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NYFW Fall 2011 Ready To Wear, Part I

New York Fashion Week for Fall 2011 Women’s RTW has kicked off, and here is a down and dirty recap of some of the shows I thought rocked so far. Trending on the runways so far is an extension of Spring 2011 such as 70’s inspired frocks with drop waists, skinny belts, lace, but less leather focused. Colors of gray, black, army green, mustard yellow, dusty rose, with pops of basic colors like cobalt blue and orange sprinkled throughout various collections.  My faves:

BCBG (shown above and below) – the drop waist, as well as white turtlenecks, is prevalent throughout this fall 2011 collection. Loved the fur trimmed cape for its dramatic casual look. Wonder how the collection will translate to the public, being as though a tall frame is what will best carry off this easy and loose collection.

Jason Wu – Janelle Monae should just have Jason Wu be her official costume designer, because his Fall 2011 collection is peppered with her signature tuxedo style added with delicate lace. And whenever she decides to wear a dress, there are beautiful skirts and gowns to be seen in. Leather, lace and feathers were pulled together in an outfit perfect for young ladies who lunch. There is another dress that has a very familiar inspiration (i.e. SATC, season 6) that is a classic piece any woman can wear for years.

Tadashi Soji – Eveningwear from Tadashi Soji will be a dreamy experience with chiffon, feathers, and colors that will have any woman stand out (in a good way) wherever she wears them. Thoroughly enjoyed the feather cocktail dress, off the shoulder full length gowns that did not look stuffy, and the shirred raw edged gown that was classy and funky.

Zspoke – Zac Posen’s line, ZSpoke, definitely was saying beautiful things to me. The elegantly constructed pieces are what I love – classic pieces that that can be dressed up or dressed down. Love how Sessilee is giving IT in the photos!

Doo.Ri – This collection is my favorite so far. Modern, funky, ladylike with unexpected details like hoodies, lace trim, thigh high boots, and more skinny belts. LOVE!

Who I didn’t like: Vena Cava and Christian Siriano. Vena was grunge gone bad and Christian Siriano wasn’t as inspired as I expected with the exception of a flouncy cocktail dress that was beautiful.


Any loves you’ve seen so far at FW2011 want to let us know about?  Comment away!

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