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Sunday 19 February 2012

NYFW Round up

One down, three more to go.

On Thursday night New York Fashion Week drew to a close and the fash pack flocked to London where London Fashion Week is now in full swing.  We've been pretty much glued to since NYFW kicked off on 9 February and we are very excited about what we've seen so far.  So what trends have emerged for Autumn/Winter 2012 so far?  What were our personal standout NY shows?  And did the celebrity designers show credible collections?  The Mice give you their NYFW round up...

The key trends that we took from the NY shows were leather and fur, military and menswear tailoring, and deep rich colours with an abundance of bright, lipstick red.  Various collections had a vintage feel with the sixties proving to be the biggest influence.  Over-the-knee boots and leather elbow-length gloves also gave a bondage edge to several shows.

Our personal favourite shows were Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Mara Hoffman and Altuzarra.  We also loved all things Victoria Beckham.  There is absolutely no two ways about it, the girl gives great dress.  And we desperately want to get our hands on the delicious new Harper bag which is of course named after the newest addition to the Beckham clan.  

Victoria showed again that she has serious fashion clout with two very strong collections.  But did her fellow celeb designers succeed to prove that they deserved their place next to the Oscar de la Rentas and DVFs of New York Fashion Week?  The Olsen girls showed a beautiful, super luxe collection of simple, clean pieces.  Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist turned designer graduated to the runway this year but pretty much showed a collection straight out of her own wardrobe.  We loved elements of the sixties heavy, Rolling Stones look but there were definite moments that it all seemed a little Karen Millen.    

So that's our canter through NYFW and here are the highlights and key themes from our top fifteen shows.   

Who: Derek Lam
What: leather, sixties, monochrome, oxblood, mustard, silk maxi paired with arran knits.

Who: Mara Hoffman
What: Boho, gypset, bright, seventies, prints, embellishment, Aztec, shawl collars and floppy felt hats

Who: Diane Von Furstenberg 
What: "Glamourous at a moment's notice", berry and chocolate with flashes of chartreuse and turquoise, wide leather belts, jumpsuits, elbow-length leather gloves, colour blocking, playful, surrealist prints.

Who: Rachel Zoe
What: Trouser suit, jewel tones, fur, sixties, Marianne Faithful, prints, big knits, hippy hair, over-the-knee suede boots.

Who: Victoria Beckham  
What: long, lean, sleek, bodycon, moss/khaki/olive/black with flashes of lipstick red,military, sporty, flat chunky boots.

Who: Jason Wu
What: Military, capes, studs, leather, lace, China, black, khaki, burgundy and scarlet, tasselled earrings, gold embroidery, capes, quilting, fur.

Who: Tracy Reese
What: citrus orange/lime, turquoise, jewel tones, monochrome checks, clashing prints with metallic leather accents, futuristic, felt baseball caps.

Who: Monique Lhullier
What: black and lipstick red, sultry, bondage, leather, sharp, sleek silhouettes, sequin embellishment, 80s, waists cinched, Robert Palmer, sheer panels.

Who: Victoria, Victoria Beckham
What: Simple, sleek, colour blocking, quirky prints, black and deep, rich colours.

Who: Rodarte
What: Monochrome shearling, forties, lapels, tailoring, leather, earthy tones, clay red, aborigine print, chunky knits, stripes.

Who: Oscar de la Renta
What: Tailoring, twinsets, boucle, jewel print, sixties, powder blue and baby pink, hairbands, Park Avenue Princess, youthful, glossy, opulent, fur and fishnets.

Who: The Row
What: Clean, simple, minimalist, sharp, luxe, fur, monochrome with caramel, tan and chocolate, flat ribbon sandals.

Who: Altuzarra
What: Military, tailoring, Morrocco, seventies, black and rich spice tones, over-the-knee leather boots, fur, waists cinched with thick obi belts, tassels, pom poms and gold discs.

Who: Preen
What: Floral and butterfly prints, towering platform lace-up shooties, monochrome and muted, autumnal shades mixed with bands of bright, lipstick red, panelling, lace, texture, rope drawstring belts.

Who: Marchesa
What: Opulent occassionwear, delicate, intricate, etheral, lace, laser-cut leather, gold - molten and antique, feathers.

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