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MBFW: Day 1 Re-Cap

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Posted on September 6, 2012 by

It’s today, today! The day that marks the push to get Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week rolling! We’ve been checking in to YouTube’s Live From the Runway channel and re-watching the shows all morning over here in LA, feeling excitement all around. Bright and early, the digitally broadcast day began with Burning Man chic from Nicholas K, followed up by a show from BCBG that trickled down the runway like a dark romantic novel. Then we had some sporty spice from mister Richard Chai and lastly (at least for us online), the impeccable elegance of Tadashi Shoji. Below, we’ll walk you through four fabulous Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collections, accompanied by pictures courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily and Nordstrom.

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Nicholas K

This brother and sister team started the day out nicely, showing a solid collection true to their functional, yet sophisticated form. The mens and womenswear pieces followed a very neutral and muted colorway, with dessert camels and tans swaying along with periwinkles, celeries, and rusts. The fabric was light, the flow was paramount, and the layering was essential. We are still seeing lots of sheer, lightweight fabrics and color blocked pieces in this line for Spring 2013.

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BCBG Max Azria

The fan and critic favorite of the day seemed to come from the Bon Chic, Bon Genre crew headed by Max Azria. This show was a dream for those who love romance with an edge. Color-speaking, the palette was largely based off of one basic base – black or white…then paired with a blush, peach, periwinkle or lavender. Stealing the show, however, was BCBG’s use of texture. Each outfit was detailed with leather bondage casing and lace paneling that instantly added appeal. Aesthetically speaking, this entire collection was very linear, making the body less curvy, more slinky like they were wearing an updated version of boudoir lingerie. And while the silhouettes and prints remained very feminine, the model’s tousled hair and day old eyeliner with a swipe of rouge really balanced on the brim of rock and roll.

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Richard Chai

Although in his profile picture on the MBFW website, Richard Chai can be seen donning a Nirvana tee…do not be fooled into thinking his collection reflects anything grunge. Quite to the contrary, Chai sent down a parade of sport and prep-school style today in his Spring Ready-To-Wear show. We continued to see that ever present periwinkle, then introducing a refreshing avocado. The colorway dropped off in the latter half of his show, getting into navy, charcoal and taupe areas…using color blocking and paneling to create dimension. For both menswear and womens, the feel was very Pleasantville meets futuristic, using iridescent fabrics and matrix-esque sequins and prints on classic button down shirts and A-line skirts. He kept things fresh and playful with floral bralettes, rib cage cut-outs, and shorts as bottoms in a suit pair.

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Tadashi Shoji

Hold up…were we just watching a red carpet barrage or was that Tadashi Shoji’s Spring RTW collection? We swear any one of Shoji’s beauties (dresses, that is) will be waltzing down to receive awards on the likes of any famed actress or musician very soon. Each gown was a masterpiece, carefully crafted to grant it’s wearer poise and divinity, but with the utmost of confidence. We saw a different color on nearly every dress, from deep coral, watery cobalt, and springtime lilac to rich ivories and basic blacks. Lace stole most of the show’s attention, but in many different shapes and forms. There were collared shifts, off the shoulder sleeves, Grecian strapping, and tulle wrapping to make a whirlwind of ethereal fancy throughout.

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Check back for more coverage of NYFW’s live streamed runway shows…

JBCStyle – NYFW Top Picks – Day 3

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Posted on February 11, 2012 by

It’s a cold day in the city but the icy weather isn’t going to stop New York Fashion Week.  The fashion industry braved the flurries and made day three a success.  Below, the designers who warmed us with delight this Saturday.

Mara Hoffman – Prints have crossed over to the dark side; in a good way.  Mara Hoffman is known for weaving spirituality into her designs and Fall 2012 doesn’t veer far from her usual.  The overall feel was mystical with the use of bold prints balanced by sharp tones of red, black and white.  A very wearable collection for the high-fashion loving Bohemian.

              

Hervé Léger by Max Azria – Harnesses and strapped-up boots evoke thoughts of a dominatrix; but the models strutting the Hervé Léger catwalk transformed the items of bondage into sexy, sultry accessories to add edge to form-fitting dresses.   The nude pieces, paired with cognac leather accessories were subtle in their approach – a contrast from the black leather paired with the white, black and patterned pieces.

         

Miguel Adrover – If you have yet to be moved this fashion week, take a look at Miguel Adrover’s Fall 2012 Collection and read into the not-so-subliminal messaging.  Throw in a little bit of controversy while you’re at it and you will see fashion at it’s best.  Re-worked fabrics, clothing and items such as rugs and sheets formed a collection that left viewers enchanted and dare I say…thinking?  Hats off to Adrover for pushing the envelope and creating looks that are globally street-worthy.

         

         

 

 

NYFW: BCBG Max Azria RTW Fall 2012

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Posted on February 9, 2012 by

Painting by: Piet Mondrian

BCBGMAXAZRIA was one of the first shows to kick off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.  Models gracing the runway looked like Bauhaus paintings marching in a gallery…there was colorblocking galore and a bold, yet painterly feel to each of the pieces.  I couldn’t help but compare the looks to something Margot Tenenbaum would have worn.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum: The Royal Tenenbaums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as texture and style, BCBG mixed some masculine with some feminine form. We saw straight line dresses, trenches and jumpsuits paired with furs and leather. Hair was kept sleek and parted to the side.

One tweet during the show referenced a late 1970′s discount clothing commercial entitled The Other Korvettes; and I can’t say I disagree.  The ebony and ivory with the melange of colors, ranging from highlighter yellow to royal blue to that tangerine we love so dearly, mixed with 70′s pant suit neutrals all proved a proper tribute to the seven elements of art.

Click through to see some of our favorite looks:

Valentine’s Day: Dress the Part

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Posted on February 2, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love…and it can be celebrated in many romantic ways with that special someone.  So naturally, you’ll want to look good for them.  But you should also dress practically.  We’ve scoured this season’s best dresses and categorized them just right for your February 14th activity.

1. Valentine Dinner Reservations

French Connection Sequin Dress – $466

If your plans are to check out the trendiest new restaurant or bar, this dress covers all of the bases:  it’s stylish, fun, and sexy.  Dress this number up with some sky high platforms or keep it low key with some ankle booties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halston Heritage Waterfall Silk Chiffon Dress – $365

This Halston Heritage dress is a perfect fit if you have dinner reservations at a fancy spot, with a Valentine’s pre-set menu.  You’ll look spot on!  Pair this flirty pink petal dress with some strappy heels and an updo for a very lady like look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  A Sweetheart’s Stroll

BCBG Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress – $398

If your honey is the outdoor type, he may want to express that in his choice for your date.  A long maxi dress can be a smart choice if it’s slightly chilly.  You can wear this style with flats or more comfortable shoes as well, since it reaches the floor.  The bright colorblocking keeps it from looking too casual, so you’ll still feel beautiful on your date night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.Crew Pleated Jardin Skirt in Heart Throb – $128

Let’s say your sweetheart has a bit of a hike or a picnic in the park in mind, but you still want to look flirty for him.  This skirt from J.Crew is literally called the ‘Heart Throb’ skirt and is just that.  It’s shape creates a feminine appeal and the pattern is just the thing for this holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Romantic picnic on the Beach

Free People Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress – $168

If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast or a beach of any sort, this might be an ideal destination for your Valentine’s night.  The long length of this Free People maxi is just right for a breezy walk along the water.  Wear this look like the model does, with combat boots…or just sandals you can slip off in the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Velvet Jobeth Baby Jersey Dress – $140

If you’re planning a jaunt along the Santa Monica boardwalk and you’re the type to run down to the water, kick off your heels, and splash around a bit…then this one is for you!  Velvet’s jersey henley dress has shape and color, but will be easy to move around in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Dancing the Night Away

Parker Pleated Dress in Shell – $253

If you have one of those rare guys out there that actually love to dance with you, then you win!  This pleated dress is just the right measure of shape, movement, color and sexiness.  You’ll look gorgeous spinning around in it’s fabric and he’ll swoon when you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free People Glam Life Dress – $168

If dancing for you means hitting up the hottest club or even heading to Vegas for the lover’s holiday, then you’re going to be smoking hot in Free People’s little red dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Candlelit Date at Home

Parker Wrap Dress – $242

Dinner at home, with no commotion, can be just the right mood for a lot of couples.  If you’re an easy going gal, who wants to look subtly sexy…a blush colored wrap will do the trick.  To ‘sex it up’ a bit…tousle your tresses, throw on some deep red lipstick and a fancy pair of high heels and you’re good to stay home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice + Olivia Aerin Fitted Blouson Dress – $154

If staying home means something a little more sensual, you may want to wear something a little more seductive.  Alice + Olivia made this burgundy teaser just for you.  Although it’s jersey material says comfort to you, it says ‘booty hugging silhouette’ to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  A Fancy Show for Two

Acne:  Marnay washed maxi – $390

You love the ballet, the opera, any good excuse to get dressed up and watch a performance.  Acne’s stunning georgette-maxi dress is sophisticated in the front and just revealing enough in the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badgley Mischka Bow Front Lace Dress – $430

If your event is ultra fancy and you want to embody the Valentines Day charm, this Badgley Mischka is your answer.  Beautiful antiqued rose lace and a peplum bodice are the definition of demure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  A Fun Show for Two

Joseph Van Colorblock Dress – $382

If you and your boo love to see movies or go to live shows, you may not want to dress up to the max.  This colorblock, long sleeve dress from Joseph is on trend with it’s mod design, but you won’t feel out of place in the crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haute Hippie Studded Dress – $595

Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as your favorite band’s concert, so what?  That means your guy gets extra points if he takes you to a nice dinner PLUS your show.  Look sexy for dinner and rocker chic for the concert later.  You could even get wild and try out some of this season’s cotton candy hair colors (get a good tutorial for temporary versions of this here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  A ‘Surprise’

Elizabeth and James Paloma paneled silk-georgette dress – $345

Has your babe been a bit vague about your plans for the 14th?  If so, you’re not going to want to get stuck with a wardrobe faux-pas.  If he won’t divulge any details, it could be anything from a couple’s aphrodisiac cooking class to a proposal.  Look swanky and sophisticated in Elizabeth and James’ ode to art-deco number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanette Lapore Have a Fling Dress – $244

If a proposal is potentially on the horizon, you can be sure there will be a picture or two taken.  Just so you don’t forever look back and wish you hadn’t looked like a box of candy conversation hearts threw up all over you, stay classy in a deeper shade.  Plum lace creates a sort of Victorian romantic feel in this delicate Nanette Lepore dress.