NYFW Reviews: Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Alice + Olivia

Oh no New York Fashion Week is over! Okay excuse the theatrics (or hysterics, whichever) it isn’t really as bad as it seems. Now that the shows are over, the garment racks are being rolled away, the makeup and hair kits are being packed up and the tents are coming down, we have the time to ruminate about what we loved, adored and in my case got that warm fuzzy feeling about (it tis true love). Plus a whole set of new collections are set to see the runways as London Fashion Week starts today! Yay!

Anyone else think that perhaps Ralph Lauren should have shown in another country? I don’t know, perhaps Barcelona? A destination show would actually be quite captivating. Nonetheless, I love the commitment to this idea of “exotic places.”

Vibrant shades of red, turquoise, yellow, and even brown. Serape inspired shawls and color patterns, and not to mention the chicest and sexiest matador bolero jackets.

The dresses and gowns are surely what women in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises would be sporting on their Spanish holidays. And I vow to own this white and black number that looked like perfection on Bruna Tenorio…. Definitely one of the shows that gave me the fuzzy feeling!

Vera Wang, often known for her bridal success (it’s not a wedding dress unless it’s Vera right?) has pleasantly surprised me these last couple of seasons. First with her edgy, seemingly over-layered looks for Pre-Fall 2012, then her dedication to muted colors (save for the gorgeous orange) for Fall, and now her outstanding color and fabric choices. Even more, the collection is friendly, that is you look at it and think “hey I could actually see myself wearing that,” not the case for many of the collections we see displayed on Fashion Week catwalks. I mean there are Bermuda shorts, it doesn’t get friendlier than that.

I am completely smitten with the purple and green looks… if not only for their high definition color. Our girls is certainly a world-traveler in this jade print halter tank and pant number.

For me, an Alice + Olivia collection is like sticking a kid in a candy shop with a couple million dollars to spend. Stacey Bendet brings us back to the notion that fashion can be fun! Whether you’re mixing crazy prints, and colors, layering the unexpected, or sticking to classic and conventional choices this collection is there to cheer you on.

By Kristianne Young

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