13.09.12

Michael Kors Spring 2013

As I use the morning to catch up on my blog posts, I haven’t been leaving my hotel room in New York City before 11am. The one designer I made an exception for was Michael Kors whose show started at 10am.

My bloodshot eyes were widened by the burst of bright colours which took to the runway. Red, yellow, navy blue, green and white with smoothing digital pool and digital cloud prints added to the mix.

The designer presented a retro throwback to the 60s with bold colour-blocking, leather dresses with gold grommet details, coats and blazers with big collars, and drop-waist skirts with over-sized belts.

Stripes are an unexpected trend for spring. Michael served up an array of chic striped pieces; the navy and red stripes took me back to my Beano comic youth.

Aside from the daywear, there were plenty of red-carpet options; thankfully there was a heavy celebrity stylist presence in the front row.

A white sleeveless top with gold paillettes paired with white cotton shorts would look great on Gwyneth Paltrow.

Glamour girls Eva Mendes, Jessica Biel and Penelope Cruz would look outstanding in the trio of simple black gowns with cut-out details and open backs which closed the show.

Front Row: Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Olivia Munn, Marisa Tomei, Camilla Belle and Katharine McPhee

Favourites: White/gold top with white shorts and black cut-out gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Katherine McPhee, Zoe Saldana, Odette Annable, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Kerry Washington, Nikki Reed, Jennifer Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Hilary Swank, Debra Messing and Blake Lively

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12.09.12

The Blonds Spring 2013

The Blonds Spring 2013 collection was all about glamour – as always – but this time with a capital G.

Think Madonna meets Esther Williams at Malibu Barbie’s beach house and you have a collection full of sexy signature corsets, sky-high Louboutin heels, latex uber skinny pants with shark fins and model with platinum blonde wigs with latex headbands.

One of the corsets was an ode to the Christian Louboutin ‘Pensee’ pumps, another had a smeared lipstick print and Phillipe Blond took to the runway wearing a ‘Jaws’ inspired corset.

The final look received the biggest cheer of all as it was a stunning crystallized bodysuit with built in Louboutins.

Boys crashed the beach party some wearing vest and pants, others wearing nothing but tiny swim shorts. We didn’t know where to look.

Front Row: Adam Lambert, Paris Hilton, Natalia Kills, Johnny Wujek, Jay Manuel, Zombie Boy, Rick Genest, and Wynter Gordon

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Kat Graham, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, Fergie and Rihanna

12.09.12

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2013 collection will delight those ladies who lunch and celebs who aren’t afraid of bold colours.

Aquamarine, fuchsia pink, bright yellow and blue were the standout colours along with white, black and grey.

The one thing I never expected to see at an Oscar de la Renta show was latex, but it worked with Karlie Kloss opening in a red latex tank and white slit pencil skirt. Look 24, one of my faves, was an emerald latex tank and skirt paired with a shocking pink embroidered jacket which will appeal to a younger crowd (Lea Michele immediately springs to mind).

This crowd will also love the pink feather-accented bustier with cocktail shorts and the latex leather rose-accented top paired with light pink shorts.

Models with colour-streaked bouffants took to the runway in a variety of looks ranging from classic tweed suits, jumpsuits, a (to-die-for) safari gilet paired with linen pants, shift dresses, pant suits and a beaded tunic paired with matching pants.

I was in heaven as the gorgeous evening gowns floated past my feet. Feminine confections including strapless ballgowns, crushed tulle gowns, beaded and tassel ornament-accented gowns and simple gowns with light ruffles will delight the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Biel.

Key accessories included mini clutches which I at first mistook for iPhone covers, satin ‘Hudson’ sandals, the must-have ‘Charlotte’ laser-cut booties, resin flower necklaces, brooches and dazzling jewels.

Favourites: Latex ensemble with embroidered jacket, white and red threadwork flower embroidered strapless dress and pink and aqua cloque gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Jessica Chastain, Anna Wintour, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Kristin Davis, Lea Michele, Jessica Alba, Emily Blunt, Camilla Belle, Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift and Kate Becksinsale

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12.09.12

Naeem Khan Spring 2013

Naeem Khan is known for his glamorous gowns, but for Spring 2013 he gave us a lot more.

The Moroccan-inspired collection included daywear and separates, which thankfully stayed true to the designer’s love for embellishments and timeless glamour.

First up was a collection of rose-print pieces followed by some interesting looks with mosaic white leather appliqués, plus we were also presented with some beautiful digital waves and fiery sunset prints.

We saw coats, shift dresses, strapless dresses, satin pants, off-the-shoulder tops and pocketed dresses before an array of red-carpet gowns took to the runway.

The majority of the gowns showcased the designer’s love for intricate embroidery and attention to detail, which had me on the edge of my front-row seat. I’m sure the likes of Kate Beckinsale and Michelle Obama are calling in their favourite pieces now.

The show concluded with a series of signature colourful beaded chiffon caftans, in marigold, coral, blue and nude. It was the perfect ending to the show and saw the designers receive yet another – well deserved – standing ovation.

Front Row: Jordana Brewster, Crystal Reed, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Madisen Beaty and Julianne Hough

Favourites: Nude embroidered gown, light-blue beaded gown and navy blue cape gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Rachel Roy, Padma Lakshmi, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Leslie Mann, Jennifer Carpenter, Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt, Debra Messing, Viola Davis and Florence Welch

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12.09.12

Jenny Packham Spring 2013

Even prior to the royal seal of approval from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jenny Packham has always been the go-to designer for glamorous gowns.

Her Spring 2013 collection on a colour palette of mostly dove grey, yellow and orange was her most bedazzling yet.

Inspired by the Las Vegas high rollers, Hollywood actors and free-spending gamblers of the 60s the designer focused on every type of embellishment from crystals to sequins and oversized paillettes.

They adorned mini dresses, maxi dresses and the red-carpet-ready glamorous gowns.

It wasn’t all about the bling. A few looks (five out of forty two) took to the runway sans embellishments.

I love the ink-splash dresses and the simple draped dresses which I can see snapped up by the Duchess.

PVC clutches also got the bedazzled treatment with shimmery Christian Louboutin heels, statement earrings and jewelled necklaces accessorizing the looks.

Front Row: Minka Kelly, Lauren Conrad, Jordana Brewster

Favourites: Gold sleeveless gown and ink-print peplum cocktail dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Christina Ricci, Angelina Jolie, Nina Dobrev, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Dita von Teese, Carrie Underwood, Mandy Moore, Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Elisabeth Moss, Reese Witherspoon, Cat Deeley, Eva Mendes, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively

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