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Images from InStyle.com

Images from InStyle.com

It’s all about Shalom – Shalom Harlow that is, for Victor & Rolf’s S/S 2009 collection. As the sole model for the entire collection, once again V&R did something unconventional by showing their new looks via a video presentation where Shalom appeared over, and over, and over again. We loved the deep red eye shadow seen on Shalom, along with their geometric zig zag lines and palette of large red, black, and white. The 21-piece collection managed to cover both casual and couture looks, in fabrics ranging from jersey to chiffon and satin.

Julia DiNardo


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images from InStyle.com

While contemplating Charles Darwin, Alexander McQueen’s “survival of the fittest”  collection made for most-memorable show in a bevy of aspects; from the revolving earth installation in the backdrop to the myriad of endangered species taxidermied animals lining the runway, McQueen sure knows how to put on quite a show, or rather, see a motif through to the end. The clothes themselves moved from natural elements and motifs in soft fabrications and intricate drapings into a futuristic foray destined to embody the harsh reality of industrialization. Engineered prints of florals and fringe ruled the day, and the final send-off by McQueen was the zinger that tied the collection together; he appeared for his bow in a fuzzy bunny suit.

~Julia DiNardo

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IMG has pulled out of the deal with Smashbox Studios for fashion week in LA, but we still are quite interestedin what the sunshine state has to offer. We chose several shows to review from this last outing with IMG:

  • Whitley Kros

Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Bank’s collection for L.A. Fashion Week was the definition of laidback West Coast style with slouchy everything. The collection featured nature-inspired graphics including our new favorite– the leopard print, on airy blouses and dresses, and pants sprinkled with bold red flowers. We loved how they mixed formal pieces with casual pieces by pairing things like a blazer with a pajama-like tank and shorts. This youthful line presents the perfect outfits to soak up the sun in.

  • Lauren Conrad

While we’re devoted Team Conrad supporters, we found the Lauren Conrad Collection to be very…uninspiring. There was nothing new or inventive about her looks. We’ve seen plain tanks tucked into high waisted skirts before—on Lauren herself. The clothes and the hairstyles made the models look like LC clones. Her saving grace were the embellished headbands, a style that we saw at Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen this season, but unfortunately most of them just looked tacky. This reality star needs to step up her game if she wants to be taken seriously in the fashion industry.

  • Crispin & Basilio

For Crispin & Basilio, designer Donny Barrios achieved what Lauren Conrad was striving for — he transformed the street style of LC’s beloved tank and high-waisted skirt into a sophisticated and unique look. He used textured metallic and creped fabrics, and added long vests and pretty sheer blouses to the style. Although most of the collection had a New York feel to it, the John Lennon shades gave it some signature L.A. flavor.

Sarah Ferguson

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Images from Elle.com

Simplistic, one-dimensional, and refined? Of course not, it’s Louis Vuitton! Marc Jacobs created a throng of bold and eccentric looks for the iconic Parisian fashion house’s spring line. As the models strutted by, it was difficult to know even where to look. The brightly colored necklaces? The sequined-encrusted mini skirts? Or the leopard printed bags? If a blouse was plain, it was sheer, if a blazer was taupe, it was layered over a bright yellow shirt. Our favorite look was a compound of trends: a collage of feathers, metallic python and leopard print, chic wide leg pants, plaid, a blue blouse, and the coolest aviators we’ve ever seen. We never thought we would use all of those words in the same sentence, but that’s the beauty of Marc Jacobs’ unforgettable spring collection.

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Images from WWD

Laced with nostalgia, Castelbajac’s playful collection depicts childhood, a time when life was full of clouds, rainbows, and Mickey Mouse, in the form of runway fashion. Models wore backpacks, larger-than-life bows, clear plastic, kissmarks, and legos. Disney characters and Superman were represented, as well as Barack Obama, for good measure. Apart from the kiddie-inspired graphics and accessories, the design of the garments themselves were constructed as loose fitting dresses, rompers, and tees–perfect for your next playdate…or whatever it is you do for fun these days.

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  • Lanvin S/S 2009 Collection

Alber Elbaz elevated the theme of the classic college toga party to the realm of high fashion in his Spring collection for Lanvin, by taking the look of a messy twisted and tied sheet and reinventing it as perfectly draped, one shoulder dresses in colorful stain and chiffon fabric. Nothing in this collection was simple, yet nothing was over the top either. The draping of these pieces, along with ruching, ballooned sleeves and hourglass waists (similar to Calvin Klein’s abstract collection), as well as the contrasting colors decorated and updated ordinary styles like the little black dress.

  • Hermès S/S 2009 Collection

Originally, us trendy New York fashionistas thought cowboy hats and fringe belonged solely as a Halloween costume, or on our mid-west cousin Sally. However, the minute we saw veterans Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell walk down the cactus strewn runway in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Wild West creations, we couldn’t help but fall in love. As only Hermès could achieve with this theme, there was nothing tacky or cliché about the collection. Models donning black cowboy hats and riding gloves, and dark aviators looked like chic bandits ready to rob a bank or win a shootout. Even in a delicate and revealing red gown, Naomi Campbell looked fierce enough to intimidate any tough wrangler. We were drooling over the fringed Birkin and signature Hermès suitcases in snakeskin and zebra prints that helped add a dose of Parisian chic to this wild rodeo show.

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jack mackenroth and becky newton

jack mackenroth and becky newton

We ran into one of our favorite people, the incredibly-talented Project Runway Season 4 contestant Jack Mackenroth during New York Fashion Week. He graciously agreed to field some of our most important fashion week-related questions!

FP: What collection just completely blew you away during NY fashion Week?
JM: I have to say my favorite collection was Christian Siriano. I was so proud of him I cried like a baby. He took his concepts to a whole new level. The construction was so complicated and gorgeous. He took the concept of puff sleeves and opened them up into strips of fabric. So fierce. Every look was absolutely amazing!

jack & rubin singer

jack & rubin singer

I also loved Rubin Singer and for men I thought John Crocco pulled out an amazing collection for Perry Ellis. He really pushed the aesthetic of the Perry Ellis brand and was much more fashion forward then I’ve ever seen. I loved the khaki fabric with the embroidered polka dots. I missed Diane Von Furstenberg and I was so bummed. I heart her!

FP: Was there a particular trend you saw that you loved?

JM: It seemed like the season of the paillette. I saw leaf shaped paillettes, clear paillettes, matte and shiny — all different shapes and sizes. I loved it.  I also think the trend of sheer and flowing fabrics is here to stay. It was everywhere. Also — harem pants. EWWWWWWW. They were everywhere. Not cute.

FP: Who was your favorite celebrity sighting?

jack, ana ruiz, and vanessa williams

jack, ana ruiz, and vanessa williams

JM: My absolute most favorite celeb sighting was at the Patricia Field fashion show! First of all it was a fabulous party atmosphere put on by MAO PR, and was full of drag queens and fashion superstars. I was in the front row sandwiched between Judith Light, Becki Newton, Ana Ruiz, and Vanessa Williams (all from Ugly Betty). They were so hilarious and nice.

FP: What was your favorite freebie?

JM: Ooooh–Perry Ellis gave out a fab bottle of cologne. I got an MP3 player at the Valentino party and a gorgeous watch at the opening of the Fossil store on 34th street.

FP: How did you “decompress” after fashion week? (I went out of town, even if it was just to Connecticut, for the weekend!)

JM: You know what? I didn’t get to at all. The next day I had to write a speech and powerpoint presentation for The US Conference on AIDS in Fort Lauderdale. I left 3 days after fashion week and just got back. Now I have to make a wedding dress out of 3000 white condoms for the Condom Couture fashion show for an Evening of Hope HIV benefit in San Francisco on October 15th.  Then I have to make a chocolate Wonder Woman costume with Zac Young, the pastry chef from Butter, for the Chocolate show on November 6th. Woo-hoo!!

FP: We heard that you and Kevin Christiana have something in the works – can you reveal a bit about it to us?

JM: Yes–It’s very exciting. We are co-hosts and co-designers on a new “re-design” show where we work with one female candidate each episode and we ambush her wardrobe and remake them into some fabulous creations. It’s a little bit Project Runway meets Queer Eye (with only one queer) and it has a really cute hook that makes it original… We also hope to rope in some of our favorite designers throughout the season.

FP: When you have your next show, who are the three people you would most definitely have in the front row?

JM: If I ever show at Bryant Park I would want my mom, Tim Gunn and Linda Evangelista sitting in the front row.

FP: And last, of all, we’d love for you to analyze three looks from New York Fashion week for us:

look #1) Herve Leger by Max Azria
JM: I am a child of the 80s and 90s and I loved the origianl Herve Leger and am digging the update. It takes a killer bod to wrap yourself in “ace bandages” but I love the shimmer and it would make a woman look gorge!

look #2) Alexandre Herchcovitch
JM: I thought this collection was very conceptual rather than wearable. I liked some of the prints and some of the great military details but I don’t think you will be seeing crotch ruffles on the streets anytime soon.

look #3) William Rast
JM: I really like this look by William Rast; I would wear the entire look. Denim seems to be moving away from the overdone back pocketing and dark wash, and back to the distressed look of the 80’s. I love the tee and the jacket.

A special thanks to Jack Mackenroth for sharing his thoughts and pictures with Fashion Pulse!

— Julia DiNardo

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