New York to London to Milan to Paris…by Jessica Simm!

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February was an amazing month throughout the fashion industry with first stop being New York Fashion Week, kicking off on the 9th. New York hosted 2012’s first fall catwalk collections showcasing the designs of America’s finest!

I was extremely excited to see what Victoria Beckham had on offer with Anna Wintour and for the first time hubby David and baby Harper Seven taking front row seats; the collection was touted for great things. The collection consisted of a number of Victoria’s signature knee-length, bodycon silhouettes. However, this time she also included some looser shapes with some skater dress styles being featured. The trench coats, double-looped waist belts, biker boots and shoe boot heels, heavily draped in straps, also provided military connotations. Beckham also discussed after the show how she liked to take inspiration from her everyday life, with the collars featured being inspired by eldest son Brooklyn’s baseball shirts and a handbag being named after daughter Harper.

Victoria Beckham Fall 2012

Another favourite of mine was in fact French sports brand Lacoste, who took a sophisticated turn for their autumn/ winter 2012 collection. The range took inspiration from 1960s French ski wear using mainly a red, white and blue palette. Lacoste used a winter wonderland theme to showcase their fall 2012 collection with fresh faced, rosy cheeked models also being used to fit in. They featured quilted leather, chunky knits and interpretations of tweed. The collection was by far one of my favourites of the week, I particularly loved how they kept their sport shaped silhouettes yet still managed to remain rather sexy.

Lacoste A/W Collection

Next up was Diane Von Furstenberg. Oscar de la Renta, Louise Roe, Rachel Zoe, plus a number of other a-listers took front row seats to the show so as you can imagine, a lot of excitement was circulating the collection. Whilst her designs consisted of the typical browns, black and greys she did also feature quite a number of deep reds, mustard and pastels adding an element of colour clashing making her colour palette rather varied. The majority of the garments were slim fit, clinging to the models delicate frames. With both casual tailored looks and sexy cocktail dresses featured, the collection proved extremely versatile and addressed most occasions for the modern day working woman.

Diane Von Furstenberg Collection

Valentine’s day did of course bring us the exhibition of wedding dress designer Vera Wang. Although this show was not to exhibit her most recent bridal wear, we were instead introduced to her autumn/ winter 2012 collection. The colours were mainly of a cooler palette featuring mostly black, crèmes, greys and ice blues, nevertheless Wang decided to add an element of juxtaposition featuring flashes of bright orange garments throughout. I loved that she used a combination of sheer materials, fur and wool making it extremely feminine, my favourite pieces being the grey, woollen blazer/coat with oversized fur collar and the black, sheer draped blouse with extra-long arms.

Calvin Klein was next to impress and was most probably my favourite collection of the week. Not only was fashion royalty Anna Wintour taking a front row seat, but Hollywood’s biggest ‘it girls’ of the moment Rooney Mara and Emma Stone were also there to view Klein’s most recent creations. With mostly blacks and the odd flash of cream, coral and orange the collection was extremely dark in terms of colour, however, the unique oversized silhouettes (many of which came in at the waist) really made the collection stand out for me. I loved the bright orange, high-neck dress, the black dress with leather panel and the luxurious wool used for the coats and jackets. The range proved extremely sophisticated and will most definitely be a complete sell-out come the fall.

One designer who didn’t manage to receive such rave reviews was unfortunately Whitney Eve. The designer who shot to fame on reality TV series ‘The Hills’ as an intern at Teen Vogue produced a collection which failed to create much excitement for me. Whitney took much of her inspiration from her personal LA style where she is originally from, however, we’re not all so lucky as to have sun all-year-round and her feminine, floral creations just won’t cut it for our freezing British temperatures come october. The collection also featured velvet garments which did have autumn/ winter potential, but they just looked rather unflattering, although one feature of the show I did quite like was the platform heels with socks ensemble; apart from that I’m sorry but Whitney failed to impress me!

Whitney Eve Fall Collection

To catch up on more fashion week news read my next articles which will be featuring my favourites from London, Milan and Paris.

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5 Responses to “New York to London to Milan to Paris…by Jessica Simm!”
  1. A very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing all your catwalk insights. Loving the Diane Von Furstenberg and Lacoste collections best. 😉

  2. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
    Me too I especially love the colour clashing theme which Diane Von Furstenberg uses and how upmarket Lacoste have become making sportswear sophisticated. Look out for my next articles London and Paris in particular have put on some amazing shows.

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