Fashion Week Begins! Pastels, Shorts and Brights Emerge

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is off to a muggy bang in NYC, and from presentations in Tribeca to shows at Lincoln Center, designers are showing their finest for Spring 2013. Kate Spade New York (above left) filled a showroom with models straight out of the Swinging Sixties with charming clutches, polka dots galore, and darling dresses, all in fun shades like hot pink and mint green. You couldn’t help but leave the presentation with a grin on your face!

And a softer color palette is emerging, with dusty pastels like mauve, sand, and cornflower blue popping up on runways from Peter Som to Richard Chai Love to Costello Tagliapietra. Shorts are the big news on the runway, with everything from swingy satin shorts that hover at the top of the thigh to slim, tapered Bermudas falling at the knee. If that’s not enough reason to get you to the gym over the winter, cutouts are popping up all over as well, with BCBG Max Azria (above right) making a strong case for how to make them sexy but sophisticated.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: The Last Day

It’s our last post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com. We have loved having her on Gilt StyleFile!

Last day of LFW is always bittersweet… Early morning start at the topshop venue (a favorite this season!) Fighting the traffic… I got there in time for a banana muffin and latte. Mary Katrantzou’s show was one I was very much looking forward to – as a fan of her previous collections, I was looking forward to seeing this one and wondered what prints she would be coming out with – crayola inspired? The invitation had a picture of crayola crayons… This collection included key trends such as structured silhouettes and prints (both are Katrantzou’s signature) as well as sequins, embellishments and peplums – with a palette that started off with pastels and ended with brights of reds and blues. For this collection, Mary was the first london based designer to work with French atelier, Lesage, I especially loved the swarovski crystals on the dresses!

I was completely obsessed with Holly Fulton’s S/S’12 collection and was very much looking forward to this NEWGEN designer’s collection… According to a fellow blogger, we were told that this collection was a little different to her previous. We still saw Holly’s signature deco prints with a palette that started with neon fluo pink and moved up to bright turquoise and teal (a key trend this season!) A collection definitely up my street…

The day ended with Australian designer, Dion Lee! Dion Lee usually show in Australia, and were showing in London this season which was very exciting. I have been a huge fan of the brand ever since I came across it a few years ago. The A/W’12 presentation was styled by one of my favorite stylists, Christine Centenera. The collection included sheers, cutouts, perfect fitted blazers and a super cool metallic material with a palette of black, white, red and silver. The presentation also featured a short movie in collaboration with HP.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day Four

Another post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com.

Day Four of London Fashion Week – I was really looking forward to this day… lots of great designers as well as Burberry.

The day started off with morning Monday traffic to Peter Pilotto – which was at the Topshop Venue (great venue!) spacious, and they had coffee and breakfast ready for all the attendees, which made the morning that little bit better. This season, Peter stuck to his signature prints but with stronger, darker colors with fluos. Color palette of Navy’s and metallics with sequins and colored fur – other key trend for A/W’12! It was freezing outside… all I needed was a Peter Pilotto A/W’12 puffa jacket!

2nd stop, Antonio Berardi – I can always count on Berardi for the perfect structured dresses that also look super flattering. The venue was just beautiful, with a fairytale staircase where models walked down on. The A/W’12 still kept to Berardi’s structured pieces such as dresses and blazers, but included a palette of black, teal and nudes. The dresses. This season, Berardi introduced new shapes to his collection such as the full skirt – all I can say is… This man knows how to make a dress.

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London Fashion Week A/W ’12 Guest Blog: Day Three

Another post straight from the front rows of London Fashion Week from our fabulous guest blogger Tala Samman of Myfashdiary.com.

Day three of London Fashion week! Due to being swamped with work ever since arriving to London on the day of LFW… I ended up only making one show – Marios Schwab! A huge fan of Marios’s work… a young designer but one that has really built a great name for himself here in London, and in the US with his Halston collections. His second season, after leaving Halston mainline, and this would have to be one of my favorite collections from Schwab.

A magical show – everything from the clothes, the ambiance, to the sound track was perfect. The collection featured hats (a key trend for Fall/Winter 2012), lace, creams, as well as lace, mesh and leather inserts. A key trend as seen in other collections are slits – they are everywhere from dresses, skirts to pants. The Color palette included Mint green and burgundy and I especially loved all the embellishments and crystals. This show was definitely one of my favorites for London Fashion Week Fall/Winter ’12.

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