Rachel Zoe Spring 2012

There was one collection I was really excited to see this season and that was the Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 collection.

She had been quoted as saying she was “terrified” about showing her Spring collection to editors and buyers during Fashion Week.

The stylist/designer had nothing to worry about; the collection was much stronger than the previous season and everyone in the room loved what they were seeing.

Looking through the collection I saw many wearable, fun pieces which will appeal to all types of women of all ages.

Brigitte Bardot in the South of France running around being glamorous in the late 60s, early 70s was the inspiration, so Rachel served up high-waist palazzo pants, tailored tuxedos, jumpsuits, maxi dresses, chic blazers, soft leather jackets, haltered embellished gowns, cute short suit sets, backless evening gowns and leather cropped pants.

If you’re looking for the latest trend, this is not for you.

If you’re looking for modern classics which will last several seasons taking you from the office, to a dinner party, to a friend’s wedding or a glamorous red carpet event then Rachel’s got you covered.

I was lucky enough to talk to Rachel during the presentation. I congratulated her on her amazing collection and she thanked me featuring her “girls.”

I see her girls wearing many of the pieces. Cameron would look great in Look 8.

Team Rachel Zoe told me I would look great in Look 21. I would be happy to snap up all the pieces. It’s all one needs for next summer.

Key accessories included totes, clutches and shoes by Rachel Zoe, plus vintage sunglasses from Silver Linings NYC Opticians.

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Favourites: Ruby forest decore t-shirt and maxi skirt and royal blue jumpsuit

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cameron Diaz, Molly Sims, Amber Heard, Selena Gomez, Kate Cassidy, Mila Kunis, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Blake Lively, Liv Tyler and Sophia Bush


Reem Acra Spring 2012

I was expecting drop-dead gorgeous red carpet looks at the Reem Acra’s Spring 2012 presentation and I wasn’t disappointed.

Even the day wear was steeped in elegance and bedazzled with embellishments.

Beading gowns were presented alongside strapless dresses, satin pants and embellished leather jackets.

This the perfect collection for those women who never take a day off looking glamorous.

Favourites: Gold cap sleeve embellished gown and floral blouse with gold vanilla chevron pencil skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Jennifer Morrison, Amber Heard, Kate Cassidy, Megan Fox, LeAnn Rimes, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rose McGowan, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Selena Gomez and Mila Kunis

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Donna Karan Spring 2012

Donna Karan’s Spring 2012 presentation took place on Monday during New York Fashion Week.

I wasn’t prepared for the tribal explosion, but I loved the unpredictable change of direction.

The wearable tribal pieces were inspired by Donna’s recent trips to Haiti.

Whilst the influences were strong, the designer still incorporated her signature draping on several pieces.

We saw earthy rustic colours, alongside vibrant purple and lemon.

The strong prints and paint splashed prints made a strong breath-taking impact as they hit the runway.

Key accessories included wooden statement necklaces, fold-over python clutches, wooden clutches and fringed bracelets.

Front row: Molly Sims, Wyclef Jean and Rose McGowan

Favourites: Halter tribal print dress and plunging black print dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Molly Sims, Liv Tyler, Jessica Chastain and Eva Mendes

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Preen Spring 2012

The Preen 2012 girl loves colour and prints.

This uber-feminine collection goes on my list of favourite this Fashion Week. It had plenty of retro touches many modern twists.

The colour palette ranged from dreamy soft pastels, to colourful squares to pixelated prints.

There were plenty of ruffles on collars, sleeves and around the waist on the peplums.

I loved the cropped top despite envying the models abs.

These tops were paired with tapered pants, which were also paired with loose fitted blouses, t-shirts and chic tailored monochrome ruffle trimmed blazers.

Towards the end of the show we saw several black pieces which added an unexpected touch to the colourful collection.

The model sported 40s victory rolls created by Paul Hanlon at the Julian Watson Agency for Aveda. The orange blush and lip colour was applied by Val Garland at Streeters using MAC cosmetics.

I fell head-over-heels for the Aldo for Preen shoes collection which came in several styles and colours.

Front row: Marisa Tomei and Rose McGowan

Favourites: Lemon top and salmon skirt and sleeveless embellished top and pastel peplum skirt

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Leighton Meeter, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Olsen, Marisa Tomei, Carey Mulligan, Diane Kruger, Tilda Swinton, Anne Hathaway, Rachel Bilson, Florence Welch, Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, Mila Kunis, and Sarah Jessica Parker


Carolina Herrera Spring 2012

Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2012 collection was full of grown up feminine looks with clean lines and figure-enhancing silhouettes.

As always the designer served up a colourful palette of canary yellows, sage greens, ice blues and rosy reds.

The geometric and sparrow prints were very eye-catching. She used this strong print on delicate materials like chiffon.

Carolina upped the ante when it came to her red carpet gowns in the run up to awards season.

Beautiful light airy gowns fluttered down the runway. I can already picture many of them on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre.

We also saw lightweight jackets pleated pants, knit sweaters and chiffon blouses.

Key accessories included bangles, scarves, bags and Manolo Blahnik for Carolina Herrera shoes.

Orlando Pita at Orla Salon pulled back the models hair into a low ponytail, whilst Diane Kendal gave the models a dewy glow using MAC cosmetics.

Front row: Renée Zellweger, Olivia Munn, Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Yellow and green sparrow print shirt dress and canary yellow silk gazar gown with silk organza band applique

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Renée Zellweger, Olivia Munn, Angie Harmon, Mariska Hargitay, Eva Amurri, Emmy Rossum, Kirsten Dunst, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jessica Chastain, January Jones, Cameron Diaz and Debi Mazar


Jenny Packham Spring 2012

Jenny Packham’s Spring 2012 collection showcased signature feminine glamour during New York Fashion Week yesterday.

We saw a rainbow of beautiful colours including brightly coloured azure blues, geranium reds, sunset oranges, lemon drop yellows and citrus limes alongside bright whites.

I loved the flapper-style beaded dresses which were super chic and the bead work was outstanding.

Asymmetrical hemlines fluttered down the runway as did maxi dresses, flowing gowns and cocktail dresses.

Jenny’s celebrity fans will love the embellished tops and white lace shorts if they are looking for something other than a gown or a dress.

Christian Louboutin provided the models colourful strappy sandals and  Jenny Packham designed the jewels with Swarovski elements.

Front Rows: Mandy Moore and Shantel VanSanten

Favourites: Silk chiffon dress with organza trimmed hems and French Chantilly beaded lace tea dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Mandy Moore, Leighton Meester, Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington, Elisabeth Moss, Alice St. Clair, Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Bush, Cat Deeley, Dita von Teese, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Nikki Reed, Anna Kendrick, Elisabeth Moss,