“An American Princess doesn’t have to deal with centuries of tradition and etiquette. She does what she wants, how she wants, where she wants and when she wants.” -Reem Acra
Reem Acra’s Spring Collection was a delicate display of both luxury and effortless modern elegance. A whimsical color palette combined with cool textures did not disappoint this modern princess. Acra proves you don’t have to follow tradition. You CAN mix day with night and vintage flea market finds with couture dresses. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collection.
Also spotted at the presentation, two blonde bombshell models rocking the lingerie, sheer trend. Loving the textured nude lace top paired with a blazer for Fall. Try the trend with one of these sheer blouses from ASOS and TOPSHOP.
The New York Spring 2011 shows have just concluded here in NYC. We had a new location for the shows in Lincoln Center, which was ok, certainly cleaner and nicer and more protected from the elements than the Tents at Bryant Park. But I missed the convenience of the central mid-town location and the larger variety of vendors outside the tents like Starbucks and 'Wichcraft which make getting through days of standing in lines to get in and then sitting around waiting for things to happen more managable.
Forgive my digression, and here are my top picks from the Tibi show this season. The two main themes (as they are most spring collections) were whites and prints. Tibi did the whites very well and I also really liked the above copper jump suit. I would wear a cardigan over this jumpsuit because I always get cold, but I think that would compliment the shape of it, rather than hiding it. And the beige jumpsuit with palazzo trousers does well alone or again with a smart jacket or wrap over it as shown and a fun necklace or cuff. The tunic and capri pants is a staple for spring and summer for any age woman and again it is very flattering to most body types. Thank god for a tunic that covers the derriere, right?
When I look at the collections of a designer, I process it through the prism of my life and how I am busy and what is missing from my closet that would either stand alone really well or breathe new life into other old pieces. The Tibi choices I like best were more of the stand alones, but the cuts and styles are flattering for a number of different shapes of women. How would you wear them?
The Grand Promenade at Lincoln Center was the beautiful backdrop for Catherine Malandrino’s Spring 2011 collection. The rain held off just in time to view what was one of the most talked about presentations of the week. Each model had an individual pedestal around the pitch black reflection pool. The juxtaposition of the easy, breezy bohemian girls against the city backdrop was absolutely stunning.
Here are my top ten favorite looks from the collection. Hat’s off to Catherine, or should I say hat’s on…
What to look for this Spring (if we can wait that long!):
One of the topics we hear a lot about is what to wear during the daytime if you are attending an event that is a little dressy. Hitting the right note for the ladies who lunch circuit, or just an appointment where you want to shine.
In the front row of Elise Overland, we found a couple of different of examples of how to do daytime right.
Top: Artist Hope Atherton looks polished and professional in a silk two tone jacket that is perfect for daytime. She has paired it with a mini and tights, but if you needed a more conservative look, this jacket would be great with a pair of chocolate brown trousers and a pump.
Middle: Designer Minnie Mortimer pulls off an eclectic pattern and school girl combination – the key is in her tailored jacket that has a pattern that is a slightly smaller scale to her dress beneath, but they are in the same color palette. She has added knee socks and oxfords for a retro look, but if that is too much for you, tights and pumps would also work.
Bottom: Socialites Nicky Hilton (left) wears a NYC casual staple outfit, black jean leggings paired with a T shirt and black leather jacket. The collar of the jacket makes the look chic and dressier than a usual jeans and leather combo. Amanda Hearst (right) is wearing a trench coat and what I can only assume is a dress underneath as it's tough to see in this photo. But the effect is good- polished, tailored and perfect for daytime.
Glamourous gals in bejeweled attire were spotted everywhere this morning in the crowd during the rush before the Michael Angel show (which I attended, more on that later) and the Duckie Brown show.
Here are three examples of how to rock your daytime sequined look, from top:
High flame – top: a full on Harem pant in silver sequins. She paired it with a navy T and pumps for a tailored look. And old school shades. If you can dare, I just loved her look overall – it was like a “Who me? Sequins?”
Medium burner – middle: a chic vintage jacket embellished with pink and blue and green rhinestones with an all black supporting outfit made this a good daytime look. You might be able to wear it to the office, but you'd better be a designer or another creative, otherwise, evening for sure.
Simmer – bottom: A gold lame jacket is worn with a gold chain necklace to pump up the texture on this jacket. I would wear this jacket out to dinner with a pair of army green cargos and lots of gold jewelry.
Any of you planning on bringing the sequins and rhinestones out to play soon? Discuss!