T by Alexander Wang Fall 2012 Collection
A.L.C. Fall 2012 Collection
New York is done and there was a lot to see, however, not all of it stuck but instead jumbled together. There was a bunch of perfectly nice clothing, and definitely a lot of it I’d be more than happy to add to my closet. But, there were those choice few that really went for it and created something memorable. Most of them are designers I’ve come to count on for “omgicantevenwhatisairidie” moments but there were also a couple this time around that really caught me by surprise. So, here are my favorites, complete with Aymeline Valade, Liu Wen, and because Calvin Klein likes to throw things off Arizona Muse, to be your reference points.
1. Prabal Gurung
Prabal really woke me back up during the week. Everything was starting to run together and then his beautiful show took place, and it got me excited. Spring’s purple really pleased me, and then he turned to blue and it felt like sweet satisfaction. I loved everything, and the transition from tougher,darker pieces into the final white and gold numbers was excellent.
Joseph Altuzarra really presented something awesome for Fall. There are so many separates in this collection that I lust for. Some of the best takes on coats out of the whole week, along with the equally brilliant gold coin pieces that I think you’d be required to dance in to see how much noise you can get out of them. The collection presented an adventure story, one of far off lands and the sea, and I was totally on board from the start.
3. Calvin Klein
I always enjoy the Calvin Klein show, but it doesn’t always jump to mind as a favorite for whatever reason. This time though, it definitely did. Francisco Costa makes such beautiful simplicity out of his designs that it’s truly wonderful to see. Everything is done just so, and this is why minimalism is a thing to be respected and admired. Leather has been in abundance thus far, and Costa, I think, used it in my favorite way- that is, understated but alluring.
Preen has steadily become one of my favorite labels to watch, as I believe it has for everyone else as well. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have become masters at using geometric shaping for their prints, and this time they did it in a less blunt manner. Instead, floral prints were present on solids but the cuts were geometrically done. In addition there were splashes of brush strokes, lace used in a very Preen way, and some awesome sweaters that included a jungle knit theme.
5. Alexander Wang
If you had told me I’d be including Wang in my favorite shows, I would’ve laughed and said it’s a nice thought. But here we are, and his show was superb. It’s not that I dislike what he has done before, in fact I usually really like it (especially his shoes and accessories) but there’s always something too..slobbish.. happening for me to be truly taken in. His Spring collection got my attention, something was happening there that I liked a lot. And now this. This mature and sharp collection maintained his too cool girl vibe, but brought along the grown provocative woman, too.
Always near and dear to my heart; after the Van Gogh Spring the Mulleavy’s gave us what could possibly come next? Um, color sand stacked inside the heels of amazing boots. Or perfectly tailored coats and blazers in every which way. Or (!) A dress printed with delicate brush strokes that from far away might look like floral print, but up close it’s a one of a kind masterpiece. These things are just a few of what continuously makes me excited for a Rodarte collection.
7. Proenza Schouler
My heart was sad when I couldn’t get with Jack and Lazaro’s Spring show. Some of it eventually grew on me, but a lot of it I just want to forget. Fall is a different story. Fall, was beautiful. The coats and jackets presented are so damn cool I want it to be cold forever so there’s enough time to wear them all. And the skirts, and the prints, and the clean cut white shirts, and the shoes..it all was fantastic. Everything is in the details with these guys, no matter how big or small, there’s a lot to be discovered in every piece, something I’ve found from when I’ve actually gotten to
fondle look at the clothes in person. I can’t wait to see what I’ll find this time around.
Now, who is waiting on pins and needles to see what the London genius’ have in store for us?!
Make-up look for Derek Lam F/W 2012
Elizabeth and James Fall 2012 Collection
Calvin Klein Fall 2012 Collection
Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Collection
Details at Proenza Schouler Fall 2012 Collection
Vivienne Tam Fall 2012 Collection
Prabal Gurung for ICB Fall 2012 Collection
Marchesa Fall 2012 Collection
If Kors is the king of borrowed inspiration, then Marchesa is queen. The full collection really must be looked at.
threeASFOUR Fall 2012 Collection
Proenza Schouler Fall 2012 Collection
Backstage, Rodarte Fall 2012, via Into The Gloss