I came back from snowy and cold New York to rainy and dreary LA. Not complaining since its still warmer here, but I need some color in my life. I cant wait to see all the oranges, blues, purples and greens that I’ve seen in fall collections to hit the streets.. or at least the stores. It would be lovely to walk through Bergdorfs or Saks and see these ADAM, Costello Tagliapietra, Doo.Ri or Carolina Herrera pieces. Stunning.
More color and more favorites coming soon!
Oh, and after looking through (almost) every collection from New York, I can honestly say that pictures do NO justice to these pieces WHATSOEVER. The whole experience, seeing each piece and how it flows and moves.. all of that is lost. Its a shame.. I’ve looked at all the collections that I went to and I am underwhelmed with the photographs because they dont capture the essence. Thankfully, though, more and more designers/design houses are livestreaming their shows and you can find videos online afterwards. Now onto schoolwork! Dont you love my priorities? 😛
If Doo.Ri is the NY master of drapery, Anna Sui is the NY master of prints. Her ability to mix and match so many textures, prints and colors somehow works and her eye is exceptional. I labeled almost every look as a favorite because each look had small details that really made it special. Sui’s collection took a while to edit down (and even then, its a lot of looks). Each piece has a place in the overall look but I can see each separate on net-a-porter and selling well. I believe Anna’s success and acclaim is due to her ability to envision a look with several pieces. But then a woman can pick and choose a skirt or blouse and tailor it to her individual style and have a completely different look than what Sui originally conceptualized. Who isnt inspired by pieces that “morphs” to your style?
Anna’s show was the last one I attended. I can honestly say it was an amazing end to an amazing week. NYFW has been a whirlwind and I still feel like the whole experience was a dream..
Autumn in Phillip Lim’s world was very much about the outerwear. Outerwear and pants, although there were out-of-place looks here and there. The suede flare on the first pant and the high-waisted/wide bottomed trousers that spotted the show were the stars of this collection for me (after outerwear of course). Lim used the same wide plaid in this collection that he used in his menswear, which was a nice crossover. I thought the best use of the material was in the shorts, look two. The third and fourth looks seemed inspired from his menswear collection in that they evoke a sense of militancy. The use of crisscross overall action and the quilted leather/bulletproof vest against embellished top and the soft flow of the dress are extremely thought-provoking. Hard vs. light, masculinity vs. femininity.. the never-ending battle in art, design.. life basically. Lastly, the outerwear. Must I go into detail?
There is so much going on here in New York and I havent had much time to sit down, de-compress everything and re-process my thoughts. I plan to look back on the past few days, reflect, and really think about my future, the future of the blog and the future of fashion. Chictopia10 and IFB’s Emerging Influence Conferences and the people that I’ve met have been the agents that are pushing me to think outside traditional media and challenging me to develop a brand as a long-term investment.
Just when you think you had a handle on something, that world just goes and blows up. Social media is a frontier that is so refreshing yet daunting at the same time. Lets do this.
Doo.Ri has mastered draping and this collection supports her title as draping master. Short and sweet.