2013 New York Fashion Week

In The Mood For: Fall's Best Emerald Green Looks, Inspired by NYFW

Pantone selected Emerald green as this year's color of the year. Fashion Designers incorporated the jewel-toned hue into their fall 2013 collections in striking ways, creating many desirable looks. The runways for New York Fashion Week were filled with emerald green red carpet gowns (thank you Monique Lhuillier), jackets and accessories. These pieces were just waiting for buyers, editors and celebrities to scoop them up pronto. I have picked my six favorite fashionable emerald green ensembles presented at New York Fashion Week that I think are the must haves for fall.

Can't you just picture Jennifer Lawrence in this stunning sleeveless Badgley Mischka gown at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? I'd love to see Eva Mendes wear this Cushnie et Ochs dress with sexy cut-out details to the premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. I think Rihanna needs to pick up this Altuzarra dress, it's completely her style.

I love the sparkling mini from Kaufmanfranco, I think Elle Fanning would look simply adorable in this flirty look. The Jill Stuart jacket is one of my personal favorites, a trendy, modern spin on a power suit perfect for the office or even date night.  Who wouldn't want to wear this long-sleeved belted, leather dress from Calvin Klein?

Which pieces are your favorites?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Fabulous Things Friday~ Lights, Camera, Fashion Edition

This past week was probably one of the busiest of the year for fashion lovers. There were so many events happening, it was hard to keep them straight! New York Fashion week was in full swing, then pile on the BAFTA's and the Grammy Awards. Speaking of the Grammy's, how gorgeous did Rihanna look in that stunning Alaia dress? Now that NYFW is over, we head across the pond to London for London Fashion Week, and soon the Oscars will be here. My weekend will be spent watching and reviewing the looks from the runways of London. What are your weekend plans?

 

 

 

Hope you all have a great Friday, now get the wrap up on a few fabulous things from this week...

In case you missed it, a fab Guest Post by Devon Dean about Celebrity Gossip and Kate Spade's Fall 2013 collection is style perfect for The Carrie Diaries.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Reem Acra

Reem Acra takes us on a deep and mysterious journey with her A/W 2013 collection. The primary draw is blacks and reds with accents of lace and fur. I almost felt like this collection would be best represented by Demi Moore’s character in St. Elmo’s Fire transported to an Anne Rice novel. Without a doubt, in this collection, Acra gets edgy!

It’s clear that capes are hot, hot, hot. Acra also doesn’t have to tell us twice that her black and red palette is influenced by China. She utilized mandarin style collars and kimono sleeves in quite a few pieces, lending to a structured and sleek silhouette.

A standout piece was a black tulle, mermaid silhouette accented with diagonal beaded applique. The black tulle stands out over a neutral lining in one of those trends we really hoped would go away for 2013, but at the same time, we can’t help but love.

While her evening wear ran in a cohesive collection, we just felt like we lost Reem somewhere along the way. I didn’t leave her show raving like usual, but I also didn’t feel completely unsatisfied. One thing we know we can always count on with Acra is the attention to fine details and in that manner, she did not disappoint.

View more photos from this collection on Fashion Wrap Up's NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Jessica Abouelela is a writer, world traveler, photographer and fashion designer currently residing with her husband in Pune, India.  Jessica is the owner and founder of the Not for Profit organization, The Common Thread Collective. The Common Thread Collective is an initiative created to merge the skills of sewing with the need to find a way to continue education of impoverished pre-adolescents, teenagers and young women. Learn more about The Common Thread Collective here.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s A/W 2013 show can be summed up in the only word that can possibly used to describe this collection: genius. Posen stirs up romantic vibes of leaves changing and warm apple cider in front of a fireplace with his shades of pumpkin, navy blue, aubergine, olive, brick red and gold.

Zac Posen’s technical skill is something to be treasured. His dart manipulations not only contour his garments, but also lend a pleasing and aesthetic harmony. It takes a certain level of textile mad scientist status to reintroduce the cape and make us actually want to own one, or five. Posen also manages to maintain peplum in a tasteful manner throughout his collection in both evening wear and office ready looks.

It appears the Far East is creeping back on fashions radar. We have seen influences ranging from Russia, Mongolia, the Himalayan regions, and Posen throws in a sporadically placed and confusing top adorned with Chinese oriented embroidery. The pale faces, staunch expressions and exaggerated lips reminded me of a Geisha, albeit one fashionable Geisha!

The star of the show was a floor length red evening gown with a waterfall of velvet adding a luscious texture through the structure. No matter which way the model turns, the dress looks like a completely new piece. From the pleated train expanding the mermaid flair, to overly exaggerated shoulders making their mark on an open back, from every angle this dress is a stunner. I only wish the model would have had a bit more curves to fill in the front of the dress. I vote for this gown to be Sofia Vergera’s next choice!

View more photos from this collection on Fashion Wrap Up's NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Jessica Abouelela is a writer, world traveler, photographer and fashion designer currently residing with her husband in Pune, India.  Jessica is the owner and founder of the Not for Profit organization, The Common Thread Collective. The Common Thread Collective is an initiative created to merge the skills of sewing with the need to find a way to continue education of impoverished pre-adolescents, teenagers and young women. Learn more about The Common Thread Collective here.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Monique Lhuillier

It was a vision of red carpet worthy extravagance, and it was Monique Lhuillier. Treating us to rich jewel tones in Amethyst, Ruby, and Pantone’s color for 2013, Emerald, we wanted nothing more than an excuse to attend the Oscars or Grammy Awards to don one of these beauties.

While some people may have disagreed with Beyonce’s Osman jumpsuit at the Grammy’s, Lhullier shows us that this look is evening wear appropriate. The collection features quite a few pieces with either a high-low peek-a-boo to lace, straight leg pants, or an over exaggerated floor length peplum. 

A personal favorite was a form fitting, flesh tone gown paying homage to art deco with a one of a kind neckline. The black pattern and bead-work continues the theme and draws the eye with fluid movement over the dress.

Lhullier’s draping lends to fluid movement in all of her pieces that leaves you wanting more. Her technique works particularly well with a new take on ombré; she features a bright emerald side dipped into deep navy.

Lhuillier is another designer focusing on the elegance of the female figure with fitted gowns, long sleeves, and amazing, hand worked details that you have to work to draw your eye off of. While we want to pick a few favorites, in reality, this is one collection you must view from start to finish. 

View more photos from this collection on Fashion Wrap Up's NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Jessica Abouelela is a writer, world traveler, photographer and fashion designer currently residing with her husband in Pune, India.  Jessica is the owner and founder of the Not for Profit organization, The Common Thread Collective. The Common Thread Collective is an initiative created to merge the skills of sewing with the need to find a way to continue education of impoverished pre-adolescents, teenagers and young women. Learn more about The Common Thread Collective here.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller has said her Autumn/Winter collection was inspired by women who find inspiration in dressing like men. Move over Annie Oakley, there is a reigning fashionista in town! Miller treats us to a sleek and chic show with a largely monotone grey scale palate. Showing up through many pieces are subtle military accents, many showing in the fitted jackets.

It officially looks like the season of peplum is over; we are back to pencil skirts and form fitting separates. When Miller does add color, we see turquoise, olive and jade as the accents of choice.

One thing I personally love about Nicole Miller is her love of textiles, Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture actually let her design her own Masters Degree-need I say more? She understands garment science from start to finish and it shows in the design of her updated plaid. From afar, it looks like another season of ikat inspired fabric. Up close, we see an intricate and carefully placed reshaped plaid. Placed in a shift dress peaking out from an over-sized leather jacket, Miller hits a home run.

We are seeing a trend with baroque inspired touches, deep necklines made demure with accent panels, and stovepipe pants featuring subtle prints across runways this season. Miller tops these trends with some soft lined fedoras. Diane Keaton aside, what leading lady in Hollywood do you see pulling off these masculine influenced pieces with feminine grace?  Let us know your thoughts!

View more photos from this collection on Fashion Wrap Up's NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Jessica Abouelela is a writer, world traveler, photographer and fashion designer currently residing with her husband in Pune, India.  Jessica is the owner and founder of the Not for Profit organization, The Common Thread Collective. The Common Thread Collective is an initiative created to merge the skills of sewing with the need to find a way to continue education of impoverished pre-adolescents, teenagers and young women. Learn more about The Common Thread Collective here.

Kate Spade's Fall 2013 Collection Is Style Perfect For The Carrie Diaries

Kate Spade unveiled her Fall 2013 RTW collection last week in New York City, and it seems "the city" was part of the inspiration for the eye-catching, wild and poppy collection. If Eric Daman is looking for upcoming styles for The Carrie Diaries, he needs to scoop up the colorful flared minis, polka dot pants and graphic print sweaters asap!

I can see Carrie wearing the doughnut sweater or flaunting that yellow mini. Larissa, who loves to mix prints would look so fab in the leopard print coat and polka-dot pants. Check out the taxi cab heels on the right, I think they are so cute. What do you think?

The collection is perfect for the modern gal on-the-go who wants to add a splash of whimsy to her everyday wardrobe. Not too mention, taking looks from day to evening with ease is no problem with these ultra-cool and sophisticated mixed separate pieces. Ladylike jeweled-collar blouses and tweed jackets are perfect for the office. Change your tweed jacket for a metallic coat and add some bold accessories, like the yellow clutch that says "TAXI" (perfect for hailing a cab) and you are off for a fun night out.

What do you think of the collection? Which pieces will you be adding to your closet?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Kate Spade, Style.com and CW Media

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Prabal Gurung

An army of fashionistas, including Anna Wintour herself, braved the snow and ice Saturday to get a peak at Prabal Gurung's Fall RTW 2013 collection. The designer described his tough but feminine collection as one of "empowerment," which was inspired by his mother, the most empowered person he knows. Gurung was noted as saying, "The whole idea means not just being forceful, but embracing your femininity and being a woman in a man's world and ruling it." 

The modern woman will have no problem embracing her inner warrior while wearing this impeccably tailored military wear. A color palette of navy dress blues and army greens dominated the collection with a striking fierceness.

Models wearing parka jackets and wool coats with fur lined hoods, leather harnesses and extreme peplum details marched down the runway with commanding authority.

Flirty hemlines, billowy sleeves, embroidered sashes on dresses and romantic floral prints added a softness to the mostly uniform collection.

Cocktail dresses with daring slits and seductive silk gowns with asymmetrical and cut-out details provided the perfect balance of sexy and confident.

Ensembles were styled with shiny stilettos and thigh-high gladiator boots adorned with rows of gold buckles designed by Cesare Casadei, dark sunglasses and leather driving gloves.

Gurung has been at the top of fashion world since debuting his collection in 2009. His designs are coveted by Hollywood A-listers, the Duchess of Cambridge and have been very popular with First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. There is no rest for the Nepalese designer, whose much anticipated lower-priced capsule collection for Target lauched today. Gurung will also be showing his ICB line in New York on Monday.

The Wrap Up

  • Trend Forecast: Military, leather, fur, peplum, brocade embellishments and cut-outs.
  • Colors: Black, army green, navy blue and ruby red.
  • Must Have Piece:  A hand-knit black cowl sweater with bare shoulders, worn belted over a red silk flared short skirt.
  • Front Row Access: Jaime King and Eve.
  • Celebs who I think will be wearing this collection: Sarah Jessica Parker, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and Amanda Seyfried.

View more photos from this collection on my NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Jason Wu

A blustry snowstorm packed a punch in New York City on Friday, but so did Jason Wu's Fall 2013 RTW collection. It's clearly evident that the designer perfectly understands his clientele-- the elegant modern woman. This collection delivers exactly what she wants, power dressing with a touch of femininity. Wu himself said the collection was one of, "extreme femininity". Lovely lace on jackets and snake embossed mini-dresses proved that point almost exclusively.

Diving further into his collection for fall, the designs accentuated two parts of the woman's physique, shoulders and legs. Belted fur jackets featuring exaggerated shoulders along with soft sleeveless, halter silhouettes were nothing less than sharp and attention grabbing.

Sleek tailored pants and flouncy pleated skirts mixed with tough yet feminine biker jackets creating sexy fluid ensembles.

Wu also had a bit of fun with this collection using feather plumes, pepulm and polka dots on dresses and tops.

The one thing I could not help but wonder... was Wu inspired by Raf Simmons Dior collections? For the evening gown looks, the American designer showcased flowing sheer designs. One gown in particular was very reminiscent of the black Dior Haute Couture dress Charlize Theron wore to the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman last May. Another nod to the Parisian design house was the flowing silk georgette dresses paired with cigarette pants. These two designs left me with a few thoughts-- Has Wu has been bitten by the Haute Couture bug? If yes, is a collection on the horizon?

Ensembles were styled with leather gloves, lace up, open-toe booties, cut-out heels and box clutches. The bottom line is that this collection was completely in Wu's wheelhouse.  He created a strong glam collection where downtown cool meets uptown sophistication.

The Wrap Up:

  • Trend Forecast: Leather, fur, sheer details, peplum, polka dots and pleats.
  • Colors: Black, white, red and blue.
  • Must Have Piece: The gorgeous red belted coat with an asymmetrical zipper.
  • Front Row Access: Jaime King, Allison Williams and Stephanie Seymour. 
  • Celebs who I think will be wearing this collection: If the gowns are a little less sheer, I am sure Michelle Obama will pick one or two for important events. Diane Kruger, Kate Mara, Jessica Pare, Camilla Belle, Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana and Jessica Chastain. I'd love to see Lucy Hale, AnnaSophia Robb and Sarah Hyland try some of the youthful and fun looks.

View more photos from this collection on my NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Style.com

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: Tadashi Shoji

When I think of velvet, I think of my tea-length, forest green, 8th grade dance dress disaster. I do not think of high fashion or elegance, yet Tadashi Shoji’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection shown in New York City may change my views. The delicate and feminine draping of floor length gowns combined with meticulous burn out patterns was breathtaking.

Shoji tied the collection together through Baroque lace patterns, with a personal favorite consisting of a deep gold velvet with a down-to-there drop in the mini-cowl neckline. To stay demure, a panel of black lace accents to the collarbone reminiscent of an elegant boat neck. The gown was fresh and showed a trend towards less skin, more modesty. Paired with the rest of his new collection, we couldn’t help but feel like we were taking a trip on The Silk Road during a New England Fall. 

Shoji showed a modified fit and flare from last year’s silhouette of choice. Still featuring a fitted, dropped waist bodice, his elegant gowns were given either a more deliberate and full semi-circle skirt, or delicate and flowing layers of chiffon. Also consistent in his collection were high necklines and turtlenecks, as well as long sleeves. We are head over heels for his caped designs as well!

We know with the stunning textile collaborations, modest designs highlighting the mystery of a woman’s body and traditional, worldly elegance; we are going to be seeing this collection hit the red carpet with a force. Pick your favorite Shoji piece from A/W 2013, tell us who you want to see it on and why!

View more photos from this collection on Fashion Wrap Up's NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board.

~Jessica Abouelela @GirlVsCity

Jessica Abouelela is a writer, world traveler, photographer and fashion designer currently residing with her husband in Pune, India.  Jessica is the owner and founder of the Not for Profit organization, The Common Thread Collective. The Common Thread Collective is an initiative created to merge the skills of sewing with the need to find a way to continue education of impoverished pre-adolescents, teenagers and young women. Learn more about The Common Thread Collective here.

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