Day three is done, and we've seen a bevy of beautiful dresses, chunky Fall knits, and standout accessories. Alexander Wang gave us his classic mix of loungewear and formalwear, Jill Stuart mixed it up with watercolor fox prints, and Charlotte Ronson's chunky layers have us excited to bundle up. Click through for the 10 looks that caught our eye today.
Posts for February 12th 2011
After the Peter Som show, we went to the top floor of Milk Studios to check out a contemporary line called Nonoo. We were pleasantly surprised to find an easy, refined collection of chic lbd's, tailored trousers and jackets. The big names at New York Fashion Week — Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Rodarte — might get the attention, but it's the young up-and-coming designers who can really make a name for themselves this week. In our mind, that's what makes Fashion Week so special. So, fashion-lovers and and would-be designers, here's our interview with chic young designer Misha Nonoo, whose Fall collection marked her fifth season and first showing during Fashion Week. Keep an eye out for her clothes at Intermix!
FabSugar: Tell me what the inspiration was for this line.
Misha Nonoo: It was my English heritage and roots. I became quite fascinated by British aristocracy; their unique blend of eccentricitly, charm, humor. I read alot about Lady Caroline Blackwood, who was muse to Lucien Freud and poet Robert Law. I found it so inspiring how these women were so elegant, so strong, so witty, and they had their own sense of style. I wanted to create something where someone would feel sophisticated and strong when they wear my clothes.
FS: Who is the kind of girl who you want to see wear your clothes?
MN: I would love to see somebody like a Diane Kruger. She has a great sensibility, she’s very true to herself. I think she would take anything and make it her own. And that's what my collection is all about.
FS: How are you going to celebrate after the show is over?
MN:I’m going away for the weekend tomorrow, to a house in Hudson (upstate New York).
FS: Do you have a go-to item in your closet?
MN: Normally it's always a jacket, but now it’s a pair of pants. They're leg-lengthening, you pair them with a nice blouse and a jacket and that's it. You're done.
Entering the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, one should expect some unusual artistic vision. That was exactly what Kimberly Ovitz delivered, in the form of a circle of models whose neon-painted faces were partially covered with netting. Freaky? Slightly. Luckily the clothes were more approachable. Ovitz applied modern, sculptural tailoring to knits and technical fabrics and layered them, so that a fitted leather jacket with a cropped back revealed a long fitted tee and an even longer skirt. Colorwise, it was mostly monochromatic, but bold pops of neon yellow or cobalt blue made a serious, edgy collection feel sporty.
- Trends: Layering, maxi skirts, futuristic, sport chic.
- Colors: Black, grey, white, cobalt blue, neon.
- Key Looks: A black pencil skirt and black leather jacket.
- Accessories: Camilla Skovgaard shoes.
- Who Would Wear It: The woman who wants to kick butt and make spin class.
Scott Sternberg went for the gusto this evening at his Fall 2011 Band of Outsiders runway show attended by a star-studded guest list which included Kirsten Dunst — the brand's new lookbook face — Grace Coddington, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Momofuku’s David Chang, who gifted everyone with lemon cookies so delicious, even Anna Wintour was spotted taking a bite. So what exactly was on tap? Models rappelled down from the ceiling in a dramatic fashion serving as the perfect opener to an exciting show and equally tantalizing collection.
Thick knit sweaters, cropped plaid pants, fur scarves, silk print gowns, and slouchy fur beanies all pointed toward a grungy glamorous ski-inspired feel, while sharper looks, like a thin-wale corduroy suit, injected just the right amount of polish. Our favorite, a striped wool blanket poncho paired with leather climbing booties, emoted the perfect sense of Winter cozy.
- Trends: Plaid pants, fur scarves, flared trousers, semi-sheer gowns.
- Colors: Grey, beige, blue, black.
- Key Looks: Blanket wool poncho, corduroy suit.
- Accessories: Leather climbing booties, fur beanies, pearls, pendants.
- Who Would Wear It: Cool city hipsters, laid-back luxe types.
Often we're made to feel lucky to wear a designer label, so it's a pleasant surprise to hear this from Adam: "the starting point in designing every collection is the woman who wears my clothes." Adam, we're flattered. Beyond that, it was a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian that sealed the inspiration for his Fall 2011 collection. The Native American references were loosely suggested in a blanket anorak and an excellent textured sweater with fringe, but for the most part it was a peppy collection with elements of geek chic, Adirondack weekends, and the 70s working girl with a touch of utilitarian sport thrown in. Adam continued the long proportions trend of Fall Fashion Week with more calf-skimming hemlines, which worked particularly well in a black mohair dress with a lace back. Overall, it was a wearable collection of separates that will take the Adam girl effortlessly from weekends in the country to her 9-5 city job.
- Trends: Geek chic, 70s, utility, plaid, Native American, lace, lace panels, backless, longer hemlines .
- Colors: Claret, cobalt, cream, black, gold
- Key Looks: Mohair dress, gold embroidered dress.
- Accessories: Manolo Blahnik shoes, black plastic frame glasses.
- Who Would Wear It: Sporty, fun-loving girls who list travel and parties as their favorite pastimes.
Prabal’s show began with Karlie Kloss in a luscious, red, off-the-shoulder dress looking like she had stepped straight off the cover of a Harlequin romance novel, minus Fabio. In the background, a sultry version of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" played, setting the stage for a super flirty, kitschy, and dramatic show that revolved around the theme of love. There were Victorian references in high-necked lace tops with fluttery bell sleeves, '80s moments with ombré furs and punked out hair, and just plain beauty with the lace details and empire-meets-peplum gowns. It was a plea for unadulterated romance, provocative and perhaps a bit naughty. The stylish crowd, among them J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, Garance Doré, Emmanuelle Alt and actress Jessica Chastain, seemed to love it, as they erupted in cheers at the finale, a rarity in fashion shows. For a look at the full runway show, visit FabSugarTV.
- Trends: Bandage details, lace, Victorian, '80s, backless coats, lace print.
- Colors: Red, ombré, pink.
- Key Looks: A lace-paneled coat, Karlie's red gown.
- Accessories: Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal shoes, black leather gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: Ladies looking to make a flirty statement on the red carpet or at events.
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We went backstage at eco-friendly line Edun's Fall 2011 runway show to get the inside scoop from founder Ali Hewson, Bono's wife, and designer Sharon Wauchob on their newest collection. Watch it now and discover all there is to know about Edun's silky landscape-based prints, experimental use of color, and the designing duo's ongoing love of chunky knits.
Bono and wife Ali Hewson founded Edun in 2005 with the intention using fashion as a way to promote trade and industry in Africa. Today, new creative director Sharon Wauchob debuted her second collection that was as much about the clothes as it was about Edun's underlying motive. The collection, entitled "Storytellers and Liars," played with notions of reality and fantasy. If the fantasy existed in the abstract prints and unfinished knits, the reality came through in wearable silhouettes: slim twill trousers, quilted bomber jackets, easy calf-length skirts. The stories were many: military, bohemian, urban edge — but they meshed together in a really effortless way thanks to Wauchob's spot-on tailoring and knack for balanced proportions. Choosing clothes with a conscience often requires some fashionable compromises, but here, it just feels like a bonus. We went backstage with the designing duo on FabSugarTV - check it out along with the full runway show.
- Trends: Textured knits, silk trousers, deconstruction, bomber jackets, longer hemlines
- Colors: Earthy colors like olive, brown, gray, and cream.
- Key Looks: A knit pencil skirt paired with a cropped bomber; a black knit maxi skirt with black blouse.
- Accessories: Open-toe platform booties and brass charm jewelry made in Kenya.
- Who Would Wear It: Urbane
For eco-friendly line Edun's fall 2011 collection, designers Ali Hewson — Bono's wife — and Sharon Wauchob, inspired by a recent trip to Kenya, branched out from their usual neutral palette and incorporated vivid blue, green, and mustard hues. Silky landscape-print dresses were juxtaposed by signature thick knits to create decidedly wearable ensembles with an effortless day-to-night air. To get a glimpse of all the looks featured, watch our runway coverage now!