Dries Van Noten Spring 2013: Parisian Powerhouse.

(Pssst...have you entered our giveaway to win a beautiful handmade necklace from Astrid Endeavor?!) You hear it every fashion 'month' from all the editors and trend spotters and just those who are passionate about this silly little fashion world.  'Well, you don't actually know what is happening until you get to Paris.'  No disrespect to New York, London and Milan in between (or maybe just a bit) but it's true.  Paris calls the shots.  Think you've seen a major trend happening?  Not unless Paris says so.

Dries Van Noten's Spring 2013 collection helped to solidify the French capital as the CEO as it were of the Fashion Week hierarchy.  As though saying, 'if you all won't stop going on about grunge then we are going to show you how to do it...the Parisian way'.  Schooled.  It was all about playing with traditional thoughts of what SHOULD be while maintaining effortless beauty.

Where heavy plaids should have been, sheer ones were placed.  No shape was extremely feminine nor masculine.  Pajamas and kimonos were used as a compliment to evening wear.  Intense appliques balanced what looked like the shirt you threw on because it's what you found on the floor when you were running out the door.  Pulled together but a total mess.  Perfectly Parisian.

(All images c/o Style.com)

Rebecca Minkoff: The Soundtrack of NY Fashion Week

The whole scene surrounding the Rebecca Minkoff show was pretty intense and quite exciting.  This was the biggest show I have been at to-date and found myself a bit overwhelmed by the size of this particular venue at Lincoln Center...I had also just seen some of my favorite bloggers, like Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere, who I suddenly realized at one point was standing behind me waiting to get into the show.  Had a little freak out on the inside, played it very cool on the outside.  'Oh, who are you?  One of my fav people in the whole world that I don't know?  Oh, yeah, I mean, I guess you look familiar...' Moving on.  I got very lucky and my seat was just a couple of rows from the front and I got to do some rather delightful celeb watching.  I am also now trolling the internet for pictures of said famous people to make sure I don't look like a complete doofus behind them.  So far so good.

The Rebecca Minkoff show was a gig, runway show, spectacle.  It kicked off with Theophilus London rocking down the runway.  I mean, how cool.

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The clothes, as it turns out, delivered as well.  In a big way.  What I love about Ms. Minkoff is that she has a certain aesthetic that is fun and refined.  I love her sense of separates and the styling was incredible.  Her sense of color mixing and shapes is impeccable.  Adored it!

And I got extra excited that I got a bit 'fashion stalker-y' about a girl in the tents wearing a yellow snake print maxi skirt the day before and lo and behold, yellow snake print came creeping down the runway.  Excitement.

Great music.  Lots of leather.  Snake prints.  Sparkle and a color palette that I want to live in.  Thanks, Rebecca.  You done good.

(Note: Apologies for my videos ending abruptly.  I suddenly realize I don't want to watch the shows through the finder on my phone and freak out  :) )