I've been waiting to post this alllll week! Have you been enjoying NY Fashion Week? I have! Probably the most I ever have as I was a bit cautious of this depressing economy and how it would reflect, but all seems right and I can't wait until Autumn! I save all my favourite looks or trends in a huge folder on my computer and refer back to it nearer the season generally, but there's no point posting about anything other than the fashion weeks right now, you know it's what everyone's talking about! There's no way I have a chance to even dip my toe into any kind of show in real life so I'm living through the lucky bloggers that can and here's some of my highlights for New York. These kinds of posts take so long to make but they're so fun!
One of the first things I noticed was fur; lots of black fur. Not necessarily all fur coats, but mainly fur scarfs and throws, which is easy to emulate and can replace your winter scarf for instant runway tributes! I've worn my vintage faux fur shawl quite a few times, it makes me feel important! Phillip Lim shows the boys can do it too and my favourite is the super long Betsey Johnson scarf. I LOVED this collection; there's something too about not doing a full on show, it brings your attention back to the clothes instead of the drama and I'm glad Betsey went less prom dress, more young, sexy party animals.
Where did I see some coloured leopard print tights??? Ahh Topshop! I will be down to the TS sale on Sunday or Monday to nab a few pairs if there are any left after the Saturday crowds. I'm liking leopard print tights a LOT at the moment- I like to imagine I'm part of the Skins cast who all seem to have their little personality quirks thrown into loads of aspects of their outfits, if you see what I mean. Kind of mismatch but glamour rather than jumble? Like I say, imagine. The new Skins twins are awfully cute. Why am I talking about Skins? Way too much drug taking in this series I think. Still, Diane Von Furstenberg did animal prints in a more tribalistic way, which I have never been able to pull off. Also now I can't think of DVF without thinking of Whitney Port. She is the best.
Ah some beauty looks. Whats with all the natural makeup this season?! I do like Zac Posen's huge eyelashes. Obviously not Zac himself, but his lovely models who also had coral lips and some amaaazing plait hair bands with cone STUDS! This is a DIY if I ever saw one! Pity there are no buy-able plait hairbands in my hair colour, even in Selfridges, but I guess the obvious thing is to just plait your own hair and maybe make some studded hair slides? They almost look like crowns or horns. Either way sounds good to me! I'm into lipstick in a BIG way at the moment too, I need hot pink, orange, coral, and now black or dark, dark plum. Does anyone have a favourite cheap lipstick brand that really lasts? Not too impressed by the staying power of Rimmel or No.7.
Do you ever look at photos from nights out and think God where is all that makeup I spent an hour putting on?! I found the solution is loads of blusher, and then taking a mini one with you so you can reapply on the bus and in loo breaks; Betsey Johnson's may be a little too much, but Benefit's new blusher Coralista looks like a great match for it. And hellooo 80's! What Marc says goes, so I guess we are needing high, high cheekbones, thick liner and bright colour splashes. Not a problem, Mr Jacobs.
All the reviews seem to have latched into cut-outs in a big way, the trend would be easy for the high street to do and is it just me or are girls getting a bit more body happy lately? I'm talking about the huuuge sales of bandage dresses, and OMG literally the WHOLE of Manchester is wearing American Apparel dresses now. Woo hoo... not. At least I got almost a year of clubbing without seeing double, although the dresses are pretty subjective to whoever wears them so are not totally noticeable.
Whose leggings were shown last time that had slits all the way up? I contemplated DIYing some (might still do that come to think of it) but this Alexander Wang pair look marvy and again, easy to copy. Oh Michael Kors how this jacket is divine!! Also loving the cut-out coat from Preen, there were a lot of cut-out things to choose from in their collection but I know many people find it frustrating in Winter that their outfits are hidden, so this coat sorts that right out!
These body stockings look amazing, under the trousers takes the biscuit! I want one of those corset bras that Topshop seem to keep selling out of. Have you seen them in any other stores? I have some American Apparel store credit so I might just get the the high waist skirt and wear it with lace tights and my Monki lace top. Don't think I'm ready for a full on Alexander Wang moment just yet!
Layering hasn't been a specific trend for a few years, I remember an amazing Teen Vogue editorial which must be somewhere that was all grey layering. I'm so looking forward to chunky knits again and belts over jumpers!
OK hands down these tights are incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jewels and sequins- this could be the best DIYever! In fact no, it WILL be the best DIY ever! Must get down to the fabric store immediately.
Because Rodarte is always so mind-blowing and technically incredible, it's sometimes hard to draw inspiration to daily life. But if they pop up anywhere else, the return of the tunic could be in store. It isn't my favourite dress shape but I do like the little belts.
Already I'm adding things onto my mental shopping list. Like I said above, I want a tight high waisted skirt like at Ruffian, and I really love the low cut blazer from Calvin Klein. Is the Doo.ri jacket sleeveless with a sheer blouse underneath or does it have sheer sleeves? I've never been that attracted to sleeveless blazers but I'm starting to change my mind!
These looks are things I want to wear right away, like the black socks with the most girly white dress from Jill Stuart, or a really sleek silhouette similar to Doo.ri's look. Again I'm liking the lace tights under trousers too at Ruffian.
These are a few snaps I saved but just couldn't categorise-they're just amazing! The floral trousers from Betsey Johnson are fantastic, especially with the blue socks! Love! I like the mix of patchworks and checks at DVF, and the ankle socks with heels which is again a trend from a few years ago, just when I started this blog. The Marc Jacobs show was a feast for the eyes, I especially loved the angles of the silhouette from head to toe, and the hair-omg! Still on the trousers kick, I hope the velvet things from Anna Sui are in fact trousers! I like the leathery looking ones from Preen too. On a style.com video, someone described the Narciso Rodriguez dress as 'liquid black'- it's divine! I also loved the hair at Rodarte and especially Oscar de la Renta, seems quiffs and beehives and bouffants are here to stay, yay! At first I wasn't sure about the Rodarte makeup but now some blusher in a sharp line seems amazing, and maybe could be achieved by applying blusher while some tape or paper was on your face, then peeling it off?
The biggest surprise? Erin Fetherston. I've mentioned many times how her EXTRA girly, whimsy clothes just went beyond the mark for me and were just a bit annoying, especially since there seems to be no progression. The reviews thought the same, but now I LOVE some of her latest collection, even if I don't think it was innovative enough to win back the critics. The bear and rabbit masks are just amazing, I'll be looking in kid's sections for maybe some hair clips with some on. Also the dress with the blazer is pure heaven, and that cape!!!! Luscious!!
And prizes for the collection I saved most pictures of was actually Miss Sixty?! I thought they were headed for bankruptcy? Hopefully not at this collection was very inspirational, I love so many aspects, from the shoulders and neckline of the jumpsuit to the cut-out bit of the dress to the amazing latex dress/coat creation and the magazine print leggings AND the huge fishnets- will definitely be looking into those!!
Most New York fashion weeks don't really inspire me very much, but I'm loving this year! It's all so young and playful yet edgy, and VERY accessible. Now I can't WAIT for the Topshop show (apparently space themed!!) and omg the Luella show (apparently military themed!! with huge bows!!) this week!
All photos from style.com!