Emerson Spring 2012

One of my favourite shows of NYFW was far and away Jackie Fraser-Swan's collection Lightness and Darkness.  Hometown 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!

The Kills Nail in My Coffin
Eleanor Freidberger My Mistakes
Lykke Li Youth Knows No Pain

Images: Elle


FNO Recap, ModCloth Swap, Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion

Images: Alice Yim

Images: Reiss

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.

Above: Scenes from the runway, my look for the night (J Crew top, Thread Social shorts, TopShop necklace and YSL heels), and some of the ladies from left Naina, Angela, and Alyssa.

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.


Tadashi Shoji Spring NYFW 2012

Images: Elle

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.

Playlist standouts:

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.


TJ Maxx Mad Men Mod Winner

Congratulations to Alana, from Good Girl Gone Blog, who's Mad Men Mod outfit garnered the most votes! She is sure to have an easy time spending the proceeds as TJ Maxx and Marshalls just stocked up with all their fall runway goodies.

Special thanks to all the lovely ladies who participated:  Naina, of STYLE'N and Lissy of A Girl in Boston.

And thanks to everyone who voted! Go get your fall fashion on!


Candela S/S RTW 2012

Seriously chic leather separates and chiffon gowns.

My fave, tan battenburg lace shorts with a tangerine silk button down. 
My outfit of choice when wielding a pitchfork.

Get this tangerine dress with macrame back In. My. Closet.

One of my first stops at Lincoln Center this week was Candela's Spring RTW presentation, in the round, full of lush color, dramatic details and tropical foliage.

Candela's designer, Gabriela Perezutti currently calls New York home, though she originally hails from Uruguay. Her designs for spring are infused with edgy urban elements and sprinkled liberally with some of the flavours of her native country. An urban oasis of hue and texture under the tents at Lincoln Center, a total romp for the eye.

From inauspicious beginnings with the launch of a t-shirt line in Brooklyn nearly 10 years ago, to this absolutely lovely ready to wear collection, Candela is infinitely wearable with playful separates, jumpers, and dramatic maxis.

My personal favourites include the sunkist orange maxi dress, with gorgeous detailing on the back (brilliant burst of color, minimal front, with a party in the back) and the woven lace shorts, with sailor button details in the front panel. I could see wearing the shorts from spring into summer and back again into fall with some tights and a blazer over the cooler months.

Definitely a line that will be supplementing my spring wardrobe.