Rich Jewel Tones

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 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: Vera Wang

The goddess of New York femininity stays true to her soft roots in her latest Spring collection. Like many other designers this season, extreme, bold colors seem to be the bond that holds the collection together. Reemerging this season with Vera Wang is the trend of lace and embroidered pieces, a staple for the designer that loves anything romantic and delicate. 

With Vera Wang, her clothes generally seem to take their shape with interesting forms and style lines. When this isn't the case, they tend to remain strikingly simple, allowing the fabrication to convey the feeling behind the piece. Amidst the spectrum of colors displayed in the show, is an electric yellow dress, free of complex engineering or patternmaking. The effortless silhouette is transformed into true fashion because of the alluring textile choice, allowing for a sexy, sheer look without coming near tasteless.



Whites and other neutral ensembles break up the flashy color story here and there, continuing their graceful personas. Here, along with a heavily embroidered skirt, is a simple top that is made interesting with a plunging neckline. The neckline is a curious addition, severe in nature, a contrast to the calm and serene flow of the other looks. It is a welcome addition to spice things up.







 Finally, I thought it would be a crime to not mention several of these icy blue looks, a color that seems to have been vacant from Spring for quite some time. Notice the classic neckline and the flattering shape of the positioning of shoulders and armholes that takes something standard and transcends it with a gorgeous fabric choice.

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