Sarah, of Style on the Couch, aptly stood in as photographer and even made me do my hair properly and wear it down!
We squeezed every last ounce of summer out of the season by jaunting up to Canada for Labor Day weekend. It was gorgeous every day! Good thing, since I took a dip in the beautiful pond pictured behind me in these shots as part of my hot/cold Hammam therapy at the spa! Check out their blog for inspired recipes and the latest news on this gorgeous destination.
And stay tuned for more on my newest jewelry obsession, local find, Hannah Blount, who supplied me with these gorgeous branch earrings. I have a full interview and more on her line in the queue for next week.
One of my favourite shows of NYFW was far and away Jackie Fraser-Swan's collection Lightness and Darkness. Hometown proud...my cup overfloweth! My week was pretty much MADE when Kelly Cutrone pulled me from no mans land in the back row and bumped me up to VIP status for the show.
Debuting her collection on the runway for the first time this season, Fraser-Swan presented pieces that showcased her refined but modern aesthetic. Tie died print, layered upon texture, all in muted tones, and every bit of it fabulous. Don't be scared of the print, this is again, one of those infinitely wearable collections that you could transition from office to night out on the town with aplomb.
Silk, lace and linen were used to create classic silhouettes, layered with motorcycle jackets and vests, along with my personal favourite- tie die turned into a buttoned up suit (so something I would rock in the office). Leather detailing crisscrossed slim cigarette cut pants and covered the appropriate sections of a cut out lace top. Hard and soft, structured and loose, the collection was a play on all of these finely tuned juxtapositions.
Fraser-Swan is based out of Boston, with a showroom on Newbury Street. She studied at the School of Fashion Design in Boston and recalls her roots with the name of the label itself, her middle name and the name shared with her distant relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson. With a Boston pedigree like this, she deserves some local attention.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the tunes- another counter play of hard vs soft and a playlist I had to pull together for the post. If you haven't got The Kills album Blood Pressures, get on it!
I went from the shows at Tadashi and Candela, to Bloomingdales for a quick bite to refuel with Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps, Sarah, from Style on the Couch and the lovely Kiley, from A Sequin Dress at Breakfast. We exited post wine and snacks, to immediately spy Rachel Zoe and Roger! Swoon! Way to kick off the night! A quick dash from Bloomingdales, over to Alice Yim's event for FNO at Opia Restaurant and Lounge. Alice's line is lovely (check it out here), as was she, and it was her birthday! What a fabulous way to celebrate! Next up, a stop at Reiss, where Sarah and I picked up some matching bracelets...before heading to Journelle, a lingerie shop in Soho. I am tired just recounting it all.
The following day was another whirlwind- indulged in some home town pride with the Emerson show (more on this to come), previews at Qi to check out their new line Ainsley with Naina (some photos here), then the ModCloth Swap (with more hometown gals Amy and Melissa! Congrats ladies!) and GenArt Fresh Faces show featuring Jennifer Chun! Naina, of STYLE'N and Lissy of A Girl in Boston came in for the night to support Jennifer, we heart her!!
Gen Art, a non profit organization that supports emerging designers and artists in fashion, film and and music, made a comeback in a big way (after folding last May) this year, hosting the Fresh Faces in Fashion show at Manhattan Center. Known for launching powerhouses like Zac Posen, and Phillip Lim, Gen Art hosted six new designers of the future on the runway: William Okpo, Ace and Jig, Sunghee Bang, Eighteenth, Baron Wells, Ann Yee and of course, Jennifer Chun.
Partial as I admittedly am, Jennifer's line was far and away my favourite of the night. Her pieces were restrained, artfully constructed, hued with yellow and camel, and all infinitely wearable, a departure from the ethereal and otherworldly (though all beautiful) pieces the other designers sent down the runway. Jennifer continues to garner critical acclaim, having recently been named to Fashionista's 15: New York Labels to Watch. Below are a few of my favourites from the show....that need to get in my closet. ASAP.
Texture, pastel ombre, watercolor tulips, all what immediately come to mind from the etherial Tadashi Shoji Spring 2012 show. My images just didn't do these gowns justice.
Though the American Express Skybox was definitely a very posh way to take in a show. Moet and oysters upon arrival? Don't mind if I do. Even cooler, post show they feature interviews within the intimate space. This quick chat was with Top Chef Just Desserts host Gail Simmons. Cooking shows and fashion....strange mix but for me, just right!
Shoji drew his inspiration for the collection from the Ron van Dongen book, Tulip Anthology, which he saw in the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop. The shape, material, and petal like layers were on full display from the print of the material to the intricate design and craftsmanship of each piece.
Being slightly maniacal about my music collection, and eager to see how designers pair songs for the shows, I was blown away by the way they married things at Tadashi. As Sarah, from Style on the Couch can attest, I was gasping with each song that came on and telling her I would get them to her from my iPod. I should have recorded the show but here is what I was able to piece together from memory and video that did not us muzak for the background.
Beach House 10 Mile Stereo
Florence and the Machine Cosmic Love (I swear was in there somewhere!)
Beach House Norway
School of the Seven Bells I LU
Florence and the Machine What the Water Gave Me (The new single closed out the show)
Below is a snippet of the close.