Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012 Featuring Chanel, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Lanvin & More

And Fall 2012 Fashion Week has come to a close in Paris. As you have enjoyed our New York, London, and Milan coverage, here are the most notable looks from the Paris Fall 2012 collections.

 

Alexander McQueen — Belted Shag Carpet

 

Alexander McQueen Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Balenciaga — May the force be with you

 

Balenciaga Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Balmain — Studded Goddess

 

Balmain Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Celine — Honey, I Blew Up a Smurf!

 

Celine Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Chanel — The Ice Crystal Age

 

Chanel Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Chloe — “Ready to hit Michaels?”

 

Chloé Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior — The red carpet will now know what hit it. #drooling

 

Christian Dior Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Givenchy — “S S S S & M M M M” — Rihanna

 

Givenchy Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Guy Laroche — Fools Gold

 

Guy Laroche Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Hermes — Hermes on the Range

 

Hermès Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Jean Paul Gaultier — Cruella De Ville

 

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

John Galliano — Birds of a Feather…

 

John Galliano Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Kanye West — The Cat’s Meow

 

Kanye West Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Kenzo — The Circus is coming to town.

 

Kenzo Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Lanvin – The Royal Jewels

 

Lanvin Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Louis Vuitton — See the Cat in the Hat inspiration?

 

Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Miu Miu — The women really do wear the pants…

 

Miu Miu Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Mugler — Polar Bares

 

Mugler Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Nina Ricci — Graceful Lady

 

Nina Ricci Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Rick Owens — “Hide yo girls, hide yo Women!”

 

Rick Owens Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Rochas — Librarian Chic

 

Rochas Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Stella McCartney — Serve! Formal Tennis Gear

 

Stella McCartney Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Valentino — “It’s my easy transition from a night out to a night in bed.”

 

Valentino Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Viktor & Rolf — Human Yeti

 

Viktor & Rolf Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Vivienne Westwood — Sheet Chic

 

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Yves Saint Laurent — Leather Armoured

 

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

[photos courtesy of style.com]

 
 

Miranda Kerr Goes Browsing at the Chanel Show During Paris Fashion Week!

Photo Courtesy of Celebuzz

Miranda Kerr made waves this week at Paris Fashion week at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. The wife of Orlando Bloom and mother to their young son, strutted her stuff down the runway for the Chanel ready-to-wear fall/winter 2012 show. While guests of the show admired the Chanel collection, it was Kerr (as well as the rest of the models) whose embellished eyebrows stole the show!

Photo Courtesy of Celebuzz

The models went through a lengthy 3 hour process to have the jewels applied, and as you can see it paid off. Paired with barely there makeup, a complimentry jewled coat, red pants, and red gloves this look highlighted many of the big trends this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012 Featuring Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi & More!

Onto the next one…Milan Fashion Week that is. After our one phrase reviews of London Fashion Week and live coverage of New York Fashion Week, we move to Milan. Here are one phrase reviews of the most memorable collections and looks of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012.

 

 

Missoni — All Wrapped Up

Missoni Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Gucci — Taking parachuting to the next level

 

Gucci Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Alberta Ferretti — Bathrobe Couture

 

Alberta Ferretti Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Max Mara — Salute Your Leg Warmers

 

MaxMara Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Fendi — “Sorry, I couldn’t decide so I cut everything up and sewed them together.”

 

Fendi Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Prada — Does this have the magic eye?

 

Prada Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Moschino — Come on cowgirl!

 

Moschino Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Dolce & Gabbana — Victorian Princess Wear…but I can’t picture Kate Middleton wearing…ever.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Just Cavalli — If Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) had a collection…

 

Just Cavalli Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Versace — “Just in case I forget who I am wearing.”

 

Versace Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Bottega Veneta — “Excuse me I’m on my way to a gala.”

 

Bottega Veneta Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Emporio Armani — Bloomed a little early…

 

Emporio Armani Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Jil Sander — For the Woman Who Has…No Shape

 

Jil Sander Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Salvatore Ferragamo — Hot as Ice…Blue

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

 

DSquared2 — Finally, a Bratz Doll Collection

 

Dsquared² Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 

Giorgio Armani — All That Jazz

 

Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Roberto Cavalli — Ferociously Bejewelled

 

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

 
 

London Fashion Week: the incubator of interesting, emerging, albeit zany talent

Milan makes magic, that magic is in process, I’m a day late on the titled recap and even though on the Internets a day late renders irrelevant news, this is the Man Repeller, where everything and everyone has a time and place. So let’s stick out our pinkies, exaggerate our a’s and talk London Fashion Week: the incubator of interesting, emerging, albeit zany talent.

And there’s no better place to start than at Meadham Kirchoff’s runway show. This is fashion: limitless color, freedom of expression, parachute inspired tent for heavens sake! I had a conversation with a friend about New York vs. London in a fashion week capacity. We concluded that the U.S. relies too heavily on the saleability of clothes and so designers often lose the thoughtfulness and art their mind had projected their collections would emulate. In London though, bright colors, wacky silhouettes, unexpected accents like a sequin bustier peeking out of a checkered jumper–jumper in the American sense–reign. And there’s something to be said about the humorous dichotomy of a collection and simultaneous makeup so playful adorned by models so…serious. Fashion paradoxes: I like them, friends. I like them a lot.

Meanwhile, at Moschino Cheap and Chic which is not in fact cheap, eyeballs decorated by multi-color fur stole and lips decorated by the sporadic mustache seem to stay on trend with the happenings of MR. DANNIJO. First there was the ‘stache, now there will be the eyeball. It’ll all make sense in a few weeks time. Insert hash tag volume two right here.

Joseph keeps the individual garments simple, introduces new bounds when layered. Take that chiffon skirt, or dress, at left. Separately, she’s a feminine lady, ready for tea. Paired with sheer harem pants and a turtleneck though: man repeller with good hair. White shoes reign again and so do jumpsuits. My particular favorite rests at center, nothing layers like military green. If you learn anything reading this blog it should be that nothing layers like military green.

Which may be why Burberry Prorsum deemed such fluid eye candy. Military green velvet? Ruffles on said velvet? OWLS? Eureka. While the hint of peplum obviously traveled across the pond, there’s something to be about the element of carefree yet bad-ass injected into each of these looks. It’s the kind of style that makes you think: how’d she do that so fast. And then you remember the price tags attached and say oh yeah. 
And on another peplum laden runway: Mary Katrantzou continues on the quest to obstruct the female hip line while playing with palazzo pants and introducing new silhouettes that beg your arms stay a couple meters away from your body. I do love gingham though. And at right: the tent dreams are made of.

Over at Topshop Unique, velvet overalls, color block herringbone wool paired with bustier, snake print over-sized sweater, vest and many an asshat or hot pant set a mood that eloquently reminded the female who likes to pretend she isn’t female, there’s still hope for us. Because nothing is worse than looking like a woman. And while a corduroy hot pant may allude to the truth about your gender, how else do you even out dinosaur arms so thick?

And on another runway that preaches the art of over-sized, Acne plays with pastel colors and some interesting shoes that may or may act as the successor to Isabel Marant’s Willow sneaker.Leather neck cuffs, goggles–yes, goggles, and a hint of green neon add the quirky accents that make the otherwise Swedish classic so eccentric, cool, covetable, if you will. And finally:

Peter Pilotto: a vignette of peplum jacket that peps at sleeves, watercolor floral prints and ambiguous cut outs that don’t read sexy. Now, call me a 2010 enthusiast but is it just me or do some of these prints bare a striking resemblance to those of what is now formally called The Best Collection Ever a la Proenza Schouler S/S 2010. I know nothing about surf culture other than if it means green, yellow, blue tie dye feathers on a high waist a-line mini skirt, hand me a board. Though I will take the pencil skirt at right under the same circumstances. In unrelated news: I just got these cool ear cuffs to satiate my thirst for multiple piercings. Age of the ear party is near.
 
 

London Fashion Week Fall 2012 Featuring Burberry, McQ Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and more!

After catching a wonderful New York Fashion Week live, it’s time for London to get its turn! Since we are not in London to give a live account of the fashion strutting the runway, here’s one-phrase reviews of the most memorable collections from London Fashion Week Fall 2012.

 

Fyodor Golan — Medusa has nothing on this collection.

 

Jean-Pierre Braganza — New meaning to baggy pants…the underwear is sewn to show.

 

PPQ — Squeak the night away.

 

 

Corrie Nelson — “Don’t worry, I’m wearing the picnic blanket.”

 

Antoni & Alison — Behold! Mother Nature is found.

 

 

 

Daks — Burberry called. They want their plaid back.

 

 

Sister by Sibling — “I can’t see them so they can’t see me.”

 

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic — Barbie has entered the military.

 

 

House of Holland — Giving color-blocking a whole new meaning.

 

 

Antipodium — Where’s the rest of the gorilla suit?

 

 

Mulberry — Yeti Chic

 

 

Vivienne Westwood Red Label — The Working Girl

 

 

Paul Smith — The Seducing Secretary

 

 

Louise Gray — Enter the fashion twilight zone

 

 

Acne — At least we know what to wear to farm in the snow…

 

 

Antonio Berardi — Work Wear a la Mode

 

 

Fred Butler — Lady Gaga via “The Fame”

 

 

Burberry Prorsum — Shoplifters’ Pocket Paradise

 

 

Fashion East — On the Fringe of Glory?

 

 

MCQ Alexander McQueen — Deciduous Fashion

 

 

Mary Katrantzou — What’s missing? Gills…

 

 

Holly Fulton — Bubblegum Rock

 

 

Meadham Kirchhoff — This is real….not clowning around

 

 

KTZ — Did Scotland explode?

 

 
 

NYFW: What I Wore…Again

Though there’s a round-up of these outfits looming somewhere near the end of this week, consider this a small token of my appreciation for you. You asked, here it is: another look at what I wore fashion week addition, ya di ya da bloo, blee, bla. I do what you tell me to do.

Alexander Wang hat, Elizabeth & James coat, Paige Denim jeans, Christina Lehr blouse, Chanelbooties and clutch.

 

My exposed toe and the fact that I did not have to sacrifice feeling in said toe reminded me how well we’ve had it with weather. You may now be wondering how important a hat truly was in an effort to sustain warmth. Let it go though, let’s move forward: looking through some other street style sites this week it’s been slightly hard to distinguish whether the current photos were taken this week or back in September. With the exception of a very cold Sunday, there are bare legs running free most everywhere. In conclusion, Indian summer is seemingly fun for fashion week, bad for the earth. And that’s an irreconcilable contradiction. I’ll be honest though, even if it had been 20 degrees out, I probably would have sacrificed foot mobility to wear the aforephotoed shoes anyway. Taken just after the Karen Walker show at Pier 59 by none other than All the Pretty Birds’ own, Tamu.

 
 

NYFW Weekend: The Run Down… Part 2

Sorry, I wish this was as witty and relevant as Seth Meyer’s version of the titled but alas, we’re talking hemlines, color palettes and collar lengths–and there’s something to be said about the humor injected into that too. I know I’ve already said thanks but here’s another hearty one for helping me win the award. Didn’t see it coming and I’m not just saying that for the sake of a humble brag. Who knew an extended love note to overalls would win me an award–for best blogger of the year, no less–somewhere down the line? Not I. But anyway, step into my brain.

It was a tired Sunday morning when the sartorial musings of Kevork Kiledijan reared their heads at Milk Studios. In a sea of bodycon leather dresses, noticeably longer than previous seasons, it was the subtle flares at the end of several pair of leather and microfiber pants on this runway that struck me. In a monochrome to red look at right and somewhat military inspired look at left, the conquests of this show–along with the small homage to Something About Mary a la hair left assurance that even designers of the sultry variety can enjoy a little man repelling here and there.

And speaking of which: Herve Leger. I tweeted on Saturday morning after receiving my seat assignment that my having been sat front row must mean a drop crotch surprise manifesting, right? Right? Well, no drop crotch per se, but those are in fact gorilla arms and pleats at left, a fur peplum over full skirt at right. Grading a collection like this based solely on the current content isn’t fair though, it’s the progression from simple and sexy to complex that is important to note, and as so often aforementioned this week, I can appreciate the copious designer escape from comfort zone.
Over at the ice cube that is Pier 59, Edun plays with another trending theme at NYFW: the high collar. In a series of layered looks, often clad in dark tribal print sprinkled over the sporadic punch of orange, the designer dubbed “Safari Punk,” the first inkling at a shorter hemline is met along side interesting mid calf boots, a boot length too often undermined.

Back uptown, Thakoon shows at the swanky Plaza again. His credits offer a special thanks to Mom which tug at my heartstrings and so before the collection even begins to unveil itself, I love it. And when it does the general mood is a salute to femininity strung together by unexpected quirks like embellished leaf prints, cut out leather cross hatching that alluded to hints of erotica and large back bows. It was when the red, fuschia and raspberry palettes combined walked though that the room gasped. The use of patent leather combined with more feminine peplum created a dichotomy so interesting to watch.

Meanwhile at Tommy Hilfiger: viva Americana. The collection, clad in elegantly structured outerwear, was held at the Park Avenue Armory where the enormous room was decorated like an Ivy League school, though the gravel floors were more reminiscent of the East End. The ivy league sentiment was ultimately deemed proper: the show was called Town and Country. The burgundy and mustard yellow reminded me of the 70s vibe I’d seen at BCBG earlier in the week but the equestrian nature of the silhouettes and a few helmets clad in chin strap evoked an overall breath of proud-to-be-an-American–and that’s the idea, isn’t it.

And finally, at my favorite Sunday show: Derek Lam experiments with floral prints on leather, cropped palazzo silhouettes, gowns paired with knits and a little more patent leather. The venue on the west side highway was set up with reflective dividers at several points. Eight models on the runway at once rendered some rad fashion over-stimulation and the accessories seemed to follow suit with the trends of this season: simple, pointed, ankle strap. Ambiguous footwear, I will miss you. Up today: Theyskens’ Theory, Phillip Lim.

 
 

Polyvore Live Fall 2012: Blogger Bazaar

Photo by Polyvore (via NY Daily News)


 
This past Monday evening, social fashion site Polyvore set to turn those ‘Monday Blues’ into ‘Monday Oohs!’. Partnering with cosmetic giant Covergirl, Polyvore gathered over two dozen fashion mavens to model looks from four young designers (and FIT alums!) for a large crowd at La Venue in Chelsea.

Polyvore chose twenty-three young women from the over 2,000 bloggers they work with via their fashion collage efforts. CEO Jess Lee said their goal is to find “the next Anna Wintours” by encouraging fashionistas to curate their own “editorial spreads” much like a magazine editor would. This event was Polyvore’s next step in tying together a cohesive digital and real-world experience for their users.

 

Over 25,000 Polyvore users tuned into the event via a live stream. With proud friends, family and fans in tow, Polyvore, Covergirl and the fabulous bloggerati put on one heck of a show! With rounding applause, the designers (Dana-Maxx Pomerantz, Lauren Bagliore, Sergio Guadarrama and Vengsarkar “Ven” Budhu) took their bow.

 

Some of our favorite looks included a red-silk blouse from Gavaskar Collection on De Lune‘s Claire Geist and a gorgeous color-blocked dress from Dana-Maxx on Raych from That’s Chic!

 

Photo by Polyvore (via NY Daily News)

 

 

 
 

Nanette Lepore Fall 2012: It’s Electric

For a fall/winter collection, Nanette Lepore went extremely bright with color. Lime green, bright reds, vibrants blues and deep purples spoke to the tone of the show. You could easily mistake this Fall 2012 collection for Spring 2012.

What constitutes this as a Fall collection are the fabrics and pieces. Tweed coats, wool sweaters and cotton dresses paraded down the runway. Pair all this with the models’ fun attitudes and the show was entertaining to watch.

You could also see influence from the 1970s. You could feel a lot of “flower power” radiating off the clothing. The music was upbeat and bouncy so the show was easily one of the more fun to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the collection!

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NYFW Weekend: The Run Down

Before I start the round-up process: thank you. In a room that included most every blogger in the history of the internets, I won the Bloglovin’ award for Best Blogger of 2012. I obviously couldn’t have won that shit without your votes, so thank you, thank you, thank you, I owe you a fancy seafood dinner only less about seafood more about vegetarian Thai dishes. No, really, thank you. And speaking of Thai dishes, what a perfect parlay into the world of Suno. Where sheer black, gold polka dots and printed drop crotch pants reign.

See what I mean? I was afraid about the slow collapse of the print blocking empire but leave it to Suno to squash that fear. And from Milk Studios back up over to Lincoln Center…

Behold: Charlotte Ronson‘s FW 2012 collection takes a turn for the mature in what is perhaps her most complex collection yet. It was a real departure from the usual grunge and playful nature of her garments that paid homage to another circulating theme this season: vive le military base. The look at left felt slightly reminscent of a certain Louis Vuitton FW 2009 anorak while to the right, a leather chin strap, that is all.

Helmut Lang previewed its usual dark side, this season clad in pant over skirt–still running with a motif I’ve given much twitter attention to: the midi skirt. And to the left, layering at its finest. Evidently, keeping warm is still runway approved.

Bright pom poms, sporadic fringe and unexpected color punches: at Altuzarra, tailored gypsies were all the rage with details that alluded to a foreign culture, sprinkled over modern and mature silhouettes. On an accessories note, this particular collection was an early hint at a regression, re-instated today at Thakoon, to a place above the calf. Knee-length boots, on again.

Meanwhile at Tibi, Amy Smilovic follows suit on page with Jason Wu, Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Taylor even, while she escapes her comfort zone: a place of flimsy floral prints and frou frou dresses to enter a more mature place clad in iridescent green and one hefty salute to a new sort of tuxedo: it’s plaid on plaid, on menswear. Be still, my heart. And finally, at Prabal Gurung‘s continuation to the epic a-ha moment of last fashion week:

“Uncursed.” A collection, he called, the progression from heaven to hell. The opening look, a cropped black cape paired with flare leg trousers–another recurring motif of this fashion week–set a dark stage. The following looks were characteristic of Prabal’s usual expert aesthetic: lush fur, quirky accents like patent leather sleeves and a re-introduction of the watercolor floral print in a hues of blue and yellow. It wasn’t until the closing looks though (one at right,) that I almost fell into cardiac arrest at which point, I was quite pleased I did not actually fall into cardiac arrest. Thanks again, ya big fat freaks. For more frequent updates follow me and my Galaxy Note–today someone asked how it feels to type on a pancake, I found that endearing–on twitter or tumblr.

 
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