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Fashion Week was a whirlwind of outrageous styles, sky-high heels, glamorous parties and celebrity sightings. We spyed Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Stam, Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Johnny Weir, Nigel Barker, Olivia Palermo, Ramona Singer, Whitney Port, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Rutherford and Kourtney Kardashian, among others. Everyone loves to spot the celebs at Lincoln Center but fashion week is really about the designers and showcasing their new collections for Spring 2012. What shows stuck out in our mind? Read on for our Fashion Week faves!
Zac Posen is known for ultra-feminine and figure-flattering styles (see picture above). This season he went retro chic, too, and we loved it! Flirty dresses in fab prints and colorful solids. No wonder he is a celeb red carpet favorite.
Rag and Bone was sporty with hoods, drawstrings and pops of neon orange. Super young and fresh!
Rebecca Taylor was also a feminine favorite with muted grays, flowy florals and lace cutouts.
We loved Diane von Furstenberg’s use of lace and color blocking. Her clothes were very wearable, as usual!
The Pamella Roland presentation rocked with models that turned up the attitude with dramatic poses and chic shades! Gowns and sequins galore, real Hollywood glamour.
Rachel Roy’s last look was absolutely breathtaking: a fabulous blue dress with a dramatic back was our hands-down favorite.
Models at Elie Tahari donned tailored pieces paired with gladiator boot-sandals for a Greco-Roman look. Tailored and at the same time feminine.
Ralph Lauren was total modern elegance. Think silk pastels with feather and sequin accents…very Spring!
This year Christian Siriano’s collection was his signature oversized chiffon ruffles and edgy footwear meets J.Crew-esque nautical striped tees. (PS, Did you know you can get wearable versions of his glam shoes at Payless?)
Jill Stuart used lots of pastels including pale coral, yellow and blue. There was a great mixture of pants, dresses, flowy skirts and silk fabrics in solids and soft ethereal prints (lots of Hermes orange too!).
Yigal Azrouel’s contemporary line Cut25 used color blocking to create a line of flawless casual basics. Sporty, clean lines reminiscent of 80’s surf culture.
Narciso Rodriguez’ collection was full of graphic prints, pretty below-the-knee shift dresses and lavender. Feminine and modern.
Donna Karan featured tribal prints and flattering fits with lots of a-line styles. Favorite cocktail dress: short purple, one shoulder number with perfect ruching.
Michael Kors went for an African-inspired collection with flowing earth tone fabrics and neutral animal prints. The accessories (bags and belts!) were the highlight.
Prabal Gurung had one of the best collections we have seen! Lots of violet, fabulous use of sheer fabrics and prints, black and white. Simply gorgeous…We want everything!
Helmut Lang is one of our all time favorite designers and this edgy collection did not disappoint. We love his signature use of draping in severe black and white with a splash of daffodil yellow for spring.
If there’s a time to wear flats, Fashion Week is not it. Trendy sky-high heels wreak havoc on your feet whether you’re a model, celebrity, editor or blogger running from show to show. Give your toes a break between engagements with comfy flats that fit in your bag.
A statement-making loud lip or eye look is a must-have for Fashion Week. For a chic, classic red lip or edgy smokey eye that lasts, we love Urban Decay. The shadow pencil is easy to apply even in the back of a cab and stays on like no other product we’ve tried. The lip pencil is highly pigmented and does not budge even after your second or third after-party cocktail.
We think there’s a reason why fashion world people are always photographed with a high top-knot bun: they haven’t had time for a blowout. If you can make time for a pro-blowdry, make it last by using John Freida 3-day straight product. And if your hair is falling flat or feeling greasy, their Volume Refresher does the trick and smells amazing, too!
4. An anywhere charger:
We asked Olivia Palermo what her number one Fashion Week essential is: “My Blackberry charger!” It’s true – between snapping photos, tweeting, pulling up a confirmation email and Googling to find out the name of that blonde starlet in the front row, your tech can fail you. Luckily lots of lounges including Maybelline in Lincoln Center have charging stations. But if you don’t have time to stop, keep one of Powermat’s wireless chargers with you to charge up.
5. A quick-fix kit: You never know what little thing you might need be it gum, floss, tissues, q-tips or blister pads. You have to be prepared! Fortunately Kmart came to our rescue with Zico Coconut Water to rehydrate, safety pins for potential wardrobe malfunctions, a Tide Pen (affiliate), lip balm, hand sanitizer, mints and a chic shade of nail polish for touch-ups! …which are items every girl should keep in her bag!
Buy Now, CitySlips, $30
Buy Now, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $20
Buy Now, 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $19
Buy Now, John Freida 3-Day Straight, $9
Buy Now, John Freida Volume Refresher, $4.98
Buy Now, Zico Coconut Water Pack of 12, $18.40
Buy Now, Tide Pen, $4.65