Sunday, February 19, 2012

New York Fashion Week Hangover: Part One

It's not just another season full of delicate embellishments, floppy hats and leather. Despite the possibility of Occupy Fashion Week and miraculously cold weather that freezes your behind off, designers managed to formulate intriguing collections with a twist. Think along the lines of Alice In Wonderland, Neville Longbottom's grandmother, high school proms and angels-gone-bad. Just when you thought the couture collections are amazing and this is only the part one of three installments...

First up, we have Marc Jacobs. The man who had convinced you that Gatsby-inspired dresses look beautiful with plastic boots. Or that structured military jackets look awesome with bare legs. For fall 2012, Marc is trying to persuade us that dressing like Neville Longbottom's grandmother is the next big thing in fashion. And obviously it will be. After all, doesn't everyone enjoy looking like sophisticated ladies-who-lunch on crack? 

I'm really in love with those oversize, fluffy hats though. Without them the collection would just fall apart. When you think more about it, the whole thing is just really inspired by Alice In Wonderland, except Alice herself is also on crack. Hence the heavy layering of knee-length dresses, unnecessarily fluffy coats and embellished bottoms. Marc Jacobs, reworking fairytales since late 1980s.

For unknown reasons, angels descending from heaven to hell(or vise versa) seems to be a popular theme among designers. See: Lanvin spring 2012. But that doesn't stop Prabal Gurung from expressing his own interpretation. The runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund said that he used this collection as a way to reflect his journey as a designer, saying that “I felt like I was in a place where I can slowly give a sense of myself in the collection."

The collection first began as all-black looks, such as dresses with cutouts and sheer panels, embroidered sweaters and slick dresses. On dark-haired models. When I first saw the collection I was just a little unsatisfied because gothic looks are so four seasons ago. But then it gradually turns to jackets and dresses exploding in blue prints, then dresses made of gold foil, tulle and lamé. All that good stuff, though not as exciting as the spring 2012 collection.

The Chicago-based designers behind Creatures of the Wind, Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, used the book The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies(written in 1961 by Robert Kirk) as the inspiration behind their quirky fall 2012 collection.“Basically the book was like an expose of the fairy world. Then, the reality is that he was found dead near a tree. He believed this specific tree was like a portal to this fairy world, so his soul was supposedly sucked into the tree and taken by the fairies and they sealed the entrance so there was no way into the fairy world, so it was kind of about that–these two parallel worlds existing and this doorway between them.

There are a myriad of silhouettes, in the form of gathered waist dresses, blouses and cropped pants that may or may not be in prints. Think along the lines of what a grown-up Pippi Longstocking or Luna Lovegood would wear. My creys, that striped leather dress(top row, middle) makes me cry. But then again, everything has been making me cry lately — Mulberry naming a bag after Lana Del Rey, that Craig McDean editorial in W Magazine, the video of Nine Inch Nails performing "Hurt" in 2007...

I don't even know why I post about Oscar de la Renta when we all know he is a brilliant human being and his collections have really pretty dresses. The embellishments are just epic, the tweed jackets look timeless and fit for a Vogue editorial(US, obviously) and jewel prints all over everything from sheath dresses, skinny pants, micro jackets and nip-waist coats. That's all.

photo source: voguemagazine


  1. I love these pictures. Even the stuff I wouldn't wear is fascinating!

  2. These are gorgeous!

  3. The Oscar de la Renta collection was really nice this season, haha those hats at Marc Jacobs... I don't know. They made me think of Dr. Seuss.

    1. Dr. Seuss for high-class ladies. I like that ~

  4. these wonderful fashion shows, I enjoyed the innovations!
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