I'm not sure there are words to describe the Falguni and Shane Peacock show. Futuristic? Stunning? Spectacular might be the best one. The colors. The fabrics. The detailing. The shoes. The hair. SPECTACULAR!
My favorite show of fashion week is Vivienne Tam. Her clothes are absolutely beautiful and the show draws a great diverse crowd.
The Spring 2013 collection was inspired by the five elements of Chinese cosmology: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. From the organza sheath to the cutwork tee, the collection was filled with geometric shapes in warm hues of red, gray and green. Every piece was gorgeous. I want the entire collection.
The jewelry the models wore is a collaboration with TSL Jewellery and will be sold with the Spring collection.The pieces were stunning!
Here are more of my favorites from the collection:
(Photos: Alessandro Luciori/Elle.com)
The after party was held at Hakkasan and it should be said that it probably was the best party I've been to in New York. From the gorgeous Chinese influenced setting to the strawberry martinis to the dumplings and fabulous crowd. What an incredible night!
I got the chance to stop by the Clarins Beauty Flash Lounge, a welcome respite from the frenzy of New York Fashion Week.
The lounge was at The Empire Hotel (yes, Chuck's hotel in Gossip Girl) and offered massages, make-up retouches, refreshments and a chance to charge up my iPhone. While I was I was at the lounge I talked to a consultant about the right Clarins products for my skin and best colors for me. I learned about the Clarins technique (see video above) and tried out the NEW Beauty Flash balm.
Clarins has just launched a Beauty Blog with daily updates and great videos/features/reports from fashion week from the Clarins gals (Virginie, Claire, Prisca and Jenna). Given their four different personalities, it is a really fun way to learn about Clarins, their products and all that the women are up to.
Project Runway season 9 winner Anya Ayoung-Chee presented her Spring/Summer 2013 collection Carnival of Colour at a lunch at Morimoto hosted by HP.
I loved Anya's colorful island style on Project Runway, so I was excited to see her collection. It was full of vibrant colors, flowy dresses, beach wear and beautiful prints, as you would expect.
You can see the full collection and pics of the event here.
My favorite pieces were this romper and blazer.
(Photo: Anya Ayoung-Chee)
I got the chance to meet Anya and talk to her about her design process and use of technology. She started as a graphic designer so feels at ease designing on the computer and said she really loves the flexibility of designing and modifying digitally. She also enjoys using Facebook and Twitter to promote her work and connect with her fans too.
As part of the event, we also did two DIY projects:
The second project we were able to use the HP TouchSmart and design software to create our own patterns like they did on Project Runway. I luved this marriage of design and technology. Plus, it was so easy to use. We then printed our designs out to make customized mugs. You can see all the designs here along with pics of us designing.
DL1961 presented their first runway show at New York Fashion Week in a big way!
Set on a pier along the Hudson River, the show kicked off with performance dance IN THEIR JEANS, followed by models in acid washed, distressed, prints, textured, hand embroidered and leather accented jeans, and ended with and after party featuring Mia Moretti spinning along with electric violinist Caitlin Moe. DL1961 vodka lemonades were served with grilled cheese and tater tots from Gorilla Cheese truck. Yum! It truly was an amazing show and after party. You can catch the full video of the fashion show above.
DL1961 jeans really are the perfect fitting jean. I can't say enough about the fit and comfort. I live in mine. I'm happy that the colored jean trend is continuing in to next Spring, but really excited for the new prints, metallics and the hand embroidered jeans.
Here are a few of my favorites from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection:
It was amazing to see the audience filled with smartphones or iPads taking pictures and videos. I was surprised to see everyone around me instagramming once they had the perfect shot. EVERYONE! I'm guessing that fashion folks must be Instagram's largest group of users. Luv the fashion + tech!
(Photo: Inside the DVF boutique, Kevin Tachman/Vogue.com)
By Leigh Ferreira
My favorite night of the year is Fashion's Night Out (FNO)!
FNO is the official kick-off to New York Fashion Week. But unlike Fashion Week, FNO is for everyone and encourages consumers to hit the stores, meet designers and have a fun night out.
The event was originally started by Anna Wintour of Vogue during the recession of 2009 to encourage people to get out and shop in New York City. Now on its fourth year, FNO is happening all over the world.
There were 800+ events that happened in NYC and it is logistically challenging to go uptown, downtown and from the eastside to the westside, but in typical New York fashion we tried to do it all.
Here are the spots I hit:
Opening Ceremony market @ Ace Hotel
C Wonder/Daily Candy party
Soho Grand Yard Sale w/ 22 Designers [this was the best event!]
What Goes Around Comes Around
Woolite Designer Pop-up
Prada, Chairlift was performing
I tried to go to Rag & Bone where St. Vincent was performing, but the line was 200 people deep
Meatpacking District (MPD):
The Shops @ Target, a great preview of the upcoming capsule collections (Kirna Zabete, The Curiosity Shop, Odin New York and Patch NYC)
Washington St Block Party (Scoop and Intermix)
Ford Designer Pop-up in Gansevoort Plaza
Denim Habit party, thanks Thorin & Billy!
As you can see from the photo above at DVF, the MPD was CRAZY crowded!
The Fashion's Night Out team did a fantastic job listing out the events and details on their site and app, tweeted highlights of events leading up to FNO and encouraged people to take photos and tag them on Instagram to show FNO happening live the world over. It was fun to see the sightings, giveaways and event details filling up my twitter timeline throughout the night too.