Fall 2012 Favourites
This is the last chapter to my New York Fashion Week 2012 coverage. As the last few days of shows ran it's course, it was evident that faux fur, reds, black and metallics ruled the runway.
Farah Angsana conveyed youthful opulence at her Fall 2012 showing. Matte golds and silver fought for attention against a dazzling gem-toned palette of ruby red, citrine, emerald, amethyst and sapphire. The Indonesian-born designer is victorious in creating feminine gowns and flirty cocktail dresses, with all the fizz and none of the fuss.
Everyone has a favourite from NYFW, and this year J. Mendel is mine. The thought behind this collection is scattered between luxe furs and tweed, floaty chiffon gowns, cleverly-placed cut-outs, a handful of sparkle and a hint of asymmetry. Champagne shades were twirled with a glass of burgundy, all-white ensembles and the trending chartreuse. The gown I'd most like to see on the red carpet is the white and gold trimmed stunner, (pictured first, bottom row), preferably on someone like Angelina Jolie or Kate Beckinsale.
Derek Lam gives us a 'Library' of chic modern designs that would translate as well off the runway as it did on the 60's styled models. Every Persian printed piece, leather pencil skirt and boxy peacoat is wearable in this black, white and red hued range. Gold-capped brogues and box-shaped bags acted as accessories. Minimalist yet graceful gowns rounded up this effortless and sophisticated collection.
Jenny Packham takes a punchier approach to 'pretty' for Fall 2012, with a display of slinky streamlined gowns in the most popular colour scheme during NYFW - red, black and metallic silver and gold. A few pastel shades lightened up the range, sweeping the floor with waisted gossamer gowns. Models wore retro 40's style bouffants and dark sultry make-up.
If 'lumberjack-chic' was never a trend before, it is now, thanks to Michael Kors. The illustrious designer takes his sportswear sensibility into the great outdoors, where plaids and sequins meet in a place of rustic refinement. Kors pioneered a flock of weighty fur coats, fringed ponchos and blanketed skirts, leather dresses and tweed suits. Fur trimmed hats and gloves perfected the charismatic countryside look.
Rolando Santana re-enters the 70's disco era with a ritzy collection for Fall 2012. The Mexican designer also played the red, black and metallic tune like so many other designers did, but differentiated himself by intermixing textures, leather and lamé, satin and tweed, fur and sequins. A high-glamour collection that will place Santana on the global fashion map.
Marchesa can do no wrong when it comes to illusion bodices, jewels and tulle. Every embroidered evening gown was worthy of it's own Oscar-winning moment. The lavish gold brocade dresses and swan-like white feathered frocks left one gasping for air (in a good way of course). Almost impossible to choose, the stand-outs for me were the short white and gold embellished dress (second on the top row) and the black and gold embroidered gown with upturned tulle neckline (fourth on bottom row). Breathtaking!
Click to see Part One & Two of New York Fashion Week 2012.
Image Credits: Style.com