Seeing as the Olympics are being held on my home soil, I should be paying closer attention. But last week I was distracted by my real love: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Though I’m craving spring clothes more than anything else right now, NYFW kept me on the edge of my seat as I excitedly began planning next fall’s outfits.
As always, there were a lot of amazing collections during Fashion Week, but there were five designer gold medalists that really blew the rest away. Their designs were sexy, sleek and wearable…. and assuming I somehow make $1 million between now and September, I will be grabbing every last one of their pieces.
The Fashion Week All-Stars
I’ve been rooting for Christian Siriano since his victorious season on Project Runway. Though his collection this season was more streamlined than usual, I loved the ’60s inspired glamour. The looks echoed a time when women got dressed up every day, a concept I appreciate in a world of sloppily dressed college girls. The luxurious fabrics, figure-flattering silhouettes, and elegant colours put him on the top of my favourites this season. I absolutely adored the ruffled shoes, and am hoping an affordable pair is created for his Payless line. Though absolutely unnecessary, they are fierce.
Many of Doo.Ri Chung’s looks emulated a trend that has stayed strong for many seasons: military. My favourite of her looks, however, incorporated her signature draping and interesting embellishments. Doo.Ri knows how to dress a woman and make her look chic and beautiful, and this collection is definitely a celebration of that. Though most of her looks were black and blue, the orange mini dress (my #1) added an element of surprise to the otherwise somber looks. And while I’m generally not a huge fan of leggings, Doo.Ri’s juxtaposition of tight leggings and draped tunics definitely had me thinking twice about investing in a pair.
I’ve had a huge girl crush on Gwen Stefani for as long as I can remember. She’s hot, she’s got style, she can sing and, damn, is she a good designer. Her line, L.A.M.B., echoes her personal style, incorporating vintage 1950s inspiration, as well as military and futuristic concepts. In layman’s terms: it’s awesome. Everything in this collection is sexy and painfully chic. There is no way a woman could wear this and not feel instantly cool. The moment I saw that leather jacket come down the runway, I knew I had to get my hands on it, and that was before I saw Gwen sporting the same one at the end of the show. Gwen has an insane personal style, which translates perfectly in this line.
Bold colours, sequins and plaid were just some elements in Nanette Lepore’s fall collection. This romantic collection was inspired by the Renaissance, with a bolder more modern color palette. The line is sweet yet edgy, feminine without being frilly and just plain beautiful. Nanette Lepore mixed tweed, wool, and velvet and used them all in unexpected ways, and then finished off the perfect looks with long lockets and gorgeous handbags. If I had this entire collection in my closet, I’d be set for life.
If anyone can work a pattern it’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Their graphic, scribble motif made its way across their entire collection, punching up everything from trapeze dresses to high waisted skirts. They proved that bold can work… and work really well. And their new P.S. 11 bag (a more structured version of the P.S. 1 saddlebag), well, it’s just the cherry on top.