“While many New York designers showcased glowing skin and strong brows, statement-making peepers were far and few between—which is why Rodarte’s smoldering navy eyes provided a welcome dose of drama.” —Emily Hebert, beauty editor, ELLE.com
Solange Knowles may have been this season’s Sofia Bush, but Nicki Minaj wins for her adoring tweets and big front-row smiles. Minaj popped up everywhere from Oscar de la Renta(“Oscar is a very handsome man”) to Prabal Gurung(“The new Prabal Gurung collection is to die for…gagging”), dishing heaps of praise along the way.
“It’s always dramatic just getting to the Marc Jacobs show, which is now notorious for its early start time—but we loved the dramatic tableau arrangement of models who looked as though they were one part Fosse and one part Southern dance hall.”—Joann Pailey, market director
When Olivier Theyskens landed at Theory, the number one question was, “Can he do casual?” In the year since, he’s proved his innate skill at mixing the high and low. From pairing sequined pants with cotton jackets to ball gowns with biker boots, the man knows how to build an outfit—no Paris atelier necessary—and teach his girl how to wear it.
“Amazonian conga drums tied for best music. They were used at Donna Karan and Michael Kors, and I left feeling I wanted to book a trip to the jungle for my next vacation. And wear a tie-dye sarong when I get there.” —Joe Zee, creative director
“Backstage is always a war zone; time is short, space is tight, and stress levels soar. But at Thakoon, there were also bursts of joy in the form of colorful, powdery clouds. Though his show was set against the gilded backdrop of New York’s Plaza hotel and featured rhinestone covered silk prints, the designer gave his models hair more punk rock than princess.”—Emily Hebert, beauty editor, ELLE.com
Thom Browne staged his spring presentation at the New York Public Library. He dressed his room as a lady’s apartment, with women playing the part of furniture, curtains, and even birds—in the case of a feathered dress worn inside a human-sized birdcage. It was the sequined mermaid that said, “Yes, you’re supposed to giggle.”
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez proved they could produce a classic handbag on their first go-round, so now they get to have fun. These old-fashioned camera cases will be the first thing every loyal Proenza fan pulls out of her PS1 come spring.
“The accessories at Carolina Herrera were such a perfect complement to the clothes and really drove home the look—exactly why I love accessories: They elevate without taking over.”—Jodi Belden, associate accessories editor
“Valentino was a man of the people this season, celebrating at the Barneys and Carine Roitfeld karaoke party at Westway. He took to the former strip club’s stage, along with longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti, and belted out Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’”—Keith Pollock, editorial director, ELLE.com
“Pink lips were popular last spring—but never like this. Backstage at Prabal Gurung, M.A.C maestro Charlotte Tilbury made puckers resemble ‘beautiful orchids,’ darker at the center and brighter along the perimeter. Though I’ve accidentally flaunted this lip in public after a glass or two of red wine, I’m too wimpy to wear it on purpose. But I admire the artistry behind it!” —Emily Hebert, beauty editor, ELLE.com
J.Crew’s mastered the art of reinvention. It may have started as a go-to destination for chinos and polo shirts, but in the past couple of years it’s morphed into the go-to place for uptown weddings and downtown style. Last week, they staged their first fashion week presentation at Lincoln Center and snagged the ultimate star—Beyoncé. The pregnant superstar showed up in custom J.Crew collection, a cream-colored sequin dress. Sounds like it’s time to place your bets on J.Crew’s first red carpet appearance!
Solange Knowles, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, and Beyoncé
After a day of walking the runways, the models of NYFW hit the dance floor. Jourdan Dunn and Hanne Gaby got glow-stick happy at the Alexander Wang after-party, and Chanel Iman hit the banquettes at Milk studios for the Teddybears performance. All in all, they made for an impressive party brigade.
“We went ‘crazy’ for Rodarte’s Van Gogh–inspired prints and embroideries. Luckily no one lost an ear.”—Joann Pailey, market director
Alexander Wang’s runway was like a super-chic locker room—the mirrored walls reflected zip-up mesh anoraks, parkalike party dresses, perforated leather backpacks, and NASCAR-worthy jackets. He printed dresses with stadium seating and gave a few girls motorcycle helmets, just in case his sporty tribute wasn’t clear.
Together, Chris Benz and Alejandro Ingelmo prove unstoppable each spring. This time around, they added sneakers to the mix—so if you prefer to leave the five-inch platforms at home come spring, you’re in luck.
This was a battle fought between two blonds: One, a 6’4″ Swede known for playing a vampire, came by his locks naturally, while the other, a troubled 5’5″ starlet who could’ve used Fashion Week to make a graceful comeback, did not. Alexander Skarsgård, who’s in town filming his latest movie, was listed on almost every party tip sheet. But aside from a late-night appearance at Mulberry’s bash, you were more likely to find him having lunch solo at Café Gitane. Lindsay Lohan, however, was everywhere—despite a little social media-ignited drama, nothing could deter her from making a late-night appearance.
Coolest Hangout: The Westside Highway
Fashion Week didn’t just favor the west side of Manhattan during the day. Once the sun set, the pack abandoned art galleries in favor of the Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom Room, Westway—the strip club turned hipster dive lounge—and Pier 40. On Saturday night alone, they played host to parties thrown byPurple magazine, Barneys, and Alexander Wang, respectively—making it infinitely easier for the well-heeled to party-hop.
Alexander Wang’s niece, Alia, was first documented as a stylish front rower at his fall 2011 show, where she wore a black shaggy fur, and a cross-body Chanel bag. This season Alia went for a look after her uncle’s own heart in a bondage top, leather skirt, and black hi-top sneakers. Could she be the face of an Alexander Wang kid’s line…? We can only hope so.
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