Sunday of NYFW is always one of my favorite days. The hoards of photographers, bloggers and onlookers have dispersed and Lincoln Center is a much more peaceful place (at least as peaceful as fashion week can be!). And I always start by day with one of my favorite shows, Lela Rose. Here’s your behind the scenes peak…
Lela Rose dresses are a Southern Femme’s best friend– flattering, feminine and flirty. And while I always love her collections, the FW13 collection stood out as one of the best yet! Inspired by Grimm Fairy Tales, her prints spoke to a darker side while still remaining playful with rich autumnal hues (rust, emerald, and ), artistic prints, and fabulous oversized structured coats. She saved the best for last with some TO. DIE. FOR. gowns that are perfect for your next special event. I know I have my eye on one for my upcoming rehearsal dinner 😉
Where to get Lela Rose… Gus Mayer
Black is in. Designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of Kaufmanfranco hosted their first ever runway show sharing with eager fashionistas their FW13 collection inspired by espionage. Black leather trench coats and multiple pairs of leather pants truly made their inspiration come to life. Camel colored jackets and emerald silk gowns toned down this primarily black collection. One look in particular caught our attention– a silver and black ombré beaded dress paired with over the knee leather boots, which added a tough edge to the ensemble. Edgy lace dresses created a feminine touch to the collection fit for a spy, or the ultimate cool girl.
The Reem Acra collection was nothing far from glamourous– as per usual. Inspired by a recent trip to Japan, the collection featured luxurious embroidered silks and a coat consisting of long black and red ombre goat hair (WOW!). The color palette stayed on trend with the popular duo of black and white, but with pops of red. The Lebanese designer also pulled out a trend we haven’t seen in a while: fishnets– but not in the 1980’s way (thank goodness)! Silk dresses were unique with fishnet prints paired with– what else– fishnet gloves. While some designers may not get a combo like this right– Acra did. The mostly Ready-To-Wear collection didn’t disappoint when a finale of gorgeous beaded and tulle gowns concluded the show. To sum up the collection in one word: glamorous.
Where to get Reem Acra… Gus Mayer
Holographic leather, abstract prints, and menswear overcoats walked down the runway for Milly’s Fall 2013 collection. The designer was inspired by New York City, resulting in an edgier show than the average Milly customer is used to (which we at SF LOVED!). A sweatshirt + pencil skirt combination was seen multiple times down the runway– and to us, it was perfection. Prints inspired by the lights in the West Village decorated skirts, pants and tops. Gingham, one of the south’s favorite patterns, was used over and over, sure to please any Southern Femme come fall. We hope this edgier take sticks around for designer Michelle Smith, because we loved it!