Fashion Week - Fall 2010

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

Shine on (You Crazy Diamond): The Way to Lamé

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Yes, it is profoundly disheartening to read something hilarious and astutely observed on a topic I’ve wanted to write about. But I’m putting personal insecurities aside if only because The Man Repeller (a site I discovered just last week via our Follow Friday feature) deserves it. True to its title, Leandra Medine’s musings are devoted entirely to fashion that’s confounding and off-putting to the average hetero male, with Medine snapping (inspired and covetable) looks of her own and mining the season’s runways for examples.

An anecdotal overview of straight dude reactions to recent outfits only proves her findings: Rolled skinny jeans with ladylike pumps get the guy thumbs up, as does pretty much anything with fall 2010’s boarding-school chic look. No big surprises there. Not as popular? A baggy sweatshirt over a bias-cut silk maxi skirt. “Looks like you threw something over your nightgown to run to the mailbox.” Even seemingly benign black jeggings proved baffling: “Are you wearing tights?”

Not that dressing to common denominator dude taste is the point (do Anna Dello Russo or Kate Lanphear?), which is Medine’s point, which brings me to lamé. A big fall 2010 runway story and a major presence for spring, the jury is still out for me as to whether this most reflective of fabrications will leave guys freaked or fascinated. (A Vena Cava dress I’ve been stalking and one of my favorite Rag & Bone spring 2011 runway looks by way of example above.) While gold lamé brings visions of Jerry Hall circa 1976 dancing into my head, will my beloved think I look more like a Werther’s Original? The Man Repeller makes me want to risk it. As the French say: Life is too short to dress sadly.

--Maureen
Shopbop

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010

Fall Handbag Report by ELLE’s Kyle Anderson: Mulberry


Photo courtesy of Elle.com.

In an atmosphere saturated with an upbeat mood, Mulberry’s fall 2010 presentation had a bag for every kind of girl, all with a very Mulberry feel. This varied collection offered bright hues and jewel tones, florals, and the label’s signature leopard print in luxe patent, suede, and leather. The silhouettes were perfect: timeless, easy to wear, young, and fresh. This fall, every girl will be able to find her signature bag at Mulberry.

--Kyle Anderson
Senior Accessories Editor, ELLE

Monday, February 22nd 2010

A Closer Look at Hervé Léger Fall 2010 with ELLE’s Kyle Anderson


Two looks from the Hervé Léger fall 2010 runway. Photo courtesy of Elle.com.

Super-tight bandage dresses naturally come to mind when thinking of Hervé Léger, but since the brand was bought by BCBG/Max Azria, it has taken on a fresh, trendy life of its own. Last season, I was blown away by the mix of dirty patchwork denim dresses and khaki colors that made the models look like they were going to a club in the middle of the desert. In the fall 2010 collection, the team explored separates and pants for the first time—a great surprise. More than simple bandages, the collection included a lot of weaving of materials in a neutral color palette. Up close, it looked very cool, very young, and very modern.

--Kyle Anderson
Senior Accessories Editor, ELLE

Monday, February 22nd 2010

Standout Fall Show: Alice + Olivia


Favorites from the Alice + Olivia fall 2010 presentation include a patchwork sequin blazer (left) and a multicolored feather skirt.

Shopbop favorite Alice + Olivia held their presentation and a lively party at New York’s newest hot spot, Provocateur. Trippy artwork on the leather booths and a green carpet provided the perfect setting for the brand’s fun sensibility, and a performance by Mickey Avalon, with his jaw-dropping lyrics, sealed the deal. It was a star-studded, PACKED event, but the fall collection stole the spotlight. Playful models donned looks in a range of categories, proving once again that Stacey Bendet Eisner’s label is not just a line of flirty cocktail dresses. Alice + Olivia offers the newest (and best) pant silhouettes, as well as knits and outerwear that get better and better with each new season. Jewelry from Pamela Love and miniature top hats provided appropriately quirky touches, adding to the vibrant life of the room.

--Kate
Shopbop Fashion Director

Check out more shots from the presentation after the jump.

Monday, February 22nd 2010

Fall Accessories Report by ELLE’s Kyle Anderson: Jill Stuart


Jill Stuart’s fall runway had a very military mood with a cool-girl urban twist. I loved the over-the-knee boots; they gave the men’s military-inflected looks a really sexy feel. It kind of reminded me of a city girl who has a boyfriend in the army. She wears his coats and sweaters, but with her sexy dresses and thigh-high boots.

The other accessories in this show were equally incredible. The belts were amazing—some with mini satchels attached, all with vintage-esque coin details. And in jewelry, the models wore very cool chunky chain bracelets, designed in collaboration with Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin, who have also worked with designers like Rodarte and Tibi.

--Kyle Anderson
Senior Accessories Editor, ELLE

Pictured: Over-the-knee boots on the Jill Stuart fall 2010 runway. Photo courtesy of Elle.com.

Friday, February 19th 2010

New Label to Watch: Paris 68


Two looks from the Paris 68 fall 2010 runway.

Yesterday at Milk Studios was quite possibly the best way to wrap up NYFW, with new-on-the-scene Paris 68 designed by Marcella Lindeberg. Lucky for me, being late landed me the only empty seat in the front row. I looked around and saw Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Biel; remembered Lindeberg’s role at William Rast; and quickly realized I was in for a real treat. A second-skin all-in-one—the most brilliant merge of a mini dress and leggings—was the first look, followed by equally amazing skirt-cum-legging combos and a fierce sexiness I was craving this week. I especially loved the peplum-hemmed blazers, faux gloves (silver painted hands with rhinestone cuffs), and all the tasseled hems on miniskirts. Tracking this line down immediately!

--Kate
Shopbop Fashion Director

Friday, February 19th 2010

NYFW Street Style: A Bohemian Touch


Photo courtesy of Refinery29.

A palette of earthy neutrals feels fresh in a sea of fashion week black.

Recreate her look with a Free People vest, Joie blouse, Current/Elliott jeans, Joie shoes, and House of Harlow necklace.

Thursday, February 18th 2010

Emerging Fall Trend: Subdued ’70s


Subdued ’70s looks seen on the Nanette Lepore (left) and Vena Cava fall 2010 runways.

Subdued ’70s proved to be a strong theme emerging this week. Key elements include vintage-inspired hats, maxi skirts, velvet in Technicolor (burnt orange, crimson, forest green), wooden-bottom platform clogs, bouclé jackets, camel and tobacco hues, and leopard coats. I'm loving all the hip-hugging, tailored flare pants in tweed and herringbone.

Spotted at: Vena Cava, Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore, Jenni Kayne.

--Kate
Shopbop Fashion Director


Looks from the Jenni Kayne fall 2010 collection.

Thursday, February 18th 2010

NYFW Street Style: Layered Knits


Photo courtesy of Refinery29.

Layered knits lend an effortless, comfy feel to a fashion-forward look.

Recreate her look with a Vince sweater, Splendid cardigan, Elizabeth and James button-down, Vince pants, and Amanda Pearl necklace.

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

Standout Fall Show: Derek Lam


At left, a standout pleated black leather skirt. At right, Lam gave tailored winter jackets an edge by adding leather sleeves.

The Derek Lam show, themed “The Myth of the West” and staged at Capitale’s impressive ballroom, brought some much needed energy to fashion week—a real show with an invigorating soundtrack and snow falling from the ceiling. Black and caramel colors dominated the runway, and though the silhouettes were decidedly western in influence, they still managed to feel very city. As a whole, the collection was the perfect example of chic winter dressing.

Color palette: Caramel, black, and cream with shots of terracotta.
Standout accessories: Fringe belts, ram’s head accents, felt cowboy hats.
Favorite pieces: An impressive shearling coat, jackets with leather sleeves, and a pleated black leather skirt.

--Kate
Shopbop Fashion Director

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