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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Alice + Olivia and Tory Burchon February 17, 2016
A simple color scheme doesn’t always mean plain clothing, something demonstrated by Rodarte’s fall collection, which proved the power of texture.
Designing siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy are prone to referencing a medley of influences, invariably taking us into a world of eccentric fantasy. This season, San Francisco, art nouveau and their golden years at Berkeley fused into a hard take on lace frills. The frenzy of embellishment began with skirts featuring ruffled piping in alternating patches of leather and Western-style sequins, while lace and mesh were worked into every form, from ’80s-style joggers to tiered bridal dresses hand-embroidered with sequined flowers. Mismatched earrings in every shape and size carried the mélange of moodiness down to the details.
SHOP: current season Rodarte
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.
An eye that looked like a jewel was the focal point of the desert-goddess look backstage at Alice + Olivia today. Created by stila Cosmetics and inspired by the clothing collection’s warm tangerine tones, the color and texture of gold took center stage, giving the models a cool, desert-girl vibe.
I love the genre mashup of delicate femininity and tough-girl chic in Yoyo’s outfit. Of course, genre mixing has always been one of my favorite style tricks in the book! Yoyo’s layered, pleated full skirt is a work of art and a beautiful statement piece. A slim moto jacket and tall boots toughen up the look.
By now, everyone knows how much I love Shiona Turini and her megawatt smile. Of course, it helps that she also has impeccable style. I love that Shiona doesn’t shy away from color, and today she really stood out. Her bright trousers and crop top make me wish spring was here already. A military-inspired coat, emblazoned with butterflies, amps up the springtime vibes.
Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including Alice + Olivia’s luxurious take on ‘70s chic, an ode to grunge and proportion play from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a soft focus on rag & bone‘s urban tomboy, a menswear mash-up at Veronica Beard and Donna Karan New York exploring the heights of the nighttime Manhattan skyline.
Alice + Olivia
Three Images & Three Sentences from Carolina Herrera, Paul Andrew, Alice + Olivia, Maria Cornejo, Veronica Beard … and! Our Favorite FW DJson February 17, 2015
Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 16
Monday looks a little different at New York Fashion Week—especially so in freezing temperatures and amid the combo Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day long/short weekend.
As we filed into the grandest tent in all of Lincoln Center to see one of the most beloved American eveningwear designers, we sensed everyone had a bit of an adrenaline hangover. Bill, Anna, Grace, Edward, Stefano, et al—and us, too, so we decided to put some framework around today’s post. After all, three is the magic number. Here we go: a trio of sentences and images from all five shows we saw yesterday.
Images by Jessica Carter
The historic Prince George Ballroom provided a stunning backdrop for Alice + Olivia‘s fall 2015 collection. Walking past racks of richly embellished clothing into the backstage makeup area, we knew the accompanying makeup would not disappoint.
Sarah Lucero of stila Cosmetics created a “rock ‘n’ roll bohemian girl who’s a touch romantic” in this Biba-inspired look. First, liquid liner in a glossy black was glided onto the eyelid, with black smudge pot added just on the end to create a matte soft wing. Mascara was swiped onto the lashes, concentrated more at the roots in the center of the eye for a wide-eyed effect (we love that tip!) for the dreamiest, most feathery lashes we’ve ever seen. Lips were a concoction of two layers of textures: the first, liquid lip paint in a fiery red matte, with a glossy merlot shade for a shiny vinyl finish.
The result was sultry and dramatic, and we’ll definitely take some cues from this swinging starlet look for fall.
It wouldn’t be winter in New York without leather and fur. Gabrielle’s coat manages to combine volume and texture, while maintaining a sleek silhouette. Her flirty gingham mini is great over leather leggings, but will be just as perfect for spring. I’m all about versatility!