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Runway Trends from NYC Fashion Week

18 Oct

Bareface stylist Dina Y is back in Dubai after a whirlwind trip to NY Fashion week where she mingled with the celebs and checked out the latest trends coming our way.

Dina is letting us in on the upcoming trends, to find out whats ‘In’  for 2011, have a read below……..

PORTS 1961: Fresh from the Runway at NY Fashion week

Everyone would agree with me if I had said that it’s a tad bit too early to share Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trends. But after flying out to New York City for 3 weeks to be part of the glamorous industry and invited to attend their biannual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week event, I can’t help but share some of the latest looks, news and experiences from the runway shows.

Spring/Summer 2011 is about a revamped 70’s era, with bold colors, jewel tones, dynamic prints, attitude, the power of the red lipstick, pure whites, cowgirl and country girl styles, and a cross between art deco and tribal motif jewelry. You may think to yourself that we have been there before, and quite frankly, we have, but in an unconventional kind of way. The difference with this season is that designers are playing with inconsistencies; it is all about making the contrast work. As you may already be aware, this is the first season where the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was held at a new location, in Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Pure white by Ashton Michael

After 17 years at the tents in Bryant Park, this new location introduced a more organized and modern approach to the entire presentation. With larger space from lobby to runway, attendees entered the venue on a red carpet and were greeted by photographers, press, event ushers and sponsoring counters, all the way to the reception/check-in desk where seating assignments were taken care of via computers and bar codes. While trying to get used to the notion of it all, I made my way to my first show, Edition by Georges Chakra, accompanied by a good friend of mine from the industry. I have worked with the talented Lebanese couturier in the past to style Celebrity Actress, Kelly Carlson, using 2 of his signature pieces for the cover story and editorial in Rouge Magazine almost 2 years ago, and then again last year a piece for NOI.SE Magazine, so I was excited to see what he was going to unveil with his ready-to-wear line for the season.

Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child, who was sporting one of his designs in white, and Miss Jay Alexander from America’s Next Top Model were among the invited Celebrity guests. His show consisted of forty-six different looks in a wide range of colors that worked well together. There were alluring aquas, bright blues, bold blacks, cheerful corals, crispy champagnes, iridescent ivories and vibrant violets. Silhouettes were made of short cocktail dresses, beautiful wind-swept long dresses and gowns in chiffon, asymmetrical necklines, satin strips that were paralleled or intertwined, with sequins, dazzling glitters and elaborate beadings. Structured composition that enhanced a woman’s physique and accentuated her curves were the masterpieces of the show. Tall models beamed in their glowing makeup and their breeze-blown hair that seemed unkempt by a light Indian summer wind. There were geometric symmetry of statement earrings and necklaces here and there, but overall simplicity, modernity, sophistication yet enticing seductiveness were the theme of the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came across these gowns on the red carpet in the near future. After a standing ovation for his show, I made my way backstage to greet Mr. Chakra and to get a feel of the vibe out there….everyone was ecstatic about a job well done, and a swarm of press and people from the crowd overtook the designer as I managed to sneak a quick word with him, and made my way out just in time to catch the next show, PORTS 1961.

I always seem to look forward to the PORTS 1961 show every season; it is one of my favorites. A line that is primarily inspired by travel and femininity, Tia Cibani, the Creative Director/Designer, never failed to portray the elegance as such. Currently replaced by her sister, Fiona, this season, I was quite looking forward to seeing what she would come up with. I went to my front row seat, which I was highly excited about, and where I could get an undisturbed view. The show began, and models glided in front of me with beautifully sculpted dresses, jumpsuits, signature pencil and cocktail dresses, gorgeously draped one-sleeved shirts, radiant long dresses, tailored shorts and flawless luxe textured gowns. Colors in jewel tones of emerald, amethyst, and sapphire along with desert tones of browns, tans and khakis. Pure whites popped every now and then, breaking up the collection in a subtle way. There were pyrite and crystal embellishments, liquid silk pieces, sparkly silks, strappy sandals, folded ankle peep-toed boots in nudes and neutrals, exaggerated rings and jewelry pieces as well. Models had loosely teased curls, quite retro, and with a soft and natural face, finished off with blended smokey eyes. The collection was titled “Essadi”-a pseudonym used by the explorer Isabelle Eberhardt while journeying into Northern Africa in the 19th century. Not only was the collection wearable, it was mesmerizing and breathtaking. I left wanting to see more and was pleased with Fiona’s new take on the collection, she is just as much a traveler as her sister!

Front Row at NY Fashion Week

Other fascinating shows that I had the pleasure of attending were the ever so lively Custo Barcelona that had a play on multi-colored prints and textures, Ashton Michael’s new take on architecturally inspired Goth style, Rad Hourani’s futuristic androgynous mode, Raul Penaranda’ s promising fashion forward first collection, among others.

Fashion’s Night Out had everyone in the city enjoy an evening at all the remarkable designer stores, with dj’s and live music, window installations of real models, dancers and artwork, celebrity sightings, great prices, and parties everywhere… It was indeed an unforgettable evening.

Spring/Summer 2011 seems to promise a rebirth of a fashionable era, the 70’s, with a strong feminine and structural twist. Conformity and composition plays an important role in the style of a collection, but maintaining the dainty feel of a woman is what makes it a success. I believe that we are reverting back to the beauty of true womanhood, and embracing its meaning. Making an ultra seductive statement yet maintaining the savoir vivre and savoir-faire of the style will definitely come a long way in this sensational season. I am looking forward to the market’s reaction once these pieces launch…. Will the uber sexy yet genteel style be well received, I wonder?

Thanks Dina!

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