Even though I plan on wearing a lot of black to New York Fashion Week, there’s something about springy pastels and soft whites that bring a much-needed ray of sunshine in the winter. From structured, modern silhouettes to ultra-feminine designs, these sweet pieces transcend the seasons (well, with a thick scarf, at least!).
I can’t keep my mind of the Prabal Gurung caped dress that meshes drama with a work-friendly silhouette. And for a date, I’d love to slip on Adeam’s peachy-sweet frock with perfect cap sleeves. As always, Hervé Léger by Max Azria concocted the perfect flirty dress that manages to be ladylike and a little bit vampy at the same time. And look to Donna Karan for the perfect combination of easy-sexy slouch and structure.
I know the polar vortex is going to knock me off my booties as soon as I step off the plane at LaGuardia, but there’s nothing like a little pastel hidden under a parka to keep you warm (emotionally, at least!).
I seriously cannot believe that New York Fashion Week starts two weeks from tomorrow. I’ve been dreaming of attending for years, and now it’s finally going to be real. True, I’ll likely spend most of my time huddling in my stilettos outside the tents, but just being present for the event gives me butterflies in my stomach. Maybe even a sparrow.
A few of my friends have been asking me what I’m going to be wearing. After all, I’ve been lulled into a false impression of winter, given that it’s currently 65 degrees and sunny in San Francisco. But I’m excited to get back in touch with my Minnesota roots and find a way to look somewhat fashionable even when obscured by a giant coat.
I wrote recently about my all-black uniform, and I’m using my no-color palette as a building block for what I’ll be wearing that week. There’s so much fantastic inspiration out there, and a few looks in particular are getting me excited to start styling. I’m going to try my hardest to be selective about what I pack, only bringing the minimum (not my whole closet) for a week of mixing and matching.
It may seem odd to cover a beautiful woman’s face during a runway show, but at the Silva Bours presentation at Style Fashion Week, masks and gowns ran the show. Set to a rock violin version of The Phantom of the Opera, Silva Bours’s collection was part confection, part edge, and all about the details. With fit-and-flare silhouettes dominating the collection, the party-ready dresses featured rich brocade and textured lace. One dress combined an embroidered bodice with a pick-up gingham skirt, mashing together images of Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz with contemporary couture. The overall presentation was dramatic, opulent, and took the childhood dream of a princess gown into adulthood.
Following Silva Bours, Cristina Nitopi presented her collection of technicolor evening gowns. The eye-catching collection balanced warm neutrals with splashes of bold color ranging from bright cerulean to a rich, deep pink. The collection continued the evening’s spotlight on texture, with gowns boasting textured floral cutouts, detailed pintucks, and a florist shop’s worth of fabric petals. Although the presentation of the gowns felt streamlined, the incredible variety within the collection kept the audience guessing.
The next time I have a black-tie affair to attend (hey, you never know!), I’ll definitely look up these two talented designers.