There's plenty of great clothing coming down the runways right now, but Fashion Week is also the place where some of the coolest, most inventive, and certain most trendsetting manicures first appear. Over the past few days, a ton of new nail shades have graced models' digits, but only a few of them will have the impact to arrive on drugstore shelves come September. From what I've seen so far, here are my picks for the five manicures most likely to become style bywords next season.
>> Karlie Kloss, Jason Wu's usual runway opener, was at his show as usual . . . but this time, she walked second to last — Daphne Groeneveld opened, and Kloss's best friend Jourdan Dunn closed. But that wasn't the only big change Wu made for this season — though known for his use of color, Wu's Fall 2011 collection — "baroque American sportswear," as he called it — is primarily black and white.
Gold was also on the designer's mind, thanks to his inspiration — the restoration of Versailles. He had the models walk on a slippery runway of gilded antique mirrors, some with gold paint in their hair, in gold-dipped stiletto heels. Lace, too, played a major role — a number of models wore structured lace Maison Michel masks, and Wu incorporated more than 15 different types of lace, specially woven in France, into the collection.
Day two down, and so much more to love in the way of Fall fashion. Oscar-worthy gowns from Jason Wu, impeccably chic tailoring from Peter Som, and Rebecca Taylor gives us more color combos to try. The beat goes on in the form of covetable Fall collections, and we're bringing you our faves of the day. Click through for Fab's top 10 — and let me remind you, we're just 48 hours in!
As we near the end of day two of Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week, we couldn't help but notice that things really started to heat up on the runway. (And that's a good thing.) From a cool take on a crimped hairstyle to some rather mesmerizing eye makeup techniques, check out our favorite beauty looks from the day that was.
Jason Wu is a master at wowing — season after season, he sends down looks that make us wish we had an indispensable bank account so we could acquire every piece. For Fall '11, Wu continued to supply a luxurious aesthetic: red-carpet-worthy gowns, chic separates, and embellished details that shine. While sultry gowns and sassy short frocks ruled the runway, the designer did also inject pops of menswear via tuxedo blazers and slim pants. What also reigned supreme was lace — it added romance to everything from coats to blouses to gowns to the black half veils some models wore. The dressy message was heard loud and clear.
- Trends: Lace, maxi hemlines, voluminous skirts, feathers.
- Colors: Black, red, gray, cobalt, chartreuse.
- Key Looks: A red gown with a sexy side slit and black half veil; lace-detailed blouse with tulip skirt.
- Accessories: Lace half veils, black pumps, dotted tights.
- Who Would Wear It: Victoria Beckham, on the red carpet and on the streets.
Diane Kruger stepped out in a lacy N21 dress and Brian Atwood heels for a party celebrating her recent cover of Glamour in NYC last night. She was joined by fashionable friends like designer Jason Wu and J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons for the event, which was held at West Village hot spot Fedora. Diane is front and center on the magazine's March issue, and she shared her thoughts on marriage and style for the interview. Her current focus is on film, though, as she's promoting Unknown while also clearing up rumors that she'll have a part in the upcoming Superman movie.
- 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]
As a precursor to Spring, Marie Claire gives us a dose of '70s styling inspiration — with the gorgeous Clémence Poésy modeling the looks we'll all want to wear. They've blended the season's best bunch of designs — Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Louis Vuitton — the ones who capitalize on a retro color palette and fit, with a modern mix and match approach to wearing them. So, if you've ever wondered how to make the most of a pair of silky orange track shorts, just click through to see Clémence suit up in the style. Add platforms and a pocket-adorned, white button-down — et voilà! Click through for all the styling lessons, then shop the looks.
>> 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.
Last night, Camilla Belle walked the red carpet for the LA premiere of From Prada to Nada in a Jason Wu tux, and while you might suspect that a pantsuit would be a pretty covered-up option, there was one area in particular left quite exposed. Opting for a nude-hued, ruffly bra top as an alternative to the more typical, midriff-covering kind, Camilla follows in a line of fashionable faces like Zoe Saldana and Chloë Sevigny who have also opted for the peekaboo bra effect on occasion. It's a bold look, but if anyone could pull it off, it just might be Belle — what do you think?