08/01/2010 - 09/01/2010Bostonista: 08/01/2010 - 09/01/2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Back to Basics at New York Fashion Week

The big trend at NYFW? It was all about new minimalism!
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Even sunny California girl Jenni Kayne toned down her look for a collection of simple basics and clean lines.
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I'm a huge fan of Kayne as a designer because she makes wearable, comfortable clothes at a fairly reasonable price point. And this collection is perfectly on trend.

3.1 Phillip Lim was also as minimal as Phillip Lim can get but it was beautiful with structured, sheer pieces and beautiful colors.
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But it was Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein that brought minimalism to a whole new level with gorgeous, moving, almost liquid gowns and sweet colors of mostly whites, nudes, and blacks.
I ADORED the white looks!
It was a collection that was sexy, feminine, professional, and somehow also androgynous.
As one of the last big shows of NYFW it struck the perfect note.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NYFW: Jason Wu SS 2011

Jason Wu nailed it with his SS 2011 collection.
It is hard to take girlie and mix it with polished and structured but the boy-wonder did it beautifully. I especially loved the forties swagger that the models had walking down the runway!
The beautiful colors and prints along with beautifully tailored pants and completely wearable day pieces only solidified his place as America's best young designer. Lets face it- No one does evening wear better at the moment.

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Shopping Tip! Bliss Spa on Gilt Group!


I usually never post things like this on Bostonista but I can't resist Bliss Spa products and I'm sure you can't either! What kind of blogger would I be if I kept this a secret from you?!
Bliss Spa recently opened at the new W Hotel in Boston and as a Bliss product addict (you’ve got to try their hair-minimizing moisturizer, Get Out of Hair!) I’ve been going crazy to try out the spa itself!
Bliss has locations all over the country (multiple in lucky Manhattan) and Gilt’s offering great discounts, not only on their body products, but on actual spa treatments at multiple Bliss Spa locations across the country. Bliss is famous for it’s nearly pain free Brazilian bikini wax (don’t ask me how they do it but I’ve heard that its as close to painless as THAT is going to get) and its luxurious and comfortable settings.
For the Gilt sale you’ll be able to choose from their many spa treatments at your nearest Bliss or be able to bring home their cult-favorite products so you can recreate the spa experience at home! But you’ll have to work fast because with everything at 60% off they’re sure to sell out!


(Please be aware that if you make a purchase with these links I do receive a referral credit from Gilt. You can too if you join & invite friends who then make a purchase. Thanks!)

NYFW- Wayne SS 2011 and Dennis Basso SS 2011

Both Dennis Basso and Wayne sent futuristic looks down the runway.
At Dennis Basso a sexy Judy Jetson seemed to be the influence.
I'm deeply in love with the flouncy minis and glossy metallics.

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The look was definitely young and fresh!

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Then there was the Wayne SS 2011 presentation which also seemed to be set in a sexy future.
I loved the sleek silhouettes and leathers. One of my favorite looks was a leotard with a thin, gauzy dress over it that just looked so comfy!
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NYFW: Rodarte S/S 2011

You know my obsession with Rodarte runs on the side of fanatical.
And the Mulleavy sister's have only intensified my love of their line with the S/S 2011 collection.
I was so disappointed when MAC pulled their collaboration with Rodarte this past month (I had planned on buying the entire line since I figured it was the only Rodarte I'd ever be able to afford!) even though I understood the thinking behind it. At least I have the MAC Disney Villains collab to look forward to. I also wonder if the makeup was done by MAC and if they used the makeup that had been produced but not shipped since it was full of the golds and dusty clay colors the collection had promised.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand!
I've always felt that Rodarte was not so much fashion as it was art.
This time, the girls have managed to fuse their aesthetic and artistic vision with absolutely wearable clothing.

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For the first time the girls pieces look surprisingly simple and showed restraint.
I think they've made a conscious decision to become more commercial friendly- which only makes sense in order to continue the business.
Metallic shorts with a cutout knit blouse aren't exactly what I think of as "Rodarte" but it was so beautifully done that it retains what makes the Mulleavy sister's so brilliant but also they are sure to be best sellers!

I loved all the mixing of fabrics, prints and colors- the girls told Style.Com that they were inspired by their childhood backyard- the California landscape, redwoods, but there was also a clear nod to Ming vases, gladiators , and maybe even some McQueen influences.

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The shoes were metals and woods carved into butterflies and flowers covered with amazing prints proving the sisters are still the fantastical girls who started Rodarte five years ago.

I have to say that Rodarte's S/S 2011 has been my favorite collection so far from NYFW.
What has been your favorite show? And what do you think of Rodarte heading towards a more commercial outlook?

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