Sunday, February 13, 2011

Joseph Altuzarra Fall 2011 Collection

Joseph Altuzarra Fall 2011 Collection is a dazzling treat to see prancing down the runway. Models bring to life the artistic creations of this strong designer. From argyle sweaters of all lengths and skirts with revealing splits to parka overcoats with fur trim around the hoods. Altuzarra delivers a collection rich in warmth fit for a plethora of occasions. Whether its red carpet, corporate meetings or cold city streets, there is something here for every women's fall wardrobe.

Alexander Wang Fall 2011 Collection

The Alexander Wang Fall 2011 Collection was remarkably fabulous. Surpassing all expectations, Wang produces leather motorcycle jackets with tux tails, whimsical satin garments flowing effortlessly and mohair sweaters that majestically transform in chiffon. This collection is outstandingly exquisite and much like the runway, dynamically diverse expressing looks for all occasions.

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2011 Collection

With models charging down the runway, punk edge meets sophisticated glamor at the Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week showing. This collection is intriguingly enticing as it displays the fact that women with a little more edge in their personalities can still be glamorous without compromising who they are. As the garments come down the runway, it's almost as if the models are on the attack. The only problem with that is you can't run. You can't look away. In some instances you almost lose your breath. The beauty and fluidity of the pieces are radiantly captivating in a way that stays true to the Prabal Gurung name. If this is a foreshadowing of what will be on the prowl in fashion cities around the world, be prepared to find me with a lawn chair sitting on popular street corners in these cities.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jason Wu Fall 2011 Collection

Jason Wu's Fall 2011 collection expresses the maturity of the young designer. Showing off chic sophisticated looks with elegant detailing proved to be most remarkable coming down the runway. The craftsmanship of the garments add that signature reassurance that each piece is a beautifully made work of art.To be such a young designer showcasing so much talent, Wu definitely has a promising and bright future in this industry.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rihanna looks breathtakingly stunning in this commercial for her new fragrance Reb'l Fleur. This fashion goddess stays true to everything she is in this two minute promo. Fashion forward looks coupled with timeless elegance makes me want to go and buy this new fragrance without even smelling it.

Christian Siriano Fall/Winter 2011

Christian Siriano Fall 2011 Collection is magical to say the least. The mix of techno beats and superb heels made for a more than intriguing show. Pictures do not do this runway show justice. You must see the bouncing locks, flowing skirts and movement of the body expressed through the clothes of this fashion guru. This show is truly an inspiration for things to come.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spring 2011 Trend Report

Birds chirping, sunlight filling the sky and people taking to the streets. No I am not talking about the next Mary Poppins movie but instead the coming spring season.

After a tumultuous winter, a breath of warm fresh air is most definitely needed. For many the upcoming season shall prove to be one of great importance. But before anyone goes digging up their garden tools, how about preparing for spring inside. And by inside I mean your closet.

Spring 2011 is looking to be an amazing season as it pertains to the realm of fashion. Runway shows are foreshadowing trends that will not only brighten your closet but regroup, revitalize and recenter it as well.
With the budding of the flowers, fashion enthusiast everywhere will be welcomed with a burst of vibrant colors come Spring 2011. A plethora of rainbows have been seen strutting their way down the runways of this season. Such shows include: Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior, Julien Macdonald and Lanvin just to name a few. No color is too bright nor too out there for this season's trend. One can pair these electrifying colors with each other for a loud, noticeable look or choose a more subtle approach by pairing them with a dark color such as black. But remember the brighter, the better.
Another emerging trend is lace. Whether its detailed on the hem of a dress or the only material used in creating a garment, this trend is a major component of the season. Gracing the runways of Vivienne Westwood, Erdem, Zac Posen, Isabel Marant and countless others, women can use this trend in proving themselves to be fearless in the face of fashion. Accentuating the body through lace accents will be immensely refreshing as the warmer weather consumes us and ultimately bring tasteful attention back to how beautiful the female physique can be.
Get ready to wear sunglasses for two reasons come this Spring: the brightly illuminated sun and the invasion of prints. From Mary Katrantzou and Rochas to Chris Benz and Stella McCartney, dynamically diverse prints have been turning up everywhere. These prints take us back to the days of the 1960s with a modern spin and are a daring step that only the strong can handle. Incorporating them into one's closet will prove to be empowering, showing everyone that you are not afraid. Ultimately this trend is more a test for the fashionistas and fashionistos of the industry. Do you dare to be different?

Be careful as you attend your trips to the park and family barbeque's, another fashion trend of the season is the wearing of white. Alexander Wang, Ann Demeulemeester, Christian Cota and many others are all embracing this clean look in numerous ways. Whether it's all white or a spot of white paired with another trend, for the sake of this season one must step into the light.

The great thing about the Spring 2011 season is that even though it may seem these trends are meant only for women, they apply to men as well. Vibrant colors, lace and sheer garments, prints (floral being a big one) and the wearing of white have all been spotted on menswear runways. These trends and a few others such as meggings, cropped shirts and monokinis are going to take men's fashion to the next level. Can you say evolution?

Like never before fashion is taking a bold stance. Fashionistas and fashionistos need not be afraid of showing off just how far they can go in the name of fashion, even if that means blurring the lines of societal constructs instilled in us from birth. Embrace the unknown, dare to be different and most importantly, stand out.

More and more the fashion industry is reminding us that fashion, in and of itself, is a statement of self-expression and ultimately an art form. It isn't about following these trends religiously, instead it's about taking and making them your own. The industry isn't interested in producing clones or robots but guiding people to the right buys of the season at hand.

Pierr Kuame Murphy