New York Fashion Week is fast-approaching and the designers continue to scatter. The latest designer to switch locations is Alexander Wang and he didn’t just decide to choose another location in Manhattan, he chose another borough. Wang gave his 5 p.m. spot to Joseph Altuzarra and decided to cross the East River to Brooklyn to present his fall collection at the Duggal Greenhouse located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s not a big deal… it’s just another borough that’s slightly more difficult to get to. Muah-ha-ha.
A Look from Alexander Wang RTW Spring 2014
Wang’s not the only designer switching it up. Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors haven’t turned their backs on Manhattan, but they have decided to show at Spring Studios in TriBeCa versus The Theatre at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Vera Wang is taking her collection to the Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea.
The Fall/Winter 2014 collections seem to have brought on the urge to try something new in 2014 for many designers. Whether it’s the costs, the overwhelming (and random) attendance at Lincoln Center, or just the desire to mix things up, designers seem to be growing weary of the fashion week madness. We see no issue with scattering shows across New York City, but we are interested to see if the tactic will ease the current situation.
The lucite heel, more commonly known as the ‘hooker heel,’ may have a bad reputation, but this season’s updated versions are designed with a subtle twist to wear day or night without being asked, “How much?”
We rounded up eleven clear-heeled, Cinderella-worthy sandals that have spring written all over them. From architectural to sleek, high-heeled to low-heeled, there’s a variety of ways to express the classy hooker in all of us. Jeffrey Campbell is a go-to for this style along with Kate Spade, ALDO, and Alexander McQueen.
Choose a style that suits your tastes and wear them casual or dressed up; but just to be safe, stay away from anything too short, too tight, or too revealing – we don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.
For two of fashion’s heavy-hitters, Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren, their Spring 2013 Collections found inspiration in the rich, vibrant cultures of India and Latin America, respectively.
Diane von Furstenberg has been hinting towards her spring collection inspiration since she shared her travel adventures with Vogue in “Passage to India: Diane von Furstenberg’s Photo Travel Diary.” Her travels to the Palace in Jodhpur, the Taj Mahal, the local markets in Udaipur, Rajasthan and the Taj Lake Palace brought rich color, texture and detail to each look.
The traditional dress of South Asian women – from the sari to the shalwar kameez – were translated by von Furstenberg into a collection that can be worn from day to evening.
She’s always been known for understanding what women want and her ability to balance glamour with functionality have brought much success.
Another good quality – her open-minded views on technology. During and after the show, select models, von Furstenberg, and Google cofounder, Sergey Brin were wearing Glass by Google prototypes, a spectacle-like apparatus that is capable of capturing images and much more.
Ralph Lauren stepped out of his all-American comfort zone and journeyed to Latin America for RTW Spring 2013. The fringe, the embroidery, the tulle, the color. The rich colors and textures. All coalesced into a vibrant collection that brought to mind traditional costumes of Flamenco, Salsa or Pasa Doble dancers.
Each look had a sultry vibe as the show went from from casual to formal. Accessories were heavy and diverse – from berets to bandanas – each model was adorned down to the last detail.
The show ended with a group of curve-loving gowns in red, black and white. A stunning collection made for the Ralph Lauren woman who isn’t afraid to step out in something different every now and then.
This year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards was filled with firsts, including a host who donned a dress and boxer combo worthy of a fashion police arrest and a live broadcast of the evening’s ceremony on Style.com. On the contrary, CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg is anything but a first timer. On June 11th, the fashion icon and president of the CFDA was selected by the council’s board to serve her fourth two-year term as president.
“Diane has done an excellent job as CFDA President. The time and resources she gives and the vision she has created is a huge benefit for our organization and industry,” Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, told Women’s Wear Daily.
This nomination isn’t von Furstenberg’s only CFDA honor. In 2005, the CFDA awarded von Furstenberg the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in fashion and her success of her global luxury fashion brand. Two years later, von Furstenberg stepped up as president to lead the organization in its mission of furthering the recognition of fashion design, advancing its artistic and professional standards, and promoting and improving public understanding and appreciation of the fashion arts.
Along with extending von Furstenberg’s term, the board also approved 26 new candidates for membership, bringing the total number to 427. This year’s group included recent CFDA winners including Joseph Altuzarra and Tabitha Simmons (below) as well as a host of other designers and stylists.
Spring has sprung with a variety of milky pastels and neutrals ready and waiting to have a naughty fling with the bright colors from the forbidden side of the color wheel. Letting all the colors play together equals a stylish you.
Below, a little color-combo inspiration worth experimenting with for spring. From your fingers to your toes, these designers found the right balance between pastels and brights:
Pretty Purplesand Corals
Phillip Lim worked a soft, lime green into his RTW Spring 2012 Collection.
Cool Chocolate Confections
Diane von Furstenberg balanced light and dark chocolate with cool blues and warm neutrals.
Peaches and Cream and a Splash of Yellow at Chloé (left) and Prada’s Pastels Play with Bold Red and Black (right)
J. Crew’s Bright Yellow and Blue Try Lavender’s Calming Effects (left), Chanel’s Minty Structure Meets Playful Nude and Balenciaga Toughens Up with Metallics and Black
1. Tribune Standard – Perhaps one of the more pleasantly surprising favorites of the day…Tawfik Mounayer’s collection was a ‘soaring’ success. Now, maybe I’m a bit biased because I’m obsessed with texture myself…but Tribune Standard has texture down to a science for Fall 2012. We’ve got everything from laces to leather, with really fun (and probably very tactile) feathery tops and knit hats. The whole show had a feel of a flock of birds in the dead of winter…with layers like plumage and a strong, graceful presence. Not to mention, that sky high bun pulled so taught atop each model’s crown.
2. Edun – This designer knows how to layer a woman sexy. We saw thick knit sweaters in ultramarine, pleated skirts and warm winter coats of plaid, leather accents galore, all matched with slinky zebra and abstract print dresses and base layers. But what really won me was Edun’s intelligent use of pockets…in the skirts, sleeveless jackets, dresses…everything! Oh, praise.
3. Diane von Furstenberg- DVF may be telepathic. Recently when I’ve been frantically getting ready for an event, I’ve had need for some classic inspiration. So my intrigue was tapped when, in her show notes, DVF even stated that her Fall RTW collection was about being ‘glamorous at a moment’s notice’ and having ‘a heightened awareness of the promise of places she has not yet been.’ Each look portrayed this woman who knows everything in her closet, and how to pair them at the drop of a hat…but with a different twist each time. The color mixing was smart, the sparkle…just enough, and that hand print-puzzle dress was ever so chic. Really, the collection in it’s entirety was.