Mary O’Regan

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10 Questions for Prabal Gurung

HERO

Few fashion collectors can claim to own an early-era item from the likes of Valentino, Saint Laurent or Alexander McQueen, which is why we’re excited to introduce you to the newest member of the soon-to-be-iconic: Nepalese-American designer Prabal Gurung.

Now is the time to invest in this burgeoning wunderkind. Launched just four years ago, Gurung’s namesake brand has appeared in the wardrobes of everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga—a testament to his balance of timeless femininity and boundary-pushing concepts. We sat down with the New Yorker to discuss his new collection, killer camera phone skills and personal heroes.

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MARC JACOBS’ Dark Past

Thursday night’s torrential downpour added a fitting layer of gloom to the already dark, dystopic scene at the MARC JACOBS spring 2014 show. Clad in ornate, Victorian-esque dresses and upholstery coats, models stormed across glittering black sand, past deserted beach chairs, a broken-down bus and a crumbling boardwalk. Each look was loaded with intricate details: appliqué, embroidery, tassels, brocade—you name it, Jacobs worked it in. This resulted in the polar opposite of his spring 2013 collection, which focused on simple, mod factory-girl pieces. But Jacobs has never been the predictable type—and that’s exactly why we love him.

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Tailored Perfection at Narciso Rodriguez

With all the extravagance appearing on the Fashion Week runways, it’s easy to forget that at some point, someone, somewhere is intended to wear this clothing, whether to work, to a party or out for dinner. That’s part of what makes Narciso Rodriguez’s* new collection so appealing. We’d happily welcome each piece into our closet and select one to wear at random, with our eyes closed, taking comfort in the fact that there isn’t a single oddball in the bunch. But despite the quiet simplicity of Rodriguez’s clothing, each beautifully tailored piece maintains an element of curiosity—whether that’s asymmetrical draping, geometric seams or an elegant cape.

*Available in selected stores

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Naeem Khan in Great Detail

Break out the microscope, because Naeem Khan‘s spring 2014 dresses are some of the most intricate we’ve ever seen. The Indian-American designer looked to traditional Spanish embroidery for his new collection, creating beaded brocade gowns that give new meaning to the word ornate. It’s easy to imagine these looks on the red carpet—and they’d make spectacular wedding wear, too. Basically, if over-the-top isn’t an issue, you know exactly where to turn.

Mary O’Regan

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Pretty Party Frocks at Alice + Olivia

We arrived at Alice + Olivia‘s spring presentation craving ultra feminine, decadent dresses, and left more than satiated. Creative director Stacey Bendet knows her girl: a young, carefree sophisticate who gets giddy over ruffles, lace and and beadwork. Bendet turned up the glamour this season with a prep-meets-pretty vibe, anchored on a palette of neutrals sprinkled with pastels. As always, the accessories were a big highlight—think minimalist white heels and vibrant beaded clutches.

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All that Glitters at MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Who’s up for rollerskating? Add wheels to the the models’ feet at MARC BY MARC JACOBS’ show yesterday, and they’d be straight out of a Saturday night bowl & skate in 1995. Sparkles, stars, satin and sneakers were the key components on the MMJ runway, a fun, youthful look refreshing in its simplicity. The girls wore scarves around their necks, trapping their long, languid tresses into disheveled coifs, revealing a little of the grungy Marc Jacobs we know and love. Something tells us he’d kill it on the roller-rink.

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L.A. Pride at Rodarte

Born and raised in California, Rodarte* sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy cite Los Angeles as the impetus behind their spring 2014 collection, leaving the specifics open to interpretation. So we’ll draw our own conclusions about Tuesday’s mix of bad-girl decadence and Latin panache. Models navigated a laser-light runway wearing plaid button-ups, hip-slung belts and tiny cut-offs with zebra-print ruffles, ready for the club or a country-western bar. Our favorite details appeared in long, white and black fringe whipping across asymmetric leather skirts and embroidered scorpions snaking across sheer-paneled tops—an eerie tribute to the City of Angels.

(See also: Our front-row photos from this show)
*Rodarte is available in selected stores

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The Front Row at New York Fashion Week

Editors, bloggers, actors, models—the front row at Fashion Week always turns up a bevy of familiar faces. We found some of our favorites at a few of the season’s top shows.

Christina Ricci and Rashida Jones at Thakoon (See our backstage coverage at the show)

T style director Kate Lanphear and brand consultant Michelle Harper at Thakoon

Fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell at Thakoon

Kyle Anderson of Marie Claire at Thakoon

Bloggers Natalie Joos and Bryanboy at Rebecca Minkoff (See our runway coverage of the show)

Miroslava Duma of Buro 24/7 and blogger Leandra Medine at 3.1 Phillip Lim (See our photos from the show)

Blogger Rumi Neely at Yigal Azrouël (See our photos from the show)

Model/blogger Hanneli Mustaparta at 3.1 Phillip Lim

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3.1 Phillip Lim Gets Down to Earth

One look at the invitation to 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s show and it’s clear that we’re in for a visual treat. The prodigious designer created a range of swirling, moody, abstract prints for spring 2014, referencing subterranean rock formations and watercolor landscapes. Even the runway was covered in a thick layer of white rocks, filling the room with a cloud of chalky dust. “It’s all very elemental,” he wrote in the show program, though his looks were anything but simple. Each garment boasted cutting-edge details, like cracked metallic suede, mismatched patchwork fringe and thick leather stitches. Consider it a preview of what we’ll see on the street-style set in the months to come.

Mary O’Regan

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Afro-Cuban Flair at Tracy Reese

Now, here’s a designer who doesn’t shrink from color. Michigan native Tracy Reese cited Afro-Cuban influences as the guiding light behind her vibrant, floral-laden collection, shown Sunday at Lincoln Center. A three-piece percussion group walloped away as models hit the runway in raffia-embroidered jackets, girly jacquard dresses and tough gladiator sandals. While Reese didn’t send a cat down the runway this season, a different sort of surprise came from graphic flower tattoos, strategically placed on models’ shoulders and calves.

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