Little by little I’m regaining traction with my runway reviews. No more slacking off, young lady! It’s Thursday and NYFW is almost coming to an end. An eager and stylish London awaits for us! But today, I got reviews for three of the most expected shows of the season: Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung. Are you ready to see what this fashion prodigies presented in New York? I am more than ready to walk you through their lovely and beautiful collections.
He is working his ass off to become one of NYFW’s giants, and it shows. He always makes us go crazy with his creations and this show was no exception. It was a darker side of him, very different mood than the one he gave us for S/S 2012. But before getting into his collection, there is something I have to comment on first, his model line-up was insane. Almost every girl that has made a name for herself in the industry walked that runway: Frankie Rayder, Shalom Harlow, Carmen Kass, Karmen Pedaru, Karolina Kurkova, Natasha Poly and of course queen Gisele, just to name a few. Enough with the chicks and off to the clothes.
It was a somber collection, but with a sense of luxury and a touch of gloss. The garments looked almost laquered and this was exactly what the designer was going for. His color palette was simple, black, white and some other rusty colors. It was a structure display, it was clean, it was precise and dramatic. It was a more mature side of him. I don’t know how he does it, but Mr. Wang always gets it right.
BAND OF OUTSIDERS: BOY & GIRL
I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t, I am a sucker for Band of Outsiders. I fell in love with Scott’s Menswear a few years ago when I chose his brand as a theme for a project. Now that he does Girl, I am even more infatuated by Mr. Sternberg’s fashion. This time, his theme was obviously western (the show opened to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack). Long and flowy dresses with soft prints for the Girl part, tailored pieces, fur vests and cool trousers for the boy part. There was a little Mexican influence on the whole collection, which made me like it even more. It’s might not be a novelty, but it’s realxed, it’s wearable and it has Band of Outsiders written all over.
It was so hard to narrow Prabal Gurung’s entire collection to my 10 favorite looks. It was heartbreaking to leave so many out. As he usually does in Fashion Week, Mr. Gurung killed it again! It was a spectacular fashion display. From the perfect tailoring, to his texture mash-up, to his color palette, the result was pure perfection. It was darker than it usually is with him (darkness suits him just fine), but in his very own style, it escaladed and ended with light (hence the title of the show, “Uncursed”).
His signature trousers, metallic gowns, feathers, fur, neoprene, his also singnature cut-outs and sheer inserts, it was so Prabal Gurung but with a twist, a beautiful one. It was a sexy collection and a bold move from the designer, a move that payed off really well. I give him a standing ovation, even though I was not physically there to do so.
Last season I became a fanatic, thank God they kept the same lines and shapes for fall. It was a subtle and delicate transition from Spring to Fall. The main inspiration for the digitized and abstract prints Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi presented on the catwalk came from Expressionism. They combined textures and printed elements in a collage kind of way. Some of the elements from their last show came back, the beautiful peplum, the soft and femenine silhouettes, the knee-length skirts, the lace and the sheer fabrics.
But also other elements made it to the runway, bold colors, sequins, print overlapping, beautiful knits and embellished garments. It was like a sequel to their lovely S/S 2012 collection, and if you think sequels are never good, this show definitely proves you wrong.
Young Mr. Joseph Altuzarra is definitely the man of the hour. This collection has been, up to this day, his masterpiece. Can his creations get better than this? It’s gonna be a tough one to break, but I’m sure in the coming seasons, he will keep outdoing himself. It was a mix of trends and textures, with a winning result. Precise tailoring was a key element for his success. Heavy and meticulous knits were presented on the runway, along with embellished garments, fringes, structured pieces and sharp cuts.
Like his fellow designer Jason Wu, Joseph sent out the runway an olive, leather coat to die for. The show had a Moroccan feel to it, but it was not ethnic, it was Moroccan his way. He is the man to watch, and he has earned his place in Fashion. Beautiful is all I can say!
LOOK OF THE DAY
Who said Winter had to be harsh? I like mine powdery with a little pastel in it. For this Fashion Week look, I chose some skinny, minty trousers from Zara. I paired them with a printed, cat bodysuit (it’s actually a swimsuit, but it just looks rad with this ensemble) from Nasty Gal. Over it, a blush, sheer blouse, also from Nasty Gal. You just have to tuck it in and leave it slightly open for the cat’s face to peek out. To cover up, a faux fur coat from ASOS in a lovely shade of lilac. For the shoes, to keep on candy-coating, a pair of patent leather platforms in blush, also form Nasty Gal.
For the bag, I am currently in love with Givenchy’s Antigona line, so I went with a bright white clutch. It complements the look to perfection. Accessories? I rarely do the ring/bracelet/necklace combo, but this time it seemed right: pastel, spiked bracelet, swirl golden ring and pastel blue, Hello Salilor! necklace, all from TOPSHOP. For the nails, Essie’s Nice is Nice to contrast with the furry jacket.
All set! You can find the details of the look on FASHIOLISTA.
I’ve already given you 10 reviews and two looks, want more? There’s plenty coming your way! I better get to work. I’m giving you Oscar and Marc tomorrow so be sure to check back!
Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
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