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18.09.10

My New York Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Here are a few highs and lows from my week at New York Fashion Week.

Below are my top 10 looks from the shows I attended in no particular order.

HIGHS
The Lincoln Center: I was never fond of Bryant Park. The new home for fashion was more spacious, had more natural light and was more organised with a hassle free check in system. The real bonus was that is was right next door to my hotel.

New additions to my schedule: Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Mulberry, Isaac Mirahi, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Cynthia Rowley and The Blonds.

Presentations with a twist: Asian prints at Philosophy. Models rotating in and out of the William Tempest presentation. The cabaret girls at The Blonds. The live singer at Carlos Miele. Models walking on a smoke filled runway at Sally LaPointe.

Best Party: Mulberry Party

Random celeb sightings:
Kelly Cutrone outside Starbucks on 63rd Street with a queue of people waiting to take their picture with her.

L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger at the Standard Grill having lunch after her Spring 2011 presentation.

Elisabeth Moss walking near the Apple store on 66th Street alone wearing jeans and a khaki jacket whilst wheeling her suitcase and carrying a Victoria’s Secret shopping bag looking very happy with herself.

Riding an elevator at the Empire Hotel with Stephanie Pratt.

Kelly Rowland in the Spanx suite at the Empire Hotel.

Best/Only Gift: From the lovely Tory Burch team took a few bloggers to lunch (one of the few sit down proper meals I had all week). They kindly gifted us with accessories. I got an olive bag and Sydne aka Think Thru Fashion got some killer booties with neon pink laces. Read More…

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Gustavo Cadile Spring 2011

Despite Gustavo Cadile’s Spring 2011 collection not having a formal presentation, celebrities have worn more of his Spring collection than any other designer on the red carpet so far.

At the 2010 Emmy Awards Lara Spencer wore a dove grey silk chiffon cap sleeve gown with turquoise beaded neckline and Eva Longoria wore two looks this week.

Gustavo was inspired by the architecture of Venice and the beauty of Angelina Jolie in the movie “The Tourist”.

The collection includes a select of his trademarks gorgeous evening gowns, with more cocktail dresses on this occasion.

The higher hemlines indicate that the designer is aiming to attract younger clientèle.

Gustavo knows how to make a woman feel sexy, from the high hemline, open backs, plunging necklines and embellishments to dazzle at any event.

Megan Fox would have a fun filled day with that uber sexy navy dress with the thigh-high split.

Favourites: The pink off-the-shoulder gown and the black gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordana Brewster, Katherine Heigl, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz

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The Blonds Spring 2011


After running back to my hotel to change out of my floral vintage dress which got totally drench in the torrential rain after the Oscar de la Renta presentation, I arrived at the Milk Studio’s for The Blonds Spring 2011 presentation.

I’m glad I did change into jeans and a tee, because my Sunday best would’ve look totally out of place with all the leather, spikes and chains which adorned the guests at this show.

The energy was electric as show started with colourful cabaret girls open dancing with feathered fans.

Once the show started I was excited to see The Blonds trademark corsets.

They totally stole the show for me.

We were also presented with gowns, bedazzled tuxedos, cocktail dresses, embellished pants and neon coloured sequin bikini’s.

Former Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks closed the show.

Key accessories included a gorgeous collection of Louboutin’s

Front Row: Kristin Cavallari

Favourites: Pearl corset and multi-coloured corset

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Katy Perry and Rihanna

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Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011


The venue for Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011 collection was held in a venue which looked like a church. This was appropriate because I worship everything that Oscar creates.

This collection was no exception.

The show opened with a floral coat worn by the current campaign girl Karlie Kloss.

Each look was more beautiful and extravagant than the last.

We saw everything a woman wants from elegant day dresses to three piece suits to cocktail dresses and of course the red carpet ready gowns – thank god Rachel Zoe was in the front row.

All the model sported very Carrie Bradshaw-esqe high tight buns with their make-up kept fresh with strong blue eyeshadow.

Key accessories included corseted belts, clutches and large chandelier earrings.

Front Row: Sarah Jessica Parker

Favourites: Check tweed pocket dress, pink flamenco style gown and the peony silk faille and ivory threadwork embroidered gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection:
Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour, Lea Michele, Eva Mendes, Kyra Sedgwick, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Zoe Saldana, Freida Pinto, Rachel Weisz and Jessica Biel

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Isaac Mizrahi Spring 2011

Isaac Mizrahi’s Spring 2011 collection was called IM Xerox as his prints looked like they’d been photocopied.

We saw very soft and feminine pieces, but he also incorporated some flirty sexy looks.

On a very mixed colour palette we were presented with long chiffon floral dresses, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, day dresses, silm pant suits, silk maxi skirts and shirts.

Key accessories included collars, clutches, and bracelets.

Front Row: Veronica Webb

Favourites: Embellished short sleeved dress and corseted gown with tulle overlay

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Michelle Obama, Marisa Tomei, Paula Patton, Veronica Webb, Kyra Sedgwick and Michelle Monaghan

The shocker of the week was André Leon Talley who didn’t sit in his usual front row seat. Instead he watched the show from the last row in the Theater.

Has he fallen out with his Vogue colleagues who were either in the first or second row?

Na, I’m assuming he just wanted to focus on the clothes. It can get a bit hectic with photographers in the front row trying to take pictures and others trying to claim front row seats.

Credit: Style.com

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2011

Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2011 collection was held in a very glamorous location downtown.

The cowgirl theme was evident very early on with the big belt buckles, suede fringing and cognac leather.

We were presented with ruffled coats, crisp white blouses, crochet cardigans, suede fringed pants, maxi skirt with web-like beading, deerskin jackets, beaded vests and jacquard halter dresses.

This collection had everything a wealthy cowgirl would wear during the day and at night she can slip into a silver beaded slip dress or gown. She can stay true to her cowgirl roots by wearing the evening dresses with large buckle belt as some of the gowns were presented.

I loved this collection for its refined elegance with contemporary sophistication.

The key accessories included cowboy hats, large buckle belts, bowler hats, fringed shoulder bags and leather bags with a silver bulls head.

Favourites: Fringed beaded skirts and slinky platinum tulle beaded dress

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Laura Hutton, Kerry Washington, Mariska Hargitay, Taylor Swift, Olivia Wilde and Jessica Biel