NYFW, I Love You

Friday, February 8, 2013

Even though I'm in the process of changing out my fall wardrobe into my spring one, it's not too early to look ahead to the future, and that's what Fashion Week is for: to asses where fashion is going. (This is a long post, so maybe go get some coffee...and a snack ;)

Fashion is constantly innovating and reinventing itself. One day it's hip and new and the next it's referencing decades past. It's hard to keep up, and as an advocate of personal style, I think it's important to view high fashion as a suggestion for how to curate personal style season to season. It's not so much about wearing what the designers tell us to wear on the runway, its about taking what they give us and tailoring those fresh ideas to our own tastes. It's kind of an oxymoron, but what we can take from fashion week is this: take what's now and make it personal; make it what you wear every day. Man Repeller once said, "I don't like to pigeon-hole my personal style into anything particular because one day it's like Rodarte Prom (referencing one of her infamous graphic tees), and the next day I look like I never went to prom," and she in a way she is speaking about this exact thought: that personal style is vibrant and changing but coherent.

And now, the shows! Here's what's stood out to me thus far. (Let's pretend for a second I'm blogging on real time in New York. Come on, I know you have an imagination; I SURE DO!!) As always, the pictures are from style.com, where you can scroll through the whole shows!

Rachel Comey makes me want to get a feisty pixie cut.
[February 6 in New York]
This collection immediately struck me because everything is totally wearable, but with an element of chicness. When a designer can send something down the runway that isn't too sartorially daring, but is still new and interesting, it catches my eye. First of all, denim will never go out of style, especially when paired with simple accessories like sleek boots and a leather watch. I particularly love the midi skirt with the slouchy boots. Honestly, I would wear that look as is to class and then to a coffee shop for a study break. (I'm addicted to Two Story here in Athens!) Also the girl in the last look is so fierce. The ankle boots make that one.

BCBGMAXAZRIA makes me want to move to SoHo. And also buy a beanie.
[February 7 New York]
I adore slouchy things, especially of the cardigan variety, and BCBG did not disappoint in that category. I feel like Man Repeller in that I have a defined personal style, but I don't like to focus on one style or way to dress. As much as I love sleek lines and a clean cut, fresh faced look, I love inspiration from a downtown attitude: contemporary art, graffiti, layering, and long hair with a beanie.

Tadashi Shoji makes me want to pick Anna Karenina back up.
{February 8 New York]
Beautiful is all I kept thinking through this collection. The review stated that Shoji took inspiration from a trip to Russia and that the finale dress was "truly fit for a Russian princess." Now who doesn't want to be a princess?? I'm usually not a fan of lace, but Shoji makes it modern and relevant: his dresses are not your average "little lace dress." I hope to see some of these creations at this year's Costume Institute Gala.

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