Yigal Azrouël's Fall 2011 collection conjured up images of super chic French girls walking the streets of St. Germaine and Rue Etienne Marcelle. The collection was filled with boyish basics like cropped slim trousers, button-up shirts, and double-breasted blazers, yet still showed its feminine side with luxe fur touches, stunning silk and feathered cocktail frocks, and an unexpected palette of turquoise, peach, and the occasional shot of hot yellow or pink. The beauty look was particularly intriguing as models wore feathered headbands with pulled-back hair, but to see all the outfits and styling choices, watch our coverage now!
"Decayed opulence" was the overall theme for Marchesa's Fall collection, and designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig showed little restraint with their Victorian-era offerings — inspired by Great Expectations' Miss Havisham, the pieces were romantic, exquisite, and impeccably crafted. Intricate pearl beading, leather cutouts on lace, and deconstructed silk punctuated the show-stopping gowns — and hopefully you like tulle, because there is no shortage of it in this elegant, fantastical collection. As always, the girls played with volume, creating pure poetry with voluminous, sculptured bodices and skillfully frayed layers of lace, making this yet another Marchesa collection that we can't wait to see on the red carpet.
As Michael Kors's collection reaches its 30th anniversary, hairstylist Orlando Pita is delving into the designer's back catalog for inspiration. For the Fall 2011 runway, he created a simple, purposely "undone" updo that looks back to the '90s. Watch now for more about the look.
For Fall 2011, Phillip Lim churned out an architectural collection of well-constructed separates aimed at the stylish city girl on the go. Cropped carrot pants, letterman jackets, and overcoats all were infused with a touch of athleticism and presented in hues ranging from vibrant blues and greens to sweatshirt gray and blush pink. Scrunchy marbled sweatpants paired with a leather-armed and fur-collared coat offered a particularly strong look, but to see all the lovely Lim ensembles, watch our coverage now!
If you too have a summery white maxi buried at the bottom of your closet, take a cue from this NYFW street-style pro and channel her Winter-friendly way to dress it up. Start with a long-sleeve tee to layer, then add a plush, faux fur jacket ($80, originally $170) and a pair of utility-style booties. Extra points for bold accessories, like this Proenza, and a pair of round sunnies to complete the look. Get inspired and shop a similarly boho-chic ensemble.
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Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2011 collection was so deliciously opulent, and we absolutely reveled in his fur and feather trims, rich jewel-toned palette, and lavish embellishments that graced every skirt suit, day dress, and statement coat. As for what he's best known for — his gorgeous evening gowns — those were no less notable, particularly the swoon-worthy silver tulle number we can't wait to see on the red carpet! To see all the truly breathtaking looks, watch our coverage now!
We've come to know and love Lim as the master of easy-chic, and his Fall '11 collection only solidifies that reputation. It's a collection that melds the world of street-style chic and elegance — coolness that begs to be worn in the form of leather details on easy silhouettes. We're treated to separates in silky fabrics, neutrals matched in monochrome, then looks with a splash of color or a white contrast. It's the stuff you could live in effortlessly making your way about town, while still exuding polish and sophistication — and just a hint of that edginess that separates the cool girls from the rest.
- Trends: Leather, 'laxed silhouettes, abstract print, minimalism.
- Colors: Brown, black, cobalt blue, and greens.
- Key Looks: Cobalt jumpsuit with brown, buttery, leather sleeves and art-nouveau-inpsired prints.
- Accessories: Scoop-front booties, multistrap, cap-toe heels; oversize, square shades.
- Who Would Wear It: The girl who craves cool with polish; Kate Bosworth.
Derek Lam's Fall 2011 show was thrillingly jam-packed with all the cognoscenti including Vogue's Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley. We caught up with the designer backstage after his heavily lauded presentation, where he filled us in on his love of eveningwear and the inherent versatility of his well-executed pieces and offered a few words of inspiration from the world-famous choreographer George Balanchine. We also caught a few words of praise from Talley about Lam's flawless work. To see the whole exchange, watch our video now!