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Friday, May 11th 2012

Spring 2012 Runway: Marc by Marc Jacobs


Looks from the Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2012 runway.

For spring 2012, Marc Jacobs built yet another covetable collection for his Marc by Marc Jacobs label, putting his signature whimsical twist on clean-lined, classic silhouettes. The feel of the collection, from the visors to the noteworthy shoes, was pure sport: lightweight fabrics manipulated into relaxed silhouettes with plenty of bold colorblocking. In his play with color, bright orange stood out among navy, royal blue, and Kelly green, while the prints were kept simple in minimalist graphics and red, white, and blue stripes.

And, because it wouldn’t be a Marc by Marc collection without a touch of the retro, pretty peplums on tops, skirts, and dresses felt like a modern throwback to 1940.

Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2012.
Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes.

--Amie

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Monday, April 30th 2012

Spring 2012 Runway: Yigal Azrouel


From left: Full Skirt Maxi Dress, Silk Shirtdress, Print Silk Dress.

On his spring 2012 runway, Yigal Azrouël did what he does best: he made the trends of the moment feel utterly accessible. The designer struck a perfect balance between elegant and sexy, merging boxy angles and feminine silhouettes in a collection that is simultaneously contemporary and timeless. The hemlines stayed modest, with suggestive slits sprinkled in at just the right moments, and the color palette was a clean mix of bold primaries and easy neutrals.

Shop Yigal Azrouël spring 2012.

--Amie

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Thursday, April 26th 2012

Spring 2012 Runway: Cacharel


From left: button down & tulle skirt; Bora Bora dress; striped shorts & matching jacket.

Under new creative leadership—Chinese natives Ling Liu and Dawei Sun—French label Cacharel turned out a light, elegant collection in their signature cheerful style for spring 2012. Easy tailoring was matched with elegant origami folds, while the color palette felt exactly right: icy shades gave way to warm orange and deep blue, then faded back to watercolor neutrals. The abstract floral prints were standouts in this collection, particularly the tangerine and pale blue mix on the Bora Bora Dress, a welcome addition to any feminine wardrobe.

Shop Cacharel spring 2012.

--Amie

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Thursday, April 19th 2012

Spring 2012 Runway: Sonia Rykiel


From left: Rainbow Impression Dress; Chevron Blazer and Pants; Ribbed Dress.

For spring 2012, Nathalie Rykiel and Creative Director April Crichton returned the Sonia Rykiel label to what it does so well: Left Bank gamine. At the runway show in Paris last October, models walked a sunny yellow line (both literally and figuratively) as the upbeat collection mingled the label’s signature knits with relaxed tailoring. The color palette had a neutral focus with occasional pops of yellow and black until the very end, when the show made a dramatic shift: two voluminous gowns in bold tangerine and fuchsia.

Shop Sonia Rykiel spring 2012.

--Amie

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Thursday, April 12th 2012

Spring 2012 Runway: Diane von Furstenberg


From left: Johnseen Jumpsuit; Veltry Blazer and Boymuda Shorts; Sunny Top and Adella Skirt.

Diane von Furstenberg titled her spring 2012 collection “Beginnings,” and down the runway came blooming florals and the very essence of positivity. DVF used pops of tangerine and hits of pastel to set off bold, happy patterns, while her signature femininity—in the form of flowing fabrics and lace accents—was countered with menswear-influenced pieces, like clean-lined blazers and tailored shorts and trousers.

Shop DVF spring 2012.

--Amie

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Tuesday, March 13th 2012

How to Wear Mint Green


When we’re not talking white this spring, we’re talking about bold brights. And when it’s not bold brights, we’re on to pale pastels. In short: spring’s got a thing for cheery color. One that’s making a big splash: mint green. Spotted on runways and trickling into What’s New, the ice cream shade has come a long way since its ’60s heyday, which raises the question: How does one go about making this retro color feel totally today?

Take your cues from the DVF runway (pictured) and go with a tailored look paired back to mixed neutrals, or make yours a dressed-up casual approach with mint Paige jeans and a crisp blouse. The truly forward among us will appreciate the monochromatic look, where a mint blouse styled back to pistachio pants is eye-catching without going over the top. Look only as far as this brilliantly styled ensemble (if I may brag up our stylists for a moment) featuring A.L.C. by Andrea Lieberman for proof.

--Amie

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Introducing James Long Womenswear


James Long Embroidered Dress

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007, designer James Long made waves in the menswear world, catching the eye of influencers at magazines like Another Man and GQ Style. For fall, he’s taking womenswear by storm, translating his modern menswear designs into a collection that channels the style sensibilities of Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, and Joan Baez. The aesthetic is suitably bohemian rock: macramé fringe accents chiffon blouses and dresses, while an artfully deconstructed chunky sweater is a perfect match for painted-on leather pants. Just add a metal Whiting & Davis handbag and chunky wedge booties.

--Amie

Shop the James Long fall 2011 women’s collection.

Thursday, October 6th 2011

Fall Runway Favorite: Leather Accents


Left to right, runway looks from Rag & Bone, Rebecca Minkoff, and Zero + Maria Cornejo.

A more refined season overall, the fall 2011 runways still had their share of edge. It came in the form of tough-girl accents, like leather sleeves at Zero + Maria Cornejo and python knee patches at Rebecca Minkoff, leather and lace at Kevork Kiledjian and mixed-media at Rag & Bone. The look is forward and easy, playing equally to the season’s sleek sensibility and its effortless, relaxed side.

--Amie

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Introducing Kevork Kiledjian


Looks from the Kevork Kiledjian fall 2011 runway.

Sexy. Body con. A little severe. For his debut collection, designer Kevork Kiledjian presents a luxe femme fatale: the looks are elegant, but a little dangerous. A curve-hugging leather dress is set off with sheer lace and dramatic slits. A long-sleeve turtleneck gown is arresting in its simplicity. And shots of purple and gold lamé make the whole range feel just a little decadent.

Keep the accessories at a minimum with this collection. Pointed-toe pumps by Jenni Kayne or Edmundo Castillo, and a structured DVF clutch.

--Amie

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Must-See Fall Collection: Zero + Maria Cornejo


Runway looks from the Zero + Maria Cornejo fall 2011 collection.

Zero is “a pure vision: a number that neither adds nor subtracts; it is, rather, a point of departure.”

The philosophy at the core of Zero + Maria Cornejo is at once simple and intriguing, and it results in clothes that are minimal, feminine—never pretentious. For fall, the designer held Paper editor Kim Hastreiter as her muse, and turned out clean-lined, luxurious pieces that merge a natural element with a modern aesthetic. Standouts included photo prints (the shag print on the Lula Dress and the book print on the IQ Dress are favorites), timeless leather, and draping that is both structured and soft (the Koya Coat and the Little O Dress). These are pieces that will live in a wardrobe for years to come.

--Amie

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