Although "Punk Rock Princess" is one of my all time favorite Something Corporate songs, it also perfectly describes the Balmain RTW Spring 2011 Collection. The edgy collection filled the runway with studded leather jackets, micro-mini skirts, ripped tights, loose tanks, tight cuffed pants, blazers, denim, and metallics. So who's ready to rock & roll?
Feeling Sartorialist-inspired today, I went downtown to Soho for a day of shopping to browse what's in stores this season. I walked around everywhere and noticed that denim shirts were a huge trend, I've seen at least five people wearing them in different ways. I feel that denim is a particular fabric that pieces can certainly be versatile. Denim Button-Down Shirts look cool and casual, breezy and not trying too hard. So I've never asked anyone off the street if I could take a picture of their outfit before, but it was surprisingly easier than I thought! I came across a girl with an outfit that caught my eye, her denim shirt and light scarf were both from Zara in Milan, her shorts from Topshop, her shoes from a store in Uptown NYC, and her tote was given by Copenhagen during Fashion Week. This is a clear cut example of the trickle-up theory; where fashion can be influenced from the streets to runway. Chloe's A/W '10 Collection included a few denim shirts worn with layers.
So in fashion we are always thinking ahead of our time. So what am I thinking about next? Autumn 2011. Yes- in about another 365 days, we will have to be right on trend for what will be in style for the season. I know that Hosiery has made quite an affect for fashion's past decades. In between all of the legwear days of being in style and used as a status symbol, that fact will live again. Bold celebrities who have the courage to sport anything they want to wear, such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna are not afraid to show off their legs in hosiery. This trend meets history, where the picture below (shot by Edie Sedgwick in the 60's) impacted women everywhere. They created a fashion revolution, where stockings supported the average women's lifestyle. There were also the Christian Dior's extra sheer two-thread silk stockings imported from France, which were thought to be luxurious and prestigious. As we know, fashion always repeats itself, so look out for next Autumn's key item!
I have been so busy this fashion week, I need to update! I worked several shows for Elle Style 360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. I worked three shows for them but my favorite was the Belle Parish Show. I have never seen a children's apparel fashion show before and it was just adorable. The models were toddlers, walking down the runway with a parent. The designer was Ali Landry, former Miss USA 1996, model, and actress. On Wednesday I worked with Kelly Cutrone, I'm sure she's well known from her two TV shows The City and Kell On Earth. She was sweet, inviting us to sit front row at the Eva Minge Show. This designer is from Poland, and her collection was breathtaking. I noticed many shades of camel tones, whites, and crazy boots down the runway. My favorite pieces were the feminine skirts romanced with tulle. After that show, I went downtown to Capitale. There were a group of designers that showed their collections one after another. I was lucky enough to see Diane Von Furstenburg sitting in the row across from me, Andre Leon next to her (former editor-at-large for Vogue and judge on ANTM) Jay from the City; who was actually a model in the first show, Tyson Ritter from AAR, Russell Simmons, and Foxy Brown. And that was my fashion week; I had the best time even though I was running around everywhere and was definitely sleep deprived!
So last night Manhattan was literally the city that never sleeps. Shoppers were everywhere; uptown, downtown, midtown...you name it, the place was packed. Me and my roommate Arielle started leaving around 4:30 to 5th ave. The first line to form there was at Nine West, to see Joss Stone perform. As we walked up and down 5th, the streets were starting to fill rapidly and the line just to get into Bergdorf's was insane. The fifth floor was flooded, waiting for Mary J. Blige's PA. I got my FNO T-Shirt at Saks, where they were already running out of Smalls! Leaving 5th, we headed down to Times Square to see Kat Von D at Sephora on 7th & 42nd. Walked back to 5th & 50th, one of the sites for a free ride in the Jetta who sponsored FNO. The driver took us down to Soho after a long traffic ride and we met up with some friends who were on line to see Rachel Zoe at Piperlime. The line was almost never-ending. By the time we were almost there, it was 10pm. She was scheduled to leave then; as she walked out the door with security the mob moved in closer with screaming fans. As the night was almost over, we found another mob gathered around a hotel and wondered who it was for. After waiting a short while, Karl Lagerfeld was standing right next to the door. I couldn't believe it. Karl Lagerfeld. And again, security creating a path for him to get on to his bus. It was a dangerous spot. Ended the night having dinner with friends at Caliente Cab Co. in the West Village!
I'm sure every person walking this earth is no stranger to socks...well because they're a basic necessity! We may have missed that warm cozy feeling of a great pair of socks because it has been quite a long spring and summer. Our feet have gotten used to wearing ballet flats, sandals, clogs, or whatever type of warm weather shoes you were sporting the past few months. Well autumn is back and over-the-knee and knee-high socks are everywhere! On the runways, Alexander Wang and Cynthia Steefe both seem to be a fan of the thigh-high length. Imagine how great they would look with a pair of heeled booties or peeking out over a pair of flat boots. They can easily give your favorite skirt or tailored shorts a whole new look! Here are a few of my favorites.