Fashion Week is coming into its eventful final shows, and it seems like the keywords for today's looks were "vintage pretty." We saw lots of styles inspired by Old Hollywood, slicked-back flapper hair, and even a touch of '60s techniques. It's all eminently covetable, so take a look.
Carolina Herrera is routinely known for her elegant designs, and this season proved no exception to the well-dressed rule. Belted flannel coats, fur trimmed dresses, and to-die-for evening gowns all embraced the female figure and reminded us why we love getting gussied up. But what was particularly striking about Herrera’s Fall 2011 collection was the rich, gorgeous palette that ranged from deep wine to tropical turquoise — executed with impeccable taste and without sacrificing any of the designer’s signature refined aesthetic.
Keep it classy, New York. That's what the message seemed to be from the always elegant and super poised Carolina Herrera. The show began with Arizona Muse in a swingy coat tied with a burgundy velvet belt, and from there came a series of daytime separates ideal for Madison Avenue shopping sprees: wide-leg trousers, fur-trimmed jackets, belted sheath dresses. Bold colors like turquoise and orange made some more traditional silhouettes feel fresher, and it would have been nice to see more done with a graphic brushstroke print and ombré sequins. The evening gowns that made the designer a fave of celebs like Renée Zellweger and January Jones were textured and mostly colorful, including the strapless turquoise and red ombré number worn by Karlie Kloss and the beautiful black liquid jacquard finale dress. In a touching Valentine's Day moment, proud daughter Carolina Jr. snapped a pic of her mom from the front row as Carolina Sr. took her bow. Click here to watch our one-on-one interview with the designer and take a look at the full runway here on FabSugarTV.
- Trends: Jacquard, graphic prints, fur, wide-leg trousers, ombré, ladylike dressing.
- Colors: Orange, turquoise, crimson, gray, black.
- Key Looks: A knee-length wool skirt and ombré sequin top was fresh; the liquid jacquard finale dress.
- Accessories: Velvet Manolo Blahniks with turquoise trim.
- Who Would Wear It: Elegant sophisticates; uptown socialites.
Valentine's Day makeup can leave you at a loss for what colors to use and how to combine them. To get you started, here are 10 gorgeous color combination ideas inspired straight from the runway. Whether your taste runs to classic crimson lips and dark eyes, you're looking for something soft and sweet, or if you want to go nontraditional, there's something here for you.
- Joseph Altuzarra has paired with denim duo Current/Elliott for six denim styles, set to debut on his Fall 2011 runway — and Vogue has a preview (left) [Vogue.com]
- New Barneys fashion director Amanda Brooks was mum last night on the subject of her new position, saying that it was only her second day, but she has started Twittering for Barneys and says she plans to attend as many New York fashion shows as she can [Harper's Bazaar]
- Zac Posen is keeping his Z Spoke collection appointments very low key this season: "Last season was for the media. This one is for the customers and retailers" [@meenalmistry]
- Jason Wu is livestreaming his Feb. 11 show on Bergdorf Goodman's website, where some Fall items will be for sale as pre-orders on Feb. 16 [Christina Binkley]
- Marc Jacobs is forgoing a Fashion Week party, instead feting the 10th anniversary of Marc by Marc Jacobs with a Valentine's Day "semiformal" [@jimshi809]
- Peep Lauren Santo Domingo on the March 2011 cover of Town & Country, attended by the headline: "Meet the next Mrs. Astor" [@jimshi809]
- Bryanboy has done videos of his fashion escapades before, but this fashion week, he's doing a 24-hour livestream of himself for Kanon Organic Vodka, which promises to "give viewers a first hand look into what it’s like to rub elbows with fashion’s elite." He's got a video preview up on his site, and it goes live beginning at 9 am on Feb. 16 at kanonvodka.com [Bryanboy]
- There are also reports that Bryanboy is shooting a pilot during New York Fashion Week with the producers of America's Next Top Model that "Bravo is supposedly very interested in" [The Cut]
- Tumblr is putting 24 bloggers up in a hotel for New York Fashion Week, has secured invites for them to more than a dozen shows — including big shows like Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta — and set up events for them like breakfast with Nina Garcia, a private brunch at Lucky editor Brandon Holley's apartment, and a meeting with Oscar de la Renta prior to his show to talk his new collection [WSJ, The Cut]
- Abbey Lee Kershaw is reportedly skipping New York Fashion Week, for a "personal music project" in London with "my band" — Our Mountain, the band of Kershaw's boyfriend, Matthew Hutchinson, which she's performed with before. She is, however, set to head to Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks [Frockwriter]
- Alexander Wang cut his front row seats in half this season, thanks to a new seating configuration; he's also hosting an intimate party on Feb. 15 to mark his store's opening [@meenalmistry, @jimshi809]
We're not sure if it's possible for January Jones to look bad on the red carpet — she graced the SAG Awards in a stunningly ornate black and gold lace Carolina Herrera gown and understated onyx stud earrings. With the dress being so elaborate, it was a wise choice for January to wear her hair in a sleek updo, and her gilded eyeshadow plays perfectly to the gown's delicate detail. Do you love or hate her vintage look?
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Carolina Herrera isn't just for the red carpet . . . it's also for the playground! Celebrity moms from Sofia Vergara to Amy Adams have worn the designer's stunning gowns, and now more casual looks are available for the small set! CH, the designer's lifestyle brand, sent over its 2011 Spring/Summer lookbook, and it has me enthused about warmer weather. From chambray and polka dots to khaki trench coats and sweet red florals, the line also has sweats, stripes, and polos to fit every child's personal style. Check out the collection!
>> There's something to be said about the saying "less is more," and Spring's fervor for full skirts has us on board. Designers like Vena Cava, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler showed modest, lady-like hemlines for Spring, and we can't wait to start wearing the trend ourselves. We're especially into Vena Cava's pairing with chunky flatforms and a crop top, left, and Marc by Marc Jacobs's classic approach. Stock up on some full skirts now with our freshly culled picks from Jason Wu, Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera, and Urban Outfitters.