08/01/2011 - 09/01/2011Bostonista: 08/01/2011 - 09/01/2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pamella Roland S/S 2012

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For Spring 2012 red carpet favorite Pamella Roland was inspired by the American Abstract Expressionism of the 1940s.
She even created her own brushstroke-inspired print found throughout the collection.

Pamella showcased the collection presentation style and the models posed in life sized frames which was great as it really allowed them to pose creatively but still show off the looks while keeping with the artist theme.

It was mostly gowns and party dresses that I know starlets will be fighting over once the awards show season kicks off!
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I'm completely obsessed with this green ombre hand pleated gown! Maybe its because I'm already dreading winter and just want to skip to Spring but I'm entirely in love with green right now. Can't you just picture sweeping into a party in this? Its form fitting but the flare of the skirt at the bottom- too pretty!
(A close up of the front)
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I still can't believe the pleating was all done by hand- its just immaculate!
Usually I'd think that green and grey would be a little Oscar the Grouch but it just works so well here!

There was some very glamorous daywear as well.
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Simple things like a white cotton shirt were elevated with tie sleeves, and the tuxedo jacket with beaded arms.
I also loved the sweet tea dresses that could work for day or evening!
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All in all this was a great collection- especially if you're a glamorous girl with an active social life!

Thank you to everyone at Pamella Roland and Alison Broad PR!
(Photos are a mix of my own and courtesy of Elle.Com)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rafael Cennamo S/S 2012

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I was lucky enough to attend designer Rafael Cennamo's Spring 2012 presentation (his first at Lincoln Center!) last week.
If there was one trend that was apparent just from the shows I attended it had to be a return to girly with a splash of lace! Cennamo definitely kept this trend going with his mostly evening wear collection- not that I'm complaining!
I think I'm ready to embrace unadulterated pretty!

For me, the collection was at its best when Rafael kept the sillhouttes simple.
Even his simplest designs were heavily embellished with beading, lace, sequins, and feathers.
Lots of feathers!
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But when the shapes were already big they seemed overwhelmed by the embellishment.
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Still, for the most part the collection just took my breath away.
Seeing them up close and watching them move in person brings such a different appreciation than just seeing them in pictures- the artistry and love really comes through in each garment.

Congratulations to Rafael on his first official Mercedes Benz Fashion Week outing!
Thank you to everyone at Rafael Cennamo and at Paul Wilmot!
(The pictures here are mine so please link back if you use them!)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Street Style


Spotted this great polka dot skirt outside of Kaelen on Saturday afternoon!
Just thought she looked absolutely adorable!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Honor S/S 2012

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Inspired by ocean creatures with a twist of Catherine Deneuve Giovanna Randall sent out such a deliciously enchanting collection for Spring 2012 that I didn't even notice the celebrities sitting in the front row.
Honor has only been showing for two seasons and impressively already has it's own namesake store in lower manhattan. Based on Spring/Summer 2012 its easy to see why this young label already has a devoted following: Honor is optimistic, joyful clothing for the confident, romantic girls left in the world. It leaves no room for cynicism.
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Lots of lace, puffs and polkadots paired with metal necklaces!
Almost all of it paired with refreshingly flat shoes!
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One of my favorite things from this collection were the cutout necklines that looked like exaggerated Peter Pan collars. It creates such an interesting look- it still exposes a lot of skin without being obviously sexy. I also had a strange love for the loosely knit, lace thigh highs some of the models rocked under skirts and shorts.
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For me the only missteps were the looks in bright pink. It was a beautiful color but so shocking it seemed out of place in the collection and the pieces were either too tailored or too lose.  They just looked like random girls who had wondered onto the runway rather than the Honor girl!

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Some of the other standouts from the collection:

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I can not even begin to tell you how beautifully this dress moved- it was like a whisper. I couldn't take my eyes off of it!

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And some more pictures of the scene from my spot at the show!
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Can we skip winter and go right to Spring so I can be an Honor girl?

Thanks to everyone at Honor and Krupp Group for the invitation! 
(Pictures are both my own and courtesy of WWD)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kaelen S/S 2012

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I think I will forever hold a soft spot in my heart for Kaelen since this was my first ever NYFW event.
So, its a good thing that I genuinely loved this collection and want every piece.

Kaelen Farncombe has been showing her relatively new line at New York Fashion Week for the past couple of seasons but really gained momentum last season with her Fall 2011 collection and she definitely built on that for Spring 2012!
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The set was simple with white birch trees and cream fabric- the perfect backdrop to this easy, tonal collection. The glasses of moonshine being passed around to guests added to the woodsy, hippie vibe of the collection.

Pale and neutral colors flowed throughout the collection occasionally punctuated with orange and ink blot prints. The fabrics ranged from crushed velvet to cotton and silk to macrame but they all achieved an appealing fluidity that created cohesion beyond the color palatte.

Lets take a look at some of my favorites!
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I usually think that putting two loose pieces together is a recipe for disaster but the cropped length of this orange silk top and the sheer skirt provide a different sort of balance so that soft shape is still complimentary to your curves.
Another example of sheer done pretty:
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I'm obsessed with the seafoam greens in silk noil especially the draped tank dress with the ruffle slit up the side. I also really loved the slouchy striped suit with the green silk noil underneath.
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It reminds me of the pajama trend but with edge. Comfortable without looking sloppy.

But for me the absolute stand out of the collection has to be the white pleated disco dress!
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The pleats reference the seventies without being costume and the kimono-esque shape is universally flattering. If you want something similar but shorter and sexier than the crushed velvet draped pocket dress. 
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All in all Kaelen S/S 2012 is a well constructed, feminine collection. 
I think we've found a new go to contemporary line for pretty and comfortable!

Thank you to everyone at Kaelen and Krupp Group for the invitation!
(All pictures belong to me! Please credit if you use them! Thank you!)
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