If orange was the color most present on the runway, it was only outdone by the overwhelming lack of color on the runways. Fall/Winter is typically the season for a whole slew of basic black, shades of grey, burgundy, browns and navy, but those colors were all replaced, or should I say taken away, by shades of beige, tan and white. Who says you can't wear white after labor day? Certainly not Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, Max Azria, Cushnie et Ochs, the Mulleavy sisters, Derek Lam, Adam Lippes, Erin Fetherston, Erin Wasson, Justin and Thea of Preen and Diane von Furstenberg who were all among the many designers feeling light for FW 2010.
The trend was punctuated by Marc Jacobs' awe inspiring collection, that brought a new feeling of simplicity (and a near tear to this minimalist's eye) to the runways that we certainly hope will stick. Marc's runway was a mix of beige neutrals and some usual fall staples (like fur collars and the afore mentioned velvet pants) and gave the stamp of approval to the season's new colorless minimalism.
I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I'm not completely horrified by the overwhelming presence of velvet on the NYFW circuit. I had just come to terms with velvet's presence on the trend scene for this past fall/winter when I'm hit over the head with a wave of velvet that just has no end in sight. Sorry if this offends all you velvet lovers out there but there's something about the fabric once reserved for kings that just freaks me out. I think it reminds me of my own inadequacies in the wardrobe department circa the mid to late 90s. Yes there were many velvet mini dresses, tanks and even body suits (all from Bebe I will admit) that just have left a big scar on my style self. If you are going to brave this trend, I suggest something like what Nanette Lepore showed, like a long dress that looks like it flows. Stay away from velvet pants, I've been there (velvet jazz pants ouch) and it's just not a good look.
I'm the first in line to embrace the 90s renaissance but this is just something I can't get on board with, sorry kids. Either way, take a look at the velvet that was just dripping off the NYFW runways last week. Who knows, maybe I'll learn to love the trend and get over my own preconceived notions??
As if we didn't get enough of citrus on the SS 2010 runways, orange makes its way into your fall wardrobe. It was rare the designer that didn't show at least one piece of orange clothing on their runway last week, but this orange was a definitely a little bit more "fall-ized", and not so Tropicana. Erin Fetherston, Elie Tahari, Derek Lam, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Lela Rose, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Jill Stuart and Tory Burch were just a few of the designers making way for the burnt orange almost brick colored version of the Spring trend. Sure there were some bright punchy orange numbers as well, they came in the form of a bright fur jacket at Brian Reyes, silk pants at Charlotte Ronson and a blinding dress at Narciso. So take note kids, come September invest in something citrusy - you know, Vitamin C is good for you and all. For me, I'd keep it pretty dark, to go with the colors of fall's changing leaves.
We caught up with adorable new designer Kaelen Farncombe this weekend at the debut presentation of her namesake line, Kaelen. The Toronto native, a former Jenni Kayne and Stella McCartney employee, wowed with a cohesive collection that's normally reserved for the likes of seasoned fashion vets. The mix of soft colors, neutrals and a wowing turquoise were the perfect way to spend our Saturday morning and go with the layering addiction we have going on right now.
For a first timer Kaelen has an incredible eye for the minimalism that's sweeping the fashion nation, and a lovely mix of tailored and draping that was inspired by 1940s dressing. My favorite piece: a cropped black jacket with a shearling collar over a streamlined skirt and metallic-ish top. All this on her first time out! Can't wait to see what she has in store for next season. No pressure!
And did we forget to mention that she's just darling? Take a look for yourself...
It's no secret I'm a huge Mad Men fan. And while most oooh and aaaahh over Betty's douche baggery, or Joan's general fantasticness, I tend to identify with a minor yet integral character - Trudy Campbell. Sure she's a touch bratty but no other wife on this show has stood by her man quite like Trudy. Yeah Pete's a winey little bastard but Trudy sees beyond that and is there for him when he needs her to man up and play secretary, or bring food to the masses at Sterling Cooper Draper and Pryce. So imagine my surprise to see the face of the newest girl about town this Fashion Week...Mrs. Pete Campbell herself has managed to score front rows at some of the most celeb studded events (granted it's been a celebrity light kind of nyfw but whatever). We hope this is the beginning of a new found love for Alison Brie, aka Trudy who also stars on NBC's Community. It looks like she's got herself a publicist so now all she needs is a stylist and a fashionista is born! Welcome to the big leagues Trudy, we can't wait to see you blossom from housewife into It girl.