Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Katya Leonovich S/S 2012


Russian born designer, Katya Leonovich, was inspired by American football for her Spring/Summer 2012 presentation at Lincoln Center.
Sexy, and unabashedly cool, the collection reminded me more of Surf culture than Monday Night Football. 

Most of the colorful collection's pieces were hand painted with such lovely prints that were almost in stark contrast with the deconstructed nature of the garments. 
   But, thanks in part to Leonovich's couture background, the beautiful chaos of each piece melted into a cohesive collection.

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This dip-dyed denim patch dress (one of my favorites from the collection) looks pop star ready.

Admittedly, some of the denim looks and bra tops felt a bit dated.
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I couldn't help but be reminded of two 2001 red carpet moments...
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Katya's best work came in the form of her draped and gathered chiffon dresses.
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Overall, this was a fun, almost avant-garde collection that brought a completely different feeling to NYFW!

Thanks to everyone at Katya Leonovich and MAO PR!
(Pictures are my own as well as courtesy of MAO PR and MTV)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lela Rose S/S 2012

I have to admit that I was a little distracted at the Lela Rose show.
Why?
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Mandy Moore was front row!
I love her. So sue me!
I was also just learning how to use the motion/action mode on my new fancy camera so I have some really great pictures and some really bad ones (including a series of Mandy sneezing. I didn't mean to actually get pictures of that but it was more in focus than the model walking past her. Oops!)
Also front row was Susan Sarandon, her daughter Eva, and Mariska Hargitay who is crazy beautiful.
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(Mariska after the show)

Inspired by nostalgia for old Las Vegas and the idea of a "neon graveyard" (like a future of abandoned Coney Islands) Lela Rose added much more color than usual to her Spring 2012 collection.
The mood board might make you think of both rhinestones and gloom but Lela managed to turn her inspirations into a cheerful, pretty, well constructed collection!

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I loved the green lining of this jacket. Sophisticated and neutral enough to go with anything but with a surprising pop of color making it perfect for spring!

Along with the dreamy florals Rose also showed intricate geometric patterns often using a cutout technique.
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But for me the collection really shone when Lela stuck to what she does best: youthful but elegant dresses and gowns!

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Thanks to everyone at Lela Rose and Krupp Group!

(Pictures are both mine & courtesy of Style.Com)

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!
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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!)

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