The sun is supposed to be out in Los Angeles today at a warm 80 degrees. Excited! Just because collections are shown during “Autumn/Winter” and “Spring/Summer” doesnt mean that they are limited to those seasons. Here are some great shots of yellow that were on the runway during the Fall/Winter shows in New York. And although some pieces might be better suited for chillier weather, look at the print, the fabric and the cut for some insight as well. Hopefully these collages give you some inspiration to add some color to your wardrobe!
Playing with Yellow Blocks : BCBG Max Azria, Chado Ralph Rucci, DVF, Preen
Bold Color Statements : Carolina Herrera, Peter Jensen, Stephen Burrows, Peter Som
Yellows in Print: Marc Jacobs, Gary Graham, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Chris Benz
It seems like celebrities are less popular during fashion weeks this season, especially in New York City. Last year, runways and front rows were full of celebrities and a majority of press was about who was at what show. Marc Jacobs declared that there would be no celebrities at his shows and that seemed to set the tone for the season in New York. There were some popular brands decided to go against the no/limited celebrity-filled front rows and drew in some fill-in actors and actresses for press, more than anything. That is another topic/debate to address.. later.
Marc Jacobs decided to have an after-party this year, but it was extremely low-key and included only close friends and employees. He explained the starting point of his collection and said,
Everyone I work with, we all kind of agreed we wanted to do something gentle, something fun, something filled with memory and unapologetic about not being modern or of the moment. There was a real unanimous feeling of comfort and something subtle and substantial. When I sit with my design team, the first thing that goes through our head is, ‘What didn’t we do last time?’ We’re all very sensitive to what we would love to see and what we feel we’ve seen too much of.
The direction of next seasons Fall Collections is exciting. There were many collections that re-interpreted grunge, military, leather/rock-and-roll but the growing trend seemed to shy away from these elements to embrace a much softer, gentle aesthetic. I also love the return to the idea of “intimate”. That shouldnt be associated with “exclusive” necessarily, although there are people who would make that direct assumption. Presentations were abounding in New York and London, especially to showcase up-and-coming designers. The industry is most definitely changing, not only with the explosion of social media but also because of the reconstruction of the idea and purpose of a runway show or presentation. Exciting times.
I loved the color palette of this Marc by Marc Collection; I couldnt take my eyes of any of the pieces because of the rich color schemes. I especially love the high-waisted pant in this first look, the cape-like outerwear piece of the second, and the parka in the third look. These three pieces seemed to be quite popular throughout fall fashion week in New York.. are they just trends or are they here to stay?
The plaid, the denim, the military-inspired looks, the lace and frill.. Marc knows how to combine all of these elements and incorporate each unique feel into a cohesive collection. But each piece is tweeked in a way that makes the old, modern. That conscious eye is an amazing gift. I cant wait for autumn to hit.. can you?
And an added bonus! Marc in pants! 😛
Attending the Marc Jacobs show at The NY Armory was surreal, just like attending the DVF show. Marc is pretty much a headliner for New York Fashion Week and he is known not only for his shows and designs but also for his after-parties.
This collection served as the antithesis of whats been going on (as I’ve mentioned before, grunge, dirty, black leather) and MJ continued his use of neutrals and pastel colors that evoked a romantic feeling, especially with “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” playing in the background.
As dreamy and serene as any Jacobs show in recent memory—and how typical of him to intuit that the world is craving serenity right now—the show played like a nostalgia trip, one so lovely it was quite easy to be seduced. “It’s refreshing to see something that isn’t trying so hard to be new,” Jacobs, subversive as ever, said after the show. “There’s so much striving for newness now that newness feels less new.”
Cynics might argue that he took the easy way out this season. Let them; Jacobs would probably argue right back. These clothes are money in the bank not because they’re “safe,” but on account of their built-in resonances for the house’s many followers, Twitter and otherwise, around the world. For all our technological advances, it’s the emotional connection that makes the sale these days.
I couldnt have put it better myself. MJ follows his intuition and I believe thats what drives his collections and is why they are so well-received. What girl wouldnt want a romantic, lady-like MJ frock or fur to add to her wardrobe?
Here are some trenches for you to consider in this ridiculous weather that we’ve been having in Los Angeles. El Nino year it is! Here are some trenches that range from super investment (Burberry) to cheapchic (Old Navy, Fred Flare). My original list had only black, grey and khaki colored trenches so this current list is a stretch for me!
Burberry Brit Double-Breasted Cotton Trench Coat, $1130
Burberry Short Cotton Trench Coat, $1095
Topshop Shoulder Pad Trench Coat, $190
Star Black Military Belted Mac, $145
All Saints Nahara Trench Coat, $390
Fred Flare Cardinal Marianne Trench, $68
Rocha Silver Puffball Trench Coat, $155
Old Navy Belted Trench Coat, $50
Oasis Casual Trench, $49
Uniqlo Light Trench Coat, $80
Uggs have been out and about all over campus. And I cringe every time I see one. You can imagine how much cringing I’ve been doing this week.. a lot. All my girl friends tell me that unless I have tried a pair, I will never know. Ummm.. no. Here are some great Ugg alternatives.
H by Hudson Francoise Studded Detail Flat Boot, $270
Fruit – Canvas and Calf Low Biker Boots, $320
Belstaff Agnes Leather Boots, $595
Nine West Elation, $200
Burberry Lisson Check Wellington Boots, $195
Marc Jacobs Heeled Rubber Wellington Boots, $285
All Saints Military Boot, $265
Charlye Boot, $1275
Los Angeles better be collecting all of this water and there better not be any mention of droughts in the near future! 😛
Oh, and dont go swimming in the ocean any time soon. Actually, dont even think about touching the water for a while. Enjoy your weekends, and remember that just because its wet outside doesnt mean that you cant look good! Dont always revert to your sweats, Uggs, and college sweater. Remember all those times when you used to play grown-up as a kid? Well, this is one of those times.