Fall Winter Thus Far #NYFW Report

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#NYFW REPORT Fall Winter 2013 thus far

So I didn't have the opportunity to go ANYWHERE this year--truly hate February-- our little impromptu snow storm caused me to cancel the 1 show that I booked to assist back stage with operational dressing duties. I mean some of this stuff is just plain ole boooorrriinnnnggg (it's winter) But I did get a chance to view some of the looks that have already run down the ramp, that I happen to like and here they are as follows --IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER... 

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1. Rebecca Minkoff
Saturday Feb 9th
I loved the Rebecca Minkoff collection. Very classic, tomboy meets comfortable girl. A lot of black with a pop of color and it also felt good to see some strong shoulder action, in there as well---I knew that trend wasn't over yet. The Rebecca Minkoff collection defiitley spoke to my personal style.





2. Concept Korea
Saturday February 9th
I just love when a label can throw in their hometown culture, Concept Korea's palette consisted of street ware glam. A lot of color thrown in to the winter collection which can break a lot of the monotonous black routine. Many pieces flowed through this collection, which is an awesome indicator to PAIR-up anything. I love the art inspired collection hosting graffiti, over sized pants, vintage inspiration, overcoats and all over prints.  

3. Mara Hoffman
Friday Februry 8th

New York: Brooklyn-based designer Mara Hoffman has amassed a loyal following among creative girls who are charmed by her whimsical sensibility, ethnic-influenced prints, liberal use of color and appreciation of traditional craft techniques. For F/W 13, Hoffman cooked up more of her delicious treats to satiate them. “I wanted to embrace what we do best with this collection and give our girls what they love most—color, prints and wearable yet unique silhouettes,” Hoffman stated in the show notes. A traveling circus of “gypsies, tramps and thieves” was her starting point for this joyous, print-driven collection, which featured kaleidoscopic animal motifs and psychedelic riffs on zebra and leopard in tropical hues, with free-flowing tunics, caftans and long, layered blouses that were unapologetically summery for a fall collection. Attention to detail is what sets Hoffman apart: Here, plenty of metal beadwork, tribal textile-influenced embroidery and neon intarsia knits will keep the magpies flocking back for more.— 
Natalie Shukur

4. Ian Velardi - 

New York: Rising Menswear star Ian Velardi showcased the skills that have recently made him a critics darling and retail hit (Gap collaboration anyone?), presenting a collection of perfectly-executed basics, highlighted by expertly-jumbled preppy styling of the type that comes naturally to the best American designers. Velardi’s signature look included color-blocked sweatpants paired with a blackwatch tuxedo jacket, an ensemble he finished with clogs, a fringed scarf and a sporty “USA” cap. Hybrid items like a popover CPO shirt-jac further confirmed that Velardi’s clever, wearable looks are on the ascent, and rightfully belong alongside the best of American Menswear. –Andrew Luecke

5. Alexandre Herchcovitch - 

New York: Brazillian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch took a more classical direction than usual this season, choosing classical square necklines, nipped waist peplum tops and high waist clamdiggers for a retro intellectual message. A certain Les Misérables flair popped up too, communicated via voluminous pleated midi skirts done in a ticking stripe and paired with wrapped silk tops, while illustrated botanical prints were reminiscent of formal parlor wallpaper. Pretty and light in reflective satin, the collection included edgy deconstruction and asymmetry as a foil for the traditionalist silhouette, a disheveled feature well-suited to Herchcovitch’s closing boudoir looks.—
Nina Stotler

6. Marissa Webb - 

New York: Entitled “Reverie”, Marissa Webb’s latest collection journeyed down the Bowery’s colorful past, from its artistic riches to its notorious dens of iniquity. All this “juxtaposed with its current street savvy constituency”, as cited in the show notes. Luc Sante’s Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York was a key source for Webb. Leather – worked in panels and moto-inspired pieces – provided the definitive symbol of the neighborhood’s subculture. Those edgy pieces were counterbalanced by classic English tailoring and refined wools that seemed to nod at its neighbor to the southwest, Wall Street. If the bosses were wearing the Prince of Wales trousers, oxford button-ups and sleek vests, their secretaries were outfitted in the demure sheaths and bow blouses of the collection. Although pretty enough, it was unclear who was doing the ‘luring and snaring”, the results feeling more prim and proper than rough and rebellious.
.Nivara Xaykao

7. Band Of Outsiders - 
New York: Madcap, deconstructed tailoring with a nod to the Tokyo school of designers Scott Sternberg has often referenced was the order of the day at Band Of Outsiders. There was a whiff of the 80s from the play on power suiting to a square-shouldered dress complete with purple sequin panels that Joan Collins would have pulled off with aplomb. In true BOO fashion, looks came with a twist, from the hat-scarf hybrids piled high atop models’ heads to the off-centre seams, asymmetric lines, and chopped, collaged panels that took traditional elements of office dressing and rendered them fit for the avant-garde young urbanites that snap up Sternberg’s clothes. The collection’s off-duty flip side featured oversized mohair sweaters and cardigans with Tetris-like block motifs, tailored pants with jersey cuffs, printed silk dresses, leather skirts and a stellar jeweled wool topper. — Natalie Shukur

8. Billy Reid - 

New York: Billy Reid furthered his expansion into womenswear with the F/W 13 season, showing more feminine counterparts to his rugged men’s mainline than ever before. The “warmth with street toughness” Reid cited for the menswear designs spoke to the entire collection, expressed via distressed brown leathers cut into officer coats and a-line skirts as well as an excellent bonded cashmere neoprene jacket. But it wasn’t just outerwear for Fall—the presentation also featured work-appropriate long sleeve dresses cinched at the waist, rose graphic intarsia knits, and a handful of dramatic evening looks rendered in classical, reflective brocade. Centered on a mid-length silhouette and a body-skimming fit in autumnal shades, Reid’s latest had a refined poise well-suited to the fairer sex.—Nina Stotler

9. Jill Stuart
Saturday February 9th

Dark Dresses

Don't you just love a good winter dress?! Jill Stuarts Dark Dresses, collection bounced down the runway in thick stripes, dramatic flares and deep jewel tones. Very edgy and lady like for next season

10. Monclere Grenoble
Saturday February 9th
The show that I was supposed to work...of course did not disappoint....After being snowed in my Brooklyn Basement of helping to  prep the 400 person presentation of the "inventor of the puffy coat". How Ironic, eh. But as usual, the Monclere Grenoble presentation was [probably] nothing short of amazing. Here's just 1 image of the elaborate F/W presentation 

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