Jeremy Scott + Kenny Scharf

For his SS ’14 collection, titled “Teenagers from Mars,” designer Jeremy Scott found the ultimate collaborator in artist Kenny Scarf. Scott—whose signature style blends elements of the punk club-kid with a penchant for spectacle—found inspiration for his newest collection in a familiar source: Manhattan’s Lower East Side ’80s art scene. “I wanted to represent its characters—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf—and bring them to life,” explained the designer about the collection. And with the help of one of the most notorious pop artist working today, Scott did just that.

Alongside the typical t-shirts you would expect on a Jeremy Scott runway—emblazoned with phrases like “Earth Sucks” and “Mars or Bust”—were bathing suits, dresses, and two-piece outfits featuring a number of prints designed by Scarf. The artist’s most iconic motifs, such as squiggles, shapeless blobs and cartoon faces, were incorporated seamlessly into Scott’s silhouettes so that the collection equally represented both artist and designer.

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For the love of the crop (top)

It took me a little while to fall in love with the crop. It crept up on me slowly, starting with a few cutouts on the side at the waist, slowly transitioning into all-over cutouts, until all of a sudden outfits were ripped in half into two completely separate pieces. I was hesitant at first, but have recently come to re-embrace the midriff-bearing look I championed 10 years ago in college. And thus I was dreading the impending Spring Fashion Week because I was sure my late adoption of the trend would only lead to disappointment when I learned that fashion had changed its mind and had become too high brow for exposed tummies.

But alas, here I am—giggling with glee as I see crop after crop walk down the Spring runways. And while we are only half way through NYFW, below is a selection of my favorite cropped (or basically cropped) looks so far. Cheers to many more exposed belly buttons to come!

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From left: Monique Lhuillier, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone

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All white is totally a thing: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Lisa Perry, Alice and Olivia

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Mara Hoffman, Ohne Titel, Richard Chai Love, Cynthia Rowley

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Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vivienne Tam

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

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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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

Wear It / Hang It: Art Embodying Spring Fashion Trends

Yesterday marked the first installment of a new editorial column I will be writing on Artspace.com, entitled “On Trend.” I am so excited that Artspace asked me to write about the various crossovers between art and fashion, and it was only fitting that my first article (which you can read here) provide a brief history of art and fashion collaborations. For today’s On Trend, and in honor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I pulled together a roundup of some of Spring’s chicest looks—and the artworks that echo them. Below, I expanded upon that theme. Happy New York Fashion Week!!

TREND: Black-and-White Graphic Prints

After a year of color blocking and bold, bright hues, designers this season went back to the basics with mod looks in black and white.

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The Clothes: Balmain / Celine … The Art: Franz Kline

Trend: Cutouts

The midriff-bearing trend of 2012 has evolved into a new obsession with all-over cutouts this spring, with exposed patches of skin peeking out in almost every runway show.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Alexander Wang / Sass & Bide … The Art: Lucio Fontana

TrendOversized Ruffles

The ruffle—often used in sweet, demure ensembles—can be seen this season adding architectural flares and lots of impact to monotone looks.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Balenciaga … The Art: Richard Serra

TrendBold Stripes

We now know that striples come in all shapes and sizes, with various iterations of this classic pattern highlighting a multitude of runway looks. This season’s trend focuses on big, bold stripes for a statement look.

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The Clothes: Marc Jacobs / Michael Kors … The Art: Ian Davenport

Trend: White Hot

Generally a summer staple, white is staking its claim early this year. This season, the monochromatic neutral is appearing in all shapes and sizes, including structural dresses, menswear looks, and lacy-delicate fabrics. Pair it with a lucite heel, and your clean crisp look will be utter perfection.

The Clothes: The Art:

The Clothes: Dior / Valentino … The Art: Agnes Martin

Trend: Electric Colors

Neons are everywhere this season despite the fact that black and white continued its reign. The bright hues are lighting up both clothing and accessories—which is perfect for anyone hoping for an attention-grabbing outfit.

The clothes: The art:

The Clothes: Carolina Herrera / Reem Acra … The Art: Mark Rothko

Trend: Floral Delights

All things are blooming this spring, with the perennial favorite print making both a romantic and graphic revival. Raf Simons transformed his entire runway debut for Dior into a blossoming garden, with the walls of each room packed floor to ceiling with a different colored flower.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Paul and Joe / Erdem … The Art: Peter Dayton

Trend: Global Influences

Designers often look abroad for inspiration, but this season is ripe with influences from the Far East in terms of color palettes, patterns, and embellishments. Asian-influenced prints made their rounds this season, with bold reds as a central component.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Miu Miu / Prada … The Art: Raqib Shaw

Trend: Emerald Green

Pantone has labeled this jewel-like hue the 2013 Color of the Year, and the sartorial set has taken note, donning the shade of green from head to toe.

The Clothes:

The Clothes: Gucci / Reem Acra … The Art: Josef Albers

NY Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW Favorites

So far it looks like next Spring we will be wearing a lot of black and white, colorful bold patterns, boxy silhouettes, and cutouts galore (it’s a little ironic that those trends seem to contradict one another, no?) And for your feet, expect a lot of pointy toe pumps with ankle straps. If you want to get really crazy, adopt the war paint look from Boy by Band of Outsiders.

It’s always hard to pick my favorite collections from each season. With New York Fashion Week about half way through, I thought it would be easier to take a look at some of my favorites so far: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag and Bone, Jenni Kayne, and Marissa Webb. And Lisa Perry. And Jill Stuart. Ok I give up. I love the Spring shows because during that last month of winter while I’m pushing against the wind and cold to walk through the slushy New York streets, I keep reminding myself of all the amazing clothes I will be able to wear only a few weeks later. From what I’ve seen so far, these designs will definitely do the trick.

Prabal Gurung (my must have: tiered and sheer grey)

Jenni Kayne (my must have: the hot pink)

Marissa Webb (my must have: halter dress)

Jill Stuart (my must have: white pants and sheer top)