Casually Cropped

Casually Cropped

H M white crop top
$10 – hm.com

Ancient Greek Sandals flat shoes
$230 – net-a-porter.com

Kendra Scott necklace
$120 – revolve.com

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Runway Recap: NYFW Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Part 1

It’s that time again, everyone! Time for Fashion Month! I wasn’t actually aware that this was going on, but now that I am, we are jumping right in. Like last time, I will be dividing the posts up into parts. NYFW will have five parts, London will have one, Milan will have one, and Paris will have two parts. However, this time around, I’m only including three looks from each collection. Four made for some lengthy posts. Now I’m rambling. Let’s get a move on!

 

Trina Turk

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I loved this presentation! This is exactly what I imagine when I think “fall.” Delicious coats, yummy suede, and an expert use of color! I’d definitely buy a lot of these pieces.

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016Trina kept her signature bold prints and bright colors, but somehow managed to really capture the muted, calm of autumn. The spring collection featured chiffon and neons, while this fall show keeps it more neutral with pops of orange, yellow, and fuchsia.

Overall: Really enjoyed this. The models look ready to take a stroll through Central Park on a crisp November afternoon, and that is what it’s all about.

 

Marissa Webb

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I. Mean. Can we please just sit a spell and take it all in? DY-ING. Fun fact about me: spring may be my favorite season, but I live to dress for fall/winter. Chunky knits speak to my soul. Guess what this show had an abundance of. Chunky knits. I’m only hyperventilating a little bit.

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016This is just an example of how diverse Marissa Webb can be. Her spring collection was colorful, light, flowy, and fun. This collection, while also colorful with flowing elements, was so different. The coats, the knits, the styling, it screamed fall, whereas the spring collection screamed spring. The shows are definitely not the same, but similar enough to know that both are Marissa Webb.

Overall: Oh, yes. This is the epitome of a fall collection.

 

Kate Spade New York

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Do I even need to talk about my love for this presentation? I think we all know how much I adore Kate Spade by now. She’s so good. That bow coat? I need it. That cream/nude pussybow shirt? Gotta have it. That blush pleated skirt? Get in my closet. KSNY can basically do no wrong. Superb.

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016Just looking at an overview of both collections, the spring collection has more bright colors. Yellow, bright pink, greens, blues, lots of white, and florals. The fall collection has color too, but like other shows, it was more muted and… almost cozy? It made me feel like curling up in front of a fire in a cashmere sweater, whereas the spring show makes me feel like walking down to the farmer’s market and picking up some fresh peonies.

Overall: As always, A++, my dear Kate. So much love for you.

 

Jason Wu

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Honestly not too sure about this one. It’s a beautiful show. Jason Wu is a spectacular designer. It just doesn’t speak to me like some of the others have. It doesn’t give me that “want to sit by a fire” or “stroll in the park on a chilly morning” feeling. I do like the florals in this collection, though. However, I’d be more inclined to wear that navy dress in the spring! Maybe I’m just backward.

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016Last season, I remember saying that Wu’s collection felt more fall than spring. And now, this show feels a little spring-y! I’m so confused. Maybe it’s just because there wasn’t an overwhelming number of coats or knits. That is what makes me see “fall.”

Overall: A great show. Beautiful fashion. But I’m not overly thrilled or wowed.

 

Hervé Léger

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How very interesting. This was basically a re-telling of the spring show, just in deeper, fall colors! Max Azria has a very distinct style. That geometric, bandage-style blocking is very present in both 2016 Hervé shows. Personally, I think it works. I like this style. It’s cool, it’s different, and it works with many different color palettes (as Azria has shown us here).

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016: The only main differences come from the styling and the colors of the garments. The spring collection showed many whites, light pinks, a few lavenders, and light neutrals. The models wore bare legs, wedges, and open-toed, strappy heels. In the fall show, we have more black, grey, deep reds, blues, greens, and rust- fall tones. The models are wearing thick black tights and boots, both knee high, and ankle booties.

Overall: I really like the Hervé Léger style. Like I said before, it’s cool. I’d totally wear these pieces.

 

Christian Siriano

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OH my goodness. This, in my opinion, may be some of Siriano’s best work to date. Spectacular. Just incredible. He stayed very true to himself and his “girl,” while simultaneously changing it up and showing us things we’ve never dreamt of. I mean, that first look is a giant knit piece, wrapped around a model’s upper torso to form a crop top! For fall! And somehow it works so well. I’d buy that in a heartbeat. Some of his ventures into semi-casual wear didn’t quite make the cut, but what worked, worked. Take a look at the final gown. See the straps, how they’re twisted? That is an element shown in other looks, like this one that I literally gasped out loud at. He also included in many looks a digitally printed cable knit print onto what looks like jersey, just to create the illusion. He’s a true genius.

Compared to Spring/Summer 2016: Fall RtW had much more color, that’s for sure. It felt more innovative, more thought out, and just more interesting to watch. However, like Spring/Summer, he chose to end the show with an abundance of magnificent gowns in rapid succession. He’s always one to give a big finish.

Overall: Bravo, Mr. Siriano. You’ve outdone yourself.

 

Well! That sure was fun. I’ve missed the runway. Like I said, more NYFW posts will follow, then LFW, then Milan, then Paris. You know the drill. Six more shows will come your way tomorrow!

XOXO,

Emily

Currently Craving: Spring Must-Haves

 

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Here we are, on a rainy, grey, Saturday afternoon, and I’m dreaming of Spring once again. The weather is bound to perk up soon, so I’ve scoured the internet for a few of my Spring Must-Haves! Florals, sequins, and color are slowly returning to my wardrobe… Enjoy!

XOXO,

Emily

Spring Transitions

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Jacket: Old Navy (similar) / Dress: TJ Maxx / Tights: Old Navy (similar) / Boots: Forever 21 / Necklace: Unknown / Bracelet: Walmart / Lipstick: Maybelline “Divine Wine”

Well, somehow, I’ve inadvertently taken a winter-long break from blogging. Oops! However, never fear. I am back with a vengeance. Spring is currently in the process of being sprung (spring is springing?) and you know what that means! Warm weather, sundresses, and the unfortunate goodbye to dark, vampy lips. Today is the last day of February, so I decided to squeeze in one last hurrah with my favorite dark lipstick of the moment, Maybelline’s Divine Wine from their newest matte collection.

2016 has been an amazing year for me so far, and it’s only just March! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store. I’m feeling so empowered and inspired; I just know it’s going to be a year of life changing experiences.

Here are some of my favorite dresses (and one jumpsuit) for spring to kick off the new season:

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Part 1

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! The week I have been most looking forward to (next to NYFW, of course) is upon us! Paris Fashion Week! The finale of Fashion Month. It’s sure to be absolutely legendary. As I’ve said before, I’ll be breaking this week up into separate parts, rather than days. I’m thinking there will be four parts to this week, with five shows each. Let’s get started! Part One, here we go.

Chloé

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O.M.G. How dreamy is this? Especially that final look. The pastels! Everything about this show made me want to pack up and jet off to the French Riviera. And with the weather outside where I live the way it is (cold, wet, dreary as all get out), that’s a thought that’s been entering my mind multiple times daily for about the last week and a half. I can see it now: oversized sunnies, a white, wide brimmed, floppy hat, either that gorgeous rainbow number or one of the many lace coverup-type dresses that this collection showed, a lounge chair on the beach, and the newest issue of Vogue Paris. If you need me, that’s where I’ll be… In my mind, at least.

Overall: Oh, so romantique!

Balmain

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Dear whoever said Balmain is an easily worn brand…. Are you kidding? Mesh everything is wearable? Don’t get me wrong, this is a crazy high fashion collection and the amount of design here is incredible, but it definitely isn’t accessible for everyone. I know I wouldn’t be able to wear that long, orange, ruffly thing! That amount of volume on the bottom wouldn’t be good for me! I’m super short, so I would look kinda like a toilet brush. But hey! Once again! Orange. It’s resurfacing.

Overall: It’s Parisian high fashion! What did you expect?

Lanvin

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I really enjoyed the progression of this show. It started off very mature and structured with a predominately neutral color scheme, and as the looks continued to come out, it got more and more youthful and fun until the final looks were sporting loud stiletto prints and bold colors (like that gorgeous pink!). I’d liken this collection to if Calvin Klein and Betsey Johnson got together and collaborated. So, fabulous, of course!

Overall: I very much enjoyed this!

Christian Dior

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Ooooh, pretty, pretty, pretty. This show was gloriously feminine and so sweet! The flowy, sheer fabric moved so beautifully on the runway and the soft blush tones are my fave. However, don’t be fooled! This show was so much more than that. There were incredible structured pieces and pants that are to die for.

Overall: DIOR. That is all.

Balenciaga

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If you know me, you know I am a huge fan of white. And this collection was all white! It was actually a fairly shirt show, which surprised me a little. All the Parisian shows so far have been way long. But anyway, I really enjoyed this. I’m adoring the lace/mesh and cutouts. Very femme meets edgy.

Overall: I can see everyone sporting this all white theme come spring!

I do apologize for the delay in posting this. I’ve been working all the time and sleeping when I’m not at work! I’m vowing to get back into the groove here in the next week. These shows are just too important to miss!

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Part 2

I’m gonna get right to it: these shows were just yummy! I adored all the color, and the prints, and the just plain fun! I was not the least bit disappointed. Let’s see, shall we?

Versace

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This show was such a great mix. It had fun colors, bold prints, thick coats, and skimpy minidresses. Leather and chiffon. Hard and soft pieces. That is what I love to see in a collection. Variety. The pieces individually look like they could have each come from separate collections, but when they come together, the whole show meshed and blended beautifully. Donatella herself even walked out at the end wearing a lime green, leopard maxi skirt! So fabulous.

Overall: So good, Versace. So good.

Roberto Cavalli

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More color! Yay! Lavender and pink acid washed denim, oh boy. This show was certainly a fun one. I loved how it started off with the colors and the more casual looks and gradually moved into the nude and black gowns. And the details! The detailing and the amount of time put into each of these pieces is so special.

Overall: Wow! Definitely a show stopping collection.

Dsquared2

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Sooooo much color! I had a feeling Dsquared2 would be a little funky and different, but this was spectacular! It feels weirdly beachy-surfer, but also really glam. I love the combination of the tight bandage dresses and the flowing, pleated, maxi skirts. The styling was really nice too. This is an example of the sleek, faux wet look being high fashion and not turning greasy or grungy.

Overall: Very cool! This was a great show.

Marni

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This show was pure art. It’s so architectural and sculptural! I adore the mix of bright colors with the forest green and the brown. The oversize theme is working really well here. And I love the textiles! Fun fact about my experience with the brand: I was given a bunch of perfume samples… probably a few years ago, with the Marni perfume included with the bunch, and I have rationed that tiny bottle for SO long! I still have some! It’s spicy and warm and just perfect for those days where I need a little pick me up. It always makes me feel more awake and alive. I’m considering buying a full size!

Overall: Very innovative. It just screams “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Dolce & Gabbana

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Classic. Playful. Romantic. Timeless. Perfect.

Overall: Love it. That black dress… I mean?!?! Dying.

Missoni

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This was a… weird show. I’m gonna be completely honest. Not my fave. Again, I like the color. That pink is beautiful! But I don’t like much else. It’s just not my thing!

Overall: Still a fine collection, just not the most jaw dropping I’ve seen.

Giorgio Armani

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Now, this, this is much more up my alley. Pink, blue, red, navy, dots, florals, gowns, playsuits… It pretty much has everything I hold near and dear to my heart. Armani is such a fashion god! If I had one thing to say, though, it would be that the pants all seem to be made out of this sheer, organza-looking material, and I’m not too sure how comfortable or warm that would be. I know it’s a summer collection, but if I’m wearing pants, I want to be at least a little bit warm!

Overall: These garments were absolutely bellissime!

Well, there you have it, folks! Milan Fashion Week, Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear 2016. I’ve gotta say, I am very, very pleased with what I’ve seen and I cannot wait for Paris! I’ve been waiting all month for some of those shows and my excitement is practically overflowing. Here’s to couture!

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Part 1

Oh, yes. I’m so ready for all the Italian goodness. Armani, Prada, Gucci, Versace… Love. Because I haven’t been keeping up with the specific days of MFW, I’m just going to take my list of the shows I want to make sure I write about and break it up into two parts. That way, no post is too long or too short. This is the same way I’ll be doing Paris Fashion Week, but that will probably be more like three or four parts because there is so much amazing fashion going on! Anyway, on to part one of Milan Fashion Week!

Gucci

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Starting off my viewing was Gucci and I am actually really loving what’s going on here. Yes, there is a lot of sheer and I’m not really sure if that’s completely practical, but I think it works.  And please, can we talk about the detailing? Take a close look at that second look. See the sequin collar and bow in the middle? I can’t figure out if the ruffles are real or if it’s just the black outlining! That feature was a major player throughout this collection and it’s so adorable and thoughtful. I love that kind of meticulousness!

Overall: Hooray for Gucci! Though I’d feel weird going without an undershirt for most of these looks, it’s still a huge win in my book.

Alberta Ferretti

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This show was so good! It screamed Egyptian desert dream to me. It made me want to trek across the Sahara in these gorgeous, flowing dresses and chunky gold jewels. It reminded me of the Sex and the City 2 camel scene! What I thought was especially interesting about this show was that it mixed brown and black extremely well. Isn’t that one of the primal rules of fashion? Don’t mix navy and black, don’t mix pink and red, don’t mix black and brown? Well, whatever it is, it doesn’t even matter, because Ferretti did it and it looks flawless! Totally works.

Overall: If I wasn’t dreaming of summer and a luxury vacation to an exotic place before, I definitely am now!

Max Mara

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Ooh, I really liked this one! That sparkly fringe skirt looks like something I definitely need in my life, please and thank you. It makes me think of New Year’s Eve. I don’t really have a whole lot to say, but I really enjoyed the sweaters in this show. But, once again, that kinda makes it lean more Fall/Winter in my mind…

Overall: I dig it. Very cool.

Fendi

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Oh, here we go! Another rule breaker! The pink/red rule has always been one that I’ve thought was silly; I love the way they look together! Fendi definitely brought it with this show. The leather was killing it. I’m obsessed with all the braiding and weaving that’s going on there. So cool. I love that army green, bomber-type jacket!

Overall: Mmm. Italian leather will forever have a cozy place in my heart.

Emilio Pucci

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The colors! Gorgeous! Can we talk about how great that green ensemble is? I’m dying over those sequins. They look kinda like fish scales! And that feather dress! That was such a clever way to add some out of the box movement and color to that look. The detailing definitely brought its A game with this collection. All the netting and little fish creatures were so whimsical!

Overall: I’m really loving the femininity here. And the slight nod to the ocean/beach!

Prada

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Green lips? Christmas ornament earrings? Greasy updos? What? Okay, I’m just going to completely ignore the styling and focus on the individual garments themselves, because that’s how we’re gonna get through this. I like the skirt suits and the stripes. The colors were a nice touch. There was a good amount of sparkle. But everything else? Weird! Why! I just don’t understand it.

Overall: Italian people who read this are probably going to think “Ugh, stupid American girl. This is art!” And yes, I agree, it is art, just not art that I can wrap my mind around. I have so many question marks hovering over my head right now. Yay, Prada. Boo, this show.

Moschino

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Two words: So. Fun. Moschino is always one of those brands that isn’t afraid to step way outside the box and go totally crazy, much like Betsey Johnson, and I have so much respect for that kind of individualism. That yellow dress reads “Caution, dangerous couture ahead,” and it was so right! After that look walked out, things got to a whole new level of wacky, and it was fabulous. Last year it was Barbie and this year it’s construction? How does he make these things work so well?!

Overall: Killed it. The perfect mix of crazy and wearable.

So the first half of Milan Fashion Week has certainly been a wild ride! Some super big brands are coming up in part two and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

And so it begins again… London Fashion Week! The week itself is already over and done with, so I have for you all of my favorite/noteworthy shows, summed up in one convenient post. Shall we?

Burberry Prorsum

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Not that I expected this show to be bad, but I was blown away by this amazing collection. It had everything! It was classic Burberry, with thick coats and structured pieces, but it also had soft, flowing dresses and wide lace. There was a huge variety of textiles and the entire thing just feels very wearable. I love Burberry!

Overall: Oh, British luxury fashion. You shall always have my heart.

Christopher Kane

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This was a funky show. That’s right. Funky. That’s the only word I can think of to describe this show! I mean, customized zip ties around the models’ necks? Weird, man. But I did enjoy all the colors! That’s actually what drew me to this show. I love desginers that aren’t afraid to use bold color!

Overall: I’m not too sure. The clothes themselves are nice, but the vibe is throwing me off.

Emilio de la Morena

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Here we have a perfectly good collection. But it isn’t much more than that. I believe this is a show that might warrant the dreaded “mumsy” from Ms. Nina García. The dresses are beautiful, but they’re all the same, with high necklines and below-the-knee hems. Don’t get me wrong, there are pieces that I would love to see hanging in my closet, but for the most part, it’s very Madame.

Overall: Yes, there is a bandeau top and a few sheer pieces, but I would have loved to see an even remotely form fitting dress, or a mini skirt, or pants! I would have even liked to see a pair of pants. And I am a very gown-oriented gal.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

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Okay, here’s where things got weird. I am not a fan. I want to be! I want so badly to be a fan of the woman who designed Carrie Bradshaw’s gorgeous (although, kind of another nail in the coffin) wedding dress. But I’m not. This whole show made me feel… Very dirty. Like I need to go take a shower and wash my hair. These models look greasy and sweaty and just plain filthy. And it’s grossing me out. The clothes aren’t much of a step up either. This collection is just not my style.

Overall: Yikes. Ouch. Yeesh.

Topshop Unique

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Now this is a show I can get behind! This is right up my alley. I am SO in love with this collection! It has polka dots, for crying out loud! So many designers are afraid to do dots because they worry about it going too “junior”, but personally, I think they’re a very sophisticated way to add a bit of whimsy. But I’ll step off of my polka dot soapbox now. This show was so adorable. Leopard, bows, leather, lace, fur, red lipstick, oh my! So many fun things going on and it all works. So good. So good.

Overall: Damn, why is Topshop always so expensive? I’d buy so many things from this show.

Issa

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Just now realizing three out of my four picks have the same model. Oh well? This was another show that’s very much my style. I’m such a slave to the deep V neckline and jumpsuit combo. This show had three of my favorite things: white, lace, and minidresses. White is probably my favorite color to wear, it just feels so professional, and lace is so delicate and girly. As for minidresses, they just look good on me. I’m very short, 5’1″, to be exact, and I’m not getting any taller, so everything is long on me and when the dresses are shorter, they just look like a normal length on me, which is a major win.

Overall: I feel like I can totally relate to this collection. I could look at almost every single piece and say “Yes, I could wear that and it would look good on me.”

Sabinna

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image credit: Chris Yates

More polka dots! Be still my heart. I’m just gonna throw it out there that this show also had some seersucker-esque pieces, but none of them were my favorites, so I didn’t include them. It wasn’t all only white and red! This collection was pretty futuristic, but it totally worked! The models looked like they had travelled back in time and I could definitely see this being the kind of stuff we’ll all be wearing in like, 2100. There were a bunch of very unique silhouettes and textures and I just really enjoyed watching this show.

Overall: Yay! I sure hope we’ll be seeing more from this designer soon!

Teresita Orillac

image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari
image credit: Krish Nagari

I’ll start by saying that these dresses are beautiful. They are very nice dresses. I love the high-low hems and the crop top. But, that being said, the whole collection feels very, very amateur. Like, compare this to Marchesa or Givenchy. Right? Booooooring. I’m sorry to say it. Imagine if someone from Project Runway showed up with this show. The judges would say that it feels like the designer is just starting out, using basic garments and cuts, and doesn’t know how to make a collection feel cohesive without using the exact same print for every single look.

Overall: It’s a fine collection. I’m sure that, with time, this designer will grow and come into her own.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
image credit: Victoria, Victoria Beckham

I don’t know what it is with these English brands, but I am thoroughly confused! It’s Victoria Beckham, this isn’t supposed to be happening! I had a very difficult time finding four looks I liked enough to include in this post. And let’s not even talk about the random photography here. Roosters? Barefoot models in mud? A dinosaur statue? WHY?

Overall: The only thing I have to say is that this was yet another collection to feature that bright orange color. And so the trend continues!

LFW sure was interesting, guys. Like anything, there was good, there was bad, and there was really bad. London’s fashion is so different from anywhere else in the world; I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of how designers from across the pond view trends and dressing a woman’s body. One thing I’ve noticed: they are much more liberal with the nipple. I cannot tell you how many of those shows had extremely sheer garments to the point that I was almost embarrassed to look at them. What does that say about America and American culture, do you think? Just food for thought. On to Milan and Paris!

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 Day 9

Here we are! The final day of NYFW S/S Ready-to-Wear 2016! What an adventure it’s been. The true American classics came out to play on Thursday and they were nothing short of spectacular. I expected nothing less! Because this was such an important day (and I only have four shows to show you), I’m going to include my five favorite looks instead of four this time!

Ralph Lauren

image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci

Oh, the patriotism! All hail the red, white, and blue! This collection was truly what I envision when I think of classic American fashion. The gowns, the sundresses, the shorts, the bags.. It was all perfect. Ralph Lauren, I love you.

Overall: Wonderful. It’s screaming summer right in my face! I need to go lounge on the beach in these clothes, ASAP!

J. Mendel

image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi

This was an interesting show. I’ve never really seen a J. Mendel collection and I certainly don’t consider him an “American Classic” designer like the others in this post, but he’s fairly popular and he showed on Thursday so I decided to include him. I mean, I like his looks. I think he designs nice clothes. But no, he isn’t my favorite. It’s a little too safari/beach vacation/night out at the club for me. It’s a big mix of all those things and I’m just ending up confused.

Overall: I’m at a loss. Yes and no?

Calvin Klein Collection

image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci

Warning: blasphemy coming. This…. was not my cup of tea. I don’t like this collection! I don’t like it! I can’t even believe what I’m saying. It just didn’t do it for me. I’m so disappointed. It just feels…. Dowdy?

Overall: Ahhhhhh. I feel so wrong!

Marc Jacobs

image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci

Now this is how you end a Fashion Week! This is a finale collection! I am very satisfied. For awhile I was concerned this last show would be a total let down! Thankfully, I was mistaken. This show was so cool! The colors were bold, the prints were fun, and Kerry Washington even wore that pewter and gold sparkly number to the Emmy’s! Marc Jacobs has always been a more… Trendy brand, and this show was no exception. Gold stars!

Overall: Very nice. He didn’t let us down!

Well, guys, that’s the end of NYFW! On to London, then to Milan, then Paris! This was such a great week, I can’t wait to see what the others have in store!

XOXO,

Emily

Runway Recap: NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 Day 8

Well I’ve certainly been lagging behind lately, but I am working diligently to catch up with Fashion Month! NYFW has since ended, but there are still shows to be seen! So we press on. As NYFW was wrapping up, all the major players started to unveil the fruits of their labors, and boy, was it a bountiful harvest!

Michael Kors Collection

image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos

Okay, I’ll be honest. This collection surprised me in both good and bad ways. I didn’t have high hopes for it, because I’m not a huge Michael Kors fan, so I was pleasantly surprised that I actually liked it. I didn’t love it; I wasn’t screaming as I was flipping through the photos like I was with some of the other shows I’ve seen, but I didn’t hate it. However, I was unpleasantly surprised by the textiles used. I really don’t dig any of these fabrics or colors. But I will say, once again, orange! Trend alert.

Overall: Meh. It could go either way for me with this one. Not my fave.

Naeem Khan

image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci
image credit: Gianni Pucci

Now, this collection, this collection was gold. Pure fashion genius. I am in love with literally every single piece! Khan is spectacular. These gowns, dresses, and jumpsuits (yes, that striped, sequin, rainbow number is a jumpsuit!) are spectacular, even the styling is spectacular! I adore those statement earrings. Major win.

Overall: Loooove! Love, love, love.

DKNY

image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo
image credit: Marcus Tondo

I’ve said in the past that some collections can get away with all (or mostly) neutrals and some can’t. Zac Posen, for example, couldn’t get away with the neutrals because his designs didn’t support the lack of color. It was boring. DKNY, though, I thoroughly enjoyed and the neutrals worked. I like the subtle touch of menswear and the pinstriping detail.

Overall: Not a bad show. But I do wish they’d gone with red lips for every model!

J. Crew

image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew
image credit: J. Crew

Oh, yay. J. Crew is just one of those brands for me. It always works! I’ve always loved their colorful, preppy, classic vibe and this season is no exception! The seersucker, the gingham, the sailor stripes, oh my! I will admit, some of their combinations and the styling of their looks was a little wacky, but nevertheless. I digress. Wonderful.

Overall: Hooray for J. Crew! I’m such a preppy junkie.

Marchesa

image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos
image credit: Yannis Vlamos

Marchesa4

O. M. Gorgeous! Marchesa has done it again! Keren and Georgina have outdone themselves. I’m in awe of this collection. The feathers and tulle gave it a light, airy, ethereal feel, but the appliqués and netting leave me feeling pretty beachy! Almost… mermaid-esque? Whatever it is, I love it! Fabulous! Nothing short of everything I expected.

Overall: Oh, yes. A thousand times, yes.

Anna Sui

image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com
image credit: Indigitalimages.com

Holy prints, Batman! This show was so fun! I loved every look! I don’t really follow Anna Sui so I had no idea what to expect. This definitely wasn’t what I imagined, but it’s still so cool, right? I mean, the colors, the graphic prints, the dark red lips… So cool.

Overall: YES. I don’t know why I keep doing this to myself with the large scale prints. 1.) See gorgeous garment with big print. 2.) Love gorgeous garment with big print. 3.) Die inside because I cannot wear gorgeous garment with big print because it’ll swallow me. It’s a vicious cycle.

Cynthia Rowley

image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon
image credit: William Eadon

All I can say about this is that is was a nice presentation. Really none of the looks had me dropping my jaw and dying to own it. However, that sequin blazer is perfection! I thought shooting on the beach was a nice touch; it really gave me a better idea of what this collection was supposed to be. And, need I even say it anymore? Orange. I’m loving it

Overall: Not bad! I have no complaints… but no real praise either.

Proenza Schouler

image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi
image credit: Monica Feudi

Hmm… I am of two minds. This show was in no was a bad show. I actually really liked it! The silhouettes are new and exciting, the bow details are adorable, and the textiles are interesting (that first white dress? Upon closer inspection, I believe it’s leather!). On the other hand, this was another show where I feel the black and white maybe didn’t work so well. Like I said, it’s not bad! But did anyone else have a Jason Wu déjà vu moment while viewing this collection? Not in the garments at all, but the color scheme and…venue maybe? I have no idea. Perhaps I’m losing my mind.

Overall: I’m still not sure. If this were an essay, I’d probably give it a B-.

Only one day of NYFW remains, folks! Then it’s on to the international shows, oh boy!

XOXO,

Emily