NY Fashion Week 2011

New York Fall fashion shows-call it practical meets pretty.
Jason Wu-Jason Wu’s collection is a crossed between baroque, and balanced prim sophistication with girlishly playful proportions. Sporty-fancy combinations were interspersed throughout – drawstrings were crossed with lace, and lavish embellishment decorated tailored garments.
Color: Heather gray / Black / White / Electric violet / Scarlet red / Mossy green / Fuchsia
BCBG-Max Azria’s show notes cited “a desire for simplicity” as an inspiration for the current collection. The clean graphic lines the designer has been playing with over the past few seasons returned, adding structure to the fluid silhouettes. Mottled texture prints in the jarring combination of purple, grey and orange added emotional depth, while the white turtleneck bodysuits that were worn with nearly every look lent a serene sense of continuity.
Color: Navy / Black / White / Taupe, tan and mocha / Pumice / Mustard / Vivid red / Cobalt blue
Stella McCarthy-Stella McCarthy’s collections are known for containing the most commercial pieces a designer puts out, and if that standard is a measure of success, she hit it out of the park this season. McCartney offered well-cut basics that fit into everyday life. Whether it was over sized double-breasted outerwear, punchy shirt dresses, or slouchy blazers and pants, every piece looked as though it could work for a variety of occasions; a red raglan sweatshirt in particular would look right at the office or lounging on the weekend. There were a few special pieces thrown in for good measure, including dresses with the lovely lacework that McCartney does so well.
DKNY-This collection proved that the designer still has an innate knack for knowing what modern girls want. Wearable basics like pleated skirts, silk shirts and cropped pants were belted with wide ribbons tied into girlish bows. The color palette cycled from spring-like white cottons into sunny yellow, green, sky blue, fuchsia and red silks, grounded by black, cream and beige. Tailored silk shirts were tucked into matching pants for a monochrome jumpsuit effect, while other separates took a more offbeat approach, but the best looks stayed true to DKNY's smart blend of commercial yet novel sportswear.

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