For Rodarte this is a far more commercial collection than any previous work but that hasn't diminished the artistry behind it. In fact, the wear ability only seems to enhance the obvious talent and beauty. Can I get a pair of these boots?
The Americana/Prairie inspiration is a bit played out but they did it so beautifully and in such a different way than other designers recently that I can't help but feel inspired by it as well!
I loved the silk screened scenes on the gowns and all of the colors.
Not to mention that the Mulleavy sisters seem to source the best, most sumptuous fabrics in the world to bring their designs to life. And who would have thought that they could make such magnificent coats?!
Not full runway reviews but here are the looks I liked from some collections over the past few days.
I have a soft spot for Adam Lippes since I met him during one of my internships. While I'm fairly sick of plaid (I think its just that time of the winter) I really adored the juxtaposition between the masculinity of the lumberjack print and the sexy, soft lace top.
I loved the color, movement, and shape of this look from Edun.
The girls over at The Row may have started with a t-shirt but they've proved that they are more than a celebrity line. Cinched waists, delicate laces, strong shoulders, fur! fur! fur! and the new shoe collaboration with Toms helped them create a luxurious, cohesive collection.
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I know a lot of people loved the animal prints at Jill Stuart (literal pictures of woodland creatures- not their spots!) but I did not. I think it was the coloring. But I did like the coats and fur collars plus the sophisticated shapes.
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Jenni Kayne continues to be one of my favorite designers. I think a huge part of the appeal of her line is that she presents the ideal California girl again and again. As a New Englander there is a certain mystique to California. And its not just the weather (although that beach lifestyle sounds good) or even the Hollywood glamour but the casual ease that those quintessential Cali girls exude. I enjoyed the whole collection but I think these three looks perfectly captures the mood!
I've spent hundreds in the last six months on bags, and other leather goods from her line. Every time I see another piece from her collections I drool and agonize and obsess over it. I'm STILL kicking myself for not buying the Fling clutch in leopard print when I had the chance. I keep searching but it is sold out everywhere!
Despite my loyalty I've never been too sure of her ready-to-wear collection but that changed this season with her first runway show.
RebeccaMinkoff is the coolest of the cool girls- she knows exactly how to mix casual with luxe.
Layers, separates, and snakeskin skinnies everything you need to look carelessly cool for day mixed with feminine dresses and slouchy sexiness for night.
I pretty much want everything!
But, of course, those bags are where she truly shines and I have a feeling there will be many more RebeccaMinkoff bag fans by fall.