I’m all up in a blogging mood, so I figured I’d come back and give you a taste of what’s been in my mind as it relates to the runway. New York Fashion Week is less than a month away, and although I won’t be applying for a full press pass due to school duties, I am going to try my luck at applying to attend a few shows of designers that make my world go ’round. For me, fashion and beauty is an emotional thing. At first I didn’t even realize it, but it showed in my writing and the way I approach appreciating the magnificence created in those industries. It makes me feel some type of way. To bring it down to size, when I watch a gorgeously constructed gown flow down the runway in all of its free flowing fabric glory, using the walking wind as a diva fan, it makes me feel all mushy inside, like watching a loved one graduate or something. Am I being too dramatic? I’m really serious though. It’s like a gift being able to appreciate the hard work of what was once a vision floating in the designers thoughts. It never ceases to amaze me how they bring that thought to life for everyone else to criticize, interpret, and recreate through styling. Okay, I digress.
The other night as I was supposed to be heading to sleep, I decided that heading to Style.com would surely help me count the sheep (not really), and I found myself lost in a sea of beautiful pre-fall 2013 gowns with princess- like intricate details, lines upon lines of black and white
color blocking, and structured pants and coats made with the intention to keep the gal warm AND cute. I migrated from designer to designer, but a few of them brought forth that mushy emotional stuff I mentioned a few lines above. I was down for the count, y’all. Down. Here’s a look at some of my favorite picks from 5 of my favorite designers. I only dream of sitting (or standing, I’m fine with that…) at one of their shows. A girl can dream, and a girl can DO.
Naeem Khan’s collections always exude pure elegance and extreme attention to detail. The cut of the delicate free-flowing fabrics, the intricate beaded detail, and the fit of his garments always beautifully compliment the silhouette of the muse. To me, this collection stays in the realm of his elegant design aesthetic while adding a modern city girl twist with much sass appeal. You’re definitely going somewhere if you’re wearing one of these gems.
Monique Lhuillier’s pre-fall collection takes my thoughts to a palette of kaleidoscopic, geometrically altered patterns fit for the outer limits. It evokes a feeling of extraterrestrial earthiness that dazzles on purpose, with the intention of making heads turn and question who the genius mind was that created it. Shapes, lines, and cut; adorned by brilliant patchwork of delicate trims to keep in mind that this is for the daring girly gal.
Oh Carolina. As if we are on a first name basis. Carolina Herrera’s pre- fall collection emits opulence and fun on every level. From her brilliant use of color in whimsical, yet subtle and monochromatic patterns, to her sheer game play on the likes of gowns meant for royalty and special occasions. Her designs are a breath of fresh air, giving us unexpected surprises in each piece; whether it be through a strategic overlay, a bold pattern choice, or a pant suit tailored to no end. You see I couldn’t just pick four looks, I had to double up!
Lela Rose speaks to my business-attire-with-a-twist side. Her creatively thoughtful pattern and texture combinations on simplistic silhouettes representative of business casual wear is pure genius. The surprise element factor of these designs is excellent, and gives the working woman with a little style room a chance to express herself. I heard through the grapevine that she gets inspiration for her collections based on her interpretation of the work of various artists, a different one for each collection. Her interpretation as expressed in this collection speaks volumes that I’d like to hear, personally.
Stella McCartney, defined by lines. This structurally sound collection is ruled by a linear equation, one with one goal and no limits. I couldn’t help but think that she wanted the woman wearing these designs to feel bold, in charge, and to be very direct. I mean hey, there’s no way you’re wearing any of these pieces and not being asked who you’re wearing. Own it.
I’m looking forward to this season of New York Fashion week to view more of the fall 2013 collections. See ya there!
with style~ Sharontina B.