It’s on! Here are some more of our Parlour picks from New York Fashion Week for Fall 2011:
Duro Olowu (shown above)
A Parlour fave, his presentation at Milk Studios was inspired by legendary photographer James Van der Zee, Mexican actress MarÃa FÃ©lix, and South American gauchos. The models were casted by Bethaan Hardison herself, so there were plenty of women of color represented for the Nigerian designer. I’ve always loved his embrace of prints and this season was no different. I expect to see a few of these pieces on his wife, Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum in Harlem this fallâ€”mix it up ladies! Read more below:
Diane von Furstenburg
Her new designer, Yvan Mispelaere made his collaborative mark with a collection that was dubbed “American Legends.” Sure there were plenty of nods to western motifs and pioneer touches, but what really caught my eye were the pieces that a traveling Shug Avery-type of woman would don. While her counterparts are roughin’ it on the west coast, she’s chilling in the south with sexy touches with hints of menswear to show her independence. A Parlour life indeed.
Often seen as the most important show of NYFW, Marc didn’t disappoint us this year…but he didn’t really excite us either. The collection was a revisit into some past motifs, but the polka-dots sometimes border-lined on costume rather than fashion. Still the show’s embrace of complimentary silhouettes and vintage cuts was a crowd pleaser. Who knew i’d even consider sheer sleeves again after the nineties’ “party shirt” phase? Don’t act like you didn’t have one!
Reese is first and foremost a retailer at heart, ieâ€”she sells clothes and maintains a loyal following, me included. With that, she never loses her sense of fantasy while always maintaining the needs of a real woman. Continuing her seventies-inspired streak, I loved how her collection embraced women of all body-types and ages, rooted in berry and earth tones with sharp black & white classics. Fur, chunky knits and fly shades rounded it out into something to look forward to for fall.
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