Jason Wu is known for his gorgeous feminine silhouettes and meticulous attention to detail, so it was no surprise that the designer's Spring 2013 collection was full of beautiful pieces that seemed to float down the runway. Jason playfully balanced sexy and sweet with his leather- and lace-filled collection, giving us a fresh crop of ladylike looks to covet for Spring. Check out the full runway video to see each stunning look for yourself.
The Spring 2012 runways were awash with a lovely new hue: seafoam green. A particularly fresh and delightful alternative to white, this pretty, unexpected pastel emerged in dress form at Tory Burch and Vera Wang, and cropped up on suiting separates at Rachel Roy and Rodarte. To get the full scoop on this newest shade of green, watch our trend report now!
Olivia Palermo always wins us over with her perfectly polished style and her flawless ability to accessorize any look. We got a chance to catch up with Piperlime's September guest editor to find out what's topping her Fall shopping list, why every girl should own a cocktail ring, and her plans to one day design her own line. Watch our interview to get the full rundown on this ultrachic style setter.
One of our favorite Fall trends is carrying over to Spring — tribal looks. Safari-inspired pieces graced the runways at Michael Kors, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg, as designers played with mixed prints, raw textures, and vibrant hues. From head-to-toe animal prints at Michael Kors to warrior-like tribal dresses at Herve Leger, we can’t wait to get our safari on for Spring.
Even if sports weren't your forte growing up, its time to show off your team spirit for Spring 2012. Designers including Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Marc by Marc Jacobs showed off sporty looks for the new season, including zip-up hoodies, track pants, BMX helmets, and duffel bags. We can't wait to get our hands on these comfy-cool separates come Spring. Make sure to tune in for more fashion week trend reports from London, Paris, and Milan. On Allison: TopShop
>> Super-bright clutches, vintage briefcases, cross-body box bags — these were just some of the many crushworthy styles we spotted on the streets while making the Fashion Week rounds. From Bryanboy's too-cute royal blue Mini Miss Wu to Hanneli Mustaparta's woven zig-zag clutch — there were simply too many good ones to count. Some of our favorites are here in the slideshow.
Smoldering Stares and Safaris — Backstage at Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui
>> Energy was still high backstage on the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week. Lindsey Wixson did a Lolita impression at Anna Sui (left); Frida Gustavsson pulled off a Marilyn Monroe moment in her leopard and feather dress at Michael Kors; and everyone gave their best smoldering stare backstage at Proenza Schouler. See those snaps — and more from backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Anna Sui — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
Marc Jacobs certainly knows how to put on a show. For Spring 2012, the designer kicked off the evening with a striking Bob Fosse-inspired tableau; from there, each model got up one by one to walk the runway. But the theatrics weren’t the only thrilling part; continuing on his theme of experimenting with new materials, Jacobs offered retro glam silhouettes in new and modern fabrics. The airy, cellophane-esque dressses, glassy fringed frocks, and cropped coats were our favorites, but check out the whole collection now to see what strikes your fancy!
>> Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 was the swan song to this season's New York Fashion Week — and even though the designer's collection is always one of the most anticipated of the season, this time around the buzz surrounding it felt a bit more frenzied. Maybe it was the Irene-induced time slot switch-around, or the swirling rumours regarding Jacobs possibly leaving Vuitton for Dior — or maybe it was the fact that three hours before the show was to start, the designer canceled all backstage press access. Not a photo texted, not a beauty look revealed. The only pre-show peeps were from the models, who tweeted that it was eerily calm backstage without the usual circus of media.
And so it was that the show started — 30 minutes late, breaking its seasons-long punctuality record. On a wood-planked runway, gold-lamé curtains parted, revealing a theatrical tableau of rainbow-lit models posed on high-backed chairs. One by one, each girl marched down the runway to a Phillip Glass counting and chanting. The look was retro and a bit surreal — prim '20s with a touch of '90s space-cowboy thrown in for good measure. Silhouettes stayed straightforward, save for an bubble-ruffle here or a pleated frill there. Necklines were crew, sleeves were cropped, and hemlines hit at the knee. For fabrics, Jacobs played with reflections and transparency, mixing materials that were glittery, shiny, or iridescent with checks and gingham. Reinforcing the intergalactic western vibe were high-heeled cowboy boots in clear vinyl and silver.
For Spring 2012, Ralph Lauren adopted a pastel palette and '20s-tinged silhouettes. Beaded flapper-like dresses, fur trim and pearls, and satin suiting provided Great Gatsby-esque evening wear, while crepe de chine trousers and floral skirts were garden-party ready for day. To see the entire runway, watch our coverage now!