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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: 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.

Five Blogs You Must Read Right Now~

One of the best parts of our day is reading our favorite blogs. Fashion, pop-culture, DIY, beauty and more: blogs are by the dozen these days. How do you pick the best of the best when it comes to online content?

If you're anything like us, between busy social lives, meetings and deadlines, sifting through the #FF (Follow Friday) suggestions and reading links that are posted to your blog or twitter accounts, finding those great blogs and websites can get lost in the shuffle.

Help is here! We have taken a time out to bring you a list of a few of the most buzz worthy, entertaining and stylish URL's that you will no doubt be sharing links, adding a bookmark and suggesting to friends. Check out the previous ten blogs we've recommended here.

The Art of Chic - I stumbled upon this fashionable blog via the website, Independent Fashion Bloggers and was immediately intrigued. Authored by Codie, a young, fashion obsessed student and blogger from Brisbane, Australia, The Art of Chic gives us the scoop on all things that inspire her personally, from beauty and fashion to decor. Each week, Codie lists several must have beauty products and luxe items that she is "Currently Coveting," and this is personally my favorite feature on her blog.

Girl Vs. City - This blog is authored by my good friend and fashion designer, Jessica Wright chronicling her travels all over the globe. Reading about Jessica's journey's from trying to visit the Pyramids in Egypt to her daily endeavors in Uganda, Africa are not only entertaining but insightful for those wanting to travel to these exotic locales. Along with her travel, Jessica introduces her readers to her experiences in trying new foods and her progress with her charity, The Common Thread Collective. Jessica's voice is unique and her photos are simply amazing, you'll almost feel like you're traveling with her on her adventures.

nyc pr girls - I adore this blog, written by two New York City gals, Adrianna and Megan who work in Public Relations. Adrianna and Megan offer advice and PR tips based on their personal experiences in the industry, as well as touching on topics such as fashion and entertainment. Their posts are short and sweet and to the point, perfect daily reading for any busy career gal. Articles such as "How to Beat Writer's Block", "A PR Girl's Fashion Week Needs" and "Tweet Like a PR Girl" are very helpful and can be easily translated to any professional working girl's life. Keep it up ladies!

Shamelessly Overdressed - I happened upon this fabulous blog while searching for more style blogs to add to my daily readings and became instantly hooked. Authored by S, (yes just S) a 20 something fashion lover living in San Francisco, who believes that there is "simply no such thing as being overdressed." I couldn't agree more! I adore all S's photographs of her daily ensembles and I die for her handbag collection. You've gotta drop by her blog and see her incredible personal style for yourself.

Notable Style & More - This fashion and lifestyle website gives you stylish notes on everything from celebrity fashion to DIY and styling tips. Driven by her passion for fashion, Nicole McClain breaks down and identifies clothing and accessory trends for her readers daily, offering suggestions on how to style your look with these fabulous trends. If you are a native to Indianapolis or thinking of visiting the Circle City Nicole gives you the scoop on the city's fashion scene with introductions of fabulous boutiques and shopping locales.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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