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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.

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

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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.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 RTW: BCBGMAXAZRIA

Max and Lubrov Azria helped kick off New York Fashion week with a collection that was by far less minimalist than that of previous ones, but no less superb. BCBGMAXAZRIA's Fall 2013 RTW collection could be best described as grungy chic (minus the hideous flannel) for the edgy downtown girl. Think of this as dressed up, relaxed casual wear in the most fabulous of textures. Leather, fur and cashmere... need I say more?

The collection was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul and the contemporary art of Phil Frost.

 Vibrant mosaic prints and lazer-cut patterns were presented in a plethora of flowy looks.

Cozy cashmere sweaters layered over breezy tunics were coupled with slouchy pants. Long fur vest coats and roomy leather jackets gave the collection a tough luxe appeal.

Accessories consisted of adorable cashmere beanies, leather leg warmers, pointed heels and over-sized tablet clutches. Can we all just go buy some fur and beanies asap? This collection is just as tough as it feminine and will have fashionista's clamoring for these cool girl pieces.

The Wrap Up:

  • Trend Forecast: Leather, fur, sheer details and beanies.
  • Colors: Black, white, blue, gray, oxblood and emerald.
  • Must Have Piece: The navy blue, mid-length printed jacket with the fur hoodie.
  • Front Row Access: Sami Gayle, Krysta Rodriguez, Jessica Hart and Julie Henderson. 
  • Celebs who I think will be wearing this collection: Kate Beckinsale, she loves a knit beanie. Sophia Bush, maybe not the fur, unless its faux. Naya Rivera, Amber Rose, Cameron Diaz, Lauren Conrad, Mischa Barton, Shenae Grimes and Jennifer Lopez.

 View more photos from this collection on my NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013 Pinterest board. Love BCBGMAXAZRIA? Shop the collection here.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Elizabeth and James

The Spring 2013 RTW collection for Elizabeth & James is filled with relaxed, cool pieces perfect for the stylish lazy girl's wardrobe. Never has pajama style dressing looked so inviting. Ensembles featuring loose fitting trousers paired with tailored jackets featuring strong shoulders are divine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by images of sunsets and sunrises around the world, designers Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen showcased a color palette of gorgeous, enchanting hues of copper, pink, purple and gold in addition to a strong showing of black and white.

 

 

 

 

Shiny finishes and jacquard prints give the collection an effortlessly luxe feel. A key look from the range is the orchid colored, jacquard print, single-button jacket coupled with the slim-fitting, cropped orchid pants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks were styled with flat metallic sandals, ornate tribal earrings, wooden bangles and cat-eye sunglasses which added to the exotic sophistication of the collection.

Celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale and Elizabeth Olsen should all be contemplating these pieces for their spring and summer wardrobes.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Nanette Lepore

Bright, eye-popping colors have become the trademark for American designer Nanette Lepore. Today’s show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was no exception.

For spring, Lepore led us on a journey through what could be described as a Saturday afternoon in the Hamptons. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many looks were comprised of clashing prints, a growing theme among designs across the globe. Fashionistas were treated to earthy prints on top and a simple black gingham on the bottom of several of the separates.

 

 

 

 

Lepore’s intricately-designed swimwear also turned heads today. She offered one and two-piece options that could be flattering on a variety of body types and could easily work with the other pieces in this collection (including black and white crochet-style cover dresses).

Overall, the collection led us on a stroll through Southhampton, then onto Cooper’s Beach for some sun (and maybe a spot of gossip), and then over to East Hampton to eat at Nick and Tony’s.

~Devon Scott @DevonScottIndy

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