Models have finally started stomping down the runways of Lincoln Center to begin Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012. They started the festivities with designers who really know what they are doing. They all have different ways of transforming clothes but they all manage to create something beautiful. These are a few designers that stood out to me during the first two day of fashion week.
BCBG Max Azria- Max Azria used a lot of geometric patterns and long loose jackets for this collection. However, Azria used warmer colors like coral, burgundy, and a light yellow. He used these colors in a way that gave us just a hint of spring combining them with lighter nudes and browns. The colors gave off almost a seventies kind of feel.
Richard Chai Love- Richard Chai Love started with solid stripes then slowly moved to more fluid and colorful patterns to go with his darker more subdued color palette. Most of the garments were loose and oversized, but a few dresses had a fitted bodice with a flared skirt. He focused a lot on jackets and blazers, and used simple silhouettes throughout his entire show to show off his exceptional tailoring skills.
Tadashi Shoji- Shoji’s designs have been seen on celebrities walking the red carpet for award season and it’s easy to tell why so many celebrities love his clothes. He uses unexpected colors with black and beige. His collection has dynamic pattern, and his pieces were beautifully draped. There was a good mixture of silhouettes, the show was really cohesive from beginning to end and gave a twist to the idea of classic beauty.
Chadwick Bell- The eighties reinvented seemed to be the theme of Chadwick Bell’s fall collection for 2012. He gives his eighties inspired silhouettes new life with bright colors and some interesting prints. He also mixes in creams and blacks. The collection was very flattering for a woman’s body because they are waist accentuating to give that sexy hourglass look. Though he is a young designer he has shown that he understands a woman’s body and I expect to see more beautiful pieces coming from Chadwick Bell.
Jason Wu- Fur was recurring in Jason Wu’s fall collection is designed for a powerful woman in mind. The colors he used were darker like navy, plum, black and dark green, but also threw in a bright punchy orange-red and a little sparkle. Intricate patterns also added to each piece on elegant fabrics like satin and velvet. The final looks were show stopping with high slits and intricate embellishment shows that this collection is the definition if glamour.
Rebecca Taylor- Taylor’s collection for fall it had a lot of cozy pieces with really feminine pieces. There were flowy skirts and dresses with thick and cozy knits. The patterns used in this collection are very different from floral to leopard to patchwork. This collection had a cozy chic vibe with pieces that are very wearable for the everyday woman. It combines sweet, sexy, comfortable, and fashionable, just what every woman wants.
Rebecca Minkoff- I have three words for this fall collection sexy, sweet and cool. Rebecca Minkoff really showed off her style this season with her cool colors, sexy silhouettes, and a sweet mix of patterns. First let’s talk about colors Minkoff used almost every color of your standard rainbow and they were all vibrantly paired with neutral black and brown so the colors stood out even more. The silhouettes were sexy and not just in the traditional sense. They were sexy by showing off a woman’s body and flattering her every curve. The sweet mix of patterns was used throughout the collection they were playfully used to accentuate certain parts of the ensemble. Overall this was a well-balanced collection with a lot of flair.
Nicole Miller- This collection screamed the seventies from the silhouettes to the colors. However, this isn’t just the same old stuff, it’s more of a movement from tradition seventies style into a more modern style. In the beginning of the show it starts with the classic bright colors and some busy floral patterns with fur and suede. As we move through the collection the palette is darker, but with hints of the bright seventies pattern and starting to introduce more contemporary fabrics like leather. By then end of the show more pieces look like they could be worn on the street, but still relate back to the seventies era.
Here are some of my favorite looks from each designer:
All Looks are From Fall 2012