Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Best of NYFW Fall 2011 Day 1&2
Christian Siriano's Fall 2011 was almost entirely black, but it was anything but boring. The Project Runway alum appeared to have practiced some restraint with the colors and frills this season, focusing instead on surprisingly sultry silhouettes. The towering platform Payless shoes were also surprisingly mature.
Models in the BCBGMaxAzria show sported thin white turtleneck bodysuits beneath slack, casually draped pieces in browns, burgundies and the occasional eye-catching indigo, imparting a simple '70s cool evocative of Ali McGraw's look in Love Story.
Jenni KayneThe jewel tones were out in full force at Jenni Kayne's Fall 2011 fashion show, with chunky textured knits worn over silky mustard, magenta and midnight blue silks. Kayne paired the runway pieces with fur beanies and omnisex pointy-toed velvet slippers.
Eva MingeEva Minge is thinking faux for fall. The Polish designer presented furry-collared wool coats with tailored '40s lines with bizarrely trendy fur over-the-knee boots in varying shades. Highlights included refined retro cocktail dresses with black crochet overlay and decadent sequined eveningwear.
Rebecca Minkoff's vision for fall was inspired by model and musician Charlotte Kemp-Muhl, who performed live with her boyfriend and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger bandmate Sean Lennon during the show. The resulting collection was heavy on the vintage touches, with boho prints shown alongside luxe fur-trimmed coats and vests.
Models at the Jason Wu Fall 2011 show floated down a vintage mirrored runway with gold leaf painted in their hair, a decadent complement to a highly wearable collection touted as "baroque sportswear." Tailored silhouettes were touched off with black and metallic bows, while lace provided an inviting texture to gowns, cocktail dresses, jackets and coats.
Rebecca Taylor's models graced the runway in soft fabrics and muted colors, with the exception of a few fuchsia pieces that added the perfect pop of color. The designer played with texture by scattering in elements of fur and wool amongst her 90's reminiscent floral prints. The collection, which covered all closet essentials, was overall very wearable—except, perhaps, for the sheer embellished pants.
Ruffian's "Tuxedo Park" collection featured a heavy focus on tailoring, with a number of streamlined military green separates popping up alongside jarring, shiny disco yellows and blues. There were a few perfect pieces—like a bold white suit replete with signature ruffling—but on the whole, the glitz factor may have been a bit too high.
Nicole Miller made some major changes for Fall 2011, presenting a shockingly angular collection of sportswear in blacks, greys, reds and blues. Particularly beautiful was the one-shoulder peplum dress pictured center, which seems to take a cue from the the architectural approach of Roland Mouret.