With only two pant looks, Jenny Packham stayed true to her dresses and design aesthetic. I had the opportunity to interview Jenny Packham last year, and she’s one of the sweetest designers ever! I enjoy her design aesthetic, and will never ceased to be amazed by her collections. The colors were amazing, and to someone like me who enjoys anything that sparkles, Jenny did not disappoint! I find the combination of red and gold to be interesting when it comes to clothes! I know they go well together around Christmas time, but I probably wouldn’t have thought to combine the two for ready-to-wear on my own. Jenny has opened me up to the idea! I was absolutely obsessed with all the fringe and the placement of fringe. Jenny’s dresses had a lot of embellishments as well.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
The DVF runway was a party, with the models play interacting with each other at what appears to be a house party. DVF is definitely the designer to seek when it comes to looking for cute, figure-flattering dresses. As the inventor of the wrap dress which works for every body type known to man, no one knows how to make a girl look good like DVF. There were cute looks for work, and I love the throwback to an earlier time with the vintage-inspired hats! The recently popular thin scarf around the neck has had staying power, showing up on DVF’s runway.
This wasn’t one of my favorite collections from Prabal Gurung, and I think it’s because I didn’t see clear cohesion, but hey maybe that’s not a requirement. I saw very individual pieces, and by themselves they were great, but I didn’t see them together. It was definitely a great runway to watch. The attention is in the details from the fur, to the leather and suede.
When I checked out Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin’s latest collection for Tome, I was reminded of 3 things: Peasants, Pirates, and Saloon Girls all at once. Technically that’s a mash-up of 2 centuries, the 1700s and the 1800s, but with the corsets, the lace, and the loose layers, I couldn’t help but think of all three. There was a prominent theme of criss-crossed necklines and I liked how Tome used button-down shirts in new and exciting ways. I think I’ll try styling a few button downs like this for future outfits!
Opening Ceremony sent a unique collection down the runway, but I mostly enjoyed the outwear. From puffy coats, to printed cardigans, these are the perfect outwear pieces for Fall and Winter. Their use of metallic fabrics was also a win-win.
There’s definitely a trend among the designers to seek inspiration from days of old. Tracy Reese’s collection was no different. Her use of menswear for woman made me think of speakeasys, and the 1920s.
Elie Tahari opted out of using models for his presentation, and dressed up mannequins to debut his clothes. Elie Tahari’s collection, per usual, is perfect for the working girl who likes a little bit of flair!
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