20.02.12

My New York Fashion Week Highs & Lows

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Top 5 Shows: Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, The Blonds, Victoria Beckham and Diane von Furstenberg

Best Production: Donna Karan & The Blonds

David Beckham: Seeing David Beckham holding Harper as they walked into the venue for Victoria Beckham’s fashion show. I made the right decision to arrive super early.

Seeing David Beckham in the flesh for the second time in two months.

Anna Wintour: Seeing a guy with a silver plate handing Anna Wintour her Starbucks at Victoria Beckham.

Seeing a British socialite curtsey when greeting Anna Wintour at Prabal Gurung.

LOL Moment: A dude offered me and @seoulcialite cocaine after The Blonds show. We busted out laughing – in his face. He kept chanting “Co, co, co, co…”. We were like, “Chanel?”

A-Listers In The Front Row: Michael Kors’ is the one show you are guaranteed an A-list-packed front row, so I was shocked to see Matt Damon front row at Naeem Khan. Despite looking as bored as hell, it was a nice treat for his wife on Valentine’s Day. Let’s hope she was shopping for a dress for the Oscars.

Fashion Foie Gras for Coach Bag: Emily from Fashion Foie Gras gifted me her self-designed ‘Blogger Bag’ which I toted around Fashion Week. The bag was very popular as I got papped a few times carrying it in one day by WWD and Huffington Post. I was very excited to help support my friend and fellow blogger in this way.

Marchesa: After being devastated not to receive an invitation to Marchesa’s Spring 2012 presentation, I was seated behind the celebs for Fall 2012.

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16.02.12

The Blonds Fall 2012

The Blonds’ Fall 2012 presentation was my last show this fashion week.

David and Phillipe Blond were inspired by vintage biker chick flicks and the animated film ‘Heavy Metal’. They want women to be strong characters, equalling men in strength and prowess, but still look stunning and glamorous.

We saw strong fitted silhouettes with severe colours such as blood red, ice blue and jet black.

Distressed materials like leather and denim were mixed with crystals which made for an explosive presentation of fitted dresses, jumpsuits and bedazzling panties, but it was the corsets everyone wanted to see.

The crystal-embellished corset were breathtaking and I loved the red and black leather corset which reminded me of Michael Jackson’s iconic ‘Thriller’ leather jacket.

With Lil’ Kim in the front row, I wonder if she will get first dibs on this collection.

After attending four The Blonds fashion shows, this is the first time I have seen them dabbled in menswear.

Front Row: Lil’ Kim, Cassie and Adam Lambert

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Fergie, Rihanna and Kylie Minogue

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16.02.12

Marchesa Fall 2012

It was exciting to have Marchesa back on my fashion week schedule again just before the Oscars.

The Marchesa Fall 2012 presentation was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City with major stylists in the front row ready to pluck Oscar-worthy gowns right off the runway.

No cat-fights were needed as there were many choices to be had.

The ethereal collection in shades of nude, cream, ivory, blue and red was inspired by William-Adolphe Bouguerau’s 1879 portrait painting, ‘A Soul Brought to Heaven’.

Models floated as if on clouds down the runway, wearing decadent fitted and flared gowns and ball gowns with floral embroidered bodices, gold bouillon embroidery and feather-like tulle skirts.

I love the hand-wrapped lame gold gown which stood out in a room of fantasy tulle ball gowns.

We also saw cocktail dresses in lace and with laser-cut leather.

Front Row: Olivia Palermo, Petra Nemcova, Bar Refaeli, Stacy Keibler, Adeperi Oduye, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Taylor Momsen

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Amber Heard, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Camilla Belle, Diane Kruger, Olivia Wilde, Heidi Klum, Elle Fanning and many more

Credit: Style.com

16.02.12

J. Mendel Fall 2012

Giles Mendel presented a truly elegant collection for J. Mendel Fall 2012.

The show opened with four all-white looks including a sleeveless coat, a cashmere fur-collared coat, a wool two-tiered jacket and a long cashmere cardigan before moving on to looks in black, maroon, gold, saffron, khaki and beige.

For a fall collection, everything felt very light.

Models walked the runway wearing lighter-than-air chiffon dresses, fur coats, tailored coats and jersey dresses.

The young and elite clientele will love his mini dress with full skirts and daring cuts, as well as the hot black panelled alligator jacket which was paired with a matching dress.

J. Mendel’s signature luxurious outerwear included fur coats and vests that came in different style and colours.

Gowns had plunging necklines, fully embroidered sequins, gold lame inserts, cut-out details, draped details and beaded embellishments which said, “Hello Taylor Swift”.

Front Row: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Kelly Osbourne

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana, Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried, Gwyneth Paltrow, Solange Knowles, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kate Beckinsale, Garcelle Beauvais, Leelee Sobieski, Jaimie Alexander, Jessica Alba, Michelle Williams, Rihanna and Lara Bingle

16.02.12

Michael Kors Fall 2012

The Michael Kors Fall 2012 collection started with a selection of red, black and plaid-all-over looks.

After the African influences of Spring 2012, the designer went back to basics by presenting many key staples to keep us warm and stylish for fall on a colour palette of red, black, camel and grey.

With the theme being ‘rugged elegance’, we saw fur collared coats, leather dresses, chunky-knit turtlenecks and sweater dresses.

On the less rugged, more elegant side, the designer presented a beautiful herringbone mohair sheath with ombre feathers, a black leather blouse paired with cropped pants and a mohair skirt suit.

Between the statement furs, blanket coats, fringed ponchos and menswear, we saw some beautiful red carpet gowns.

They sparkled with crystal and paillette embellishments and dazzled with plunging necklines, keyhole necklines and open backs.

Key accessories included an oversized fur hat, like the ones we saw at Marc Jacobs which were more ‘Ladies Day’ at Ascot than ‘Mad Hatter’, shawls, scars, muffs, leather gloves, Oxford boots, Mary Janes, framed doctor’s bags and satchels.

Front Row: Jessica Alba, Paula Patton, Amber Heard, Stacy Keibler, Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Zoe Saldana, Odette Annable, Paula Patton, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Kerry Washington, Maggie Q, Hilary Swank and Blake Lively

16.02.12

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012

Oscar de la Renta’s presentation showcased plenty of jewels for fall. Not jewel tones, but actual jewels.

The collection was dominated by jewels, with jewel prints and jewel accents giving the prints a 3D effect.

Each model wore a diamante-accented satin headband and some walked the runway with a bejewelled leather belt.

On a colour palette of sky blue, rose, teal and taupe that we don’t normally associate with fall, we saw the usual elegance we come to associate with Oscar de la Renta but with a surprisingly youthful twist.

We saw shorter hemlines, playful tutus, poufy skirts, cute shift dresses, caplets, chunky cable-knit cardigans and embellished tops paired with skinny pants, which would appeal to the likes of the Fanning sisters, Chloe Moretz and even Alexa Chung.

‘Ladies who lunch’ were treated to metallic tweed suits, cashmere turtlenecks, jacquard knit skirt suits and tweed sheath dresses.

For the red carpet, the gowns ranged from slinky crushed, pleated velvet and beaded column gowns to fairytale-like tulle draped gowns. These frothy creates also on my wish list for Oscar night and any other night. which both have a place on Oscar, and any night.

Key accessories included glittered ankle boots, bow-tie sandals, booties and teardrop-shaped pearl earrings.

Front Row: Minka Kelly

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Chastain, Anna Wintour, Andrea Riseborough, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Kristin Davis, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Camilla Belle, Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift

Credit: Getty

15.02.12

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2012 presentation took place yesterday afternoon in New York City.

Easy separates were combined with combat boots for a grungy schoolgirl-inspired look on a colour palette of blue, black, grey, chestnut, gold and red.

Cute pleated skirts were teamed with blouses and jacquard culottes paired with a Peter Pan collared shirt.

Other mash-ups included plaid pants with a gold lurex sweater and flannel pants with a striped sweater.

Bouclé coats, fur-trimmed anoraks, full-skirted dresses with metallic finishes, floral prints, plaid and velvet made up this collection of wearable pieces with a military references and a punkish edge.

Key accessories included wristlets, studded top-handle bags, clutches and totes, plus miltary-style drum hats.

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, Miranda Cosgrove, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lawrence and Teresa Palmer

Credit: Style.com & bag pictures belong to Red Carpet Fashion Awards