2012 February 16
Fall 2012: Michael Kors, Vivienne Tam, Diesel Black Gold
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(NEW YORK) Michael Kors
Michael Kors has a lot to celebrate this week! For one, his third-quarter earnings rising 47 percent. Also, Kors turned out a crowd-pleasing spate of looks "rugged elegance" theme for a glittery front row including Anjelica Huston, Jessica Alba, Debra Messing, Paula Patton, Amber Heard, Katie Couric, and Clooney's girl Stacy Keibler. So, what is rugged elegance, anyway? "When you think of American beauty, it started in the thirties with all the cinema kings and queens; people like [Clark] Gable and [Carole] Lombard," he told The Daily after the show yesterday. "They were very glamorous, but they were very sporty. Carole would grab Clark's coat and throw it over her shoulders. JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette were other inspirations, because they had a rugged attitude, but in a very urban way." Classic camel was tossed on liberally, as was bright red. Texture was key to this collection that included hand knit sweaters, tweeds, plaids (lots of plaids, heavy on the red and black, at that), thick stripes, lace, charmeuse and satin. A hit of fur came courtesy of fluffed totes, and a short series of aqueous sequined tank gowns with Deco scalloped piping closed it all out. Kors scores!
Vivienne Tam transported revelers to the mythical land of Shangri-La in a collection that offered a fantastical take on Himalayan dressing. Eastern fabrics and prints met Western tailoring for a re-invented take on James Hilton’s 1930s novel Lost Horizon. Textured, earthy colored concoctions strutted down the runway, coat after flawless coat in cherry wood, burnt sienna, and deep apricot. Wool coats with fuzzy Mongolian collars, camel coats, jacquard coats, printed coats with shaggy cuffs and ruffs. Yummy! Cutout dresses made hearts flutter but the real heart stopper? A slinky, embellished, one-shouldered floor length wonder of an evening dress- Corvette red with a mile high slit up the leg. Crimson win!
Diesel Black Gold
Pier 57's chilly temps were no match for Diesel Black Gold's red hot Fall offerings. Pale mods with messy ponytails trotted out with plenty of 'tude in the form of baggy menswear-inspired silhouettes tempered with feminine touches here or there. Ergo slouchy, rolled-up leather pants paired with a black knit sprinkled with galactic beading. Or relaxed leopard shorts layered over your boyfriend's boxers on bottom and a fitted schoolgirl sweater on top. Pleated skirts, oversized shirting, and a touch of faux fur rounded out the rock ready collection.
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