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As you may or may not know, what we see on the runways of MBFW is not necessarily what ends up on racks in a shop, boutique or store near you. Designers propose looks that comprise collections of clothing to buyers and the fashion press twice a year in hopes of getting orders for some of the garments shown. The pieces you’ll see in the photos here are most likely one-off samples made specifically for these runway spectacles. If orders are received for the garments they go into production and soon make their appearance at your favorite fashion outposts.
I have made a comprehensive (and arbitrary) list of the looks that could pan out, but may perhaps just get panned if no one buys them. Let’s take a look at the trends that were thrown into the mix this season, and by all means form your own opinion. That’s what makes fashion exciting, inspiring and, most of all, fun!
Long and Lean
Pencil skirts with higher waistlines go calf length at Callula Lillibelle. Vibrant polka dot prints and demure floral mingled effortlessly in separates and dresses. This company makes totally wearable looks that don’t look too young, but also avoid the matronly. Perfect for the gal on the go who wants to look sophisticated and cool.
Ballet up to the Barre
At the Honor show, the looks were a mix of full, feminine ‘50s-style skirts that were worn with menswear-inspired shoes in candy colors. What made them new were the details, like unfinished hemlines and dainty sheer stockings that seemed to be falling off the models legs. All in all, some beautiful takes on girly girl style.
In men’s and women’s shows and presentations alike, the coral ranged from soft and pastel to fiery almost orange. Here at Carlos Campos, a menswear designer, we see the tone on tone look worn to great effect on the handsome male model.
Go with the Flow
Carlos Miele showed us some St. Tropez chic, with stunning gowns and dresses that moved whether there was a breeze or not. The draping was exquisite and softly caressed the models figures as they glided down the runway in swirling prints and jewel-toned solids.
Mad Max Meet Stevie Nicks
Nicholas K, who showed men’s and women’s designs, had us believing in the power of layering with his loose, yet body conscious pieces. I particularly liked the head wraps and hooded jackets. The colors were dreamy blues, greens and soft ivories.
At Porter Grey, virtually every ensemble was complimented by unique takes on menswear-inspired footwear. Done in patent leather in every hue including coral, the “it” color for spring, as well as mixtures of denim and leather. In menswear shows we also saw this classic shoe style appear again and again. It looked very fresh when paired with long maxi dresses or floral printed camp shorts.
Cut it Out
Designer Katya Leonovich used pieced denim and leather mingled with metallic for her futuristic looks. The collection would be best suited to rock stars, and those not faint of heart!
Jenny Packham’s lovely designs were red carpet ready with feminine and intricately beaded looks. They glimmered with just the right amount of shine and had a magical quality to them. Mandy Moore was checking out the goods from the front row. This show was absolutely “frilling” because of the details like Swarovski crystals and French lace that each gown and dress sported. Keep an eye out during awards season for the talented designers gowns. Seriously.
Who wears Short Shorts?
Women will wear short shorts apparently, according to Candela and other designers. This look harkens back to the time when something was left to the imagination, with their higher waistlines and fitted but not obscene length. Paired with button downs, they made the familiar seem new.
Design house Pink Tartan paired simple spangly shifts and sportswear separates with Brigitte Bardot and French new wave cinema styling. The effect was modern and chic without looking too vintage. The bigger the hair, the closer to fashion heaven!
Hot pink is the new red for lips in 2012. Absolutely glowing lips stood out in a good way at Callula Lillibelle and numerous other presentations.
I still have a lot more to see this week, and I’ll give you the low down in my next column.
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