Debuting her first collection only a couple years back, industry newbie Rosie Assoulin has been carving out her niche and gaining steady momentum with her whimsically far-out designs.
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Granted, she got her start under Oscar de la Renta and Alber Elbaz and, with an arsenal of eye-catching design tricks from those two, Assoulin’s ascent beyond emerging designer is hardly surprising. The American created a fall collection of well-balanced, crisply tailored suits, a sea of super-wide-leg trousers and matching jackets (whether it be an army green tiered crop or fuzzy cream trench). Single-shouldered, bell-sleeved wrap tops and layered, diamond-shaped velvet halters introduced the transition to more innovative silhouettes. Larger-than-life ruffles were the standout among the eveningwear pieces, tiered and paired with one-shoulder fisherman knits and cropped capes.
Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.Brazilian model Bruna Lírio is totally bringing the heat today with her play on texture. Shaggy fur and extreme denim fray have a wild attitude to them, particularly in this snowy scene. These tactile textures teamed with the slick shine of a patent boot is such an amazing combo. High-gloss leathers have been building steady momentum, and I’m all for it! Nicely done, Bruna!
Killer nails are a part of just about every killer show, and 3.1 Phillip Limshows are particularly on point in that regard, thanks in large part to the coolest of New York City nail specialists, Madeline Poole.
We checked in with Madeline on Monday’s set, just as we did last season at the Phillip Lim show, and while we were at it we made mini-podcasts with more of the supporting cast—because from Cheetos-eating models to reporters from around the world, it really does take a village to make a big production like this one complete.
Hear that? It’s the sound of a legion of editors and bloggers stuffing shoes into designer luggage and tucking eye cream into carry-on bags. That’s right: It’s time for New York Fashion Week again. The shows begin February 10; let’s prepare by way of review. (Of course, since spring collections are arriving every day now, you can also review and prepare by shopping!)
If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.
Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.
Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.
Carolina Herrera envisioned spring fashion through rose-colored glasses, with a dreamy yet intricately constructed collection. The Frick Museum was the perfect Beaux-Arts backdrop for Herrera’s urbane mix of soft colors and structured, gridlike surfaces held together by sheer strips of fabric. The end result: minimal, elegant looks befitting modern uptown girls.
Madeline Poole is one of the nail world’s ultimate cool girls, so cool-girl outfitter Phillip Limbrought her in to handle an important detail of his 10th anniversary runway event.
Backstage and ready to go at Phillip Lim; all images by Jessa Carter
Maya Lin is one of the art world’s most architecturally and environmentally aware sculptors, so she was Lim’s choice for designing the set for a conceptual, purposeful collection titled Stop and Smell the Flowers.
As a way of going both micro and macro, we got the scoop on Poole’s fun, trend-riffing contributions as well as insight on Lin and Lim’s earth-centered collaboration, which benefits the What Is Missing? Foundation and Perfect Earth Project.
Celine Aagaard is living up to her blog’s name, Hippie Hippie Milkshake. This all-white look has retro undertones, thanks to lace, flares and fringe. The palette and cool styling modernize the ’70s aesthetic. The Breton-style cap is the new It hat of the season, and it looks great with Celine’s style.
Now this is an outfit I can see myself in. I think I’ve finally found the perfect pair of culottes, thanks to Anna. These military-inspired culottes get an A+, especially when paired with tall suede boots and an oversized sweater. The turtleneck has been ever-present this season, making me glad I invested in a few basics earlier this year! A mini bag adds a hit of color and pattern to this minimalist-chic look.
I can always count on Sofie Valkiers to have an impeccable ensemble. It can be tough to incorporate new trends into your wardrobe without compromising your personal style, but Sofie manages with aplomb. Her kimono-inspired chambray robe is a stunning statement piece. A bright turtleneck adds a bit of Sofie’s trademark color, while the touches of white throughout keep things clean and modern.