BCBGMAXAZRIA Then & Now
“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as fashion week.” - Carrie Bradshaw ‘Sex and the City’
BCBGMAXAZRIA Then & Now
Every New York Fashion Week, I find myself looking back at seasons past to guide my Lincoln Center uniform and get a gasp on closet “must haves” for the upcoming season. Drifting through magazines in search for the season’s hottest trends, can become a bit cumbersome – so I thought, why not just go back to the source? Designer runways is where all the hot trends are birthed, so why not revisit designer runway pasts while in anticipation of next season’s hautest looks.
Looking for ways to transition your summer wardrobe into cool, crisp Autumn months? One word. Layers. Silk shift dresses laid the foundation of the BCBGMAXAZRIA gypsy-infused Fall 2013. Add cleanly knit, slouchy sweaters and beanies coupled with a choice of loose-fitting outerwear and you’ve got the collection down in a nutshell. If you’re anxious to slip into Fall fashions early, check out more Fall runway trends to try with Five Fall Fashion Trends You Can Wear Today…
BCBGMAXAZRIA Then & Now
Need a reminder of BCBGMAXAZRIA looks fresh off the runway for Fall 2013, here are a few standout looks and full runway show below.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Then & Now
If this Fall’s collection was all about layers, then Spring is all about shedding them towards fashion freedom with these easy-to-wear looks from BCBGMAXAZRIA collection. Spread across a neutral palette, the models showcased pops of life with snake-embossed leather skirts, watercolor floral prints, and embroidered tulle tops. Anyone can be BCBG, and this show proved just how effortless it is. Now for a look into the future, BCBGMAXAZRIA debuts the Spring 2014 looks earlier today from New York Fashion Week.
What do you think about BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2013 vs Spring 2014 collections? Are you ready to incorporate layers into your daily wardrobe or are you ready to be in a Spring-like state of mind?
After four exciting years of shopping til you drop and fashion hangovers, Anna Wintour has officially pulled the plug on fashion’s biggest party – Fashions Night Out. Fashion’s Biggest Party – Fashion’s Night Out Is Now Over.
According to the official website “Fashion’s Night Out will go on hiatus in the United States in 2013, in order to enable retailers to channel their resources towards strategies more in keeping with their current priorities.”… WAIT, what about those who priorities include fashionable partying? :/
According to organizers the problem wasn’t unruly shoppers turning quiet neighborhoods into “zoos” so much as it was about money. “The sponsors of the event—Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Co.—made the joint decision to go on hiatus so retailers and designers can focus their budgets on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives, rather than a big event on one night in September.”
Lisa Lockwood at Women’s Wear Daily reported that the event became a burden for designers and retailers given that “they have had to invest more and more of their resources to maintain a high level of quality, and there unquestionably was some backlash, especially from designers who were staging fashion shows at the same time.” But as the event grew every year there were also logistical problems. After this year’s FNO Hillary Reisenberg wrote a piece at BuzzFeed titled “How A Worldwide Shopping Party Became A Dangerous Liability,” a problem that was particularly evident in New York. She pointed out that in the city the crowds damaged cars and patrons were served drinks with little oversight as to whether or not they were underaged.
While I’ll admit, there were issues of extreme partying that took place during Fashion’s Night Out, the retail event really kicked off New York Fashion Week in a way unlike anything before. It was a chance for those who are unable to experience life underneath the NYFW tents to become apart of Fashion Week in some way. (Granted, those same individuals could quite possibly be the same ones featured in the unruly video above, but I digress.)
Will you miss the Fashion’s Night Out experience this year or are you over the pressures of retail therapy hype?
If you’re a fan of luxe simplicity with an edge, then Destination Kors by Michael Kors Fall 2013 Collection is for you. Several celebrities arrived for the New York Fashion Week Fall collection debut including Jada Pinket Smith, Willow Smith & more…
Bright lights, fast city and urban athleticism meets uptown polish. It’s an attitude based on full speed futuristic fashion. It’s where the endurance of electric colors med the glamour of classic black, whites, olives and charcoals. The Michael Kors Fall 2013 collection is a luxe take on autumn wih camp, graphic dogstooth patterns and moto tailoring. Bonded wool coats, jackets and track pants with racing stripe and zipper details. Rubberized shaker knit sweater over perforated felt skirt. Ribbed knit peplum sweater and tube skirt. Black slim dresses with parachute silk trains. It’s all here in the Michael Kors Fall 2013 collection. Check out more photos from the runway and the full show below…
Discover the entire Michael Kors Fall 2013 Runway Collection below…
photos/video courtesy of Michael Kors
As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, one of the highlights of the week is the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 Collection. Energetic 70 year old cart wheel diva Betsey Johnson debuted her Fall 2013 Collection to much surprise as most thought she was doomed after filing for bankruptcy. Apparently backer Steven Madden stepped in and save the day. Best known for her pouffy and frilly dresses, Johnson showed her new active wear line on a catwalk that included cell phones, flirting, and a dynamic exercise routine led by the designer that included running in place, yoga and pull-ups.
The garments presented were a mix of workout gear, party dresses, and accessories, all styled together in a wild explosion of colors -yellow, teal and hot pink lyrca -and layers. Cropped workout pants and zip-up jackets were printed with BJKicksA, the theme of for the show itself. Non-active wear clothes included sheer maxi dresses worn over leggings topped with faux fur.
Activewear by Betsey Johnson includes neon-spotted matching pantsets, topped with hot pink quilted vests. Models wearing these sporty numbers ended up prone on the floor, arms outstretched, doing yoga poses!After the model walked, they formed a line, where Johnson led a spirited “class” where tights were used for pulls and champagne bottle were used as resistance. The runway instantly transformed into a yoga studio with a series of curls, crunches, and sit-ups!
Betsey Johnson closed her show with her daughter Lulu, granddaughters and signature cartwheel with the loudest crowd ovation heard within the tents. What are your thoughts on the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 collection? Will you be watching the reality TV shows “Betsey and Lulu” next month?
Check out more from the Betsey Johnson Fall 2013 Collection below:
Fresh from the debut of her Ready-To-Wear Fall collection, Vera Wang has once again inspired beauty, sensuality and sophistication in her designs. Very seldom can you witness a design collection that takes your breath away, but once you do experience it, it’s sure to be a moment that you’ll never forget. The Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection, may not be ready to wear everyday however the beauty of being a woman is the versatility that you have to transform your look in any way, every day.
Let’s go back to London 2012 (not London Fashion Week per se’ – moreso London shop style). Last August, while shopping in a local London boutique I discovered a beautiful metallic, monochromatic brocade dress and instantly fell in love with it. Little did I know, the Vera Wang collection would be such a sophisticate interpretation of the growing and ever-present brocade trend.
Not to say that Vera Wang’s collection was inspired by my London Instagram flicks (that would be cool to think though…LOL) however, the textures and beautiful colors throughout the collection are elegant as they are sensually stunning.
Bountiful Brocade Parade: Beautiful patterns and intricate brocade details illuminate the runway in deep metallic hues and accents of deep purples, green and orange. The Vera Wang Fall Read To Wear Collection speaks sensual sophistication infused with an artful opulence without saying a single word.
Embellished prints and voluminous hip lines heightened by the moody jewel tones and plenty (plenty) of black was seen cascading down the runway. Only Vera Wang could bring such art and sincere style to a collection without sacrificing her commitment to strong, poignant trends. I am in LOVE with the classic look and feel that only richly decorative brocade fabrics can provide in design and lucky for me, there’s enough love in this Vera Wang Collection to go around.
View more from the Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection below:
It’s been an incredible 2013 for Jason Wu thus far. Just last month, he debuted his retail-friendly line, Miss Wu, exclusively for Nordstrom on Jan. 7. (already worn by First Lady Michelle Obama) inspired by chic girls with their boyfriends in the 1960’s and beyond. It’ only makes sense, during New York Fashion Week, Wu’s back at it again. While reports circulated concerns of sparsely attended shows due to the affects of NEMO blizzard - Jason Wu packed a full house! At one of the most anticipated shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, revealing the Jason Wu Fall Winter 2013 collection, Wu wowed fashionistas worldwide again.
The collection “Extreme Femininity” included stark white, black, fur, snakeskin, fire engine red and a piercing shot of violet, the silhouettes included exaggerated shoulders in fur shrugs and trench coats, pleated maxi and mini skirts, and a lot of sheer fabric.
“It’s all about the embodiment of a woman—powerful, sensual, sexy, glamorous,” said Jason Wu as he unveiled his looks board backstage before his show. “I wanted to project beauty—beautiful clothes and beautiful women.” But as Wu added, “with every hard edge there’s softness.”
His 2013 take on evening wear puts a new spin on the peplum trend, incorporating it into tuxedo pants instead of skirts or tops.
Ostrich feathers incorporated into 2 dresses, definitely wowed us all especially the winter white one!
Cocktail dresses and tops will get us all ready for the 2014 Gala season with Grecian inspiration. Will it long before Jason creates another custom fit for our First Lady inspired by this collection? We can hardly bare the suspense to see what other amazing work Jason will unveil this year!
Check out our favorite looks from The Jason Wu Fall Winter 2013 Collection below!
If you’ve ever imagined yourself our clubbing during the height of the glam rock era, you might just find yourself adorned in Diane Von Furstenberg’s Fall 2013 Collection. Mixed with heavy prints, bold colors and bright patterns – the disco-infused theme wasn’t just the inspiration for the fall collection, it heavily influenced the runway soundtrack instantly transforming the DVF Fall 2013 show audience to a less-than-typical evening at the iconic Studio 54.
One by one as each model graced the runway, we saw it all including DVF signature wrap dresses, blazer and skinny pants in “fetish pink,” gold lamé jackets, a turquoise floor-length halter dress, a rabbit-fur black vest, and a dress made of chain mail. Dizzying black-and-white prints were inspired by graphic artist M.C.
Diane Von Furstenberg described her woman for next fall: “Wrapped in a swirl of twisted chain link, she steps into the night. With an effortless glamour, she winks at herself and smiles at her shadow … In sky-high metallic heels, she swaggers across the cityscape … She is the rock star and the muse of her own life. Her clothes are her friends. Life is a party.”
Discover more looks from the DVF Fall 2013 Collection below:
Betsey Johnson’s company sent the fashion world into a tizzy on Thursday, having filed for bankruptcy. But not to fret—the party is far from over for the legendarily perky designer. Despite having to close 63 freestanding stores, Johnson will stay on as creative director for the brand focusing on sportswear and her moderately priced line, among other projects.
I certainly didn’t see this coming. As a fan of Betsey Johnson fashions (and even more a fan of her MBFW runway shows) I thought they could do no wrong. However, the company was in deep water after a $48 million loan evasion that resulted in a bail out by Steve Madden (Steve Madden Ltd. owns intellectual property rights to the company). The Wall Street Journal explains that the brand’s luxe prices are simply not affordable to its younger demographic and could not compete with lower-priced retailers (H&M,Topshop) targeting the same customer base.
But hold back your tears, because here’s a bit of good news: a few flagship stores will remain open in Manhattan and a few other cities. Saks Fifth Avenue,Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom will continue to carry the collection. Johnson also plans to hold a runway show during Fashion Week in September to promote her more affordable frocks. “I love the moderate price range,” she told WWD. “It is in synch with all the girls who are buying my clothes.”
The 70-year-old will also be cartwheeling onto—what else—reality television. The show, Betsey + Lulu, is set to air this July and will star the designer and her daughter. She will also put her nose to work releasing two more fragrances to follow up last year’s release of Too Too.
Looks like things are looking up for one of my favorite eccentric fashion brands, check out some of our favorite Betsey Johnson runway moments & let us know if you’ll be keeping an eye out for their new “more affordable” lines coming soon.
Russian designer, Katya Leonovich has the unique talent of creating clothing that trancends art into fashion. Check out a few photos of this unique designer’s looks during her Mercedes Benz Fashion Week presentation.
The Joy Cioci Fall presentation was filled with drapery, chiffon and billowy gowns (both long and short). The lines in the pieces are very dominant in the collections with pleats, sheers & bold prints. Check out a few of the pieces below and let me know what you think!
Which looks stand out most to you?