Marissa Webb Fall 2014.

Up until this year, Marissa Webb always had her show next to us at Ruffian in the fancy pants tent that is NYFW at Lincoln Center.  I always loved when she would arrive because EVERYONE knew it.  Not because of any diva behavior, but because this little munchkin of a thing would sweep in like a tornado made of sunshine and smiles.  She would greet everyone with a sense of familiarity that seemed quite genuine, even though you know she didn't know who half the people were that she was wishing a good morning. 1 2 3

I was never really struck by any of her collections...which I always found a real shame because I wanted to love everything about this bright little lady.  And then, TA DA.  Her Fall 2014 collection has gone and done it.

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It's a bit naughty schoolgirl gone classy as hell.  Leather, fur, silk...straight-up youthful foxiness.  Will it change the world or the face of fashion?  Not by a mile.  But would dressing in this collection make me a happy girl?  Oh hell yes.  It's stylish and cool without going too far.  Attainable and aspirational.

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I want it.  Check out the entire collection here.

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(Images c/o Style.com)

Ruffian Nail Lacquer Collection With Birchbox: Dream Team.

So here's the jam.  I'm very lucky to get to spend a lot of time over at Ruffian HQ and couldn't have been more excited when they told me they were going to be collaborating with beauty sample subscription badasses, Birchbox, on a nail polish line.  Designers Brian and Claude have taken the runways by storm and created some of the most memorable manicures New York Fashion Week has ever seen (check this year's out here)...pair that with their incredible eye for color and, BOOM, welcome to an incredible set of nail lacquers. But that's not the best part.  Birchbox and Ruffian are letting YOU decide which colors will make the cut!  There are five different shades and Facebook friends of Birchbox can vote on the top three that will be put into production in time for New York Fashion Week this September.  The colors are:

'The voluptuous blue and purple velvety petals of the African Violet inspired the Delirium of this color.'

'Inspired by the thoroughbred beauty of the red fox; Fox Hunt’s savage richness will make everyday upper crust.'

'Soft, tender and strong; Lady Alabaster emerges from the quarry solid as stone.'

'Nothing is more inspiring than the color of money, and Hedge Fund is impossible to counterfeit.'

'Her beauty is rock solid, yet as soft as mink. Venus in Fur will channel every girl’s inner Greek goddess.'

Make sure to head over to the Birchbox Facebook page to vote for your favorites!  And consider this a gentle nudge to get a good word in for 'Hedge Fund'...it's a stunning color and someone you may know (me!) may have named it.  Check out Ruffian on Facebook too and check out my behind the scenes report of their latest collection from NYFW here.

*cough* Hedge Fund *cough*  But seriously, what are your favorites?!

Anna Sui & Honor Fall 2013: New Wave French Fanatics.

So it appears as though two of my favorite design houses finally got hip enough to the fact that Anna Karina is the most badass bitch there ever was (overstatement, but she is fabulous) and French New Wave is the inspiration that was so cool and obvious that everyone forgot to make use of it.  I have had excited blog-based squeal fests over the gorgeous Anna Karina and everything she and Jean-Luc Godard created here and here.  When my eyes spotted a tweet that used all those previously mentioned buzz words along with 'Anna Sui Fall 2013 collection', I couldn't get over to Style.com faster.

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Was it everything I wanted and more?  Meh.  I appreciated this collection.  And I may have gone into viewing it as slightly more Godardian and slightly less Anna Sui psychedelics.  So that was my bad.  But all I could really think was how much this collection almost mirrored what was sent down the runway for her Fall 2012 show...to the point where, without looking back at the other collection, I could have sworn that all the fabrications and silhouettes between the two were identical (though the absence of the knit owl hats was obvious).  The gold and black dress featured really caught my eye (below) but the rest was loved but not adored.

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Honor is a designer that I have really come to love and admire in the short time they have been kicking around (you can read my first post about them here).  And it has to be said that their Fall 2013 collection made-up for what I felt Anna Sui may have lacked when paying homage to Anna, Jean-Luc and New Wave.  I don't even think it was their intention to use a similar inspiration but it happened, so let's all listen for a hot minute and then move on.  Honor delivered what I wanted Anna Sui to. Though it does lack Anna S' quirky, silly charm, it's Honor, so that's totally ok.

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(All images c/o Style.com)

Karen Walker Fall 2013 & Anthropologie.

Karen Walker always delivers collections that demand attention.  But never in a way that feels like it's in your face.  A quiet leader, of sorts.  There always elements of her collection that leave me saying to myself, 'That was weird. Was that weird? Seemed slightly weird. But dammit, I want to be that kind of weird'.  What happens all too often, in my opinion, is that runway shows evoke a sense of intimidation.  A bit of 'that's what I want to be like'.  With Karen Walker, her shows give inspiration and a more accesible response of 'that's what I can be like'.  It's great.  I love what she's cookin' up. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

And for those of us that can't afford what Karen Walker sends down the runway and have to come to terms that her majorly oversized sunglasses just look foolish on us, there is hope.  Karen Walker has teamed up with everyone's favorite 'I wish I could move into this store and call it my home' destination, Anthropologie, to create an affordable line ranging from $98 to $298.  Success!

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(All runway images c/o Style.com. All Anthropologie collection images c/o Nylon Mag.)

Marc by Marc Jacobs & Marc Jacobs Fall 2013: The King of Everything.

When you ask someone who the living greats of fashion design are, you're sure to get the classic answers: Oscar, Karl, Ralph, Valentino...  But up there with the seasoned legends is a reasonably younger designer who is actually trumping all the others at the moment is Marc Jacobs.  His Marc by Marc Jacobs show for Fall 2013 had 'cool girl' refinement down to perfection.  It felt like a bit of a change for this one of Marc's collections.  It was subdued but it worked.  Hair and make-up direction was obviously 'sex it up' and against 40's style silhouettes, it all worked together seamlessly.

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But in a way, it had to.  Not just to send out a good collection for Marc by Marc Jacobs, but to cover the designer's ass as he was already at the center of one of the most controversial moments of NYFW...  It is UNHEARD of to move a show.  Especially when the show is only a few days away.  As some designers were scrambling to beat the elements (i.e. a complete bastard of a blizzard), the MJ camp was dealing with delayed deliveries of, well, basically all of his signature Marc Jacobs collection.  Pressure was on.  And to be expected, Marc Jacobs did not disappoint.  In fact, the Marc Jacobs shows proved to be one of the most incredible of the entire week.  While many of the looks deemed wearing trousers superfluous, and in one case, no top required, it was a stunning show.  In summary, get your sequins out, bitches.  It's time to shiiine.

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(All images c/o Style.com)

Thom Browne Fall 2013: Painting The Roses Red.

Thom Browne is a designer that you either love or hate.  His looks are always bizarre but fascinating.  He's been making headlines recently dressing the First Lady for some of her most public appearences...which may be a surprise to those of us who are familiar with Mr. Browne.  I would have paid good money to see the faces of some Michelle Obama fans who were keen to see the designer's Fall 2013 show.

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I am sure this is something that all Thom Browne fans are bored of hearing, but part of why I love this designer so much is because his vision always seems to morph the incredible tailoring and dark craftsmanship of Alexander McQueen with the sinister and bizarre imagination of Tim Burton to perfection.  So basically, two of my favorite things colliding in one place.  But let me be clear...Thom Browne is so much more than hybrid of other influences.

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His collection for Fall 2013 paid a visit to Wonderland.  So great.  There he goes again, picking out another one of my favorite things as inspiration.  The focus was on a visit to the garden of the Queen of Hearts.  In some ways, it was brighter than other Thom Browne shows...roses and matching red lips and nails.  I found myself feeling a bit out of my comfort zone because I was prepared to be more intimidated.  So, always surprised apparently.

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(All images c/o Style.com)

Misha Nonoo Fall 2013: Straight-Up Adorable Beefeater.

Well, I finally feel caught up on all the collections from not just New York Fashion Week but also the first part of London Fashion Week.  Phew.  Last season, I remember feeling like I just couldn't wait until springtime when I could start to put some of my favorite looks from the runway into motion.  But this season, as the snow continues to fall, it just makes me want to immediately slip into the trends for next autumn.  Augh, this snow.  Anywho, generally I would exhaust you all with every single collection that caught my eye, even if it was just a couple of looks.  But I have decided that I need to be more gentle with the both of us this time around.  Though I fell in love with looks from Oscar de la Renta, Altazurra, Catherine Malandrino, Kimberly Ovtiz, so on and so forth...I gotta streamline.  I'll be featuring just a few of my favorite collections from NYFW, starting with Misha Nonoo who caught my attention last season.

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There is something very sweet and accessible about Misha Nonoo that I really appreciate.  Last season was a bit of a Frida meets New England sweetheart vibe.  This season...I started to think if maybe the designer and I are twins.  The Fall 2013 collection was a youthful British cool steeped in tradition.  Models literally wore mini-Beefeater hats and the hints of military regalia did not go unnoticed.

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And I always obsess over the idea of a ball gown styled with an otherwise casual look.  I'm currently considering wearing such gowns more often.  At the moment, I am envisioning myself sitting on the couch, watching TV in a big old fluffy dress and I'm freakin' loving it.

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(All images c/0 Style.com)

Jill Stuart Fall 2013.

I've always had a soft spot for Jill Stuart.  The designer does grown-up girly perfectly and always seems to make me want to throw on a frock and head to a cocktail party.  Where there have been moments in the past of a bit too much sweetness, this Fall 2013 collection created a slightly darker romance and a more severe sense of feminine strength.  Don't get it twisted, we are the bosses.

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Maybe my adoration comes from the undertones and inspiration of a modern, aristocratic party in the English countryside.  I mean, that's the dream, right?!  Ok, maybe not 'the dream' but we all like to pretend we are a bit more fancy than we actually are sometimes.  Pops of bright color were present here and there but the focus was on the fabrics, the cut and the details.  As I am catching up on the shows, it's clear that designers have really focused on construction this season and I f**king love it.  Now, Jill Stuart, get in my wardrobe.  It's ridiculous you aren't living in there already.

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(All images c/o Style.com)

'Reverie' With Ruffian. Part Deux.

New York Fashion Week may not yet be over officially.  But, for me, it has already reached its pinnacle.  The Ruffian show on Saturday morning was a test against the elements (thanks, Nemo) but we came out on top.  The weather didn't deter any of us backstage and it surely didn't deter our audience.  Fashion elite including Lydia Hearst, Robert Verdi, Joe Zee, Ken Downing, Steven Kolb and Kate Lanphear came to visit us at our red-lit opium den in the early hours of the day.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection, 'Reverie':

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The hair and make-up came together perfectly.  Yes, we brought back the crimping iron and it totally worked.  The collection took a break from the traditional Ruffian pompadours and Ruffian red lips and went for something more unexpected.  Stained lips and a haunting smokey eye in an unexpected shades of red.

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The nails...OHHH THE NAILS!  Ruffian shows have become famous for their manicures.  When we were testing the final product in the studio, I got to act as 'nail model' and I did not want to take these bad boys off.  Textured black nails and a cameo and veils.  Yes, veils.  The 'Victorian Mourning Manicure' as it has been dubbed fit the collection perfectly and made even more of an impact with softer make-up and hair.

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So now I am going to take a couple of days to check out all the collections that I missed in the first half of NYFW and report back.  Don't forget to follow Ruffian on Facebook, Twitter (where you can see some fun video from backstage taken by yours truly) and Instagram (@ruffianboys).

(All images c/o Style.com)

'Reverie' with Ruffian.

Thrill of the Chaise has been a pretty quiet place recently...but for excellent reason.  If you were following the blog in September, you would have read this post about my time working with Ruffian on their Spring 2013 show (which was too cool for school, by the way, Marie Antoinette goes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in candy-colored Converse).  I've had the pleasure of working with the lovely Brian & Claude here and there since then but have been in the studio with them full-time in the race to New York Fashion Week.  AND I'M EXCITED.

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Their Fall 2013 collection 'Reverie' is already gaining attention with news on their gorgeous collection with Frye, as well as a gorgeous feature in WWD with a sketch from the collection.  Seeing the collection really take shape has been amazing and I can't wait to see it walk down the runway!  So I wanted to invite you all to follow Ruffian on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@ruffianboys).  We will be keeping you up-to-date in the days and moments leading up the show this Saturday.

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Always wanted to see what a show inside the tents of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week looks like?  For the first time ever, you'll be able to catch the live stream of the Ruffian show on Saturday, November 9th (yes, this Saturday!) at 9am on the official MBFW website.  As someone who has been getting up-close and personal with the Fall collection over the last few weeks, I can tell you it's gonna be incredible.  Want an idea of what to expect?  Sherlock Holmes visits an opium den in the Bowery at the turn-of-the-century.  In summary, it's gorgeous and ridiculously cool.

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Pre-Fall 2013: 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Donna Karan & Michael Kors

It feels like only yesterday I was running around NYFW like a crazy person and combing through update after update on Style.com to see all the runways in London, Milan and Paris.  And in a sense, it was only yesterday.  It's been barely 2 months since we saw the Spring/Summer 2013 shows wrap and somehow we are already looking at the collections for Pre-Fall 2013!  We are quickly approaching 'fashion month' for the Fall/Winter collections in February so I wanted to share a little taste of some of what I have liked (and maybe didn't) for Pre-Fall.  First up, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Donna Karan & Michael Kors. 10 Crosby Derek Lam is always touch and go with me.  I know they are the purveyors of everything cool and that I should probably be wearing a uniform of sorts outfitted by this label.  But I'm not.  That doesn't mean I don't love some of the stuff they do, however.  This may actually be some of my favorite looks from the label full-stop.  And if anyone is going to make glorified pajamas that I can get on board with, it's 10 Crosby Derek Lam.  Though if I wore them, I think they would probably be confused as actual pajamas, this collection looks not only easy to wear but incredibly comfortable.  So I suppose maybe if I make sure I am not wearing any of these looks with slippers, I might actually be able to pull it off.

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Donna Karan is awesome.  I think she seems like a really nice (if not a bit bossy) lady and she's kind of a fox.  It's obvious she tapped into that foxy side for this collection, delivering some really sexy silhouettes and a few 'damn girl' moments.  Not exactly what I would call original but the collection was beautifully constructed.  It could remind you a bit of Raf Simons and the shapes he used especially in his final Jil Sander collection but Donna puts her New York twist on it (i.e. it's mostly black) and she experiments with fabrications in between.

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Michael Kors has moments of really impressing me.  And I'll be honest, it takes a lot of work because I have grown ever so sick of seeing his big flashy logo on every person and their mom's handbag.  I associate him with Macy's, which is not at all good for him as I have a growing distaste for the department store's obvious lack of self-respect (they've gotten sloppy).  But his runway shows and higher end collections have started to really catch my eye.  Like Ms. Karan, the collection was good but not all that original.  It was steeped really heavily in the 1950's and if you looked at the garments without the styling, they have potential to read a bit matronly.  But he threw some leather and bright colors in at times and it made me smile.

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(All images c/o Style.com)

NYFW Spring 2013: Calvin Klein Collection, Nanette Lepore & Vera Wang.

In ways, it was classic Calvin Klein.  But then reading somewhere that 'the Clueless dress ain't got nothing on this' made it clear that this was actually Calvin all grown-up.  I can't imagine what kind of challenge it is to continually come up with collections that are so similar but so different...I mean, Calvin Klein is one of the oldest American labels out there for all intents and purposes and one that has one of the strictest brand identities I know.  Black.  White.  Angular.  No embellishment.  Sporty.  Not too sporty.  Mission accomplished.

Awwww, Nanette Lepore...silly amounts of sweet, almost as much cool and impressive use of 'just enough' color and sheer fabric.  It's about being a lady while also being a woman and I love that.  For me, the shoes were questionable but they somehow worked.  Just not on my feet.  I'll take the dresses.

I'm not entirely sure what to say about Vera Wang's Spring 2013 collection.  It could just be that I've been talking about the New York shows for what seems like ages now and I've run out of steam on them but it's also because I'm a bit torn.  It was a beautiful show.  Her shapes, textures and, augh, everything was gorgeous.  Everything I would wear in a heartbeat.  There was some kind of deconstructed glamour about all the looks that really gets me going.  It felt like Vera but it also felt a little like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen at times too.  I'll still take it though...and I want a pair of those f**king shoes too.

(All images c/o Style.com)

Bebe Spring 2013: Everything You Didn't Expect.

I wasn't too excited about going to see the Bebe Spring 2013 presentation during New York Fashion Week.  My feet were getting tired.  My head was starting to go dizzy.  And I don't have much time for low-end club wear at high-end prices.  Harsh?  Maybe a little.  But don't act like you don't think the same thing.  Press releases had gone out that the brand was making a leap into a new identity...away from trashy (not exactly their words but not far off) towards the Bebe girl who has grown-up.

 

So I showed up.  Reluctantly.  And then was kept waiting in line outside for an hour.  Angrily.  Needless to say, at 45 minutes into the wait, I had already written-off this collection.  Whatever was  behind those doors, I was going to tear apart.  As I started to make a mental list of all the things Bebe should fire their marketing team for, I was finally welcomed into the building and slowly ushered into what could really only be described as a 'pod'.

 

 

And for someone who holds a grudge pretty easily, DAMMIT, I was impressed.  As I peered through portals (literally) lit up with bright white lights at stoic models, I was really put in my place.  The collection was great.  Updated shapes, colored leather, styling to be envious of...it would have been impossible for anyone to guess this was Bebe.  One side of the room glowed with white and pale pink as it faced 4 identical portals (some with packs for 3 or 5 models) donning black and green jewel tones.

Bebe isn't out of the clear yet...but here's to hoping they deliver these goods.  I want them and I think we all deserve them.

(All images c/o Style.com)

NYFW Spring 2013: Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Emerson & Norisol Ferrari

Whenever I think of Badgley Mischka, I think of extreme formal wear and dresses.  I'm not complaining but that is what I have come to expect from this staple of New York Fashion Week.  And the Badgley Mischka boys gave us exactly what we wanted but a little bit more. The stand out looks from this show were actually the seperates...including sweatpants!  Even the most casual garments had the special flare of the label (i.e. gold, embroidery, bedazzlement) so nothing seemed out-of-place or entirely unusual, just refreshing and ever so romantic.

It is a life goal of mine to go to a Betsey Johnson show.  The Queen of all things kooky did not disappoint this year and though she may have given us some pretty strong insight into the reasons she ended up filing for bankruptcy this year, she also didn't let that get her down.  Bizarre props, including an actual piglet, were gleefully used by models who struck you as the type of cool girl that you were also a little bit scared of.  An insane amount of looks shimmied down the runway, each styled like a little girl who wants to wear all of her favorite things at once.  In truth, I made a point to not show you this show and the Anna Sui show in the same post because I am pretty sure all our heads would explode  :)

I had the pleasure of attending the Emerson at Lincoln Center this year and for someone who was otherwise unfamiliar with the label, I left being pretty excited about it.  I don't know if it was the inspiration or the styling or the label itself but I really did fall a little bit in love.  Focused on the idea of 1970s horror films, the Emerson show did an amazing job at depicting the beautiful bad girl.  From the first look with a very cool letter man jacket to the black dip-dyed messy braids, this show was youthful and girly without letting you think for a minute that the Emerson chick wouldn't kick your ass given half a reason.  It was a collision of the 'Carrie' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (the movie, not the TV show) in all the best ways.  And the final walk complete with red confetti to a Beastie Boys anthem sealed the deal.

Another show I was happy to attend this seasons was Norisol Ferrari.  To sum up the experience, a drum & bass version of 'Hey Big Spender' was met with outfit names such as 'Dinner with the Ex' and 'How I Got My Raise' and models ranged from new unknowns to 81-year-old supermodels who maybe made moments of the show a bit creepy but kept the entertainment up.  It was a beautiful show, as evident below, drawing on the idea of the classic Hollywood starlet.  Not ground breaking but it doesn't always need to be.

(Badgley Mischka and Betsey Johnson images c/o Style.com. Emerson images c/o Zimbio. Norisol Ferrari images c/o fashionising.com)

Viktor Luna Spring 2013: All Grown-Up.

It is impossible to not adore Viktor Luna.  From his infectiously fun personality to his label's ultra-modern aesthetic, it's no wonder he is one of Project Runway's favorite alumni.  Last season, Viktor showcased his first independent collection at New York Fashion Week and was met with huge excitement (read about it here).  His original space-age prints mixed with edgy tailoring offered quite the presentation of men's and women's looks.  His women are powerful and his men are dapper.

 

 

 

So with such a strong theme last season, it begged the question as to how Viktor was going to not only top last year but also peaked curiosity as to what familiar signature he would choose to begin to carry through all this collections.  In truth, I was impressed.  Really impressed.  In just one season, Viktor not only stayed true to his style but it seemed more grown-up.  In the best way possible.  There was a certain refinement that we didn't even know we were looking for.  And there were small injections of the designer's Mexican heritage that proved his heart was in his work more than ever.

 

 

 

 

For me, it was the navy gown and unexpected wedding dress and suit that stole the show.  All the classic elements were there but it was all so unconventional...without being alienating.  Viktor stepped outside the box just enough to make it very clear that he knows who he is and not giving us any choice but to get excited about the present and the future of the Viktor Luna label.

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(All images c/o Zimbio and Viktor Luna)

NYFW Spring 2013: Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Minkoff, Thom Browne & Anna Sui

Did Prabal Gurung set the world on fire with his Spring 2013 collection?  Not really.  Did he give us some looks that we love and made us say 'I really need to be cooler'?  Of course.  Prabal is a designer that everyone is rooting for and one that is also still finding his way in this mad fashion world.  He mixed strict tailoring with ruffled chiffon (never together, just within the same show) and though it may have offered a disconnect as far as a strong aesthetic, it embodied what all females are at the end of the day...all f**king over the place.  There is something for everyone in this show but the hope is that Prabal will start to refine and really show us all what kind of proper powerhouse he is.

Rebecca Minkoff couldn't be flying higher if she tried.  And the thing is, she seems like a real good laugh so you get excited to see what she's up to.  From videos with the Man Repeller walking on a treadmill in heels to prep for fashion week to some of the coolest live music during her shows, the girl knows how to have fun.  She knows who she is and she wants us all to enjoy it with her.  What I love most about Ms. Minkoff is that she dresses her girls as she would dress herself...to an extreme.  And it totally works.  I want to be Rebecca and I bet you do too.  Now give me all these looks because I want to wear them immediately.

Thom Browne is a man I love to watch for.  He's dark and moody and odd but also refined.  His shows always make you feel a bit like you've stepped into a Tim Burton movie and sometimes that's exactly where I want to be.  Thom pushes boundaries of comfort...not in the way that Alexander McQueen did but in a more subdued and permeating way.  It may not take your breath away in the moment but it stays with you.  Sometimes the hint is more effective than the shout.  And anyone that ends a show with a Kate Bush track is more or less a God in my book.

Oh Anna, Anna, Anna!  I adore you.  Last season I had the incredible pleasure of being able to attend the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week (read about it here) and though the designer may be a bit too 'costume-y' for me at times, she always offers up a real show.  It is easy to get involved in what Anna is delivering and her passion and excitement is palpable as soon as you walk into the room. What I love most about this collection is that it really felt like Anna was returning to her roots.  She loves to dress the teenager who never grew up.  Nothing is too fussy and her elements of embroidery and child-like design still manage to not just peek through but stand strong.  I had given up on leggings (and rightfully so) but Anna has me questioning everything I stand for.  Thank goodness I have her.

(All images c/o Style.com)

NYFW Spring 2013: Jill Stuart, Karen Walker, Misha Nonoo & Peter Som

Jill Stuart was one of my favorite shows from last New York Fashion Week (read about it here) and this year was no different.  Where there was a lot of cutesy shapes and young coquetishness last season, Jill Stuart grew up for Spring 2013.  As Style.com put it, 'the good girl designer...proved she has somewhat of a naughty streak'.  In summary, pretty much everything I love in life and wish I could be.

Karen Walker has quickly become one of the most coveted fashion show tickets in town.  This season's collection brought as much joy as we all had hoped.  With 1960s shapes, Jetsons styling and a checked chiffon picnic sensibility, this collection has me excited about getting dressed for Spring.  Metallics and chiffons with Peter Pan collars and A-line coats.  It is just the right side of adorable.

Misha Nonoo seems like a really fun name to have.  Thankfully she has a collection for Spring 2013 that can fully distract me from that :)  A bit Frida in styling mixed New England cool girl came across as one of the newest and freshest takes on the season.  The looks seemed effortless and pretty while also being original and fun.  Biker jackets and flamingo prints.  If that doesn't say 'springtime', I don't know what does.

Peter Som described his collection as 'Courtney Astor meets Courtney Love' and though he did deliver some 'misses', he did deliver some hits.  You could easily imagine this collection on the cool kids of Soho, mixing a sense of put-together Uptown sensibility with the cool and unexpected colors and prints of the princesses of downtown.  The beauty was just 'meh'...if you read this blog regularly, you know I am not entirely keen on orange make-up.  But the touch of the soft veils was just enough to lift this collection up towards fantasy just enough, in case you were worried Mr. Som was taking it too seriously.

(All images c/o Style.com)

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013: So Good It's Stupid.

Oscar de la Renta looks like the type of man who I just want to hug.  He's also the man who, after this recent Spring 2013 collection, I want to dress me every single day for the rest of my life.  French twists with neon highlights worked both with and sometimes against (in the best way possible) the looks knowingly storming the runway like they were the hottest things all week.  For a man who has been on the scene so long, his ability to surprise is uncanny.

The party dresses were everything you would want from Oscar but also had a youthful twist none of us were expecting.  I just kinda wish that I had prom to go to still...there would be Oscar de la Renta on my person and at least one costume change.  Because DAMN.

(All images c/o Style.com)

Ruffian Spring 2013: The Highlight Of My Fashion Week

Getting an email asking if I wanted to be the assistant to the stylist for the Ruffian Spring 2013 show was probably one of the highlights of my summer.  Walking into the Ruffian studios the week before Fashion Week offered a surreal moment of feeling a part of one of the coolest teams in fashion.  Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are designers that understand a strong team mentality and encourage it from all aspects of their business.  I could wax lyrical about how wonderful my experience with the entire Ruffian team was for days so I'll get down to the nitty gritty and just show/tell you how awesome the show itself actually was. After I just say it is super surreal to be backstage at Lincoln Center watching a show you have come to know intimately on a TV screen as the models walk out.  Phew.  Done.

It was a rainy Saturday morning but the Ruffian show was a complete ray of light.  From the candy colored Converse worn by all the models to the Williamsburg toile print that was not just a feature for the looks but also the backdrop for the runway, Ruffian made it all fun.  The show was all about juxtaposition.  It was Marie Antoinette if she was born and raised in Brooklyn.  Sumptious silks and jaquards were displayed as overalls and leggings.  Undone bouffants and the occassional red lip (Ruffian Red, that is) made it feel like you were walking down the street in Brooklyn, envious of the girl you just passed who was obviously on her way home from a night so cool that you will probably never experience it.

I want all the looks in my closet immediately.  The fun part is, you kinda can...  The Ruffian website is letting you not just get in on their Mac collaboration but also gives you the ability to buy one of the Williamsburg toile silk scarves and printed t-shirts that walked down the runway.  I'm obsessed.  You will be too.

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Lisa Perry Spring 2013: 60s Meets 90s Kid.

There is very little that brings more joy than the fun of the 1960s with the silliness of 1990s youth.  The Lisa Perry collection for Spring immediately made me feel like I could actually live inside my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and still somehow be super classy about it.  No small feat for a true fan of such a specific brand of unicorn-covered school supplies.  It just all seemed like the best way to dress-up as if you were participating in a real life game of Candy Land without having to skew towards Katy Perry.

The collection was simple but ever so happy.  Isn't that really what fashion should be?