Sure, there are biggies like Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler — but this Fashion Week, we're equally excited to see what our new favorite up-and-comers are bringing to the table. From Misha Nonoo's laid-back luxe to the all-out sex-kitten silhouettes at Cushnie et Ochs, we're looking forward to lots of freshness in the coming weeks. Click through now to see five burgeoning designers that we're super excited about this season, and why we're so smitten.
>> Slits, cut-outs, and head-to-toe print looks — courtesy of the Resort collections — all got major play this week. See who went there — and who got two nods apiece — in the slideshow.
>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
>> The Spring 2012 season is just getting started, and we've been backstage from the get-go, capturing the behind-the-scenes comings-and-goings. See Ruby Aldridge being attended to by small horde of dressers at Jason Wu, Constance Jablonski vamping it up in her white Cushnie et Ochs dress, the reunion of "Jourlie" — Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss — and a slew of other backstage shenanigans in the slideshow.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs took a little journey to the softer side for Spring 2012. Sure, there were the body-con silhouettes and masterful tailoring we've come to expect from the line, but this time around there was a certain lushness on display as well. Circle skirts flounced beneath sharp-cut blazers, cowl-folds draped liquid-like on sheath dresses, and a delicate eyelet fabric made an appearance on several blouses and skirts. There was color on offer as well, in the form of lemony yellow and candy pink. If all this sounds a bit too girly for Cushnie et Ochs, never fear. The collection had plenty of plunging necklines, geometric piecing, and sexy leather to temper all the sweetness.
>> The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judging committee — which this year includes Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Vogue's Mark Holgate, Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffrey and Nordstrom, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb, Reed Krakoff, Andrew Rosen, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, and Anna Wintour — have determined the 2011 finalists. They are:
AA, Antonio Azzuolo
Altuzarra, Joseph Altuzarra
Carlos Campos, Carlos Campos
Creatures of the Wind, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters
Cushnie Et Ochs, Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie
Finn Jewelry, Soraya Silchenstedt
Fenton/Fallon, Dana Lorenz
Ohne Titel, Alexa Adams and Flora Gill
Suno, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty
Joseph Altuzarra and Pamela Love are repeat finalists from last year, and Ohne Titel was a finalist in 2009. The winner and two runners-up will be announced Nov. 14.
We're completely taken with Jena Malone's subtle evening style. We love how she plays with proportion — adding an oversize blazer ($485) to her sleek Cushnie et Ochs knit gown — and color, with a pair of cheeky red platforms ($148). It's understated and just a little playful. If you're looking for the same minimalist-chic, just click the items above to shop.
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A road trip from LA to Vegas inspired Carly and Michelle, the designer duo behind Cushnie et Ochs, to bring some fringe and feathers to their ultra-tailored and sexy Fall collection. Models adorned with single feathers made a loose reference to Native American culture, while goat hair fringe on many of the dresses resembled a witch's wig. That aside, the designers' knack for body-conscious and modern silhouettes came through in tailored trousers that flared at the ankle, ultra-modern peplum shell tops, and fitted dresses with skeletal boning. Their use of leather — from a sexy fringed pencil skirt to trim on their sheer blouses — added a warrior princess vibe to the show. Outerwear was a highlight, particularly a cropped moto-peacoat hybrid with extra-wide lapels that came in purple snakeskin and military green wool.
- Trends: Leather, fringe, body-conscious dressing, peplum, flared trousers, Native American influences.
- Colors: Deep purple, olive, black, white.
- Key Looks: The sexy trousers and the cropped moto-peacoat.
- Accessories: Feathers in the hair.
- Who Would Wear It: Badasses with a lot of confidence.
We're just about halfway through Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week, and we've already noticed a few trends emerging. More on that later, but first, let's see some highlights from day four. From elegant vintage-looking hair and makeup as seen at Lela Rose (pictured here), to bold, geometric shapes and color, be sure to tell us which ones top your list of favorites.
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.