2012 February 16
Fall 2012: The Blonds, Ports 1961, Nanette Lepore, threeASFOUR
Patrick McMullan View Gallery
(NEW YORK) The Blonds
Before the first look even hit the runway, the energy at the Blonds’ show was as intoxicating as ever. Lil’ Kim was in attendance along with Cassie, Adam Lambert, Sauli Koskinen, and a gaggle of New York eccentrics. On display? Embellished jackets, barely there OTT bodysuits and intergalactic moto headgear with a futuristic biker chick in mind. Torn acid wash jeans with gold chains hanging from the tears and skinny printed jumpsuits embellished with, you guessed it, more bling were among the highlights.
Understated elegance roamed the runway at the New York Public Library at the Ports 1921 show yesterday. Fiona Cibani continued her architectural play from Spring with this season's shiny shirts and sheaths in boxy silhouettes. Those were layered with cashmere sweaters and patchwork furs in grey, sienna, and persimmon. An orange topper, hitting the knee and blocked with a myriad of fur, was an insta-hit. Another haute trend: turtlenecks! Not a single cou was left naked. Time to stock up, darlings!
While many designers have been sticking to only a few colors this season, Nanette Lepore threw the entire box of Crayolas into her collection. The result? A throwback to tarot and the sixties hippie era. Beaded sweaters, gold lame flounce skirts, and tarot prints ruled the collection. Lepore also threw in a dose of menswear-inspired pieces like elongated blazers, tweed and houndstooth suits, and high-waisted trousers. And as she explained backstage before the show, the collection skipped plunging necklines and sky high hems from neighboring runways in lieu of a conservative yet freespirited silhouette.
Cutouts on top of cutouts? Yes, please! Things got crafty at Threeasfour as Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil presented creations fit for an intergalactic fairy princess, heavy in swirly curlicue designs and lasercut lace on everything from face masks to frocks. Petit dresses took on 3D shapes as circles and arcs twirled their way outward while shiny silver circles overlapped on space age outerwear and lacy cutouts crawled their way up legs on the season's must have thigh high boots. But the real stunner came in the form of a teal lasercut dress over a skintight black silhouette. J'adoring!
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