Donna Karan Spring 2011

The sand on the runway at the Donna Karan Spring 2011 presentation was clearly an indication to the colour palette for this collection.

Sand, biscuit, nude and light grey made up the colour palette.

The venue was packed and photographers were jostling for a spot but the second Karlie Kloss walked out everything became serene and tranquil.

Each piece was more elegant than the last and felt as light as air as they fluttered down the runway.

We saw off-shoulder gowns with high slits, wrap jackets, red carpet gowns and shirt dresses.

There was a lot of ruching and crushing of the materials to give the pieces a raw natural earthy feel.

The models were fresh faced with slightly tousled updo’s to complete their look.

Key accessories included wooden platformed heels and ethnic bangles.

Front Row: Susan Sarandon, Ashley Greene and Vivian Wu

Favourites: The finale gown and the chiffon dress with the ruffle trims

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Susan Sarandon, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Emmy Rossum, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Greene


Reem Acra Spring 2011

For Reem Acra’s Spring 2011 presentation the designer set about creating a wardrobe for the modern American princess.

Her vintage inspired collection with a modern romance feel had a pale palette which served as a background for cool textures and the bright sparkle of delicate embroideries.

In Reem Acra’s 5th Avenue suite we were presented with a blush pink gown trimmed with feathers and nipped in with a leather belt as we arrived.

This theme of adding a leather belt with gowns continued within this collection.

We also saw day dresses, a flower power jacquard pleated dress, a haltered dress, high-waist pants paired with a racer-back tank and an antique silver mermaid gown with cascading embroidery.

Key accessories included leather belts, statement necklaces and ballerina flats.

Front Row: Kristin Cavallari and Perrey Reeves

Favourites: White high-waisted pants and gold embroidered gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Eva Longoria, Taylor Swift, Perry Reeves, Lea Michele, Selena Gomez, Anika Noni Rose, Emmy Rossum, Katherine Heigl, Penelope Cruz and Rose Byrne


Jenny Packham Spring 2011

Jenny Packham’s Spring 2011 presentation included many Oscar, Emmys, SAG Awards, BAFTA Awards and Film Festival gowns.

The designer was inspired the age of debutante decadence and moonlight balls.

Her presentation had an old Hollywood feel to it as the looks were so elegant with intricate embellishments.

The colour palette was mostly neutral with some dark grey, navy blue, ice blue and the floral prints were perfect for summertime.

We were presented with jumpsuits, shorts, blouses with fringed embellishments, high-waisted pants, day dresses, cocktail dresses and gowns.

Gorgeous gowns, stunning gowns, red carpet gowns.

I was in heaven.

Every type of gown for every type of occasion was presented from chiffon, one-shoulder, asymmetrical, satin, beaded and open back.

If stars hadn’t heard of Jenny Packham before, they will take notice after this presentation.

Key accessories included shoulder-skimming silver chain earrings, rhinestone belts, floral print clutches, rhinestone clutches, cuffs and chunky cocktail rings.

The embellished jumpsuit, the floral top with the beaded shorts and the one shoulder embellished nude gown

Front Row: Shantel Van Saten

Who I See Wearing This Collection:
Taylor Swift, Cat Deeley, Blake Lively, Rebecca Romijn, Jessica Szohr, Angelina Jolie, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Julianne Hough, Emma Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Diane Kruger and Sandra Bullock


William Tempest Spring 2011

The William Tempest Spring 2011 presentation took place on Monday morning at 8.30am.

It was an early start, but it was very much worth it.

The young British designer who was showing in New York for the first time, presented a beautiful collection with a colour palette of nude, coral and grey with a “splash” of raspberry and lemon.

William’s inspiration was “The Sirens’ Song,” playing upon a concept of a “half-woman, half-sea creature”.

His romantic collection totally seduced me.

Body-con mini dresses, full length dresses, asymmetrical dresses and corset jumpsuits were presented.

A wind machine gentle churned in the room which gave the draped chiffon dresses and asymmetric hemlines a beautiful motion like waves which played along perfectly with the “under the sea” theme.

The make-up was very strong considering the romantic looks, and the hair was teased into a sexy bouffant.

To complete their looks models wore Mechante of London heels.

Favourites: The corseted minidress inspired by a giant clam shell which wrapped around the models body and the lemon corset dress with a chiffon asymmetrical skirt

Front Row: Louise Roe

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Leona Lewis, Victoria Beckham, Leighton Meester, Emily Blunt, Natalia Vodianova, Nicola Roberts, Poppy Delevigne and Whitney Port


Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011

I was very excited about my first Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 presentation and I wasn’t disappointed.

The back drop of the show had stairs which I thought was for decoration, but the models had to walk down the stairs to get to the runway.

As true professionals they navigated the stairs with no mishaps or falls.

We were presented with vibrant colours and stand out prints which we expect from any DVF collection.

Sleek silhouettes dominate the runway alongside the icon signature wrap dress.

Jumpsuits, hooded sleeveless tops, and pantsuits, shorts, harem pants and

Like the designer herself Diane designs for the bold confident woman which was very much reflected in this collection.

Favourites: Printed halter top with contrast printed harem pants and the electric blue plunging dress

Front row: Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Bilson, Molly Sims, Poppy Delevingne, Estelle and Katie Cassidy

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Bilson, Molly Sims, Poppy Delevingne, Katie Cassidy, Jessica Lowndes, Kelly Ripa and Olivia Palermo


Max Azria Spring 2011

Max Ariza’s Spring 2011 presentation was as beautiful, minimalist and subtly sexy as I expected it to be.

I loved the maxi dresses, the wide leg high waisted pants which billowed down the runway.

Some of the dresses were paired with a crop silk blouses.

The textures and fabrics looked so luxe I imagined them being buttery to the touch.

Ice cream shades of peach, vanilla and mint green took to the runway with black, grey and white pieces presented too.

The dresses were held up with the thinnest straps creating intricate interesting details across the back.

I guess its no bras allow with some of these looks.

Key accessories included sculuptured wooden bangles, slashed clutches, suede booties and ankle strapped sandals.

Favourites: The heather grey top paired with grey crepe pants and the white printed silk Georgette dress

Front Row: Estelle, Leigh Lezark, Katrina Bowden, Alison Brie, Solange Knowles and Aisha Tyler

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Emily Deschanel, Angelina Jolie, Jayma Mays, Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Sandra Oh and Maggie Q


Malandrino Spring 2011

Yesterday morning it rained in New York, but by the time I arrived at the venue for Malandrino’s Spring 2011 presentation it had stopped.

Thankfully it did because the presentation was held outside around the pool on the Lincoln Center Plaza.

Models were shivering on their perched platforms wearing an assortment of crochet knits, slashed dresses, chiffon dresses, jersey prints, tunic, jumpsuits, wide-legged pants and leather gladiators.

One model wore a crochet ensemble which included a crochet top and bloomers.

The colour palette consisted of mostly neutral shades of khaki, whites and brown, but we also saw bold colourful prints and denim.

Key accessories included crochet thigh high gladiators, statement necklaces, straw hats, studded sandals and fringed bags.

Favourites: The printed jumpsuit above and the peach gown

Front Row: Kristin Cavallari, Kelly Rutherford, Perry Reeves, Abigail Spencer and Keisha Whitaker

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gwen Stefani and Liv Tyler