<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Fashion, Events, News, Runway Shows, and Photos]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/the-scene/fashion http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:05 -0400 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fashioning A Newly Pregnant Kate]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 05:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-katemiddleton.jpg

"Looks like there's a best-dressed baby on the way!"

So tweeted Vanity Fair following the news that Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, is pregnant Monday. Accompanying the tweet was a link to an Instagram picture showing Kate, 30, on the cover of the magazine's annual style issue.

So important to the fashion community is the mother of a future British monarch that style bibles such as Harper's Bazaar heralded the news, while In Style breathlessly proclaimed that "A new Prince or Princess is on the way!" Fashionista.com revealed the announcement with the headline, "Kate Middleton is Really Pregnant," in reference to the "is she/isn't she?" baby rumors that have circulated since the couple tied the knot a mere 20 months ago.

Women's Wear Daily even ran the announcement under the "Fashion Scoops" category on their website.

Kate has become a sartorial icon in the period following her nuptials, with women across the globe emulating her chicly elegant approach to dressing. Her influence on clothing purchases has been dubbed the "Duchess Effect." And her impact on the business of fashion retailing will only continue to grow in tandem with her bump, observers say.

The potential frenzy for Kate-influenced maternity fashion may have as big an effect on the world of style as her choice of that Alexander McQueen wedding dress back in 2011, says Shannon Guyton, site director of TheBump.com

"As soon as she stepped out of the car on her wedding day, dress designers went into action," says Guyton. "They designed replica versions of her gown and they were purchased by brides everywhere. We see the same thing happening for her maternity style."

"The big maternity style designers will be keeping a close eye on what she is wearing and then designing pieces that they will actually market as Kate Middleton style," Guyton adds. "And moms everywhere will start mimicking whatever elements she brings - like sleeved gowns following her wedding."

So fashionably inspiring is the mother-to-be, when she stepped out recently sporting a new hairstyle with long bangs, Manhattan salons reported a rush on the cut, according to the Daily Mail

“The first thing that attracted young women to her is that here was a princess-to-be and she is going out in a dress from Reiss that they all recognize,” Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of In Style magazine told NBC of the Duchess's influence at the time of the couple's first anniversary.  “You also see her wear clothes more than once. Women feel that she actually goes into a wardrobe and chooses what to wear rather than grabbing something off of a rack the way most actresses do for a red carpet.”

That high/low practicality is something we will continue to see, believes Guyton: "She'll stick with the way she dresses normally, she'll just incorporate that into her bump style. She'll probably wear dresses with ruching across the stomach, and she'll probably wear bold shades of blue which is one of her favorite colors. Really curve-hugging, flattering silhouettes, nothing too drapey like we have seen from Jessica Simpson and Kourtney Kardashian, she'll wear more form-fitting pieces."

Guyton is also excited at the prospect of seeing maternity clothing highlighted on the red carpet and at formal evening events, thanks to the Duchess' continuing public role as a member of the royal family. Though she warns fashion followers not to expect any major shifts in personal style.

"She won't be too revealing, just as she dresses now," says Guyton. "You won't see her exposing too much, no plunging necklines. I think we will see her to continue to wear above-the-knee hemlines. People will want to emulate her. She's is in the spotlight and will obviously be in the spotlight even more now. However much she decides to show us her bump, we'll be watching."



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<![CDATA[Year in Review 2012: Red Carpet Fashion Highs & Lows]]> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:08:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sofia-vergara1.jpg 2012's been filled with red carpet rock stars and frumpy fashion faux pas. Find out where your favorite celeb fits in.

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<![CDATA[Angels Shine at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:12:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/victoria-secret-new-thumb.jpg Victoria's Secret Angels took to the glittery runway to sport the latest and most extravagant bras — and share the stage with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.

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<![CDATA[Best Dressed: Emily Blunt, Amy Adams and More]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:59:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BD154851620thumbnail.jpg Hollywood's best dressed — from Emily Blunt to Jennifer Aniston to J. Lo — hit the red carpet this week.

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<![CDATA[Marni to Launch First Women's Fragrance]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:46:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/marnifragrancethumb1a.jpg

This February, quirky Italian retailer, Marni—which collaboated with H&M last spring–will debut its first-ever women's fragrance produced in collaboration with Estee Lauder. 

Like the Marni woman, the scent is designed to be fresh and individual. "The perfume reflects Marni's fashion, certainly," creative director Consuelo Castiglioni told WWD. "Becuase it's a perfume that's quite individual, that doesn't evoke anything in particular. It's for a woman who dresses for herself, who doesn't follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric."

That may seem like a lot of sartorial inspiration for a scent, but the the concept registers in a spicy blend of wood notes, tempered with a touch of rose oil for a feminine feel.

The bottle itself is also meant to evoke the Marni brand, inspired by an old bottle Castiglioni salvaged from a flea market.

“I wanted a bottle that was kind of traditional, that is, one that lasts over time, like the clothes we make, which last and you can still wear two or three years from now," Castiglioni says. "It isn’t seasonal. I think this bottle reflects our concept—you want to keep it. It also has the dots, which are part of our world, and a play on proportions with the cap. These elements are also important in our fashion.”



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<![CDATA[Store Tour: Local Designers and Curated Home Goods at Joinery]]> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:01:49 -0400 $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> $352 for women's; $425 for mens. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/joinery3.jpg Owner Angela Silva picks out her favorite fall finds at Williamsburg boutique, Joinery.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Get Your Wardrobe Winter-Ready]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:33:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/closet135529878.jpg

With winter approaching, the piles of beat-up sandals and floaty summer dresses are looking a little out of place in our closet.

Fortunately, mother-daughter duo Kate Berger and Ann Lightfoot of NYC organization company, Done and Done, are experts when it comes to whipping a closet into shape. Here, the pair spill their top five tips for getting your wardrobe winter-ready—and no, you don't have to toss your favorite high-school sweatshirt.


1.    Going Through Each Category
– "Check to see if anything needs to be cleaned or repaired. Next, ask yourself a few questions. Did you wear it last winter? If not, when was the last time you did? Will you wear it this year? Or ever? If not, it's time to let it go. If it’s a favorite item, but has been worn to death and no longer looks fresh, start a pile. At the end of the day you can make a list of possible purchases for the upcoming season."



2.    Try Everything On - "If items don’t quite fit but are still in style, consider that they might fit at this time next year and are worth saving. If they are both out of style and don’t fit, even losing 10 lbs isn’t going to make them work. Letting them go can make room for new purchases or just make space to find all your favorites with ease."



3.    What To Store - "If you have sentimental clothes from an earlier time in your life, consider boxing them up to save. Don’t keep them mixed in with your working wardrobe. Give yourself the freedom to keep a few things that you aren’t ready to let go of yet. This will make the whole process of cleaning out your closet less painful and more fun."



4.    Shoes – "Just like your clothes, gather all your winter shoes and boots together. Check to see if they need to be polished, re-soled, re-heeled, or replaced. If there is a pair that you haven’t worn for the last two winter seasons, consider letting them go and making room for a new favorite."



5.    Scarves, Gloves and Hats – "Items should be folded and grouped by material. It always helps to color code and use those handy-dandy shelf dividers or bins. Consider putting lightweight scarves away for spring, wrapped in tissue; that way, they will seem fresh and new again when you pull them out in April!"
 



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<![CDATA[Nanette Lepore Tries her Hand at Ballet Costuming]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 06:42:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lepore148093612thumb.jpg

Ever since "Black Swan," for which the Mulleavy sisters conjured up frothy tulle confections to outfit leading lady Natalie Portman, fashion has been entangled in a love affair with the ballet.

Now, Nanette Lepore is joining the ranks of designers-turned-costumers for a performance of "Picnic"— which premiered Wednesday at the Joyce Theatre—which takes inspiration from the 1975 film, "Picnic at Hanging Rock."

The costumes—which will worn by leading dancers Charles Askegard and Georgina Pazcoguin—feature color-blocked panels of candy pink and lime green set against and black and blue lining.

While images aren't available yet, our bet is that Lepore's ballerina looks will exude the same giddy feminity and elaborate design flourishes as her main collection.

 



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<![CDATA[HBO to Debut New "Vogue" Doc this December]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:56:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/hbodocumentarylead1.jpg

After last month's Newsweek profile on Anna Wintour, rumours have circulated that the editress and her team of high-heeled Vogue-ettes would be featured in a new HBO documentary. Now, more details have emerged about "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye," which will premiere this December to coincide with the release of a new book from Conde Nast by the same name.

The Newsweek article suggested the doc would focus exclusively on Wintour, but several top editors—including former editors like Babs Simpson and Prolly Mellen—are featured in the film, WWD reports.

The book, meanwhile, will include sections of editor "portfolios" highlighting their contributions to the magazine, each accompanied by an essay from Vogue writers like Jonathan Van Meter and Tonne Goodman.

The film will also offer behind-the-scenes looks at some of Vogue's most famous editorial shoots, as well as interviews with editors and fashion designers.



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<![CDATA[5 Halloween Costumes Inspired by Fashion's Kookiest Characters]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/halloweenannawintourthumbanil.jpg This year, why not try a costume inspired by some of the wildest wardrobes in fashion?

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<![CDATA[The New Minimalism]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:31:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/minimalism139049827thumbnail.jpg Fall's new minimalist looks are anything but plain.

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<![CDATA[Retail Report: Playful Periwinkle Pieces]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:28:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/periwinkle_thumbnailfall12.jpg Somewhere between lilac and baby blue, periwinkle hues are a simple way to add a touch of "cheer" to a winter wardrobe.

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<![CDATA[Levi's to Debut New "Eco" Collection]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:55:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/levislead1.jpg

It may be one of the oldest fashion brands in America, but Levi's is still changing with the times. This week, the denim brand unveils a collection of men's and women's dungarees fashioned from recycled plastic bottles and even plastic food trays.

Dubbed "Waste<Less," each piece in the new line contains 20 percent recycled content—or approximately eight 12 or 20 ounce plastic bottles per pair of jeans, WWD reports.

According to the company's global president, James Curleigh, the aim of Waste<Less is to add "value to waste," he told WWD. "This collection proves that you don’t have to sacrifice quality, comfort or style to give an end a new beginning.”

The unique fiber—wich required more than 3.5 million recycled bottles sourced from municipal recycling programs to manufacture—is fashioned into a polyster material before being spun into a cotton yarn. Because the brown and green hues from the bottles can't be removed, each piece has a subtly green-tinged color.

Dropping this January, the new collection will offer familiar favorites like the 511 skinny jean as well as a new 504 straight fit and trucker jacket. Women sick of painted-on skinny jeans will relish a slouchier fit "boyfriend skinny."

 

 

 



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<![CDATA[Philly 'Comfortably' on Top of Sweatpants List Again]]> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:16:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sweatpants.jpg

Soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, the Phillie Phanatic, Wawa, Ben Franklin, the Broad Street Bullies, Rocky and Tony Danza: What could be more Philadelphia then these icons?

Sweatpants!

That’s right the comfortable, drab-looking style of sweats is tops in Philadelphia, according to a recent study by Experian Simmons Marketing Services.

At Experian Simmons we ask our survey respondents if they bought any sweats in the last 12 months, as well as the number of individual items they purchased, and for the second year in a row, the nation’s top per capita consumer of sweats is Philadelphia, Pa.

Hartford, Pittsburgh, Lafayette, La. and Laredo, Texas, rounded out the Top 5 Most “Comfortable” Cities.

Philly’s second-consecutive year of comfy domination leads us to question: Is this distinction something Philadelphians should take pride in?

Why do we wear sweats? Do we just like comfort? Are we lazy? Does our weight tend to fluctuate? Have we yet to embrace the Snuggie? Does it mean we go to the gym more? Do we just like having new drawstring pants?

So many questions, so few answers in this study.

For now, it seems the best solution could be throwing on the sweats, grabbing a cup of cocoa and curling up on the couch to ponder it all.



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<![CDATA[Spring's Top Nail Trends to Try Now]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:56:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/spring+nail+trends.jpg Preview spring's coolest nail trends, from a "Versaille" mani at Rachel Antonoff to shattered glass at The Blonds. ]]> <![CDATA[Curves Ahead for Fall 2012]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 06:27:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/curve140615568thumb.jpg This season, designers emphasized dramatic hour glass silhouettes.

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<![CDATA[Best Dressed: Dawson, Kim Kardashian, More]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:14:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BD152865869thumbnail.jpg Stars stepped out in fall-ready looks this week for glitzy premieres and openings.

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<![CDATA[Top 20 Spring '13 Looks from Milan]]> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 06:44:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/milan152427590thumbnail.jpg Florals and future-chic looks were trending on Milan's Spring '13 runways.

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<![CDATA[Freaky-Chic Looks for "Hotel Transylvania"]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:32:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/reelstyletransylvania2thumbnail.jpg The freaky crew of vacationers in "Hotel Transylvania" would've found equally scary company on the catwalks this season.

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<![CDATA[Regal Velvets for Fall]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 06:31:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/velvet139070665thumbnail.jpg Luxe velvet looks are a surefire way to add a dose of "glam" to your look this fall.

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<![CDATA[The Most Fashionable Covers for iPhone 5]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/iphone_grovethumbnail.jpg What's even better than a new iPhone 5? A slamming new accessory.

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<![CDATA[Crazy Coats for Fall]]> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:20:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/statement+coats.jpg A dramatic overcoat may be the easiest way to make a statement in the cold-weather months.

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<![CDATA[It Girl: Miroslava Duma]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/miroslava150304000thumbnail.jpg A former editor at Harper's Bazaar Russia, Miroslava Duma is known for rocking super-glam looks on her pint-size frame.

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<![CDATA[Our Favorite High-Fashion Sneakers]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:30:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sneaks_thumbnail13.jpg High-fashion sneakers are strutting out of the gym and onto city sidewalks.

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<![CDATA[Emmys 2012 Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed]]> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:27:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/j29.jpg The stars (mostly) shined on the red carpet at the 64th annual primetime Emmy Awards.

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<![CDATA[Top 20 Spring '13 Looks from London Fashion Week]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:57:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/london+fashion+week.jpg Sheer silks and wild prints dominated the London runways this season.

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<![CDATA[Eye-Catching Metallic Accents]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/metallics140727873thumbnail.jpg Fashion Week is always a glitzy affair, but fall runways were even more sparkly than usual.

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<![CDATA[Style Icon: Diana Vreeland]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:55:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/vreeland75939125thumbnail.jpg "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel," in theaters tomorrow, documents the life of the legendary Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor.

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<![CDATA[Style Spotlight: DIY Fashion]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:30:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/do+it+yourself+fashion.jpg Do-it-yourself fashion is taking over the style world, so we meet up with ISpyDIY.com's Jenni Radosevich to learn how to create some hot trends for fall.]]> <![CDATA[Suit Up for Fall]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/suitsfall12thumbnail12.jpg Whether or not you work in a business setting, fall is the season to try out a slick new suit.

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<![CDATA[Camo Goes High Fashion for Fall]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:29:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/camofall12thumbnail.jpg Camo may be the preferred garb of "wabbit season," but the busy green print got a makeover for Fall 2012.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Go Baroque This Fall]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/baroquehowthumb.jpg Fall's baroque trend may feel inaccessibly luxe, but the look is a perfect way to add a dash of regal appeal to your everyday wardrobe.

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<![CDATA[It Girl: Garance Doré]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:28:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/garance143004024thumbnail.jpg French blogger, photographer and fashion illustrator Garance Doré has earned a dedicated following for her understated take on all things a la mode.

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<![CDATA[Head-to-Toe Spring Accessory Round-Up]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jeremy-scott-2.jpg From headwraps to earrings, check out the funkiest new accessories from the latest New York Fashion Week collections.

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<![CDATA[Get Back-to-School Cool Under $100]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:33:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/backtoschool_ofakind1.jpg Back-to-school season may induce midterm-related anxiety, but it also means statement-making notebooks, funky new pencils and cute accessories.

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<![CDATA[The Best of Spring Beauty at New York Fashion Week]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:40:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/top+beauty+trends.jpg Not only does Fashion Week offer a glimpse at what we'll be wearing in six months, it's also a chance to peep to newest beauty and hair trends]]> <![CDATA[The Top 7 Spring Trends]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:30:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/spring13trendsthumbnail.jpg Bermuda shorts, techie textures and mixed-media pieces were in abundant supply at New York Fashion Week.

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<![CDATA[Ralph Lauren Tries Spanish Spice for Spring]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/ralphspring2013thumb.jpg Ralph Lauren looked to Spain for Spring '13 with a collection that seemed to take inspiration from Spanish matadors in a palette of teal, tomato red and black.

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<![CDATA[Calvin Klein's Sophisticated Pin-Up Girls]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:35:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/calvinkleinspring13thumb.jpg Francisco Costa put a sophisticated spin on the pin up, looking to ladies like Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Carsten Nicolai.

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<![CDATA[Proenza Inspired by Tumblr]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/proenzaspring13thumbnail.jpg Digital prints, perforated leather and patchwork were just a few of the techniques that Proenza played with for Spring '13.

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<![CDATA[Michael Kors Offers Stripes and the '60s]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:21:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/korsspring13thumbnail.jpg This season, Michael Kors abandoned the luxe ski lodge of Fall '12 in favor of preppy rugby stripes and nods to '60s mod.

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<![CDATA[Mixed-Up Spring Florals and Smart Suits]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:59:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jcrewspring13thumbnail.jpg Tom Mora found inspiration in nature photography from old issues of Time-Life.

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<![CDATA[Holmes & Yang Debuts First NYFW Show to Limited Media]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jennie-yang-katie-holmes.jpg Katie Holmes' first-ever Holmes & Yang New York Fashion Week presentation went over without a hitch—and with limited media access to keep the focus on the new collection instead of Holmes' star power.

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<![CDATA[Gwyneth Paltrow Named Best-Dressed Celeb]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:36:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/140089401.jpg

Actress, singer, cookbook author — and now People magazine’s best-dressed celeb.

Gwyneth Paltrow took that honor Wednesday. A fan of Tom Ford, whose caped white gown she wore to the Oscars, and Stella McCartney, who designed her black racer-back dress for the Grammys, Paltrow has been praised for her minimalist yet elegant style.

Next up on People's list was Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge, a fan of Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo, has become a bit of a fashion icon as the future queen.

Emma Stone earned her number three spot with her stylish Met Gala and Golden Globes looks earlier this year, wearing Lanvin to both.

In a three-way tie for fourth place were the Kardashian sisters. Reality starlets Kourtney, Kim and Khloé are preparing to debut the fall line for their Kardashian Kollection of clothes, eyewear and shoes.

In at number five was supermodel Miranda Kerr, best known for mixing patterns and neon colors.

Rounding out the top 10 were Reese Witherspoon, Rihanna, Jessica Alba (a best-dressed list repeat since 2010), Diane Kruger and Jennifer Lawrence.



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<![CDATA[NY Fashion Week: B&W, Printed All Over]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/marcjacobs-ss13.jpg

The story of New York Fashion Week has been told in mostly black and white — making it that much harder to ignore all the unusual prints on the runway, even if they, too, were color-free.

Marc Jacobs put out oversized black-and-white and red stripes on Monday a day after stripe-happy Tommy Hilfiger, whose red stripes were inspired by rope.

Carolina Herrera showed an abstract geometric print on Monday, while Elie Tahari took his prints from Palm Beach, mixing palm leaves, leopard skin and tropical flowers.

In earlier previews, Thakoon Panichgul had playful birds, Suno had a retro cell phone print and Jason Wu had prints reminiscent of an X-Ray. At Rebecca Taylor the print was Hawaiian, with fish scales at Monique Lhuillier and "space clouds" at Nicole Miller.

"Prints are personality, they have emotion, they tell a story," said Stacey Bendet, designer of Alice and Olivia — herself wearing a leopard-print dress on Monday to present a collection that included a variety of florals — from digital prints to painterly and candy-colored.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.

MARC JACOBS

Let's switch gears: For the past five days, the chatter at New York Fashion Week has been about softening the edges, but Marc Jacobs changed the conversation — as he often does — after going graphic.

Black-and-white stripes followed by red stripes, tan stripes and more black-and-white stripes came rapid fire down the runway.

There was a mod mood to the spring collection, especially the short T-shirt dresses with scalloped hemlines, but not a hint of Jacob's mystical forest theme he had for the current fall season.

"It was so graphic with no frills," said Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah magazine. Stylist and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson called it "candy-striper cool."

There were other things other than stripes — including some ruffle-front skirt suits (a lot of skirt suits in general, actually) and a midriff-baring Mickey Mouse sweater — but it was everything horizontal and vertical that would leave the lasting impression.

DONNA KARAN

Donna Karan didn't look far for the inspiration of her new top-tier collection: She looked out her office window.

The way the sun dapples on the buildings near her Garment District office is something to see, she said. The designer must keep some long hours, because she nicknamed her New York Fashion Week runway preview "Sunrise, Sunset."

It unfolded with an oyster-colored jersey daytime dress with an open back and full skirt paired with a cropped jacket, and closed with a dusty blue strapless evening gown dusted at the hemline with the print of peach-colored seashells.

Karan hit on multiple textures but often stuck to monochromatic outfits, embracing the pinks you'll see in the dawn or dusk sky, as well as soft seaside blues and greens, but most looks were varying shades of stone. She seemed more interested in mixing multiple textures, from sheer jersey and chiffon to raffia and linen, and twisting some silhouettes on the bias, creating a more asymmetrical silhouette.

THOM BROWNE

With nearly 200 designers showing their wares all over the city, for an entire week, it's virtually impossible to stand out, right?

Not if you're Thom Browne.

"I love to entertain," the designer said in what was, frankly, an understatement.

As the crowd entered the room in the stately New York Public Library, 10 male models stood against a wall in gray seersucker suits, their heads covered with huge silvery orbs — like Coneheads, but rounder at the top. At each end, a man played the xylophone.

Suddenly a flock of female ballet dancers arrived. They wore silvery pointe shoes (these were real ballerinas) and stiff hoop dresses, like the ones you'd imagine under Scarlett O'Hara's gowns. They took their places on small circular platforms and danced in place, en pointe.

Then came the models, in suits and coats and skirts, exaggerated in all sorts of ways, all in gray at first. The men gradually took the women and circled them on the round platforms. As they did, other models entered, this time bearing splashes of color — pinks, greens, oranges.

Browne, whose work was honored this summer at the White House, explained that he'd been inspired by a Bauhaus artist popular in the 1920s, Oskar Schlemmer, a German known for his choreography — "conceptual ballets," Browne called them — as well as his visual art. "This is my homage to him," he said.

CAROLINA HERRERA

When you're Carolina Herrera, there is no reason to stand in your stiletto heels way out on a limb. Herrera tweaked her signature chic look just enough to be in line with some of the emerging trends without straying too far from what her woman likes.

She moved everything a bit away from the body and she played a lot with hemlines. Herrera gave a name to the popular dress length just a tad below mid-calf that's graced many catwalks during these previews for editors, buyers and stylists: the "longuette" dress.

But to go with the vibe of relaxed glamour that also has been pervasive, she trimmed pantsuits into shorts suits, even for evening, turning out black wool cropped jacket with white piping paired with black wool flounce shorts, and a cream-colored distressed organza jacket with pleated shorts, both decorated with gold "lightening" embroidery.

Her usual ballgown evolved into more of a slip-style gown with floral embellishment.

REEM ACRA

Reem Acra is known for her grand, timeless ballgowns, perfect for the red carpet. But this year she was feeling more artsy and more contemporary, she says.

"It's downtown meets uptown," the Lebanese designer said backstage following her Spring 2013 preview at Lincoln Center. "It's a modern attitude."

The modern looks came early in the show, with a series of casual — for Acra, that is — garments, many with leather cutouts. A navy leather bomber jacket with cutouts, for example, was paired with an ivory stretch trouser. A tailored dress in brilliant green leather was certain to spice up a day at the office.

As the show went on, looks became silkier and more luxurious. Many of the gowns appeared to be showing serious skin, but actually had side panels of nearly sheer material. Acra said her own favorite may have been a relatively unembellished but very striking vermilion gown with the sides cut out. "It's powerful, feminine, and simple," she said.

ELIE TAHARI

Elie Tahari turned his preview into a cocktail party, and the dress code was Palm Springs chic.

The female models wore cheerful shifts and sheath dresses in tropical prints and electric shades of pink, orange and green, loose tunics with white jeans, and tasteful sweater tops with second-skin pencil skirts. The men had on Bermudas, linen blazers and woven shirts, and they didn't shy away from a complemetary palette of lime green and lapis blue.

Tahari said he aimed to update some classic, good-time 1950s shapes.

The dominant vibe was the relaxed luxury that has turned up on several runways this round of seasonal previews, but there were the one or two looks that were cut a little slimmer, and had a more plunging neckline or shorter hem than all the rest. That's what makes a party, right?

TOMMY HILFIGER

A different set of rules apply when you're out on the high seas, and that goes for fashion, too. Tommy Hilfiger embraced the sailing life and nautical themes for his spring women's collection, infusing a relaxed attitude into his favorite tailored shapes.

Menswear-inspired pantsuits were done in a playful rope print and swimsuits got waistbands — one even got a shirt-style collar. Time for evening cocktails? The choices are a flowing red trapeze dress with an open back and braided straps, a school-boy navy blazer and slim Bermuda shorts or an oversized varsity cardigan that goes right over a bikini.

"This is the American voyage. She's traveling the world and it's about sea and land. It's about nautical and safari," Hilfiger said Sunday in a backstage interview.

The designer said he could imagine Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lauren Hutton types in this wardrobe. They like luxury but nothing too fancy.

PHILLIP LIM

Phillip Lim got the memo on mixed prints, gauzy sheers and bib overalls, but he put his own "cut it up" touch on his 3.1 spring collection, evoking a tension between streetwear and polish.

He colored nubuck overalls and a biker jacket raspberry, pairing them with muscle shirts and T-tops.

Grunge trousers came in a black patchwork and a faded mint pattern combined with a spotted pony print in black, and florals in large and small prints.

"It's about taking what you have in front of you, cutting it up, not throwing anything away and mixing it up again," Lim said after the show.

Lim was influenced by the "altered views" of 1920s Dadaists through their inheritors, including the beat writer William S. Burroughs and David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Radiohead. "But I don't want it to come off as you're homeless, so we disguised it and veiled it with sheerness, so there's an illusion to the sensuality."

CARMEN MARC VALVO

Carmen Marc Valvo left behind the minimalism and clean lines of fall in favor of flowing glamour in voluminous lace cocktail dresses and red carpet gowns.

Choosing an elegant, all-white venue on Sunday, the spring collection was Asian-inspired in origami folds of organza at the chest and waist, Kimono wrap constructions and yin-yang combinations of Chantilly lace and brocade.

Valvo was inspired by Samurai breast plates when he created panels of glass, square-cut sequins for chest pieces over lace.

"Last fall it was very minimal," Valvo said after the show. "I'm feeling a little more hopeful right now and I think the collection reflects that. I thought it should be a little more grand, more regal. I wanted volume. I didn't want to be afraid."

SKAIST TAYLOR

Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor blow into New York Fashion Week with the Western wind, and they like to stir it up.

Most famous for founding the Juicy Couture brand, the designers are now trying to solidify a following for their more upscale label Skaist Taylor, and they make no excuses for their love of 1970s rock 'n' roll glamour. They embrace it even if it's a look that isn't leading most of the trends this round of seasonal previews.

Sunday's show was staged on a Chelsea rooftop with "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles coming out of the speakers. It was the perfect soundtrack for models with frizzed-out hair, candy-colored feather jackets, loose eyelet looks and a metallic leather dress. A cute orange romper was right for the moment, and lingerie-inspired styles are second nature for the woman who likes to stay up late.

There was a lightness to this collection that seems to have evolved over the months since they debuted this brand in February.

WES GORDON

Spring isn't all sweetness and light, says Wes Gordon. Spring needs some bite. It needs some edge.

That's why Gordon, a wunderkind of New York fashion at only 26, has plenty of black in his Spring 2013 collection, along with more springlike colors of ice blue, ivory and bright red.

Want edge? How about a black feathered tank, embroidered with tulle and encrusted with bits of Swarovski crystal? Or some gray metallic cigarette pants, skintight and also crystal-studded?

Gordon also likes a certain ghostlike quality and hence he peppers his collection with lots of transparent garments, as in a sheer black lace blouse, with long sleeves that travel down way past the fingers.

Gordon is also big on corsets — beautifully fitted corset jackets, for example, with laced-up backs evoking the period dress of centuries past. And he doesn't shy away from prints; his favorite bird seems to be a swan, emblazoned on an ink-colored dress or an orange silk blouse.

AP Writers Leanne Italie and Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

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