Category Archives: Runway Reports

Clowning Around with Zimmerman’s Spring ’14 Collection

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week wrapped up in New York yesterday. Over the last eight days designers have been debuting their collections for spring 2014 down the runway.  Since I wasn’t there to see the fashion shows myself, I got my fix by flipping through Women’s Wear Daily, reading their runway rundowns, and scrolling through style.com’s almost-instant front-row photo summaries.

Also included in WWD’s daily paper were the ideas & concepts that inspired designers during the creation of their most recent collections. I found myself, first, making note of a designer’s inspiration, then reviewing the runway photos before reading a recap of their collection. I challenged myself to see if I could identify how the designer took their initial inspiration and translated it into cloth creations. Here, you try it…

Australian designer, Nicky Zimmerman, made her first appearance at New York fashion week with her label, Zimmerman.

The Inspiration:

Zimmerman Inspiration SS14 001

The Collection:

Zimmerman SS14 (1) Zimmerman SS14 (2) Zimmerman SS14 (3) Zimmerman SS14 (4) Zimmerman SS14 (5)

The Review:

Entitled “Ringmaster”, Zimmerman’s collection had a circus theme.  Zimmermann interpreted the notion quite literally, with playful pleats, creative cuts, dramatic diamond patterns, billowy silhouettes and bold black-and-white “mascara” print (a play on melting stage makeup) into several looks. Zimmerman’s collection didn’t come across as too costumey and I see how many of the pieces could actually make their way into mainstream every day wear – good, considering most of us don’t typically don clown clothes on a daily basis :)

Were you able to see the ‘circus theme’ throughout this collection? Would you wear any of these clothes? Or do you think they’re better off staying in Bozo’s closet?

ReCreate the Look: Florals From the Front Page of WWD

The moment I pulled this issue of WWD out of my mailbox I was instantly inspired to recreate the look photographed on the front page!

Outfit Inspiration: Floral Top & Burgundy Bottoms from WWD

Of course, it was January back then and with temperatures in the teens & snow still on the ground “the very idea of spring” was far from my mind. That wasn’t the case for Reif Simons, as that thought was the premise around his Dior Haute Couture collection for Spring 2013. But now that the snow has melted & the weather is getting warmer it’s time for me to start styling outfits for spring! So I simulated the floral top & burgundy bottoms ensemble seen on the cover with something from my own closet. Check it out…

WWD Outfit Inspiration - Florals & Burgundy

Golden daisies bloom from the white background of the  perforated lightweight sweater from Anthropologie; sure, it’s not identical to the individual organza petals that flourish from the couture top…but the color schemes within both shirts is consistent. A match to the cigarette trousers on the model, a pair of burgundy knit stretch pant from Free People completes my look. I couldn’t decide between my Minnetonka Moccasin cognac suede fringe lace-up boots or my Steve Madden cognac leather tall boots; but either way – the duplicate is done!

Anthro Floral Top & Free People Burgundy Bottoms

I photographed the look using the effects on my Android camera phone to capture a more accurate representation of the outfit because my regular camera didn’t quite project the correct colors, but here are those photos as well…

Spring Outfit - Floral Top & Burgundy Bottoms

Spring Outfit - Floral Top & Burgundy Bottoms Close-Up

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Floral Top & Burgundy Bottoms Outfit Layout

Spring Outfit - Floral Top & Burgundy Bottoms Detail Shot

So what do you think of my rendition of the runway outfit? A close comparison…or a bad couture copycat?

Designers’ Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013

All throughout the month of February fashion designers have been showing off their Fall/Winter 2013 collections on runways around the world. Buyers, editors, socialites & fashionistas gathered in the major fashion capitals of New York, London, Paris and Milan, to see what the designers have in store for us come next fall. While the models revealed bright primary colors, classic prints, super-sized silhouettes and tons of texture on the runway, do you ever wonder where the designers draw their inspiration from to create the things they do?

Women’s Wear Daily published some of the images & ideas that motivated designers to conceptualize their cold-weather collections for next year; and in hopes to inspire some of you, here’s a look at what inspired them…

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

(click on images to enlarge them)

I challenge you to choose one of the designer inspirations you see here, then review that designer’s runway show (click here to see photos of the shows via www.style.com) and see if you can detect the underlying inspiration in the collection they introduced.

Do the designs they styled coincide with what stimulated them, or did you miss the connection?

Send me a comment to let me know which designers you looked at and if you saw the link!

Source: Women’s Wear Daily Publication, February 4 & 5, 2013

Anthropologie Presents: The Best Looks for Fall

After scrolling through photos from New York Fashion Week & writing these past few Runway Reports, it had me thinking back to when I went to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2008 and made me really want to see a show. Luckily, last Thursday night, the Anthropologie store I work at was putting on their Fall Fashion Show; and since I didn’t have to work – I got to enjoy the show!

Everything about the event was fabulous (well, except for getting sprinkled on while waiting in line to get in. Yes – there was a line to get it!!)

The store was merchandised beautifully! Because we have such a large retail space (we’re one of the largest stores in the company), our store is broken up into different ‘concepts.’ Each concept centers around a muse of the moment and the apparel/housewares within the area reflect the inspirations that define her. The concepts have names, they are mythical people – they have likes & dislikes and a certain way they dress. Some of our ‘concepts’ in the past have been –

Irina – A glamorous girl who loves modern shapes and ethnic prints. She’s worldly when it comes to fashion and her eclectic closet is full of hand-me-downs & statement pieces she has collected through the years.

Or,

Bespoke – Someone who’s audacious & feminine and loves to wear vintage cat-eye glasses & red lipstick. They flock to 1950’s & 60’s silhouettes and lace frocks. She’s feminine not bohemian, she prefers sky-high heels over oxford brogues, she’s bold… but in a soft, girlish way.

Our visual team always does an amazing job of creating an “Anthro” ambiance. From the complex props that transform the space to the fragrant aroma that fills the air, Anthropologie is known for creating the complete shopping experience. As I mentioned earlier, every corner of the store is converted into its own notion, where detailed displays create an environment for the dress forms to don their stylish ensembles.  The colors & patterns of the clothing coincide with the home goods that surround them for a completely cohesive setting.

Anthropologie Store Display

Anthropologie Store Display

Anthropologie Store Display

Acoustic music by Garret Woods (my store manager’s husband) set the mood, while eager fashionista’s waited for the show to begin. Mini desserts & wine weren’t the only thing attendees were treated to – a couple of Anthro girls crafted up a take-away gift that topped the chairs lining the runway.

Garrett Woods Acoustic Music

Stylish women of all ages sat & listened intently as our store manager highlighted some of this season’s top trends and offered up some styling tips. Our personal shoppers put together fashion-forward outfits with some of Anthro’s must-have pieces and my co-workers, along with some of the store’s favorite customers, showed off the stylish ensembles & added their personalities to make the looks really come alive!

Enjoy the show…(P.S. Sorry for the poor quality pictures – I now have a newfound respect for fashion photographers! I don’t know how they do it :)

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

Anthropologie Fall Fashion Show 2012

I’m sure I’m not the only one to say – I walked away feeling reinvigorated and full of ideas for what I’m going to wear this fall.

Great work to all of my Anthro employees – all of your effort & hard work in putting this event together paid off. This best looks for Fall fashion show was an Anthropologie experience at its finest!

Runway Report: Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Collection

Oscar de la Renta has become a household name known for dressing first ladies, celebrities, society women and many in between. Synonymous to whom he dresses; the Spring 2013 collection he presented offered up a diverse range of pieces that match those many different fashion personality types. From a minimalist ivory linen pant suit to an extravagant floral-accented mini dress, this man has designed something for every woman – and they’re no-doubt irresistible!

Elements that stood out from the show:

  • Ivory linen
  • Doily lace
  • Pops of bright color
  • Tulle
  • Peplum silhouettes
  • Exaggerated pleats, folds & floral details
  • Shimmer
  • Bold linear patterns
  • Suit sets

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Runway Collection

Photo Source: style.com