows of his life in New York City on his eponymous blog—for a creative partnership.

Darcel was the perfect partner for the very NY-themed collection with an 80s twist, which was presented during fashion week last Friday amongst old-school yellow taxi cab props and neon NY skylines plastered on the walls. Hot pink reigned queen, metallics and neons accented almost every look, and bows—generally oversized—showed up on blouses and in dress patterned. It was a concoction of all things quirky: tuxedo-inspired pumps, a yellow clutch plastered with the word “TAXI,” hot-pink polkadots, and Mr. Darcel. The artist designed a Kate Spade-specific graphic that was featured on t-shirts, sweaters, and accessories including rings, anklets and bracelets. I can’t say that I myself will be doning items from this collection come Fall, but Darcel is pretty darn cute if you ask me. What will we do from now until August when we can finally get these Darcel-emblazoned articles? Follow his blog, and hope that for once, Darcel has a good day.

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Pink-Haired Darcel makes his debut on a Kate Spade sweater

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Darcel does shopping: bow, bag and all!

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Taxi-yellow outfit anyone?

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Check out the tuxedo-inspired shoes

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#putabowonit

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You won’t have trouble hailing a cab ever again with this clutch

Live From New York, It’s Fashion Week!

What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.

So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.

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From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu

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From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne

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From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra

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From Left: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Jill Stuart

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From Left: Kimberly Ovitz, Suno, Rebecca Minkoff