For seasons the luxury of showing at fashion week was only obtainable by larger fashion houses that could afford the steep price of producing a runway show. However, now with presentation spaces like the Box at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, at Lincoln Center and other affordable installation spaces, designers that don’t have deep pockets or corporate backing, now have the ability to showcase their designs in settings that are intimate personal spaces that lend well to viewing the collections.
While in New York for the Spring 2012 shows, outside of the standard runway trots I had the opportunity to view a few presentations and these are some of my fav’s.
Rachel Roy selected the outside balcony mezzanine of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to present her beautifully tailored collection that focused on simplicity through balance of masculine and feminine shapes. The collection had a very loungewear ease that’s become synonymous with Roy’s own person style. The use of black and white served as contract for soft pastels and floral prints. www.rachelroy.com
At Pink Tartan Canadian based fashion designer Kimberly Newport-Mimran chose to show her first New York Fashion Week collection in a runway setting staged as a presentation, showing a modern contemporary collection with a bold 60’s retro vibe. As models moved from level to level Newport-Mimran’s choice of bold colors, prints and her remarkable sense of tailoring was evident in every piece, from her shift dresses to her skinny trousers. The collection offered numerous statement pieces that would be a welcome addition to any girls S/S wardrobe. www.pinktartan.com
Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël was staged in a barren warehouse space located in the Meatpacking District that found the models placed in a Rubik’s Cube style grid of vibrant electric colors, techno-washed fabrics and multi-dimensional layering. The collection reminiscent of the 80’s surf cult had structured yet relaxed silhouettes that evoked a cool modern ease with an athletic vibe. www.yigal-azrouel.com
L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani was a safari mixture of relaxed tribal style prints and patterns featured in every look from jumpsuits, umpire tops with cropped capri pants, tailored suits with skinny trousers and my personal fav’s from the collection, printed belted mini’s wrapped with ruffled blouses and leather jackets. Not to be forgotten there was the usual strong emphasis on the accessories collection of bags and shoes a favorite of every L.A.M.B. girl. www.l-a-m-b.com
Callula Lillibelle by designers William Calvert and Melanie Fraser Hart continued their love for their classic muse presenting a collection worthy of a modern day Sophia Loren with something very old yet very new, vibrantly fused with polka dot prints. The collection also featured beautiful jacquard jackets, a laser print cardigan, a aqua/silver stretch tweed tunic and trouser, a black ribbon embroidered tulle tank with jacquard tap shorts and the brands signature sheath dresses. www.callulalillibelle.com