It’s a beautiful time of the year to be in New York City. I think it’s a shame that I’m not there! I am watching the shows though, and I’ve pulled a few looks from the first few days that really appeal to me.
As with Fall 2012, there’s a whole lot of boxy and a boat load of fugly going down the runway. I’ve decided I need to focus on the positive this go-round, so I’m going to skip all that and just share what I find beautiful and how I would style it, it if I could afford it and fit into it.
First up, is this gorgeous navy bateau swim/body suit from Rachel Comey:
The week is still young, so I’m not sure if femininity is trending in all of fashion or just in my head. Things go on in there that aren’t always going on anywhere else, so it’s a toss up. Either way, Peter Som added something girly to his repertoire:
Stick with me here. Lose the collar and the ruffles and this becomes a great ensemble for any age. Keep them and you’ll preserve that slightly edgy might-be-might-not-be-good-girl vibe you’ve worked so hard for.
The beading is perfection:
Am I right or am I right? Come on, people. There’s only one correct answer here!
Charlotte Ronson did her own version of feminine and flirty:
I love this, but I’ll need it in a different color and maybe, since the hours tick by on the clock faster these days, I’d lose the netting and opt for the skirt to be made in only the solid fabric. So, if you’ll just make those two adjustments, Charlotte, this outfit will take me just about anywhere. Even Fashion Week.
Then there are these two easy, elegant dresses from Rebecca Taylor:
Meanwhile, from The Department of She Talks About Jason Wu Too Much Department:
It’s only because his clothes are so beautifully conceived and constructed. As an interior designer, I appreciate the quality of his garments even if I would need to wear them a bit differently. Take this outfit: Lose the belt, lengthen the top and send it to my house. That was a style statement, not a demand. I’m a uniform kind of gal and I’d be perfectly happy wearing some version of this leather bound concoction. Again, it looks effortless. That’s a damn sight better than looking like you tried too hard. I wouldn’t lie to you about that. Really. Don’t try too hard.
About this skirt:
I would wear it with a great tee or a perfectly tailored white shirt. It’s has such fluid movement, and I love the detail and the layering. Wrap it up. Mail it. To me.
I like it like this too…Tito Nieves style:
I like it like that. I like that she’s wearing flats. It’s got sole. Wait. What. A model in flats? Your eyes do not deceive you. I could totally Salsa in this all night long. Well, if I took lessons and all night ends around midnight. Take a look at the open backed top on the right side of the photo. This one is made the same way. I love it. I’m feeling more feminine just looking at it.
Well, crap. Just when I’m starting to get as giddy as a school girl, someone has to step in and remind me that I’m on the backside of this ride called life. Thanks a lot, Karlie Kloss:
Bubble burster. If I wore a one-piece with leather and a tulle skirt, I honestly believe my family would have me committed. Even if it was as beautifully made as this–just look at those petals! Why? Because Karlie and I come from different stock. I’m stocky and she’s stalky. Those legs go on forever. Mine stop. I would have worn this when I was her age, but I would’ve looked like a deranged ballerina. If your tall and lean, go for it, but if you’re of a certain age I would suggest you consider lining the skirt.
And finally, there is this extraordinary confection:
Hey! How did that get in here? I think that southern born and bred Billy Reid hacked my blog! Whatev. While you’re here you may as well take a look at that fine leather jacket up there. No, it’s down just a little. There you go.
Eyes back to the front, class. I’m wrapping it up with my favorite piece from Jason’s collection this year. I don’t know exactly how he made black leather, blue tulle and sparkling crystals magic but, my-oh-my, he did:
I hope she felt as beautiful as she looked. It was a joy watching her walk down the runway in triplicate on the ginormous screens Jason used on his set. It was so magical that may have even sparkled a little myself!
You can still catch the livestream of his runway show here. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time. If it’s any incentive for you, he teamed up with luxury lingerie purveyor La Perla for the collection, so you’ll find lots of long legs, short shorts and tiny tops!