Saturday, February 27, 2010

I want to wear these out.

What does that say about me?


One more...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sneaker lust: Alexander McQueen x Puma


Leather lust.



@ Skingraft

Marchesa Fall 2010 has me seeing stars.



Check out the entire collection.

Spring Trend Challenge #5: FINAL CHALLENGE- Neutrals

Sorry this took so long to get up, but with Fashion Week, then the pneumonia...yeah.

(If you're just joining us, check out: Spring Challenge, Challenge #1, Challenge #2, Challenge #3, Challenge #4.)

I saved the most wearable trend for the last challenge, because I really wanted the girls to be able to get creative, and just go crazy with a "bare" canvas. A neutral palette is always a major theme each season (in fact, I just saw a ton last week at NYFW), so this Preen jersey dress can carry over right through from Spring to next Winter.



Who styled it best? See the looks and vote!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Backstage Beauty: Kardashian for BEBE Fall 2010

I had the pleasure of going backstage at the Kardashian for Bebe Fall 2010 show to get all of the beauty scoop, and even got to meet Kim.


Backstage, the look was all about day to night glamour.

Thieves by Sonja den Elzen F/W 2010

by Melissa Henderson

Who/What/Why: Thieves by Sonja den Elzen F/W 2010

Location: The GreenShows 311 E. 11th Street

The Collection: Thieves by Sonja den Elzen, a Toronto based eco friendly clothing line, debuted its fall collection as part of a three day series of collections by designers all leading a green initiative. As noted in the program, the collection entitled "Conscience" was inspired by "the exploitation of Canada's Boreal forest through the mining of the Tar Sands. With her" urban-nomad personality," many of the pieces were made from organic wool, recycled leather, beeswaxed cotton and hemp tencel. Based around the notion of no trends, that the pieces will be "transient through time," there was no color palette, every piece was black on black. With the music, and dim lighting, it was as if you stepped into this fantasy "brave new world." The clothing designs focus was on the asymmetrical and triangular shapes mixed with traditional dress and jacket structures. There was one notable halter top slim-fit dress that was half leather on top and the draped organic cotton at the bottom . The combination of texture was also very unique throughout the collection. The high waist fitted skirts were uniquely shaped with uneven triangle style cuts . Also, the ash black and dark grey pants added to the rugged modern American downtown hipster. Men's designs included organic wool traditional pea coats and organic cotton fitted trousers. The black organic cotton sheer tops were also highlighted as a sustainable fashion that can be included in everyday fashion for men and women.

Hair: All models had very basic sleek and seemingly untouched with product hair to further add to the rugged affect. A simple part down the middle with hair pulled behind the ears was styled for both the women, as well as men.

Makeup: Models were given a very smoky eye with black pencil explicitly lining the whole eye.

Final Thoughts: After viewing the entire collection, I thought that it could definitely be sold in retail. However, the fabric and material used looked too overly-worn, even though that was meant to be the look. The dresses were exceptional, with subtle hints of strong shouldered military design. Also, the black combat boots paired with each outfit added to the current trend. In my opinion it was actually right on point with Jay-Z's "all black movement."


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Isaac Mizrahi Fall/Winter 2010


Isaac Mizrahi is consistently my favorite show of the season, and this time I had the opportunity to see it live at the tents. (With 10 secs to spare, literally. It was like Murphy's Law on the road that day, and the lights went down seconds after I rushed into the tent.) I don't even know why I bother going to other shows...nothing comes close to the showmanship and beauty that Mizrahi dishes out each season.

I'm not even going to write up the collection, because I just want you to SEE IT.

Plus, snowfall on the runway? (simulated snow fell on the runway three-quarters into the show) How can you top that?



Check out the full collection (HI RES) here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2010.

Location:
Salon, Tents.

Celebs spotted:
Tons of editors, stylists. Some Japanese pop duo. This season was decidedly un-circus like, which I found refreshing.

The Collection: For her fall 2010 collection, Tory Burch was influenced by the idea of a gallery-hopping, downtown girl and the color palettes of Gerhard Richter and Picasso's Mosqueteros exhibit that showed at the Gagosian last year, and designed with the image in mind of "a girl in a gallery, any gallery, anywhere in the world". Fabrics were fur, tweed, cashmere, wool, leather and metallic. There were slouchy bags, chic outerwear, and questionable high heeled construction boots (circa J-Lo era?)

Hair: Yannick D'Is. There were two looks; one up, one down, both simple and meant to look like the models had done their own hair. Hair was prepped with a volumizing spray, then twisted into sections from roots to ends and blasted with a dryer. Hair was then separated with fingers and shaken out, before some girls' locks were gathered into a loose bun. Before hitting the catwalk, stylists added wide headbands to the bun looks.

Makeup: Diane Kendal/MAC. Kendal focused on the lip, leaving the face bare with just a hint of blush. "In the collection [Tory] used vibrant color so I wanted to incorporate it on the face," she explained. Kendal used four colors to get her desired shade of orange/red: Pro Pigments in Orange and Fuchsia, and Lipsticks in So Chaud and Russian Red. She used a yet-to-be-released Mineralize blush called Soho on the cheeks and lightly smudged a brown paintstick on lids, no mascara.

Final Thoughts: I'm just going to say it: I'm not a Tory Burch fan. At all. That being said, this collection was an edgier, tougher version of the Burch I know, and there were a few pieces that I could get behind, especially the paint splattered pants above, and the crimson fingerless gloves. NEED those.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Theraflu and cupcakes.

I was lucky the first time around, but fashion flu has caught up with me. I'm currently in bed with cupcakes, theraflu, and a climbing fever.

Will try to finish posts from NYFW soon. Right now, back to bed. Delirium is is setting in.



*** EDIT-- it's pneumonia. Bear with me, trying to get posts up when I have energy.

Friday, February 19, 2010

NYFW: I may need an intervention, Ch.4


Sparkly Loubs at 3.1 Philip Lim. DEAD.


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WALTER Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: WALTER Fall/Winter 2010.

Location: Studio 37.

Celebs spotted: Tons of Real Housewives, Adrian Bailon.

The Collection: Tomboy chic with military influence. There were amry silhouettes, military jackets, and leather offset b chiffon and charmeuse. Color palette in washes of black, navy, gray, and khaki, some gorgeous animal and tye die prints, and pops of fuschia.

Hair: Whitney Blischke/TIGI. Blischke created a classic pony, playing up the good-girl-bad-girl theme. "The good girl has a ponytail but she's also a bad girl because it's very shiny and kind of militant," she said. The hair was sprayed with root boost and blasted with a dryer for volume before being pulled back into a sleek pony. The base of the tail was then wrapped with contrasting ribbon to mae it stand away from the head, giving it more bounce and movement. The look was finished with Catwalk spray to control flyaways.

Makeup: Napoleon Perdis. Perdis primed skin with Auto Pilot Primer, then concealed imperfections before misting skin with Boudoir Foundation. On the eyes, Perdis blues and black for a bold smoley eye that complimented the tones in the collection. Finishing the look, he gave the girls different lips determined by skintone; the more fair skinned girls were given a strong red lip, while others were given a nude pout. Brows were kept natural, and lashes were given three coats of mascara for maximum impact.

Final Thoughts: The leather shots were KILLER. Loved the military details, and standouts were a wool military jacket (at right) and the black leather short. The somber palette with minor pops of shocking color spoke directly to my own aesthetic, and I'd wear every piece. And we were given front row at the show. Double score!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Backstage Beauty: WALTER Fall 2010

Backstage at WALTER by Walter Baker Fall 2010, the look was a story of contradiction, a mix of masculine and feminine, good girl and bad girl, tomboy and vamp, and a bit of a military discipline told through polished hair, clean skin, and a bold blue smokey eye.


To translate this to the runway,

Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Pamella Roland Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

Location: Salon, Tents.

Celebs spotted: Brook Shields, Mena Suvari, Alfre Woodard, Adrienne Bailon, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, Alex McCord, Jill Zarin, Ramona Singer, Shiri Appleby, and Samantha Swetra.

The Collection: Venetian glamour-inspired; dark glamour, lush fabrics, decadent colors. Red-carpet worthy gowns in jewel tones, jeweled leg warmers, luxe furs, and gorgeous coats.

Hair: Paul Labrecque. After running Repair Finish through hair to add shine and polish, Labrecque created a deep side part and pulled hair up into a side ponytail.

Makeup: Tayaba Jafri/Laura Mercier. Skin was first prepared with tinted moisturizer and LM secret camouflage. Cheeks were lightly sculpted, and eyes were washed with peacock greens. To finish the look, lips were outlined with cherry lip liner and painted with a cherry lipstick, then topped with with plum gloss to add dimension.

Final Thoughts: Face masks, Jewel-encrusted legwarmers. The finale dress was an amazing white dress with a train of laser cut 3D flowers, sure to be seen on a carpet near you very soon. And the purple fur paired with purple silk pant? Need I say more?

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Christian Cota Fall/Winter 2010

by Kat Simonova


Who/What/Why: Christian Cota Fall/Winter 2010 RTW Collection.

Location: The Metropolitan Pavilion

Celebs spotted: Lauren Santo Domingo wearing Breton stripes and chatting with Hamish Bowles, former Olympic figure skating champion Oksana Baiul (she was on the cover of The Daily with Christian Cota and apparently the two went on a skate date – but I still don’t quite get the connection), and a Project Runway castoff overheard whining about something to the affect of how Twitter and new media are changing the scope of the industry, and magazines are en route to becoming fossils…insert wise ass comment here…

The RTW Collection: Clothes for the uptown girl who likes to dress up, but, maybe doesn’t necessarily have her own unique style. “Cubism” was referenced in the notes, and came through in the graphic cut of the clothes and the geometric prints. The deep jewel tones of teal, indigo, violet and brick, the bronze metallic threading, and the shimmery and iridescent fabrics all made the collection feel very appropriate for Fall. There were some fun dresses with full skirts, some knee length options, and some good coats. While the structuring and silhouettes may be new for THIS designer, they are in fact: nothing new.

Hair: All of the models wore ombré (the color trend of the moment) colored wigs cut into choppy bobs with bangs that graduated either from silver to metallic grey or from champagne to bronze; created by Omar Lopez for Sultra.

Makeup: Hung Vanngo and the MAC PRO team achieved very uniform dewy faces with highlighted cheeks and NUDE lips that made the girls appear almost like mannequins - especially since they had to stand still for the entire presentation, poor things!

Final Thoughts: Good, but not great. Nothing particularly exciting, and as fashion week winds down, it takes WOW factor to penetrate through the clouded mass of everything that has already been seen.


photo/Kat Simonova.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

LIVEBLOGGING: WALTER Fall/Winter 2010

On Tuesday, Walter Baker debuted his Walter Fall 2010 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Stage 23 in New York City.

Walter is the very first runway show this season to embrace social media by placing some of the most influential bloggers in the front row-- Micah Jesse from MicahJesse.com, Vyque from Fasshonaburu.com, Kristina from DowntownDiaries.com, and yours truly!

The Walter team set up blogging tables in front of our front row seats, and we were able to blog, tweet, and twitpic the collection as it walked the runway.


Cheers to Mr. Baker, and here's to hoping that others will soon follow suit!

(full review coming soon.)

Temperley London Fall/Winter 2010 Collection

by Kat Simonova

Who/What/Why: Temperley London Fall/Winter 2010 RTW Collection.

Location: Milk Studios

The RTW Collection: The presentation itself was so beautiful and well conceptualized that the clothes were almost secondary, upon closer inspection though they were quite lovely as well. Set up like a museum exhibit and inspired by Norman Parkinson photos, the presentation showed the collection on mannequins beside GORG photos of Annie Lennox, Yasmin Le Bon, Jacquetta Wheeler and Sophie Dahl (among others) wearing the actual pieces as shot by Adam Whitehead; the clothes were worthy of these subjects. The collection had a retro feel and featured skirt suits and cardigans accessorized with turbans and lots of gold buttons and detailing. I particularly loved all the striped pieces and the white deep v-neck blouson with jeweled shoulders and pirate sleeves. Studding and leather provided an unexpected punk-influenced curveball.


The Accessories Collection: Bags and belts were studded, embossed-croc, and luxed up.

Final Thoughts: In my 50’s era romantic comedy Doris Day/Rock Hudson style fantasy: I am wearing these clothes, equipped with turban. In real life: I am mixing these clothes with ripped jeans and stupid high heels/combat boots, still equipped with turban.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rad Hourani Fall/Winter 2010

by Kat Simonova


Who/What/Why: Rad Hourani Fall/Winter 2010 RTW Collection.

Location: Milk Studios

Celebs spotted:
Hamish Bowles (who checked in alongside me and rode the elevator down with me), Leigh Lezark wearing Rad, Tommy Ton from Jak & Jil and Bryan Boy (yet again) wearing Michael Angel and overheard saying how he stays in the Philippines because if he moved here he’d go broke in a day!

The RTW Collection: For those unfamiliar with Rad Hourani: absolutely everything is unisex and the line is known for its play on cut/proportion and a mainly black palette. This time around didn’t disappoint. Except for some touches of a dark navy/black color I would call “ink” everything was black, so texture was key and it came in leather, wool, shiny spandex, sequins and patent. The usual silhouette was brought back: voluminous coats with leggings; while some coats looked as if they were put on, zipped up and then the arms came off and got tied around the waist – while this kind of sounds like a tourist walking around with their jacket tied at their hips it totally WORKED. Favorites included pretty much all of the coats and a pair of patent leather bicycle shorts because I’m a sucker for unpractical standout pieces!

The Accessories Collection: Some pretty rad (pun intended?) bags and backpacks were shown in the various materials used throughout the collection. The signature chunk heeled bootie (for both men and women) got updated with its toe chopped off.

Hair: To go with the androgyny of the collection the hair was super slicked back on both boys and girls; short hair was jelled in place like a helmet, while the girls with longer hair got their pony tails tucked into their collars; an easily replicated look either way.

Makeup: Androgyny ruled here as well: all of the faces were washed out, including super nude lips, while the brows were defined to frame the face…though the looks here were a bit extreme, a more user friendly version can work on anyone.

Final Thoughts:
This show BY FAR gathered the coolest crowd so far and will be hard to beat…I left wanting to immediately go get more tattoos and get my hair cut super short again! But, upon further consideration being a cool kid ALL the time would be rather exhausting and quite boring wardrobe wise…variety is the spice of life, n’est pas?


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Monday, February 15, 2010

NYFW: I may need an intervention, Ch. 3

What is it with me and coats this season?!?!


This Jill Stuart KILLED me.

Jill Stuart Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Jill Stuart Fall/Winter 2010

Location: New York Public Library

Celebs spotted: Mena Suvari, Annalynne McCord, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Ramona Singer.

The Collection:Knitwear, plaids, exquisite tailoring and draping, mixed prints and mixed silouettes and textures. There was military influence mixed with schoolgirl innocence. Tons of black offset by lush reds and jewel tones. Stuart said she was inspired by a return to her "roots", American Sportswear, and noted an earlier look of hers in the movie Clueless as partial influence.


Hair: Bob Recine/TIGI. "The hair looks a little danced-out, like she just left a club at 4am" said Recine. hair was spritz with a spray mousse for texture then blowdried. Ends were wrapped haphazardly around a wide barrel iron, and roots were finger teased for a slightly messy look.

Makeup: Charlotte Tilbury. Tilbury, inspired by Brigette Bardot, created feline eyes and flawless skin. Eyes were disted with brown shadow and lined with black, followed by tons of mascara. Peach on cheeks to contour, and beigey nude lips.

Final Thoughts: Initially as the clothes walked I was underwhelmed, but looking back on the images, the clothes photograph beautifully. The red coat was a killer. Stuart did tons of knitwear, and the slouchy beanies and scarves added a downtown hipster element to otherwise cocktail attire, and was a genius contradiction. I'd totally wear this to run around the freezing city...or maybe just to the grocery store.

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NYFW: I may need an intervention, Ch. 2


I am OBSESSED with these cashmere knit jodhpurs from ADAM's Fall 2010 Collection. Want!

Backstage Beauty: Tony Cohen Fall 2010

Backstage at Tony Cohen, the look was seriously tough-chic.


That awesome hair was imagined by Staci Child for Cutler. First, Child prepped hair with Cutler Volumizing Spray for texture, then massaged Cutler Definition Paste into the top of head to give hair a dirty, unfinished look, like "she's done it herself".

Tony Cohen Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Tony Cohen Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

Location: Promenade, Tents.

Celebs spotted: TV personality Heather Schmidt (?)

The Collection: Black, black, black, but not at all boring. Wool jersey, cashmere, silk, and leather, accented with leather strap cuffs, diamond chains and pops of blood red. Awe-inspiring applique mesh leggings and serious opera gloves.

Hair: Staci Child/Cutler. Child pulled hair into a french twist, sewing in pieces of leather for a soft texture that complemented the sleek lines of the cellection. "I wanted the look to be very feminine," said Child. "but look like she'd done it herself."

Makeup: Napoleon Perdis. Perdis focused on a charcoal and heather smoky eye with lots of lash and radiant skin. The bold eye most intense along the inner bridge and smoked out into a square shape. Lips were left nude to leave the eyes as the focus. "The look is very opera goes to the club, with a unique edge," said Perdis.

Final Thoughts: This was my favorite collection thus far, from the makeup to the leather weaved hair, to the clothing-- Cohen's designs appeal to my own personal style aesthetic, so I may be biased. The collection was borderline goth and almost vampiric....I kinda wanted to throw it on and go out and slay something.


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Rebecca Taylor Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Rebecca Taylor Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

Location: Promenade, Tents.

Celebs spotted: Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, Carmen Electra, Michelle Tractenberg, Mena Suvari, Alexis Dziena, Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo, Gail Simmons and Ramona Singer.

The Collection: The collection was inspired by a mixture of 70’s Parisian attitude and an urban New York City girl down to the details: bed head, smudged kohl eyes, carefully planned "just threw it on" look. Jewel tones, crisp whites, and leopard offset by amazing accessories: sparkle tights, thigh high boots, and crystal embellished bags. The collection was sweet with just enough edge.

Hair: Rudi Lewis/Cutler. Lewis created a slightly disheveled bedhead look with texture at the roots. Hair was sprayed with Cutler Volumizing Spray and back-brushed where he wanted a spot of "bedhead." He then spritzed the spots with Redken Spray Starch, pressed with a flatiron and fluffed with his fingers.

Makeup: Rie Omoto/MAC. Omoto used gel liner close to the lashes then used a big brush to "swoop" it out. "It's not perfect," she said. "A little smudged so it's tougher -- but feminine. It has a rock and roll attitude." She used Fluidline in Blacktrack and Pro Paint Stick in Black on the eyes, she contoured the cheeks with Mineralize Skinfinish, and Pro Lip Erase to remove pink tones from the lips.

Final Thoughts: The super tall boots-as-pants trend was alive and well at Rebecca Taylor. The detail on the bags was stunning, and I really dug the whole Parisian bed head vibe. But I couldn't take my eyes off of the sparkly tights! AMAZING.

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Backstage Beauty: Elise Øverland Fall 2010

For Elise Øverland's Fall 2010 Collections, Øverland wanted a confident, feminine polish without being precious.



David Cruz for Phyto created a ladylike updo with slight roughness. "I as inspired by the lovely high necks in the collections, and knew the hair had to be off the face," said Cruz, "Elise wanted a very strong look, while remaining chic and feminine, but not romantic"...

Twinkle by Wenlan Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: Twinkle by Wenlan Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

Location: Promenade, Tents.

The Collection: Twinkle designer Wenlan Chia was inspired by elements of story telling and fairy tales, citing Hansel & Gretel and Sleepy Hollow as key influences. Chiffons and silks were prevalant and Wenlan finally made use of her gorgeous 2 and 3 ply light knits, which she dubbed "baby chunky". The dark fairytale influence was translated into a palette of jewel tones offset by warm creams and black.


Hair: John Ruidant/Redken. Ruidant was influenced by the patterns and textures within the collection, creating an elongated chignon with natural texture..a little messy, but still polished. "I left the flyaways and separation so that it doesn't look smooth," said Ruidant, "I wanted her to look like she's been running around in the woods from the witch."

Makeup: Gianpolo Ceciliato/MAC. Ceciliato was given clear direction by the designer, who was inspired by wood nymphs and wanted the look to be ethereal with a bit of mischief. "I wanted to use the face as a wide canvas to create beautiful matte skin with dark and glossy eyes," said Ceciliato.

Final Thoughts: Twinkle is consistently one of my favorites. I LOVED look 24, which was a sleevless, chunky knt sweater with an oversized ribbed collar paired with an olive sateen skinny pant. Chia always sends extremely wearable looks down the runway, though I could've done without the leopard jacquard, which was a little Wet Seal, IMO. Save that for the Bebe/Kardashian show.


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ADAM Fall/Winter 2010

by Dani Sauro

Who/What/Why: ADAM Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.

Location: Promenade, Tents.

Celebs spotted: Socialite Tinsley Mortimer, Theodora Richards, tons of editors.

The Collection: Adam Lippes was inspired by an Isca Greenfield-Sanders painting of a parachute jumper from her show in New York last fall entitled, "Against The Fall". in the translation, we were given parachute dresses, bomber jackets, and aviation themed silhouettes in a muted palette of earth tones, with pops of rust and plaid. Dominant fabrics were leather (tons), cashmere, chiffon, silk, and lambswool. Tights by Wolford were a key element of the presentation.

Hair: Rudi Lewis/Cutler. Lewis was influenced by the textures of the collection, and created a woven braid that was a little bit imperfect and messy. "I wanted the hair to have texture as well but tougher," said Lewis. "So, I pulled in the sides really tight and folded underneath the crown for a loose Mohawk."

Makeup: Romy Soleimani/MAC. "Adam's collection has all these beautiful grays and then there was this one section that had rust and natural leather colors," said Soleimani. Earth tone shades were used to create a nomadic, warrior vibe.

Final Thoughts: The aviator/flight theme is strong this season; we also saw it at Ports and Irina Shabayeva. Standout pieces were the caramel leather aviator jacket and cashmere jodhpurs at right, and and ivory plaid silk chiffon gown. Looking back on my show notes, I starred a lot of the bombers...huge trend for fall, and obviously my favorites of the collections (still dreaming of the Ports jacket...) Also notable was the amazing Manolo-supplied footwear.



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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Irina Shabayeva Fall/Winter 2010

by Irene Ojo-Felix

Who/What/Why: Irina Shabayeva Fall/Winter 2010 Collection

Location: Stage 37

Celebs spotted: Jesus Estrada from Project Runway Season 7, Gordana Gehlhausen from Season 6

The Collection: Inspired by the weightlessness of flight, Irina created a collection of soft textures with cashmere, wools, feathers and furs on top of hard, structural bodices and skirts. This hard/soft dynamic was evident in the collaboration with Tupperware, who created some of the feather accessories. The color palette of whites, tans, blacks, pewter grays, and a periwinkle blue showed the range of different materials and prints each look had.

Hair: Rodney Cutler of Cutler created windswept look with hair wrapped into messy buns with a few wayward hairs. The looks reminded me of coming out from a wintry storm, a little disheveled but still put together.

Makeup: Kate Bazazian of Beauticontrol keep the light, ethereal mood of the collection with an illuminous, natural look for foundation and a bold cat eye. Lips were kept nude and matte.

Final Thoughts: This collection did a wonderful job combining a mix of different materials and prints into single looks. Irina interpreted flight not only with airy materials but also with feather prints on the back of jackets and inside the lining of wonderfully draped coats and ponchos. The show stoppers were an ombre fox fur coat that screamed luxury and warmth, and the last three dresses that closed the show.

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Leanne Marshall Fall/Winter 2010

by Irene Ojo-Felix


Who/What/Why: Leanne Marshall Fall/Winter 2010 Collection

Location: Union Square Ballroom

The Collection: Of Project Runway fame, Leanne Marshall's collection made classic looks more interesting with unique ways of draping, ruching, and cut-outs. The color palette combined cool hues of ocean blues, gray, cream, and black. She showed the most versatility with a cut-out applique technique used as an accent to liven up traditional silhouettes.

Hair: Jon Reyman/Aveda. Hair was both polished and messy with large volume in the back. "I was aiming for a marriage of flatness and texture and I wanted the hair to be off the neck to expose Leanne's beautiful designs," said Reyman.

Makeup: Nathan Johnson. Johnson created a strong, wintry look with a turquoise take on the smoky eye. Skin was sheer with just a touch of contour under the cheekbones to lift the face; for lips, sheer burgundy for a bee-stung look. "I wanted to frame the eyes with a winter heaviness that is lifted by a pop of bright color that captivates the face," said Johnson.

Final Thoughts: This collection taps into every woman's soft, feminine side with soft colors and flattering draping. Marshall definitely creates her looks with women and what looks good on us on her mind. Every piece had hidden details that peaked out when the models walked down the runway. My favorite piece was a creme, strapless dress with cut outs that reveled lemon yellow accents and a teal blue balloon skirt.

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Magalis Garcia Fall/Winter 2010

by Melissa Henderson

Who/What/Why: Magalis Garcia Fall/Winter 2010 Collection

Location: 441 W. 14th street.

Celebs spotted: Alex McCord and husband Simon Van Kempen of Real Housewives of New York

The Collection: As a new designer emerging on the fashion scene in early 2008, Magalis Garcia’s Latina heritage definitely showed through the collection this year. The S/S 2010 collection consisted of 20 pieces, with variations of evening gowns, cocktail dresses, pant and skirt suits. The collection overall was very simple, no intricate beading or detailing, it was mostly about the form and it seemed like the model had a lot to do with bringing out the dress. The grey and blue color palette with splotches of pink mixed well with Garcia’s aim of casually bringing out the Sexy. Many of the pieces were versatile, ranging from night club attire to professional business. There were lots of puffy ruffles, draped dresses and one sleeve shoulder dresses. The fabric ranged wool cocktail dresses to fun stretch linen. Nine West plain black ankle boots and stilettos were paired with every piece.

Hair: The hair was spiraled curled and naturally draped to the side. This season will definitely be the year that the perfect spiral curls. Many of the model rocked effortless curls in different styles including some up do’s that were bobby pinned and teased into a bun.

Makeup: The Lead Makeup Artist of Young Blood provided all the basic and natural tones for this collection. The mineral makeup earthy tones definitely appeared to make the outfits stand out. The cheeks were a subtle rosy pink, only leaving the lips to pop with hues of bright pink.

Final Thoughts: The highlights of the collection were a chiffon forest evening gown and blush colored sculpted tweed cocktail dress. These two extremes seemed to sum up the collection because of how much the designer’s edginess was portrayed.

Alexander Berardi Fall/Winter 2010

by Kat Simonova

Who/What/Why: Alexander Berardi Fall/Winter 2010 RTW Collection.

Location: The Altman Building

Celebs spotted: Bee Shaffer (Queen Anna’s daughter), Ally Hilfiger, society peeps: Selby Drummond and Paul Johnson-Calderone, singer/songwriter Fefe Dobson and Justin Tratner from Semi Precious Weapons.

The Collection: I loves me a shirtdress and I loved the ones shown here. You can never go wrong with black and white, and while red is not really MY color, I’ve been seeing a lot of it on the runways and might be coming around; the eggplant color used on some of the pieces was great as well. There were quite a few nice dress options including a red mini dress made entirely of little ribbon rosettes, but I’ve been having a bit of a velvet moment and was happy to see some pants and blazers made with the stuff.

Hair: Leon Gorman for Cutler went crimp iron happy and left the hair down with a center part – a look that works well on the runway but gets filed under “don’t try this at home.”

Makeup: Deanna Melluso at ArtList New York gave the girls bold red statement lips that complemented the collection really well.

Final Thoughts: When in doubt: go the black and white route…and don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch by incorporating velvet and smudging on a red pout…I recommend a glass of something bubbly as an accessory!



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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cynthia Rowley Fall/Winter 2010

by Kat Simonova

Who/What/Why: Cynthia Rowley Fall/Winter 2010 RTW Collection.

Location: Gotham Hall

Celebs spotted: Alan Cumming (love him!), Nigel Barker and his model wife Cristen Chin, Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey, model Maggie Rizer (still flawless), T Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi and actor Justin Theroux (snapping shots with what looked like a Leica).

The Collection: While overall the collection was girly and fun as usual, this was definitely a specific FRINGE moment, both the feather kind and the grandma’s lampshade/20’s flapper kind; and both were successful. There were a lot of black and party clothes, which currently means not only dresses, but also the now essential onesy – the purple silk version with a mini floral print was ready to walk off the runway and straight into the club. A lot of plum shades and some nice prints. Notables: the “puffer gloves” (exactly what they sound like) and the “dusky suede warm up pant” because, I’ve basically been trying to make the sweat pant movement HAPPEN, and what could be better (in a useless but fabulous kinda way) than SUEDE sweatpants!

Hair: Alain Pichon for the Antonio Prieto Salon with hair color by Eva Scrivo for Wella Professionals created funky, easy, almost nappy, crimped looking ponytails with deep color chunks a la My Little Pony. This is definitely a trend we’re seeing (a longer version was shown at Vena Cava); the ones here came in fuchsia, purple and aqua. The good news for those afraid to go the dye route is that it can easily be replicated with clip-ins.

Makeup: Val Garland and the MAC Pro Team achieved young fresh makeup that wasn’t fussy – it seems like we’re seeing either really minimal or really dramatic makeup across the board so far.

Final Thoughts: It’s a recession after all and designers are focusing on “special” pieces that will get customers swooning and wallets opening, of which there were plenty. This chick is certainly ready to party…let’s just hope that by next season there’s something to celebrate.

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The AMEX Twitter feed. I actually spotted a twit of mine while standing in the lobby!